The Free Press, Mankato, MN

November 23, 2013

LOCALbusinesses deserve Hall of Fame honors

The Mankato Free Press

---- — 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.

OK, we get it. The proposed rules are trying to keep up with technology and the realization that cell phones are not just ubiquitous but important for conducting business.

But we can’t get past the thought of what an hours-long flight will be like with many passengers all around jabbering on and on and on … about nothing.

If approved, it will be up to airlines to decide what they will allow. Maybe there could be a compromise. How about texting by all, but a talk free zone in half the plane?

Appreciate our land, natural beauty

This year I have walked and hunted the new Lincoln Township Wildlife Management Area, southwest of Lake Crystal. Upon its completion and after its maturity, it will provide us with a beautiful natural habitat and wildlife area.

I would like to thank those who have made it possible — selling landowners, Environmental Land Trust, Blue Earth County Pheasants, Ducks Unlimited, the Department of Natural Resources and Pheasants Forever.

With the accelerating loss of grasslands and wildlife habitat due to destructive farming practices and business expansion, these management areas became more valuable in providing a diverse and balanced environment for all. Thank you.

Dan Salsbery


Wizard of Oz play done well

The Wizard of Oz play at Mankato West High School was outstanding.

It was great for those of us in our 80s to again be “munchkins.” Even though as parents and grandparents we have seen the show 100 times before, it was exciting to see it again.

The acting, singing, costumes, and music were tremendous. The direction and production was class A. I was so happy that I was able to go to the wonderful production. Thank you

Loretta Sigafus