Group Stories

So many fantastic groups doing so many good things! Enjoy these Greater Mankato Area group and organization stories.

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Merely Players – All the World’s a Stage

The Merely Players have been providing a safe and creative place for Mankato Area folks with the itch to act since 1982. Author Grace Brandt provides a high-level view of this community asset.
Photo by Don Lipps - Michael Cimino Mural on the side of Whimsy and Weathered - Mankato, MN

A Little Whimsy, A Little Weathered – Old Town Shop Enjoys Success

Mother and daughter team, Denise David and Jes Tano, talk about their shop, Whimsy and Weathered in Old Town Mankato and the need for expansion just three years after launch.
Photo by Kyle Zeiszler - Dana Sikkila riding on Project Bike in Minneapolis

A Talk With 410 Project Director Dana Sikkila – What’s Next For Project Bike?

Even though Dana Sikkila has peddled her last mile on Project Bike, Project Bike is far from over. Grace Brandt chats with Dana to discuss what's next including a full-length documentary and an exhibit at Minneapolis St. Paul Airport.
Photo by Don Lipps – Emy Frentz Arts Guild - Mankato, MN

A New Day for the Emy Frentz Arts Guild

Emy Frentz Arts Guild in Mankato is in the process of redefining itself under the leadership of new Executive Director Amanda Wirig
Photo by Don Lipps - Assorted tea cups at Curiosi-Tea House, North Mankato

Teatime – Curiosi-Tea in North Mankato

Curiosi-Tea in North Mankato offers hundreds of varieties of tea and are glad to and are welcoming to tea afficianados and novices alike.
Photo Courtesy of Singing Hills Chorus - Official concert photo

Singing to Remember – The Singing Hills Chorus

The Singing Hills Chorus was founded with a special mission—to be a place where people living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias can fellowship in a singing-based community.
Andy Beltz and Ryan Rutjes of Modest Music in Mankato tell their story to Ocho

MankatoSPEAKS with Ocho – Modest Music

Join Ocho as he interviews Andy Beltz and Ryan Rutjes of Modest Music, an up-and-coming music label started right here in Mankato!
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OmniMatter Pop-Up Art Shows

Mankato artist, Abby Daleki dreamed up the idea for the OmniMatter Pop-Up show. The latest edition is on Sunday, January 13th at the Mankato Makerspace.
Photo by Gary Pettis - Dakota 38+2 Memorial riders arrive in Mankato on December 26th, 2017

Reconciliation on the River — Dakota 38+2 Riders to Arrive in Mankato

Gary Pettis offers insight into Mankato's history and the fortunate nature of the 2018 Dakota 38+2 Memorial Ride arriving in Mankato on December 26th
Ice slab for sculpture - Mankato, MN

Stacy K’s Old Town Guide — Folks Dressed Up Like Eskimos

Stacy K gives us some ideas of things to do this weekend including Kiwanis Holiday Lights