The Free Press, Mankato, MN


October 12, 2013

Don't kill Holidazzle just yet


It’s that kind of community cooperation that deserves awards.

River Ramble rides high again

Thumbs up to the organizers and participants in the third annual Mankato River Ramble, a bike trek across the region that drew about 1,500 people to the area this year.

Weather may have hampered turn out a bit, as the turnout has been bigger last year with more hospitable weather. About a thousand riders came from outside the Mankato area and 100 locals also helped volunteer. The event offers three courses from a 12 miles to 42 miles, with a 26-mile trek making a stop for pie at the Rapidan Dam store.

The event draws attention to the region’s beautiful landscape and scenic bike trails. It’s a legitimate tourist draw and likely brings a little extra business for the day or weekend to area merchants. Kudos to organizers and sponsors who included Mankato Clinic, the Orthopaedic and Fracture Clinic, Mankato Bike and Walk Advocates and Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota.

No room for hate here

Thumbs down to the person or people responsible for spray-painting a racial slur that included a student’s name on the Gustavus Adolphus College campus in St. Peter.

The positive thing to come out of this detestable incident is that Gustavus and St. Peter police are being aggressive about finding the perpetrator as well as using it to educate those on campus about how hate crimes are not tolerated.

Campus officials have made it clear that hateful behavior has no place on the Gustavus campus by holding a campus forum on the subject. Holding such conversations is not only necessary to reinforce expected behavior but to let all the students know that they are welcome on campus no matter their gender, race or ethnicity.

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