In our current time, there are few good books that speak to the fundamental problems in America.
The vast majority of us want our kids, no matter what their race or background is, to feel seen and valued so that they can prepare to live happy and productive lives.
Simone Biles came to the Tokyo Olympics with nothing to prove as a gymnast. She was already widely acclaimed as the greatest the sport had ever seen.
After 15 years of study and some 90 reports, researchers have unearthed solutions to cleaning up the Le Sueur River and its tributaries. For so long, scientific disagreements or political divides made solutions elusive.
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland last week ensured the Justice Department would stop spying on journalists, something Congress should enshrine in law.
An evidence-based discipline like K-12 education should generally not be shaped by politics where evidence is sparse, but in a democracy we must accept that bodies such as school boards are necessary and prudent.
Critical race theory is an academic theory that is promoted by Fox News as a way to stir up the rubes. The Washington Post wrote that “The concept has been around for more than 40 years, but it has become a major programming theme on Fox News only in recent months as parents, buoyed by conse…
Outstate Minnesota was not forgotten in the final decisions of the Minnesota Legislature as investments will flow into child care, broadband, meat packing and some regulations will be eased for farmers.
Thumbs up to the Mankato MoonDogs and the Northwoods League for their efforts in putting on the Northwoods League All-Star game in Mankato at ISG Field.
Readers of the July 3 Free Press article, “Lead bullets are harming bald eagles,” should also read the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s April 1 report, “By any metric, Minnesota is at the center of bald eagles' rebound.”
I read with interest the July 10 article about the drying up of the Great Salt Lake and the adverse side effects for wildlife and air quality in a highly-populated region of Utah.
It’s troubling the gathering of evidence on the biggest threat to the U.S. Capitol in recent history has been turned into a partisan cacophony.
I want to applaud every community member who spoke out against Mankato Public Schools' new equity guidelines at the recent school board meeting. Board member Chris Kind deserves praise for being the sole vote against these changes.
We applaud Mankato Area Public Schools Board for its recent 5-1 decision to adopt an equity checklist for funding and policy decisions that also supports its new mission and vision statements advocating inclusivity.
At the Monday School Board meeting we listened to a discussion to include Critical Race Theory in our schools. Most of us agree that an educational curriculum should be based on full facts and ideas that are solid and settled. However, Critical Race Theory is based on half-truths and dispute…
As the messy debate about voting rights continues across the country, Minnesotans can collectively sigh in relief that one new measure having to do with voting makes straightforward Midwestern sense.
While Minnesota legislators deserve a grade of A when it comes to school funding, school boards across the state should do their homework to not only make schools whole from pandemic cuts but also look for ways to improve and innovate.
A push to restrict housing density in the North End neighborhood near Tourtellotte Park as developers look to build affordable housing stands as an unwarranted and unwise idea.
I attended the “live and in-person” July 12 Mankato City Council meeting and was impressed with the review the auditor presented. I maintain that we as residents have become complacent over the years, simply expecting financial excellence from our city staff, and then having it delivered on …
A bureaucratic proposal to revert 144 “metropolitan statistical areas” to “micropolitan” status predictably ran aground on the rocks of politics.
On the surface, an audit of state COVID procedures sounds like a good idea, but it would be a massive undertaking and one that should not be driven by political considerations.
International corporate tax rules were established a century ago with the good intentions of protecting multinational companies from being gouged by unscrupulous countries and being hit with double taxation.
Minnesota has attained a horrible but necessary achievement: The state is taking the lead in putting a stop to the murder and disappearance of Indigenous women.
Under an executive order issued Friday by President Joe Biden, the monopolistic shipping industry couldn’t charge businesses exorbitant rates to export their products.
With the recent story from The Free Press about law enforcement in Mankato welcoming body cameras, I felt compelled to write another letter thanking Mankato police and the city for making this happen.
I am so sick of having guns being an appendage for many males age 15 to 35. Drive by shootings, road rage shootings, scared cops shootings at traffic stops, all because of a proliferation of handguns in cars.
We owe Greg Wheelock a debt of gratitude for all his dedication and hard work in the repairing of the McPherson/Union Cemetery on the north edge of St. Clair.
Assessing the accomplishments of the Minnesota Legislature offers a glimmer of hope for continued bipartisanship, but it’s a fragile relationship that could easily turn south.
Conservative governors have rightly sent out a warning signal to their highly unvaccinated followers to get the vaccine before hospitals fill, businesses have to shut down and people die.
May North Carolina’s lawsuit settlement be a promise of good things on the horizon when it comes to extinguishing the campaign to attract youth to vaping.
As the pandemic wanes and political fires die down, on this Independence Day it’s worth reflecting on the founding principles and events that have held us together as Americans for nearly 250 years.
I want to start out by thanking Brian Arola for the great job he did covering and reporting on the public safety press conference that was held June 9. It was hosted by various organizations in our area.
Thumbs up to the city of Mankato and its public safety department for a new online dashboard providing information on crime and public safety operations as well information on department policies and accountability.
Over the past months I have noticed an attempt to change the vernacular, replacing words I have relied on for clarity during my almost 84 years on this planet, with gender pronouns.
Let’s hope the compromise deal between Democrats, Republicans and Gov. Tim Walz to settle the state budget and other critical matters becomes a model going forward.
The city of Mankato has taken another step in a positive direction in public safety reform by proposing to purchase body cameras for its officers.
The agreement between Republican and Democrat senators to an infrastructure plan will provide badly needed improvements to transportation and other infrastructure and shows that there is still room for compromise in Congress.
Marilyn M. Rieff, age 90, of North Mankato, died Wednesday, July 28, 2021. Arrangements are pending with Northview ~ North Mankato Mortuary, 2060 Commerce Drive, North Mankato. www.mankatomortuary.com
Celebration of Life Saturday August 7th 12:00 pm-5:00 pm Pavilion at Minnesota Square Park 1000 S Minnesota Ave St Peter MN 56082 Lunch will be provided Sue passed away March 27, 2021
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