The Free Press, Mankato, MN


December 14, 2012

Our View: Civic center gets a boost


Veterans get their just memorials

Thumbs up: To Ken Flies, an Eagan man, who has researched Civil War veterans killed in battle and who were brought back for burial to Minnesota.

Flies has taken time to identify those soldiers, has discovered where they were buried and plans to erect new burial markers to commemorate their lives and sacrifice. The project is part of the governor’s Soldiers’ Recognition subcommittee, a group aimed at commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. With $100,000 in Legacy Amendment funding, 18 gravestones have been found in 15 counties. Capt. Asgrim Skaro is buried in St. Peter and 2nd Lt. John Roberts is buried in Le Sueur.

The entire project is worthwhile and a fitting tribute to those who gave their lives in such an important war.

Editorial board

Music a gift to all at concert

Thumbs up: Wow. Thanks for the gift of music to everyone in our community.

I attended the Christmas concert at West High School Friday night. It was absolutely fabulous.

The orchestra: Difficult music done to perfection. The band showed us a side of band music that was beyond words. The choirs, both concert choir and the West Connection: Unbelievable, with voices that stirred the hardest of hearts.

Keep up the good work you are doing. As a community, we are so proud of your efforts.

I also will be attending East’s concert, which will make me equally as proud I am sure.

Once again, thanks for the early Christmas gift. We all appreciate your talents.

Omi Haldorson, Mankato

Loyola production wowed audience

Thumbs up: My wife and I had the distinct pleasure of attending the Loyola High School performance of “Rock Nativity” at St. John’s Church Sunday afternoon. “Wow” would be one way to describe this performance by the most magnificent group of young people I have seen in awhile.

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