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The Man Behind the Statue: Meet the Happy Chef Voice

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The Happy Chef franchise was started by Mankato's Frederick family in 1963. 

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Give Kids a Smile Gives Free Dental Care to Those in Need

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The dental hygiene program at MSU once again offers free dental care to those in need. 

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Former Liv Aveda Salon Employee Sentenced

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A judge sentences a former Liv Aveda Salon and Spa employee to 90 days in jail for stealing money from her employer. 

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Keep Your Healthy Resolution Even on Super Bowl Sunday

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Super Bowl Sunday is around the corner and so are food temptations. 

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Jackson Art Teachers Print Finger with 3-D Printer

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Two art teachers in Jackson are doing a different kind of finger printing. A 3–D printer is being used to print more than just lampshades, and other objects.

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State Patrol Investigating Fatal Two Vehicle Crash

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An adult and a 9-year-old child have died in a fatal head–on crash in Steele County on Friday, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

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103 Year-Old Broncos Fan in Jackson, Minn.

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Pat Scheppman is probably the oldest Broncos fan but her age doesn't stand in the way of cheering them on in Super Bowl 50 on Sunday.

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Anthony Ford Pond Hockey Tournament Is Getting Ready

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The Anthony Ford Pond Hockey Tournament had a busy set up day starting early Friday morning. 

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Dayton Recognizes School Counseling Week At Dakota Meadows

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Governor Dayton came to Dakota Meadows Middle School to mark School Counseling Week. 

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Governor Mark Dayton Visits Madelia To Offer Support

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Governor Mark Dayton visited community officials and residents in Madelia this morning after a fire destroyed several businesses in the heart of the community's downtown. 

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Pioneer bank Pledges Money for Madelia Recovery

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The Heart of Madelia Fund has reached more than 50 thousand dollars.

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Dayton to Tour Madelia to Assess Fire Damage Video included

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Wednesday's fire destroyed six buildings and a seventh may have to be torn down. The cost of damages is still being determined. 

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Driver Arrested in Moorhead After Crashing Into House Video included

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Police say the 33-year-old driver from Ransom, North Dakota has been arrested for drunken driving and other charges.

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KETELSEN REPORT: Soybean Markets Video included

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Farmers are facing challenging prices for corn and soybeans and many experts say the year ahead will not be much better. What needs to change?

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Woman Gets Jail Time for Trying to Poison Boyfriend's Mom

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Court records say 26-year-old Amanda Nelson, of Worthington, Minnesota, was sentenced Wednesday in Gage County District Court.

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Over 300 Citations Issued From Mankato Snow Emergencies This Week Video included

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Over 150 of the cars had to be towed for plows to clear streets.

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MVAC is Ready for Head Start Recruitment Video included

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Head Start is a child development program that serves eligible children and families.

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Vikings Say 90 Percent of US Bank Stadium Seat Licenses Sold Video included

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The licenses are one-time fees for the right to buy a certain season-ticket seat. Licenses are valid for 30 years.

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Chelsea Clinton to Campaign in Minnesota Wednesday Video included

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Clinton's campaign says Chelsea will attend organizing events in Minneapolis and Eden Prairie on Wednesday

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Finding Normalcy On The Basketball Court Video included

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Sports can often be nothing more than a comforting distraction. A chance to think about things in a better way. Or not to think about them at all.

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Widespread Support Pours Into Madelia Video included

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Support is pouring into Madelia just one day after a fire scorched through downtown. 

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Mankato City Council Considers Heritage Preservation Landmark Status For Ellerbe Building Video included

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The Mankato's Heritage Preservation Commission is working to turn the First National Bank or Ellerbe Building into a Heritage Preservation Landmark.

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St. Mary's Catholic High Teaches Students with Student Seminar Day Video included

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St. Mary's Catholic High School in Sleepy Eye taught students in a unique way Wednesday. Student Seminar Day is a way that students can connect to topics they like through guest speakers.

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Manatees Split on Super Bowl Predictions Video included

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Two manatees made their predictions at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium in Sarasota, Florida Thursday afternoon.

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Glen Taylor Purchases PM Beef Plant in Windom Video included

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Taylor and a partner plan to invest up to 25-million dollars to convert the plant into a pork processing facility.

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Eagle Lake Man Arrested After Nearly Eleven Months On The Run

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An Eagle Lake man is arrested on a warrant after nearly eleven months on the run from authorities.

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Owatonna Man Sentenced For Sexual Assault On Hotel Employee

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An Owatonna hotel manager convicted of sexually assaulting an employee is sentenced.

