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FoodNiche Provides Outlet for Healthy Dialogue
By Rob Lawson
August 16, 2015

A new website has emerged as a platform for open dialogue between food & nutrition experts and the general public. The platform is called FoodNiche (see below link) and the site hopes to gain a foothold in the social media ecosystem that has new spawned several niche social gathering places online.

Music has ReverbNation and Bandcamp for artists to connect with fans and each other. Technology geeks have Mashable. ArtBistro and Behance cater to artists. Food is no exception. FoodNiche is set to become a leader in the social networks for food and nutrition by allowing for an open dialogue between real people, sort of like a LinkedIn for the food and health conscious of the United States. FULL STORY

ALDI Hires and Builds to Expand Into New Ulm
By Rob Lawson
July 8, 2016

ALDI gave an interview with the Mankato Gazette newspaper and offered some information about the company's plans to hire employees to fill positions in the new location being constructed in New Ulm. The company's Faribault Division Vice President spoke on record about the company's rationale for... FULL STORY

Draft Housing Study Update Session
By Rob Lawson
July 8, 2016

Mankato-Attend an informational presentation for developers, lenders, builders, landlords and property management companies about Mankato's draft housing study update: 7 p.m., Monday, July 18 Mankato room (City Council chambers) Intergovernmental Center, 10 Civic Center Plaza Parking will be a... FULL STORY

Charter-TW Merger: Expect Price Hikes
By Rob Lawson
May 6, 2016

FREEPRESS.NET - BAD NEWS: According to several news reports, the FCC has voted to approve the Charter-Time Warner Cable merger. With Chairman Tom Wheeler at the helm, the agency ignored hundreds of thousands of people like you who urged it to block this disastrous deal. Instead of standing with t... FULL STORY

GMG Announces New Business Beat Video Series
By Rob Lawson
April 27, 2016

Mankato, MN - Greater Mankato Growth, the area's economic development and chamber of commerce group that is also linked with City Center and Visit Mankato, announced a new video series called The Business Beat. Their videos will be broadcast on KTV, Mankato's public access channel operated out of Be... FULL STORY

Local Blogger Wants to Crowdfund Startup Tuition
By Rob Lawson
April 25, 2016

(Mankato, MN) A local business owner, for the next 24 hours only, wants to crowdfund a digital music business venture by taking part in Shark Tank star Daymond John's bootcamp for entrepreneurs called Launch Academy. He is doing so by offering to create customized blogs with five free posts and soci... FULL STORY

Commercial fishing licenses available for rough fi
By Rob Lawson
April 6, 2016

Inland commercial fishing license applications are being accepted in several areas of the state. Licenses from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are available for portions of Chippewa, Yellow Medicine and Renville counties, and for all of Aitkin and Mille Lacs counties. A commercial f... FULL STORY

What's Your Vision for Old Town?
By Rob Lawson
March 7, 2016

Last month more than 200 people shared their ideas about the future of the Old Town and Second Street area. Continue the discussion as we focus on priorities and next steps in crafting the master plan. Continue the conversation: 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 8 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 12 Eagles... FULL STORY

Changing Demographics Presentation in New Ulm
By Rob Lawson
March 7, 2016

NEW ULM, MINN. – The New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting Minnesota State Demographer Susan Brower for the March meeting of Hot Topics, Hot Lunch. Brower’s presentation, The Impact of Demographic Shifts, will take place on Friday, March 4, from 11:30am-1:00pm at the New Ulm Country Club. Co... FULL STORY

Mankato Man Employed as Conservation Officer
By Rob Lawson
February 6, 2016

A new generation of conservation officers with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources recently joined the ranks of seasoned professionals responsible for statewide natural resources and recreational law enforcement. “Conservation officers provide service to a wide spectrum of citizens thro... FULL STORY

StartSmart New Business Seminars in New Ulm
By Rob Lawson
January 19, 2016

NEW ULM, MINN. – The New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the New Ulm Public Library, will be holding the StartSmart New Business Seminar Series on Thursday evenings from January 28th through February 18th. These informational seminars are free and open to anyone interested in start... FULL STORY

