PLRAC and MN Citizens for the Arts Present Economic Study

A presentation in Mankato will take place on March 2, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. by the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council and Minnesota Citizens for the Arts regarding a new study on the health and impact of the nonprofit arts and culture sector. The presentation will be made at Room 215, Honsey Hall, Bethany Lutheran College, 700 Luther Drive, Mankato, followed by a discussion of the economic impact of the arts and culture in our 9-county region in southern MN. This includes the counties of: Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, LeSueur, Martin, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca and Watonwan.


Obama Now Seeks Military Force Against ISIS


United States President Barack Obama now wants Congress to approve war measures in the fight against ISIS, with military forces to thwart the terrorist organization.


Another Tragic Suicide Reported at MSU Campus in Kato

Mankato Student Suicide Minnesota State University (MSU)

Photo: Minnesota State University, Mankato

Another tragic suicide has been reported at the Minnesota State University, Mankato (MSU or MNSU) campus this past week, according to Mankato police. Some years back, a different student tragically jumped to his death from the bleachers of the football field on campus.


South Central LA Rap Business Legend and Known Criminal Suge Knight Booked on Murder

Suge Knight, entrepreneur and thug behind Death Row Records, is being held on suspicion of murder for running someone over with a truck after he was attacked. South Central LA is a tough place, as embodied in the songs Knight promoted with Snoop Dogg, 2Pac and others. He also allegedly ran his friend over by accident. His friend also died. Knight claims he fled people who were attacking him. Witnesses say it looked intentional.


Superbowl 2015 Commercials Inspiring, Entertainment Actually Entertaining

Two things are for certain in this year's Superbowl: The commercials are inspiring and the entertainment was wildly good.

Forget Black Friday Says City Center: Old Town Biz to Focus on Small Business Saturday

Salvage Sisters on Small Business Saturday in Mankato

MANKATO (MN) - Carolers on the street, warm hot chocolate at the ice cream parlor and a visit from Old St. Nick. Does it sound like a step back in time? That is exactly what business owners in Old Town hope the community feels when they make plans to shop small and shop local in City Center Mankato on Small Business Saturday, November 29, 2014. This shop small initiative which follows Black Friday is supported and advertised by American Express and has become the latest way to show support for small, independently owned and operated businesses in the community.


A 20-Year-Old Suspected of Masked Man Burglary and Assault in Julia Sears Dorms at MSU

The Mankato Department of Public Safety asks the public's assistance, particularly the Minnesota State University, Mankato (MSU) population, in providing a timeline for the whereabouts of Alexander Gowan-Nuehring, age 20 of Mankato, on Friday, October 10 and into the early morning hours of Saturday, October 11. Anyone who may be a victim, observed Gowan-Nuehring on either of these dates, or has any information relating to other suspicious and/or criminal activity that he may have been involved in (on these dates or on prior occasions), is asked to contact police at 507-387-8780.


Frustration with Police Brutality Inspires Music and Online Activism

Police brutality in America has the effect of spurring emotions online that have only erupted recently into full blown activism as young people, minorities and others grow tired of seeing videos of teenagers and unarmed citizens being beaten, shot and otherwise injured by police officers in the United States. The below video is an example of some of the frustration felt by youth and minorities in the U.S.

Gang Related Shootings in Minneapolis

Minneapolis Warehouse District

News came in this weekend about another gang related shooting in downtown Minneapolis. This time, the shooting at a nightclub took place at 400 Soundbar. MPR reported that the club owner was indefinitely shut down by the City of Minneapolis.