The Free Press, Mankato, MN


July 20, 2013

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Community shows strong support for children

Thumbs up to the community’s continuing strong support for the Southern Minnesota Children’s Museum.

Last week the museum signed a 50-year lease for the city of Mankato’s bus garage, which will be converted into a home for the museum.

At the same event, the museum announced a major gift from the Coughlan family, which includes $300,000 in money and another $200,000 in in-kind donations of Kasota stone that will be used in the museum’s quarry exhibit, as well as for donated books.

The Coughlan family has long been in the quarry business as well as owners of Capstone Press, a children’s book publisher.

Including a quarry exhibit is appropriate in a city in which the local Kasota stone has been quarried since the settling of Mankato.

The most recent donation brings to roughly $4 million raised for the museum, with $1.3 million needed to complete phase one of construction and allow the museum to open at its target time in 2014.

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