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Mankato Free Press Highlights Leaders in Economic Growth

President Richard Davenport a 'Most Influential' finalist in Free Press story.


Two Mankato-area leaders with Minnesota State University, Mankato connections were featured in Sunday, April 15, 2012 Mankato Free Press stories by Tim Krohn.

Pat Hentges, Mankato's city manager, and Jonathan Zierdt, president and CEO of Greater Mankato Growth, were highlighted in a series of articles also featured in the April edition of Minnesota Valley Business Magazine.

In one article, Krohn wrote: "The men -- with different roles, talents and approaches -- were chosen the two most influential people when it comes to economic development in the region."

Zierdt's wife, Ginger Zierdt, is a Minnesota State Mankato faculty member, while Hentges earned a master's degree in urban management from Minnesota State Mankato, according to Krohn.

Krohn's article also pictured nine other individuals, called the "Most Influential finalists from the Growing the Economy of the Area."

Those individuals included Dr. Richard Davenport, president of Minnesota State Mankato; Glen Taylor, owner Taylor Corp.; Curt Fisher, developer Caldwell Banker Fisher Commercial; Denny Dotson, owner Dotson Co.; Dan & Angie Bastian, owners Angie's Kettle Corn; Todd Loosbrock, president U.S. Bank; Todd Snell, owner Snell Motors; and Dr. Greg Kutscher, president May Clinic Health System Mankato.

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