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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 - Finished ceramics from ARTifact - Mankato MN

Cultivating Creativity at ARTifact

Kim Ruby founded ARTifact in Mankato to provide a place for people to gather together around creativity.
Photo by Don Lipps - Work of various artists at Stone's Throw Gallery - St. Peter, MN

Patty Conlin – Stones Throw Gallery & Studio

Patty Conlin, owner of Stones Throw Gallery in St. Peter had no intention of becoming a goldsmith and a jeweler. Now she wouldn't think of doing anything else.
Chef Hands

The Local Stir – Passion Required

Brigitte Rasmussen talks about one of the key requirements for cooking professionally in these week's installment of The Local Stir
Photo by Rick Pepper - The Horses of the 2012 Dakota 38+2 riders pastured at the farm of Sylvester "Ken" Ziegler

2012 Dakota 38+2 Arrival – 150th Anniversary Photo Album

Rick Pepper publishes some photos of the Dakota 38+2 riders arriving in Mankato taken on December 26th, 2012, the 150th anniversary of the executions
Submitted Photo - Baubles & Bobbies, Mankato MN - Necklace from the Back to Earth Collection

Baubles and Bobbies – Creating Good, Doing Good

Ginger Neilon, owner of Baubles & Bobbies in Mankato has a passion for making good things which in turn allows here to do good things.
Soup and bread

The Local Stir – Soups Warm the Soul

Natasha Frost relates one of her family's holiday traditions centered on soup in this week's Local Stir.
Photo by Rick Pepper - Aerial view of the in-progress Silo Art Project by Australian artist, Guido van Helten on the Ardent Mill grain silos at the gateway of Old Town, Mankato.

A Work in Progress – Silo Art Project Photo Album 2

The Ardent Mills Silo Art Project is on hiatus for the winter but Rick Pepper offers a few images of the latest work that has been completed.
Photo by Gary Pettis - Dakota 38+2 Memorial riders arrive in Mankato on December 26th, 2017

The Local Stir – Supporting Indigenous Efforts

In this week's installment of The Local Stir, Natasha Frost talks about understanding the difficult local history of the interaction between settlers and Indigenous People as well as our responsibility to do what we can to bring about healing.
Mac and Cheese

The Local Stir – What Makes a Good Partnership?

Natasha Frost reflects on her experience with partnerships and what makes a good one in the latest installment of The Local Stir.
Backyard Chickens - Mankato, MN

The Local Stir – Living with Backyard Chickens

I'm not sure I could have ever foreseen that one day I would own and raise chickens but here I am. What started out as helping a neighbor prepare for their chickens turned into me getting my own flock the following year.