Last weekend most of Minnesota's brewers were en route to Denver for the World Beer Cup. Six medals later, they've grabbed their return flights and are back serving suds to thirsty Minnesotans. This weekend brings a newly reopened taproom. Excelsior Brewing in, you got it, Excelsior, had a soft op ... More >>
-- Updated with suspect mugshots at bottom --On March 5, 22-year-old Mankato resident Louis Folson-Hart suddenly fell ill and was rushed to the hospital, where he was declared dead. Just three days later and a short distance away, 17-year-old Chloe Moses was taken to the hospital while hav ... More >>
While much of the state shut down this week because of the Polar Vortex, area brewers kept at it, and with a post-holiday weekend upon us, it's time to get back into the Minnesota beer business and get out on the town. For those interested in getting out of the metro, Mankato is hosting the Mankato ... More >>
October is officially over and with it the end of Oktoberfest celebrations and Marzen beer releases. Not to worry. This next brew season is all about the stouts and porters, the bigger bolder brothers of the beers that came before. The Russian imperials, the coffee-infused, and the chocolate-forward ... More >>
Let's just get right to it, shall we? As this is the first weekend of the State Fair, there's really no other sensible place to do some outdoor beer drinking. But once inside the gates, it's easy to get overwhelmed with choices so here are a few of our favorite spots with beer gardens and a sampling ... More >>
Lee Brice's "Parking Lot Party" was the inspiration for this mid-August Valentine to the Minnesota Vikings. It appears much of Mankato, where the team has held its summer training camp for 47 years, came out to sing their support.What affect will it have on the Vikings? They've lost their first two ... More >>
Chris Kluwe wanted to be in Mankato for Vikings training camp this summer, but that was no longer in the cards after the Vikes decided to go with a younger, cheaper punter.SEE ALSO: Female Strib reporter goes to woman-starved northwestern NoDak, hilarity ensues But getting released hasn't stopped th ... More >>
Saturday morning, two of the most recognizable buildings on the MSU-Mankato campus went up in a cloud of dust.SEE ALSO: St. Cloud State and MSU-Mankato rank among universities with worst professors, study saysThe Gage Towers, built in 1965, were demolished. Over their 47-year lifespan, the buildings ... More >>
Minneapolis resident Levi Minissale has been charged with second-degree murder for allegedly stabbing his 20-year-old ex-girlfriend to death yesterday morning in Mankato.SEE ALSO: Mankato beer pong game ends in alleged knife attack Minissale also faces an assault charge for allegedly stabbing and in ... More >>
Equally inspired by the lonesome sounds of folk, country, and the blues, and the frenetic sounds of rock and bluegrass (and psychobilly!), the Bitterroot Band will no doubt find a welcome home in today's current roots/Americana-friendly landscape. But their presentation is so genuine, it doesn't see ... More >>
Okay, so nobody was about to mistake either of them for Harvard or Stanford in the first place. But still, it's disappointing to see both St. Cloud State and MSU-Mankato on The Center for College Affordability and Productivity's list of the 25 universities with the worst professors.SEE ALSO: Jim Fet ... More >>
To its credit, the Mankato Free Press is having fun with yesterday's unfortunate "Rapefruit" gaffe.SEE ALSO: Today's Mankato Free Press ran story about "Rapefruit" on cover of food section [IMAGE] In an editorial published last night, the paper promises, "Next time, we'll just use the G."
