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Weekend High Notes: Holiday Spirit

By Molly Butler “Remind me to bring earbuds next time I go shopping,” Noah texted me. That’s when I knew it was officially Christmas season. He might not enjoy the inescapable holiday music already playing in every store, but I’m ready to deck the halls, start construction on a gingerbread house, and I think “All […]
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Weekend High Notes: Stretch

In this week's Weekend High Notes, Molly Butler helps us de-stress and recover after Thanksgiving, as well as sharing some fun ideas for the weekend!
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Gentle Shepherd Ministries: Reaching Those Forgotten

At Gentle Shepherd Ministries, volunteers minister to some of southern Minnesota's forgotten population: seniors and inmates.
Photo by Casey Ek - Hensta piles topppings onto a pizza destined for a pickup order. While he learned the skills of making food over 25 years from mentors, colleagues and through passive observation, Hensta believes customer feedback has been equally important in refining his dishes. He has used that feedback to determine the amount of toppings typical customers want.

A Taste of the Big Apple in Nicollet: Great New York Pizza

Hentsa Tesfai serves up big city taste at his new restaurant, Great New York Pizza, in Nicollet.
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Music Minute: The Amy Manette Band

In a new weekly music column, Jacob Bases chats with Amy Kuch, lead singer of the Amy Manette Band, about what inspires her.
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Weekend High Notes: Thank You

In this week's Weekend High Notes, Molly shares what she's thankful for and helps us find ways to enjoy the weekend.
Photo from The Mankato Free Press - The Immortal Trio - L-R: Frances Kenney Kirch (Tacy), Maud Hart Lovelace (Betsy), and Marjorie Gerlach Harris (Tib). This photograph was taken outside Lincoln School (now Lincoln Community Center) in October 1961 when the three attended “Betsy-Tacy Days” in Mankato.

A Special Homecoming: Mankato Residents Share Memories of Author Maud Hart Lovelace's Visit to Mankato in 1961

Mankato residents share memories from nearly 60 years ago, when author Maud Hart Lovelace returned to her hometown of Mankato.
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Leveling Up: MSU’s Varsity Esports Head Coach Jacquie Lamm

MankatoLIFE is excited to welcome our very first professional student writer, Meredith Maxwell! Welcome to the team, Meredith! By Meredith Maxwell Jacquie Lamm is no foreigner to the gaming world. From a young age, Lamm immersed herself in video game culture, entering a post-apocalyptic realm of flesh-eating creatures and adventuring through Spiral Mountain on a […]
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Changing the Narrative: What a Difference Four Years Can Make

Robb Murray shares his thoughts on the historic Nov. 3 election in his new column, "Murray's Musings."
Photo by Don Lipps - Commerce Drive welcome sign in upper North Mankato

Connecting the Community: Business Association Connecting Commerce

Since forming in 2019, business association Connecting Commerce has been working to bring awareness to all North Mankato businesses have to offer.