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Ceylon Received Significant Storm Damage Video included

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The city of Ceylon took cover during the storms last night. Locals say the winds sounded like a freight train as it made its way through town.

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Latino Culture Is This Year's Topic At South Central College Global Conference Video included

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Amy Magnus with South Central College joined KEYC News 12 this Morning to talk about the upcoming Global Conference happening at South Central College in North Mankato October 10-11. 

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Highway 13 Detour Begins Monday In Waseca Video included

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A detour begins Monday for motorists traveling on Highway 13 through the city of Waseca. 

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Dig It Organizers: Bring Rain Boots, Prepare For Muddy Event Grounds

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If you're headed out to this weekend's Dig It event in Mankato, you'll want to bring some shoes that aren't afraid of getting dirty.

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Disaster Assistance Loans Still Available For Southern Minnesota Residents Impacted By June, July Flooding Video included

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 Residents in southwestern Minnesota impacted by severe storms in June and July still have time to apply for loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration 

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Morristown Blocked Off While Clean-Up Begins Video included

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At least a dozen homes are uninhabitable, some livestock were killed, fortunately residents suffered only minor injuries.

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Vietnam: A First-Person Experience Video included

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In 1968, there were 535,000 U.S. Soldiers in Vietnam, doing hundreds of jobs. Thursday, a former Army Specialist delivered his first-person experience of the conflict. 

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Fans and Players Ushered to Safety During Tornado Video included

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The Waterville-Elysian-Morristown and NRHEG volleyball teams were playing in Waterville when the storm rolled through.

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Spartans Start Season 3-0 Video included

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Friday night, the Spartans will face a state ranked United South Central squad that also enters the match-up unbeaten.

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New Ulm Hosts German Fashion Show

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New Ulm held its very own German fashion show Thursday night

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Trimont Native; National Guard Captain is Set to Deploy on Sunday Video included

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More than 650 soldiers in the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Red Bull Infantry Division are deploying to the Middle East country of Kuwait this Sunday.

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Weather Pictures from Viewers Around the Region

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Viewer-submitted weather pictures from the Thursday, September 20th storms.

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Minnesota Court Of Appeals Hears Cases At Blue Earth County Justice Center

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The court regularly travels to cities across the state to hear cases, so that people won't have to travel to the capital to appear in court.

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Company Holds Robot Expo In Mankato Video included

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John Henry Foster, a company specializing in robotics systems, held a robotics expo in Mankato.  The machines have found their way into all sectors of manufacturing.

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Waterfowl Opener Brings Hunters to Minnesota Video included

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This year, duck numbers are up for a variety of reasons, making hunters giddy to get out on the flood plains.

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MIDDAY EXPERT: Urine Incontinence Proves Common Among Women Video included

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Tarek Khalife, M.D., OB-GYN Physician with Mayo Clinic Health System joined KEYC News 12 to talk about urine incontinence, who it affects and treatment options available. 

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Heavy Rain Creates Dangerous Conditions On Roadways In Northern Iowa Video included

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Ongoing rainfall has prompted flood watches and some warnings for a portion of southern Minnesota and northern Iowa. 

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Minnesota Sees Lowest Unemployment Rate In Over 18 Years

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 Minnesota's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 2.9 percent in August, its lowest rate since 1999.

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Mayo Announces Scholarship In Honor of Dakota Leader Video included

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It comes as a symbolic apology for a dark chapter in Mayo's history, one that left many Native American's fearing hospitals.

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City Of Waseca Offering Self-Serve Sandbags In Preparation For Flooding

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The city says the sand and bags are provided on a self-serve basis. 

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10 People Involved In Chain Reaction Crash In Nicollet County

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 The State patrol says a vehicle was stopped to turn left into a driveway facing eastbound on Highway 14.

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Suspected Robbery at Truman Bar and Grill Video included

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The owner of the Aardvarks Bar and Grill in Truman is looking for answers after they say their business was robbed last weekend.  

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Running For Rescues 5K Will Support BENCHS Video included

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Erik Jensen creator of Running for Rescues 5k joined KEYC News 12 This Morning to talk about the upcoming pet-friendly 5K fun run and walk benefiting the Blue Earth Nicollet County Humane Society (BENCHS).   

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La Plaza Fiesta Adds Grocery Store Video included

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Owner of La Plaza Fiesta Krystal Hernandez has finally opened her very own grocery store, years after a massive fire took out her business. 

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Health Insurance Co-Op Aims to Help Farmers Video included

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With high premiums and lack of insurance options, farmers struggle to find healthcare plans to meet their needs.

