The Free Press, Mankato, MN


November 16, 2013

Krohn: Signs of the times spoke well

Mankato signs of past sold tires, fixed windows, predicted weather


Vogel said the resurrection of the retro signs — produced in much higher-quality ways today — have benefited the city.

"You have the Olive's sign, Mom & Pop's (ice cream), Cactus Tatoo. There's a lot of signs like that that look good and have good artwork."

The resurrection of great signs will likely be confined mostly to downtown as the hilltop businesses have more space for large ground signs or pylon signs.

Many of those businesses are also part of franchises, Vogel said.

"One of the casualties of those iconic signs is the growth of franchises, where they have very standardized signs."

Tim Krohn can be contacted at or 344-6383.

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