The Free Press, Mankato, MN


January 11, 2014

Fair board offers bold new plan


Searle died last week at the age of 93 after an illness.

He presided over a Minnesota House of Representatives that was evenly split in 1979 between Democrats and Republicans. Searle was a true statesman, always willing to listen to another point of view and was the kind of legislator who helped get things done to make Minnesota a better place to live. He is the kind of legislator and elected leader we surely could use more of now.

Groups support bookmobile, reading, education

Thumbs up to the North Mankato Taylor Library staff and several area non profits and private businesses that donated money for the purchase of a bookmobile.

Otto Bremer Foundation, Taylor Corp., the Carl and Verna Schmidt Foundation and the Mankato Foundation donated funds totaling about $57,000 for the library to buy a used bookmobile. The new bookmobile will service small towns in Nicollet County, including Nicollet, Courtland and Lafayette.

It will be available for home day cares, senior living centers and private schools, all groups that might find it difficult to make regular trips to the library. The bookmobile is a way to bring books, and the education and enjoyment they offer to areas that are underserved because of geography or other limiting factors. The North Mankato City Council had given North Mankato Library director Lucy Lowry permission to seek the donated funds and the project appears to be a nice success. Donors deserve credit for their commitment to getting books to people who need and would benefit from them.

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