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Adam and Caitlin Thielen Launch New Foundation Video included

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The foundation will partner with the pediatric behavioral health unit to help kids overcome adversity and serve as a support system for those dealing with mental challenges.

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Lake Crystal Man Sentenced Following March Police Pursuit Video included

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Andrew John McGuire will serve 54 months in St. Cloud Correctional Facility for a DWI conviction. He'll serve a concurrent sentence of 17 months for fleeing police 

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Jackson Student Accused of Making Threat Pleads "Not Guilty" Video included

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Jaleel Carr is currently charged with Threats of Violence resulting from an alleged threat made over a PlayStation Network voice chat. 

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Couple Facing Charges After Allegedly Leaving Child on Side of Road Video included

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Gregory Allan Wilson and his girlfriend Lynda Ruth Michel are accused of leaving Wilson's five-year-old on the southbound side of 169 in rural Nicollet County. 

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Charges Filed Against Alleged Elysian Bar Burglar Video included

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Charges are being filed against 51-year-old George Alan Vanzee.  Authorities say Vanzee broke into 4 different bars looking for money, back on January 7th.

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The Urban Nomads Spread Message of Unity in Mankato Video included

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The group plays Somali music despite only one member actually being from Somalia, showing that a group of unique people can unite when they have common interests.

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South Central College Students And Faculty Discuss Veterans Issues With Candidate Video included

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Much of the focus of the discussion was finding ways to get veterans into agriculture education programs.  

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Community Policing Is Working Well In Mankato Video included

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Police are getting to know the neighborhoods they patrol.  One school had a big thank you for one of the neighborhood officers who recently spoke there.

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Public Invited To Tour Manufacturing Facilities Across Southern Minnesota Video included

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Sarah Richards with Jones Metal joined KEYC News 12 to talk about the Tour of Manufacturing happening October 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and October 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The tour is free and open to the public. For more information, click here. 

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Local Organizations Awarded Grants From Otto Bremer Trust Video included

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A few local organizations are awarded funds through the latest grant cycle from Otto Bremer Trust. 

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A Check Up Just For Hunters Video included

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With hunting season underway, health officials are encouraging a trip to the doctor's office, before heading out to that deer stand.

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'Traffic Approaching' Sign Change In Mountain Lake Video included

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MnDOT is notifying motorist of a planned change to its traffic warning system at the Highway 60, County Road 1 intersection in Mountain Lake. 

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Backpack Food Program Hosting Culinary Fundraiser. Video included

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Rachel Carpenter with the Backpack Food Program joined KEYC News 12 This Morning to talk about their first ever "Cirque du Crave" fundraising event.  

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Prep Athlete: WEM's Alexis Morsching Video included

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Morsching recently topped the 1,000 digs milestone.

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Prep Athlete: Waseca's Malik Willingham Video included

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Willingham's leadership and passion for the game are why he's our KEYC News 12 Prep Athlete of the Week brought to you by Scheels.

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Cougars/Scarlets Gear Up for Pack the Stands Video included

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"It's by far the most fun game to play in."

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Public Library Hosts Variety of Events This Month Video included

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This evening, local historian Denis Warda is shedding light on the largest ethnic group that fought with the Union forces.

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St. Peter to Replace Minnesota Square Park Pavilion Video included

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Minnesota Square Park hosts weddings, reunions, and festivals like Rock Bend - and a pavilion has stood in the middle since the 1930's. Now, the city of St. Peter is in the process of replacing it.

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Mankato West Declared 2nd Best Sports School in Minnesota Video included

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"I think it's a great honor for our kids and our entire school community.  It's really a reflection of a lot of people working together.  Our student athletes, our coaches, our parents, our booster club, our teaching staff here in the building and our administrators.  Everybody across the district and the community i think can really share in this."

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Granada Huntley East Chain School Sees Enrollment Boom Video included

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Rural schools have seen declining enrollment.  This school has actually had a 60% increase in students over the last 4 years.

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New Law Allows Free Credit Freeze

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A credit freeze, also known as a security freeze, restricts access to your credit file, making it more difficult for criminals to open fraudulent new accounts or borrow money in your name.

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Minnesota Extends REAL ID Deadline to 2020 Video included

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The state has extended the deadline by two years to October 1, 2020. 

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Local DACA Recipient A Keynote Speaker At SCC's 2018 Global Conference Video included

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Antonio Gomez, keynote speaker at the South Central College Global Conference coming up in October, joined KEYC News 12 this Midday to talk about his featured session called 'Running Out of DACA'. 

