The minority Democrats on the Senate ag committee this week released an analysis of President Donald Trump’s $16 billion agricultural trade bailout. It is no surprise that they found problems with it nor that the Department of Agriculture dismisses the criticism.
A recent program to study the history of racial housing covenants in Mankato represents another step to understanding local discrimination and doing something about it.
America’s increasingly popular national parks need an infusion of money to catch up on a backlog of repairs and infrastructure upgrades to allow the public access while still protecting the natural environment people flock to see.
As we come upon the 75th anniversaries of World War II battles, the importance of honoring and remembering veterans carries new meaning.
We’re usually the last to let government off the hook when it fails taxpayers or falls short of its responsibilities, but recent reports of the Minnesota Department of Human services not filling out paperwork on legitimate and approved spending appear to be bureaucratic malaise more than int…
At a May 2016 campaign rally in Charleston, West Virginia, Donald Trump, the presumed GOP nominee for president, told the faithful: “If I win, we’re going to bring those miners back. You’re going to be so proud of your president. For those miners, get ready, because you’re going to be working your asses off.”
If you live in non-metro or rural America, you’ve been left behind by the economic boom cycle that came after the Great Recession. You also endured a more severe recession than people who live in bigger cities.
As the U.S. House prepares for public impeachment hearings next week and a likely floor vote perhaps later this month, President Donald Trump and his allies are increasingly demanding the unmasking of the whistleblower whose official complaint ignited the process.
Minnesotans should be grateful for the St. Paul Ramsey County Domestic Abuse Intervention Project for acting to protect victims of domestic violence when they face down the barrel of an illegal gun held by someone who shouldn’t have one.
Yogi Berra once famously gave this puzzling advice to a college graduating class, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” The quip became lore, along with other Yogi-isms attributed to the legendary baseball player.
While the U.S. government faces the most serious challenge in history to its democratic institutions, it’s troubling that one of the major political parties seeks to threaten the process for protecting those institutions.
Rep. Jeremy Munson hosted St. Clair elementary students at the Capitol on Thursday in a kind of Halloween-day civics lesson, but it may be Munson who needs a lesson in the foundations of democracy.
While the NCAA took a good first step admitting that college athletes deserve “to benefit” for the millions they bring to their schools and the league, it left open options for restricting that compensation as much as possible.
Southern Minnesotans can mark another milestone Friday as the Minnesota Department of Transportation breaks ground on the Highway 14 expansion from Owatonna to Dodge Center.
Minnesota’s new policy of requiring those on Medical Assistance to fill out and send in a new form to verify eligibility looks like a prescription for bureaucratic excesses that will be costly for taxpayers.
Thumbs up to Henderson officials for giving state lawmakers a firsthand view of the hardships the community faces because of flooding of the roads into town.
The evidence has been gathered. The vast majority of Minnesotans favors universal background checks and a smaller majority favors a ban on semi-automatic weapons, both measures to enhance public safety in the age of AR-15s and mass shootings.
Thumbs up to members of various credit unions in Mankato and the state who took time on their Oct. 14 holiday to volunteer to paint, rake, pack and otherwise help organizations or people in need of some work being done.
The proposed Medicare for All plan proposed by Democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders is not yet on life support, but it’s looking awfully lethargic in the court of public opinion.
The message coming from events surrounding Mankato’s second celebration of Indigenous People’s Day offered a stark reality of a history we should all begin to acknowledge.
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.
The planning behind this year’s Indigenous People’s Day shows how serious Mankato is about observing the newly established holiday, and that’s a good thing for the community.
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.
Farmers know a lot more about “bootstrapping” than most of us. We have all benefitted from farmers’ know-how and can-do attitudes. We have developed a food supply better and more affordable than ever before.
The city of Mankato has abandoned its notion of constricting Riverfront Drive in its Old Town stretch even without conducting its planned test.
The good news is that for the second year in a row, health insurance premiums for policies bought on the individual market will remain stable or drop in some cases. The bad news is the system remains a taxpayer subsidy to insurance companies.
Thumbs up to Gov. Tim Walz for his bold plan to set vehicle emission standards. This should reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Minnesota and boost the market for electric vehicles.
If Americans had any question there was enough to begin an impeachment action against President Donald Trump, the inspector general’s whistleblower report unveiled Thursday should leave little doubt.
The Free Press has, for several months, run on the weekends an Associated Press feature labeled “Not Real News,” an examination of false “information” that somehow finds traction on social media.
We applaud Minnesota’s Republican state senators and Gov. Tim Walz for urging the Trump administration to cease issuing ethanol waivers, which effectively reduce the price of corn.
Craig Douglas Nielsen, age 64, of St. Peter, passed away Tuesday, November 12, 2019. Funeral Service will be at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at Northview-North Mankato Mortuary. Visitation will be held on Friday, November 15, 2019 from 5-8 p.m. at Northview-North Mankato Mortua…
64, of St. Peter, passed away Tuesday, November 12, 2019. Funeral Service, Saturday, November 16, 2019, 11:00a.m., Northview-North Mankato Mortuary. Visitation, Friday, 5-8p.m. at Northview-North Mankato Mortuary and one hour before service. Burial, Calvary Cemetery. www.mankatomortuary.com
- Covia (Unimin) silica mining plant in Kasota permanently closed
- Charges: Wanted man brought drugs into police station
- A Life Remembered: Teacher planted music into the hearts of generations
- North Mankato man killed in Tennessee crash
- Outdoors: Hunting elk with former Minnesota State wrestler Jason Rhoten
- A doctor's warning about the dangers of vaping
- Mother charged for making threats to shoot school staff
- MSU dome two weeks from inflation
- No federal funding for Highway 14 expansion
- Hwy 15 crash seriously injures New Ulm man