DNR Looking for Interns
By Rob Lawson
December 22, 2015

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking intern watercraft inspectors for the 2016 boating season. Inspectors are stationed at public accesses on lakes and rivers infested with aquatic invasive species such as Eurasian watermilfoil and zebra mussels. “We’re looking for enthusiast... FULL STORY

State of MN Job Site to be Replaced December 8
By Rob Lawson
November 30, 2015

If you use the State of Minnesota online job application system, you should migrate and save your data soon. The deadline to do so is by December 4. The new system launches December 8 and applicants will need to complete new profiles. The old system will not be available after December 4. Resume... FULL STORY

NURBRA donates $ to CADA in New Ulm Thru Fashion
By Rob Lawson
November 29, 2015

The New Ulm Business & Retail Association (NUBRA) is pleased to announce that they have donated $2,109.37 to CADA, the Committee Against Domestic Abuse. This money was raised in September at the first annual Modenschau Fashion Show event. NUBRA has hosted a successful fashion show in the fall f... FULL STORY

Tailwind Group Honored in Kato Biz Hall of Fame
By Rob Lawson
November 18, 2015

The Tailwind Group was awarded as a 2015 Greater Mankato Business Awards & Hall of Fame inductee, according to a Tweet today on Twitter. The tweet was posted by Greater Mankato Growth, who administers the awards. The Tailwind Group is a growing real estate acquisition, management and investment ... FULL STORY

New Nissan Dealer's Website Already Here
By Rob Lawson
November 13, 2015

The Mankato area is growing fast, among the fastest growing cities in the state and the nation, for a small city. The city will be home to another car dealership soon, according to the Free Press. A Google search for Mankato Nissan reveals that a website has already been put together for the dea... FULL STORY

Second Half Ag RE and Mfg Home Taxes Due
By Rob Lawson
November 4, 2015

Property owners with land classified as agricultural and manufactured home owners are reminded they have until November 16, 2015 to pay their second half taxes. The Taxpayer Services office is located in the Historic Courthouse, 204 S. Fifth Street, Mankato. Payments can be made online at www... FULL STORY

New Ulm Chamber Didn't Expect Target Closure
By Rob Lawson
November 4, 2015

Target has closed in New Ulm this year. It was a surprise to the New Ulm Chamber of Commerce, who recently released a statement on the matter. "Target has been an anchor in the New Ulm retail scene for 15+ years and this is unfortunate news for our community," said New Ulm Chamber of Commerce CEO... FULL STORY

Placement of final beam for Mankato Event Center
By Rob Lawson
November 1, 2015

Mankato-View the video of today's topping off event that marked placement of final beam to build Mankato Event Center. The tree on the beam in the video symbolizes growth, prosperity and how safe project construction has been. This construction is part of a project to improve the civic center an... FULL STORY

New Sales Tax Proposal to Fund BEC Transportation
By Rob Lawson
October 11, 2015

Blue Earth County has scheduled a series of public meetings to bring forward information and discuss the potential for implementing a local sales tax option for transportation. Meeting dates, times and locations are listed below. Lake Crystal City Council Meeting October 19, 7:30 p.m. ... FULL STORY

Second Half of 2015 Real Estate Taxes Due BEC
By Rob Lawson
October 1, 2015

The Blue Earth County Taxpayer Services Department reminds property owners that the second half of real estate taxes is due, Thurs., October 15, 2015. Property owners with land classified as agricultural or manufactured home owners have until November 16, 2015 to pay their second half taxes. Plea... FULL STORY

Manufacturing Lean Summit Held at SCC North Kato
By Rob Lawson
September 22, 2015

Minnesota manufacturers got together for a meeting of the minds to discuss various issues at South Central College on Tuesday. They met for the fourth annual Lean Enterprise Summit. They discussed various issues related to manufacturing such as how successful manufacturers use lean techniques to... FULL STORY

Cops Encourage use of Nextdoor Social Site, Arrest
By Rob Lawson
August 27, 2015

Since everyone in a neighborhood knows their area best, creating citizen connections is important to livability and safety. Nextdoor is an opportunity for residents to make those connections through a closed social media neighborhood network. Tona Gillispie, president of the Highland Park Associatio... FULL STORY