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Two Men Charged For Theft Of Historic Le Sueur County Church Bell Video included

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Two men are being charged for the theft of a historic bell from a Le Sueur County church. 

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Celebrate Valentine's Day With a Sense of Humor Video included

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The romantic and humorous show will be the perfect place to take your special someone this Valentine’s Day.

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Bits & Bites Tackles "Historic Blizzards in Southern Minnesota" Video included

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The historic center invites guests to bring lunch for bite while learning a bit of history. 

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Big Bobber Ice Fishing Competition Prepared For Saturday

Big Bobber Ice Fishing Competition Prepared For Saturday Video included

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The Big Bobber Ice Fishing Contest is this Saturday. Officials are expecting a successful year after last year's tourney was canceled because of dangerously thin ice.

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Madelia Rallies After Fire

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The town of Madelia is dealing with the loss of seven buildings and five businesses after a fire tore through downtown. 

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SMIF/AgStar Step Forward With $30,000 Pledge For Madelia Relief Effort

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Part of a push for $50,000 in donations from ag companies

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CADA Holds Vigil For Good Thunder Victim Video included

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Domestic violence advocates hold a vigil for a Good Thunder woman found dead in her home last week.

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Mankato Curling Club Recognizes Silver Medal Winners At Junior Nationals

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Three locals party of runner-up at tournament in Willmar

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Madelia Begins Looking Ahead After Devastation

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After losing a significant portion of downtown, many Madelia residents were out this morning assessing the damage.

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Cars Were Ticketed & Towed During Mankato's Snow Emergency

Drivers Ticketed & Towed During Mankato's Snow Emergency

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After our latest winter storm, Mankato declared a snow emergency Wednesday. Drivers who failed to move their car prior to 8:00 AM Wednesday morning will now have to retrieve their vehicle from an impound lot.

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UPDATE: Fire Destroys Seven Buildings In Madelia

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Multiple fire departments are on the scene of a fire involving multiple structures on Main Street in Madelia. 

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ARMER System Helps Communication But Needs Updates

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Newer radio system for Blue Earth County Sheriff has helped "immensely" but the system still needs updates.

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Sen. Amy Klobuchar Leads Forum for College Affordability

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Senators, students and professors joined in Washington D.C. to discuss college affordability and student debt on Wednesday morning.

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Party Faithful Caucus in Clay County

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Democrats and Republicans in Clay County made their choices known.

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Waseca Community Works To Be Proactive Ahead Of Storm Video included

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It was a slow start to a storm that took off quickly this morning, but that gave community members in Waseca some time to be proactive before  being stuck in the heat of the blizzard. 

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New Ulm School District Offers New Program For Kids Video included

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New Ulm school district has adopted a new program for young children.

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State Patrol Applauds "Forward Thinking" with School Closings Video included

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Many schools closed across Southern Minnesota due to the blizzard warning on Tuesday.

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One Down, But A Long Way To Go In Campaign 2016 Video included

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Months of campaigning on the ground in Iowa all came to an end last night. 

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New Children's Museum Exhibit Entertains Kids on Snowy Day Video included

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The latest "larger than life" games exhibit opened at the Children's Museum in Mankato on Tuesday and it was a hit with kids on a snowy day. 

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2015 A Busy Year For Blue Earth County Attorney's Office Video included

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Last year, Blue Earth County saw the highest number of adult criminal felony filings in the last 15 years. 

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Waseca Dentist Plans for Bad Weather Video included

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It wasn't until 10 a.m. that light flurries quickly turned heavy in Waseca.

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Belgian Company Acquires MICO Video included

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MICO produces hydraulic components, controls and brake systems for heavy-duty, off-highway vehicles in agriculture, construction, and mining.

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WHO Declares Zika Virus an Emergency Video included

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The mosquito-borne virus is suspected of causing severe birth defects in thousands of babies.

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League Of Minnesota Cities Visits Mankato Video included

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The Mankato City Council was in action Monday night, discussing the state of Minnesota cities, and strategic issues. 

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Blizzard Preppers Head To The Market Video included

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In anticipation of being snowed in, there was a bit of increased traffic at grocery stores.

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Schell Brewing To Brighten Up Minneapolis Skyline Video included

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August Schell Brewing Company has acquired the historic Grain Belt sign on Nicollet Island

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Clay County Party Chairs Look Ahead to Iowa Caucuses Video included

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2016 Presidential candidates and their supporters are spending the day trying to get out the vote before Monday night's caucuses..

