Mankato News from a newspaper in the Greater Mankato Area, nestled comfortably in the Minnesota River Valley

Community and Area Orgs Focus on Stopping Sex Trafficking in MN

It's sex trafficking awareness month and Blue Earth County attorneys met with advocates and other professionals to discuss the topic. Brown and Nicollet County attorneys also convened in Saint Peter to discuss the problems, particularly with underage trafficked runaway girls.

Petition Circulates to Halt MN Wildlife Hunts for Sport

Coyote hunting in Minnesota draws criticism

Photo by Christopher Bruno: Coyote hunting in Minnesota draws criticism. Creative Commons Photo of a coyote in the woods.
A petition is circulating the Internet, thanks in part to a website called, to halt the practice of wildlife killing for sport. In particular the petition, initiated by a White Bear Lake, Minnesota man named Scott Slocum, the petition is campaigning to get Gov. Mark Dayton and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to put an end to these kinds of contests.

Mankato Police Blotter: Cops Respond to Robbery and Shooting Reports

Mankato police responded to two incidents in January and have released updates of information regarding these two incidents.

Owatonna Brings Back Indie Films from Around the World in 2016

Belle Indie Film

Image: Belle
The Owatonna Public Library is once again hosting another independent film series in 2016. January starts the year out with the film, Belle, about an ethnically mixed girl who is the daughter of a powerful military admiral in the Navy.

Minnesota Vikings vs Seattle Seahawks in Cold MN Weather

Marcus Sherels

Photo by Jeffrey Beall: Marcus Sherels, Minnesota Vikings.
The Minnesota Vikings are doing superb this football season, heading straight into a top division spot and beating out their Wisconsin rivals, the Green Bay Packers. Now the team is a wild card contender and will face the Seattle Seahawks in a game that is sure to be frigid and cold on the outdoor home turf in Minneapolis after days of snowy weather.

FoodNiche NourishX Challenge a 21-Day Nutrient Rich Experience


The FoodNiche social network wants you to start the new year out with new goals for your health, starting with eating habits. Take the NourishX Challenge, which promotes eating nutrient-rich foods over processed ones.

New Fishing Regulations Effect 17 MN Lakes

MN Walleye Photo by Department of Natural Resources in Minnesota.

Photo: Walleye Photo by Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in Minnesota. Starting in March, new regulations will impact 17 Minnesota Lakes, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). FULL STORY

Day After Xmas in Mankato a Historical Ride to Honor Hanged Native Warriors

Largest Mass Hanging of Natives Memorial in Mankato

The day after Christmas in Mankato was a day to remember those 38 Dakota warriors who lost their life and were hanged in the largest mass hanging in U.S. history in downtown Mankato. FULL STORY

Mankato Symphony Orchestra Music on the Hill Chamber Series Presents Minnesota Roots

Violinist and Music on the Hill Artistic Director Lydia Miller Choorapuzha is a native of Severna Park, Maryland.

Music on the Hill is a popular concert series in Mankato. The Mankato Gazette newspaper reports that the series will hold a special concert featuring Minnesota classical musicians for the "Minnesota Roots" performance this month.

MN Court of Appeals Rules State Cannot Constitutionally Uphold Urine or Blood Test Law

A Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that it is unconstitutional to uphold a law making it illegal to refuse a blood or urine test without a warrant. FULL STORY