MSU Small Business Center receives $40,000 grant from USDA to focus on business succession

By |2018-09-19T13:36:43-05:00September 19th, 2018|

The Small Business Development Center at Minnesota State University- Mankato has been awarded a nearly 40-thousand dollar grant to pilot a program aimed at business succession in Sibley County. Minnesota State University- Mankato Small Business Development Center Regional Director Mike Hahn. "This is part of a USDA grant. Everything will start around October 1. We work through the Federal fiscal year, so we will work from October 1 through September 30 of next year," says Regional Director Mike Hahn. A series of events will be put on by the Small Business Development Center in Sibley County to focus on the [...]

Minnesota ‘voice banking’ service preserves voices, service offered at MSU-Mankato

By |2018-08-12T10:11:40-05:00August 12th, 2018|

Some Minnesota residents who are losing their voice to disease or disability are recording their speech in a process known as "voice banking," which will provide them with a new synthetic voice when they can no longer speak. About 50 people statewide have banked their voices since 2016 mostly, at the University of Minnesota's Twin Cities and Duluth campuses. The recording service is also now offered at St. Cloud State University and Minnesota State University, Mankato. The universities don't charge for the service. Judy Bernhardt, who was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease in November 2017, is among the residents banking their [...]

$500,000 renovation of MSU’s Ted Paul Theatre to begin on July 2

By |2018-06-19T15:43:20-05:00June 19th, 2018|

MSU's Ted Paul Theatre will undergo a renovation this summer using a half-million dollars in private funding to improve accessibility and make the experience of catching a show more comfortable. Construction starts on July 2, the day after the final show of the musical "Shrek". Photo courtesy of MSU Theatre. Director of MSU Theatre Dr. Paul Hustoles says the theatre currently has 531 seats. "We now have what's called the luxury package. Every seat is gonna be wider, it's gonna be taller. There's gonna be lumbar support. What we're doing is we're going down to 479 seats. But because [...]

Hoffner calls for collaboration and investment to fix Blakeslee Stadium

By |2018-02-14T15:53:54-06:00February 14th, 2018|

Sports advocates in the Mankato metro lobbied for the extension of the half-cent sales tax in 2016 with the idea that movement would be made on new facilities, but one coach is looking for the ball to start rolling on fixing Blakeslee Stadium, one of Mankato's oldest existing facilities. MSU Head Football Coach Todd Hoffner. In a tweet to KTOE News, Minnesota State University Head Football Coach Todd Hoffner suggested the idea of a new municipal football stadium. "This city and the greater metro that we're classified as in Mankato, it deserves a sheet of turf for sure and [...]

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