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.

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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…

If you’re mad because our current government system hasn’t worked well for you — that it has often worked actively against you — you’re absolutely right.

Like many others, I always thought of farm animals as "food on the hoof." But, after watching the deeply-moving feature film "Okja" on Netflix, I realized that a farm animal is much like our family dog, fully deserving of compassion and respect.

The front page of the Saturday edition of The Free Press prominently displayed three climate change related articles; one about the Global Strike Against Climate, one about the U.N. Climate Action Summit beginning Sept. 23 (skeptics not welcome/AP 9-23) and one about new meat alternatives. O…

I am a graduate student in the math department at Minnesota State University. I am also a veteran with significant experience in participating and coordinating scenario-based training.

"Only I can fix it," Trump boasted as he campaigned for the presidency. Let's see what he has done.

The Minneapolis paper, any news outlet, physical-print or electronic, that refuses to print letters that come to them via the United States Post Office should be sued for abridgment of the writers' First Amendment rights.

I am a sophomore at Gustavus Adolphus College, and I am writing to express my concerns about the need for an indoor tennis facility in the Mankato area.

The Free Press is delivered to my door every day and I appreciate its information about our community and our world. However, on Sept. 16 the paper made some claims about how we should understand our world.

Constitution Day is today and South Central College, Minnesota State University and Gustavus Adolphus College are all hosting discussions on an important provision of the Constitution: The U.S. Census.

The Sept. 8 article on suicide rates across the U.S. presented a false dichotomy of urban versus rural areas. The suicide rate in the United States over the past 100 years has mirrored the unemployment rate.

Donald Trump acts like he’s conducting a massive, real life, obedience-to-authority experiment with respect to lying, corruption, bullying, indecency, cruelty and unbridled presidential power.

I would like to commend and thank whoever is responsible for the flower planting in the boulevards and planters in the downtown area. They are so well planned with variety and color and well taken care of by those who are involved with the work that has and is being done for all of us to enj…

As stated in the Sept. 4 Free Press editorial, 3,909 illegally acquired firearms were seized by the ATF in Minnesota in 2018 with the inference many were purchased via an unregulated internet site or other private sales.

As a dedicated walker and biker I utilize the Sakatah Singing Hills Trail regularly from Madison Lake to Faribault. While I am enjoying the peace and quiet of nature, the wind, trees and sunshine so are others, and oftentimes very quietly.

I am convinced that Rep. Jim Hagedorn (or any Republican, for that matter) could find a cure for cancer and The Free Press’ editorial board would still find a reason to be critical.

The August 21 Free Press Our View cited Minnesota State University President Davenport’s legitimate concerns that overall 47 percent of students do not graduate in six years, and 27 percent do not return after their freshman year. Worse for students of color.

I just read The Free Press's latest in-kind contribution to the Democratic National Committee and have concluded this paper is either woefully ignorant of the problems in farm country or so fixated on criticizing President Trump and Rep. Jim Hagedorn that it just ignores any facts that don’t…

The Free Press reported on a man charged with assaulting kids, ages 7 and 10, in what he claims to be self defense. I take that to mean he didn't know how to manage a conflict.

Tim Waibel's letter in the Aug. 29 Free Press said that Rep. Jim Hagedorn (R-1st District) is a friend of farmers.

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The Greenland ice sheet lost 12.5 billion tons of ice on Aug. 1 of this year, the largest loss in its history. That single-day melt followed another large loss the previous day, 10 billion tons, according to Danish researchers.

The convenience store site on Belgrade Avenue in North Mankato has been nearly cleared for construction of a bar/restaurant and bank. City Administrator John Harrenstein said, “There aren’t a lot of steps needed for the project to proceed … We’re ready to go when they are.”

The Minnesota State Fair should be a venue where people can go to have a good time without being afraid to be harassed, insulted or assaulted, because one has different political beliefs than theirs. In the opening days of the State Fair, at least three separate incidents by Democrats agains…

This Sept. 1 will mark 80 years since Hitler invaded Poland and started World War II. Three years later, he launched the Holocaust that murdered 6 million European Jews.

Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District is home to 11 ethanol plants. As a corn farmer, I know this because ethanol is a vital domestic market for my crop as trade disputes have decimated our markets abroad.

Patience is running thin on the road closures of Nicollet County Road 1 and Nicollet County Road 12, as well as the load limits on Nicollet County Road 14.

As a resident of North Mankato I would like to thank everyone involved for their time and monies spent on our new swimming and hockey complex.

Obituaries

Clarence H. Schulze, age 90, of Mankato, MN died Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at Hillcrest Rehabilitation Center in Mankato. Services are pending. Woodland Hills Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.