A new way to learn history

In 2020, BECHS began a Podcast with KTOE, a radio station based out of Mankato, Minnesota. You can listen to past episodes below!
Women in Medicine

Learn more about three doctors at the turn of the twentieth century.
Original Air Date: March 25, 2023

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School Sisters of Notre Dame

Discover the long history of the School Sisters of Notre Dame in Mankato including Good Counsel Hill.
Original Air Date: March 18, 2023

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Alma Wagen

Learn more about Alma Wagen, the first woman mountain guide for the National Park Service.
Original Air Date: March 11, 2023

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Lincoln School

Discover the long history of Lincoln School, now Lincoln Community Center.
Original Air Date: March 4, 2023

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Historic Preservation

Discover more about the National Register of Historic Places program as well as local preservation.
Original Air Date: February 4, 2023

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Local Radio

Learn more about the history of the radio stations in the area.
Original Air Date: January 21, 2023

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Camp Patterson

Learn more about the rich history of Camp Patterson!
Original Air Date: September 10, 2022

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Key City Park

Key City Park, now known as ISG Field has a long history in Mankato!
Original Air Date: Aug. 13, 2022

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Celebrate the long history of Farmfest which started in Blue Earth County!
Original Air Date: Aug. 6, 2022

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Lost Golf Courses

Learn more about the golf courses that used in be in Blue Earth County
Original Air Date: June 25, 2022


Learn more about one of Blue Earth County’s pastimes.
Original Air Date: March 19, 2022

Carnegie Library

Discover more about Mankato’s first public library building.
Original Air Date: March 12, 2022

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Sibley Park Dam and Lake

There once was a dam at Sibley Park and a lake for swimming!
Original Air Date: February 5, 2022

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Front Street – Brett’s

Take a trip down memory lane and Front Street including Brett’s Department Store.
Original Air Date: January 29, 2022

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Explore the history of the rails in Blue Earth County.
Episode 46; Original Air Date: January 8, 2022

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Holiday Lights

Explore the different traditions of Holiday Lights in the area.
Episode 45; Original Air Date: December 11, 2021

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Mankato Streetcars

Explore the two different streetcar lines that ran in Mankato.
Episode 44; Original Air Date: November 27, 2021

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Union School

Explore the history of Mankato’s first school – Union School
Episode 43; Original Air Date November 20, 2021

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Mahkato Wacipi

Explore how the Mahkato Wacipi or Mankato Powwow got its start and the cross-cultural significance of this annual event.
Episode 42; Original Air Date: September 18, 2021

The Hunt House

Explore the history of a local landmark: the Hunt House; today better known as the Moulin Rouge Bed & Breakfast.
Episode 41; Original Air Date: September 11, 2021

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Ott Cabin

The history of the Ott Cabin, now located in Mankato’s Sibley Park.
Episode 40; Original Air Date: August 21, 2021

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Rapidan Dam

Discover the history of a local landmark – The Rapidan Dam
Episode 39; Original Air Date: August 14, 2021

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Blue Earth County Fair

The Blue Earth County Fair has a long history. Learn about it here.
Episode 38; Original Air Date: July 24, 2021

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Minneopa State Park


Discover the history of Minneopa State Park, located just outside of Mankato.
Episode 37; Original Air Date: July 24, 2021

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Yaeger School House

Explore the mystery of the Yaeger Schoolhouse in Rapidan Township.
Episode 36; Original Air Date: July 10, 2021

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Green Gables Tornado of 1946

Hear about Blue Earth County’s deadliest tornado: the 1946 Green Gable Tornado.
Episode 35; Original Air Date: June 19, 2021

Mankato Hospitals

From Tourtellotte to ISJ – over 130 years of Mankato’s hospitals.
Episode 34; Original Air Date: June 12, 2021

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Madison Lake Resorts

Discover the early history of Madison Lake resorts
Episode 33; Original Air Date: June 5, 2021

1965 Flood

Take a look back to the flood of 1965 and how it changed the landscape.
Episode 32; Original Air Date: April 12, 2021

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Victory Highway

Explore this history of Victory Highway – the stretch of State Highway between Mankato and Mapleton.
Episode 31; Original Air Date: April 5, 2021

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Typhoid Fever

Hear about the Typhoid Fever Epidemic of 1908
Episode 30; Original Air Date: March 29, 2021

Blue Earth County Historical Society

The Blue Earth County Historical Society started in 1902. Learn more about its history.
Episode 29; Original Air Date: March 8, 2021

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Seppman Mill

Discover the long history of Seppman Mill.
Episode 28; Original Air Date: March 1, 2021

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James Tinkcom

Explore the area of James Avenue (aka Tinkcomville) and Stoltzmann Road.
Episode 27; Original Air Date: February 15, 2021

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Mount Kato

Explore the history of a local landmark: Mount Kato also known as SkiHaven.
Episode 26; Original Air Date: February 8, 2021

