The Free Press, Mankato, MN

August 9, 2013

IronKids showed success

The Mankato Free Press

---- — Thumbs up to the success of the first HyVee IronKids triathlon at North Mankato's Spring Lake Park last weekend which drew 160 participants, ages 6-15.

Kids participated in the event which involved swimming 300 yards, biking eight miles, and running two miles for 12 year olds. Other age groups were challenged with varying degrees physical activities. HyVee sponsors 20 such kid triathlons across the Midwest each year with the goal of engaging kids in healthy activities.

The kids were impressive. Some 12-year olds completed 300 yards of water and 10 miles of land in less than an hour. Winners will be able to compete in a regional competition in Des Moines later this month.

These kinds of events are not only fun for participants and watchers, they obviously promote healthy activities and encourage young people to be active and stay active, probably for the rest of their lives.

Speeder risked public safety

Thumbs down to the driver in the Mankato Patrol District clocked at nearly 150 mph during a statewide crackdown of speeders last month.

A 41-year-old Darwin man was traveling at 148 mph on a county road near Hutchinson when he was stopped. Yes, he was driving a Mustang and Mustangs are cool cars that can go really fast, but he and other drivers who excessively driver over the speed limit are no longer in control of their vehicles.

How can you even see what might possibly cross your path, whether it be an animal, a child or another motorist, when you are driving that fast? They're putting their own lives at stake as well as other people's.

Obviously the thrill is more important than safety to these drivers. State records reveal that speed has contributed to 243 traffic deaths in Minnesota from 2010 to 2012.

The Darwin man had other speeding tickets and two convictions for drunken driving. Let's hope the judge takes his license away.

Editorial Board

Stand up woman stood up for what's right

Regarding the July 30 article “Police searching for suspects in downtown assault,” I would like to take the opportunity to thank the young woman, Sharee Nolan, for standing up for her fellow citizens.

It is not an easy thing to step into the middle of a confrontation between people you do not know — and our community is better off for having people like Nolan around to step in and say, ‘Hey, that’s not right.’ I happen to have the honor of knowing Nolan in an educational setting — and a more persistent woman you will not meet. She works hard when the going gets tough, so it is little surprise to me that she stepped in where others might have stepped away.

Everyday heroes will surprise you, from the man who stops to help you change your tire on the side of the road to the business woman who pays for the coffee of the person in line behind her. These are the people that make our community a better place to live. And I hope that more people will have the heart to stand up and help those who need it.

If I had the training and ability I would fix Nolan’s teeth for free — the least I could do to thank her for being a stand-up woman. When it comes down to it, what would you do to thank an everyday hero?

Sara J. Stambaugh

St. Peter

Korean War lookback appreciated

Thank you for reminding the public that the Korean War took place and left a memorable legacy to those who participated in the event. The only lasting memories of the war is the TV program M.A.S.H. If it wasn't for that program the war would truly be forgotten.

Bless the reruns. The lyrics of the theme song for the program are most touching and most memorable.

Pell JohnsonKorean War veteran, St. Peter

Thanks for the good coverage of the anniversary of the Korean armistice 60 years ago. Both the front page article and the editorial by Pell Johnson reminded people of the sacrifices our military people made.

Korea is certainly one of our success stories.

Barb Maher