The State Fairgrounds are closed and football season has returned. It's still technically summer, so wait for those Oktoberfest steins and help prepare the annual hop harvest instead. This week has beer events from Beer Dabbler, Friends of the Boundary Waters, Lift Bridge, and more. See also: 9 loc ... More >>
Remember a month ago, when everybody was celebrating the Twin Cities' new ranking as the metro area with the lowest unemployment rate? The state pointed to it as more evidence that the area was coming back strong from the recession. Big networks like CNBC even got in on the act. Well, only a few we ... More >>
This morning, 21-year-old Trevor Shelley was hit with the same charges former University of Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson faces in connection with a Sunday morning altercation that left Isaac Kolstad in critical condition -- first- and third-degree assault.According to the charging document, a ... More >>
Try telling Will Handke, Mike Steffan, Austin Hinkle, Ross Pomeroy, and Tom Johnson that friends shouldn't go into business together. The five 20-somethings grew up together in Mankato, MN, separated for college, then came back together in 2012 to bake up to 2,000 granola bars per week under the nam ... More >>
For those who survived the frigid Winter Beer Dabbler last week, a new weekend brings new beer events, headlined by two large parties on Friday, each in a different city. In Minneapolis, Harriet Brewing is taking over the taps at the Cedar Cultural Center for their 3rd Anniversary Extravaganza. It' ... More >>
Pizza and football go together like lutefisk and church dinners -- one just doesn't feel right without the other. In recent years, some of the sport's biggest stars have latched on to certain pizza chains, dividing pizza fans in the same manner as football fans. Peyton Manning works with Papa John's ... More >>
After a string of creepy incidents involving students' feet that spanned half a decade, Paul Conrad finally lost his job as a second-grade teacher at Hoover Elementary School in North Mankato in November 2011.SEE ALSO: Conservatives decry MN Teacher of the Year's "tyranny of the 1 percent" remark [V ... More >>
The Minneapolis-based a capella group, Home Free, won NBC's The Sing-Off on Monday night, taking home the grand prize in the highly-rated singing competition show. Home Free, who formed in Mankato 13 years ago and have been performing tirelessly ever since, won a lucrative recording contract with So ... More >>
Summer may have officially passed into fall, but the beer events around town are showing no signs of slowing down. This weekend marks one particularly notable celebration: Surly Brewing's 6th annual SurlyFest. Starting this Saturday at 2:00 p.m., the Brooklyn Center brewing facility will serve as th ... More >>
For a city of such a substantial size with a thriving restaurant scene, our food delivery options always seemed to be a bit lacking. Though services like Bite Squad, Grub Hub, and Rock-It Bike Delivery have made it possible to get sushi, satay, and sopes right at your door (with minimums and extra d ... More >>
Last Thursday in Mankato, Minneapolis resident Levi Minissale allegedly stabbed 20-year-old Yesenia Gonzalez to death and left her husband injured. After he was arrested, Minissale told police Gonzalez got what she deserved "in a way."THE BACKSTORY: Levi Minissale of Mpls allegedly murdered his ex-g ... More >>
A Mankato-based law firm filed lawsuits this week against the Department of Human Services and the Department of Natural Resources alleging employees in both state agencies regularly breached the private data of Minnesotans. Scott Kelly, an attorney bringing the suits, couldn't speculate as to how ... More >>
What a weird day May 17, 2010 was for Mankato Clinic eye doctor Todd Gavin.SEE ALSO: Todd Gavin, ophthalmologist, accused of having women get naked during eye exams According to his version of events, as he was entering information into a computer during one examination, he turned around and saw tha ... More >>
From poets and directors to comedians and dancers, the Twin Cities are teeming with creativity
Mark Chalin's criminal vehicular homicide sentencing hearing was quite the dramatic affair.SEE ALSO: Brian Wutschke allegedly drove down University Ave. fellating a sex toy Emotions ran high as Chalin, a 24-year-old Mankato resident, said he was sorry and begged a judge not to send him to prison. Ac ... More >>
Yesterday, Gov. Mark Dayton held a joint Capitol news conference with DFL and MNGOP legislative leaders.SEE ALSO:-- Senate Majority Leader-elect Bakk responds dismissively to pro-marriage equality email -- MNGOP Rep.-elect Cindy Pugh is worried about "An illiterate, disengaged and lazy electorate" W ... More >>
