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Minnesota Senate DFL'ers Release Budget Plan

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The state has a projected $1.87 billion surplus in its next two-year budget cycle, which starts in July. More>>

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St. Peter Teacher Resigns After Pleading Guilty To Hitting Student With Backpack

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A St. Peter high school teacher convicted of hitting a student with an eleven–pound backpack has resigned. More>>

Early Morning Fire Damages Mankato Home

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Firefighters found a large exterior fire that had extended into the house and within walls on both floors. More>>

UPDATE: Cause Determined in Asiana Buffet Fire

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Damage estimates for the fire at $1.75 million. More>>

Wilf Family Contributes another $19.5 Million Toward New Stadium

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The Vikings made the announcement yesterday before the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority holds a meeting today. More>>

MSU Actor Performs Despite Being Legally Blind Video included

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MSU Theater is presenting the comedy play "Boom" over the weekend.But for one of the actors, he's had to overcome the challenge of losing his vision and being declared legally blind. More>>

Wal-Mart Donates $35,000 to MVAC

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Mankato's Wal–Mart makes a donation to the Minnesota Valley Action Council. More>>

Marco's Pizza Giving Away Pizza For Spinach Day Video included

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Marco's Pizza in Mankato is celebrating national spinach day by giving back to local food shelves. More>>

Distracted Driving Cause For More Teen Crashes

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The most comprehensive research ever conducted into crash video of teen drivers found significant evidence that distracted driving is likely much more serious than previously known. More>>

YWCA Presents the Women of Distinction 2015 Video included

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Thursday night, the YWCA presented their Women of Distinction Awards at the Verizon Wireless Center in front of a packed house. More>>

Poison Prevention During Spring Cleaning Video included

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Most poisonings happen when parents or caregivers are home but not paying attention according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. More>>

Civic Center Expansion Includes Adding Green Space

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The city intends on removing the concrete parking lot in front of the intergovernmental building in order to construct a green space. More>>

New Community Garden Coming To Mankato Video included

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Organizers of the Heart and Soil Community Gardens organization are bringing the garden to the corner of Stoltzman and West Pleasant Streets in Mankato.  More>>

Crash Investigation Now Focused on Co-Pilot

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French prosecutors say the co–pilot of the doomed Germanwings jet intentionally flew the plane into the side of a mountain. More>>

Gov. Dayton's Approval Rating Hits High

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The poll is based on phone interviews with 625 Minnesotans conducted March 16-18 and has an error margin of plus or minus 4 percentage points. More>>

NCAA Basketball Moves KEYC NEWS 12 Newscasts

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Due to CBS Sports Coverage of the NCAA Basketball tournament, some of our newscasts will air on Fox 12 Mankato. More>>

Damage Survey Begins after Tornado Hits Moore, Oklahoma

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Storm chasers caught the tornado as it touched down in the town. More>>

Dog With Jug Stuck on Its Head Rescued in North Mankato Video included

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A happy ending for a dog seen wandering through North Mankato with a jug on its head. More>>

Device Helps Lower Risk for Stroke Among Patients With Irregular Heartbeat Video included

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A New York woman is one of the first in the country to receive a lifesaving heart device.
It can lower the chance of stroke for patients with an irregular heart rhythm.

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UPDATE: Crews Respond to Fire at Asiana Buffet in Mankato Video included

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The call came in around 1:00 Wednesday afternoon.  The Mankato Department of Public Safety says everyone was evacuated safely. More>>

New Ulm Watches Closely as Heinz and Kraft Merge Video included

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Both companies' boards have unanimously approved the deal, but it still needs approval from Kraft shareholders. More>>

Chipotle Fundraiser Donates 1/2 of Proceeds to Mankato's YMCA Chesley Skate Park

Chipotle Fundraiser Donates Half of Proceeds to Mankato's YMCA Chesley Skate Park Video included

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Chipotle in University Square Village in Mankato donated a portion of their proceeds to support rebuilding a new skate park in Mankato.

The fundraiser ran from 4:00 - 8:00 tonight.

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One Man, Three Roles, Leads His Students and School

One Man, Three Roles, Leads His Students and School Video included

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Most instructors have a gift for their role, but this week's Golden Apple winner excels in many.

A man of many hats, he engages and encourages his students at all levels of their learning.

