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35 Mankato adds new attraction downtown The Mankato City Council recently approved a controversial plan they hope will increase pedestrian traffic and continue to bring more vibrancy to the area known as Old Town: Food trucks. Local businessman Dain Fisher approached the city about creating a dedicated spot for food trucks and an outdoor entertainment venue in the 500 block of North Riverfront Drive. Fisher sought the permit to allow up to seven food trucks on a lot between

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the MNSU Innovation Center and Minnesota Iron & Metal. The approval also allows for a stage. It is estimated the area could hold 300 people. While a vast majority of business in Old Town seemed to support the measure, two businesses that offer food did voice concern. The council approved the plan on a 5 – 1 vote. Mayor Eric Anderson cast the sole no vote. Anderson said overall he liked the plan, but wanted to wait on taking action until the city could develop a comprehensive city-wide ordinance for food trucks on private property. Council member Jenn Melby-Kelley recused herself. She owns The Coffee Hag on Riverfront. ď ľ

Forge October 2017  
Forge October 2017