Longtime Republican member of Congress Gil Gutknecht was considered a rebel in his party when he proposed making it legal to import prescription drugs from Canada. That was in the 1990s.
While the effort to attack homelessness in the Mankato region intensified in the last year or so, the demand for service for homeless and housing assistance also continued to grow.
The special enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act is underway for the next three months, offering the opportunity for Americans who’ve lost their jobs and their health insurance during the pandemic an opportunity to get affordable coverage.
On its face, the decision seems to be from another century or at least another place: Armed agents will not be allowed to deploy within 250 feet of the state’s polling places under a judge’s approval of a lawsuit settlement.
Any effort to involve the public in public safety policy should be a plus for any law enforcement agency and governing body. So it is at least somewhat disappointing that a recent excellent effort of a local community group to raise issues about local public safety policy and culture was met…
Thumbs up to various nursing homes and senior living facilities for their random acts of kindness and efforts to bring joy to residents’ lives during this trying time of the pandemic.
Buying hotels falls outside the basic services government should provide, but an unusual deal between North Mankato and owners of the ailing Norwood Inn hotel may be an opportunity to serve a public need for workforce housing.
Cold enough for ya? You betcha. The subzero temps Minnesota experienced the past week weren’t record-setting, but it has been some time since we’ve had such frigid weather for days on end.
If a $35 million investment would save the destruction of $500 million of property, most public bodies would consider that a good insurance policy.
First and foremost, you should know that feeling somewhat gloomy right now is perfectly understandable. The continuing pandemic, daily struggles and a long stretch of bitter cold weather can add up to a bit of mental health meltdown.
The impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump unveiled the dark landscape of where American democracy stands, and those who supported him in this trial should be met with stiff resistance going forward.
The severity of the COVID-19 virus has created the daunting task of medical providers and health-care policy leaders deciding who might die and who might be spared by deciding who gets the vaccine first.
The GameStop frenzy in the stock market has subsided, or at least is no longer making headlines. The stock price in the struggling video game retailer remains too high for a corporation that hasn’t turned a profit in years and is unlikely to reverse that trend, but it is no longer escalating.
Those who embrace environmental protection have been cheered by President Joe Biden’s restoration of practices and reviews that don’t place profits above protection of natural resources.
The Biden administration may have extended the pause on federal student loan payments and interest through an executive order in January, but Minnesota needs to take a closer look at how college-bound high school students in this state can be helped before they accumulate so much debt.
We think it’s fair to say the Biden administration will not be cozying up to “Big Oil” anytime soon. That’s good for farmers and the rest of us.
Thumbs up to the Biden administration and those who are communicating and cooperating reasonably with a government that is stable, reasonable and restoring America to its citizens and the world.
The people of Madelia could have thrown up their hands in despair when their downtown was ravaged by a fire five years ago during a February blizzard.
Idealistic advocacy and the reins of power seldom merge well. Aung San Suu Kyi and Myanmar — the southeast Asian country once known as Burma — serve as the latest illustration of that.
One of the early policy changes made by President Joe Biden was announcing his administration would explore ways to speed up the process to put Harriet Tubman on the front of the $20 bill.
Growing drug abuse and the number of overdoses are taking a toll on the people, families and communities in the Mankato region.
Thumbs up to the collaboration and partnership between Minnesota State University and Mayo Clinic Health System on the opening of the surgical simulation laboratory that will assist students and practitioners with their medical education.
What appears to be a small, obsessive splinter group of the state Senate Republican caucus has once again raised the issue of implementing additional voting restrictions for Minnesotans.
While the COVID-19 pandemic served as a wake-up call to businesses far and wide, it created serious threats to the food industry from farm to table.
Those living in Mankato, North Mankato or St. Peter have access to high-speed, good quality broadband internet. But you don’t need to venture far outside those city limits to find spotty coverage.
This time of year a drop in blood donations typically occurs. Winter weather, seasonal illness and holiday travel are usually factors behind the drop. But this winter — one like no other in recent history because of the COVID-19 pandemic — blood donations are needed more than ever.
Minnesota’s rollout of coronavirus vaccines has to this point remained somewhat underwhelming. It’s important the state overcome bureaucratic obstacles and manage not only distribution of vaccines but the risk of each form of distribution.
A Generation Z poet, a baby boomer rock star, a country-western Gen X crooner and everyone in between set the narrative for President Joe Biden’s inauguration that rightly directed attention to American workers.
Joe Biden today begins his first full day as the 46th president of the United States. The 45th president, Donald Trump, today in Florida continues to sulk over his electoral repudiation (and, presumably, frets over his looming legal problems).
While American revolutionaries decried taxation without representation, Minnesota revolutionaries today might cry their Republican members of Congress are offering representation without conversation.
Beginning on day one, President-elect Joe Biden will begin taking the necessary steps to undo all the damage of the past four years by Donald Trump.
Today as we mark the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, the importance of his work and that of other civil rights activists in the 1960s is as relevant as ever.
As the reality of President Donald Trump’s divisive threats to the Constitution and subsequent impeachment sets in, many are calling for Americans to come together in a unity that seems like it has been gone for decades instead of years.
While fervent followers of President Donald Trump screamed foul and free speech when Twitter, Facebook and other social media banned the president, they realize the 1st Amendment doesn’t apply to these private businesses.
The unofficial but undoubted outcome of last week’s Georgia runoffs — two more Democrats in the U.S. Senate, which would give them the narrowest of majorities — is obviously good news for President-elect Joe Biden.
The president of the United States has incited an insurrection that defaced the U.S. Capitol and caused death, then praised the insurrectionists all the while continuing his lies to the American people that he won the 2020 election.
On Sunday, this area’s two U.S. representatives were sworn in for the 117th Congress. Jim Hagedorn of Minnesota’s 1st District and Michelle Fischbach of the 7th took an oath pledging to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
First-time Illinois Congresswoman Mary Miller could have drawn from the collective wisdom of countless thoughtful Americans as she addressed the group "Moms for America" at President Trump’s rally in Washington on Tuesday.
- Popeyes not coming to Mankato, other developments moving forward
- After loan default, Jordan Sands property could be sold for $8M
- Student-led fundraiser gets Cleveland teacher a new wheelchair
- Man charged after high-speed chase on Highway 60
- A Life Remembered: Hilltop Florist co-owner demonstrated keen business sense, shared big heart
- New leads needed in unsolved homicide
- North Mankato planning $5M in Caswell complex upgrades
- Busy street construction season ahead for Mankato
- Ex-teacher sent to prison forchild pornography
- Two troopers honored for saving man in sub-zero temperatures