Mapleton, Maple River Area in Need of Growth
By Rob Lawson
July 24, 2015

It seems over the years, the uncertain times in the rural Minnesota communities has become a slow death. Towns like Amboy, Minnesota Lake, Good Thunder, Vernon Center and Mapleton have seen a slow erosion in their towns as Corporate farming and growth of nearby urban areas continued. Children left t... FULL STORY

Mankato Went From 'Big of Smalls to Small of Bigs'
By Rob Lawson
July 9, 2015

Mankato is growing fast. More and more construction is going on all over town. The Digital Journal provides the backdrop for the story of how, as City Manager Pat Hentges put it, Mankato went from being the "big of smalls to the small of bigs", going from a big town to a small city (MSA). Fo... FULL STORY

Annual Biz Bulb Collection Date Announced
By Rob Lawson
July 8, 2015

Businesses are invited to participate in the annual Business Bulb Collection event scheduled for Wed., July 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Blue Earth County Household Hazardous Waste Facility located at 651 Summit Avenue in Mankato. Xcel Energy customers may dispose up to 10 fluorescent or other r... FULL STORY

Photo: LeSueur House Demolition
By Rob Lawson
June 30, 2015

A house on the 700 block of N. 4th St. in LeSueur was condemned and subsequently demolished. Several neighbors were pleased that the dilapidated house was finally being torn down. A local bank owns the property now, but local residents say the former landlord was not keeping the place up and tena... FULL STORY

Minnesota Weed Dispensaries Open Timely Wednesday
By Rob Lawson
June 30, 2015

Minnesota pot dispensaries will open Wednesday as scheduled, for the first of July. TIME called Minnesota's marijuana legalization efforts a half step measure. Part of the effort in Minnesota's regulated legal pot market is to take away the smoking part of pot to make it less attractive to k... FULL STORY

Hydroelectic Project Comments Sought
By Rob Lawson
May 12, 2015

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting public comments on an environmental assessment worksheet (EAW) prepared for the Pillsbury A-Mill Artist Lofts hydroelectric project, on the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. Minneapolis Leased Housing Associates IV is proposing to devel... FULL STORY

First Half Real Estate Tax Due
By Rob Lawson
May 4, 2015

The Blue Earth County Taxpayer Services Department reminds property owners that the first half of real estate taxes are due Fri., May 15, 2015. The Taxpayer Services office is located in the Historic Courthouse, 204 S. Fifth Street, Mankato. Payments can be made online at www.blueearthcountymn.gov... FULL STORY

Emergency Training Completed
By Rob Lawson
April 27, 2015

Area jurisdictions and organizations have partnered on emergency operations center training to help enhance effectiveness when working together on incidents, city officials report. Emergency training will help teams be prepared to provide an effective response and recovery process for large-scal... FULL STORY

Mankato is Fastest Growing MN Metro Area
By Rob Lawson
April 4, 2015

According to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, Mankato’s metropolitan area grew 2.1 percent in the past year. This growth surpassed Minnesota’s four other metropolitan statistical areas in the Twin Cities, Duluth, St. Cloud and Rochester. FULL STORY

From Crap to Crops Biosolid Partnership Reverifies
By Rob Lawson
April 4, 2015

Mankato’s National Biosolids Partnership reverification process will be held at Mankato’s Wastewater Treatment Plant, 701 Pine Street: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., April 27 and 28 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (noon), April 29. The public is welcome to attend to learn about the reverification process and what it i... FULL STORY

Asiana Buffet Fire in Mankato
By Rob Lawson
March 30, 2015

At around 12:51 p.m. March 26, Mankato firefighters responded to a water flow alarm at Asiana Buffet and Grill, 1010 Raintree Road. Using an excavator, crews were able to extinguish fire above ceiling and below roof of kitchen area. There were no injuries. North Mankato firefighters assisted wit... FULL STORY

CIty of Mankato Announces New Website
By Rob Lawson
March 4, 2015

The city of Mankato will launch its new website soon. The website will feature a user-centered website with responsive design to be customer-friendly on all device sizes, including smartphones and electronic tablets, fast-loading, robust navigation, social media integration, engagement and visual... FULL STORY

Mankato Construction Bidding Now Done Online
By Rob Lawson
March 4, 2015

The city of Mankato's construction project bidding process has gone to an online system. Since this method provides efficient and accurate bid submission and evaluation, paper bids are no longer accepted. Access requires an account. Learn how the submission process works, and watch an online tuto... FULL STORY

