Incorporated as a town in 1870, Janesville now is a dynamic community located 15 miles east of Mankato and 10 miles west of Waseca on Highway 14—just over an hour’s drive to the Twin Cities metro area. Within the last five years, Janesville has experienced a high level of growth in housing and new subdivisions.
Continued growth is expected with the completed expansion of Highway 14. Other features of Janesville include the city-owned electric utility plant, a full-service nursing home and Prairie Ridge Golf Course, a nine-hole reversible golf course. One of only a few reversible golf courses in the U.S., players can shoot nine on the \”South Course\” and the next week shoot nine on the ”North Course.” Janesville’s Chamber of Commerce promotes activities throughout the year that help make Janesville a great place to live and work.