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MANKATO: Epps back in court for vehicle theft

MANKATO - 4/13/15 A 20-year-old is back in court on car theft charges. John Wesley Epps was convicted in January for stealing a motor vehicle in Blue Earth Co. Epps has prior convictions; all four filed in 2014 for theft, alcohol consumption underage and

BROOKLYN CENTER: 10-year-old boy's body found in the River

BROOKLYN CENTER - 4/13/15 A body was found by authorities in the Mississippi River over the weekend and confirmed as the 10-year-old boy that had been missing for close to three weeks. Our news partners at Associated Press report that they found him Satu

ST. PAUL: Legislation looks to pass bill to provide training for sexual assaults

ST. PAUL - 4/13/15 After a survey at the U of M in 2013, researchers found that almost 3.5 percent of Minnesota college students reported being sexually assault in the past 12 months. This was alarming to state officials and a bill is moving through legi

Bersaw trial continues: Criminal sexual conduct

MANKATO – Trial continues for a Mankato man convicted of criminal sexual conduct in two separate incidents. 63-year-old Richard Bersaw was arrested back in June after someone came forward with the allegations and then a second one. He’s curren

Vikings' stadium on track (AP)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Officials are confident the Minnesota Vikings' new $1 billion stadium will be completed on time in 2016. Nine months after the old Metrodome was demolished, officials say the new stadium is 23 percent complete as of the end of

Ebola protection demonstrations (AP)

ATLANTA (AP) — Armed with new safety guidelines for head-to-toe protection of health workers treating Ebola patients, federal officials are taking the show on the road today to demonstrate recommended techniques. Thousands are expected to attend a m

Ebola is not that easily spread (AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) — One expert says the end of quarantine for people who shared an apartment with the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. underscores what doctors have said all along: Ebola is not that easily spread. It's not clear why E

Couple Dies in St. Peter Crash

ST. PETER – Names were just released from the fatal crash in St. Peter yesterday. Both Allen Cole and his wife, Marilyn died after being hit as they pulled into oncoming traffic on Hwy. 169 south near the Security Hospital. Driver of vehicle two, 34

Unemployment Down in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota Speaker of the House said the state should be proud of the progress they’ve made economically. Paul Thissen said that the 4.1 percent unemployment rate is an accomplishment as its dropped compared to years past. Mankato

Authorities Warn Kids of the Dangers of Skitching (AP)

ST. PAUL – Minnesota Police officials are alerting those trying or have tried “skitching” of the dangers after a recent teen’s death. 19-year-old Gunnar Miller of Eagan was skateboarding and holding onto the mirror of a car when he

ISIS Update (AP)

BAGHDAD (AP) — The latest worries over the Islamic State extremist group have prompted the imposition of a curfew in the provincial capital of Ramadi in Iraq's western Anbar province. Officials fear militants may try to advance on the city and hope the curfew will help to limit movement in and out of Ramadi. Two Iraqi military officials say major operations are under way against the

Candidate Profiles Available for our Region

MANKATO - Profiles of candidates participating in the November 4, 2014 elections in our region are now available on Greater Mankato Growth’s election website 
The information was provided directly from the candidates vying for office.

Mankato Marathon Road Restrictions

MANKATO - The Mankato Marathon, presented by Mayo Clinic Health System, is taking place this Sunday. There will be some minor traffic disruptions in Mankato until early afternoon.

MSU Student Charged; Police Seeking More Information

MANKATO – The 20-year-old MSU student was charged in Blue Earth Co. court yesterday. Alexander Gowan-Nuehring allegedly gained access to at least five dorm rooms, stealing cash and assaulting another student with pepper spray. Public safety is asking for anyone with more information on his possible whereabouts within the dorms early Saturday morning on Oct. 11. Contact police with any info.

New Child Protection Task Force

ST. PAUL – Gov. Dayton’s new task force for child protection met yesterday in St. Paul. Rep. Joe Mullery, task force chair member, says he’s excited the state is taking action but “it’s terribly unfortunate that kids had to die” for this to come full circle. Gov. Dayton appointed the task force after the death of Pope County 4-year-old Eric Dean. Several

No school for Mankato Public - MEA

MANKATO – No school for Mankato public schools on Thursday and Friday this week. MEA training conferences will be held teachers. For more information, contact staff at 387-1868.

U.S. 1st Congressional District Forum

MANKATO – The U.S. 1st Congressional District Forum will be held tomorrow at South Central College. Rep. Tim Walz will join Jim Hagedorn in the conference center from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Live streaming will also be available by KMSQ Public TV.

