Father Thinks Too Many People Are vying To Take Up Children’s Time

Monday, May 4, 1981

 

The week running up to Mothers’ Day is National Family Week.  During that week, a Mankato father shared withthe Free Press” that he thought parents were getting a bum wrap for the behavior of their teenage children.  “I know it is popular to say there are no delinquent children, only delinquent parents…but I object,” he wrote.  He said there had never been a time when so many “do-gooders” were putting their noses in family life.  He opined that too many organizations were attempting to undo the evils the delinquent parents were placing on their children, and said every evening saw outside demands for the time of their children.  Rather than trying to keep children busy, he suggested these organizations would do better supporting family life.  The opinion piece was not signed.

 

Ordinance Takes Hard Line on Golfers

Saturday, May 9, 1981

 

Out of concern that children could be maimed or killed, the Mankato City Council heard from their attorney an ordinance he had drafted to keep chip shots and drives out of the city limits.  While tapping a few putts in the back yard would not be outlawed, hard drives at places such as school yards in the city would be banned.  “They are hitting golf balls next to houses,” the council was told.  Because not all golfers are good at the sport, the chance of a hook or slice coupled with velocity was too dangerous to risk, according to the city attorney.  Provisions in the proposed ordinance would make exceptions if a person received a permit from the Parks Superintendent.

 

4,831` Apply for Sugar Rations the First Day

Tuesday, May 5, 1942

 

After being “frozen,” sugar was again on sale at Mankato area groceries, but only after a ration stamp crossed the counter.  Ration books were distributed at local schools, in order depending on the first letter of a person’s last name.  There was a bit of a glitch in the system locally, however, as there were more people whose surname began with the letter “S” than any other letter in Mankato.  That was attributed to there being so many residents with German heritage.

 

Kennedy:  Police “discretion” needed

Wednesday, May 17, 1989

 

Mankato City Council member Mike Kennedy asked for a “kinder, gentler police department” at a council work session.  “I don’t want them enforcing antiquated laws,” he explained.  In particular, he spoke of police confiscating illegal dice boxes from people at the Mankato Elks Lodge.  He also said students were complaining of having I.D.s checked at local bars, though most present were of legal age.  Public Safety Director Glenn Gabriel defended his department, telling the council his department does show discretion.  He told them state law changes were responsible for the bar checks.  He said the I.D. checks were down to once a week, from a high of three times a week, earlier.  According to the newspaper story, there was no further discussion of the confiscation of dice boxes.  Kennedy said he was not against enforcing the law, he just thought the deployment of the officers needed scrutiny.

 

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