Hail to the Redtails?
The Mankato City Council made the right call Monday when it approved a modified and reasonable ordinance requiring masks be worn in public indoor spaces with some exceptions.
Hawk Creek may be 100 miles from Mankato but the 65-mile waterway has connections and lessons for this region.
As many of us make another shopping list to get groceries, maybe making sure to hit the minimum purchase for curbside pickup popular during the pandemic, others will wonder how they will continue to eat at all.
On this Fourth of July weekend, we find ourselves in the incomprehensible position of somehow debating those words of our Declaration of Independence that “all men are created equal.”
Local physicians are sounding an alarm that local families must heed: Don’t hesitate to bring your school-age children in for their routine vaccines.
An in-depth report in last Sunday’s Free Press showed the groundwork for Mankato area police reform efforts with communities of color have been based on solid communication and building relationships. It must go further.
The bombshell story that broke over the weekend raises new questions about the Trump administration’s cozy relationship with the cold, calculating and brutal Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
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.
Hospital associations and health care lobbyists threw everything but a good argument at a judge who this week ruled a Trump administration plan for transparency in hospital pricing should move forward.
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.
The widespread attention given to the noose found in Black NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace's garage stall should be a reminder to all that a dangerous, racist mentality can be found among our popular modern entertainment venues and our people.
Summer officially began with last weekend’s solstice, but area residents already have been ramping up summer activities, spurred on by warm weather and the need to relieve the effects of being cooped up during the pandemic.
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…
The U.S. Supreme Court blocked the Trump administration’s first swing to knock young immigrants off their dreams by ending the DACA program. The president vows round two.
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 Juneteenth celebration, commemorating the day the last slaves in the U.S. were freed in Texas, carries more gravity this year in the context of the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis.
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…
While well-intentioned business groups are calling for Gov. Tim Walz to completely open Minnesota’s economy by the end of this week, a recent resurgence of COVID-19 cases in states that opened early should be cause for concern.
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…
Reading the stories of Class of 2020 students in last week’s Free Press, one could clearly see a sense of disappointment, but also a sense of steadfastness in the challenges that lie ahead.
From Nike to Netflix, major U.S. corporations have pledged support to racial justice in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody.
It’s even more critical now than a month ago that the Legislature convene for a special session and take a run at some significant issues that need resolution.
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.
The COVID-19 caution sign lies trampled flat on the ground while empty cups and a child’s forgotten swim top also litters Mankato’s Hiniker Pond Park.
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 …
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.
Justice finally made an appearance Friday four days after Minnesota civil society had been torn apart from neighborhood to neighborhood while violence, rage and distrust shown bright in the fire of burning storefronts.
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.
There are troubling signs Americans are letting their guards down in the fight against COVID-19 even as we pass a grim milestone of 100,000 deaths.
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.
St. Peter moved quickly to set up a loan program for its businesses as they faced the threat of closing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Mankato soon followed suit.
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.
A political policy is only as good as the support it has. And right now, Gov. Tim Walz’ policy on business restrictions in the fight against COVID-19 is losing support. Important support.
The strange and murky saga of the USS Theodore Roosevelt takes another turn this week as the virus-stricken aircraft carrier heads back into the ocean after nearly two months in port.
We must remain vigilant to the risks the COVID-19 pandemic has wrought, but we must also be cognizant of the risks to the long-term health of our economy.
- Update: Mankato mask-mandate takes effect Friday (ordinance attached)
- School district investigates student's racist post
- Lake Crystal man accused of molesting child
- North Mankato man charged with indecent exposure
- Dam Store opens flood gates to burgers, shakes, pies
- Woman with warrant jumps in river after accident
- Local COVID-19 hospitalizations include 22-year-old; Officials warn against "COVID parties"
- Driver charged after Mankato pursuit
- North Mankato fires part-timer for racist posts
- Brown County man sentenced for abusing baby