The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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March 23, 2013

Developments, changes in the works in Mankato



The apartment development is one of the largest market-rate developments in recent history.

The project will bring a permanent connection of Adams Street, which currently is connected by a makeshift street on the back side of Madison East — a street bordered by concrete barriers.

The east side of the property — along Victory Drive North — will be used for future commercial and office development.

The property — owned by the Kearney grandchildren — was purchased in the 1950s by Dr. Wynn Kearney Sr. At the time, the land was part of a 160-acre farm far outside the city of Mankato.


Mathnasium moving to old DQ

The former Dairy Queen building next to Madison East Center is being renovated for Mathnasium, which is now in a strip mall next to Drummers Garden Center and Floral.

“We need a bigger space to service more demand,” said Mayuree Tanawongsuwan, owner of the Mathnasium franchise, which opened five years ago.

The business provides tailored after-school help with math.

“It can be to help kids who struggle or kids that are advanced in math. We do assessments to determine the foundation of the students,” she said.

“Learning math, you need to take a bottom-up approach — build a strong foundation and then build up.”

She hopes to be in the new location May 1.


Kabobs to be Lucky Bucket

The saga of Kabobs Skewer & Drink on Front Street in downtown Mankato continues.

The business opened in spring 2011 then closed temporarily during a reported ownership reshuffle. After reopening for several months, the business was closed again early this year.

The business will soon reopen as Lucky Bucket with a slogan of “Eat, Drink, Get Lucky.”

Owner Willie Huebner did not return phone calls seeking comment.

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