The Free Press, Mankato, MN


June 7, 2014

Our View:

Thumbs up to another growing season at the Blue Earth County Community Farm.

Planting was delayed this year after the farm’s manager took a full-time job earlier this spring, leaving supporters scrambling to find a new manager.

They found one with a wealth of experience in Andrew Hermanson, who along with volunteers began planting the three-quarter-acre plot Friday with plants and seed donated by Drummer’s Garden Center.

Hermanson runs a family vegetable farm west of St. Peter, has a horticulture degree from the University of Minnesota and experience at another vegetable farm and at Whole Foods.

The community farm, on Highway 66 and Indian Lake Road near Mount Kato, is supported by organizations and volunteers with the goal of raising fresh vegetables for the Salvation Army and ECHO Food Shelf.

Under Hermanson’s direction, the farm should be producing plenty of healthy, fresh food for local people in need.

Bring on the elections

Thumbs up to those citizens who have decided to offer their public service by throwing their names in the ring for various elected offices in the Mankato area.

Area residents now have choices for the first time in years for the most powerful position of Blue Earth County attorney. Three candidates have filed to fill the vacated position of retiring Blue Earth County Attorney Ross Arneson.

We have a competitive election for mayor with incumbent Eric Anderson facing challenger and Diversity Council Executive Director Bukata Hayes.

Several legislative races also will offer citizens a choice. The willingness to participate in an election and serve in public office is commendable. We’re lucky to have so many who care about our democracy.

NBA handled Sterling issue well

Thumbs up to the avoidance of messy litigation in the NBA’s Donald Sterling scandal.

From the moment NBA Commissioner Adam Silver set the machinery in motion to strip the longtime owner of the Los Angeles Clippers of his team in the wake of the release of a recording of a racist rant, a bruising legal fight was expected.

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