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Turkey barn a total loss, including poultry, in Saturday morning fire south of Faribault

An area farm lost a flock of turkeys Saturday morning after a fire destroyed the structure. At 7:03 a.m. Saturday, the Faribault Fire Department, Rice County Sherriff's Office and North Memorial Ambulance responded to a turkey barn fire at 24811 Cabot Ave. just south of Faribault, Minnesota. Upon a

SOUTHERNMINN.COM - 2018-03-18 16:22:00

North Mankato gets $2.2M bid for swim facility

NORTH MANKATO - The North Mankato City Council could sign off on a $2.2 million bid to finally complete major renovations at the Spring Lake Park Swim Facility. Council members will discuss the bid from contractor Global Specialties during a public meeting Monday. This marks the second time city off

MANKATO FREE PRESS - 2018-03-18 10:45:00

Ask Us: Triple bogey? Mankato has three St. Andrews Drives

Q: Why did the city name two streets with the same name, St. Andrews Drive? The longer St. Andrews runs north and south across North Victory Drive and another St. Andrews is south and parallel to North Victory Drive running east and west which means the two St. Andrews Drives intersect. I doubt Lord

MANKATO FREE PRESS - 2018-03-17 23:30:00

German-Jefferson lakes voting on disbanding sewer district

CLEVELAND - Residents around the German-Jefferson chain of lakes are voting on whether to disband a special district that was set up by Le Sueur County to get septic systems in the area compliant with state regulations. It's the latest development in years of often contentious debates on how to upgr

MANKATO FREE PRESS - 2018-03-18 10:15:00

Police calls for Friday, March 16: Citations for hit and run, traffic violations and paraphernalia

1:47 p.m. - Clarence Truman Russell, 79, Winona, was cited for running a red light at Hwy. 61 and Huff Street. 5:16 p.m. - Samantha Jean Pettey, 21, New Richland, was cited for leaving the scene of a property damage incident after colliding with a vehicle that was merging from Sarnia Street to Mank


More workers choosing to delay retirement

MANKATO - Well into his 60s, Ron Spreng worked at a Philly cheesesteak restaurant in River Hills Mall, mostly handing out samples. He was pretty good at it. The manager used to be able to tell when he was working just by checking the store's sales figures, he said. One customer asked Spreng if he wa

MANKATO FREE PRESS - 2018-03-18 11:00:00

Former mail carrier charged with mail theft

MANKATO - A mail carrier allegedly stole rebate checks from at least a dozen Mankato area households. David Dean Maine, 61, of Madison Lake, was charged with 12 counts of felony mail theft Wednesday in Blue Earth County District Court. In June, a representative of Menards alerted authorities that tw


Minnesota birth center offers alternative to hospital

ST. PETER, Minn. - When Marie MacPherson was pregnant with her fifth child, she and her husband Ryan MacPherson started looking for a non-hospital setting to give birth. She found midwife Erika Urban in St. Peter. The experience went so well she also had Urban oversee the birth of her sixth child. "

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE - 2018-03-19 05:06:00

Miami pedestrian bridge collapses, killing four people, crushing cars

MIAMI - A newly installed 950-ton pedestrian bridge at Florida International University collapsed Thursday, crushing vehicles on a busy highway below and killing at least four people, officials said. First responders recovered at least four bodies from the scene, Miami-Dade County Fire Chief Dave Do


Nicollet County seeks man on warrant

The Nicollet County Sheriff's Office asked for the public's help in locating Adam Joseph Willaert, 36, on Thursday morning. Willaert is wanted on an outstanding warrant and is suspected in several other recent crimes, including stolen vehicles from multiple counties in southern Minnesota, a news rel


KEYC - Man Arrested In Assault Involving Handgun

A New Ulm man was arrested in connection with a reported assault involving a handgun. Mankato Police were called to an apartment on the 100 block of East Cherry Street around midnight Wednesday. Police say when officers arrived, 20 year old Christian Alexander Mayhew Ykema was being detained by resi


New retail, apartment building going up in Old Town

A new three-story building with retail on the main level and one-bedroom apartments on the upper floors should start going up later this summer in a spot currently occupied by the old Stephen Cleaning & Laundry and a parking lot and next to Friesen's Family Bakery & Bistro. Drawing by Bolton & Menk


Shot fired during suspected drug deal

MANKATO - No one was injured when a shot was fired during a confrontation over a suspected drug deal inside a Mankato apartment early Wednesday morning. Christian Alexander Mayhew-Ykema, 20, of New Ulm, allegedly brandished a gun during a dispute with another man reported just after midnight in an a


Man sentenced to 16 years in New Ulm sexual assault

NEW ULM - A Hastings man accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl in New Ulm last fall has been sentenced to 16 years in prison. David Michael Dillard, 39, was charged with several felony counts of criminal sexual conduct after a teen reported he assaulted her in September. Dillard spent th