While state leaders have finally addressed the serious problem of nitrates in drinking water, the solutions seem soft and include loopholes that will likely leak pollution.
“If you ain’t cheating, you ain’t trying” — a quip that (probably) originated with stock-car legend Richard Petty — remains a core, and colorful, piece of the “ethics” of professional sports. The goal of winning justifies bending, or breaking, the rules, and it’s up to somebody other than th…
Farming is one of the most dangerous occupations. Our patchwork of prevention programs and safety efforts have not been able to help reduce the number of serious and fatal accidents.
President Donald Trump’s move to raise the federal sales age for tobacco products from 18 to 21 was a welcome move, but Minnesota and other states should quickly follow suit in raising the age limit. Doing otherwise will leave enforcement lacking.
If you’ve ever been fortunate enough to be part of an activity in which the group effort makes you feel like you belong, then you get the thrill of watching Mason Doherty play basketball.
Gov. Tim Walz’s plan to invest $276 million in affordable housing represents a bold move to make affordable housing and economic development priority.
Defense attorneys and prosecutors are supposed to be antagonists, so it was striking to hear Minnesota's attorney general speak up on behalf of the state's most prominent public defender.
The records of history are invaluable in helping us build a complete picture of where we’ve been and form a guide of where we want to go. Learning from what we did right and what we did wrong are key elements of human progress.
Few experts — whether they are supporters of President Donald Trump or not — are criticizing the U.S. airstrike that killed its target, Iranian Quds Force Commander Gen. Qassem Soleimani.
All Minnesotans can agree that the jewel of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness should be preserved as far into eternity as is possible with mortals at the helm.
A Sherlock Holmes mystery famously turns on a dog that does not bark; its silence is an important clue. Similarly, there has been a important, and welcome, silence about a troubling scientific development.
In the spirit or rejuvenation, re-evaluation and rebirth, we propose New Year’s resolutions for the community, state and nation.
The place is a thousand miles away, so it's not likely many southern Minnesotans visited the museum frequently, or maybe had even heard of it.
Thumbs up to the pursuit of a Greater Minnesota Regional Trail designation and grant money for the Red Jacket, West Mankato and North Minnesota River trails.
Fortunately, an overwhelming number of Minnesotans base medical decisions on facts, scientific research and sound data rather than rumor, fearmongering and folklore. Minnesota parents understand the value and need for their young children to be vaccinated.
The blowback experienced by the magazine Christianity Today after last week’s editorial calling for the ouster of President Donald Trump is but one example of a damaging phenomenon in and around the Republican Party.
For many, Christmas celebrations with family and friends began during the weekend and will extend into the next, a result of the mid-week arrival of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Hiding behind the veil of claiming to give local leaders more control, President Trump’s executive order requiring all U.S. counties to vote on whether to allow refugee resettlement is a transparent attempt to stir up anti-refugee sentiment.
Mayo Clinic Health Systems will close the Springfield hospital in March. While Allina Health will take over the clinic at some point in the spring of 2020, the hospital itself will remain shuttered.
Recent meetings of the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission have been bogged down in procedural tangles over a proposal to limit probation in Minnesota, but it’s long past time to correct the inequities in this system.
It’s difficult to determine which is dumber — that the Hallmark Channel would pull an advertisement because it showed a same-sex couple kissing or that Hallmark didn’t understand the firestorm that decision would create.
Discouraging development isn't exactly the American way. But to save cities, states and residents in general the burden of paying for future flood damage, we need better planning of where to build — and where to not.
The Democratic-led House of Representatives has passed a remarkable and courageous bill to bring fairness to prescription drug prices by subjecting them to the free market.
Thumbs up to the Minnesota State University Mavericks football team, coach Todd Hoffner and the fans for bringing pride to MSU and the entire Mankato community as they once again push for a national title.
Minnesota counties shouldn’t have to pay back some $9 million in overpayments for human service programs managed by the state and financed by the federal government.
St. Cloud State’s announcement Tuesday that it is dropping its football program was no surprise to those who understand its financial straits and its inability (or unwillingness) to comply with Title IX’s gender-equity requirements.
The articles of impeachment announced by the Democratic U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday stand as an emergency action to stem attacks on our democracy.
No doubt area residents play a major part in earning Minnesota the No. 1 spot in a recent study ranking most charitable states. This region has a strong tradition of supporting numerous nonprofits.
The number of people experiencing homelessness in the Mankato area has grown. The need for shelters has grown. The need for affordable housing has grown. Now it is time for the community response to grow.
The World Health Organization said in a September 2014 report that the United States is “currently the only high-income country without nearly universal health-care coverage.”
A new study of climate studies has bad news for climate change deniers: They will have even less credibility to proffer their misleading statements posing as skepticism.
Five people died the day before Thanksgiving in an early-morning fire that ravaged the 14th floor of a public housing high-rise in Minneapolis. The grief of this tragedy has, understandably, led to calls to require that older apartment buildings be fully retrofitted with sprinkler systems.
The public health emergency surrounding the inability of diabetics to afford insulin continues as Minnesota Democrats and Republicans argue over an emergency insulin program.
When President Trump walked away from the NAFTA agreement, the administration spent 15 months negotiating a new trade deal with Canada and Mexico. But a year since it was agreed to, the United States-Mexico-Canada agreement has yet to be approved by Congress.
Integrity is often on the ballot in presidential elections, but vowing not to tell lies should be a given, not a point of integrity.
Thumbs up to the Minnesota State University administration, and especially the students, for their willingness to build and fund an indoor sport dome for winter recreational activities.
The most treasured thing in a democracy may very well be going away with the upcoming March 2020 presidential primary in Minnesota: a voter’s privacy.
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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