.Just when you think the light has faded from the sky with a trail of smoke following behind, sometimes there’s another pop, and a glow of bright color spreads across the dark night.

Fireworks displays can be surprising that way.

And just like pyrotechnics that seem to pick up momentum after they are thought to have fizzled, Mankato’s Fourth of July fireworks display has new life, thanks to a group of radio stations stepping forward to raise money.

In late May, the local chamber and economic development group Greater Mankato Growth told the Mankato City Council it would not be heading up the show this year. The event, at about $15,000, is costly with no major benefactors coming forward to foot the bill.

The city responded it would not be able to take on the extra financial burden either. The city already budgets a $5,000 contribution and another $5,000 to $7,000 in in-kind services, such as extra police officers and traffic control.

And in tough times like these, it’s a good move the city did not consider paying extra to make up the gap. Cities have long lists of possible services and amenities to possibly cut. Mankato may lose about $3.3 million in state aid if the governor’s proposed cuts to state aid are enacted. Fourth of July fireworks are nice, but obviously not a top priority for the city.

Just when the situation was looking bleak for fireworks fans, Minnesota Valley Broadcasting/Radio Mankato stepped forward to raise funds and support the effort to keep the event alive.

Jo Guck Bailey, vice president and general manager of the group, said the show will go on. And they’re looking for community support to get the job done. The group, which owns seven local radio stations, said it plans to raise at least $15,000 for the event. Already on Friday, three businesses pooled together to offer $6,000 in matching funds for the fundraiser and many other contributions were coming through as well.

No one likes to see an end to a family-friendly holiday tradition. This is a good way to handle the event without asking for more tax dollars to ensure its existence.

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