Editor’s note: These events were scheduled before the winter storm’s arrival. You may want to check ahead before attending in case of cancellation.

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There were a couple strict rules in my house while I was growing up: All food must be eaten at the dinner table, keep your elbows off the dinner table and only speak Spanish at home.


I’ve never felt more alive than using a lathe spewing man glitter all over my sweater. That’s because I’ve never had the opportunity or space to play with one.

Mike Munson met Jimmy “Duck” Holmes by accident when he traveled to Bentonia, Mississippi.

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Blue Earth County Historical Society History Center, Mankato — League of Women Voters Minnesota’s traveling exhibit “A Century of Civic Engagement” through March 28 at 424 Warren St. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The American Red Cross is coordinating blood donation opportunities at the following locations:

Nigel T has always been known for pushing the barrier … sometimes a little too far.

Local musician Lisa Murphy has a special place in her heart for John Denver, and a friendship with a St. Peter man put her on a first name basis with her favorite artist and his family.

Last spring, I re-learned a lesson about testing old packets of seeds by pre-germinating a test batch. Yes, those zinnia seeds were not viable anymore.

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This time of year is super ripe for “prediction” articles in the media.

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Blue Earth County Library, Mankato — Fossil display and Blue Earth County Historical Society’s “Then and Now” photo exhibit at 100 E. Main St. Exhibit may be viewed during library hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

It’s easy to get caught up in the rush of the holidays — office parties, family gatherings, etc. The things that settle us, calm us down, get us centered … they often get neglected.

Have you ever noticed that things we create, develop and design for our own personal use outdoors are easily invaded? Take for instance the innocent mulch pile. We gather the stuff and pile it in hopes of creating humus for our garden.


Over the course of a year, The Free Press Media photographers see a lot of moments go past our lenses. We capture many of them to share with our readers each day. 

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Arts Center of St. Peter — Wood engravers’ third triennial exhibition through Sunday at 315 S. Minnesota Ave., St. Peter. Holiday will affect gallery hours.

Diabetes prevention program offered

When residents begin to grow discouraged with their art projects, resident artist at Solace Apartments, Michael Cimino, channels his inner Bob Ross: There are no mistakes, just happy little accidents.

Barn services feature nativity


Wayne H. Fahning, 77 of St. Peter, passed Saturday, January 18, 2020. Memorial service: 11:00am Friday, January 24th at Trinity Lutheran, St. Peter. Visitation: 4:00-7:00pm Thursday at St. Peter Funeral Home and 10:00am Friday at church. www.saintpeterfuneralhome.com

82, passed away at home in Green Valley, AZ on January 1, 2020. She retired after teaching Art at Minnesota State University - Mankato. Arrangements were made by Green Valley Mortuary.

Jennie Ullestad, 96, of Mankato, MN, formerly of Thompson, IA, died Thursday at Laurels Edge Assisted Living in Mankato. A funeral service will be held Wednesday, January 22nd at 11:00 AM at Bethany Lutheran Church, Thompson. Her family will greet friends one hour prior to the service at the…

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