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Photo by Rick Pepper - Triple Falls above the Blue Earth River

Why A New Arts & Leisure Site? For The Love Of Mankato!

MankatoLIFE.com Chief Cook & Bottle washer explains how being surprised by love for the region led to this new publication.
Submitted Photo - Rough cut bowls ready for turning in Randy Dinsmore's workshop

At The Edge of Decay – The Restoration Work of Randy Dinsmore

Randy Dinsmore has been involved with the restoration of many historical buildings in the Greater Mankato Area
Submitted Photo - A sampling of some of the many original varieties at Locale Brewing Company

Shop Locale! – Jim and Lauren Parejko and Locale Brewing Company

Jim and Lauren Parejko offer insight into starting Locale Brewing Company which the couple opened in 2018
Submitted Photo - “University Archives” is a photograph of the University Archives and Southern Minnesota Historical Center in Memorial Library at Minnesota State Mankato

MSU Mankato — COVID-19 Community History Project

The archive team at MSU Mankato is busy collecting the perspectives of students and community members about the Covid-19 crisis

Hiker’s Holiday in Great Britain – MSU’s Kellian Clink

Kellian Clink, a lont-time librarian at MSU Mankato shares her hobby of hiking the many coastal trails of Great Britain.
Submitted Photo - Kaleb Braun-Schulz and friends performing at Festival Solstice

Making Music With Kaleb Braun-Schulz

A home-grown Mankato musician, Kaleb Braun-Schulz has already recorded one album and has a new single, releasing on May 15
Photo by Don Lipps - A peek at some of the large, eclectic variety of treasure found at Vagabond Village

A Community Experience – Vagabond Village

Natalie Pierson started Vagabond Village to help people be themselves, provide good experiences, and most of all to build community.
Submitted Photo - Mankato Playhouse - Jesus Christ Superstar

The Show Must Go On – The Mankato Playhouse

Davori Production's Mankato Playhouse is providing dinner theater to the Greater Mankato Area
From History of the Red Jacket Valley by Julie A. Schrader - Panoramic view of the Red Jacket Bridge and Trestle by Mankato photographer, John R. Snow at the dedication of the bridge on August 22, 1911. Snow coaxed the train engineer into backing up so the camera could capture everything. He was credited with the first panoramic photograph taken in the Mankato area. Actually, the photograph is a composite of four photographs snapped from the same spot and then pieced together.

Transportation Advances Through the Red Jacket Valley

Julie Schrader tells the tale of train and automobile advances through the Red Jacket Valley south of Mankato
Stack of books

Storybook Tour — A Literary Journey Along Highway 14

Take a whirlwind tour along Minnesota Highway 14 to explore three of our favorite children's authors: Maud Hart Lovelace, Wanda Gág, and Laura Ingalls Wilder
Submitted Photo - Participants at work at Design & Wine's space on Belgrade Avenue in North Mankato

Cultivating Creativity – Design and Wine

Laura Doyen started Design and Wine in North Mankato to encourage creativity as well as to help groups and organizations with a great team-building activity.