California will become the first state to require public universities to provide access to abortion pills on campus. It's Senate bill 24, signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom. It goes into effect in 2023.

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As farmers, we are tired of hearing Democrats like Dean Phillips, Angie Craig and wanna-be Dan Feehan bemoan how concerned they are about the problems in farm country.

According to the Nov. 8 Free Press ("Hagedorn: 'No underlying crime' by Trump") the Honorable Jim Hagedorn doesn't believe the inquiry will "amount to anything" because there was "no underlying crime."

Recently Emma Fuhrman wrote a letter to the editor attacking Congressman Jim Hagedorn for “spouting hateful rhetoric about transgendered women participating in collegiate sports.”

I could not believe the statement by Bob Jentges in the Nov. 3 letters section: "I do not recall seeing, hearing or reading President Donald Trump expressing, 'We'd be better off without the press.' "

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.”

On a colossal, curved, concrete canvas, magic is happening right before our very eyes.

In response to the recent Free Press article “Mankato development in housing, commercial continues upward,” I agree with the article that there is a greater need for apartments and other mutli-family houses based on the growing population of Minnesota State University students who are choosi…

A few comments on Free Press Editor Joe Spear’s Friday Viewpoint piece “Munson's fake news a lesson in democracy.”

I took my first unofficial tour of Minnesota State University in the Fall of 2016. On that particular day, the Southern Minnesota Pride Parade was happening. The sun was shining and a wind was rustling the leaves on the trees along Riverfront Drive.

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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.

Since Roe v Wade was affirmed by the Supreme Court in 1973, I have waited for those of the pro-life persuasion to acknowledge that abortions had been taking place for centuries, often in proverbial back-allies involving women who were too poor to go abroad for a legal operation.

I endorse Tracy Stuewe for St. Peter School Board. I do so without reservation because I have witnessed firsthand Stuewe's energy, commitment, and ability to candidly describe and address challenges when she sees them.

Under U.S. law, it is illegal for anyone to solicit, accept, or receive anything of value from a foreign national in connection with any election in the United States.

The recent editorial “State spending: Plan for paperwork will cost millions” gets the facts wrong about the federally imposed requirement to verify financial accounts of Minnesotans on Medicaid, known as Medical Assistance. (The editorial said it was a state requirement).

Would you like to know what one thing you can do this Halloween to protect children in developing countries and the survival of one of our favorite foods?

I just saw the words “Blood on Trump’s hands” as the heading of an opinion piece by Kathleen Turner in the Oct. 17 Free Press and it left me thinking who else has blood on their hands. You never would hear their names as a heading for an opinion piece.

Foreign money has no place in our politics. Nevertheless, Russian dirty money has shown up by way of Ukrainian back channels at the door of Minnesota's 1st District.

As you have heard, President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani has close ties to the two foreign nationals arrested while fleeing the United States.

Recently, the 2019 Minnesota Student Survey (MSS) released data on the trends of physical and emotional well-being for Minnesota students. Within these data, we discovered that the numbers of students using vaping products has skyrocketed.

In just a few short weeks, the city of St. Peter has the opportunity to elect Keri Johnson to the St. Peter City Council for the Ward 1 four-year term.

Comprehensive Sex Education has become a scary set of words in Minnesota when it doesn’t have to be.

As I look at the partisanship and incivility dividing America, I feel a sense of relief when I consider our choice in electing a Congressperson to represent us in southern Minnesota in 2020.

Recent concern and controversy regarding a non-traditional lawn in the city of North Mankato have brought to light the need to update the existing City Code. The following proposals are consistent with today’s enlightened view of the role of urban green spaces and their part in emotional and…

Curiosity, compassion, and connection. These are the characteristics we should all be looking for in a congressional representative. Someone who is curious about issues and people’s lives and is driven to learn more about both; someone who has compassion for all individuals and will work to …

A recent letter writer criticizing Rep. Jeremy Munson’s response to a Free Press editorial on the emergency insulin program is entirely incorrect.

I am writing to commend and thank Rep. Hagedorn for introducing legislation expanding eligibility for 529 educational savings plans to help address the growing shortage of skilled trade workers.

We are writing this letter in support of our neighbor and fellow St. Peter enthusiast, Keri Johnson, as a candidate for St. Peter City Council for the four-year term in Ward 1.

The Nobel Conference "Climate Changed: Facing Our Future" held at Gustavus Adolphus College Sept. 24 and 25 had numerous speakers who were extremely knowledgeable and informative.

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Supportive, safe and inclusive learning environments are central to Mankato Area Public Schools. Each school day, dedicated and professional staff work to ensure students are cared for, listened to and safe.

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Riverfront Drive is a very important corridor to Mankato and the region. From a traffic perspective it is a significant “artery” for north/south travel in the street system —16,000 vehicles daily, much like Madison Avenue, Stoltzman Road and Victory Drive, which all work together to move peo…

Following Rep. Jeremy Munson’s claims about his position on creating an emergency insulin program for Minnesota’s diabetics is a lot like traveling the Minnesota River — it’s a seemingly endless array of twists and turns.

Planned Parenthood continues to stress that the world is overpopulated. They have been so good at spreading this lie that many people still believe it.

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A major new U.N. report, based on 7,000 scientific studies, warns that the oceans are under severe strain from climate change. Warmer ocean waters and rising sea levels are fueling ever more powerful tropical cyclones and floods, killing fish stocks, coral reefs, sea birds, and sea grasses a…

Obituaries

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