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Group Stories

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

Submitted Image - Quilt from the Deep Valley Quilter's Guild

Quilting Guild Members Practice an Ancient Craft

There are several quilters groups active in the region, among them are the Deep Valley Quilter's Guild and Ewenique Quilters.
Photo by Don Lipps - Jo's Fitness Garage

Working From Your “Why” – Jo’s Fitness Garage

By Katie Roiger “Exercise” isn’t a dirty word for Jo Radlinger. Ever since she can remember, working out and staying in shape have been business as...
Submitted Photo - Volunteers at work in MSU Mankato's Campus Kitchen

Food For Thought: MSU’s Campus Kitchen

MSU Mankato's Campus Kitchen has been an active, student-led, food rescue program in service since 2005.
Photo by Don Lipps - MavHouse Records control console

Students in the Studio: MSU’s MavHouse Records

MavHouse Records is a student-run recording business at MSU Mankato. Participating Mavericks get a leg up on breaking into professional music production.
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Deep Valley Book Festival: Cabin Fever Edition

For the first time, the Deep Valley Book Festival is offering a second annual event. The Cabin Fever Edition will offer a wide range of activities centered around and for writers.
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ECHO Food Shelf: So That No One Goes Hungry

The staff and volunteers at ECHO Food Shelf have been keeping residents of Blue Earth County and North Mankato from hunger since 1982
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
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!
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Gentle Shepherd Ministries: Reaching Those Forgotten

At Gentle Shepherd Ministries, volunteers minister to some of southern Minnesota's forgotten population: seniors and inmates.