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Hesitant Optimism at Vikings Training Camp

Vikings Training Camp (Erik Bergs)

Mankato is nearing half a century of hosting the Minnesota Vikings Training Camp (next year will be the 50th), but the legendary purple invasion will never get old. Each year the horned masses gather where the Minnesota River turns north to find a blank slate... and we're thankful for it. All of the most successful seasons for our beloved Vikings have ended with losses. The coming year always has the potential to be "the one," the greatest, the most memorable ever. In this statewide pilgrimage, in homage of our nation's most successful sport, any...

Petition to Pardon the 38 Hanged in Mankato

Mankato Execution December 1862

It may have been more than 150 years since the largest mass execution in US history took place in Mankato, but that doesn't appear to be stopping Jack Consadine (a Mankato City Council member). Jack is pushing a petition to pardon the 38 executed Dakota men (plus two others who were hanged later). Minnesota was a freshly minted state when it gave its electoral votes to Abraham Lincoln, whose election, among other things, resulted in tipping off the Civil War. Though the theaters of the war were far from Minnesota, the pull of fighting-age men from the light...

Four From Mankato Arrested For Synthetic Drug Deaths

four charged in Mankato synthetic drug deaths

Yesterday we reported on the deaths of two Mankato residents linked to a dangerous synthetic drug reportedly called "2-C." Just a day later, police have made four arrests in connection with the drugs that led to these deaths. Three adults and one unnamed juvenile have been taken into custody -- they have yet to be charged. The police talked to the boyfriend of the deceased 17-year-old girl. He told them where he got the drugs, from the unnamed juvenile,...

Dangerous Designer Drug Kills Two Young Mankato Residents

Dangerous Designer Drug Kills Two Young Mankato Residents Two deaths this month in Mankato have been linked to a deadly designer drug delivered in a little blue baggie. The first death occurred on March 5 --  police and paramedics were called to an address on Glenwood Avenue where a 22-year-old male stopped breathing. He was rushed away from the scene by an ambulance and pronounced dead at the hospital. Three days later on March 8, police were called to another similar...