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Importance of Online Dating Safety Video included

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Valentine’s Day is around the corner and people are using the internet to find somebody new but this cyber dating could pose a threat to people if they aren't aware of precautions.

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Local Officials Team Up To Reduce Number Of Mentally Ill Adults In Jails Video included

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Local officials are hopping on board a nationwide initiative to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in local jails. 

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Tri-City United High School Offers Criminal Justice Class Video included

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A High School in Montgomery is offering a class that is better preparing students for college and their career.

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Clippers and Blackhawks Battle for Bragging Rights Video included

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The first round of the boys Valley Conference Showcase gets underway Monday evening with 5 games spread across Southern Minnesota. One of the marquee match-ups featured the top-seeded Cleveland Clippers and the 3rd-seeded Madelia Blackhawks. Sitting 20-1 on the year, the Clippers are the team to beat. The orange and black rivalry has heated up recently. The Clippers nabbed the victory on the gridiron back in September and the Black.

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Southern Minnesota Roads Expected To Close During Tuesday Blizzard

Southern Minnesota Roads Expected To Close During Tuesday Blizzard Video included

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With a powerful winter storm bearing down on southern Minnesota and northern Iowa, Minnesota's Department of Transportation is expecting to close roads as conditions become unmanageable.

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Mankato Police Arrest Two in Connection to Aggravated Robbery Video included

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Mankato police arrested two people in connection to a robbery on early Saturday morning on Madison Avenue.

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Two Years After Fire Destroys Chesley Skate Park, YMCA Sets Eyes On Park's New Beginning Video included

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Exactly two years ago today Mankato's Chesley Skate Park was completely destroyed by fire. 

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Children Museum Features Big Games for Little Scholars Video included

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.Starting Tuesday, the museum will open its newest exhibit which will feature larger than life games. 

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2 Bodies Found Near Bridge in St. Cloud

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St. Cloud Police Sgt. Jeffrey Janssen says police got a call Sunday afternoon about a person possibly on the ice.

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Brewery Hopes to Relight Grain Belt Beer Sign Video included

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The August Schell Brewing Co. of New Ulm bought the Grain Belt brand in 2002 and started looking into how to relight the sign along the Mississippi River.

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Minnesota Governor Remains Hospitalized After Fainting Video included

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Dayton was taken to the hospital Sunday evening after losing consciousness at an event in Woodbury.

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Minnesotans Cancel Travel Plans Due to Concerns of Zika Virus

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Travel agents report some Minnesotans are rescheduling their winter trips to warm weather destinations because of concerns about the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

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Storm Could Dump Foot of Snow in SE MN

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 Forecasters say a winter storm could dump up to a foot of snow on southeastern Minnesota and bring blizzard-like conditions this week. 

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Twin Cities Students Suspended For KKK-Like Costumes In Tourney

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Several students at a western Twin Cities high school face discipline after reportedly wearing KKK-like costumes in an annual dodgeball tournament. 

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Mankato Police Looking For Three Assault Suspects

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Mankato Police are seeking the public's assistance in locating three white male suspects ages 25–35 years old.  

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Dancing With The Mankato Stars Practice In Full Swing

Dancing With The Mankato Stars Practice In Full Swing

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The competition is just under two weeks away. This year has twelve teams competing, eleven couples and one of which is the MSU women's soccer team.

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Le Center St. Patrick's Day Committee Announces Grand Marshals

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Fundraising and planning has begun for St. Patrick's Day. 

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Around 1,000 People Turn Out to Help New Ulm's Aaron Serbus Video included

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Around 1,000 people gather in New Ulm to help one of their own Aaron Serbus is a 2009 graduate of New Ulm High School. 

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First Annual All For Vets Tournament Takes Place Video included

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Early Sunday morning in Waseca veterans were commemorated by youth in a unique way.  

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New Ulm Woman Committed to Removing Buckthorns Video included

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A New Ulm woman is committing to rid the area of buckthorns.

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Good Thunder Deaths Ruled Murder-Suicide Video included

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The deaths of a Good Thunder couple is likely a murder-suicide.

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Gas Prices Continue to Fall Video included

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How low can they go? Gas prices continue to fall in the Mankato area. 

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Gov. Dayton Faints at Event in Woodbury, Resting at Hospital Video included

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Senior staffers say Governor Mark Dayton fainted at an event in Woodbury. 

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Last Poll Before Iowa Caucus Shows Trump, Clinton Leading

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A new poll is out showing Donald trump in the lead on the GOP side and Democrat Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders neck and neck. 

