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Former GMG leader Jonathan Zierdt passes at age 52.

(Mankato, MN) – Jonathan Zierdt, the energetic and passionate former leader of Greater Mankato Growth died Wednesday at age 52 following a five-year battle with cancer.

Zierdt’s death was announced yesterday on the Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund Facebook page.  “ZCF is deeply saddened to announce our founder, and former CEO of Greater Mankato Growth, Jonathan Zierdt has passed away earlier today after a courageous, five-year battle with prostate cancer,” the post read.  “All those involved with the JZCF mourn this tremendous loss.”

Zierdt founded ZCF in 2017 with his wife, Ginger and other community leaders.  The fund was established to build community cancer awareness and support.

Zierdt led GMG from 2007 until January of this year, when he announced he was stepping down to focus on his health.

Photo Credit: JZ Cancer Fund Facebook

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