Mankato Free Press Publisher Retires
By Rob Lawson
February 22, 2015

The oldest newspaper in Mankato saw its oldest member of the executive staff, Publisher Jim Santori, retire this past month. He started out as an independent but eventually joined up with the corporate side of the newspaper business in the Midwest. Santori said in a recent Free Press article about h... FULL STORY

Creative Coop a New Model for Smart Business Ops
By Rob Lawson
December 18, 2014

The times are changing and with them the small businesses and entrepreneurs who create the vibrant 21st century American economy. Without these people, innovation and motivation would not be enough to drive the economy alone. The creative thinkers are flexible, nomadic, open minded and adaptable. Th... FULL STORY

Public Works Director Retires in Saint Peter
By Rob Lawson
December 15, 2014

The City of Saint Peter recognized the Public Works Director, Lewis Giesking on his retirement at the city council meeting last Monday. Council Member Jeff Brandt awarded him for his service to the city. FULL STORY

Rebuilding of Hendrickson Organ Company Underway
By Rob Lawson
December 15, 2014

The rebuilding of Hendrickson Organ Company is under way by local contractors. The North 5th Street production location in Saint Peter was subject to a massive fire that damaged the property. FULL STORY

Kato City Manager Reviewed, Approved for Raise
By Rob Lawson
December 11, 2014

On December 1, the Mankato City Council met in a closed session to discuss City Manager Patrick Hentges' 2014 performance. The City Council complimented Hentges' performance efforts across a wide variety of city council directed two-year initiatives, including management of day-to-day service deliv... FULL STORY

New Pizza Joints in Town
By Rob Lawson
November 17, 2014

Mankato doesn't have a shortage of pizza delivery or dine-in pizzerias. Some of them include Dino's, Topper's, Gary's and of course, the historic downtown Pagliai's Pizza. But for a long time, Sbarro dominated the River Hills Mall food court and even opened a campus location. Sbarro didn't make it l... FULL STORY

Envision 2020 Plan Update
By Rob Lawson
November 11, 2014

Approximately 200 community members came to share their voice to help contribute to the vision for the future of Greater Mankato, according to its organizers at Greater Mankato Growth. Be sure to read the Envision 2020 2014 Progress Report on the Envision 2020 website at envision-2020.com. FULL STORY

Second Half of 2014 Real Estate Taxes Due
By Rob Lawson
October 19, 2014

The Blue Earth County Taxpayer Services Department reminds property owners that the second half of real estate taxes is due Wed., Oct. 15, 2014. The Taxpayer Services office is located in the Historic Courthouse, 204 S. Fifth Street, Mankato. Payments can be made online at www.blueearthcountymn.go... FULL STORY

Utility Rate Informational Meeting
By Rob Lawson
October 10, 2014

Plan to attend a utility rate informational meeting to learn about proposed utility rates for 2015 and impacts of these changes. Meetings will be held at the Verizon Wireless Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza: Large water users (one-inch or larger meters) 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 28 R... FULL STORY

Blue Earth County Ready for eCRV Online Submission
By Rob Lawson
September 19, 2014

Beginning Wed., Oct. 1, 2014, the Minnesota Department of Revenue will no longer accept paper certificates of real estate values (CRV’s) and will only be able to accept electronic certificate of real estate value (eCRV) online submissions. Paper CRV’s will not be accepted after September 30, 2014.... FULL STORY

Mankato Company Wins Minnesota Cup
By Rob Lawson
September 16, 2014

A Mankato company won the Minnesota Cup, a technology business challenge that took place at the University of Minnesota. The company was 75F, a play on words used to describe 75 degrees Fahrenheit, a temperature that was used as the efficiency standard and put into use in 2008 by officials from ... FULL STORY

Cheese and Pie Shop to Open in Saint Peter
By Rob Lawson
September 10, 2014

A new cheese and pie shop may open in Saint Peter just in time for the winter holiday. Liberty Warren and her husband Timothy Hasbro, of Saint Peter, plan to open the shop in early December. They belong to the same family that operates the Welsh Heritage Farms Orchard & Pie Shop in Lake Crystal.... FULL STORY