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Women Awarded Damages in Discrimination Case With Saudi Prince

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A federal judge has awarded damages to three Minnesota women who sued after they were dismissed from their chauffeur jobs because a Saudi prince wanted only male drivers.

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DNR Asks Public to Help Design Specialty License Plate

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is asking the public to design a new specialty license plate. 

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Mankato Man Faces Felony Drug Charges

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A Mankato man faces four felony charges related to drugs.

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Metro Transit Bus Driver Pleads Guilty to Soliciting Girl For Sex

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A Metro Transit bus driver has pleaded guilty to soliciting a 16-year-old girl for sex. 

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Minnesota Groups Seek Money to Keep Youths From Extremism

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A community advocate who spends his days helping Somali families and a youth soccer coach who works to keep kids off the street are among those who have applied for funding through a Department of Justice program designed to combat terrorism recruiting.

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Despite Losing Campaign Staffer, Trailing in Polls, Carson Stays in Race

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Over in Algona, Republican candidate and neurosurgeon Ben Carson is courting voters.

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Target in New Ulm Officially Closes Jan. 30

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Saturday marks the last day Target in New Ulm will be open.

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With Clock Ticking, No Progress on Special Session

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Legislative leaders came up empty-handed after another try at making a special session deal.

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Oakdale Man Kills Himself After Wounding Police Officer

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Police say an Oakdale man killed himself after an exchange of gunfire with officers who had come to search his home. 

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Eagles Club Hosts Meeting About Old Town Improvements

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Early this morning ideas and opinions were shared about the master plan for Old Town Mankato. 

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Soups For Troops Raises Money For Veterans Projects

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Soups for Troops had people pouring in the doors of the Loose Moose earlier today. 

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Jeb Bush Looking For Support In Iowa

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Presidential candidates are in the final leg of campaigning for the Iowa Caucus.

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Winter Games Bringing People And Fun Out Onto Ice Covered Lakes

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Even though we're two years away from the next Winter Olympic Games, an annual winter celebration in Arnolds Park, Iowa and the surrounding cities is shaking off those winter blues. 

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Ted Cruz Campaigns in Ringsted Video included

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Fresh off of last night's debate, candidates return to the campaign trail with just three days to go until the Iowa Caucus. 

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Cambria International Creates Local Jobs

Cambria expands business internationally. Cambria expands business internationally.
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Cambria announced international expansion to Europe, the Middle East, New Zealand, Australia, Asia, and Russia this week.

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Campaigns Enter Last Days To Reach Voters Before Iowa Caucus

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Candidates have less than three days left to convince Iowa voters they are deserving of their support at the caucuses. 

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Grammy Ticket Winners Have Been Drawn Video included

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The winner for the 2016 Grammy's trip has been chosen For over twenty years CBS and KEYC have been giving away a trip and a pair of tickets for the Grammy's. 

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Govenaires Are Invited To Shanghai

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The Govenaires are heading to Shanghai for the 2016 Shanghai Tourism Festival.

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Meet Paris; This Weeks Pick Of The Litter

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This week's Pick of the Litter is Paris, a 10 year old special needs cat.

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Minnesota Havoc Disbanded Before They Play A Single Game

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 IFL says Mankato-based team failed to meet minimal standards

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Brainstorm Meeting Ahead To Plan For old Town Video included

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After renovating downtown Mankato, city officials have eyes and plans for an older part of town and they're looking for the public's help.

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Authorities: Two Bodies Found in Good Thunder Home

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Law enforcement is on the scene at a home in Good Thunder. Right now, details are few, but we can tell you that the Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office, Tri-City Police, Good Thunder Fire, and State Patrol are gathered at a home on 846 Chapel Street.  

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House Fire Displaces Family of Six in Montgomery

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The Le Sueur County Sheriff's Department says it appears the fire started in an upstairs bedroom but the cause is unknown.

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After GOP Objections, Dayton Pares Down Buffer Law Video included

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Passing stronger requirements for so-called buffers between crops and waterways was a major flashpoint at the Capitol last year.

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KETELSEN REPORT: Minnesota Buffer Update Video included

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Minnesota is known as also a major agriculture state. Water usage and water quality are important issues in the state and even more so with recent initiatives by the Governor to require farmers to have 50 foot buffer strips on rivers and ditches throughout the state.

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Redefining 'Holiday' Celebrations at School

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Bruce Vento Elementary is joining other public schools that have opted out of holiday celebrations as they strive to be more culturally sensitive and inclusive.

