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When Mankato years ago approved a local half-percent food and beverage tax, some business owners fought it, saying it would put them at a competitive disadvantage, hurt business and drive customers elsewhere.

Innovations in California often spread to the rest of the nation. So, we expect, will be the case with a new law there that has upset the collegiate athletics monopoly.

There is opinion, and there are facts. No amount of opinion from President Donald Trump’s defenders or others can refute a mounting avalanche of facts that show the president has abused his power and threatened national security.

The chairwoman of the Brainerd school board last week challenged the presence of evolution in that district’s biology curriculum. In the process, Sue Kern demonstrated how repeated resistance to the subject wears away at quality science instruction in the public schools.

The city of Mankato and leaders of the Mankato Civic Center deserve a double thumbs up for landing one of the biggest musical acts in history with Bob Dylan scheduled to play Mankato Oct. 24.

As Blue Earth and Nicollet counties set their preliminary tax levies this week at levels higher than in the recent past, the commissioners need to assess the significant risks of the national and local economies before settling on those relatively high rates of increase.

Exempting private sales of guns from background checks has long been defended as allowing the handing down of family rifles from father to son, but recent reports reveal unregulated private sales of thousands of guns are illegal and criminal.

Of all the greenhouse gases, methane is one of the most potent because it so efficiently absorbs heat in Earth’s atmosphere. It is dozens of times greater at warming the Earth than carbon dioxide.

As a new prep sports season approaches, we are pleased to note that Minnesota is bucking a discouraging national trend: While participation in high school sports sagged nationally, Minnesota is one of three states in which participation rose last school year.

Despite what some critics are saying, the decision by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to become a sanctuary denomination does not incite law-breaking.

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A remarkable community meeting at Centenary United Methodist Church Thursday evening offered a stark realization that unjust imprisonment of people of color resembles a modern-day system of slavery.


Clarence H. Schulze, age 90, of Mankato, MN died Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at Hillcrest Rehabilitation Center in Mankato. Services are pending. Woodland Hills Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.