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Mankato Chamber making Halloween plans

Storm shelter now available in Esbon


Mankato Chamber making Halloween plans
The regular meeting of the Mankato Chamber of Commerce was held at Bob's Inn last Wednesday with 11 members present.
Jason Ortman, president, called the meeting to order. Minutes of the July meeting were read and the treasurer's report given. Both reports were approved.
A final report was given on the Mankato Fun Run. Everything reportedly went well and there are plans to do it again next year.
As in the past, chamber will sponsor the garage sale mall at the Mankato City building during the Highway 36 Garage Sales. After a discussion of how the last few years have worked, chamber members decided to open Sept. 14 and be open through Sept. 16. The building will be open Wednesday evening to set up.
Deb Janzen, owner of the Twisted Petal, reported she is now open Monday, Wednesday and Friday in Mankato. The chamber scheduled a ribbon cutting for yesterday (Wednesday) at 2 p.m.
In conjunction with the Rock Hills homecoming celebration, the chamber will host a free hot dog feed Thursday starting at 6 p.m. at the north high school parking lot. Volunteers will be needed.
Trick or Treat the Businesses will be held on Halloween from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
This year there will be a pumpkin carving contest. Voters may put a quarter in the can by their favorite pumpkin. The winner will receive Mankato Chamber Bucks as a prize. Proceeds from the voting will be donated to Santa's Workshop.
The chamber's social media plan is to have senior recognition on the their Facebook page and website. They will be working with the school and Emma Menhusen to get this up and running.
The next meeting will be held Sept. 13 at the Buffalo Roam.

Storm shelter now available in Esbon
The City of Esbon has installed a FEMA approved storm shelter behind the community center at the City Park. This was made possible with grants from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation, the Greater Salina Foundation, the City of Esbon and another local organization.
The shelter has been supplied with two benches, a first aid kit, flashlights and a case a water, donated by Guaranty State Bank and Trust. 
Esbon residents say they appreciate the storm shelter. There are many homes there without shelters to use during a severe storm, so this facility will provide a safe place for them.

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