507 Business Life – 1 Million Cups

In her column 507 Business Life, Julie Fredrickson explores new perspectives on the Greater Mankato business community with a focus on the very small percentage of folks who take the leap to become entrepreneurs. This inaugural column introduces 1 Million Cups.
Submitted Photo - Lonesome Ron Affolter

Lonesome Ron – The King of the Valley Yodelers

Lonesome Ron Affolter, The King of the Valley Yodelers, is at the center of a large number of history and old west driven events. In the unlikely event that you haven't met him, Grace Brandt provides an introduction.
Photo by Mike Lagerquist - Security Apartments in Mankato. View from intersection of S Broad and E Hickory Streets

ARTchitecture – Security Apartments

The Security Apartments building in Mankato has been standing since 1894 but has seen significant changes over the years.
Pressure Cooker

The Local Stir – Pressure Results In Great Menus!

Pressure can have a positive or negative impact. When looked at the right way, it can improve the work of a kitchen team - or any other kind of team!
Photo Courtesy of Blue Earth County Historical Society - R.D. Hubbard House in Mankato

Keepers of the Past – Blue Earth County Historical Society

The Blue Earth County Historical Society specializes in bringing the past to life for the education and enjoyment of the people of the Greater Mankato Area.
Organic Rainbow Colored Carrots

The Local Stir – Diggin’ Roots, Shoots and Boots

Natasha Frost introduces the idea of Farm to Childcare as well as introducing some resources like Roots, Shoots and Boots
Photo by Mike Lagerquist - Detail from "Grace" the mosaic on Grace Lutheran Church at the corner of 4th and Main Streets in Mankato, MN

ARTchitecture – Grace Lutheran Church Mosaic

Mike Lagerquist provides some detail for a piece of public art that many of us drive by on a regular basis but few have taken the time to actually see.
Antique vintage typewriter, Royal Quiet Deluxe

Mankato Man – The Many Hats of Mike Lagerquist

Mike Lagerquist has been an active part of the Greater Mankato Area arts and culture scene for many years. MankatoLIFE is proud to announce that he'll be joining the team as a regular contributor.
Photo courtesy of Bob Kreuzer - The North Mankato Lift Station, nicked named "Gilligan's Island," surrounded by sandbags to hold back Minnesota River flood waters as the waters were beginning to recede.

Gilligan’s Island, Bob Kreuzer, and the Flood of 1965

During the Mankato and North Mankato Flood of 1965, workers manned shifts twenty feet below ground while sandbagging teams above made an island for the Mankato and North Mankato history books.
Photo by Rick Pepper - Alec Maertens, Jacob Pepper, Christian House on the Spring Lake Park sliding hill

Fun on the Sliding Hill – Photo Album

Rick Pepper reminds us of childhood fun with his photo album of Mankato Area sliding hills