Although pitchforks and clubs may not be in plain sight during stops of the Raise Our Standards tour, an undercurrent of the angry mob is alive and well.
It should be unsettling to Minnesotans when one political party wants more control over telling the state’s history.
Thumbs up to the Le Sueur-Henderson girls softball team, parents, coaches and fans for their thrilling state championship victory over St. Charles on Wednesday.
Thursday’s U. S. Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act on procedural grounds paves the way for sustaining affordable health care for millions of Americans and cementing the idea that health care is a right provided by the people and for the people.
Vermont says more than 80 percent of its eligible residents have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine. New York has topped 70 percent.
A person living in her car in Minneapolis bought 47 guns. She sold some to criminals who committed crimes and only by chance and luck was she caught and arrested.
Donald Trump has been out of office and largely silent the past six months, but the extent of his abuse of power for personal and political gain continues to come to light.
More children will likely be enrolled in summer school this year than usual because the COVID-19 pandemic caused disruptions in many students’ routines, affecting them academically as well as socially.
An alarming increase in fatal drug overdoses in the Mankato region calls for a community response to raise awareness of the problem, educate young people and support and increase public safety and medical resources.
Thumbs up to all the students, parents, teachers and school administrators who helped the class of 2020 endure an end of school year pandemic and still graduate at rates that were steady or in some cases even better than the year before.
It’s good to see bipartisan support for a legislative proposal to have the state help local police departments fund body cameras. Now political leadership must get on board.
George Floyd died under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer on Memorial Day 2020. His death, following as it did other police killings of Black men, triggered a civic convulsion in Minneapolis and elsewhere that continues to roil.
As Minnesota political leaders implement Government Secrecy 2.0 with closed door negotiations on the state budget, we urge them to make available to the public records of emails, correspondence and conversations in a way that the people can know what went down, even if it’s after the fact.
The pandemic laid bare many of the problems facing the U.S. Postal Service. As more people relied on the mail to get everything from medications to consumer goods, the USPS fell further behind, and already slower delivery times sometimes became even more snail-paced.
We’re more than 40 years past the day when former President Ronald Reagan famously declared “government is the problem,” but, clearly, during the last 14 months of the COVID pandemic, we must admit government worked pretty damn well.
The livestreaming of the Derek Chauvin murder trial was unprecedented in the history of Minnesota court access, but it so far has not resulted in any serious consideration to making all courts open to livestreaming or even photography.
Agricultural education is making a comeback to the region in a big way and it’s an obvious benefit because of our heavy reliance on agriculture and agribusiness in south-central Minnesota.
President Joe Biden hasn’t shied away from proposing robust spending in his first budget that totals $6 trillion over the next year.
Though the coronavirus has killed more than 3 million people, including nearly 600,000 in the United States, we still know virtually nothing about how it started.
The reasons for getting the COVID vaccine have been the same from the start: avoiding a horrific death from the coronavirus and making sure you don’t pass it to your loved ones who could also suffer a horrific death.
The prosecution of Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter in the killing of Daunte Wright has been justly moved to the office of Attorney General Keith Ellison.
Former President Donald Trump continues to infect the body politic with “the Big Lie” — the phony assertion that he won the 2020 presidential election.
Racism in Minnesota, including Mankato, may be subtle, but it’s increasingly clear this state has some of the worst racial disparities in the country.
The Internal Revenue Service is not an agency that gets a lot of love — particularly at this time of year as Americans have just sent in their tax payments.
Policing and race relations have improved since the killing of George Floyd one year ago, though the progress seems like a small step in the climb of a mountain.
Thumbs up to honoring the Waseca police officers who put their lives on the line when fired upon responding to a call reporting a suspicious person in January 2020.
With a defense that seems to weaken with every bipartisan policy they vote against, Minnesota’s Republican members of Congress continue to cross the centerlines of their districts in an ongoing allegiance to the former president.
Both our capitols — the U.S. Capitol in Washington and the Minnesota Capitol in St. Paul — are currently surrounded by security fencing, ugly evidence of legislative fear.
An influx of cash from the federal American Rescue Plan allowed Minnesota legislators to complete a “spend all the money” budget deal with enough tax cuts, funding increases and smiles to go around.
The cyberattack that shut down the largest fuel pipeline in the United States is yet another reminder of the vulnerability in America’s critical infrastructure.
A recent Free Press in-depth report that was more troubling than surprising, showed African Americans in Mankato, North Mankato and St. Peter were arrested at rates higher than whites when measured against population.
A hastily-approved plan by the DFL-controlled House to eliminate electronic pulltab charitable gambling should be halted before it decimates the budgets of nonprofits across the state who support hundreds of good causes.
Thumbs up to all the graduates this year who completed their studies in high school and area colleges despite the challenges of doing so during one of the biggest public health crises in years.
In response to points made in a letter to the editor April 24 referencing biofuels, I write to provide further perspective and information related to our regional economy.
Probably more than anyone, kids deserve normalcy. The approval of a COVID-19 vaccine for kids ages 12 to 15 years old can draw them closer to what we once knew as normal.
It wasn’t that long ago that Liz Cheney had a bright future in the Republican Party. The daughter of a vice-president and the occupant of his former House seat, the sole woman in the caucus leadership, she was both a potential future House speaker and a possible presidential contender.
We support efforts at the Minnesota Legislature to help farmers establish more cover crops as a way to stop runoff into Minnesota’s increasingly impaired waters, including the Minnesota River.
The concept of thinking globally while acting locally is as necessary in slowing the effects of climate change as it is with any other major challenge.
It seems the tone of our local, state and national politics on the pandemic will be with us even as COVID-19 wanes. At best, it’s tiresome. At worst, it’s tragic.
The three-step phase-out of COVID-19 restrictions announced Thursday by Gov. Tim Walz should first be embraced by all Minnesotans as a milestone victory in a deadly battle with a deadly virus.
For the past year “occupancy restrictions” in bars and restaurants were all about state mandates aimed at trying to limit the spread of COVID-19.
America renewed its promise to being a safe haven for refugees around the world when President Joe Biden expanded on Monday the limits for accepting these hard-working immigrants.
When the COVID pandemic began, city councils, county boards, school boards and other public bodies began airing their meetings online, including using Zoom, YouTube, public access television and via phone.
Despite a recent growing interest in pollinators, experienced gardeners from years ago always knew that the more bees and butterflies attracted to their plots, the better their gardens.
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