A month after a sex offender expert testified that he didn't think the videos that landed Mankato State head football coach Todd Hoffner in trouble were pornographic, charges were dropped before the case went to trial.SEE ALSO: Todd Hoffner's wife says her husband is innocent of child porn chargesAc ... More >>
Sen. Mike Parry, R-Waseca, has been a lot of fun. But for better or worse, his failed congressional run means his time in the legislature is coming to an end.SEE ALSO:-- Allen Quist flip-flops about his research in a Mankato "anonymous sodomy" adult bookstore-- Mike Parry laughed at during subcommit ... More >>
Rob Zombie, that long-haired, bearded, face-painted poster boy for all things ghoulish, can't help but be a perfectionist. As one of the few American entertainers scoring serious commercial success in both music and film -- his 2007 remake of Halloween, after all, grossed over $80 million -- he can' ... More >>
SEE ALSO:-- Allen Quist flip-flops about his research in a Mankato "anonymous sodomy" adult bookstore-- Allen Quist under renewed fire for 'men are genetically predisposed to lead family' remarkWith his gaffe-fest primary against Mike Parry in the rear-view mirror, you might've expected Republican U ... More >>
SEE ALSO:-- Allen Quist under renewed fire for 'men are genetically predisposed to lead family' remark-- Arne Carlson on GOP U.S. House candidate Allen Quist: He's "really bizarre"On March 30, 1988, then-state Rep. Allen Quist talked with the Mankato Free Press about his visit to Mankato's "Adult Bo ... More >>
The ladies room at Pub 500 in Mankato received an odd distinction today. It is, according to a nonprofit group called Healthy Brains for Children, the first bathroom in the world to house a pregnancy-test dispenser.
As the Doomtree crew are all getting psyched for their sprawling 2-month-long U.S. tour which starts tomorrow night, they dropped a lighthearted, no-frills video for "Bangarang," one of the most rousing tracks on their recent No Kings album. The clip features all the members of the Doomtree colle ... More >>
Williams-Tillman, 19, is held pending charges of 2nd-degree murder.Damone Williams-Tillman was arrested Saturday on suspicion of killing Josselyn Bishop, 19, a Mankato State University student.Bishop, a native of Henderson, had been the victim of multiple stab wounds. Her body was found by a road ... More >>
Dan and Angie Bastian get poppin'!The Angie behind Mankato-based Angie's Kettle Corn will be cooking on Martha Stewart's television show this Thursday with her husband/business partner Dan Bastian, talking about their gluten-free snack. While they demonstrate how to make a stovetop version of ... More >>
Photos by Tony Nelson - click for slideshowOzzy OsbourneJanuary 12, 2011Target Center, MinneapolisComing up from Mankato on a cold Wednesday night, 10-year-old Grady Wolters and his dad, Todd, were anxious to see the Prince of Darkness himself, Ozzy Ozbourne, finally perform. Grady's old man firs ... More >>
The Metrodome is missing its bubble. The roof of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome has collapsed under the weight of the blizzard that hammered Minneapolis yesterday. In place of a plaza and surrounding parking fields that should have been filled with pre-game hub bub, there's just blowing sn ... More >>
Chris Blakes family is battered and bruised. The deer? We're not sure.Stories about drivers hitting deer on Minnesota highways at this time of year are fairly common. But when a cloven-hoofed beast crashes through the front windshield of a car and keeps on going through the rear window, wel ... More >>
Photo: Tomy WebsterNow the Kotthoff's know who's tried to burn down their home.Thomas and Patti Kotthoff knew their Mankato home was under attack, but they couldn't figure out from who. Twice in June someone tried to burn the place down, first with a gasoline-fed fire in a window box, then a ... More >>
More Than Lights release their ambitious debut using familiar underground tactics Twin Citians appreciate most.
How do you make a name for your suburban bar in the Twin Cities? Display the Whizzinator of a former Minnesota Viking.
His new record, Us, will hit stores September 22.
An area beef jerky company has sued its CEO, accusing him of using the company to exact revenge on his father. Just, wow.
Once you grope, you just can't stop.
Maybe we missed something in our basic economics courses, but we were never told investing in bad d ... More >>
"Hardball" appearance and radio response to Bush on tap this weekend.
Meet the top enlisted soldier—and top lunchroom monitor—who's battling to dislodge Gil Gutknecht
The Minnesota Museum of American Art paints abstraction in living color
From flesh satellites to cities of styrofoam: The fine art of faking it
Whoopi Goldberg takes center stage (square) on the new Hollywood Squares
Also of note: A selective listing of honorable mentions