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After 6 Years, Mankato Civic Center Expansion on Track to Completion

Mankato Civic Center Rendering - Photo: City of Mankato

An expansion six years in the making is finally on track to be completed.

The Mankato Civic Center will undergo a $14.5 million expansion. The funding was included in the 2014 Jobs Bill passed by the legislature and signed into law. The expansion includes adding an auditorium, additional meeting rooms and renovating the ice arena.

Minnesota Chicken Processor GNP Co. CEO to Retire

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After almost a lifetime in the chicken business and 21 years as a CEO, Mike Helgeson is retiring from the company that produces Gold'n Plump chicken.
    
Helgeson is stepping down from St. Cloud-based GNP Co. effective Nov. 3. Executive Vice President Steve Jurek, who's been with the organization 37 years, will take over as president.

20 Indicted in Alleged Smartphone Theft Ring

Eighteen people were arrested Tuesday for their connection to a worldwide crime ring involving stolen cellphones and identities, which was centered in the Twin Cities.

Many cell phones were bought with stolen identities from Minnesotans and sold for profits of up to 1,000 percent in places like China, according to federal investigators.

13 E. Coli Cases in Minn. Linked to Traveling Petting Zoo

The Minnesota Department of Health has linked 13 cases of E. coli to a traveling petting zoo.

Superheroes Visit Young Patients at Saint Mary's Hospital in Rochester

Superheroes, like Spiderman, Superman and Batman swung into Saint Mary's Hospital in Rochester Tuesday to lift their spirits.

It was a great distraction for these young patients. They got their pictures taken with some of their favorite heroes.

The special visit has become a tradition at the hospital.

Cottage Grove Man Killed in Boating Crash on Lake Mille Lacs

A Cottage Grove man was killed in a boat crash on Lake Mille Lacs.

A family spokesperson says 56-year-old Tony Centeno was on the lake Friday with his boat anchored, when he was hit by another boat.

More details about the accident are expected to be released Monday from the Mille Lacs County Sheriff's Office.

Emergency Haying, Grazing Approved in 7 Counties

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Farmers in seven Minnesota counties have been cleared for emergency haying and grazing on acres enrolled in Conservation Reserve Program.
    
The federal Farm Service Agency says excessive rain has caused a severe shortage of available forage for livestock producers in those counties, particularly in south-central Minnesota.