Mankato, Minnesota

Mankato is a city in the U.S. state of Minnesota, home to several institutions of higher education, including Minnesota State University, and has a presence as a university town. It is a somewhat colorful neighborhood that has been home to literary figures such as Sinclair Lewis, Betsy, and Tacy, as well as such notables as Ron Johnson and Mike Lindell (although his pillow store is no longer there). It was also the setting for the dark events of 1862, during the height of the Civil War, when 38 people were executed in the Dakota Rebellion. President Lincoln attempted to balance the situation by reducing the number of executions, which were originally much higher.



Land of Memories Park along the Minnesota and Blue Earth Rivers
The Verizon Wireless Center (formerly Midwest Wireless Civic Center and Alltel Center) is an event center in Mankato, Minnesota. It offers one of the largest sports and concert halls in southwestern Minnesota and is home to the Mavericks, the collegiate ice hockey team of Minnesota State University, Mankato. The center was built at a cost of around 20 million US dollars and opened on February 5, 1995. The regional telephone company Midwest Wireless received the naming rights. After being acquired by Alltel, the arena was renamed the Alltel Center in July 2007. In 2009 it received its current name. Verizon Wireless pays $110,000 annually for the naming rights. The center includes the arena, which is mainly used for sporting events and concerts. In addition to regular ice hockey events, where the ice surface corresponds to international size, wrestling and monster truck events also take place there. In addition, there is a festival and exhibition hall, a historic reception hall and various conference rooms in the building.
the Minneopa State Park, west of Mankato
the River Hills Mall
Mount Kato



European Americans did not settle in Mankate Township until February 1852, when Parsons King Johnson, a 19th century immigrant from the East to the Midwest, settled the area. The new residents organized the city of Mankate on May 11, 1858, when Minnesota became a state. The city was organized by Johnson, Henry Jackson, Daniel A. Robertson, and Justus C. Ramsey. According to popular belief, the city was to be named Mahakat, but due to a typographical error by the clerk, it became Mankato. According to Warren Upham, quoting Mankato city historian Thomas Hughes, "The honor of naming the new city went to Colonel Robertson. Colonel Robertson took the name from Nicolet's book, in which the French explorer compares the "Mahakat" or Blue Earth River, including all its tributaries, to the water nymph and her uncle in the German legend of Undine. It is not clear whether the city was intended to be called Mahakat, but the Dakota called the river Makato Osa Watapa ("Gathering River of the Blue Earth"). Anglo settlers called it the Blue Earth River. Frederick Webb Hodge, in his Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico (Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico), states that the name of this town was given by the Santee Dakota tribe of He states that it was named after the older of two Mdewakanton chiefs of the same name.

Ishtakaba, also known as Chief Sleepy Eye of the Sisseton Band, is said to have led the settlers to this location. He said the site, at the confluence of the Minnesota and Blue Earth Rivers, was suitable for building and river traffic, yet safe from flooding.

On December 26, 1862, the United States Volunteer Army in Minnesota conducted the largest mass execution in U.S. history at Mankato since the Dakota War of 1862. Companies from the 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th Minnesota Infantry Regiments and the Minnesota Cavalry oversaw the hanging of 38 men, 35 Santee Sioux and three mixed-race French and Native Americans, for their involvement in war crimes committed during the uprising. The crimes included the intentional killing, mutilation, and rape of hundreds of unarmed civilians. Although nearly 500 trials were held before U.S. military tribunals, 303 of which resulted in death sentences, President Lincoln requested the trial files. President Lincoln reviewed them, gave the rape cases top priority, and pardoned 265 of them. Episcopal Bishop Henry Benjamin Whipple asked for leniency, but Lincoln replied that a balanced approach must be taken. His position and dismissal were unpopular in Minnesota. A large granite marker was erected to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the incident and remained in place until the city removed it in 1971. Today, another monument marks the execution site. Across the street, in what is called Reconciliation Park, there are two Native American monuments. The Blue Earth County Library, Main Street, and Reconciliation Park cover the immediate vicinity of the execution site.

In 1880, Mankato was the fourth most populous city in Minnesota with 5,500 residents.

On January 13, 1885, former Vice President Schuyler Colfax died while traveling through Mankato.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 18.26 square miles (47.29 km2), of which 17.91 square miles (46.39 km2) is land and 0.35 square miles (0.91 km2) is water. The Minnesota, Blue Earth, and Le Sueur rivers flow through or near the city.



The city has a humid continental climate. Winters are cold, with snowfall usually beginning in mid-November to mid-December and ending in March. However, snowfall is less than in areas to the north and east of the city. For example, in Minneapolis, 75 miles (121 km) northeast of Mankato, the average winter snowfall is over 54 inches (140 cm), compared to 35 inches (89 cm) in Mankato. The average monthly temperature in January, the coldest month, is about 14°F (-10°C). Winter brings dangerously low temperatures as arctic air flows in from Canada with strong winds.

Summers are warm, with occasional, usually brief, hot and humid periods, during which cold air from Canada flows in, often resulting in showers and thunderstorms. The average monthly temperature in July, the hottest month, is about 22.8°C (73°F). Precipitation is heavy throughout the year, but snow falls mainly from December to February and sometimes in March, and showers and thunderstorms occur during the warmer months of May to September. The wettest months in Mankato are June through August, when thunderstorms are common. Mankato is located on the northern edge of the major tornado belt in the central United States and is less at risk than Iowa and Missouri to the south. The highest risk of severe thunderstorms and (rare) tornadoes occurs from May through July. However, on March 29, 1998, a very rare early tornado event occurred when an F3 tornado struck St. Peter, 13 miles (21 km) north of Mankato, damaging areas within 20 miles (32 km) of Mankato. on August 17, 1946, a tornado struck southwest Mankato and southeast of town of Wells, killing 11 people.



According to the 2000 census, 32,427 people live in 12,367 households and 6059 families in Mankato. The population density is 323.9 inhabitants per km². Ethnically, the population is made up of over 93 percent white people and a Hispanic or Latino-American minority.

Children under the age of 18 live in 23.6% of the 12,367 households, married couples live in 36.7%, single women live in 8.8% and 51.0% are non-family households. 32.2% of all households consist exclusively of a single person and 9.9% are single people over the age of 65.

In relation to the entire city, the population consists of 16.9% residents under the age of 18, 32.5% between 18 and 24 years, 23.9% between 25 and 44 years, 15.4% between 45 and 64 years and 11.3% over 65 years. The median is 25 years. About 51% of the population is female.

The median income for a household is USD 33,956 and for a family USD 47,297. The per capita income is USD 17,652. About 19.0% of the population and 8.5% of families live below the poverty line.



Mankato is home to the following higher education institutions + high schools
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Bethany Lutheran College
Rasmussen College
South Central College
East High School
West High School



Robert Louis Hodapp (1910–1989), Bishop of Belize
Earl Howard Wood (1912–2009), cardiologist and physiologist
Daniel Leo Ryan (1930–2015), Bishop of Springfield, Illinois
Ron Johnson (born 1955), politician
Mike Lindell (born 1961), entrepreneur and conspiracy ideologist
John Landsteiner (born 1990), curler
Associated with Mankato
Melissa Peterman (born 1971), actress, studied in Mankato
Tim Walz (born 1964), politician, worked as a teacher in Mankato