The Free Press, Mankato, MN


November 23, 2013

LOCALbusinesses deserve Hall of Fame honors

Thumbs up to the businesses honored at the annual Greater Mankato Growth business awards banquet this week.

The showcase features categories from successful young businesses to honoring those with long achievements.

This year’s Hall of Fame inductees were Tim Lidstrom of Lidstrom Commercial Realtors and the Drummer family, who are involved in a variety of garden center and development businesses. They are both deserving honorees who have done much for the community.

The annual event is a good way to learn about the great successes and struggles businesses have gone through as they developed and to appreciate the significant economic, social and charitable roles businesses provide this growing region.

City makes reasonable sound rules

Thumbs up to the city of Mankato and the City Council for listening to area residents about their problems with listening.

Residents of Mankato and North Mankato have asked the city to address the loud music emanating from Riverfront Park during concerts, especially later at night.

The city did a sound study and found that indeed some concerts emanated sounds beyond what might be considered reasonable. Most of the volume problems were from bass sounds that tends to travel further and be more noticeable.

In response, the city plans to put a late night deadline of 10:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. — depending on the day — on concert end times. There may be exceptions for bigger acts. The city also plans to regrade parts of the park so as to create natural sound barriers with berms and planting of trees.

The plan is a reasonable accommodation for residents who may be kept awake by some of the concerts and at the same time considers the important draw of the Riverfront Park amphitheater.

Hold the phones, at least a little

Thumbs down to the idea of allowing unfettered cell phone use on airlines.

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