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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!

Electric guitar

Pete and Billy Steiner: Music and More

Pete and Billy Steiner have been fixtures of the Mankato area for as long as many folks can remember.
Submitted Image – One of Garrett Steinberg’s watercolor creations, which combines his love of history and art.

Garrett Steinberg: A Man of Many Talents

Garrett Steinberg is busy with his music, painting, and carpentry while serving several church communities.
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 Molly Butler - "Pomegranite Study" by Vincent Kenobbie on display at the Fillin' Station

Artist of the Month: Vincent Kenobbie

Vincent Kenobbie is the Fillin' Station artist of the month
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...
Airport departure board

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
Dark theater stage

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.
Piano keyboard

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.