Doug Bengtson's Feb. 12 letter to the editor said, in part, "....We tell our children (to) act like a grown person then we see a person we are supposed to respect act like this."

If you're interested in submitting a Letter to the Editor, click here.

In a recent town hall in Spring Valley, Congressman Jim Hagedorn responded to a question about recent efforts he supported that would cut thousands of Americans from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and about food security among children. He claimed people should be encouraged t…

For decades, the nation's media have covered, and amplified, the controversies of rap music, from the hype of the East Coast-West Coast rivalry that framed the murders of rappers Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. in the 1990s, to last year's murder of Los Angeles rapper and activist Nipsey Hussle.

As much as we would all like the best for our town and for our children, the fact is that property taxes cannot continue to go higher to pay for everything.

Now that Boss Trump has avoided removal from office by the Republican-controlled Senate, it is up to American voters to throw the power-hungry blowhard out.

I didn’t experience The Great Depression or the farm crisis of the 1980s. However, many “yes” voters in the Maple River district behave like those events regarding credit and inflation never occurred.

Leo Bromenschenkel's letter in Thursday's edition of this paper made extensive use of the work of William "Bill" Warner, Ph.D.

Ron Yezzi’s “My View” piece a couple of weeks ago used a plethora of words to extol the virtues of science in an apparent effort to describe Republicans as uneducated, archaic science deniers and to make a case for a more modern democracy.

Ending child marriages by raising the minimum age to 18 is an idea long past due. Tuesday’s Free Press opinion page article made me aware of this important, common-sense legislation for the common good.

The Free Press was absolutely correct in its editorial calling on the Minnesota Legislature to pass legislation creating an emergency insulin fund that should be paid for, in part, by insulin manufacturers.

Feb. 1, midmorning, I was waiting for a green light at the downtown intersection of Warren and South Front streets.

It hit me like a ton of bricks. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi tearing up the State of the Union speech was playing up to the cameras.

I love our community’s commitment to healthy living. Area support of the arts, youth sports, and outdoor amenities benefit us all and make our community a desirable destination for others.

Why is it that Minnesota’s representative for District 1, Jim Hagedorn, does not actually live in the district?

This letter is to express our appreciation to various Mankato businesses for going above and beyond to help us after a Dec. 26 auto accident rendered our car inoperable.

The late January articles in the papers, pertaining to what a Lonsdale priest said during one of his sermons about Islam, makes me aware of how restricted the freedom of speech has become for certain segments of our society.

With the impeachment process ending in predictable fashion, the president has predictably expressed outrage that it was even considered. This is consistent with his apparent belief that he has never been wrong.

The impeachment hearings demonstrated conclusively that President Donald Trump attempted to influence the 2020 election by withholding military aid in order to strong-arm Ukraine into investigating his rival, Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.

Proposed City Code changes in North Mankato would remove the two-year term for city administrator John Harrenstein and allow him to serve indefinitely or until he chooses to leave or the council chooses to end his contract.

The Feb. 6 column by Leonard Pitts Jr.  is far off base. Apparently he still can’t get over the election of 2016 and condemns anyone who is a Trump supporter.

It is with great sadness and frustration that we are once again speaking up about the need to fix Highway 14.

The Maple River school district wants to build a new school with a price tag of $63.3 million and has decided to hold an election Feb. 11 instead of waiting until the November general election.

Donald John Trump was neither exonerated nor vindicated. In fact, if you paid close attention to what the 100 senators said, more than half of them found him guilty of at least one of the impeachment charges. Yes, they did — "Read the transcript."

If Bernie Sanders scares you a little bit, it's worth remembering that any sweeping legislation to the right or left requires agreement in Congress, which is why I'm hoping for a second Blue Wave and why you can hope for a Centrist Wave.

With so much focus on health-care affordability and accessibility, I wanted to share my experience choosing a health plan should it help others.

There has been a lot of hoopla over Dan Feehan running again against Jim Hagedorn. He is held up as someone who is for the working man.

With so much focus on health-care affordability and accessibility, I wanted to share my experience choosing a health plan should it help others.

Minnesota’s system of assessing fines and fees for nonviolent driving-related offenses greatly disenfranchises our residents, those who are low income in particular.

My fellow Minnesotans, we are in a crisis and it is past time to address it. The most vulnerable of our people cannot survive unless we take action. People of faith and decency need to band together to demand we raise the wages of the folks that take care of our developmentally disabled, our…

No words can express the gratitude to the Waseca Police for their quick response to our home Jan. 6.

There is no law that requires a presidential candidate to divulge their tax statements. Prior to 2016, it was assumed that most people would not vote for any candidate not providing this information.

The City of North Mankato’s proposed ordinance regulating native pollinators is flawed in many ways.

There is no denying that climate change is real. Even so, far too many people do just that as — aptly named — climate deniers.

It is very disturbing to see that Mayo is spending $600,000 for naming rights for the civic center at a time when the hospital still has hospital rooms with two beds in the same room.


Ronald J. Strong passed away on February 17, 2020 at the age of 87 years. He was born and raised in the Mankato area.Preceded in death by wife, Jeane and infant daughter, Teresa. Survived by children, Allen, Roy, Jeanie Murray (Tim) and Misty Gilbertson (Brian); grandchildren, Jason, Kelsey,…