Group Stories

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

Photo by Don Lipps - Fiction section in the Blue Earth County Library

Creative and Inclusive – Library Director Kelly McBride

Kelly McBride has a vision for the Blue Earth County Library system, which she's been directing since January 2019, focusing on creativity and diversity.
Photo by Grace Brandt - Some of the wares at Cheap Chics in Nicollet

Sarcasm and Sales – Cheap Chics Designs

Amy Stearns and Kari Mulvihill, owners of Cheap Chics in Nicollet describe their boutique as cute, affordable, sarcastic, and real
Dog and cat

It’s a Cat-And-Dog World – Humane Society Begins Second Half-Century

The Blue Earth Nicollet County Humane Society has celebrated its 50th anniversary and is gearing up for the next 50 years
Vintage sweaters

Vagabond Village Fundraiser for Grace Thrift Store

Vagabond Village in Mankato is holding a fundraiser sale to support Grace Thrift Store in Lake Crystal
Photo from Wikimedia Commons - A view of most of North America taken from a low orbit of about 826 km altitude aboard NASA's Earth-observing research satellite, Suomi NPP

Eco-Retail Gallery-Music-Café – The Blue Boat

The Blue Boat owner Julie Johnson-Fahrforth describes the new shop in Civic Center Plaza Mankato as an eco-retail gallery-café-music-bar
Photo by Rick Pepper - Aerial view of the Silo Art Project in Mankato, MN

Nearing Completion – Silo Art Photo Album 3

The Silo Art Project, an endeavor by CityArt, is almost complete. Australian artist Guido van Helten has left his mark on the Ardent Mills silos.
Wood shavings

The Making of a Creative Space – Mankato Makerspace

Since its launch in 2017 the Mankato Makerspace has been growing steadily as it fill s a special need for makers of all kinds.
Kayak on the water

Welcome on the River – Bent River Outfitter

With so many rivers in the Greater Mankato Area, Bent River Outfitter, who can put you on the water is a tremendous community asset
Violin on a black background

The Family That Plays Together – Steve and Katharine Davis

Father and daughter, Steve and Katherine Davis, enjoy the rare experience of playing together in the Mankato Symphony Orchestra
Photo by Grace Brandt - Memory bears at Pins and Needles Alterations in Mankato

Memories to Hold On To – The Memory Bears of Pins & Needles Alterations

Pins and Needles Alterations in Mankato has become well known for their Memory Bears that use cherished items of clothing in their construction.