Child Car Seats Safety Check for Free

MANKATO – MnDOT in Mankato will be performing child car seat checks on Thursday at no cost. From 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at 2151 Bassett Drive, safety officials will be available to look at the seats you have and if they’re buckled properly. Appointments are preferred and can be made by calling 612-275-0916. This information can be found online at or our Three Eagles News

Names Released in Deadly St. Peter Crash

ST. PETER – Names were released last night after a deadly crash near St. Peter. 70-year-old Thomas Wendelschafer died after his pickup truck wedged itself underneath the back end of a semi driven by 80-year-old Lyle Bartsch. This new detour was set up the night before to complete construction on Hwy. 169.

Primary Results In

MANKATO – Primary election results were in last night and Pat McDermott and Jacob Birkholz will face off in the upcoming election for the County Attorney’s seat. McDermott came out on top with over 2,000 votes putting him just above 47 percent. Birkholz was in a close second with 30 percent. Other results can be found below--FULL LIST HERE

Public Assistance for Floodings (COUNTY LIST)

BLUE EARTH CO. – The second set of applicant briefings will be held starting today for public assistance from the June flooding. Those within the 18-county list are encouraged to attend and fill out an application if any of your things were damaged between June 11 and July 11 due to flooding.

Manufactured homeowner taxes

BLUE EARTH CO. (8/7/14) - A reminder for manufactured homeowners in Blue Earth County that the fist half of their 2014 taxes must be paid by Sept. 2nd to avoid late fees. This can be done at the historic courthouse on South 5th street as well as a variety banks within town. A complete list of the banks can be found at

Tolzmann to make appearance this morning for murder threats to brother

MANKATO – The 18-year-old who attempted to kill his brother will appear in court this morning.

Mayo Clinic Health System Seminar: Trauma Education at Farmfest

REDWOOD COUNTY – Trauma education is coming to farmfest this year through the Southwestern Minnesota Regional Advisory Trauma Committee and Mayo Clinic Health System.

Ameresco to Save MSU Millions in Energy Costs

MANKATO – A green consulting company is hoping to save Minnesota State University Mankato be between $4.8 million and $9.5 million within a 15-year period.

Location Still Not Released for Future Blue Earth County Fair

GARDEN CITY – No new information was released during the Blue Earth County Fair Board’s announcement over the weekend.

New Concertmaster at Mankato Symphony Orchestra

MANKATO – A new concertmaster was selected for the Mankato Symphony Orchestra after a statewide talent search.

Mayo Clinic Health System Seminar: Anxiety

MANKATO – Mayo Clinic Health System continues to aid the public in offering informational seminars periodically throughout the year.

Minnesota Finance Authority Expands Eligibility (list of counties)

Minnesota Finance Authority Release--

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Rural Finance Authority (RFA) is expanding the eligibility of its zero percent interest rate Disaster Loan program.

Mankato ranked 3rd in US by Forbes for best place to have a business

MANKATO -  Forbes recently released its list of “Best Small Places for Business and Careers,” ranking Mankato 3rd best in the United States.

Public Safety Citizen's Academy

Apply to participate in Mankato's public safety Citizens Academy, an eight-week course that allows community members to interact with staff and get an insider’s look at how the department contributes to the area’s quality of life. The course is held Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., September 11 through October 30 at the public safety center, 710 South Front

Light bulb drop off

BLUE EARTH CO – Bulbs will be collected at the county hazardous waste facility July 30. The annual business bulb collection is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 651 Summit Avenue in Mankato. Xcel Energy customers are allowed to dispose of up to 10 fluorescent or other recyclable bulbs for free. Those with more can dispose the extras for a reduced price.

Seykora Faces Sentencing

MANKATO – A North Mankato man faces sentencing after originally being convicted with close to 40 burglary and theft charges. 18-year-old Garrett Seykora was arrested earlier this year and officially charged with four counts of 2nd-degree burglary for a string of thefts with Derrick Butson and Daniel Blanck. His appearance is set for this morning.

Roundabout Ready or Not?

MANKATO – Roundabout completion for the two on Hwy. 22 is up in the air again as crews continue to push for a fast finish.

"Get Connected" with MnDOT

MANKATO – “Get Connected” was recently launched through the MnDOT in efforts to keep the public informed, linking transportation and the economy. This allows anyone to have questions answered about money and transportation, and what goals MnDOT has. For more information, visit

Mankato and Blue Earth Co. Road Updates after Flooding Issues

Road Updates
Hwy. 66, Hwy. 169 SB from St. Peter to Mankato and Hwy. 14 Westbound are open to traffic.
Judson Bottom Road from Lookout Dr. to Cty. State Aid Hwy. 41 is closed indefinitely due to repairs.
All City of Mankato Roads are open to traffic except Bassett Drive.

