Coughlan Companies 5K

“5KCoughlan Companies is holding its first 5K for employees and their families on September 12, 2015. The 5K is the perfect event to support the health and well-being of employees, so this will also be a Better U event. Participation can be either in person or virtually….you’ll still get the race goodies and the satisfaction of contributing to a great organization, the Blue Earth County Historical Society. Visit for a look at their museum space – currently featuring a children’s play area and an exhibit of local author Betsy-Tacy.

The first step is to register. Each adult is $25 and children are free. Strollers are welcome. Walkers, run-walkers, joggers, and experienced runners are all encouraged to attend. Each participant will receive a t-shirt as well as a goodie bag. First place male and female employee finishers will win 4 hours of PTO! For the registration form, please email

Our pre-registration deadline is August 7th to guarantee everyone who registers a race t-shirt. However, we encourage you to register early. Registration fee payment instructions are included on the form. You may submit your form to us by mail, or fill it out electronically and return it to No refunds will be given if you are unable to attend the race, however, your registration fee will go to a good cause and you can always participate virtually if something unexpected comes up!

Date: Saturday, September 12, 2015
Time: 9:00 am
Location: Benson Park, North Mankato
Proceeds Benefit: Blue Earth County Historical Society
Registration Deadline: August 7, 2015

Book Donation to School in Jamaica

Jamaican School 300x300 Two Coughlan Companies employees generously took time on their vacation to donate Capstone books to a Jamaican primary school. The two employees stopped at the school to donate the books in person and to read to a couple of first grade classes. The school was located outside of Negril, Jamaica, where the employees were on vacation to get away from the cold of Minnesota.

Giving Back in Chicago Public Schools

 BooksLittleLibraries 300x175Capstone Professional authors, Dr. Margaret Policastro and Becky McTague, along with the Capstone Classroom group participated in a volunteer day at Perkins Bass Elementary School in Chicago. Capstone Community Fund donated two little libraries to the school as well learning materials for the school book room. The little libraries will be decorated by students in art class, then filled with books, and placed near the entryway of the school for all to enjoy.

Feed My Starving Children Volunteer Event

FMSC 450x300 The first volunteer event of the year was held at Feed My Starving Children where we packed food for children in need. A group of 11 employees and 12 family members packed enough food to feed 45 children for a year. The food is to help severely malnourished children in many different countries. Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit organization committed to feeding children in nearly 70 countries worldwide.

Cuna Maya 2015

CunaMaya300x300 A team of 37 Capstone employees spent the day working together in Cuna Maya, Mexico to continue work on the finishing touches of a classroom and library at the community center gathering place. Capstone donated all funds to finish the construction of the classroom and library along with the funds to supply the classroom and library with items such as computers, printers, projectors, shelving, and window coverings. Capstone also donated the money to build Little Free Libraries and place them in the community. Capstone gave over 1000 books to fill the library shelves and provided lunch for the community made by local women with help from the Capstone employees. The Capstone crew worked together at such jobs as painting the newly constructed classroom/library/other rooms, hanging ceiling fans, making and serving lunch for the community, building Little Free Libraries, and assembling care packages with items purchased individually by the volunteers. The Capstone team also went into the community to hand out the care packages to families most in need.

Winter Accessories Donated to Chicago Area Children

HatsGlovesScarves300x300 Hats, gloves, scarves, and books were collected for children in need in the Chicago area. The items were donated to Tutoring Chicago; an agency that provides tutoring to economically disadvantaged students. The items were donated by Capstone employees in the Chicago office, and they were just in time for the coldest months in Chicago.

Sharing Tree

 sharingtree 300x300 Each year, Coughlan Companies puts up a sharing tree in the North Mankato and Edina offices to offer employees the opportunity to buy a holiday gift for a person in need. This year employees bought gifts for 40 people in the Mankato area and 23 people in the Twin Cities area. Gifts range from winter jackets to bedding to toys for children. Thank you to all of the generous people who bought gifts!

Kiwanis Holiday Lights Parade

Kiwanis 2014 300x3001,500 books were handed out to Mankato area children at the Kiwanis Holiday Lights Parade in Sibley Park, Mankato. Coughlan Companies employees and their families braved the cold to participate in the parade and hand out the books to children along the parade route. Kiwanis Holiday Lights is put on each year by Mankato Downtown Kiwanis. The event brings the community together to celebrate the season and raise food and money for local nonprofits. This was the second year Coughlan Companies has donated books and participated in the parade.

Capstone Partners with Greater Mankato Area United Way Reading Festival

Reading-Festival-300X300.jpg Greater Mankato Area United Way hosted its first Reading Festival, in partnership with Capstone and other local organizations, in November, to promote literacy and celebrate reading. The Reading Festival was held at the Mankato YMCA and included literacy related information for parents and activities for Pre-K through 3rd graders through an “expo style” event.

