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Minnesota State University’s Dental Hygiene Program is offering free dental care Thursday to area children ages 18 and under.

Appointments are required. Exams will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Clinical Sciences Building, Room 128, 150 South Road.

Appointments for eligible patients will include cleanings, x-rays, exams, sealants and fluoride treatments. A parent or legal guardian must accompany each patient.

To make an appointment, call 389-2147.

Ideas session scheduled for Wednesday

North Mankato’s second “Breshing New Ideas” session will take place Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Spring Lake Warm-Up House.

During the city-hosted session, residents can come up with overarching ideas that they would like the city to pursue.

To register, go to: northmankato.com and search for “Brewing New Ideas” or call 625-4141.

Residents unable to attend Wednesday’s discussion can submit ideas by participating in a poll between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday. Ideas submitted electronically will be discussed during the Wednesday evening session.

The data will be compiled into a report for the council with categories measured against national benchmarks that compare the results to the response of cities of similar size.

To request more information, email: matthew1@northmankato.com.

Entry required for inclusivity study

The Mankato Area Foundation, along with 11 partners, launched a community-based mixed-methods study to assess the current state of inclusivity in the area.

The Greater Mankato Inclusiveness Study is publicly and privately funded and conducted by a national firm, Intercultural Competence Edge.

The process of gathering residents’ views includes personal interviews and focus groups with members of the community. The partners involved in the study will use the survey as a tool to receive information about community members’ perceptions and experiences of living and working in Greater Mankato. Topics include housing, health care, education, and economic well-being.

Although the final study report does not make suggestions, the results will help identify areas for improvement for all ages, races, abilities and genders.

Partners supporting this study include Mayo Clinic Health System, Greater Mankato Growth, Cities of Mankato and North Mankato, Blue Earth and Nicollet Counties, Minnesota State University, YWCA Mankato, Greater Mankato Diversity Council , South Central College, and public schools in the Mankato area.

In order to include as many members of the community as possible, the survey is distributed through various businesses and community organizations and is provided in multiple languages.

The survey is open until November 20. A summary of the report is expected to be released in the first quarter of 2023.

The survey is open to anyone who lives, works or travels to the Greater Mankato region. For more information or to take the survey, visit: Greatermankatoinclusiveness.com.

Shakespeare’s first play at MSU

The Minnesota State University Department of Theater and Dance production of William Shakespeare’s “Richard III” opens Thursday at the Andreas Theater at the Earley Center for Performing Arts.

Evening performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and October 26-29. Matinees start at 2 p.m. on Sundays and October 29 and 30.

The production includes the services of disability consultant, faculty member John Paul. The King Richard character is written to be physically handicapped. The production also includes original music by student composer Frank Vondra.

Admission is $17 for ages 16-64. Tickets are $15 for spectators aged 65 and over, youth under 16 and groups of 15 or more. MSU student tickets are $5. The MSU box office is open from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays. The box office number is 389-6661. To buy your tickets online, go to: MSUTheatre.com.

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