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.
From History of the Red Jacket Valley by Julie A. Schrader - Post card of the Red Jacket Bridge and Trestle, circa 1912

A Brief History of the Red Jacket Valley

The Red Jacket Valley, located just south of Mankato, is well-known for biking and hiking the Red Jacket Trail system or skiing at Mount Kato. However, many may not be aware of its rich...
Photo by Mike Lagerquist - Detail of the Lineman on the Consolidated Communications building in Mankato

ARTchitecture – Telephone Lineman Bas Relief

Mike Lagerquist tells the story of the Lineman bas relief sculpture on the current Consolidated Communications building in Mankato
Photo by Mike Lagerquist - The song Face of Time, was the audience's introduction to Tucker Sweet, the adult character lead who used a group of kids to help him move west in search of gold.

Charades – Once-In-a-Lifetime Original Musical at West High School

40 years ago this month, the faculty, staff and students of Mankato West High School created an original stage musical called Charades.
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.
Primitive Campfire

Ready for Anything – Minnesota Primitive Skills and Survival School

Mason Grove and the Minnesota Primitive Skills and Survival School have positioned themselves to help the people of southern Minnesota learn to be more sell-sufficient.
Photo courtesy Maud Hart Lovelace’s Deep Valley by Julie A. Schrader - The Saulpaugh Hotel was located where the City Center Hotel sits today. This photograph shows the main entrance to the hotel as it faces South Front Street with Main Street in the foreground, circa 1925. Originally there was an entrance on the Union Depot and Minnesota River side of the hotel. At that time most patrons arrived by steamboat or railroad. The image was taken from approximately where the south entrance of the Blue Earth County Library sits today. The current City Center Hotel ramp sits where South Front Street met Main Street.

The Grand Old Saulpaugh Hotel

The Saulpaugh Hotel was, from its construction in 1888 until its close in 1964, one of the grand buildings of old Mankato
Photo Courtesy of Photo Associates - Art Fleming owner/photographer - Elks Lodge and Ben Pay Hotel at the corner of Hickory and Second Streets

ARTchitecture – The Elks Lodge

The Elks Lodge in Mankato, located at the corner of Hickory and 2nd Streets was a grand structure from the time it was built in 1911 to the time it burned in 1977
Mount Kilimanjaro and its three volcanic cones, Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira, is a dormant volcano in Tanzania and the highest peak in Africa

Dan Lee – Climbing for a Cause

Dan Lee loves adventure but he also loves helping others find their adventures too. After recently climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, he's moving on to the Cotopaxi Volcano in Ecuador but it's always for a cause!
Photo by Rick Pepper - Aerial view of Veterans Memorial Bridge looking south

Mankato New Construction – Aerial Photo Album

Rick Pepper offers some aerial photos of new construction in Mankato