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Mankato, MN

Mankato is a small community that has all of the benefits of a big city. The population of Mankato was estimated in 2006 as 34,970, with an additional 1.6 million living within 60 miles of the city limits. Mankato is located slightly more than 60 miles from the Twin Cities, nestled into rolling hills at the convergence of the Minnesota and Blue Earth Rivers. The name "Mankato" originated from the name given to the area by its original residents. The Dakota Indians called the area "Mahkato," which translates to "greenish blue earth." It's widely believed that an undetected spelling error resulted in the city's current name.

ECONOMY AND INDUSTRIES

The area enjoys a strong economic base, thanks to the city government, which works to foster a strong economic status, and Minnesota State University, which lends vibrancy to the city's economy. Mankato was named in the top 10 percent of the nation's micropolitans. Some of the ways the government helps continue economic growth include tax incentives and financing opportunities. The government of Mankato also partners with businesses to help them grow and thrive through organizations such as the Business Development Organization. The city helps growing businesses with technical assistance and engineering guidance, as well as provids a community profile and data startup services. A few of the major employers in Mankato include:

  • Immanuel Saint Joseph's-Mayo Health System
  • Mankato Area Public Schools
  • Mankato Rehabilitation Center
  • Minnesota State University and Mankato
  • Taylor Corporation

NEIGHBORHOODS AND DISTRICTS

The city of Mankato accommodates a mostly urban population of nearly 36,000. Neighborhoods and districts of Mankato accommodate around 12,500 houses, out of which more than 12,000 are occupied. Of the occupied houses, more than half are owner-occupied, while renters occupy the rest. The neighborhoods of Mankato have a housing density of approximately 837 houses or condos per square mile.

The walkability of Mankato is very good, as most grocery stores, restaurants and schools are within a mile's distance from the center of the city.

EDUCATION

Minnesota State University, Mankato: This four-year university has the third largest student body in Minnesota, with more than 14,000 students enrolled in the fall of 2008. (This number includes students in the Mankato campus as well as those who attend the Twin Cities campus.) The sports teams are called the Minnesota State University Mavericks and mostly compete in NCAA Division II in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. The ice hockey teams compete in the NCAA Division I level in the prestigious Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Athletic teams available to students include baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, football, golf, hockey, track and field, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, volleyball, and wrestling.

Bethany Lutheran College: Commonly known as BLC, this college is a private coed college associated with the Evangelical Lutheran Synod and is located on the Minnesota River Valley in Mankato. The college athletic teams are known as the Vikings. They are members of the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference and play in the NCAA Division III. In addition to this association, they are also associated with the National Christian College Athletic Association. Sports available to students include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball.

Rasmussen College: Rasmussen College is a private college that offers associate and bachelor's degrees in its satellite campus in Mankato.

South Central College: South Central College is commonly known as SCC and is a two-year community and technical college. The home campus for SCC is located in southern Minnesota; North Mankato is home to a satellite campus.

BEST BETS

  • Minnesota State University, Mankato: The University hosts the Minnesota Vikings summer training camps. The camps are typically scheduled during the months of July and August.
  • Rib Fest: This annual event is held in August and consists of several competitors participating in a rib cook-off.
  • Minnesota Flight Academy: This flight school is sponsored by Minnesota Wing Civil Air Patrol and is usually scheduled during either July or August each summer.
  • Betsy-Tacy Houses: These houses are the homes of childhood friends Maud Hart Lovelace and Frances Kenney. Maud Hart Lovelace wrote a series of books based on the friendship, featuring characters Betsy and Tacy.
  • Land of Memories Park: This park is located on the banks of the Minnesota and Blue Earth Rivers and features soccer fields, disc golf courses, camping and bike trails.
  • Minneopa State Park: The park is home to several structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was the third park to be designated as a Minnesota State Park, and is the home of the Minneopa Falls.
  • Sibley Park: The park was created in 1887 and features a popular sledding hill, botanical gardens, band shell and a petting zoo.

DID YOU KNOW?

Famous Mankatoans include:

  • Frederick Russell Burnham, known as the "father of the international scouting movement."
  • Walter Jackson Bate, Pulitzer Prize winning biographer.
  • Craig Dahl, professional football player with the New York Giants.
  • Clifford Fagan, professional basketball referee and member of the Basketball Hall of Fame.
  • Maud Hart Lovelace, author.
  • Sinclair Lewis, author.
  • Glen Taylor, owner of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx basketball teams.