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Loyola Catholic School Receives $500,000 From Former Student Video included

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Loyola Catholic School receives a big donation from a former student. The $500,000 donation comes from Patrick Bresnan, who graduated in the class of 1955. 

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UPDATE: Green Plains Denying Claims in Reuters Report

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The company spokesman says they typically don't comment on plant status but are because of the incorrect information in the report.

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Soybean Harvest Begins For Some Minnesota Farmers Video included

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Harvest 2018 has already begun for some Minnesota farmers.   

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A Look Back At The History of the Mahkato Powwow Video included

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Jessica Potter with the Blue Earth County Historical Society joined KEYC News 12 This Morning to about the 46th Annual Mahkato Traditional Powwow and the history behind it. 

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Man Accused Of Entering Home, Chasing Woman With Knife In Blue Earth County Video included

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 A 28-year-old man is facing burglary charges after allegedly breaking into a home and assaulting a woman in Blue Earth County.  

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#9 Scarlets and #8 Wildcats Draw Video included

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After extra time, the teams finished in a 1-1 tie.

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#1 WEM Stays Unbeaten with Straight Sets Win over St. Peter Video included

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The Buccaneers return to action at home against NRHEG this Thursday. 

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City of Madison Lake to Release Updated Statement on Bunde This Week Video included

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The Facebook video surfaced September 10 after an anonymous tip to Madison Lake's city administrator and KEYC News 12. 

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Another Teen Is Sentenced Following Alleged Blue Earth Area Assault Video included

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Blake Barnett, one of seven teens accused in an alleged assault which took place after a Blue Earth Area football game in October of 2017, was back in court Monday.

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MSU Music Department Celebrates School's 150th Birthday with Song Video included

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With the 150th anniversary on the horizon, they decided to celebrate that in their own way.

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Students Observe Constitution Day, Discuss Issues Video included

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In celebration of Constitution Day, college students discussed how the 1787 document affects them in 2018.

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Fallenstein Playground Gets Some Safety Upgrades Video included

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Residents were concerned about the height of some of the playground's equipment. 

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History Fest Is Coming Next Month Video included

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History Fest begins the second week of October.  For years, kids have been heading down to the McGowan farm to do everything from sawing logs to throwing tomahawks.

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JWP Wants Voters To Approve November Referendum Video included

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The district wants voters to okay a continuation of the operating levy that was enacted in 2011.  The funds from that original referendum make up about 13% of the district's budget.

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Madison Lake Reviewing Chief of Police Following Controversial Video Video included

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 A Facebook video surfaced September 10 after an anonymous tip to Madison Lake's city administrator and KEYC News 12. 

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Gustavus Adolphus Celebrates 200th Anniversary of US-Sweden Relations with Guest Speaker Video included

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The state has 500,000 people descended from Swedish immigrants. .

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Man Arrested, Accused of Exposing Himself at Woman's Doorstep Video included

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One woman told Mankato Public Safety she was utterly shocked, when she answered her door and found a half– naked man. 

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Summit Taking Place In Mankato To Address Opioid Epidemic Video included

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Christy Barnett with House of Hope joined KEYC News 12 this Midday to talk about the upcoming 'Shared Solutions: Addiction Summit: Addressing The Opioid Epidemic Through Collaboration happening Sept. 26. For more information click here. 

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Mankato Woman Finds Stranger in Her Home and Clothing Video included

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One Mankato woman was surprised to find a complete stranger not only in her home, but wearing her clothing as well. 

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New Ulm Police Seeking Suspects In Church Burglary Video included

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The New Ulm Police Department is offering a reward in connection with a church burglary investigation.    

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Fiesta Market Madelia Now Open After Downtown Fire Destroyed Building In 2016 Video included

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Fiesta Market Madelia is officially open, after a fire destroyed the building where it was planned to start up.  

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Sidewalk Sign Stolen From Wagon Wheel Cafe Returned With Message Video included

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A stolen sign has returned to its home at a local business, with a message of regret.

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Mankato Brewery Serving Up State Fair Beer For Limited Time Video included

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 Mankato  Brewery  made the beer just for the state fair, but says it is now available for a super limited time at the brewery.

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St. Peter Co-op Undergoing Refresh Video included

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Shoppers who frequent the St. Peter Co-op will notice some big changes as the company's refresh project gets underway. 

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Traffic Signal at Hwy. 14, Hwy.71 To Be Deactivated In Sanborn

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The Minnesota Department of Transportation is alerting drivers about a traffic change happening this week in Sanborn. 

