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

Why A New Arts & Leisure Site? For The Love Of Mankato! Chief Cook & Bottle washer explains how being surprised by love for the region led to this new publication.
Photo courtesy Muriel Kuebler Berndt - Muriel and Barbara Kuebler in “50 Miles from Broadway,” one of the “short” pictures produced by Pathe Films to run in theaters between newsreels and the main feature. Barbara is third from the left and Muriel is to the immediate right of the tuba player.

Mankato’s Vaudeville Stars – The Kaye Sisters

Mankato natives Muriel and Barbara Kuebler were once known as the Kaye Sisters, a sister dance act that performed with the famous traveling Pantages circuit during the days of vaudeville.
Photo by Don Lipps - Detail from Intersections by Luke Achterberg

CityArt’s 2020 Walking Sculpture Tour

It was a lovely Saturday morning, and as I've done every year since beginning work on MankatoLIFE, it was time to walk the streets of Mankato and North Mankato to visit the sculptures in...
Tree tops

Treading the Treetops – Kerfoot Canopy Tour

Kerfoot Canopy Tour near Henderson, MN offers an aerial tour over a mile in length and 14 zip lines.
Photo from the Standard Historical and Pictorial Atlas and Gazetteer of Blue Earth County, MN, 1895 - The Bierbauer Brewery stood at the end of Rock Street in Mankato for many years. The brewery buildings are now gone. Albert and Lillie Bierbauer’s house, which is pictured on the left, still remains on the corner of 6th and Rock Streets. This photo was taken in 1895 and at the time the brewery was producing 18,000 barrels annually.

Looking Back – William Bierbauer Brewing Company

The William Bierbauer Brewing Company (later the Mankato Brewing Company) operated in Mankato from 1863-1971.
Photo by Rick Pepper - Aerial view of the Silo Art Project in Mankato, MN

Nearing Completion – Silo Art Photo Album 3

The Silo Art Project, an endeavor by CityArt, is almost complete. Australian artist Guido van Helten has left his mark on the Ardent Mills silos.
Kid's Hand Taking Book from a Shelf in Public Library.

Summer Reading Is Not Cancelled!

Summer 2020 reading is alive and well at the Blue Earth County Library and the North Mankato Taylor Library.
Photo by Don Lipps - The Hub Food Park in Old Town Mankato

Taste of Outdoors – The Hub Food Park

What is it about outdoor dining that we love so much? Whether a picnic in a park or a patio table at a restaurant, fresh air eating turns a meal into a special event....
Wood shavings

The Making of a Creative Space – Mankato Makerspace

Since its launch in 2017 the Mankato Makerspace has been growing steadily as it fill s a special need for makers of all kinds.
Submitted Photo - Williams Nature Center - Overlook near Minneopa Creek

Refuge in the Valley – Williams Nature Center

The Williams Nature center offers ADA accessible trails, old forest, abundant wildlife and spectacular views of the Minnesota River Valley
Photo by Grace Brandt - Ceramic work by Michell Kaisersatt

The Art of Letting Go – Ceramicist Michelle Kaisersatt

Michelle Kaisersatt has seen more than her share of loss. Perhaps that's part of why she's empowered to help people grieve their loses through her art.