The Free Press, Mankato, MN


October 21, 2013

The Valley

The Ask Us column on page B1 Monday was cut off. Here is the rest of the omitted answer to the question asking about early development of upper North Mankato:

Mankato Area Vocational Technical Institute (now South Central College) was on Park Lane in Mankato from 1950 through most of the 1960s, moving to its new $2.5 million hilltop North Mankato building in 1968, according to the city of Mankato Historical Context Study.

As for the Taylor Corp. the subsidiaries that now cover so much of those former farm fields, those were only a glint in the eye of a stamp machine operator at Mankato-based Carlson Wedding Service when KEYC was building its studios. Glen Taylor was then just a college student working the stamp machine and paper cutter for owner Bill Carlson.

In 1962, Carlson moved his growing business to a new building in North Mankato and renamed it Carlson Craft, but that new building was near Highway 169 in lower North Mankato. It wasn’t until 1973 that Carlson Craft, still expanding, first climbed the hill. That Taylor guy was no longer running the stamp machine. By then he was in management and two years later began buying the company from Carlson. The sprawling Taylor Corp. and its subsidiaries sprouted across upper North Mankato in the decades that followed.

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