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Donation of land: A gift for generations

Given by Lime Valley Development

A tract of land donated to Minnesota State Mankato will be used by multiple departments for numerous purposes, making the contribution about much more than the actual property value of the acreage.

2011-06-06
An editorial in The Free Press, Mankato, MN, 6/6/2011

Talk about multi-use.

A tract of land donated to Minnesota State Mankato will be used by multiple departments for numerous purposes, making the contribution about much more than the actual property value of the acreage.

This land, which includes prairie and wetland as well as industrial elements such as a rail line, scrap yard and a machining shop, is a mecca for researchers. Natural areas next to development reflects reality.

The property, northeast of the Highway and Third Avenue intersection, will be used for biological and ecological study. That’s not all, though. At least eight instructors from five other departments are preparing courses that utilize the land in the fields of civil engineering, construction management, geology, chemistry and urban planning.

Minnesota State Mankato and its researchers have much to be excited about. This donation was not in any way typical. This is the first land donation in the university’s history and likely the first of its kind in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. The donation of the 58 acres was made by Lime Valley Development Company and the family of Darlene and William Radichel.

Working out the details was no small feat. Multiple agencies were involved. Minnesota State Mankato and Radichel worked with nearly a dozen government and environmental agencies to iron out legal and environmental issues involved. The process took five years.

Persistence paid off. The university now has prime real estate for doing multiple research projects, thanks to the generosity of a local family and business. Generations of students will benefit from this venture.

Lime Valley Development, the Radichels and Minnesota State Mankato came up with an ideal way to benefit the university — and the future.

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