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.