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December 15, 2013

Firearm-related deaths need explanation


Diane Norland

North Mankato

Serendipity lightened mood

Ken Gertjejansen will be affectionately missed by Mankato’s music community, especially those “associated with the Mankato Symphony Orchestra” (Ken’s own words for his 60 years of loyalty and faithful support of the MSO).

His typically whimsical obituary brought me one last wry smile, but discovering that careful clipping would place the news item about the MSO’s $10,000 National Endowment for the Arts Challenge Grant squarely on the back of and neatly above Ken’s request that memorials be directed to the MSO made me laugh out loud.

Either The Free Press has an uncommonly attentive page editor or Ken is quietly orchestrating MSO fundraising even after his death.

The serendipity definitely lightened a heavy-hearted moment.

Elaine M. Lilly


Fair should serve city

Just a few comments on the Blue Earth County Fair situation.

There’s nothing wrong with patrol checks on impaired drivers. If the fair is held in Mankato are the bar owners going to have the law look the other way? Taxis do go out into the country.

To move the fair to Mankato, you would need to buy land and build a lot of buildings. Maybe with some forward thinking, some people could get together and make better use of the land that is already there in Garden City.

Maybe more cooperation between the city business people and the agricultural business people. Design a program that would serve the county.

Roger Grannis


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