The Free Press, Mankato, MN


September 28, 2012

Our View: Frederick left legacy of service and success

Thumbs up: To the legacy left by Marcel “Sal” Frederick, who died this past week.

Frederick will probably be remembered by most people for the Happy Chef restaurant chain and the iconic, towering Happy Chef statues at the stores, like the one in North Mankato.

His lifetime of success in the restaurant business included operating several cafes and the Happy Chef chain.

But Frederick also served his community in many ways, through veterans groups, on boards and as a state legislator.

Anyone who ever met him will remember him for perhaps his greatest traits — being a strong family man who was humble, cheerful and kind.


Senser’s unseemly attacks

Thumbs down: To Amy Senser’s legal team and husband, Joe Senser, for attacks on the legal system and jury that sent her to prison for more than three years after her car hit and killed a man.

Of course Joe Senser would be supportive of his wife, but his outburst this week after a hearing to get her released from prison while an appeal is filed was insulting to the jury who listened to the cases made by prosecutors and the defense.

The judge, who denied her release from prison, said in his decision that there was no evidence that Senser’s appeal will be successful and he noted that the Sensers and their legal team did everything to cover up the crime and manipulate the public and jury pool via the media.

There’s no reason to believe Amy Senser is a bad person. She just made terrible choices that left a man dead and then worked to cover it up. For that the legal system sent her to prison.


Ahh, breathe it in

Thumbs up: To the fifth anniversary of Minnesota’s Freedom to Breathe Act.

Prohibiting smoking in bars and restaurants in the state has been like a breath of fresh air for non-smoking customers and employees.

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