Radio Mankato CEO John Linder passes away after battle with cancer

Minnesota Valley Broadcasting and Radio Mankato CEO John Linder died Friday morning at the age of 63 after a nine-month, hard-fought battle with cancer.

The Linder family has been in the radio business in Mankato since 1950. John spent his entire career in the business and leaves a legacy in broadcasting not just in Mankato but across the Midwest.

Greater Mankato Growth President Jonathan Zierdt said Linder’s passing will leave a hole in the area business community. “Boy, it’s never easy when, as a community, we lose figures that have been really instrumental in shaping who we are and our character as a community, and the things that we do,” he explained, “The passing of John, that’s…that’s something we’re going to feel.”

Zierdt said it’s important to remember the legacy John left behind, and Linder, “Worked tirelessly as a community advocate and brought real wisdom on how to grow the community and it’s economic activity. His shadow is just so much bigger, and on his passing, as hard as that is, he can take now in his peace the kind of impact he’s had in a positive way on this community.”

Himself battling cancer for several years, Zierdt added, “I’m just thankful now, at this point, that the pain that the fight he had with his cancer – that he’s in a place of peace now. I’m grateful for that for him; I know that was a very difficult time for him.”

A celebration of Linder’s life will be announced soon.

Blue Earth County Has A New Curfew

Blue Earth County commissioners on Tuesday the 19th approved unanimously a countywide curfew for juveniles, set to take effect right away.

There are two rules: 
Juveniles ages 12 and younger are not allowed in public places or establishments between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.
Juveniles 13 to 17 need to stay out of the same defined places between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.

There will be a few exceptions as expected, but these are rules that most juveniles must follow. Some exceptions may be when with an adult, coming home from work or school, emergency situation, or religious activities.

Mankato RibFest 2015

Starting August 6 – 9, Award-winning rib chefs from all across the country gather to provide sticky, spicy eats at Riverfront Park each summer. Bring the whole family and be entertained by a wide variety of live bands and games for the kids.

RIBFEST 2015 Entertainment Headliners

Thursday, August 6th

Chad Pfeifer – 5:00 pm
Josh Dorr – 7:30 pm
CLAY WALKER – 9:00 pm

Friday, August 7

Nato Coles – 6:00 pm
The Suburbs – 7:30 pm
CHEAP TRICK – 9:30 pm

Saturday, August 8

Joey Booker – 12:00 pm
Barefoot Winos – 3:30 pm
American Scarecrows – 6:00 pm
Fastball – 7:30 pm
LIVE – 9:30 pm

Sunday, August 9

Relentless – 1 pm

Vikings Training Camp

The Minnesota Vikings will arrive in Mankato on Saturday, July 25 for the 50th year of Vikings Training Camp. Visit Mankato, Minnesota State University, Mankato, Radio Mankato and many other representatives are making a push to welcome Vikings players, coaches and staff to Mankato in a special way with a welcome party event Saturday, July 25th from 10 am – 3 pm.

This welcome party will be located at the Minnesota State University, Mankato campus on the lawn adjacent to parking lot 11, by the Memorial Library. Visitors can park in Lot 4 (Visitor Lot) for free. This is an exciting opportunity to engage with the Minnesota Vikings before camp even starts on July 26. In fact, this welcome party event is the best day and place to score a Vikings autograph.

In addition to autograph opportunities, fans will also have the opportunity to meet Vikings Cheerleaders, play games, receive give-a-ways and enjoy food, beverages and treats. Radio Mankato will be on-site providing music, entertainment and games, while Pepsi will be providing product samples and vendors will have food available for purchase. Vikings Village games and activities will be available for the kiddos; bring the whole family for a Vikings-packed, fun, family day.

The more purple and gold pride fans show, the better. This is our chance to show the Vikings just how happy we are to have them in Mankato for their 50th training camp. In addition to billboards and special street banners, the Vikings will be welcomed by hundreds of employees and citizens wearing the official commemorative 50th Vikings Training Camp t-shirts. The t-shirts will be available for purchase at the welcome party event, along with a couple other events throughout training camp.

As another grass-roots effort to show the Vikings our support, local businesses are encouraged to compete in a Vikings Spirit Contest. Businesses entered into the contest will be judged by the amount of Vikings spirit demonstrated in their workplace, along with their employee’s Vikings spirit. The top five Vikings Spirit Contest finalists will be judged by Viktor the Viking and the winner will be awarded autographed Vikings memorabilia and a pizza party for 20 at Jake’s Stadium Pizza.

