Sure, it's no fun to be on the receiving end of a "wet willy," but you wouldn't think one would constitute felony assault, right?But that's one charge among a few 24-year-old Riley Swearingen faced for putting his saliva-dampened fingers in the ears of a Mankato cop during the course of drunken shen ... More >>
Dennis Carter, a standout wide receiver for MSU-Mankato, faces an attempted murder charge for allegedly shooting a longtime acquaintance in the head over a marijuana debt.The incident occurred shortly before midnight on August 20 along a dirt road near the Renaissance Festival campgrounds in Scott C ... More >>
-- Scroll to pages four and onward for bonus late-breaking photos --There may not be any seals on the loose -- yet -- but Minnesota is in the midst of getting lambasted with arguably the most intense rain storm the state has experienced since the Duluth floods two years ago.Here's how the story has ... More >>
Just after 2 a.m. yesterday, 20-year-old former Gophers quarterback Philip Nelson was arrested in connection with a Mankato assault that left former Minnesota State University linebacker Isaac Kolstad in critical condition with a brain injury.According to a recording of the Mankato police scanner tr ... More >>
Former Gophers starting quarterback Philip Nelson has been charged with first- and third-degree assault for allegedly booting former Minnesota State University linebacker Isaac Kolstad in the head early yesterday morning. (Read the full backstory here.)The incident partially involved a case of mista ... More >>
The fringes of the Land of 10,000 Lakes (and NoDak) get their yearly dose of Rhymesayers again in February. The fourth annual Welcome to Minnesota tour, spearheaded by Atmosphere, has just announced its 2014 itinerary. Along for the ride this year are Toki Wright x Big Cats, who are set to spread t ... More >>
This week, U.S. News and World Report released the latest installment of its annual "Best Colleges" list.SEE ALSO: Top 19 anonymous confessions on U of M Facebook pageThe rankings are somewhat complicated, as they break schools into "Regional Universities," "Regional Colleges," "National Liberal Ar ... More >>
Does the headline have you confused? Well, don't expect to be any less so after reading further, because this is pretty zany.GABRIEL SOUNDS A LOT LIKE THIS: Michele Bachmann suggests Islam is America's enemy [VIDEO] According to the New Ulm Journal's Josh Moniz, nationally renowned Islamophobe Brigi ... More >>
According to prosecutors, during a game of beer pong taking place in Mankato just after midnight on May 26, one player sunk two shots in a row, and 18-year-old Colton Lang was none too happy about it.SEE ALSO: Today's Mankato Free Press ran story about "Rapefruit" on cover of food section [IMAGE] La ... More >>
Haphduzn recently dropped his debut album Whittier Alliance, a collaboration with Wide Eyes' producer Dimitry Killstorm, and it sits comfortably in the pantheon of the Rhymesayers artists with whom he recently got off tour. A brutally honest and personal record, the straightforward raps come from a ... More >>
The state should increase its monitoring efforts and be more proactive when it comes to policing law enforcement abuse of motor vehicle records, according to a new report released by the legislative auditor's office. SEE ALSO: -Cover: Is Anne Marie Rasmusson too hot to have a driver's license? -Law ... More >>
A drunk and belligerent young woman named Cheryel Mack was ordered to subject herself to a strip search at Blue Earth County Jail. In protest, she allegedly took out her tampon and threw it at a jail guard.SEE ALSO: Mankato: Cops crack down on nudist bean bag game by confiscating clothesMack, 21, no ... More >>
Atmosphere's yearly Welcome to Minnesota Tour brings in its third installment with five performances around the state this March. Supporting Slug and Ant will be Brother Ali, Get Cryphy, Carnage and Haphduzn. The shows will hit venues in Bemidji, Duluth, St. Cloud, Mankato, and Minneapolis. To mark ... More >>
Todd Gavin, an ophthalmologist who used to practice at the Mankato Clinic but now works in Madelia, allegedly gave at least two women the most thorough eye exams ever in the summer of 2010.SEE ALSO:-- Abbott Hospital gave newborn to wrong mom, who breastfed baby before mixup was noticed -- Supreme C ... 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 >>
Yesterday, Mark Chalin, 24, pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal vehicular homicide in connection with the August 7, 2011 deaths of Amber Menezes, 23, and Jonna Martin, 35.Chalin was allegedly driving and having sex with Menezes when he crossed the center line on Blue Earth County Road 90 and sl ... More >>
With clear, perfect skies and a hint of hops in the air, the 12th Annual Minnesota Craft Brewer's Guild Autumn Brew Review brought nearly 3,000 to the old Grain Belt Brewery site in northeast Minneapolis over the weekend to sample craft brews from across the country. Over 100 brewers were on site to ... More >>
