Thanks to The Free Press's "Home + Style" magazine for its feature story on home solar panels and geothermal systems. It contained lots of good information.

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George Floyd died Monday evening. By Tuesday morning excruciating bystander-shot video of his death — a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on his neck as he pleaded he could not breathe, other officers scoffing at witness entreaties — was viral on social media. By Tuesday afternoon, fewer t…

We generally supported the easing of restrictions on church services that Gov. Tim Walz implemented after strong discussions and pushback from religious leaders. But that doesn’t absolve the churches and their leaders from keeping the faithful healthy. And alive.

In the modern western TV series “Yellowstone,” the character John Dutton battles enemies who threaten the future of his beloved ranch which has nourished the pocketbooks and souls of his family for generations. As the saga unfolds and Dutton faces a crossroads, his son urges him not to make …

Do you care about yourself, your neighbor, your co-worker, your 3-month-old granddaughter, your dad or your grandfather?

Another negative portrayal of a "conservative" American (gun toting, flag waving, overweight, shaggy man sneezing without a mask in another's face) in the Opinions page of the May 19 edition of The Free Press. I am tired and offended by that constant portrayal in your paper.

We members of Remember Me Too are gathering donors and are physically out among the students distributing food and necessities.

Thumbs up to the agreement formalized this week between the Connections seasonal homeless shelter and First Presbyterian Church, which will give Connections a larger and more centrally located space to work with next winter.

Leonard Pitts, in his op-ed “What black people are dying to know,” wrote that in order to dismantle systems of privilege, the beneficiaries of such privilege need to recognize the ways that privilege advantages them “every waking day from cradle to grave.”

There is good news from COVID-19 for this Memorial Day. We won't be getting stuck in traffic jams. And, the meat shortage will keep us safe from our outdoor grills.

This letter is in response to the Mankato Free Press article, “River Hills Mall, Other Businesses Begin Reopening” published Tuesday.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mankato Area Community Band has canceled summer concerts in Sibley Park for 2020.

COVID-19 is having a devastating impact on so many people I care about. My despair and anger at the current administration’s mishandling of this crisis keeps me awake at night and I can’t stop thinking about how to help those suffering most.

I have a spinal cord injury which caused me to permanently have to use a wheelchair. My everyday basic needs depend upon caring and reliable personal care attendants to assist me to dress, bathe and do most of my personal cares.

I have never liked Donald Trump, from watching his obscene lifestyle in the 1980s to his idiotic persona while he was an actor, right up to present day. I will go to my grave proud of never once liking the man.

These past few months have been a stressful time for students across southern Minnesota. Many of us were furloughed or laid off, but unable to receive any aid from the stimulus. A stimulus check even arrived in the mail for my deceased grandfather, and yet I and many of my peers with rent, s…

Dan Feehan's argument that big corporations are getting priority over small businesses in the Paycheck Protection Program's payout disbursement is misconstrued. Although there is some validity to this argument, one has to consider why this was the outcome.

When I learned that the Mankato City Council would be discussing opening parks this week, I reached out to my councilperson and the mayor to express my deep concern with opening playground equipment too soon.

There are many things that we need government for in our society. Government, however, is not efficient, and in my opinion, is overreaching during this pandemic.

As we continue through the COVID-19 pandemic, we realize that this is not going to be a short sprint but rather a marathon. Like any skilled marathoner will tell you, it is not about speed or a fast start, but rather, pacing is key.

When COVID-19 forced Minnesota State University to effectively close its campus and move to an entirely online format, it was hard for all of the more than 14,000 students enrolled. But the changes were particularly hard on our 1,266 international students from 92 countries around the world,…

Your May 10 Health and Fitness section Associated Press article  "At Senior home, staff stays 24-7'' deserves attention by our state health official at this time when, statewide, senior care facilities are where the majority of the death occurs.

May 12, I read yet another very long Tom Maertens My View commentary: "Evangelicals enable Trump and his evil doings."

Like watching a grainy television picture of a precarious space mission, the public might be nervously observing rather than coming forward to make Gov. Tim Walz’s “moonshot” of testing 20,000 Minnesotans daily a reality.

COVID-19 virus is a natural disaster and should not be compared to a war, which is a human-caused series of events that might have been avoided. The Spanish Flu and even the polio epidemic eclipsed COVID-19 for being lethal to humans, especially polio, resulting in death or partial/compete p…

Am I a Pollyanna to hold out hope that this pandemic crisis will seed profound existential changes?

Over the past few weeks we have recognized many groups as unsung heroes. They are the front line health care workers: doctors, nurses, paramedics, janitors, teachers, grocery store workers, child care workers, truckers and many others — all deserve our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation.