• Spotlight


    The Triple Gown

    If you’re in North Mankato’s Wheeler Park Saturday, May 16, you may come across a family celebrating three similar milestones. Malik Baxter graduates from Mankato’s Loyola High School this spring. He’s planning to major in Aviation at Minnesota State Mankato, where both his mother and grandmother work, next fall. But at that party, his mother and grandmother will also be able to claim a … Read full article »

    Kevin Buisman

    A Huge Year

    Kevin Buisman’s cell phone is rarely quiet. And when it rings, Minnesota State Mankato’s athletic director usually has to respond with a sense of urgency. Like the Saturday morning last December when Mike Hastings, the head coach of the Mavericks men’s hockey team, called him. Several of Hastings’ players were suddenly sick, and the coach was worried that he wouldn’t have enough healthy men … Read full article »


    Cracking the Code

    When a blind student in a computer science class at Minnesota State Mankato found that her screen reader wasn’t very effective in sifting through miles of computer code, she asked for help. That help ended up coming from Flint Million, a fellow student who is also blind. Million, 31, is finishing his bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and is a student worker for Information Technology … Read full article »

    Erma Erikson

    A Better Place

      On the day after Christmas in 2012, Erma Erikson ’67 was at Mankato’s Reconciliation Park, watching the dedication of a memorial bearing the names of the 38 Dakota men who were hanged in that same spot 150 years earlier. She left the ceremony feeling like there was something she needed to do. “It just seemed to me that there had been so many broken promises,” she says. “And I … Read full article »

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    From Pins to Medals

    On the mats of Rummy Macias Wrestling Complex on the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato, the foundation of an American hero was built. It was there that Tom Block learned what he could be, before becoming all he could be. “The best thing about being a wrestler is that you learn about adversity,” Block says. “You learn what … Read more about Maverick Sports »

  • Emeritus Profile

    Florence Cobb

    All the Right Moves

    In 1968, Robert Cobb was asked to lead the Health Sciences Department at Mankato State College. He accepted the appointment—but during the negotiations he requested that his wife, Florence, be hired as a physical education instructor as well. “I didn’t know it at the time, but my position was … Read full article »