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American Red Cross facing a severe blood shortage

The American Red Cross is facing a severe blood shortage and urgently needs blood and platelet donors to give now. Red Cross Minnesota spokeswoman Sue Thesenga explained, “We are part of the north-central blood services region which is the entire state of Minnesota, western Wisconsin and eastern South Dakota. We need to collect on average…read more »

Bribery added to charges against former Shakopee superintendent

A federal count of bribery has been added to charges against a former Minnesota superintendent accused of embezzling public funds. Prosecutors say Shakopee’s former schools chief Rod Thompson used his position of authority to solicit a construction company to make renovations at his home, pay for personal travel and attend sporting events. The 53-year-old Thompson…read more »

Former Governor Jesse Ventura visits Governor-Elect Walz

Jesse Ventura returned to his old workplace to advise Minnesota’s next governor on transition issues – and took the opportunity to talk up legalizing marijuana. Ventura said he was invited by Democratic Governor-elect Tim Walz to a meeting Tuesday at the Capitol. Ventura went through a similar transition after his election upset two decades ago…read more »

Minnesota fall harvest winding down

The fall harvest is winding down in Minnesota as wintry weather sets in. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 87 percent of Minnesota’s corn has been harvested. That’s six days ahead of last year’s pace and just 2 percentage points behind the five-year average. The USDA also said in its weekly crop progress and condition…read more »

MSU – Mankato, SCC regional economic impact numbers released

The Minnesota State, the system of 30 state colleges and seven state universities, has released a study that estimates the regional economic impact of Minnesota State University – Mankato and South Central College. It puts the impact of MSU at $781,491,074 and also notes the university supports 6,239 jobs in the region. President Richard Davenport…read more »

Both suspected SuperAmerica robbery suspects in custody

Mankato Police have arrested two men in connection with the armed robbery of a Riverfront Drive gas station on Friday. Detectives say 21-year-old Deshon Johnson Jr. of Mankato was shown on surveillance video, armed with a shotgun later found nearby, and 19-year-old Noah Barnes of St. Paul using a knife to steal money, cigarettes and…read more »

MN Valley Chorale Celebrates 40 Years With Special Performances

The Minnesota Valley Chorale is celebrating its 40th anniversary with two special concerts. The group is a combination of a capella and a string quartet. Sue Harstad says the performance celebrates the past while looking ahead to the future.   The performances take place on Saturday at Bethany and on Sunday at St. John the…read more »

ECHO Food Shelf Offers Free Holiday Meals

The ECHO food shelf is helping to ensure that every family has a Thanksgiving dinner. Blue Earth County and North Mankato residents in need of assistance can pick up a Thanksgiving meal of either ham or turkey until November 16th. Those who would like to partake will need a photo ID and proof of address.read more »