Mankato, Rochester named in low unemployment
By Rob Lawson
September 2, 2014

Mankato and Rochester were recently named in a list with cities with less than four percent unemployment. An article in Vox.com pointed to 20 different U.S. cities with lower than four percent unemployment. As the article pointed out, however, most of these cities are small metropolitan statisti... FULL STORY

Local Farm Tech Entrepreneur in Kato Makes Drones
By Rob Lawson
August 29, 2014

Drones are now used in farming. One Mankato entrepreneur uses them to collect data about his crops. This helps him both improve crop yield as well as minimize harm to the environment, according to sources. Complex images can be acquired using the drone technology that Mankato entrepreneur Jerry ... FULL STORY

100-year-old New Ulm Popcorn Stand Shut Down
By Rob Lawson
August 26, 2014

The 100-year-old popcorn stand business in New Ulm called the New Ulm Popcorn Wagon, which is owned and operated by the Brown County Historical Society, ceased operations last week. The reason for the closure of the stand has to do with food safety regulations. The popcorn stand in New Ulm did n... FULL STORY

Front Street Project Improvements
By Rob Lawson
August 25, 2014

Improvements that were part of the Front Street project included removal and replacement of storm drainage, curb, gutter, concrete sidewalk, asphalt surfacing, additional lighting and gateway and sidewalk enhancements. Improvements include: more open mall plaza, curb extensions, mid-block cr... FULL STORY

City of Mankato Teams with MSU for Well Protection
By Rob Lawson
August 5, 2014

The city of Mankato completed a wellhead protection program for the city’s deep wells as required by the Minnesota Department of Health; and wells were found to be non-vulnerable. As part of the implementation of the program, the city was required to try to find locations of undocumented wells withi... FULL STORY

V-TEK Acquires Royce Instruments in Napa, CA
By Rob Lawson
July 28, 2014

There's big news for V-TEK International, a worldwide electronics component testing, packaging and handling equipment provider. The company recently acquired Napa, California-based Royce Instruments. V-TEK International President Larry Haberman said that the company's purchase continues the spiri... FULL STORY

Annual Business Bulb Collection Set for July 30
By Rob Lawson
July 18, 2014

Businesses are invited to participate in the annual Business Bulb Collection event scheduled for Wed., July 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Blue Earth County Household Hazardous Waste Facility located at 651 Summit Avenue in Mankato. Xcel Energy customers may dispose up to 10 fluorescent or other r... FULL STORY

Walmart Distribution Center Groundbreaking
By Rob Lawson
July 2, 2014

Walmart, city of Mankato officials and Greater Mankato Growth recently broke ground on the Walmart's Distribution Center, located on the southeast corner of North Victory Drive and Blue Earth County Road 12. The site is scheduled to open in the spring 2015. The distribution center, the only one ... FULL STORY

U of M Drops Domestic Same Sex Couple Benefits
By Rob Lawson
July 2, 2014

The University of Minnesota (U of M) is dropping benefits coverage for domestic same sex couples that are not married. This news comes just 11 months after Minnesota legislation passed to allow same sex marriage in the state. U of M Benefits Director Dann Chapman told the press that in order to ... FULL STORY

FNBMN Holds Customer Appreciation Event with Food
By Rob Lawson
June 26, 2014

First National Bank of Minnesota in Saint Peter held their annual customer appreciation day in their parking lot, where they served a crowd food and refreshments as a token of appreciation to the community and their loyal customers. FULL STORY

Mankato EDA Named Outstanding Financial Advocate
By Rob Lawson
June 23, 2014

The city of Mankato Economic Development Authority (EDA) was named an "Outstanding 2014 financial advocate" by the LSS Financial Counseling for helping improve economic justice and advocate for people and families in vulnerable financial situations. The Mankato EDA continues to look for opportunitie... FULL STORY

Snow Melt Challenges for Livestock Manure Mgmt
By Rob Lawson
March 23, 2014

As winter gives way to spring, rapid snow melt and potential for flooding pose challenges for farmers who spread livestock manure on cropland. Farmers who spread solid manure during winter, must ensure that it doesn’t run off with snowmelt flowing to ditches, streams and other waters. Manure-cont... FULL STORY