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Timm Road Temporarily Closed At Lookout Drive

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Timm Road will be temporarily closed at Lookout Drive in North Mankato starting Monday, Sept. 17.  

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Bethany Lutheran College Celebrating 25th Anniversary Of Theatre Physics Performance Video included

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Pete Bloedel with Bethany Lutheran College joined KEYC News 12 This Morning to talk about the upcoming Theatre Physics performance happening on campus. The performance takes place Sept. 21-23 and is free and open to the public. For more information, click here. 

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Mankato Man Charged For Alleged Church Donation Box Theft, Damage Video included

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A 28-year-old Mankato man has been charged after allegedly damaging and stealing from a church collection box last month.  

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Exhibit at First Congregational United Church of Christ Takes Closer Look At Border Region Video included

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Lens on the Border showed the impact on border families through artist's work but also the impact on the environment and the harm it causes to animals.  

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First Concert of Summit Avenue Music Series Held at Martin Luther College Video included

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The founder of the series, Bethel Balge, serves on the faculty at Martin Luther and Bethany Lutheran Colleges. 

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MSU Art Department Displays Distinctive Project by Minnesota Artist Video included

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Xavier Tavera's exhibit "Borderlands" is on display until tomorrow afternoon at the Conkling Gallery at Nelson Hall on the campus of Minnesota State Mankato.

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An Unexpected Delivery Video included

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It started out as a simple trip to the hospital on July 7th to welcome their fourth child into the world, but for the Thompson family, the baby had other plans.

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Covia Mining Company Holds Bi-Annual Kasota Prairie Open House Video included

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A partnership between Covia, Prairie Restoration and the Prairie Ecology Bus Center, visitors were able to tour the 90 acres with professionally led prairie tours and get a hands on view of the restoration process as well as learn the significance of natural grasslands.    

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Southern Minnesota Cyclists Take Their Passion Off the Beaten Path Video included

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Busy roads can create hazardous conditions for road cyclists. One Hartland man decided to take the road less traveled instead. 

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Mountain Lake Native Shares Her Journey of Grief through Blog and Book Video included

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 "I would somehow have to learn to be okay with the fact that when I say those simple words like husband, cancer, died and lost; Most people will never know what the hell I really mean or who exactly my husband was." 

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Fire Trucks Take Road Trip Across Minnesota Video included

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MacQueen Emergency's Road Rally is honoring firefighters and giving them the chance to see the latest fire apparatus.

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Janesville Fire Department Honors Its Volunteers Video included

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Volunteer firefighters sacrifice countless hours of their personal time to serve the public. One fire department is honoring its volunteers both past and present.     

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Prosecutors Seeking 1st Degree Murder Charges in Engelbrecht Case Video included

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A grand jury is being summoned for September 19th and 20th at the Watonwan County Courthouse to push for first degree charges.

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MSU Student-Athletes Read to Third Graders Video included

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When it comes to getting kids interested in reading, bringing in people that they look up to, like the student–athletes, can go a long way.

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LeSueur County Agents Help in Minnesota's Largest Drug Seizure Video included

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According to police, the seizure could sell wholesale for approximately $684,000. When the seized drugs are broken down into $100/gram for street level sales, the value would be over $7,750,000.

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SCC Awards $300,000 In Scholarships Video included

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The South Central College, North Mankato Campus Foundation awarded $300,000 in scholarships to 300 students during Friday's annual awards ceremony, including several full-ride scholarships.

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Pick of the Litter: Grace Video included

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Grace is active and loves to play with toys, especially string toys.

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Food Friday: Charley's Restaurant Video included

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 Comfort and great food is key, when choosing a restaurant to eat in, which is why Charley's Restaurant is this week's feature. 

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Kids Get Hands On Experience With Construction Equipment At Upcoming Event Video included

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Deb Newman with the Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota joined KEYC News 12 This Morning to talk about their upcoming event 'Dig It'.  

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Special Archery Deer Hunt Begins September 15 Video included

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A special archery deer hunt opens tomorrow in the East Minnesota River Refuge. That refuge is located in Blue Earth and Le Sueur Counties along the east bank of the Minnesota River. 

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Click It Or Ticket Campaign Begins September 17 Video included

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From one extra enforcement campaign to another, law enforcement across the state are making a point to keep the roads safe as we head into the fall season.

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Waseca Approved For Loan To Update Sewer System Video included

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The city of Waseca is receiving over 6 million dollars in loans to upgrade its sewer system.  

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Restaurant-goers Stick a Fork in Cancer in Mankato Video included

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28 venues across town were donating up to 30% of today's proceeds to three local causes that work to improve the lives of all those impacted by cancer.

