The Free Press, Mankato, MN


  • Our View; Boaters need to stop invasive species Palin confuses U.S. with Wild West

    July 12, 2014

  • Transparency lacking with Obama Why it matters: Political leaders are shutting down news organizations’ and the public’s access to much of the public business

    July 10, 2014

  • NFL deal helps hurting players Why it matters: A federal judge adjusted a settlement for concussion related health problems to get NFL players reasonable compensation

    July 9, 2014

  • Our View: Soccer fans undercut growing popularity Why it matters: While the World Cup is gaining in stature with new fans everywhere, unsportsmanlike fan behavior undercuts the gains

    July 9, 2014

  • IRS scandal needs a special investigator Why it matters: After a year of congressional inquiries, no one has any answers about questionable IRS targeting.

    July 8, 2014

  • Don't promise help unless it's real First the rain came, then the flooding, then the touring politicians.Now residents and local government officials throughout much of the state, including here in south-central Minnesota, are waiting to see what kind of assistance will float this way.

    July 6, 2014

  • Jobless rates low locally, in state Thumbs up to the people who make Minnesota and Mankato’s economy keep pace with the number of workers needing jobs.Minnesota and Mankato’s unemployment rates are some of the lowest in the country. The Twin Cities jobless rate was ranked lowest in the

    July 5, 2014

  • Hobby Lobby ruling based on existing law (The) ruling will mean for-profit companies will be free to impose their beliefs on others.” — Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y.“Can’t believe … letting big corp(oration)s deny women access to basic care.” — Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.“(The) decision is a

    July 5, 2014

  • Celebrate, contemplate, participate in independence Why it matters: America's independence only lives with constant evaluation of our principles and participation in our democratic institutions

    July 3, 2014

  • Our View: Cellphone ruling ominous for online spying The Supreme Court last week unanimously ruled that a cellphone is akin to one’s house; police need a warrant to search either.The ruling makes intuitive sense to anybody with even a minimal knowledge of the Fourth Amendment’s limitations on police ri

    July 2, 2014