The Free Press, Mankato, MN


March 1, 2014

Our View: Weather helpers are heroes

Thumbs up to the snowplow drivers, utlility crews, law enforcement officers and anyone else out in this recent wicked weather making life safer and easier for the rest of us.

When the Feb. 21-22 blizzard hit, it was the troopers and the plow drivers and utility workers who were out and about trying to rescue people or help them out. The snowplow driver in Belgrade Township told KTOE radio he walked from his drifted-over driveway for two hours to the township garage where he spent the night so he would be able to plow roads the next morning. He had packed food and drink as well as paper and matches in case he had to dig a hole and start a fire if he got stranded on the way.

Pretty amazing dedication from him and all the others who have helped so many of us through this crazy winter.

Decathlon excellence laudable

Thumbs up to the Academic Decathlon teams of Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial and St. Peter for the recent victories at the statewide competition.

LCWM was the state champion and St. Peter took second. Students compete in 10 events including Economics, Essay, Art, Interview, Language and Literature, Math, Music, Science, Social Science and Speech. They also participate in a Super Quiz Relay, that is an oral quiz event that covers various subjects.

LCWM will be representing Minnesota at the national Academic Decathlon tournament in Hawaii in April, and St. Peter may get a wild card spot in the national event.

Academic Decathlon is a challenging event for high school students throughout the nation and encourages students to not only sharpen their academic skills but work as a team and have fun learning. Congratulations to the students and their teachers on a worthwhile accomplishment.

Bakk wise on budget reserve

Thumbs up to Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, who said he’ll insist on building a bigger state reserve with the budget surplus — and that was before the new figures were released.

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