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MSU Gets Its First Comprehensive History to Celebrate 150 Years Video included

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150 years have gone by since what was then-known as the Mankato Normal School was established.

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City Hosts Public Input On Capital Investment Plan Video included

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Mankato residents had the chance to provide input on next year's proposed capital projects before the budget is adopted in December.

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LCWM Students Take Pledge To Not Practice Distracted Driving Habits Video included

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New research from AT&T shows 81% of people admit to texting behind the wheel, while 64% admit to snapchatting and viewing photos while driving.

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BENCHS Receive Dogs Evacuated Ahead of Hurricane Florence Video included

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As shelters clear out in the hurricane zones, dogs are being sent all over the country for their safety.

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Saving Lives With Mental Health First Aid Video included

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Mankato Clinic is teaching 'Mental Health First Aid.'  It's an 8 hour course that teaches people to recognize and carefully intervene if they think someone is having a mental crisis.

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Competitive Cheer, Stunt, Tumble Gym Opening Near Mankato Video included

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Haley Huchon with Minnesota Power Athletics joined KEYC News 12 this Midday to talk about Mankato's first all star competitive cheer, stunt and tumble gym opening in November. Click here for more. 

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ECHO Food Shelf to Host Mini Marathon Video included

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The ECHO food shelf in Mankato is hosting a Mini Marathon. It's to help raise funds to support ECHO. 

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New Group In Fairmont To Address Childcare Shortage Video included

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The city of Fairmont has assembled a team to address a major childcare shortage in the region. Officials say a gap analysis shows Martin County has a shortage of about 172 licensed full-time childcare slots. 

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MVL Student Earns Perfect ACT Score Video included

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A Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School student in New Ulm definitely has something to be proud of. 

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DNR Tracking Fall Foliage With Online Tool Video included

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If you're already on the hunt to see some of that fall foliage, The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has got you covered.

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Mankato, North Mankato Area Planning Organization Seeking Input On Transportation Plans Video included

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The Mankato/North Mankato Area Planning Organization wants your help in shaping short and long-term transportation plans throughout the area. 

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Help Still Available For Minnesotans Who Were At Harvest Festival Shooting In Las Vegas Video included

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The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says there's help still available for any Minnesotan who was at the Harvest Festival Shooting in Las Vegas last year.  

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GasBuddy: Florence Won't Cause Widespread Spike In Gas Prices Video included

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GasBuddy says because refiners are unhindered and out of the way of the storm, this isn't an event that will result in a widespread gas price hike.

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Feehan Campaign Talks to MSU Students on Healthcare Video included

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The Democratic nominee to replace Tim Walz in Minnesota's First Congressional District has been touring the southern portion of the state as part of his campaign push for making healthcare more affordable and accessible for Minnesotans.

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DWI Numbers Show Enforcement Still Needed Video included

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The numbers from the latest DWI extra enforcement campaign are in and authorities across the state were able to get over a thousand impaired drivers off our roadways.

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Counselor at Gustavus Tennis Camp Charged with Criminal Sex Conduct

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20-year-old Kieran Dan Townsend of Mankato is charged with one count of criminal sexual conduct in the third degree and another in the fourth degree in Le Sueur County. 

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Hurricane Florence Increases Need For Blood Donations Video included

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As Hurricane Florence heads towards the Carolinas, the Red Cross is preparing for disaster.  

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Inner Ear Problems Could Lead To Falls For Seniors Video included

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An audiologist from Mayo Mankato held a seminar to explain how inner ear problems can lead to dizziness and problems keeping your balance.  

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Celebrate Fall With 30 Days Of Events Video included

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Gather In The GreenSeam will feature 30 days of events celebrating fall.

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Jackson Man Accused of Strangling Mother to Death Makes First Appearance in Court Video included

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Nicholas Thompson is being charged with three counts of second degree murder and made his initial court appearance Wednesday.

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Madison Lake Will Now Look into Chief's Facebook Video Video included

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An anonymous tip to both the city and KEYC News 12 on Monday brought attention to the video some say is racist.

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'60 Minutes' Executive Out Following Harassment Allegations

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Fager previously served as chairman of CBS News and became executive producer of "60 Minutes" in 2003. He had been at CBS News for more than 35 years.

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MIDDAY EXPERT: Back To School Season Can Impact Mental Health Of Teens, Young Adults Video included

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Psychotherapist Andrew Archer joined KEYC News 12 this Midday to talk about college and high school students headed back to school and how their new environment can impact mental health. 

