The Free Press, Mankato, MN


December 14, 2013

Recognition for Pearson deserved

Thumbs up to the efforts to recognize Lyle Pearson, a World War II vet who served his country in battle and then as someone who worked tirelessly on the behalf of veterans.

Pearson, who died in January, is named in a bill proposed by Congressman Tim Walz that would change the name of the veterans outpatient clinic in Mankato to the Lyle C. Pearson Community Based Outpatient Clinic.

The posthumous honor is well deserved. Pearson flew 50 combat missions over enemy territory, was shot down over Italy in December 1944 and was a prisoner of war until May 1945. He worked as an administrator in Nicollet County for years and also served as state commander of the Disabled American Veterans and later as national commander.

Pearson did much for his country and his community and deserves to have his name on a building that serves veterans.

Recycling organics a plus for environment

Thumbs up to the growing use of organic recycling to keep plant waste out of landfills.

The Hilltop Hy-Vee became the latest area business to begin sending containers full of fruit, vegetable and flower waste to be turned into rich compost for use in gardens. Much of the grocery store’s 4,000 pounds of weekly plant waste is going to Full Circle Organics near Good Thunder.

Full Circle is a new organics recycler that is helping to change the wasteful practice of filling valuable landfill space with stuff that should be reused.

A recent state report said the amount of food waste thrown into the garbage has grown to 31 percent of the waste stream, a 21 percent increase.

That not only creates needless waste but reduces the number of jobs and economic growth that could be created by more recycling.

Shop With Hero program treated kids

Thumbs up to the law enforcement agencies, the Mankato Department of Public Safety, volunteers and others who organized the recent Shop with a Hero program in Mankato.

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