Area Code 507 - Information about Minnesota

North Mankato, MN is a city in the northern part of Minnesota. It is situated in the State of Minnesota. It is also known as the City of Lakes. This town has a population of about 280 thousand and is found in the county of Richfield.


The area that North Mankato, MN is located in has a reputation for being one of the oldest continuously inhabited areas in the state of Minnesota. Scandinavian immigrants have made this town their home. It is called the City of Lakes.

There are lakes here and lots of them in North Mankato, MN. Lakes such as Red Lake, Green Lake, Golden Lake, Maple Lake, Silver Lake, Waseca Lake, Golden Lake and Red Lake are all known for being completely untouched. They all have two important things in common. They are all located on the shores of rivers. They are also located on lakes that are considered to be the deepest.

Many people will wonder what these rivers are. They are the North Mankato River, Hwy 41 River, Hawley Lake, Hwy 63 River, Hawley Brook River, Peltier Lake, Grand Rapids River, Litchfield Creek, Stearns River, Mille Lacs Lake, and any others that may come to mind. These rivers are important sources of drinking water and they are also sources of irrigation.

George Brakelotte, a local, once said, "There are fifty streams in this city; fifty staunchest champions for your soul." He was describing his life and the way he lived. He was also describing North Mankato, MN. Many of the streams are less than a hundred yards wide and some of them run from sea level to over two thousand feet.

North Mankato, MN has many rivers. Some of them are recognized as the oldest. One of the old ones is the Keewatin River. It was one of the first rivers in Minnesota to be dammed. It ran along the present city limits until 1930 when it was diverted to the Hawley Lake in order to make room for a mill.

Eugene Useler was an old man who used to fish in the river. He would get up early in the morning and go out on the river and catch catfish, muskellunge, smallmouth bass and northern pike. He used to say, "I don't know where I'll find catfish any more, I just keep on fishing." He was a pioneer and a man who lived to the ripe old age of ninety-seven.

A lot of the old bridges were built by Germans. These people built them on the assumption that they would be used for centuries to come. They knew that in time, they would be able to make their lives more comfortable and their children would also live comfortably. Their good sense and good taste were not lost on other people.