Find out more about the welcome party or the Viking Spirit Contest HERE.

Check out the Training Camp Schedule HEREcamp-schedule-2015

Red Hot Boom 4th July Fireworks Celebration

Get ready for the biggest Fourth of July event Mankato has ever seen!

This year’s annual Red Hot Boom 4th of July Fireworks Celebration is featuring the Mankato Symphony Orchestra’s Rockin’ 4th of July concert which will provide a full evening of FREE entertainment leading up to a spectacular fireworks display.

Riverfront Park opens at 6pm with music at 7.

**Limited refreshment stands will be open. Coolers are also permitted**

City Mouse, Mankato’s favorite blues and classic rock band, performs at 7. After that the Mankato Symphony will take the stage playing lighter pops fare, including some patriotic favorites and some brand new movie and TV theme music.

Veterans will be asked to stand and be recognized during the Armed Forces Salute. Then City Mouse and the Symphony will play some classic rock tunes together, completing their performance with the epic 1812 Overture, Stars and Stripes Forever, and the Star Spangled Banner.

The Red Hot Boom Fireworks Celebration begins immediately following the concert. Featured will be a Color Guard flag presentation, the National Anthem sung by Miss Mankato, Lauren Fellows , and the fireworks choro graphed to music from the Radio Mankato stations. Hear the music in the park or tune to radio stations KATO FM at 93.1, KXLP FM at 94.1 or KDOG at 96.7. Listen also with the I-heart app.

Mankato Symphony’s 4th of July concert is made possible with donations from corporate event sponsor KIA, and presenting sponsor, Mankato Area Foundation, plus the City of Mankato.

Free will donations are also encouraged at the gate. The Symphony will be offering Bingo as a fundraiser during the first half of the evening.

6:00 Doors Open, Bingo Fundraiser

7:00 City Mouse

8:00 Mankato Symphony Orchestra and City Mouse

10:00 RED, HOT, BOOM Fireworks – set to music choro graphed by the Radio Mankato Stations.

This event is free and family friendly.

Mankato Symphony sponsors for Rockin’ on the 4th of July concert at RED HOT BOOM  are KIA and Mankato Area Foundation

Every Runner Has a Story – Mankato Marathon 2014

Every year, Radio Mankato plays a huge part in the Mankato Marathon.  The Marathon brings in thousands of people to our community for a weekend in October.  Not only does it bring in new people to our wonderful community, this amazing event helps unite everyone in Mankato.

See what we mean by watching this video of the 2014 Marathon, produced by Radio Mankato’s digital media director, Jeff Hendrix

Radio Mankato – Roundabout Celebration

Radio Mankato – Roundabout Celebration

Monday, Sept 22, will be the first day the “working” can get from Eagle Lake to Mankato and go past our radio stations.  (The roundabouts and Madison Ave./County Rd. 17 actually open as of 5pm Friday)

From 9am to 10:30am on Monday morning, Radio Mankato will pause to celebrate and thank the construction workers and welcome
back the 6000+ who pass by each day.

Weather permitting, Token’s BBQ will be set up in the radio parking lot area with a limited supply of freshly
baked cinnamon rolls and hot coffee – stop by and celebrate with staff while it lasts!  Or JUST HONK when you drive by…that’ll mean more food for us.

9am-10:30am, Monday, Sept. 22

Radio Mankato, 59346 Madison Ave.,
Mankato, MN 56001

Minnesota 93 Nominated for Regional Emmy

Minnesota 93’s TV commercial “Minnesota’s Best Country” has been nominated for a regional Emmy award by the Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.  It’s not common for a radio group to be nominated for an award like this. In fact Minnesota 93 / Radio Mankato is the only radio station or group to have produced a TV commercial to be nominated for this award.

The spot parallels life in the Southern Minnesota Country with great Country Music, celebrating everything great about the country in Minnesota.

The commercial was produced by Radio Mankato’s Digital Media Director, Jeff Hendrix
Music mix by Jay Flugum

Featured in the commercial:
0:01 – Welsh Heritage Farms / Harbo Orchard –
0:02 – Norell Farms / Minnesota Pork Producers
0:03 – Snell Motors –
0:04 – Scott Schmeling, Minnesota Valley Broadcasting
0:05 – Westwood Marina –
0:10 – Food Backpack Program –
0:26 – TJ, Lisa, Cooley, Teri T – Minnesota 93 –