The Free Press, Mankato, MN


July 7, 2013

Riverfront venue kudo deserved

Thumbs up to the Vetter Stone Amphitheater in Mankato’s Riverfront Park.

The amphitheater was recently was named a top outdoor stage for concert goers in or near the Twin Cities.

The stage was ranked fourth in a Top 10 listing by Star Tribune columnist Chris Riemenschneider.

The honor confirms what area residents who've attended an event at the park already know. The tiered seating made of local Kasota stone, the expansive grassy area, the layout of the park and its beautiful site along the Minnesota River combine for a great music and events venue.

Community shines with family support

Thumbs up to all who have shown support for the family of Alyssa Sandeen recently and over the years.

Her story has become well-known to many in Mankato. She received a heart transplant when she was just 8-years old and another more recently. All appears to be going well.

Although one can expect family and relatives of the Sandeen family to always be supportive in those trying times, the Mankato community as a whole has really joined in this support. After Alyssa received her transplant, some 50 friends and family showed up to visit her almost immediately. There are many other examples of support from the community to the family.

The Sandeens have come to realize this and made public their gratitude time and again through Facebook postings and calls to local media to update the community.

It may not be unusual that such support is given to a family, but it does seem unusual in how far the support goes into the community.

Editorial Board

Food Shelf collection showed success

Thank you to all who donated non-perishable food items and cash donations to the St. Peter Area Chapter of Thrivent Financials for Lutherans Food Shelf Collection Project during the St. Peter Old Fashioned 4th of July parade.

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