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Final DWI Numbers In Following Extra Enforcement Video included

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Authorities across the state make over 1300 DWI arrests during a two week period of extra enforcement. 

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Minn Dept. of Health: High School Tobacco Use Increase Video included

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As students return to school, the Minnesota Department of Health is issuing a health advisory, saying early nicotine use among kids increases their risks of addiction now and later in life. 

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Sex Assault investigation Work Group Launched Video included

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The group is made up of statewide leaders, experts in victim advocacy, health care and law enforcement. 

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Smith Named NFC Defensive Player Of The Week

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Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith is named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week. 

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MSU Hosting Drive-In Movie Video included

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Just drive up, park and watch the show. Minnesota State University Mankato is offering unique way to watch a movie on the big screen. The MSU Student Events Team is hosting a drive-in movie this Friday at 9 p.m. in University Parking Lot 20. 

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42nd Annual Car Show Happening Sept. 16 Video included

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Daryl Pischner with the Auto Restorers Club of Southern Minnesota joined KEYC News 12 This Morning to talk about their 42nd annual car show.  For more information on the car show visit their website: http://clubs.hemmings.com/autorestorers/car-show.htm More>>

Estherville Man Facing Felony Drug Charges Video included

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A 23-year-old Estherville man is arrested following an ongoing drug investigation. 

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More Deer On Roadway, Less Daylight Pose Dangers For Motorcyclists This Fall Video included

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Many motorcyclists are taking advantage of the few warm days left, but state officials say there are a few changes motorcyclists should know about as the leaves begin to change.   

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BENCHS Taking In Dogs From North Carolina Ahead Of Hurricane Florence Video included

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People aren't the only ones being forced to evacuate ahead of Florence.  

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#1 Buccaneers Improve to 10-0 Video included

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The Buccaneers topped the TCU Titans 25-17, 25-15, and 25-15.

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Mavs Fall to #3 Golden Bears Video included

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The Golden Bears topped the Mavericks in straight sets.

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Judge Rules Engelbrecht Case can Proceed After Reviewing Competency Report Video included

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His attorney requested a Rule 20 Competency evaluation back in July. Engelbrecht was claiming he had no recollection of the June 18th events. 

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Coffee Hag Jam Sesh Video included

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Patrons to Coffee Hag were in for a musical treat Tuesday evening.

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MSU Student Fighting For His Life After Fall Video included

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An MSU student is fighting for his life after a fall from a balcony

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Enjoy A Meal in Mankato for Stick a Fork in Cancer Video included

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Up to 30 percent of the proceeds will benefit three local organizations working to improve the lives of all those impacted by cancer: the Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund, YMCA LiveStrong Program and the American Cancer Society of Blue Earth County.

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Fifth Graders Learn About Farm and Home Safety at FarmAmerica Video included

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For 21 years, FarmAmerica's mission has been to prevent accidents and save lives by teaching kids in a hands-on environment.

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DNR To Zap Invasive Carp Video included

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Electric fence-like barriers are being installed in streams to keep invasive carp species from ruining lakes and rivers.

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Man Faces Charges After Allegedly Inappropriately Touching Children At Pool

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Deen Wang is charged with criminal sexual conduct in the 2nd and 5th degree.

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Downtown Windom Library Undergoing Renovations Video included

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Built in 1911 as a bank, the building on 4th Avenue has served as the city's library since 1985, and this year it's getting a facelift.     

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Mankato East Staff Had a Unique Way To Welcome Students Back Video included

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Last week was the first week of school for many students, including Mankato Area Public Schools.

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Mankato Moms Blog: Guide To Fall Fun In The Mankato Area Video included

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Jessica Blais with the Mankato Moms Blog joined KEYC News 12 this Midday with a Guide to Fall Fun around Mankato. 

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Fun.com Opens Halloween Stores In Twin Cities Video included

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  Along with offering costumes online, the company, which owns and operates halloweencostumes.com is now trying out two brick and mortar Halloween stores. 

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Lakefield Daycare License Revoked Following Investigation

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A daycare in Jackson County has its license revoked following a sex abuse investigation.  

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Faribault Woman Charged in Fatal Stabbing

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Judana Williams, 23, has been charged with second degree intentional murder, in the death of Michael Bongers, of Faribault.

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Support Groups Offered At Hosanna Lutheran Church To Help With Life Challenges Video included

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Beth Denhof with Journeys Program joined KEYC News 12 This Morning to talk about the different support group programs and how they help people in the community. More>>

Two Vikings Players Have Some Exciting News Video included

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As we all know, the Minnesota Vikings were able to revel in a week one win over the 49ers.   But a few of the teammates have more to celebrate than just that victory.    

