Mankato, North Mankato Tug of War teams help kickoff 2019 United Way campaign

By |2018-08-08T19:20:57-05:00August 8th, 2018|

Twenty-two tug of war teams turned out at the Verizon Center Grand Hall on Wednesday afternoon to help kick-off the 2019 United Way campaign. With a large turnout from Mankato and North Mankato groups last year, organizers went to a bracket format for the event this year, which is aimed at helping the United Way reach its goal of raising 2-million 50-thousand dollars. CEO Barb Kaus says the funds will help support 53 programs in Blue Earth, Le Suer, Nicollet and Waseca County. "It's very fulfilling, the heart is overflowing with gratitude for all of the giving hearts we have within [...]

Mankato to take over management of civic center, will save city around $200,000

By |2018-07-16T15:19:38-05:00July 16th, 2018|

The City of Mankato is in the process of taking over management of the Verizon Center, a shift from years of private management of the City owned facility. Over the last 25-years, management of the civic center has transitioned from Ogden & Company to IM Marketing, with Burt Lyman serving as the executive director of the civic center. The City's contract with Lyman is set to come to end in 2019 and his stint as the director came to an end earlier this month after his announced retirement.  City Manager Pat Hentges says taking over management of the facility will save [...]

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