SEE ALSO: Todd Hoffner, MSU-Mankato football coach, allegedly shot sex videos of his own young kidsMSU-Mankato head football coach Todd Hoffner faces two felonies after allegedly shooting pornographic videos of his three young children. But it turns out this isn't the first time coach Hoffner has be ... 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:-- Annie Stensrud, KEYC Mankato "drunk broadcast" anchor, sentenced to probation-- KEYC Mankato anchor Annie Stensrud breaks silence on her "drunk broadcast" [VIDEO]One week after being sentenced to probation for third-degree DWI, Annie Stensrud is telling her side of the story.The former M ... 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"-- Mike Parry, U.S. House candidate, suggests he'd keep troops deployed until economy improves-- Mike Parry's tweet scru ... More >>
SEE ALSO:-- Annie Stensrud, KEYC Mankato "drunk broadcast" anchor, charged with DWI-- KEYC Mankato anchor Annie Stensrud arrested for DWI-- KEYC Mankato anchor Annie Stensrud breaks silence on her "drunk broadcast" [VIDEO]It was a rough winter for Annie Stensrud, the 28-year-old former TV news ... More >>
It was a warm Friday night in Mankato, and at least one young man decided to enjoy the evening by playing some naked bags.Police hauled a 28-year-old man's clothes to the station as "evidence" after responding to reports of somebody drinking and tossing bags in their birthday suit in the 1100 block ... More >>
Eleven years after selling out First Avenue for the very first time, Atmosphere make a triumphant return to the Mainroom tonight as part of their second annual Welcome to Minnesota tour. The circuitous trek through their home state has already found Slug and Ant hitting up Mankato and Bemidji ... More >>
Move over Honolulu, see you later San Francisco -- if you're looking for romance, the place to be is La Crosse, Wisconsin. And if that doesn't work for you, go to Green Bay.Or so say the folks at Redbox. The movie rental company recently compiled a list of the Top 10 Most Romantic Cities in the c ... More >>
Anne Stensrud was nearly four times over the limitAnnie Stensrud has been charged with a DWI in connection with a December arrest for drunk driving. Stensrud became a national celebrity in early December after slurring her way through the opening of a news broadcast for KEYC Mankato, a CBS-F ... More >>
Although neither internet celebrity anchor Annie Stensrud nor her home station KEYC ever confirmed or denied that she was drunk in a broadcast that went viral on YouTube, the latest developments in her story do not look good. About a week ago, Stensrud was pulled over and arrested for a "probabl ... More >>
Photo by Denis Jeong PlasterSlug was in St. Paul bright and early this morning for an appearance on the Current's morning show, where he revealed a new run of local ates that will find him reprising last year's successful "Welcome to Minnesota" tour. Atmosphere will bring Kill the Vultures, ... More >>
On the same day as Atmosphere launches it's short tour of this here frozen tundra state, the "Welcome to Minnesota Tour" in Mankato, we get hit in the face with a new track, "Just for Show," from their upcoming lucky number 7th full-length release, The Family Sign, slated to drop April 12 worldwi ... More >>
No passport necessary for these global goodies.I'm Me: Xiao WenNothing fills your cubemates with covetous lust quite like the smell of your bag of freshly popped popcorn wafting through the office. It's the perfect midday snack or after-dinner treat. Whether you crave insanely fattening movie p ... More >>
Watch out for those squad cars! Eight Minnesota State Troopers have been struck in winter-related accidents in the past three days because Minnesota drivers just aren't paying attention. The recent crashes bring the total number of troopers hit to 31 this winter. Last year at this time, 13 troo ... More >>
Time to brush up on your snow emergency know-how.If there's a perfect time to have a whopper snow storm, it has to be a Friday night. Most commuters are off the road. The kids are out of school. So while the storm that walloped Minnesota over the weekend caused hundreds of car accidents and ... More >>
Photo by Bobak Ha'Eri, Wikipedia.50th and France in Edina.A new survey from America's Promise Alliance counts five Minnesota cities in its top-100 "Best Communities for Young People" in the country. Unfortunately, Twin Citians, Minneapolis nor St. Paul made the cut. Here's who beat us: Edin ... 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 >>
Glued to the highway? News to me, says the woman who scooped the cat off the pavement.
When Jesse Piotrowski was awoken by the sound of a woman crying for help in Mankato Tuesday morning, he found a woman on the ground being attacked by two rottweilers.
A Minnesota roofing company is implicated in an alleged 14-state human trafficking scheme to lure illegal immigrants to the United States to become "modern-day slaves.
If you weren't teabagging someone yesterday, you're probably missing out on something that is sweeping the nation.
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Every week or two this winter, a new account of child abuse has shocked readers from the pages of the daily papers.
Classic summer reading comes to life in your own back yard
The Minneapolis Police Department brings honor back to the trading-card business
After a century of hoarding American Indian remains, scientists are being forced to return their specimens. But the bodies may not go back into the ground without a fight.
Minnesota's most beloved rock band sets out to reinvent itself--and discovers itself in the process