Buckthorn Removal at Coldwater Spring

Buckthorn Removal 450x300Seven Coughlan Companies employees got together to work on the eradication of buckthorn in Minneapolis parks. Buckthorn is an invasive, non-native species that threatens the diversity of our forests, wetlands, and prairies in Minnesota. Originally from Europe, buckthorn does not have anything to naturally curb its growth in Minnesota. The best time of the year to remove buckthorn is in the late summer and throughout the fall, and buckthorn removal is really important to keeping the diverse Minnesota habitat that we all love. Coughlan Companies volunteered through Mississippi River Fund for this event.

Landscaping Homes in Hawthorne Eco Village

Landscaping 300x300Four Coughlan Companies employees along with Six of their friends and family members planted native and adapted plants for the landscaping of three homes. The homes are located in the Hawthorne Eco Village, which is an award-winning community redevelopment project focused on environmentally conscious new construction and rehab on foreclosed/abandoned properties. All homes in this project are part of affordable housing in Minneapolis, and will be sold to people who have a household income in line with the neighborhood. Coughlan Companies volunteered through Project for Pride in Living for this event.

St. Peter Fun Run

Fun RunOn Oct 25th, Coughlan Companies’ employees gathered at the St Peter Halloween Fun Run and Walk in St Peter, MM to hand out over 350 books donated by Capstone to all the children participating in the Lil’ Monster Dash. The Lil’ Monster Dash is a fundraiser for the Creative Play Place, an indoor playground, playroom, art studio, and parent resource center located in St Peter. It offers innovative fitness, art and literacy programs and fosters a love of learning through creative and quality educational programs that are free to all families regardless of income.

Capstone Literacy Center Introduces Capstart

literacycenterThe fall tutoring session at the Capstone Literacy Center in North Mankato is underway and with that, the unveiling of our new online teaching tool and course, Capstart. Capstart is individually tailored, highly motivational and most of all, fun. It addresses individual reading abilities through specifically designed literacy components while creating a fun, interactive, and engaging platform for all learners. The Capstone Literacy Center helps struggling readers in grades K-8 develop a love of reading and learning no matter their ability level. If you are interested in learning more about the Capstone Literacy Center tutoring course please contact:

Christie Skilbred, M.Ed.
Phone: 507-385-8270

Mankato Clinic Children’s Health Center on the Wickersham Health Campus

Reading NookCapstone Community Fund will be providing ongoing book donations for the new Mankato Clinic Children’s Health Center that opened on September 15th. All children waiting to see a doctor at the clinic can pass the time in the Capstone Reading Nook with many reading materials. Children are also encouraged to take a book home with them to build their own home libraries.

Coughlan Companies Limestone Donation to University of St. Thomas Engineering Building

St. ThomasCoughlan Companies Community Fund has donated the limestone needed to build the $5.6 million building for facilities and engineering at University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, MN. The exterior of the building will be mostly Mankato-Kasota limestone. The project is expected to be completed by September 2014.

Betsy-Tacy Society

Betsy-TacyCoughlan Companies Community Fund will be donating two stone hitching posts to the Betsy-Tacy Society located in Mankato, MN. Betsy-Tacy is a well-loved series of books written by Mankato author Maud Hart Lovelace. The hitching posts will be located outside of the preserved and restored houses of Betsy and Tacy, the fictional main characters of the set.

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation

Southern Minnesota Initiative FoundationThe partnership between Capstone Community fund and Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation began over 15 years ago. It was then that the Bookstart program was started to work with organizations committed to distributing books and literacy programming directly to young children in the 20-county region served by Southern Minnesota Initiatives foundation.

United Way

United WayFor the past 10 years, Capstone Community Fund has donated books to children ages 0-5 who are served by the United Way of Greater Mankato. Each year Capstone Community Fund donates 50,000 books that are mailed out to each child to start their own home library.

University of St. Thomas’ 2014 Family Business of the Year Award

awardJim and Bob Coughlan were awarded the University of St. Thomas’ 2014 Family Business of the Year Award. As part of the Entrepreneur Awards program, the Family Business of the Year Award recognizes families who demonstrate a strong commitment to community, family, and business leadership. The Coughlan family was honored at the awards gala on Oct. 1 at the School of Law on the university’s Minneapolis campus.

Greater Mankato Reads

Mankato ReadsCapstone is partnering with the Mankato School district and with Mankato Community Education through myON, a business of Capstone and a member of Capstone Community fund by providing access to the book platform for all ISD #77 students and all preschool students in the greater Mankato area.

Newman Center

Newman CenterCoughlan Companies has been involved with the Newman Center of Mankato through their Mankato-Kasota Stone Company for decades. This year, Coughlan Companies is working with the Newman Center with exterior stone for their new center near the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato.