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!

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Luke Smith – Songs From Home

Luke Smith spearheaded a unique musical collaboration during the COVID-19 lock down where musicians recorded individual tracks which Smith then compiled into a new EP releasing May 30
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 - Rough cut bowls ready for turning in Randy Dinsmore's workshop

At The Edge of Decay – The Restoration Work of Randy Dinsmore

Randy Dinsmore has been involved with the restoration of many historical buildings in the Greater Mankato Area
Submitted Photo - A sampling of some of the many original varieties at Locale Brewing Company

Shop Locale! – Jim and Lauren Parejko and Locale Brewing Company

Jim and Lauren Parejko offer insight into starting Locale Brewing Company which the couple opened in 2018

Hiker’s Holiday in Great Britain – MSU’s Kellian Clink

Kellian Clink, a lont-time librarian at MSU Mankato shares her hobby of hiking the many coastal trails of Great Britain.
Submitted Photo - Kaleb Braun-Schulz and friends performing at Festival Solstice

Making Music With Kaleb Braun-Schulz

A home-grown Mankato musician, Kaleb Braun-Schulz has already recorded one album and has a new single, releasing on May 15
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 by Don Lipps - A peek at some of the large, eclectic variety of treasure found at Vagabond Village

A Community Experience – Vagabond Village

Natalie Pierson started Vagabond Village to help people be themselves, provide good experiences, and most of all to build community.
Stack of books

Storybook Tour — A Literary Journey Along Highway 14

Take a whirlwind tour along Minnesota Highway 14 to explore three of our favorite children's authors: Maud Hart Lovelace, Wanda Gág, and Laura Ingalls Wilder
Submitted Photo - Participants at work at Design & Wine's space on Belgrade Avenue in North Mankato

Cultivating Creativity – Design and Wine

Laura Doyen started Design and Wine in North Mankato to encourage creativity as well as to help groups and organizations with a great team-building activity.