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National Sites of Local Interest
Census profiles Minnesota census profiles -- choose a county or city for specific profiles.
Kids Count Data Center This contains state- and city-level data for over 100 measures of child well-being, including all the measures regularly used in the Annie E. Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT Data Book and The Right Start for America's Newborns.
Hospital Compare This site, administered by the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, provides information on how well the hospitals care for all their adult patients with certain conditions or procedures.
State Sites of Local Interest
State Elected Officials Compensation Salaries for Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, State Auditor, Secretary of State, Judges, Legislators and Legislative Per Diem. Includes insurance benefits and pension plans.
State Agency Head Salaries Salaries for agency heads appointed by boards, cabinet agency heads, and noncabinet agency heads.
Employment data State employment data, including salaries, by quarter, for south central Minnesota.
Court Access Public access to case records of the Minnesota Judicial Branch.
Health Trends State link that details health trends, deaths, etc by county
Bethany Lutheran College
Gustavus Aldophus College
Minnesota State University-Mankato
MSU Safety Alerts includes a link to "safety alerts" for the MSU campus.
MSU history museum MSU's online museum of local and state history
City-Data: North Mankato
City-Data: St. Peter
Immanuel St. Joseph's Hospital
Rivers Hills Mall in Mankato Hours, store directory
City Government, Business Information Mankato Regional Airport
City of Le Sueur
City of Mankato
City of North Mankato
City of St. Peter
Greater Mankato Growth Site for economic development, chamber of commerce and visitors bureau for Greater Mankato
Blue Earth County Government
Blue Earth County Assessors Home and land sales, property ownership and other land records
Blue Earth County Jail Roster
Le Sueur County
Nicollet County Government
U.S. Geologic Survey Real-time readings of river heights and volumes on the Minnesota and other rivers.
NOAA flooding at Mankato NOAA, river level and prediction of flooding at Mankato on Minnesota River
Snow Depths 24 hour accumulation and snow depths for selected Minnesota cities.
Minnesota outdoors website Minnesota DNR website for all outdoor activities
Arts & Music
Greater Mankato Events Calendar
Blue Earth Historical Society
Mankato Symphony Orchestra
Twin Rivers Center for the Arts
Arts Center of St. Peter
Fake Mankato This is the fake Web site for Mankato, one of the first and perhaps the oldest fake Web site on the Internet<br>
Satellite maps of earth
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