The Free Press, Mankato, MN


December 7, 2013

Kiwanis Lights glowing bright once again


The region’s per-capita income stands at $40,052, slightly above St. Cloud and Duluth and below Rochester and the Twin Cities.

The report comes on top of other good economic news locally, including a recent Free Press story showing that housing sales and prices have increased locally at a faster pace than in most of the state and nation.

As with any report, the per-capita income findings don’t mean all boats were lifted equally. Many individuals and families continue to struggle and have seen stagnant or even declining earnings since the recession began.

But the overall increase is real and impressive and shows the Mankato area has been fortunate.

Editorial Board

Walz helped clean up tombstones

This spring, I was asked to make a presentation for the dedication of a new veterans memorial at the Elmore Cemetery. I told the committee that the only topic I would feel comfortable talking about would be the Civil War veterans.

When the day came and I made my presentation, I mentioned that my wife, Vicki, and I had visited Vicksburg National Cemetery to locate the stone of Edwin Marsh Way of Elmore Township who died during the siege of Vicksburg. I also mentioned that his stone, and the vast majority of Civil War era stones, were almost unreadable because they were covered with a mold the color of old crankcase oil.

After the program, Rep. Tim Walz came up to me and said he would have his office look into the problem of moldy tombstones.

Well, my wife and I just returned from a tour of several Civil War sites in Dixie. We had stopped by Vicksburg National Cemetery to see if anything had changed and to our delight, there were thousands of nice, clean tombstones to greet us.

Thank you, Rep. Walz and staff, a wrong has been corrected.

Albert “A.B.” Russ

Blue Earth

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