When David Osdoba started his dental practice on Walnut Street in 1956, he had no hygienists, no receptionists. He did have something of an assistant in young Daniel, one of six children, who would hand instruments to his father.

An interesting new report from the University of Minnesota Center for Urban and Regional Affairs shows Mankato fourth in vitality for retail and consumer service out of 47 cities studied in Minnesota, not including the metro area.

The outlook for the Mankato regional economy may have more to do with prospects for insulating itself from national and international trends than anything that can be controlled at the local level.

“The rules surrounding the Affordable Care Act are continually changing. It’s essential that businesses, large and small, keep up with the changes to make sure they do not inadvertently get caught on the wrong side of the penalties.”