The Free Press, Mankato, MN


April 19, 2014

Our View: Y helps kids with skatepark

Thumbs up to the YMCA and supporters working quickly to open an interim roller sport park.

When fire destroyed Chesley Roller Sports Park in February, the Y made the commitment to rebuild it this summer and fall. But the Y also moved to give skateboarders an indoor park to use in the meantime.

Today, the temporary park opens inside the former fire station on Madison Avenue. The park opens at 1 p.m. with an open house.

Neighbors around the temporary site also need to be congratulated. While there were some early concerns about noise and disturbance from a park, residents got behind the project after meeting with skate board enthusiasts and Y staff.

Cheers to area winemakers

Thumbs up to local wineries Chankaska Creek Ranch and Winery and Indian Island for their recent awards in the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition in Rochester, N.Y.

Chankaska won the prestigious double gold award for its Minnesota Marquette red wine, which also was recognized with a top honor at the Cold Climate Wine Competition in 2013. Indian Island Winery of Janesville also won silver awards for its Brianna and Frontenac Gris. Its Frontenac wine took a bronze medal.

Chankaska’s Petite Colline won a gold, its Lone Oak Tree Marquette Reserve won silver and its La Crescent won a bronze medal.

The Mankato region is fortunate to have so many local wineries to choose from with not only Chankaska and Indian Island but also Morgan Creek. Their wines are coming into their own and are drawing attention from around the country.

They add to the area’s quality of life as well.

Congress helped with housing funds

Thumbs up to those in Congress who had the will to end sequestration cuts last year and come to agreement on a budget deal. That led to Mankato getting cuts to its Section 8 housing program restored.

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