GMG will honor volunteers at annual meeting March 5

Greater Mankato Growth will hold its annual meeting March 5 where it will also honor volunteers of the year.

The event will be 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Minnesota State University’s Centennial Student Union. To register go to:

GMG’s units — Greater Mankato Growth, Visit Mankato, City Center Partnership and GreenSeam — will honor their volunteers:


Randy Berkland, retired from Blethen Berens, has served on the GMG advocacy committee for many years. He has been a consistent voice on policy issues.

“For all my life, starting with my parents and continuing with many teachers and mentors, I have been encouraged to leave the world a little better than when I entered,” Berkland said in a statement.

Visit Mankato

Mankato Marathon bike medics Randy Knutson, Joe DeLory and Terena Wilkens play a vital role in the safety plan for the Mankato Marathon as the key leaders of the volunteer bike medics. Leading up to the race, they train and recruit all volunteer bike medic riders and during the event manage the group via the command center.

City Center Partnership

Mike Lagerquist, The Free Press Media. Lagerquist has consistently volunteered with CityArts Sculpture Walk during installation and deinstallation, as well as offering in-kind photography services for CityArt in 2023.

“I volunteer because it gives me the ability to provide the most immediate, visible support for a cause I support,” Lagerquist stated. “I don’t always have the financial wherewithal to give, but offering my time and talents is almost always an option. Then I see firsthand impact I can have or additional support that is needed.”


James Gordon, Pioneer Bank. Gordon has gone above and beyond since joining the Business Retention & Expansion committee and serving as its chairperson. In 2023, he led the charge to develop the committee’s business retention and expansion outreach strategy.

Click here to read the full article from The Free Press.

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