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Northern Iowa Man Killed In Single Vehicle Crash

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 An investigation found Richard Bergstrom was southbound on the roadway and lost control of the car, entered the ditch and rolled his vehicle. 

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Albert Lea Man Airlifted After Being Pinned Under Tractor

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 Authorities say they arrived to find the tractor upside down, trapping 64-year-old Steven Robert Henderson underneath. 

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Flags Lowered To Half-Staff For 9/11 Anniversary

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Today marks the 17th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. 

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Mankato City Council to Address Urgent $1.2 Million Eagle Lake Sewage Project Video included

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 The initial collapse by the Haefner Drive and Madison Avenue intersection happened on August 28. Heavy rainfall caused a temporary repair to fail on September 3, which is the reason for the current sense of urgency.

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Flags to Fly at Half-Staff To Honor Sept. 11th, 2001 Attacks

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In observance of the seventeenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Governor Mark Dayton has ordered all United States flags and Minnesota flags be flown at half-staff 

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Windom Forces Join Together for Blood Drive Video included

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Today the Windom Area Hospital held the Heroes Behind the Badge Blood Drive.  

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Windom Welcomes Largest Hotel in City Video included

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In the northeast part of town, just minutes from downtown, the Americinn has 47 units which have different options from kings, queens, suites and even dog friendly rooms. 

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City Responds to Madison Lake Police Chief's Controversial Facebook Post Video included

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Madison Lake City Administrator received a call Monday morning from a concerned citizen referencing what he claimed was a racist video posted on Chief Dan Bunde's personal Facebook page.

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American Bar in North Mankato Under New Ownership Video included

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There will be an all–day "Last Call" Event on Saturday, September 29 with drink and food specials

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Rainy Summer Could Hurt Corn Harvest Video included

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Rain has been an ever-present part of summer 2018 in southern Minnesota, and that weather hit nobody harder than farmers.

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Mankato Schools Show Decline in MCA Test Scores Video included

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Statewide Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment Results have been released and only one school scored higher than the state's average in reading, math and science.

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Happy Chef Statue Breaks His Silence Video included

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The iconic roadside statue has just been remodeled and its voice box is back in working order.

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MAYORAL MONDAY: North Mankato Mayor Talks Bier On Belgrade, Ongoing City Projects Video included

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North Mankato Mayor Mark Dehen joined KEYC News 12 this Midday to talk about the upcoming Bier on Belgrade event happening Sept. 22. He also talked about the completion of Fallenstein Playground and the ongoing Spring Lake Park Pool improvements. 

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Pollen Season Expanding Video included

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The Minnesota Department of Health says ragweed pollen season is expected to peak soon. Experts say it's now 18 to 21 days longer than it was in the mid-1990s.

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Mankato Happy Chef Statue Speaks Again

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 After being mute for more than a decade, The Happy Chef statue in Mankato has his voice back. 

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Sandeen Hospitalized After Yearly Check-up Video included

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A Mankato woman who has gone through 2 heart transplants is back in the hospital. Over 20 years ago, At just 8-years-old Alyssa Sandeen had her first heart transplant. 

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MRCI Highlights Direct Support Professionals Week Video included

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Tami Reuter with MRCI joined KEYC News 12 This Morning to talk about Direct Support Professionals Week.  More>>

Weekend Training Program Part of New Movement in Mankato Video included

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Deva Nation's mission is to provide a personal and social network of care, especially with an aging population. 

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Farm America Holds Fall Festival and 40th Anniversary Celebration. Video included

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The Minnesota Agriculture Interpretive Center, also known as Farm America, is 360 acres featuring the evolution of agriculture from when the state was first settled and into the 21st century. 

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Moonves Out as CBS Chief

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Moonves faces at least 12 allegations of sexual assault or misconduct.  His resignation is effective immediately. 

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Annual Center Creek Orchard Fall Festival Provides Family Fun Video included

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 "We have the apple pie, apple crisp, we have hot dogs, we have our hamburger stand that's going to be up and running here shortly.  Also we have our apples and everything that goes with that with the caramel and just a variety of food."

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Drew's Crew 5k Colorfest Run Marks Four Years Video included

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About 200 supporters ran in the Drew's Crew 5K Colorfest Run this Saturday, at Harman Park.

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Running Buddies Meet and Race Together For the First Time Video included

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Drew's Crew 5K Colorfest took over New Ulm this Saturday, inviting out runners from all over. However, a participant from Oregon, teamed up with a local friend to complete the race.

