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 - Mankato Area Gymnastics School

Gymnastics for Everyone: Mankato Area Gymnastics School Offers Teachers Specializing in Special Needs Education

The Mankato Area Gymnastics School is working to meet more aspiring gymnasts' needs with two new special education instructors.
American flag on dark concrete with free space. 4th July Veterans or US Independence day.

Serving Their Country: Three Mankato Veterans Reflect on their Time in the Military

On Veterans Day, read the stories of three Mankato veterans who served their country in different ways.
Photo by Cliff Coy - Bear woodcut

Artist of the Month: Photographer Cliff Coy

The Fillin' Station's Artist of the Month for November is Cliff Coy, a local photographer who uses his art to raise awareness for issues close to his heart.
Map of the USA with Minnesota and Mankato highlighted

Community Support: Habiba Rashid Helps Other Refugees Get Settled in Minnesota

From refugee to associate director of the Minnesota Council of Churches Refugee Services in Mankato, Habiba Rashid helps refugees adjust to a new life.
Photo by Jessi Havemeier - Painting by Kelsie Havemeier

Art Therapy: Young Mankato Artist Uses Creativity to Cope with Brain Surgery Recovery

10-year-old Mankato artist Kelsie Havemeier uses art to help cope as she recovers from brain surgery.
Adult and child

Like Mother, Like Daughter: Two Generations of YMCA Mentors

Joy Wels and Courtney Kranz may be a mother-daughter pair in real life, but they're also fellow "big sisters" in the YMCA's Brother-Sister program.
Oak Lumber

With the Grain: Tim’s Woodcrafts

North Mankato resident Tim Hatlestad has been creating wood furniture for nearly 40 years and has quite an inventory available to customers.
Balloon animals

One Pop Shop: Balloon Artist Clare Fischer

New Ulm 16-year-old Clare Fischer offers customers inflation with a twist through her very own balloon business, Balloon-a-Kazoo.
Submitted Image - Sabrie said she was inspired to create a jellyfish print in honor of her grandfather, who passed away from Alzheimer's, after she heard about Alzheimer's research being conducted on jellyfish.

Printing Her Own Identity: Artist Wardah Sabrie

Printmaker Wardah Sabrie draws from many sources and facets of her identity to create her vibrant artwork.
Photo by Dinah Langsjøen

Beautiful Simplicity: Artist Dinah Langsjøen

Artist Dinah Langsjøen shares her journey through life and art in a new exhibit, Nostalgia in Nature, at Mankato's 410 Project.