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.

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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.

Iowa caucus results remained deep in the bowels of glitchy technology 18 hours after the country expected they would be released, and Iowa’s status as the first to report presidential preferences was freshly questioned by national media and others.

Hey kids, want some fries to go with those mashed potatoes? Under the guise of giving schools more local control, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is proposing rules to roll back some of the federal school meal nutrition standards.

Thumbs up to the city of North Mankato and the operators of Caswell Park for the successful year the park had in terms of economic impact.

When President Barack Obama and 13 automakers agreed to increase U.S. fuel mileage standards in 2011, gas prices leveled off and took a three-year dive. Prices began increasing again in 2017 as the Trump administration called for freezing the mileage standards

A manicured, weed-free lawn remains the standard for an overwhelming number of homeowners, but more and more people are open to trying something that is more helpful to the environment and to the declining pollinator population.

As the country marks the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in a variety ways, this area is fortunate to be hosting a speaker whose family was in the midst of the civil rights movement.

“If you ain’t cheating, you ain’t trying” — a quip that (probably) originated with stock-car legend Richard Petty — remains a core, and colorful, piece of the “ethics” of professional sports. The goal of winning justifies bending, or breaking, the rules, and it’s up to somebody other than th…

President Donald Trump’s move to raise the federal sales age for tobacco products from 18 to 21 was a welcome move, but Minnesota and other states should quickly follow suit in raising the age limit. Doing otherwise will leave enforcement lacking.

The records of history are invaluable in helping us build a complete picture of where we’ve been and form a guide of where we want to go. Learning from what we did right and what we did wrong are key elements of human progress.


Mary Ann Vogel, 88, Mankato, entered the Kingdom of God on 2/15/2020. Funeral Mass 1 p.m. Saturday, 2/22/2020 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Mankato. Visitation 4-7 p.m. Friday, 2/21/2020 at Northview-North Mankato Mortuary.