Mankato news

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.

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.

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

TCF Stadium

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

dnr photo

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.