New nonprofit focuses on offering unique recreation activities | Local News

NORTH MANKATO — It all started last month in a sauna in North Mankato.

So Dan Lee sat down with his mates to talk about how he wanted to share his experience with a wider audience.

CERO is the Circle the Earth Recreation Organization, a recently launched non-profit organization focused on providing new and unique recreational opportunities to communities. Nordic Exposure is the organization’s first in a series of events, taking place on February 10, 17 and 24 at The Hub in Old Town.

This event includes a sauna experience followed by a cold soak in the tub. Organizers say the practice is believed to benefit physical and mental health.

According to Lee, co-organizer of Nordic Exposure and co-founder of CERO, they hope to attract up to 40 people per night.

Nordic Exposure starts at 7:00 pm and ends at 9:30 pm on selected Fridays in February. General admission is $40.

The funds raised will be used to support additional recreational opportunities in the community over the coming months.

Lee hosts Nordic Exposure in partnership with CERO co-founder Martie Kaus and local cold water expert Vusa Bentley.

“Personally, I would like to continue Nordic Exposure all year round,” he said.

“Anyone, anyone can benefit,” said Bentley. “There’s a misconception that you need athleticism, but you don’t. It helps with inflammation, arthritis, and stress.”

Tea, hot cocoa, bonfires, changing rooms and music will take place in “a high-energy environment unlike anything Mankato has ever seen,” she said.

For more information on Nordic Exposure, please visit

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