Mankato news

Zoom Village Goes Offline January 31, but LMP News Service Will Continue on New Servers and Sites

Zoom Village Screenshot from Mankato Gazette Newspaper

Zoom Village announced over the weekend that its service will shut down. Lawson Media & Publishing manages five online newspapers, tourism guides and ecommerce stores via Zoom Village, including the Mankato Gazette, Owatonna Chronicle, Twin Cities Gazette, Austin-Albert Lea Record and Downtown Rochester News. These sites will all disappear under Zoom Villages domain,

DNR Winter Outdoors Skills Program for Women in Minnesota

DNR Women Winter Outdoor Skills Weekend

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced that they will hold a special workshop to help women learn winter outdoor skills. The workshop will cover the aspects and fun of cross country skiing, snowshoeing, wild ricing, birding, dark-house fishing and hiking. The workshop is called "Becoming an Outdoors Woman".

New Ulm StartSmart Business Event a Southern Minnesota Platform to Help New Businesses

New Ulm Business Classroom Photo 1974

The New Ulm Chamber of Commerce wants to help businesses get a jumpstart by taking part in a business learning seminar the group coordinated with the public library.

Mankato Police Looking for Transient Resident After Alleged Assault

Mankato police are looking for a 22-year-old suspect that was allegedly involved in an assault. Police say the man fled the scene where the alleged assault took place.

An unidentified female was allegedly the victim of the alleged assault. The incident took place on Warren Street, according to a Mankato police release to the media.

Vikings Loss Tough to Get Over

The Minnesota Vikings had a stellar year. Many of the team's players were recognized by all sorts of football fans and by people involved with the NFL. The team was able to get to first in their division after beating the Green Bay Packers, but ultimately lost out on advancing through playoffs due to a faulty kick that ended the game with a Vikings loss to the Seattle Seahawks, 10-9.

Mankato State of the City Addresses Issues Locally

The City of Mankato's State of the City Address will be announced by city staff soon. The State of the City is an attempt to review progress and challenges that face the Greater Mankato area.

Resources, technology, engagement, infrastructure and demographics are a key focus for the Mankato State of the City, according to a news release from the city.

MN DNR Announces Celebration of 125th Anniversary of State Parks

MN State Parks

Photo by Virgnia State Parks Staff: MN Winter.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced this year is the 125th anniversary of state parks in Minnesota.

The DNR also announced festivities and other plans related to the celebration of the anniversary of the parks system in the state.

Community and Area Orgs Focus on Stopping Sex Trafficking in MN

It's sex trafficking awareness month and Blue Earth County attorneys met with advocates and other professionals to discuss the topic. Brown and Nicollet County attorneys also convened in Saint Peter to discuss the problems, particularly with underage trafficked runaway girls.

Petition Circulates to Halt MN Wildlife Hunts for Sport

Coyote hunting in Minnesota draws criticism

Photo by Christopher Bruno: Coyote hunting in Minnesota draws criticism. Creative Commons Photo of a coyote in the woods.
A petition is circulating the Internet, thanks in part to a website called, to halt the practice of wildlife killing for sport. In particular the petition, initiated by a White Bear Lake, Minnesota man named Scott Slocum, the petition is campaigning to get Gov. Mark Dayton and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to put an end to these kinds of contests.

Mankato Police Blotter: Cops Respond to Robbery and Shooting Reports

Mankato police responded to two incidents in January and have released updates of information regarding these two incidents.