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New advisory group links students, city administrators

Advisory group promises more communication between city, students.

By Dan Nienaber, Free Press Staff Writer [published in The Free Press, Mankato, MN, 3/18/2011]

Tom Williams uses the old three­legged stool analogy to describe the relationship Mankato city officials and college students have often had in the past. Minnesota State Mankato and the city have always had a good relationship, the Minnesota State Student Association president said. And the relationship between the university and the students has always been great.

“The relationship between the city and the students hasn’t been that good,” Williams said.

“That’s the missing link that makes everything fall over. It’s time we start com­municating as a whole instead of all doing our own thing.”

He’s hoping a new advi­sory group called the City of Mankato and University Committee will provide a sturdy foundation for better communication between students and the city. The committee includes repre­sentatives from Minnesota State Mankato, Bethany Lutheran College, South Central College and the Mankato City Council. Neighborhood groups, city officials, students, citizens and members of the business community are also invited to attend.

The group’s first meeting was last month, addressing the city’s proposed disruptive intoxication ordinance.

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