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150 Seconds of Success with Cindra: Having Courage Video included

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We must understand our selves and move towards the fear. Win the battle with yourself. 

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150 SECONDS OF SUCCESS: Having a Compelling Vision Video included

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  A vision is a detailed description of where you want to go - what that looks like and feels like.

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Golden Apple Winner Hitting All The Right Notes

Golden Apple Winner Hitting All The Right Notes

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Preparing for a holiday concert is no small deal. And when your performers are still in kindergarten through second grade, that sometimes means more than simply practicing the songs.

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Two Teachers At Two Schools Sharing One Very Similar Goal

Two Teachers At Two Schools Sharing One Very Similar Goal

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This Golden Apple Award may be twice as impactful as any recipient before. That's because we honor not one, but two excellent educators.

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Meet Emily Mack: Homecoming Queen Of Sleepy Eye H.S.

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It's homecoming week for Sleepy Eye Public Schools, and Monday night, the district held its coronation. More>>

15-Year-Old Iowa Boy Running For President, Polling Well as "Deez Nuts"

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Meet Deez Nuts: a 15–year–old boy running from president from Emmet County, Iowa. More>>

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  • Miniature Horse Wedding Preparations

    Miniature Horse Wedding Preparations

    Friday, February 5 2016 2:25 PM EST2016-02-05 19:25:30 GMT

    The family is planning a western wedding and bought the stud, 'Mr. Big Stuff,' so that he and Butterball can live happily ever after together at the stables.

    The family is planning a western wedding and bought the stud, 'Mr. Big Stuff,' so that he and Butterball can live happily ever after together at the stables.

  • Little Boy and Duck are BFFs

    Little Boy and Duck are BFFs

    Friday, February 5 2016 8:44 AM EST2016-02-05 13:44:50 GMT

    Tyler's dad gave him the duckling when he was 9–months–old and they've been best friends ever since.

    Tyler's dad gave him the duckling when he was 9–months–old and they've been best friends ever since.

  • Moving Sculptures Invade Chicago

    Moving Sculptures Invade Chicago

    Thursday, February 4 2016 11:56 PM EST2016-02-05 04:56:50 GMT

    "Strandbeests" are made of plastic tubing and powered by the wind. plastic tubing and powered by the wind. The exhibit runs through May First. --- KEYC News 12

    "Strandbeests" are made of plastic tubing and powered by the wind. plastic tubing and powered by the wind. The exhibit runs through May First. --- KEYC News 12

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  • Mankato East H.S. Spanish Teacher Earns Golden Apple Award

    Mankato East H.S. Spanish Teacher Earns Golden Apple Award

    Wednesday, January 13 2016 6:40 PM EST2016-01-13 23:40:27 GMT
    Thursday, January 14 2016 8:24 PM EST2016-01-15 01:24:43 GMT

    Peg Tacheny has taught Spanish for five years of the nine years she's spent in the Mankato School District at Mankato East High School. "There's a saying that kids don't care what you know unless they know you care and I feel that's really true," Peg Tacheny, world language teacher. -- KEYC News 12

    Peg Tacheny has taught Spanish for five years of the nine years she's spent in the Mankato School District at Mankato East High School. "There's a saying that kids don't care what you know unless they know you care and I feel that's really true," Peg Tacheny, world language teacher. -- KEYC News 12

  • Golden Apple Winner Hitting All The Right Notes

    Golden Apple Winner Hitting All The Right Notes

    Golden Apple Winner Hitting All The Right Notes

    Wednesday, December 9 2015 7:37 PM EST2015-12-10 00:37:01 GMT
    Wednesday, December 9 2015 7:53 PM EST2015-12-10 00:53:00 GMT
    Preparing for a holiday concert is no small deal. And when your performers are still in kindergarten through second grade, that sometimes means more than simply practicing the songs.

    Preparing for a holiday concert is no small deal. And when your performers are still in kindergarten through second grade, that sometimes means more than simply practicing the songs.

  • Two Teachers At Two Schools Sharing One Very Similar Goal

    Two Teachers At Two Schools Sharing One Very Similar Goal

    Two Teachers At Two Schools Sharing One Very Similar Goal

    Wednesday, November 25 2015 5:06 PM EST2015-11-25 22:06:53 GMT
    Friday, November 27 2015 5:41 PM EST2015-11-27 22:41:13 GMT
    This Golden Apple Award may be twice as impactful as any recipient before. That's because we honor not one, but two excellent educators.

    This Golden Apple Award may be twice as impactful as any recipient before. That's because we honor not one, but two excellent educators.