The Free Press, Mankato, MN


March 22, 2013

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Legislator offers sense of hockey humor

Thumbs up: Rep. Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley, deserves a thumbs up for his well-meaning attempt at humor regarding WCHA hockey rivalries and $800,000 of taxpayer money.

Winkler proposed a bill — “a little in jest,” he says — for the state to pay the University of Minnesota $800,000 any year they play the University of North Dakota in hockey.

With the Gophers switching to a Big Ten league next year and North Dakota joining another league, the Gophers and North Dakota won’t likely play for at least two years. As a long time hockey fan, Winkler hates seeing one of the best rivalries in college hockey going by the wayside.

While we expect our legislators to be serious people most of the time, a little hockey humor never hurts in the State of Hockey. We will turn our thumb down, however, if he is at all serious.

Loyola helps parents understand social risks

Thumbs up: It seems parents can never be informed enough about all the risks their children face in daily life and a recent Loyola High School program helping parents understand the risks of social media was a great service to the entire community.

Loyola teachers, counselors, staff and students and area law enforcement organized an event to help inform parents mostly about the exploding world of social media to which their children are exposed.

From the code of text messages to cyber-bullying, the material presented offered parents a real eye opening experience in some cases.

A powerpoint presentation from the event can be viewed at

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