Water main repairs needed on the 400 block of Belgrade Ave. Closed tomorrow 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Water will be shut off from

Memorial Day Activities

Memorial day activities are coming up in support of our current and former soldiers for the armed forces. A complete list with times from the Mankato Area Veterans Memorial Board are below.

6:30-7:30 a.m. - continental breakfast at Morson Ario

All posts, auxilliaries, and veterans groups are scheduled as follows:
8 a.m. - korean memorial
12:10 p.m. - Vietnam Memorial
1 p.m. - WWII

Civic Center to Begin Upgrade

MANKATO (TEC News), May 21 – The Mankato Civic Center was approved for funds through the passing of the bonding bill in legislation. City Manager Patrick Hentges is grateful for the support of not only the community, but legislators. The $29 million upgrade is set to begin construction this fall. A rendered photo of the remodel can be seen at

Hwy. 22 Construction Between Mapleton and BEC Road 15

MAPLETON (TEC News), May 21 – Motorists should expect delays today and tomorrow on Hwy. 22 between Mapleton and Blue Earth County Road 15. MnDOT crews will be doing repair work and applying a temporary seal coating. Pilot cars will be directing traffic. For more statewide travel information, visit

Minnesota to Host Super Bowl LII

MINNEAPOLIS (TEC News), May 21 – The NFL announced yesterday that Super Bowl LII (52) will be held in the new Minnesota Vikings stadium in February 2018. The game will be held in the new Minnesota Multi-Purpose Stadium, currently under construction and set to open in July 2016. The stadium, which will typically seat 65,400, will be expandable to 72,000 seats for the 2018 Super Bowl.

Open House to Discuss Hwy. 4 Construction

MANKATO (TEC News), May 21 – An open house is set for Thursday, May 29 in St. James for information on the reconstruction of Hwy. 4. From 5 to 7 p.m. at the Watonwan Co. Library, MnDOT officials will be available to answer any questions and give details to the project. For more information, visit the department of transportation website.

Man Arrested for Multiple Vehicle Theft in Le Sueur Co.

LE SUEUR CO. (TEC News), May 21 – Le Sueur Co. authorities arrested a 42-year-old in connection with multiple vehicles being stolen. Charles James Palm was taken into custody during a fifth vehicle theft attempt. He had stolen four previously in Elysian, Cordova and Lexington Townships. His bail was set at $100,000 but still remains in custody.

Shelley Appears in Court

MANKATO (TEC News), May 15 – The 21-year-old in connection with the Isaac Kolstad assault case, made his first appearance in court yesterday. According to a complaint, 21-year-old Trevor Shelley doesn’t recall punching Kolstad in the face, nor does he remember speaking to Philip Nelson. Shelley was officially charged with 1st and 3rd degree assault.

Synthetic Drug Bill Re-Passed [AUDIO]

ST. PAUL (TEC News), May 15 – Some changes prompted a rewording to re-pass a bill that addresses the growing problem of synthetic drugs. One change out of the five includes amending the definition of drug to also include compounds not regulated or approved for human consumption by the FDA. Rep. Clark Johnson is in full support with the author Rep. Erik Simonson (Duluth) in saying it needed

Pick Up Rain Barrel and Compost Bins

MANKATO (TEC News), May 15 – Orders of rain barrels and compost bins are in and need to be picked up by tomorrow. The distribution event will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Blue Earth County Household Hazardous Waste Facility at 651 Summit Avenue. For more information, visit the Recycling Association of Minnesota website at

Second Suspect Found in Assault Case

MANKATO (TEC News), May 14 – It was released yesterday afternoon that the second suspect in the Isaac Kolstad assault case was taken into custody Monday night. 21-year-old Trevor Stenner Shelley of St. Peter will face the same charges as 20-year-old Philip Nelson; 1st and 3rd-degree assault. Officials are still looking for more information to piece together the incident. Anyone with

Donation Site Set Up for Isaac Kolstad Family

MANKATO (TEC News), May 14 – A fundraising website was set up recently for Isaac Kolstad’s family according to KEYC. So far close to $20,000 has been raised and more is coming in. Friends and family projected a goal of $25,000 and they’re over half way there.
Make a donation: strong-for-the-Isaac-molly-Kolstad-family/177076

