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June 15, 2013

Legislative dealing trips trust


North Mankato does well with Caswell and state softball

Thumbs up to another successful year of North Mankato hosting the High School Girls State Softball Tournament at Caswell Park.

It's quite a record of success to holding and maintaining the contract for hosting the statewide tournament that brings in teams, fans, parents and coaches from all over Minnesota.

The fields seem to hold up well in spite the continuous and relentless wet spring rains we've all endured. The city's success at hosting this tournament is a feather in the cap for the whole region. It's a great sporting event to host and many residents get to see some high quality girls softball played right in their backyard with a comfortable venue and accommodating services.

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Loyola, community treated WW II vet with kindness

Recently — after I sent in a short story about my time in Mankato, especially while at Loyola High School — l was contacted by Amy Klugherz, director for advanced placement at Loyola High School.

She asked if she could visit my wife and I for an interview. After we became acquainted, she informed me I could be given an honorary diploma at Loyola's graduation.

I had left for the Army Air Corps in 1943, just before graduation.

On graduation day, Klugherz drove to Woodbury, then drove my wife, Carol, and I to Mankato. Through her gracious arrangement, we were honored dinner guests in her company as well as the school principal, the bishop for the Diocese of Winona, the author of "The Vatican Diaries" and three priests. It was an awesome experience for us.

At the graduation, I received a standing ovation. Then, to top if off, on the way out of the auditorium I was offered handshakes from many in the bleachers, who offered their congratulations and who thanked me for my service during World War II.

To sum it up, the people of Loyola, Mankato and your newspaper overwhelmed us with kind and loving treatment.

Harold Gifford


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