Photo by Don Lipps - Michael Cimino Mural on the side of Whimsy and Weathered - Mankato, MN

A Little Whimsy, A Little Weathered – Old Town Shop Enjoys Success

Mother and daughter team, Denise David and Jes Tano, talk about their shop, Whimsy and Weathered in Old Town Mankato and the need for expansion just three years after launch.
Submitted Photo - Offerings from Najwa's Catering in Mankato, MN

Mankato Staple – Najwa Massad & Najwa’s Catering

Najwa Massad has come a long way - from Lebanon, to running several successful business, to becoming the mayor of Mankato. Beneath it all is a heart that beats with a love for family, her community, and hospitality.
Photo by Rachael Jeager - Some of Sister Mary Ann Osborne's woodcarving tools

Sister Mary Ann Osborne – Crafting Peace and Hope

Sister Mary Ann Osborne, SSND, expresses hope and peace through her craft of wood carving.
Coffee and book

The Local Stir – Taking Life 24-Hours at a Time

The principles of recovery can be helpful across many areas of life, including business. Natasha Frost relates how being present in each moment and taking things 24-hours at a time has made a difference.

Eat Your Words? – Edible Book Festival Offers Unique Way to Appreciate Literature

4th Annual Edible Book Festival at the North Mankato Taylor Library memorably dishes up both sweet treats and community togetherness.
Snake Oil

One-Woman Show – Historical Reenactor Susan Hynes

You'll find Susan Hynes at all sorts of southern Minnesota events recreating all sorts of historically accurate characters.
Blacksmith forge

Takara Olson – Fire forged

Very few people know what they want to do at a young age. Takara Olson knew she wanted to be a blacksmith and that's exactly what she's doing.
Photo by Kyle Zeiszler - Dana Sikkila riding on Project Bike in Minneapolis

A Talk With 410 Project Director Dana Sikkila – What’s Next For Project Bike?

Even though Dana Sikkila has peddled her last mile on Project Bike, Project Bike is far from over. Grace Brandt chats with Dana to discuss what's next including a full-length documentary and an exhibit at Minneapolis St. Paul Airport.
Asking for help!

The Local Stir – The Art of Accepting Help

Natasha Frost writes about the burden of trying to do everything yourself and the blessing of learning how to ask for help.
Ice on pond

Ice Cold History – The Era of the Ice Harvesting Industry

Ice harvesting was an important winter crop in southern Minnesota during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Julie Schrader offers insight into this key industry.