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People Stories

Of all the amazing things that make up our region, the most amazing of all are the people! Of all the things we want to write about, our highest priority is to write about the folks doing creative things. Let us introduce you to just a few of your neighbors in these Greater Mankato Area people stories!

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...
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Creating a Life of Change: MSU’s Greg Wilkins

Greg Wilkins has seen much adversity in his life and travels. He's used it to become stronger as he serves the students of MSU Mankato
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Living Creativity on and Off Stage: Peter Bloedel

Peter Bloedel has a long list of accomplishments as a performer.
Photo Courtesy of Blue Earth County Historical Society - Home of Parsons King and Laura Johnson family in 1865. The house was built in 1854. L-R: Laura, Frank, Clarence, Parsons King, Charles and Julia.

Mankato’s Pioneer Women

Mankato's founding included a group of strong, influential women.
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John and Gail Carpenter: The Singing Sweethearts

John and Gail Carpenter have been singing many styles of music together from the time they were in college.
An antique wooden box, decorated with traditional Norwegian Rosemaling design

Keeping Norwegian Folk Art Alive

Joan Hurry, Mary Sherwood, and Nancy Sullivan have been keeping the Norwegian folk art of rosemåling alive in the Mankato area for the better part of fifty years.
Submitted Photo - Merrill and Karen Frydendall

For the Birds: Mankato Couple Identifies Thousands of Birds Throughout Lifetime

Mankato couple Merrill and Karen Frydendall are serious about birding and have identified thousands of birds throughout their lifetimes.
Featured Photo courtesy of the Blue Earth County Historical Society, Marian Anderson Gallery website - Closing Time by Marian Anderson.

Remembering Marian Anderson

Mike Lagerquist brings us a touching tribute to Mankato area artist Marian Anderson who passed away on January 26, 2021
Photo by Casey Ek - While the pair considered themselves close friends prior to Dang’s stroke, the rehabilitation process has caused them to grow closer still.

Regaining Freedom: Chudier Dang and Alex Murphy

Chudier Dang and Alex Murphy were friends before Dang's stroke. The life-changing event brought them even closer together.
Photo and art by Brittany Wegener - Scorpio natal light charm

Artist of the Month: Brittney Wegener

Brittany Wegener is a mixed media artist creating three-dimensional art and who has used her art for personal growth. You can see her craft on display in January at The Fillin' Station.