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65 Tons of Ground Beef Recalled Due to Deadly E. Coli Outbreak

(Washington, DC) – Cargill Meat Solutions is recalling 133,000 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O26.

The epidemiological investigation identified 17 illnesses and one death associated with the ground beef items which were sold nationwide in 3, 10 and 20 pound chubs.

The ground beef was produced and packaged on June 21st, and officials are concerned that some product may yet be in consumers’ freezers.

The full list of recalled products can be found here.

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Mankato Food Truck to Open Sit Down Restaurant

(Mankato, MN) – With the coming changing of the seasons, the owners of a Mankato Food Truck are expanding their operations to include a sit down restaurant and bar.

“The 507” will open this fall at 526 South Front Street, in the location that was previously The Savoy. An application with the city for an on-sale liquor license is pending, along with an application to allow lawful gambling, ie: pull tabs.

The brick and mortar location comes just months after the debut of The 507 food truck in April. The truck was a regular this summer at places like The Hub, Mankato Brewery, Moondogs games and other community events.

The food truck menu includes the likes of sliders, gourmet hot dogs and Philly sandwiches, and those offerings and more are expected in the upcoming location in downtown Mankato.

The 507 is owned by Steve Wegman, who also owns and operates Weggy’s on Campus.

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Severe Weather Risk Thursday for Mankato & More

(Mankato, MN) – Residents across of large section of southern Minnesota will want to keep their eyes on the skies today, with a possibility of some late summer severe weather.

The National Weather Service says showers today and tonight could include storms with heavy rainfall, damaging winds, hail and maybe even some tornado activity.

The greatest risk for severe weather will be from 3p-9p and the greatest risk for tornadoes will be from southeast Minnesota into western Wisconsin.

Things will dry off for Friday, but also get colder, with a high of just 56 degrees predicted for Mankato. On Saturday, it’ll warm back up into the mid 60s with the official arrival of fall.

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Three Hospitalized After Multi-Car Crash on Hwy 14 Near Courtland

(Courtland, MN) – Three people were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries Monday afternoon following a multi-car crash on Highway 14 near Courtland.

The State Patrol describes the accident as this:

“Buick LeSabre was stopped to turn left into a driveway facing East bound on Hwy 14. Ford F150 passed the Buick on the shoulder and continued East bound. Chevy Equinox braked to slow behind the Buick. Chevy Malibu collided into the back of the Equinox, the Equinox then hit the back of the Buick. Equinox bounced off the Buick and went into the opposing lane where it sideswiped the GMC Sierra.”

A passenger in the Sierra, 65-year-old Leona Weckwerth of Springfield, was taken to the New Ulm Hospital.

The driver of the Malibu, 24-year-old Jordan Besemer of New Ulm, was taken by private vehicle to receive medical attention, as was the driver of the Equinox, 54-year-old Jolene Derksen of New Ulm.

A passenger in the Buick, 63-year-old Patrick John Olson of Brainerd, was also injured, but did not require medical attention.

The other six drivers and passengers in the vehicles involved were not hurt.

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Soldiers from Mankato & New Ulm Leaving for 10 Month Deployment Overseas

(St. Paul, MN) – A number of soldiers from cities across southern Minnesota are among those getting ready to head overseas.

A deployment ceremony for more than 650 members of the Minnesota National Guard’s 34th Red Bull Infantry Division is set for Thursday in St. Paul. Among their hometowns are Mankato, North Mankato, Janesville, New Ulm, Faribault, Trimont, Le Sueur, Mountain Lake and Waterville.

After a month of training at Fort Hood, Texas, the deploying soldiers will be primarily stationed at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. They will return home in July of 2019.

“The Division’s mission is command and control within Operation Spartan Shield, which builds partner capacity in the Middle East, promotes regional self-reliance and increased security,” said Division Chief of Staff, Army Col. Simon Schaefer.

The Division will be responsible for operations in approximately 10 countries.

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Sanborn Corners: Only Stoplight for Miles Goes Dark Thursday

(Sanborn, MN) – A one-stoplight town in southern Minnesota will soon have none.

The traffic signal at the intersection of Highways 14 & 71 in Sanborn will be deactivated Thursday and be replaced with stop signs. Motorists are urged to use extra caution at the intersection as drivers adjust to the new four-way stop.

MnDOT says due to the current and forecasted traffic volumes in this area, the signal is no longer warranted and is a strong candidate for removal. A final decision on that will be made during planned construction in 2022, with MnDOT monitoring traffic at the intersection between then and now.

Statewide, all-way stop control intersections with similar traffic volumes have shown to have less frequent and less severe crashes than comparable signalized intersections. Replacing the signal with all-way stop control will also maintain traffic operations and reduce maintenance expenses.

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Five Pounds of Pot & Lollipops Found in Kiester

(Blue Earth, MN) – Two residents of Kiester are facing criminal charges after a search of their home turned up weed, pills and paraphernalia.

Thirty-one-year-old Ashley Melton and 22-year-old Tyler Schroader are each charged with four felony counts of drug possession.

The complaint says their home and vehicle were searched by a deputy with the Faribault County Sheriff’s Department on September 13th. He found marijuana, marijuana wax, pills including ecstasy, codeine and oxycodone; along with a handgun, a digital scale, a bong and other drug paraphernalia.

Also found were suspected marijuana lollipops, along with the equipment needed to make them: molds, liquid flavoring and thermometers.

Authorities say the total weight of the marijuana and edibles seized was 5 pounds, 7 ounces.

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Charges: Drunk Mankato Bar Owner Hits Employee

(Mankato, MN) – The co-owner of a downtown Mankato bar has been charged with disorderly conduct-fighting after allegedly hitting one of the bar’s bouncers.

According to the complaint, Ashley Lynn Fast of Atomic Star Tavern was yelling at the employee about his poor work performance and then slapped him in the face. The man proceeded to slap her back and she fell to the ground.

The incident happened around 1:30am on September 9th at Atomic Star and was witnessed by a police officer. The officer says the victim was calm and sober, while Ashley Fast was described as extremely intoxicated.

Mankato is ranked as the 11th drunkest city in the United States.

Fast is due to make her first court appearance on October 25th.

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Vikings Sign Dan Bailey, 2nd Most Accurate Kicker in NFL History

(Minneapolis, MN) – The 2nd most accurate kicker in NFL history will be on the sidelines at U.S. Bank Stadium this Sunday.

The Vikings today announced the signing of Dan Bailey to take the place of Daniel Carlson, whose missed kicks in overtime cost the team a victory at Green Bay in week two.

Bailey joins the Vikings after being released by Dallas on September 1st. Bailey, entering his eighth NFL season, originally joined the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent prior to training camp in 2011.

The Mustang, Oklahoma native has converted 186 of 211 field goal attempts (88.2%) throughout his career, making him the second-most accurate kicker in NFL history. Bailey has also converted 276 of 278 career PAT attempts (99.2%).

Following their tie with the Packers, the Vikings are 1-0-1 on the season and host the Buffalo Bills this Sunday.

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Mankato Man Blames Marijuana Brownies for Theft Attempt, Allege Charges

(Mankato, MN) – A 19-year-old Mankato man accused of an attempted theft…allegedly did it because he was stoned.

Police say they were called to Scheels on August 23rd after a man grabbed a pair of shoes and concealed them in a bag. When confronted by loss prevention, the man threw down the bag and fled the store. Unfortunately for Ramon Bowie, also in the bag was a bottle of prescription medicine with his name on it.

A week later, police questioned Bowie about the attempted theft and he admitted to the incident, saying he had eaten some marijuana brownies and “wasn’t in his right mind.”

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