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October 21, 2013

Manufacturers to open their doors for public tours on Saturday

The public has an opportunity to see how the area’s manufacturing industry is evolving during tours 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Tour of Manufacturing of South Central Minnesota is an annual event organized by the Economic Growth Collaborative of South Central Minnesota and sponsored by Eide Bailly and MTU Onsite Energy, as part of Minnesota Manufacturers Week Monday through Saturday.

Similar to a “Parade of Homes” event, the tour allows opportunities for the public to stop into any of 11 sites throughout the day. There is no admission fee.

For more information, go to: www.tourofmanufacturing.com.

Mankato Area Fair Trade Town Initiative set for Tuesday

Fair trade coffees from Guatemala and the Mexican state, Oaxaca, are the focus of a presentation 7 p.m. Tuesday at First Congregational Church/United Church of Christ, 150 Stadium Court.

Sponsored by the Mankato Area Fair Trade Town Initiative, the program features short video presentations about the locations where the fair trade coffee movement began 25 years ago. Jane Dow, MAFTTI vice chairperson, will discuss her July trip to Oaxaca and Chiapas in Mexico, where she met with fair trade producers.

Admission is $8 and a discount is available for students.

Mexican desserts, coffee and tea will be served.

For more information, call 387-5329 or 625-5092.

St. Peter offers curbside pickup of leaves, grass clippings

Curbside pickup of leaves and grass clippings starts 7 a.m. today for residents of St. Peter’s north side. Collection for southside residents starts Nov. 4.

Those with properties north of Broadway Avenue in St. Peter should place their unbagged leaves and clippings parallel and adjacent to the street.

A vaccum truck is used for the collection process, which last year took five weeks to complete. Vehicles should not be parked near the curbs with piles of yard waste.

Residents also may dispose of yard waste at the drop-off site near the Armory.

Registrations soon due for local climate change conference

“Finding Hope for a Healthy Planet” is the theme for a Nov. 9 day-long conference at School Sisters of Notre Dame, 170 Good Counsel Drive.

SSND’s Center for Earth Spirituality is the host for the eighth annual Earth Conference.

The fee for those who register by Oct. 28 is $30 ($15 for students). Oct. 28, the general registration fee changes to $45.

For more information, call 389-4272 or email lcoons@ssndcp.org.

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