Kato and North Kato Host Building Code Seminar
By Rob Lawson
March 12, 2014

The cities of Mankato and North Mankato are hosting an educational seminar for contractors about updates made to international building code from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, March 13. The event will be held in room 243 at the Verizon Wireless Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza. Parking is available ... FULL STORY

Former Fire Station For Sale
By Rob Lawson
March 12, 2014

The city of Mankato is now accepting Request for Proposals (RFP) for the purchase of the former fire station at 300 Madison Avenue. RFPs are available online, or at the 311 Mankato customer service counter, Intergovernmental Center, 10 Civic Center Plaza. RFPs will be accepted until 4 p.m., Tues... FULL STORY

State of the City of Mankato
By Rob Lawson
February 7, 2014

Mankato-Mankato's "State of the city" shares progress made on its five-year strategic plan and discusses opportunities. As the city moves forward, strategic decisions will strive to keep Mankato a place that's attractive for investment and reinvestment. Areas of focus include: livability solid f... FULL STORY

Businesses Sought For Study
By Rob Lawson
January 29, 2014

Blue Earth County is seeking participation from businesses in gathering recycling data for the annual Select Committee on Recycling and the Environment (SCORE) Report that counties within Minnesota are required to submit each year by State statute. This report requires information on tonnages for ... FULL STORY

Dart Announces its Contractor of the Month
By Rob Lawson
December 17, 2013

(PRWEB) December 13, 2013 Dart Transit Company announces its Contractor of the Month: Thomas Goettl from New Prague, Minnesota. Contractors of the Month are recognized for their on-time performance, dependability, and outstanding safety record. Tom is a professional truck driver who has owned ... FULL STORY

MN Restaurant Association Awards
By Rob Lawson
December 10, 2013

The Minnesota Restaurant Association honored five outstanding individuals/companies at its gala 2013 Awards Ceremony November 25 at International Market Square, Minneapolis. Award recipients include: · Minnesota Hospitality Hall of Fame: Ken Schelper, Davanni’s, Inc., Plymouth · ... FULL STORY

Tailwind Project News
By Rob Lawson
November 9, 2013

Mankato-The recently announced Tailwind redevelopment project continues to move forward with city of Mankato officials and developers recently executing a project agreement approved by the Mankato City Council. The agreement includes financing details and land donations to the city of Mankato for co... FULL STORY

Scams and Underage Liquor Sales Reported
By Rob Lawson
October 24, 2013

Mankato-Mankato Department of Public Safety warns of phone call scams and provides information about recent alcohol compliance checks. Be aware of phone call scams: Local businesses have received phone calls from someone claiming to be with an energy company. The caller noted money was owed on a... FULL STORY

Second Half of Taxes Due in BEC
By Rob Lawson
October 18, 2013

The Blue Earth County Taxpayer Services Department reminds property owners that the second half of real estate taxes is due Tue., Oct. 15, 2013. The Taxpayer Services office is located in the Historic Courthouse, 204 S. Fifth Street, Mankato. Payments can be made online at www.blueearthcountymn.go... FULL STORY

Mapleton Muni to Stay in Business
By Rob Lawson
October 18, 2013

The Mapleton Municipal held a public hearing on September 17, 2013 due to two years of operation that have shown a net loss. There have been several meetings and a council workshop to discuss the Municipal liquor store operations. The City Council is very happy to see that the liquor store is n... FULL STORY

Children's Museum Gets New Location
By Rob Lawson
August 5, 2013

The Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota has found a new location. The city of Mankato and Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota recently signed a 50-year lease for the museum to use the city's former mass transit building, 224 Lamm Street. Benefits: * Aligns with Mankato’s strategic pla... FULL STORY

Civic Center Upgrades
By Rob Lawson
August 5, 2013

According to the City of Mankato: Work is underway at the Verizon Wireless Center. The Olympic-size floors are being replaced to be close to the official size of National Hockey League ice floors to better serve the Minnesota State University, Mankato division one hockey team. New dasherboards, f... FULL STORY

Movie Theater Demolished For Government Parking
By Rob Lawson
July 24, 2013

The St. Peter City Council recently passed a resolution for the county to purchase and begin demolition and construction to the space currently holding the St. Peter 5 Cinema to make way for more government parking for the Nicollet County campus. According to St. Peter's Economic Development Aut... FULL STORY