As we mentioned last week, Mankato Brewery is introducing a new amber ale, Organ Grinder, and held a contest to design the label art. Now, after looking through more than 100 entries, the brewery has announced a winner. Here's a look at the artist and his winning design:
Mankato Brewery has announced the release of a new beer into its permanent rotation: Organ Grinder Amber Ale. The new amber ale, with a rich malt smell, was first released as Center Street Series #1 (as discussed with the Hot Dish here) and proved to be a success. "We've never had people calling the ... More >>
More than two months after Mankato State head football coach Todd Hoffner was arrested for allegedly shooting pornographic videos of his own children, a sex offender expert has gone on the record to say he thinks Hoffner is innocent.SEE ALSO:-- Todd Hoffner's wife says her husband is innocent of chi ... More >>
Mankato Brewery is a newcomer on the rapidly growing Minnesota scene. Geographically separated from many of the other recent startups, the North Mankato-based brewery primarily serves southern Minnesota, with distribution reaching north toward the Mississippi River. The brewery is working to extend ... More >>
See also:-- Mankato bar installs "first ever" pregnancy-test dispenser in ladies room-- Bar pregnancy-test dispensers coming to Twin CitiesBathroom pregnancy test dispensers -- one of Minnesota's latest claims to, um, fame -- will reach a national TV audience this week on the show "The Doctors," acc ... More >>
SEE ALSO:-- Todd Hoffner, MSU-Mankato football coach, allegedly shot sex videos of his own young kids-- Todd Hoffner dealt with sex photo scandal while coaching at UW-Eau ClaireThis morning, Melodee Hoffner, wife of MSU-Mankato football coach Todd Hoffner, held a press conference and said her husban ... More >>
SEE ALSO: Todd Hoffner, MSU-Mankato football coach, arrested for 'use of minors in a sex performance'MSU-Mankato head football coach Todd Hoffner faces two felony charges after he allegedly shot pornographic videos of his three young children on a university-issued cell phone.The phone, which Hoffne ... More >>
See also:Mankato bar installs "first ever" pregnancy-test dispenser in ladies roomFor everyone here in Minneapolis who has been jealous that Mankato got the "first ever" pregnancy-test dispenser a month ago and the Twin Cities didn't, pout no further. According to Jody Allen Crowe, director of Healt ... More >>
SEE ALSO: Mankato: Cops crack down on nudist bean bag game by confiscating clothesLate last month, the Mankato Free-Press reported on a game of naked bean bag that resulted in a criminal citation after neighbors complained about someone drinking and displaying their birthday suit while playing cornh ... More >>
See Also:Marilyn Manson at Myth, 5/18/12Are you ready for some metal, Mankato? Music fans up north better sharpen up their devil horns because Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie are bringing their co-headlining Twins of Evil tour to our highly corruptible state. Why this tour is skipping the Twin Citi ... More >>
A soccer brawl broke out at a Mankato park yesterday evening, leading a fleet of squad cars to restore order. Players had a disagreement on the field at Land of Memories Park, cops said, so several players stormed off the field to retrieve tire irons and screwdrivers. "I saw some trunks pop open, ... More >>
The U of M rejects more than half its applicants. The Business Journals' study of which Minnesota colleges are most selective contains some findings that won't surprise you, and some that might.On the "not surprising" side of the ledger is the fact that Northfield's Carleton College is the most s ... More >>
Mankato Brewery brings locally brewed beer to MankatoThe new breweries just keep on coming in this exploding Minnesota beer scene. Last week saw the launch of the Minneapolis-based and Belgian-inspired Boom Island Brewing Company at Pig and Fiddle, the Edina beer pub recently opened by the ow ... More >>
Steven Williams is a longtime supporter of local music. In 2001, he started the Mankato-based Init Records to release The Vidablue (later Ten Grand). In the ten years since, the label has relocated to Sioux Falls and has issued a total of 74 releases. While he doesn't play in any bands him ... More >>
SarahHeiman"Wait, we're getting married WHERE?"Something terrifyingly saccharine this way comes. On Saturday morning, 50 couples from "Brainerd to Mankato and everywhere in between" will descend on the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre for a mass wedding called "The Big Whopping Wedding." We get a ... More >>
Jared Allen's already got an iPhone app. Now he's featured on SCVNGRThe news out of opening weekend at Vikings training camp in Mankato isn't Brett Favre's absence -- his presence would have stopped the presses, of course. But no, what's really cool is a social game for iPhones and Droids cal ... More >>
Fast food chicken franchise Chick-fil-A has declared July 9th Cow Appreciation Day, which means that anyone who shows up at one of their restaurants can get a free lunch. Here's the catch: you have to be dressed as a cow. According to the official rules, full-body cow--head-to-toe spots, snouts, ... More >>
Photo: Tomy WebsterWho keeps targeting a Mankato family's home?Thomas and Patti Kotthoff could be forgiven for thinking that their house on Celestine Circle in Mankato is providing someone with a practice target -- or worse. Their three-car garage was broken into and set on fire this morning ... More >>
Photo: aturkus/FlickrMore 420 dope news: Christopher Sean Prodoehl was arrested on Tuesday, and could face felony charges, after Mankato police figured out that the brownies, bread and butter in his possession at Land of Memories Park were laced with pot. That stuff about dope fiends sufferi ... More >>
Discarded album revives forgotten chapter of Minneapolis music history
When 11-year-old Amanda Smith slid and fell last summer during a kickball game on a Mankato school playground, breaking her ankle, she also hit a little paydirt.
Four Mankato youth get busted after taking a break from burglarizing to head for a bite to eat at the place the coppers are dining themselves.
A University of Minnesota Duluth student allegedly wanted naked photos of his cousin so badly that he chose the blackmailing route to get them.
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