Your Greater Mankato Area friends and neighbors are sharing their expertise in these columns on MankatoLIFE!

Asking for help!

The Local Stir – The Art of Accepting Help

Natasha Frost writes about the burden of trying to do everything yourself and the blessing of learning how to ask for help.

507 Business Life – 1 Million Cups

In her column 507 Business Life, Julie Fredrickson explores new perspectives on the Greater Mankato business community with a focus on the very small percentage of folks who take the leap to become entrepreneurs. This inaugural column introduces 1 Million Cups.
Photo by Mike Lagerquist - Security Apartments in Mankato. View from intersection of S Broad and E Hickory Streets

ARTchitecture – Security Apartments

The Security Apartments building in Mankato has been standing since 1894 but has seen significant changes over the years.
Pressure Cooker

The Local Stir – Pressure Results In Great Menus!

Pressure can have a positive or negative impact. When looked at the right way, it can improve the work of a kitchen team - or any other kind of team!
Organic Rainbow Colored Carrots

The Local Stir – Diggin’ Roots, Shoots and Boots

Natasha Frost introduces the idea of Farm to Childcare as well as introducing some resources like Roots, Shoots and Boots
Photo by Mike Lagerquist - Detail from "Grace" the mosaic on Grace Lutheran Church at the corner of 4th and Main Streets in Mankato, MN

ARTchitecture – Grace Lutheran Church Mosaic

Mike Lagerquist provides some detail for a piece of public art that many of us drive by on a regular basis but few have taken the time to actually see.
New Year New You

The Local Stir – New Year, Happy You!

Nicole Lange reminds us that while it's good to take on new things for a new year, it's more important to be happy with ourselves
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
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 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.