Group Stories

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

Photo by Don Lipps - Some of the many offerings at Dork Den in Mankato

Low-Tech Fun and More – The Dork Den

Joe Huber and Greg Fenske opened The Dork Den in 2013 to offer low-tech, analog only fun in the way of board games, comics, and much more.
Submitted Photo - “University Archives” is a photograph of the University Archives and Southern Minnesota Historical Center in Memorial Library at Minnesota State Mankato

MSU Mankato — COVID-19 Community History Project

The archive team at MSU Mankato is busy collecting the perspectives of students and community members about the Covid-19 crisis
Submitted Photo - Mankato Playhouse - Jesus Christ Superstar

The Show Must Go On – The Mankato Playhouse

Davori Production's Mankato Playhouse is providing dinner theater to the Greater Mankato Area
Photo courtesy MSU’s Engineering Center of Excellence - Explore Adventure STEM campers

Adventures in learning – Explore Adventure STEM Summer Camp

MSU, Mankato grad student Jonathan Trzepkowski pioneered MSU's Explore Adventure STEM summer camp to inspire elementary students.
Photo by Rick Pepper - Triple Falls above the Blue Earth River

Working For An Ecologically Sound Southern Minnesota – The Blue Earth Project

The Blue Earth Project seeks to influence Southern Minnesota towards a more sustainable environmental future
Japa mala rosary - hinduism and buddism rosary made from tulsi tree for hare krishna chanting.

No Shame – Sacred Sounds Meditation Club of Mankato

The Sacred Sounds Meditation Club of Mankato is helping yoga practioners of all experience levels understand what Bhakti Yoga is all about.
Rack of clothes

S.S. Boutique – Clothes for Everyone

S.S. Boutique is both a not-for-profit business and a thrift store with the mission of getting clothing in the hands of the people who most need it.
Submitted Photo - Offerings from the Cheese and Pie Mongers in St. Peter

The Cheese and Pie Mongers – Handcrafted Just Like Grandma’s

Taking a bite out of a pie baked at Saint Peter’s one and only Cheese and Pie Mongers is like taking a trip in time to Grandma’s home kitchen.
Theater light

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.