The Free Press, Mankato, MN


October 12, 2012

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Cheers to Bier on Belgrade

Thumbs up: To the organizers of the first Bier on Belgrade event that proved to be a tasty event for all in the heart of the city in downtown North Mankato.

While the participants in the outdoor craft beer sampling event last week had to endure 40-degree temperatures, their enthusiasm didn’t seem dampened. Beerfests have been staples in other small towns and they seem to draw a reasonable, mature crowd just out to have a good time with their friends and neighbors.

The Business on Belgrade Association organized the event and we hope it can continue in the years ahead. The Octoberfest-like event featured food and drink and live music. For $15 people got a sample of 10 different beers, a collector stein and one free stein of beer.

Even better, $5 of every admission fee was donated to the BackPack Food Program and Echo Food Shelf.

Bier on Belgrade was a good event for the community and the causes it helped.

River Ramble shows success again

Thumbs up: To the organizers of the second River Ramble bike ride through beautiful rural Mankato.

The event drew more than 1,000 riders again and, while the weather was cool, many found a way to enjoy one of two routes — the traditional 42 mile route and a shorter 26-mile route that made a stop at the Rapidan Dam store for a slice of legendary pie.

It’s a great event that promotes physical activity and shows off the great landscape of the Minnesota River Valley.

Editorial Board


Wacipi a success with community’s help

The Mahkato Mdewakanton Association extends our sincere appreciation and gratitude to the many people who attended this year’s wacipi.

This would not take place without the continued support from the cities of Mankato and North Mankato and the many, many volunteers who come forward to assist with various tasks that need to be done.

Thank you to local, individual, regional and tribal donations and in-kind services from individuals, local businesses and the local colleges.

We had over 9,000 people attend this year and broke the record in button sales.

Thank you to those who helped in making the 40th Mahkato Wacipi a great success.

Dave Larsen, chairman

Mahkato Mdewakanton Association

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