Our nation’s capital offers a rich variety of museums that appeal to multiple interests, including art, air and space, U.S. history, native peoples history and culture, as well as the newest building focused on African American history and culture.

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A plan that calls for adding another sheet of ice to All Seasons Arena seems both reasonable and affordable and would likely make a big difference for supporting youth recreation, hockey and skating in the region.

Doug Bengtson's Feb. 12 letter to the editor said, in part, "....We tell our children (to) act like a grown person then we see a person we are supposed to respect act like this."

In a recent town hall in Spring Valley, Congressman Jim Hagedorn responded to a question about recent efforts he supported that would cut thousands of Americans from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and about food security among children. He claimed people should be encouraged t…

One of the genuine strengths of this nation’s economic system is that we have managed over the past century-plus to insulate monetary and banking policy from the political winds.

For decades, the nation's media have covered, and amplified, the controversies of rap music, from the hype of the East Coast-West Coast rivalry that framed the murders of rappers Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. in the 1990s, to last year's murder of Los Angeles rapper and activist Nipsey Hussle.

As much as we would all like the best for our town and for our children, the fact is that property taxes cannot continue to go higher to pay for everything.

If you plan to get on an airline later this year and don’t yet have the new REAL ID driver’s license you best get to your nearest license center pronto.

Now that Boss Trump has avoided removal from office by the Republican-controlled Senate, it is up to American voters to throw the power-hungry blowhard out.

A lot of Minnesota high school students have been shortchanged by their own school administrators who should get a failing grade for not providing accurate, up-to-date and complete information about the Postsecondary Enrollment Options or PSEO program.

I didn’t experience The Great Depression or the farm crisis of the 1980s. However, many “yes” voters in the Maple River district behave like those events regarding credit and inflation never occurred.

Leo Bromenschenkel's letter in Thursday's edition of this paper made extensive use of the work of William "Bill" Warner, Ph.D.

Thumbs up to Blue Earth County’s plan to complete two trail segments in Mankato by 2021. Construction of the sections along Stoltzman Road and Victory Drive will improve safety for non-motorized travelers.

Ron Yezzi’s “My View” piece a couple of weeks ago used a plethora of words to extol the virtues of science in an apparent effort to describe Republicans as uneducated, archaic science deniers and to make a case for a more modern democracy.

Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. That warning from Lord Acton echoes loudly today as President Donald Trump enjoys the knowledge that the Senate will not restrain him.

Ending child marriages by raising the minimum age to 18 is an idea long past due. Tuesday’s Free Press opinion page article made me aware of this important, common-sense legislation for the common good.

The Free Press was absolutely correct in its editorial calling on the Minnesota Legislature to pass legislation creating an emergency insulin fund that should be paid for, in part, by insulin manufacturers.

Feb. 1, midmorning, I was waiting for a green light at the downtown intersection of Warren and South Front streets.

It hit me like a ton of bricks. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi tearing up the State of the Union speech was playing up to the cameras.

I love our community’s commitment to healthy living. Area support of the arts, youth sports, and outdoor amenities benefit us all and make our community a desirable destination for others.

Why is it that Minnesota’s representative for District 1, Jim Hagedorn, does not actually live in the district?

This letter is to express our appreciation to various Mankato businesses for going above and beyond to help us after a Dec. 26 auto accident rendered our car inoperable.

The late January articles in the papers, pertaining to what a Lonsdale priest said during one of his sermons about Islam, makes me aware of how restricted the freedom of speech has become for certain segments of our society.

With the impeachment process ending in predictable fashion, the president has predictably expressed outrage that it was even considered. This is consistent with his apparent belief that he has never been wrong.

There’s a lot to dislike about President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for fiscal 2021. Liberal and conservative interest groups each could throw darts at a board and find something to criticize.

The impeachment hearings demonstrated conclusively that President Donald Trump attempted to influence the 2020 election by withholding military aid in order to strong-arm Ukraine into investigating his rival, Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.

Loan sharks have long been around, loaning money to desperate people at exorbitant interest rates. Those mob-related sharks, operating outside the law, used the threat of violence if not paid back.

Proposed City Code changes in North Mankato would remove the two-year term for city administrator John Harrenstein and allow him to serve indefinitely or until he chooses to leave or the council chooses to end his contract.

The Feb. 6 column by Leonard Pitts Jr.  is far off base. Apparently he still can’t get over the election of 2016 and condemns anyone who is a Trump supporter.

It is with great sadness and frustration that we are once again speaking up about the need to fix Highway 14.

The Maple River school district wants to build a new school with a price tag of $63.3 million and has decided to hold an election Feb. 11 instead of waiting until the November general election.

Donald John Trump was neither exonerated nor vindicated. In fact, if you paid close attention to what the 100 senators said, more than half of them found him guilty of at least one of the impeachment charges. Yes, they did — "Read the transcript."

If Bernie Sanders scares you a little bit, it's worth remembering that any sweeping legislation to the right or left requires agreement in Congress, which is why I'm hoping for a second Blue Wave and why you can hope for a Centrist Wave.

Obituaries

95, of Mankato, passed away Monday, February 24, 2020. Funeral Service will be at 11a.m., on Friday, February 28, 2020 at the St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church, with visitation from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. at the church. www.saintpeterfuneralhome.com

85, Mankato, died Friday, February 21, 2020 at New Perspectives Senior Living in Mankato. Memorial Visitation will be Thursday, February 27, 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Northview-North Mankato Mortuary. Private family burial at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.