Mankato News


04/22/2018 07:51 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Author explains literary legacy along Highway 14 

Southern Minnesota is fortunate to have a wealth of historic young adult writers including Laura Ingalls Wilder, Wanda Gag and Maude Hart Lovelace. Saturday afternoon, modern Minnesota author Kathleen Baxter visited the Wanda Gag house to talk about the life and times of all three women.


04/22/2018 03:35 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Hagedorn, Feehan endorsed in 1st District 

The delegates have spoken, and the 2018 race for Minnesota's First Congressional District will be between GOP candidate Jim Hagedorn and DFL candidate Dan Feehan. Hagedorn, a Blue Earth businessman, received his party's endorsement in Mankato on the first ballot with 218 of the 286 delegate votes.


04/19/2018 06:40 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Reasons for increased violence at Minnesota prison unclear 

In a single weekend in March, assaults by inmates at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Oak Park Heights sent 10 employees to the hospital - more injuries than in the previous five years combined. State Rep. John "Jack" Considine, DFL-Mankato, is looking into it.


04/19/2018 01:58 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Programs assisting women in transition 

The Life-Work Planning Center began a workshop series in Fairmont just last week. While the center is based out of Mankato, it serves the region and holds workshops in different counties.


04/17/2018 02:14 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Sources: Bon-Ton may close all Herbergers, Younkers stores 

Milwaukee, Wis.-based Bon-Ton Boston Store is going through bankruptcy proceedings, though the hope was that the company would survive. Its 200 stores anchor many malls across the U.S. under a variety of brand names.


04/16/2018 04:32 PM  ~~~Source~~~
MN: Plan Nearly Complete for Major Expansion of City Bus Service 

April 14--MANKATO -- Transit buses running more hours, some buses rolling even on Sundays, the addition of stops in Eagle Lake, dial-a-ride service for neighborhoods in Mankato and North Mankato that aren't on regular bus routes -- the nearly completed Mankato Transit Development Plan is offering a big boost in service. Next week will offer numerous opportunities for people to provide input on the plan or to push for changes or even further expansion of service.


04/16/2018 04:19 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Fairmont works to dig out 

FAIRMONTa S- Fairmont residents were out in full force Sunday, cleaning up from a blizzard even as more flurries fell. Norma Vetter acknowledged as she shoveled her front sidewalk and her son, Ramie, cleared snow from her driveway on Day Street.


04/13/2018 01:29 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Inclusion discussion continues 

Last fall, about 45 people came to the Fairmont Elementary School to have a discussion about race. On Thursday evening, some of them met again to continue the conversation and discuss what steps should be taken next in the community.


04/13/2018 08:35 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Drug case jury trial to conclude Friday, defendant takes stand 

A Brown County District Court jury trial for a Mankato man facing drug and other charges is scheduled to conclude April 13. Joel A. Wortman, 48, 50 Teton Lane, Mankato, is facing four felony third-degree narcotic drugs sale charges, two counts of felony soliciting or conspiring with a minor to commit a crime and two counts of gross misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a child. On April 12, witnesses were questioned and cross-examined most of the day.


04/13/2018 03:51 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Millionaire's food-stamp 'audit' draws anger 

Rob Undersander tells panel he and wife received about $6,000 in food stamps to see if people who don't need them can still get them Waite Park millionaire's food-stamp 'audit' draws anger at Legislature Rob Undersander tells panel he and wife received about $6,000 in food stamps to see if people who don't need them can still get them Check out this story on sctimes.com: https://on.sctimes.com/2GTxjTC ST. PAUL - A Waite Park millionaire's legislative testimony this week about how he received food stamps for more than a year and a half to prove a point is catching a lot of attention.


04/12/2018 11:06 PM  ~~~Source~~~
John A. Krueger 

John Alvin Krueger, 71, of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at Mercy Health Center in Rockford. John was born July 10, 1946, in Mankato, Minnesota, the son of Clarence and Lavola Krueger.


04/12/2018 04:27 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Townships officers get county update 

The Brown County Association of Township Officers got a healthy dose of Brown County news at their annual spring meeting at the Sleepy Eye Servicemen's Club April 11. Sheriff Rich Hoffmann said drug activity is mostly methamphetamine and prescription pills. He encouraged people to check for unused medications in residences, especially those of the elderly.


04/10/2018 03:12 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Wayne Amdahl 

Wayne Arlan Amdahl, age 77 years and two days died April 3, 2018, at the Pipestone County Hospice House, surrounded by the family he loved so dearly. He was the loving husband of Karen ; the devoted father of Jeffrey of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Jason of Mankato, Minnesota, and Joel of Mankato; and the cherished grandfather of Chane, Jenner, Jenessa, Jackson, Jenson, Jessa and Jamison, for whom he made his world famous oatmeal waffles every time they were around; he was the brother to Dean of Colorado, Glen of Sioux Falls, and Carol Foss of Pipestone, Minnesota, and the wonderful uncle and great uncle to many.


04/10/2018 03:51 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Foursome facing drug charges 

Mariah Ann Twedt, 21, of Frost; Derek Thomas Johnson, 21, of Blue Earth; Dylan Jon Krosch, 20, of Blue Earth; and Brett James Van Maasdam, 20, of Mankato have each been charged with drug possession in the fifth degree, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. On March 18, a Minnesota state trooper was on patrol on Interstate 90 in Martin County when he observed a white passenger car traveling east at a high rate of speed.


04/07/2018 03:54 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Meet Isaac Zerke: Ellis Middle School history whiz to compete in National History Bee 

Ask Isaac Zerke any history question and his eyes light up as he spouts facts about famous figures and wars throughout history. "I found out the word kaiser is actually the German word for caesar, and czar is the Russian word for caesar," the Austin 13-year-old said with a hint of a smile.