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Featured Stories

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

Scenic Highway

RV Life: Living the Most Important Things

For the southern Minnesota Roggless and Peterson families, taking to the road has been a way to life the most important things in life.
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Happy Chefs: The Frederick Family

For many years, the Frederick family has been integral to the southern Minnesota dining scene including their Happy Chef chain, Pub 500 and many more.
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Weekend High Notes: Summer of Smiles

Molly talks about facing fears along with so many great recommendations for your weekend!
Group of Lesser Dog-faced Fruit Bat, Cyneropterus brachyotis

Green Earth: Better Living Through Bat Houses

An unwelcome visitor in columnist Molly Butler's home was the catalyst for adding bat houses to her property.
April 9, 1934 Mankato Free Press

Tangled Web of Crime – Mankato’s Gangster Ties Part 2

Julie Schrader continues the tale of gangsters and their ties with the Mankato area
Theater curtain

Highland Summer Theatre Returns!

After a reduced season and hiatus, MSU Mankato's Highland Summer Theatre is back!
Wild Violets

Weekend High Notes: Ease and Seeds

There are benefits to working with nature instead of trying to be the master. In addition weekend recommendations, Molly suggests the easier path.
Minneapolis Daily Star - August 12, 1927 describing the hunt for James Barrett

Profile of a Bootlegger – Mankato’s Gangster Ties

Jack Kooser was a Mankato area bootlegger and gangster who often found himself at the center of trouble.
Mom and girl

Weekend High Notes: Celebrating Moms

Happy Mothers Day weekend! To help us celebrate, Molly has recommended some fun activities to give the moms in our lives some much-needed recognition and relaxation.
Bottles of wine

5th Annual Blue Earth Wine Walk

Head to Blue Earth for their 5th Annual Wine Walk, this Saturday, May 8th.