Mankato receives City of Excellence Honor for its innovative live-in firefighter program


For decades, the City has utilized live-in volunteer firefighters to supplement full-time staffing. These volunteers have lived rent-free in a dormitory style setting in exchange for staffing 10 nights per month. The City took an innovative approach to expand its live-in program by opening three townhomes on city property adjacent to Fire Station #2, 1721 Augusta Dr. As opposed to living in a dormitory-style room, these townhomes provide a rent-free living opportunity to share with family, friends, and pets. Live-in firefighters have provided nearly 10,000 hours of service in the last three years alone, and the city will recoup the cost of the construction over nine years.


The City also added part-time firefighters to the ranks to meet weekend daytime staffing needs by recruiting experienced firefighters from within a 100-mile radius of the city, which helped enhance coverage throughout Mankato. Finally, the city enhanced its partnership with Mayo Clinic Ambulance Service through retrofit of a retired downtown fire station for ambulance service which has reduced medical response time by one minute in the downtown at no cost to the city.


For more information, or questions about becoming a volunteer firefighter contact staff at 507-387-8577.



Tourtellotte Pool’s season ends September 6


Take advantage of the final days of the season at Tourtellotte Pool, 310 E. Mabel St., ending Sunday, September 6. The pool features an outdoor, lifeguard-staffed Olympic-sized pool.


Reservations required

Make a 50-minute reservation for lap swimming or water walking by contacting staff at 507-387-7946 between noon and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.


Due to COVID-19, there is no open swim and the wading pool is closed.


Scheduled cleaning and sanitation

After each 50 minutes of activity, the pool will be closed for 10 minutes so overall cleaning can be done.


Due to COVID-19:

  • Temperature readings will be taken for anyone entering the bath house.
  • Social distancing of at least six feet must be kept between individuals.
  • Masks must be worn when not in the pool.


Admission prices

  • General admission: $2.50
  • Individual season pass $45
  • Punch pass $22.50


Pay by cash or check.


Tourtellotte Pool is operated and maintained through a partnership between the city of Mankato and the Mankato YMCA.


For more information about the pool, please call pool staff at 507-387-7946 or the YMCA at 507-387-8255. For more information about other park amenities, please contact staff at 311 or 507-387-8600. See a parks map.




Garbage and recycling pick-up changes due to Labor Day holiday


Garbage and recycling pick-up


City of Mankato offices will be closed Monday, September 7 for Labor Day, and there will be no garbage and recycling pick-on this day.


Garbage and recycling pick-up schedule the week of September 7:

  • Monday’s garbage and recyclables will be picked up Tuesday.
  • Tuesday’s garbage and recyclables will be picked up Wednesday.
  • Wednesday’s garbage and recyclables will be picked up Thursday.
  • Thursday’s garbage and recyclables will be picked up Friday.
  • Friday’s garbage and recyclables will be picked up Saturday.


Learn more about Mankato’s garbage and recycling service. For more information contact staff at 311 or 507-387-8600.


Transit service


There will be no city bus service Monday, September 7 (Labor Day).



The city of Mankato will flush water mains Sunday, September 27 through Friday, October 2. For convenience, water main flushing is scheduled from 8:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. View an online water flushing schedule and map.


Water mains are routinely flushed to clean the distribution system. Avoid or limit water usage during flushing operations, because although the water is safe to drink, it may stain. It is best to allow at least an hour after daily flushing operations for the water to clear.



Join the community effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Simply take a photo of yourself doing your part to help others. Then use the #HAVEAHEARTKATO and post to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Doing your part means being diligent every hour, every day and in each personal decision made to safeguard your health and the health of others. It includes things like:


  • Avoiding crowds.
  • Following health recommendations.
  • Wearing a mask.
  • Staying home if you are sick.

• Staying 6 ft. apart from others.