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Study: Distracted Driving Leads to 58 Percent of Crashes Involving Teens Video included

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Car crashes are the leading cause of death for American teens.  So the AAA Foundation looked at six years worth of videos shot inside teenagers cars to try and determine what's going on. More>>

Heinz Co. Buying Kraft Foods

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The companies say they say will be the third–largest food and beverage company in North America More>>

Major League Soccer Team to Play in Minneapolis

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Major League Soccer has awarded an expansion franchise to Minneapolis with play to begin in 2018. More>>

Indiana 'Right to Try' Bill becomes Law

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It gives dying patients access to new treatments not yet fully FDA approved. More>>

Owatonna Company Busy Making Vikings Stadium Glass

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An Owatonna company is busy making the glass for the new Vikings stadium.Gary Sanborn has worked at Viracon in Owatonna for 25 years. More>>

License Plate Reader Law Heads to House Floor

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Police agencies across Minnesota are already using the cameras to help track down stolen cars and suspected criminals.  More>>

Blue Earth County Launches Program for Quicker Prosecution of Juveniles

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If timed accordingly, the county says they expect to speed up the prosecution process from two months to two weeks. More>>

Snow Gorilla Takes Over Front Yard Of Mankato Home

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A group of friends in Mankato made the best of the few inches of snow on the first few days of spring. More>>

Minnesota River Sediment Having an Impact Over 150 Miles Downstream

Minnesota River Sediment Having an Impact Over 150 Miles Downstream

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The United States Geological Survey was in Mankato monitoring the river today.

A problem in the Minnesota River is having an impact over 150 miles downstream in Lake Pepin.

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Kolstad Assault Suspect Rearrested After Traffic Stop

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A contempt of court charge against Trevor Shelly was later dismissed. More>>

George Sentenced For Criminal Sexual Conduct Case In Waseca County

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A Janesville man was convicted and sentenced Tuesday of fourth degree criminal sexual conduct with a four year old in a Waseca County Courtroom. More>>

Plane Crash Kills 150 in France, Investigation Continues

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 Search and recovery teams are on the scene of a jetliner crash in the French Alps. The plane was on its way from Spain to Germany when it went down mid-flight. More>>

Twins, Brian Dozier Agree to 4 Year Contract Video included

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The deal was announced Tuesday, before the Twins played Toronto at their spring training home in Fort Myers, Florida. More>>

Peterson, Vikings at Standstill Video included

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The Vikings have leverage with Peterson's contract, which covers the next three years with a $12.75 million salary for 2015. More>>

Area Residents Dig Out After Sunday's Snow

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The heavy, wet snow totals ranged from a dusting around Jackson to over a foot in Zumbrota.  More>>

Realignments Cause Layoffs for New Ulm Pontoon Manufacturer

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Dozens of workers have been laid off from Palm Beach Marinecraft in New Ulm. More>>

Marathon Bombing Survivors Testify at Tsarnaev Trial Video included

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Those who lost limbs – and family members – told the court how they stared death in the face. More>>

UPDATE: Multi-Million-Dollar Downtown Development Takes Shape

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 Several construction projects in downtown Mankato to change the urban core's look.

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Mankato Apartment Fire "Difficult to Chase Down and Root Out"

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Five apartments in a Mankato house were evacuated after a fire broke out Thursday night.


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'I Believe in Miracles' Comes to an End

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On Sunday morning, a fixture of programming here at KEYC came to an end.  More>>

One of Two Missing Ice Fishers Found

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Authorities have recovered the body of one of two people missing while ice fishing on a lake in southwestern Minnesota. The Lincoln County sheriff's office says divers recovered the body of 29–year–old Brianna Jean Thooft from Lake Benton on Saturday. Thooft and 54–year–old Bradley Allen Lund were last heard from early on Feb. 1 when they apparently left a fish house on the lake. Lund's pickup was later recovered from the bottom of the lake. Authorities continued the search for Lund on Sunday. More>>

City of St. Paul Considering Police Body Cams

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The city of St. Paul is considering whether to join the growing list of cities whose police officers wear body cameras.  More>>

U.S. Global Soy Trade Exchange Coming to Minnesota

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The United States Soy Global Trade Exchange is coming to Minnesota. The exchange will be held this coming September from the 9th to the 12th.The exchange is the biggest event of the year for the United States Soybean Export Council and officials say their customers are excited to visit the Gopher state, one of the top producing soybean states in the country. Bruce Abbe from Midwest Shippers Associations says, "The fact that it's here in Minnesota now, and that the event has gone to this sta... More>>

Heart of New Ulm Receives Grant to Expand Partnerships

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The Heart of New Ulm Project is awarded a grant to help them expand their partnerships.  More>>

Man That Sold Gun to LaDue Gets 90 Days

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The Waseca man who sold a gun to a teen accused of planning a school attack was sentenced for his involvement in two crimes. More>>

Kiwanis Holiday Lights: $50k Raised for Charity

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The $50,000 will be shared among 82 non-profits in the area. More>>

Police: Strangers Help Man with Car Trouble, Rob Him

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A St. Clair man with car trouble accepted help from strangers and ended up getting robbed.  More>>

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