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Marian Anderson

Discover the life story of Mankato’s very own nationally-acclaimed artist, Marian Anderson.
Episode 25; Original Air Date: February 1, 2021

Honeymead Oil Spill

Learn about one of Minnesota’s largest oil spill, the Honeymead Oil Spill of January 1963.
Episode 24; Original Air Date: January 25, 2021

Mankato Post Office and Federal Courthouse

Explore the history of a local landmark: the Mankato Post Office and Federal Courthouse.
Episode 23; Original Air Date: January 18, 2021

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Prohibition, Moonshine and Gangsters

Explore local Prohibition stories, including Gangsters, a Shady Lady and a drunk carp.
Episode 22; Original Air Date: November 2, 2020

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Mankato Street Names Pt. 2

Explore Mankato Street Names based on some of our very first settlers and the impact they had on the budding community. Part 2
Episode 21; Original Air Date: October 26, 2020

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Mankato Street Names Pt. 1

Explore Mankato Street Names based on some of our very first settlers and the impact they had on the budding community. Part 1
Episode 20; Original Air Date: October 19, 2020

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Pioneer Memorial Cemetery

Explore the mystery steps near Thompson Ravine that stand in memory of Rural Grove Cemetery and Pioneer Memorial Cemetery on North 6th Street; the location of one of our City’s heritage plaques.
Episode 19; Original Air Date: October 12, 2020

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Remarkable Men of Garden City

Meet the 10 “remarkable” men of Garden City.
Episode 18; Original Air Date: October 5, 2020

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Maud Hart Lovelace

The history of the Maud Hart Lovelace, the beloved Besty-Tacy series of children’s novels and the two local homes dedicated to the memory of the author and books.
Episode 17; Original Air Date: September 14, 2020

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Hubbard House

Discover the history of the Historic R.D. Hubbard House: the home, the family and the mill; all woven in the rich history of Mankato.
Episode 16; Original Air Date: September 7, 2020

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Blue Earth County Courthouse

The history of the Historic Blue Earth County Courthouse – a prominent building filled with over a century of stories from the top to the bottom.
Episode 15; Original Air Date: August 31, 2020

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Ellerbe Building

The history of the Ellerbe Building – it’s vibrant past that continues to serve as a community gathering space today.
Episode 14; Original Air Date: August 24, 2020

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Women’s History Month: Education

Meet two women that made history in education. Mankato’s first teacher, Sarah Jane Hanna, and higher education leader Julia A. Sears.
Episode 13; Original Air Date: March 30, 2020

Women’s History Month: Law and Politics

Meet some of the women who made local history in law and politics, including Charlotte Farrish, Sarah Christie Stevens and Najwa Massad.
Episode 12; Original Air Date: March 23, 2020

Women’s History Month: Women’s Suffrage

The history of the 19th Amendment and the League of Women Voters.
Episode 11; Original Air Date: March 16, 2020

First Presbyterian Church

The history of Mankato’s First Presbyterian Church and the historic 1857 bell.
Episode 10; Original Air Date: March 9, 2020

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Sibley Park World War I Plaque

The history behind the heritage plaque at Sibley Park honoring our county’s World War I servicemen and women. Plus one local woman’s lasting legacy to support veterans.
Episode 9; Original Air Date: March 2, 2020

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Spanish Influenza

Hear about the Spanish Flu Pandemic that ravaged the world from 1918-1920.
Episode 8; Original Air Date: February 24, 2020

Riverfront Park

The history of Riverfront Park – the history of place, a city park along the River, from a Captains of Industry and Innovation to today’s premier event venue.
Episode 7; Original Air Date: February 17, 2020

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Highland Park

The history of Highland Park – the history of place, a city park on a hill, from a Civil War recruitment center to a Tourist Camp, to today’s neighborhood park.
Episode 6; Original Air Date: February 10, 2020

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Tourtellotte Park

The history of Tourtellotte Park: the history of a place, a city park, a pool, all named after Mankato’s first philanthropist.
Episode 5; Original Air Date: February 3, 2020

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Sibley Park

The history Sibley Park – a city park and gathering place for all ages. From horse races to Mutt and Jeff, to today’s Kiwanis Holiday Lights.
Episode 4; Original Air Date: January 27, 2020

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Washington Park

The history of Washington Park – a city park that once housed a railroad line and depot, Mankato’s first schools and churches; and today serves as a recreational space for a vibrant neighborhood.
Episode 3; Original Air Date: January 20, 2020

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Lincoln Park

The history of Lincoln Park – a city park that honors the men and women that fought in the Civil War, in one of the largest neighborhoods on the National Register.
Episode 2; Original Air Date: January 13, 2020

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1920 Mankato Winter Carnival

Discover an incredible community event that happened right here 100 year ago – the 1920 Mankato Winter Carnival.
Episode 1; Original Air Date: January 6, 2020

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