Live Kato Launched
By Rob Lawson
June 20, 2013

The city of Mankato has launched www.livekato.com, a mobile-friendly student guide to off-campus living. LiveKato.com provides information to help students transition from on-campus to off-campus living and covers: --renting --being a good neighbor --alcohol rules --parties --safety (police a... FULL STORY

Fire Station 2 Under Construction
By Rob Lawson
June 20, 2013

Site preparation for the city of Mankato's new public safety station housing fire station two, 1721 Augusta Drive, is underway. Weather permitting, building construction is expected to begin mid-August and work complete by mid-November. The new station will enhance emergency response time in the ... FULL STORY

Jersey Mike's gets Riverfront location
By Rob Lawson
April 19, 2013

M and M signs in Mankato placed a large sign for Jersey Mikes in the building in the strip mall next to the former Blockbuster video store in Mankato on Thursday April 18th. FULL STORY

Fire Safety Pilot Program
By Rob Lawson
April 8, 2013

According to the City of Mankato: This month, the Mankato Department of Public Safety is testing a pilot program that gives business owners tools they need to inspect their properties for fire safety. Self-inspection forms will be sent to 60 Madison Avenue area businesses to complete and return t... FULL STORY

Tailwind Redevelopment Gets $2.2M DEED Grant
By Rob Lawson
April 8, 2013

According to the City of Mankato: The city of Mankato's Tailwind Redevelopment Project was awarded a $2.2 million Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) grant. The grant will fund public improvements associated with construction of a parking ramp and other parking impr... FULL STORY

Seminar on Building Code Changes
By Rob Lawson
March 29, 2013

The cities of Mankato and North Mankato are hosting an educational seminar about changes made because of Minnesota's adoption of the 2013 building code from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, March 28. The event will be held in the third floor conference room at the Public Safety Center, 710 South Fr... FULL STORY

City of Mankato receives $35,000 from Mayo Clinic
By Rob Lawson
March 7, 2013

The city of Mankato has received $35,000 from Mayo Clinic Health System for "Sibley HealthBeat," outdoor exercise equipment designed to engage visitors in healthy fitness activities while at the park. This is the first outdoor fitness system designed to promote physical activity, health and wellness... FULL STORY

Moondogs Purchased by Oil Man
By Rob Lawson
January 12, 2013

Mark Ogren bought the summer collegiate Mankato Moondogs baseball team from Joe Schwei and joined the Northwoods League as a franchise owner. The decision was announced Thursday, the Mankato Free Press reported (See related links at bottom). Ogren was an oil executive who sold gasoline for Stillw... FULL STORY

New Ulm Event Center Opening A Success
By Casey Conroy
December 16, 2012

New Ulm- Saturday night marked the opening of the New Ulm Event Center. With entertainment provided by local Mankato band Power House, and food by Schell's Brewery, Morgan Creek Vineyards and Lola's Larkspur people had a great time in the first of many events to come in the facility. FULL STORY

Annual Business Bulb Collection Scheduled
By Rob Lawson
July 29, 2012

he annual Business Bulb Collection will be held on Thurs., Aug. 2 from 9 am. to 1 p.m. at the Blue Earth County Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility located at 651 Summit Avenue, Mankato. The event is an opportunity for businesses to properly dispose of fluorescent light bulbs for free and redu... FULL STORY

New Magazine in Mankato Centers on Art and Culture
By Rob Lawson
May 12, 2012

For those of you in the community who have been yearning for independent and thought-provoking media, your prayers may be answered. Slanted Magazine was the end result of an attempt to revive an already existing magazine, Static Magazine. Unfortunately, attempts to revitalize that project failed ... FULL STORY

Seminar
By Rob Lawson
April 7, 2012

Area businesses are invited to attend an educational seminar about current requirements for storm water, wastewater and spill response (clean up, reporting and disposal): * When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 17 * Where: Verizon Wireless Center, Main Banquet Hall, 1 Civic Center Plaza... FULL STORY

Community Grant Applications
By Rob Lawson
February 9, 2012

The city of Mankato is accepting community grant applications until 4:30 p.m., Friday, February 24. Grant applications include the following categories and their respective goal: * Community performing arts and music--enhance public performances in various genres of music and performing arts ... FULL STORY