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Vikings Will Face Packers Regime After Knocking Down Giants

Minnesota's record is now 10-5 after defeating the New York Giants Sunday in Minneapolis. The Vikings are now within reach of stopping the lead of the Green Bay Packers in the NFC North... FULL STORY

DNR Looks for Conservation Interns to Help Inspect for Invasive Species

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is on the lookout for watercraft inspectors. The internship will last during the duration of the 2016 boating season, the agency announced.

Inspectors will work at access points on lakes and rivers that have invasive species infestations. These foreign species of aquatic organisms include Eurasian watermilfoil and zebra mussels (most common).

A DNR program coordinator said the internship is an opportunity to get experience doing real world conservation work in Minnesota.

After New Year, You Can't Register Vehicles Without Insurance

Per Minnesota State Statute 169.798 Subd. 4, effective January 1, 2016 insurance information must be provided at the time of registration renewal (vehicle tabs), title transfer, or application for new Minnesota title/registration. Proof of insurance includes insurance company name, policy number, and policy expiration date. Vehicle owners will not be allowed to renew their vehicle registration without providing the required information. For more information regarding the new requirement, contact the Blue Earth County License Center at (507) 304-4340.

Vikings Defense and Offense Crush Chicago's Bears Sunday

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Photo by Randy Stern:TCF Stadium. The Minnesota Vikings dominated the Chicago Bears early on, leading them to final victory in the final. Young Teddy Bridgewater made a career-high after passing for four touchdowns. Attempting to throw for five, he instead ran the ball to the end zone, showing the NFL and fans that his skills are only growing better and more mature. The game took place Sunday at the University of Minnesota TCF Stadium in Minneapolis. Bridgewater's record during the game was amazing. He made 17 of 20 complete passes, totaling 231 yards.

DNR Announces Candlelight Trails at Minnesota State Parks This Year Starting End of December

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has announced that candlelight trail walks will take place staring December 31, in a statewide effort to get people outdoors during the cold season (though this one has been rather mild already). FULL STORY
Photo by MN DNR:The Minnesota DNR will encourage residents and visitors to take advantage of candlelight trails at state parks this year.

DNR Announces Changes with More Opportunities for Turkey Spring Hunting Season


The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has announced changes that it says will add opportunities for turkey hunting this spring season. FULL STORY
Photo Submitted by DNR:Photo credit: Donald Jones and National Wild Turkey Federation.

Emergency Test System in Blue Earth County to Test on January 6

Blue Earth County announced a system wide test of their new emergency weather alert system called CodeRED. FULL STORY

Mankato Police Respond to Suicide Attempt Over Minnesota River & 169 Bridge

On Saturday, Mankato police responded to a suicide attempt over the bridge that overpasses the Minnesota River and is an access point to Hwy. 169 North, toward Minneapolis/St. Paul. Police said they needed to close Hwy. 169 Northbound for nearly an hour during the situation. FULL STORY

Mankato Police Ask for Public to Help ID Robbery Suspect from Subway Robbery

Mankato police are seeking the public's assistance in identifying a suspect involved in a robbery that occurred at 9:26 p.m. yesterday at Subway, 10 Sibley Parkway. . FULL STORY

Vikings Still Strong but Disappointed After Seahawks Loss

The Vikings' record will take a notch down in the records after a disappointing loss Sunday to Seattle and another key NFL game last week. FULL STORY