In May of 1992, a group of people with a vision to “improve the quality of life in the Mapleton area” by supporting local organizations and assisting in community and economic growth, began the Mapleton Area Foundation. Now, a new generation of people, along with two of the original members of the foundation, Mike Johnson and Jim Swanson, has determined that the foundation should be revived with the same goals and mission, to support the community and economic growth in the Mapleton area.
Two new memorials are being planned for Mapleton and Mankato as bookends for Victory.
Memorial Highway, the stretch of Highway 22 between the two cities that has been a living monument to military veterans since just after World War II.
The $50,000 initiative aims to ease some of the pain felt by area residents when witnessing crews topple 600 trees that had been planted along the highway, each one in honor of a family member who served in the armed forces.