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To the Minnesota Court of Appeals for bringing some common sense to a school’s “zero tolerance” policy toward “weapons.”

A Willmar teenager was found to have a pocket knife, expelled from school and convicted of a felony charge of possession of a dangerous weapon on school property.

The appeals court brought the kind of sanity that should have been apparent to the Kandiyohi County attorney who charged the teen.

The court noted the student never suggested he carried the knife to use against anyone or to protect himself and pointed out that lots of things are sharp, pointed and potentially menacing looking — reasons the county used for felony prosecution.

This is another reason why “zero tolerance” is rarely good policy or law. Trying to keep schools safe doesn’t justify suspending elementary students who innocently bring a sharp nail file to school (which has happened), or bringing felony charges against a teen with a pocket knife.

If schools and prosecutors want to call it a zero tolerance policy, fine. Just use a little common sense in individual cases.

Responding to the community

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To the city of Mankato, the City Council and engineering department staff for their responsiveness to residents who seemed to be clearly opposed to a plan to reroute Warren Street and its connection to Glenwood Avenue.

In its plan to make Warren Street a two-way, the city was planning to cut off the connection between Warren and Glenwood. But many residents pointed out that Glenwood was a key route for people wanting to go from downtown Mankato to the hilltop without going up steep hills of Main Street or even Madison Avenue in treacherous winter conditions.

The city modified the plan to keep Warren a two-way yet also maintain the connection to Glenwood.

It’s an example of government listening to people.

—Editorial Board

Play presented important message

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Congratulations and thank you to the AKTION Club Theatre Of Mankato for its fantastic production of “Soph and the Nana” at West High School July 9-10.

The talented group of actors not only performed a top-notch play which showcased individual talents, the self-advocacy troupe also presented an important message about acceptance and understanding of people living with disabilities.

Watching this wonderful production, written and directed by Wilbur Neushwander-Frink and sponsored by The Downtown Mankato Kiwanis Club, was a super way to spend a summer Sunday afternoon.

—Kristine Lindvall

Mankato

Support of soldier was amazing

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My son, Jack, was injured in Afghanistan in March. Unfortunately, he lost both legs.

We live in Cleveland and the community has been unbelievable. They had a “Salute to Jack Zimmerman” Day at Shoreland Country Club June 26. It was amazing.

I cannot possibly thank everyone myself.

My family would like to thank everyone who organized, donated or participated to make the “Salute to Jack Zimmerman” at Shoreland Country Club such a success. We live in an amazing community with wonderful neighbors and friends. Your generosity will never be forgotten.

—Lori Zimmerman

Cleveland

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