Featured Stories

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

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Pitch Perfect: MSO’s New Executive Director Bethel Balge

From Moscow to Mankato, the Mankato Symphony Orchestra's new executive director, Dr. Bethel Balge, never shies away from a musical adventure.
Photo by Maddie Fox Photography - Megan Hoogland at work

Skin in the Game: Tattoo Artist Megan Hoogland

Mankato artist Megan Hoogland has crafted an international reputation for herself with her world-class tattoo work.
Ballet Slippers

Mankato Ballet Company’s New Building Helps Classes To Resume

The Mankato Ballet Company is reopening for its 2020-2021 season, with a new building and new safety protocols.
Dog training

Tricks and Treats – True Connections Canine Academy

Patricia Linehan of True Connections Canine Academy is all about training not only dogs, but also people, so both of them can have more fun!
Apples

Weekend High Notes – Season of Savoring

The beginning of Autumn! So many things to savor! Molly offers plenty of ideas in this week's Weekend High Notes.
Vanilla ice cream on rustic background, top view

The Taste of Joy – MN Eis Ice Cream and Sweets Shoppe

MN Eis Ice Cream and Sweets Shoppe in New Ulm set out to add something a little special to everyday life
Submitted Image - The Kato Ballroom

Save the Last Dance – The Kato Ballroom

The Kato Ballroom has seen a lot of music since its founding in 1942. Flexibility and adaptation have been the keys to being one of the few surviving ballrooms in Minnesota
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Theatre Organizations Strive for Safe Reopenings

Mankato Theater organizations have been hard hit in the wake of COVID-19. Mike Lagerquist explains some of the adaptations our local companies have made to cope.
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Green Earth – Pollinators Need Your Yard

In the new column Green Earth, Molly Butler offers installment one of three on pollinator gardens in the Mankato area
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Arts in Mankato – The Arts Must Learn How to Go Virtual

Mike Lagerquist talks about his experiences with going virtual in the midst of a pandemic and suggests being flexible will benefit the arts as well.