A growing fact gap in American democracy should be disconcerting if not alarming to us all.
Thumbs down to the apparent pervasiveness in outstate Minnesota of the delusions that the 2020 election was stolen and that there was no insurrection on Jan. 6 at the U.S. Capitol — and to the Republican leaders who feed and enable “the Big Lie.”
Minnesota government works best when it’s bipartisan, so it’s good news to see both new Minnesota Senate caucus leaders reference the “Purple Caucus” in their introductory press conferences.
Parts of America are becoming a real-life horror movie, with a deadly virus on the rise and a zombie-like response that’s leaving thousands more needlessly dead and others without access to hospitals for other health care needs.
A new proposal by Democratic senators to standardize voting rights and voting access across the country stands as the best plan yet to shore up confidence in the American system of voting.
The California recall election was certainly full of sound and fury. Whether it signifies anything beyond the retention of Gov. Gavin Newsom — at least until the seat comes up for its normal election next year — is certain to be debated for a while, but given the resounding margin, the entir…
While the city of Mankato gets its infrastructure ducks in a row, there is plenty of room for the public to debate priorities from upgrades to parks to preserving deteriorating assets.
One of the things you often hear from people who see Mankato and North Mankato after being gone for several years is how much the cities have changed and grown.
Hate crimes across the country and much of Minnesota are climbing and all of us — no matter where we live, our skin color, ethnicity, religion or gender identity — need to be aware and work to keep the statistics from escalating.
President Joe Biden’s prudent and necessary policy for employers of 100 or more workers to require a COVID vaccine unfortunately gives fodder to the snake-oil salesmen posing as politicians.
Thumbs up to Ramsey County Attorney John Choi for discontinuing the practice of stopping vehicles for minor violations, following the lead of Minneapolis.
It is at the very least a bad look when a “vast majority” of the State Patrol hurries to delete their emails in the wake of a riot response in which troopers are accused of selectively targeting journalists.
When the U.S. Supreme Court declined last week to strike down a Texas law that allowed citizens to sue other citizens who might help someone have an abortion, it put the law in the hands of those not democratically elected to enforce it.
The world of work has evolved so quickly since March 2020 that established ways of doing things and government response to best protect workers in multiple sectors are outdated or in need of review.
A hurricane blacks out New Orleans and drowns New York City a couple of days later. Massive drought-worsened wildfires dot the American West, threaten Athens and scorch Siberia. A calamitous flood in Germany and Belgium kills almost 200 people.
In theory, this month Gov. Tim Walz is to call a special session so the Legislature can approve legislation divvying up $250 million set aside from federal funds for “essential workers.”
For 20 years the U.S. has stood by the hard-working, freedom-loving people of Afghanistan in their quest to rid their homeland of the tyranny of the Taliban.
An intriguing idea for limiting carbon emissions in Minnesota is making its way to the Legislature with bipartisan support. It’s a sign that we’re starting to take climate change seriously.
As another school year is about to begin — with ongoing challenges for students and teachers — helping provide supplies kids need is more important than ever.
The “sober bus” or “drunk bus” served its purpose until ridership faded. It’s logical the city of Mankato chose to recently discontinue the late-night bus that was supposed to safely transport imbibers home if few riders were using the service.
An in-depth report in last Sunday’s Free Press on the mental health landscape made it clear that the need for mental health services is growing due in part to pandemic-related stress while the system to respond to it is being strained.
Minnesota State University President Edward Inch put out an invitation and a challenge to MSU faculty, staff and students during his invocation this week. He asked them to help write the next chapter of the university’s history.
It is unclear what will result from the public ugliness that erupted late last week at the upper levels of the Minnesota Republican Party, but it is at the very least another black eye for Rep. Jim Hagedorn, the second-term congressman for the 1st District.
Some details of the Democrats’ $3.5 trillion federal budget plan remain under the radar but have significant implications comparable to President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal.
No sign of Chicken Little in this recently released report. All warnings are to be taken seriously. The sky isn’t falling, but there are mountains of proof that the atmosphere is dangerously warming and that calls for changes that need to be taken seriously and immediately.
Even the headlines gave the Senate credit with the Associated Press exclaiming “Big win for 1T infrastructure bill: Senate shows it can act.”
Americans try to give wide berth to those who hold beliefs about personal choices that differ from their own. That’s why there’s been tolerance to those opposed to vaccinations, particularly the COVID-19 vaccine.
The expansion of Mankato area recreational facilities touches every part of the community, and so the city’s plans for prioritizing funding will not make everyone happy.
St. Peter. 25 June 1925 - 10 Sept 2021. Daughter of Harry and Blanche (Pearson) Miller, Kasota. Preceded in death by her husband Matthew, son Kevin, and sister Glorene Phillips (Quentin). Arrangement information not shared with family.
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