GPS Monitoring Bill for Domestic Abuse Victims Passed [AUDIO]

ST. PAUL (TEC News), May 14 – The GPS monitoring system bill, authored by Rep. Clark Johnson (DFL-North Mankato), was passed through both parties yesterday. This bill allows judicial districts the option to use GPS programs to protect victims of domestic abuse by alerting authorities when offenders are too close to their victims. “Well I’m feeling good about a unanimous vote in

Mayo's 150 Year Celebration Exhibit

MANKATO (TEC News), May 14 – For 150 years, Mayo Clinic has been serving patients and their families all over. In celebration of this, a mobile exhibit will be traveling to more than 40 communities throughout the U.S. and Canada including Mankato. May 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. it will be available at no charge at the Madison East Center. For more information, visit

Nelson Faces First and Third Degree Assault Charges

MANKATO (TEC News), May 12 – 20-year-old Philip Nelson, former Gopher football player, made his initial appearance in court this afternoon for the assault of 24-year-old Isaac Kolstad. Attorney James Fleming requested for little to no bail for Nelson so he can continue his education at Rutgers University and attend football practices and games. Judge Bradley Walker set bail at $20,000

Walz Holds Meeting to Promote Freight Rail Shipping Safety

WASECA, Minn. (TEC News), April 24 – Rep. Tim Walz held a meeting today in Waseca to address the community and local emergency teams about freight rail shipping safety. Walz is the only Member of Congress from Minnesota who sits on the Transportation Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials. He states, “As more and more hazardous materials are being shipped

MoonDogs Sign Two More Infielders

MANKATO (TEC News), April 24 – MoonDogs sign two more infielders for the 2014 season. Jake Yacinich from the University of Iowa and Tony Skjefte of the Minnesota Gophers. Yacinich, has had a strong year so far for the University of Iowa, hitting .338 with 4 triples, a home run, and 21 RBI's. In addition to hitting, Yacinich also has athletic ability, starting 37 games at shortstop for

Mankato Marathon Searching for Artist to Complete 2014 Commemorative Print

MANKATO (TEC News), April 24 – The Mankato Marathon is gearing up for another year as they search for the completion of the commemorative poster design. The 5th Annual Races will take place on October 19. $500 will be awarded as commission. To be considered, the artist must first submit an application which can be obtained online at or at Visit Mankato’s

Sheriff's Office Urges Safer Activities in Support for Missouri Resident Fightin

NICOLLET CO. (TEC News), April 24 – The Nicollet County Sheriff’s Office sent a release warning those participating in the Plunge for Landon to do so with caution. Reports came in recently notifying the department that someone taking the challenge jumped off the Buesmann Bridge over the Minnesota River by New Ulm. Authorities indicate that this is extremely dangerous and could result

Sleepy Eye Man Back in Court for Violating Sex Offender Guidelines

MANKATO (TEC News), April 24 – A Sleepy Eye man is back in court for violating predatory offender guidelines. 22-year-old Justin Wayne Karstens appears today for his initial appearance for an incident stemming from February. We know Karstens from his initial charge back in April of 2012 when he allegedly forced a 14-year-old to have sexual contact in her home in North Mankato.

MSU Awarded $325 Million Software Grant

MANKATO (TEC News), April 24 – Minnesota State was recently awarded a software grant that has a commercial value of $325 million. Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software awarded an in-kind grant which gives students access to the same technology that companies around the world depend on everyday. Siemens senior director, Bill Boswell says that students who use this system are

MSU President Davenport Requests Legislative Audit on Hoffner Situation

MANKATO (TEC News), April 24 – MSU President Richard Davenport released a letter yesterday indicating he has asked for a review by the Office of Legislative Auditors “regarding the system’s and university’s actions in the matter” involving Head Football Coach Todd Hoffner. Hoffner’s attorneys, legislators and others raised concern after his return. Davenport

Rep. Johnson Continues to Advocate for Agriculture Community; Farm to Food Shelf

MANKATO (TEC News), April 24 - Rep. Clark Johnson spoke with us this morning about the bonding bill as well as other agricultural bills in the process of being evaluated within legislation. He said recently the Farm to Food Shelf bill was passed, which he was a co-author on. Johnson was quite excited for that to go through to help farmers with funds in order to take extra crop harvested and bring

Public Safety Seeking Burglar

MANKATO (TEC News), April 22 – An alarm went off this morning at the Loose Moose Saloon and Conference Center. Public Safety determined it to be a burglary. Surveillance footage can be seen below. Anyone with information is asked to call 911.