Sunday, November 29, 2020

December Update

 I wanted to share an email I received from the Mantorville Chamber of Commerce chair regarding December activities.

The Mantorville Chamber of Commerce will not meet in December.

Due to COVID19 concerns, most of the traditional activities for Olde Fashioned Christmas will not take place this year.  There will be no horse drawn wagon rides and there will be no activities in the Opera House.

What we know now is that Santa will be in Mantorville on Saturday, December 5th.  Santa’s sleigh will be outdoors on the lawn of the Opera House.  Family’s will have the option of taking their pictures with or without Santa in the sleigh with the family members.  Santa will be in the downtown area from 11:00 to 1:00 on Saturday the 5th.

The sleigh will remain outside the Opera House through Christmas.  Families are welcome to use the sleigh as a prop for their pictures during the time it is on display.  The sleigh will not be available if it is raining.

The Art Guild is doing something similar to the successful promotion they did this past summer when they provided sidewalk chalk to child artists.  Beginning Saturday, December 5th, the Art Guild will provide children with a bag of art supplies to make holiday crafts.  The bags will be located outside and will be available through the month of December.  The bags are free to area children.  If you want to help the Mantorville Art Guild (a nonprofit organization), you can make a donation.

The Mantorville Farmer’s Market will continue to operate in “The Bridge” building (next to the Art Guild) on Saturdays from 10:00to 2:00 through the holidays.  You can shop for some awesome treats; for example: breads, pies, cookies, fudge and lefse.  There is a different assortment of products each Saturday.

Mantorville merchants will offer holiday specials in December, allowing their customers to shop in environments that follow COVID19 safety recommendations.

Watch for the December 3rd issue of the Dodge County Independent.  There will be ads from Mantorville businesses announcing their promotions.


Terry Eckstein
Mantorville Chamber of Commerce

Thursday, November 12, 2020

FD Skills Development

 Every year our FD renews and expand their skill-set with training and refreshers. Last week the Mantorville Fire Department refreshed their skills with vehicle extraction. The image below shows the tool the FD uses to bend the roof back once the "A" pillars have been cut through. This is just one example of the continuing education our Fire Department members engage in to keep us safe. Great job!

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Celebrating our Veterans

 While 202 has been a challenge in many ways, the blessings we have as a nation would not be possible without the dedication, perseverance and sacrifice of our brave men and women of the armed forces. The freedom to choose our leaders, the ability to worship as we please and a rule of law established in a constitution that positions the United States as a unique leader among the world's nations, would not be possible without our veterans.

To all our veterans both current and former, to their families and loved ones, thank you for all you do! Many of us will never know the full extent of your sacrifice, but know that we are truly grateful.

Friday, November 6, 2020

KM 7th Grade Football Team Goes Undefeated

Congratulations to the Kasson Mantorville seventh grade football team on a perfect season. The team clinched the deal with a 22 to 14 win over stewartville with an interception on the last play that was almost ran back for a TD. Great job KM! 

Go Blue!

Thursday, November 5, 2020

National Adoption Month

 The Month of November is "National Adoption Awareness" month. This designation is to both celebrate families with adopted children and also to bring attention to the needs of children world wide that need a "forever" home. I recently saw a great quote by an unnamed source "Adopting one child wouldn't change the world, but for that one child the world will change."

The process to adopt a child is a slow process with many steps, but there is no greater joy than being a parent. There are many reason to adopt and what ever the reason the journey is a tremendously awarding and worthwhile one. For those of you that are considering or would consider adoption I have attached some useful links below.

There are many more on the web as well. Adoption is the most loving solution to handling an unplanned pregnancy. There are more families looking for an adoptive child than there are children to place. If you are in a situation where you are faced with what to do about an unplanned pregnancy, please please please strongly consider adoption! If you have been considering adopting a child, get started now there is no better time!

Happy National Adoption Month

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Congratulations to Lyle and Luke

My friends:

I'm honored to once again receive the support of my neighbors for another term as your mayor.
I want to thank everyone who participated in our republic's election process, especially those who worked and volunteered to keep our community safe. Now, more than ever we need to focus on what brings us together, our shared values and how we continue to move our community forward. Congratulations to Lyle Hoaglund on being the newest member on the Mantorville City Council. Lyle will be replacing Henry Blair on the council. I would like to thank Henry for his time and efforts on the council, I will miss his insights and input. I would also like to congratulate Luke Nash on his return to the City Council.

The results that are found on the Secretary of State's web site for Mantorville are:

        Chuck Bradford     54.57%
        Jim Potter              44.00%

City Council (Top Two)

        Lyle Hoaglund       38.80%
        Luke Nash              31.57%
        Henry Blair             29.98%

I am looking forward to continuing the great work we have been able to accomplish together and I am honored to be asked to serve as your mayor again.

Thank You.

Chuck Bradford
Mayor, City of Mantorville

Monday, November 2, 2020


Tomorrow is election day. 

Remember to vote. Our system works best when informed citizens do the research, make up their own minds and vote for the candidate(s) that best align with their own values. 

Remember to get the information, do the research and cast your ballot tomorrow, Tuesday November 3. 

The polls open in Mantorville at 7:00am and the voting location is Mantorville City Hall. 
The Secretary of State Voting Information: 
        Congressional: 1 
        MN Senate: 25 
        MN House:25A 
        County Commissioner: 01 
        Judicial: 03 
        Soil and Water Conservation:Dodge 
        School: KASSON-MANTORVILLE (204) 
        County: Dodge 

Additional Voting information and resources can be found at the Secretary of State's web site using the following links:
The Full list of all canidates

Sample Ballot for Mantorville

Thank you for taking the time to vote!