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It was heartening to see Mankato area public bodies adhering to the Open Meeting Law when it comes to putting proper procedures in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on public meetings.

The United States held a presidential election during World War II. It held one during the Civil War. It held an off-year election during the worst of the influenza pandemic in 1918.

Experts in the medical and public health policy communities have been discussing a plan to consider something short of the nuclear option when it comes to balancing health safety and economic risk in the COVID-19 outbreak.

Perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising that President Donald Trump would turn to blaming others as he tries to deflect criticism of why in 2018 he disbanded the White House office that prepared for pandemics like COVID-19 or why he initially dismissed the coronavirus’ arrival in the United States.

Efforts in Minnesota and Washington D.C. to support and stabilize the U.S. economy have started in the right direction with most of the money going to workers who are consumers that make up 70 percent of the economy.

A new term for most of us is already a part of our daily lexicon. Social distancing is here to stay, and by now we all know as we watch coronavirus numbers climb that adopting the practice is for very good reason.

Quit your whinin’ is our reaction to some of the Winona residents who don’t think a complete picture of their city was portrayed in the Super Bowl commercial featuring Winona Ryder lying in the snow under a Winona sign.

Finally. The chances of making the last stretch of Highway 14 from Rochester to New Ulm a four-lane seemed bleak with the Nicollet-to-New Ulm segment not on the state’s construction plan in the next 20 years at least. But last week Gov. Tim Walz and Minnesota Department of Transportation Com…

The Apple smartphone you may be carrying has a host of high-tech parts, many of which can and do sometimes break. When they do, you are usually forced to take your property to an Apple store where you have to pay whatever they demand or replace your device with a new one.

Our nation’s capital offers a rich variety of museums that appeal to multiple interests, including art, air and space, U.S. history, native peoples history and culture, as well as the newest building focused on African American history and culture.

A plan that calls for adding another sheet of ice to All Seasons Arena seems both reasonable and affordable and would likely make a big difference for supporting youth recreation, hockey and skating in the region.

One of the genuine strengths of this nation’s economic system is that we have managed over the past century-plus to insulate monetary and banking policy from the political winds.

If you plan to get on an airline later this year and don’t yet have the new REAL ID driver’s license you best get to your nearest license center pronto.

A lot of Minnesota high school students have been shortchanged by their own school administrators who should get a failing grade for not providing accurate, up-to-date and complete information about the Postsecondary Enrollment Options or PSEO program.

Thumbs up to Blue Earth County’s plan to complete two trail segments in Mankato by 2021. Construction of the sections along Stoltzman Road and Victory Drive will improve safety for non-motorized travelers.

Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. That warning from Lord Acton echoes loudly today as President Donald Trump enjoys the knowledge that the Senate will not restrain him.

There’s a lot to dislike about President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for fiscal 2021. Liberal and conservative interest groups each could throw darts at a board and find something to criticize.

Loan sharks have long been around, loaning money to desperate people at exorbitant interest rates. Those mob-related sharks, operating outside the law, used the threat of violence if not paid back.

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age 82, of Lake Crystal, died on March 31, 2020 at his home. A memorial service will be held at a later date with a full obituary to follow. www.mankatomortuary.com