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Surprise Proposal Takes Stage at Mankato Pridefest Video included

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Local Resident Chloe Hruska surprised her girlfriend Carley Cook, during a belly dance performance, in front of hundreds. 

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28th Edition of Folk Festival Rocks St. Peter Video included

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 Started in 1991, the event features local musicians, local vendors of arts and crafts, food trucks and activities for kids. 

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Walk to End Alzheimer's Moves to Site of Famous Research Video included

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The Alzheimer's Association of Southern Minnesota set a goal of $125,000 for this year's walk.

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Pride, Passion, and a Proposal Prevail at Pridefest Video included

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The festival brought hundreds out to Riverfront Park on Saturday, to watch festive performances from all over the country, enjoy different vendors and booths, all while surrounding themselves with friends and family.

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Tina Smith and Dan Feehan Talk Tuition Costs With College Students Video included

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According to Forbes, the average student graduating college in the class of 2016 graduated with just over $37,000 in debt while the national student debt number is at $1.5 trillion and counting.

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Cougars and Scarlets Face-off in Annual Jug Game Video included

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Mankato East and Mankato West are set to battle on Friday night at Blakeslee Stadium. KEYC News 12 Sports Director Claire Dau met up with both squads prior to kick-off.

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Unique Back to School Lunch Served to Students in Le Sueur County Video included

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As a back to school treat, Cleveland students had a different type of lunch than usual today.

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Man Killed, Woman Arrested in Faribault Stabbing

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Upon arrival, police determined that an adult male resident, later identified as Michael Bongers (age 52) had received a stab wound to his chest

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Lake Crystal Holding Citywide Garage Sale Video included

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Over 30 families and businesses in Lake Crystal are having a garage sale together.  The sale started today and runs through Saturday.

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Highway 109 Construction Delayed Again Video included

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The construction of Highway 109 from Wells to Alden, has been delayed yet again.

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U of M Southern Research and Outreach Center Hosting Open House Video included

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Visitors of all ages can check out exhibits, 4-H activities and a corn maze.

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Minnesota Walmart Employees to Receive Over $2.9 Million in Bonuses Video included

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Hourly associates in Minnesota will be splitting the $2.9 million for their quarterly bonuses following the best growth in a decade according to Walmart. 

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Wells Bomb Threat Deemed Not Credible Video included

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According to the Wells Police Department, the threat came in through a new app introduced by the Arch Diocese of Winona to report bullying, targeting St. Casimirs.

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Pick of the Litter: Millie Video included

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The 9-month-old puppy knows how to sit and shake hands.

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Design & Wine Celebrating 4th Year In Business Video included

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Laura Doyen with Design & Wine of North Mankato joined KEYC News 12 This Morning to talk about their birthday party happening Friday, Sept. 7 from 4 to 8 p.m. 

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Faribault Police Department Warns Of Scammer Posing As 'Lieutenant Reed' Video included

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The Faribault Police Department is warning the public of a scammer posing as a member of the Rice County Sheriff's Office.

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Mankato Woman Critically Injured In Crash

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A Mankato woman is critically injured in an accident Thursday afternoon in Le Sueur County.

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MnDOT Installs Temporary Stop Lights On Highway 30 Following Flooding Video included

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Motorists in Blue Earth County should plan for possible delays on Highway 30 east of County Road 14. 

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Food Friday: Jessie's Smokehouse Video included

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The restaurant has not even been open a year yet, and already they are making a name for themselves, winning awards and showing off their wonderful original barbecue sauces. 

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City Of Waseca Reopens Beaches, Boat Ramps To Three Lakes Video included

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The City of Waseca has reopened access to a few of its lakes that it had closed last week.

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  • Pick of the Litter: Grace

    Pick of the Litter: Grace

    Friday, September 14 2018 12:35 PM EDT2018-09-14 16:35:00 GMT

    Grace is active and loves to play with toys, especially string toys.

    Grace is active and loves to play with toys, especially string toys.

  • Pick of the Litter: Millie

    Friday, September 7 2018 11:39 AM EDT2018-09-07 15:39:26 GMT

    The 9-month-old puppy knows how to sit and shake hands.

    The 9-month-old puppy knows how to sit and shake hands.

  • Pick of the Litter: Clifford

    Pick of the Litter: Clifford

    Friday, August 24 2018 11:38 AM EDT2018-08-24 15:38:08 GMT

    If you are interested in adopting Clifford or any other animals at BENCHS give them a call at 507-625-6373.

    If you are interested in adopting Clifford or any other animals at BENCHS give them a call at 507-625-6373.