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Mankato is located in Blue Earth County and it is the county seat. It lies in the Historic Prairies Region, where US 14 meets US 169, on the banks of the Minnesota River.

Mankato was originally called Mahkato, meaning greenish-blue earth, by the Dakota Indians. In the 1700s, the first Europeans passed through Mankato, seeking the Northwest Passage to the Far East. In 1852, Parsons K. Johnson and Henry Jackson staked the first claims in Mankato. The city has endured high water several times because of its river locale.

The 2000 Census pegs Mankato's population at 32,427. The city's top three employers are Immanuel St. Joseph's Mayo Health System, Minnesota State University Mankato and Taylor Corporation. Attractions include the Guns of the Pioneers Old West Gun Museum, Judge Lorin P. Cray Mansion, a Queen Anne-style home circa 1898; and the Carnegie Art Center, featuring regional artists. The area also offers recreational trails. The Mankato area offers biking, snowmobile and hiking trails.

Christ the King Lutheran Church |
Golf North Links Golf Course |
History Historic Hubbard House |
Minnesota Counties Blue Earth County | Sibley Park |
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Minnesota Alpaca Festival Owatonna MN April13-14 The halter show has over 500 alpacas in the most astonishing array of colors. Award winning fleece will be on display throughout the weekend! This is also a shopping extravaganza.
Scott-Carver Thresher's Annual Swap Meet Jordan MN May4-5 Antique car, tractor, farm equipment and machinery for consignment and auction.
Shepherd's Harvest Sheep and Wool Festival Lake Elmo MN May10-12 Shepherd’s Harvest Festival is an opportunity for rural and urban people to meet and share information about sheep and sheep products and other fiber-producing animals.
North Iowa Band Festival Mason City IA May23-27 The event is the largest free marching band competition in the Midwest. The mission of the North Iowa Band Festival is to provide a weekend of wholesome family entertainment at little or no cost to the family; to promote and celebrate the rich musical heritage of North Iowa; and to provide an atmosphere which showcases young musicians who are becoming a part of that heritage. It features Carnival, Concessions, Marketplace, Car Show, Arts and Craft exhibits.
Rhubarb Days Osceola WI June7-8 Enjoy rhubarb at Mill Pond Park in Osceola.
Tater Daze Brooklyn Park MN June13-16 Brooklyn Park Tater Daze is a unique festival where residents pay homage to the humble potato. Early settlers discovered that potatoes flourished in the flat, sandy soil of the area.