The Free Press, Mankato, MN


February 8, 2014

Diversity thrives with council


Hermanson not only teaches with enthusiasm but encourages the students to try something new by giving the band a chance. Once students try it, they appear to be hooked.

The school appears to be a place where students, staff and parents are deeply involved in education and care about learning.

Kudos to scouts growth

Thumbs up to Mankato-based Twin Valley Council Boy Scouts of America for being ranked No. 1 in total membership growth out of 72 councils in the Central Region.

A few years ago, Twin Valley made an effort to reach out to Mankato’s growing community of immigrants and refugees.

The local Boy Scouts recruited ambassadors from the Sudanese and Somali communities to overcome language and cultural differences to help draw kids into scouting. Twin Valley says it wants to put similar focus on the Hispanic community.

As Mankato celebrates its growing diversity it’s satisfying to see the Boy Scouts committed to ensuring more kids can benefit from scouting.

MVAC father program engages

Thumbs up to the Minnesota Valley Action Council’s Strong Fathers, Strong Families program

The curriculum is designed to actively engage fathers in their child’s Headstart program education. The program recently was recognized with a Program of the Year Award from the Fathers and Families Network.

The program gives fathers a chance to participate in their child’s Headstart activities and gives them a choice in their child’s development.

Fathers can be an afterthought when it comes to education of pre-school children, but studies show their involvement is extremely important to a child’s development. The MVAC program makes that a reality.

Editorial Board

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City plowing helped one in need

This is a compliment to the city instead of a complaint.

I called on a recent windy day and asked if my side of the street could be plowed closer to the curb, as I am disabled — I use a cane.

”Joe” said “no problem,” but probably not that day as it was blowing and drifting and they were trying to keep up.

I had called at 3 p.m. and “voila” at 4:10 p.m. they came and plowed.

Great job, guys and gals. Much appreciated.

Jim McArdle




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