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Taking talking points from the increasingly extreme ideology of its national party, the Minnesota GOP spends a great deal of time talking about how rural Minnesota is left behind by the interests of the big cities.

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President Donald Trump’s notion that if we ignore the coronavirus it will go away is akin to believing that if we stop monitoring the weather there will be no tornadoes.

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Now gracing the main thoroughfares of Mankato-North Mankato: a huge head of a great horned owl made of steel and willow; two vertical pieces of curved steel standing like puzzle pieces, symbolizing the natural lines of the Minnesota River between Mankato and North Mankato; and a bronze buffa…

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Thumbs up to the organizers, distributors and producers of fair trade coffee and other products in the Mankato area who have grown the fair trade business by tripling the number of stores that sell about twice the number of fair trade products since 2013.

The COVID-19 pandemic uprooted normalcy on multiple levels and will continue to do so in many ways. No doubt that means some requests to loosen environmental regulations had to be temporarily warranted, such as when thousands of animal carcasses had to be efficiently disposed of when Midwest…

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Rhetoric matters; words have meaning. The language employed by the Minneapolis City Council as it seeks its way forward two weeks after the unnecessary death of George Floyd at the knee of city police — talk of “abolishing” and “defunding” the police department — seems as divisive as it is e…

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A father stood last summer before a Mankato crowd gathered in a church to hear of local incidents of racism and told of how his black son was stopped in North Mankato and put on the ground by a police officer during a routine license check.

One might expect that a city government as self-consciously progressive as that of Minneapolis would bristle at the notion that a high-profile department has an ingrained racial bias. But on Tuesday the mayor and all 12 members of the City Council welcomed a state civil rights investigation …

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As the narratives emerge on the police killing of George Floyd and subsequent civil unrest and rioting across the country, we should keep the attention on the murderous violation of civil rights and the environment in which it exists.

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Thumbs down to the Mankato store customer accused of being so agitated about being asked to wear a face covering as store policy requires that she slapped the employee who asked her to comply.

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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.

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.