Featured Stories

These are the Greater Mankato Area featured stories that appear at the top of the site’s homepage.

The highest form of wisdom is kindness

Weekend High Notes: In Search of Some Needed Nuance

There seems to be a growing trend in the air to categorize everything as black and white. In addition to her usual great recommendations, Molly offers some suggestions for free thinking.
Flower blooming in hard circumstances

Weekend High Notes: A New Year

By Molly Butler I hope everyone had safe and happy holidays. We made some lovely memories, even though we gathered virtually. 2020 was a challenging year...
Piano keyboard

Making Music: St. Peter Singer Kay Koehler Boasts Decades-Long Career

St. Peter resident Kay Koehler has sung backup for dozens of big-name country music stars in her decades-long career.
Mean online comments

Changing the Narrative: Rethink, Revise, and Retool Online Comments

Online comments can get mean fast. Robb Murray speaks up and challenges us to think about what can be different.
Photo by Calla Defries - Matt Atwood in the role of Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar at Mankato Playhouse.

A Full Circle Passion: Matt Atwood 

From insurance to performance to the award winning a cappella group Home Free then back to real estate, Matt Atwood's passions have come full circle.
Photo by Don Lipps - The newly refurbished bell tower atop the Ottawa Little Stone Church.

New life for 160-year-old Little Stone Church

In 1856, two years before Minnesota became a state, the Ottawa (United) Methodist Episcopal Church congregation was organized and built the Little Stone Church in 1859
Fresh herbs from the garden

Healing by Nature’s Intent – Elizabeth Willett

Elizabeth Willett has been on a long path to becoming an herbalist and wellness counselor.
Hot cocoa

Weekend High Notes: Be Sweet

Lots of holiday stuff going on and Molly has recommendations while reminding us to be sweet.
Giving and receiving gift

Weekend High Notes: Give and Receive

In this week's column, Molly reminds us that it's just as important to receive as it is to give.
Submitted Image - Blue Earth County Historical Society History Center and Museum

BECHS: Sharing History in New Ways

The Blue Earth County Historical Society has been the curator of the Mankato area's history for almost 120 years. Learn the history of the history keeper!