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Outstanding job topping off Commerce Drive in North Mankato with the new fountain art piece.

My husband, waiting in line at the grocery store last week, heard a human jackass begin braying because the very nice, polite store clerk had told him that if he wanted to check out in her line, he had to put a mask on.

In response to Mr. Tonn’s letter from earlier this week, suggesting Congressman Jim Hagedorn spends more time in D.C. than in our district, I ask: You aren’t from around here, are you?

In his July 22 letter Kurt Schroeder said when students in his American government class ask the difference between liberals and conservatives he opines: "Liberals make decisions and policy based on emotion. Conservatives make decisions and policy based on reason, logic and common sense."

Mankato has been my chosen home for over 40 years — the place I raised my children, worked, served to make it a healthy, beautiful, wonderful place with opportunities for a high quality of life for all.

I was grateful to read Dennis Durand’s My View “Cops put themselves in harm’s way to protect us” in Saturday’s Free Press.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other party leaders have given permission to Republican candidates to create as much daylight as they need between them and Donald Trump in the three-plus months before the election.

In 1862, Union Gen.l Ambrose Burnside ordered 14 separate charges up Marye’s Heights at Fredericksburg despite pleas from subordinates to stop the slaughter. His army suffered 13,600 casualties — 1300 killed — for which the Washington press labeled him “criminally stupid.”

It’s all about incentives. In a recent interview (Trey Mewes, Free Press 7/30/2020) Congressman Jim Hagedorn makes perfectly clear that he sees cruelty and unfairness as solutions for our economic catastrophe.

As we proceed into the fall elections, I have suggestion for those seeking national, state or local elective office and many, if not most pundits. Please refrain from using the following phrases:

If District 23B Rep. Jeremy Munson was an Olympic gymnast, he would have been awarded a perfect “10” with his recent series of “flips.” When he ran for state representative, he claimed he was a Republican. He used the Republican name, their help and their money to get elected but soon flippe…

My wife and I were at the traffic light on Lookout Drive and the Judson Bottom Road when every available squad car in North Mankato — with lights flashing blew through the traffic light — and headed north.

Blue Earth County was once referred to by the Star Tribune as “Trump country,” so I was not surprised to read in Thursday’s paper that only 64% of Mankatoans have replied to the census information requests.

What’s the difference between Democrats/liberals and Republicans/conservatives? Firstly, these are four different things, and aren’t even necessarily mutually exclusive. Ask any American historian and they will tell you how the 19th century Democratic party used to tend conservative and the …

Regarding high school teacher Kurt Schroeder’s July 22 letter in The Free Press which began with the following: "Students in my American government class often ask, 'What is the difference between a Democrat/liberal and a Republican/conservative?'

I read recently that Rep. Jim Hagedorn was the only member of the Minnesota delegation in the House of Representatives to vote against removing Confederate statues from the U.S. Capitol.

In a letter to the editor published July 22, high school teacher Kurt Schroeder shares that when students ask the difference between a Democrat/liberal and a Republican/conservative, his answer is "direct, simple and spot on." "Liberals make decisions and policy based on emotions."

I wanted to respond to the July 26 editorial "House GOP failed outstate communities." The thesis of the editorial was that important infrastructure projects can't be completed because the state House GOP refused to vote for the bonding bill the Legislature considered in their most recent spe…

While leaving church services on a recent Sunday, we saw a pickup pass by displaying a Confederate battle flag. We were disheartened by this symbolic display of racism, oppression and hatred in Blue Earth, Minnesota, in the year 2020.

I want to take a moment to thank the essential workers/professionals of the city of Mankato and Blue Earth County.

It is difficult to find a public area near Mankato with a good view of the sky for watching sunsets, star gazing, observing bird migrations, clouds or storms.

Our superintendent at the University of Minnesota School of Agriculture used to exhort us repeatedly, thusly: "You will get as bad a government as you are willing to put up with and as good a government as you are willing to work for."

I’m deeply disappointed that Rep. Jim Hagedorn voted July 23 to keep Confederate statues in the U.S. Capitol. Every other representative from Minnesota, in both parties, voted to remove these monuments to traitors.

I am not a very political person, but I got a good belly laugh from Kurt Schroeder's characterization: "Liberals make decisions and policy based on emotions. Conservatives make decisions and policy based on reason, logic and common sense."

Our elected officials should not hold themselves to a lower standard than they hold us. Yet, Congressman Jim Hagedorn is doing that when it comes to wasting our tax dollars.

My response to the letter published July 22 in the Your Views section: The teacher failed to mention any of the Democrats' failed policies in his article.

Concerning Wednesday's mandate by Gov. Tim Walz for Minnesotans to wear masks, the "mandate" is not a law.

Last week, Congressman Jim Hagedorn was presented with the Champion for Healthy Seniors Award by the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease.

Neo-Nazi graffiti first appeared on New Ulm's art wall July 10. The people who painted them out expressed their outrage: "This is not who we are!" Certainly, that is the hope.

It appears our government is at it again, requiring everyone to wear a — in stores. This is ridiculous and an infringement on our rights as Americans.

In regards to the proposed Mankato Motorsports Park project in Eagle Lake, we have formed Citizens Against the Motorsports Park (CAMP) in order to appeal the city of Eagle Lake’s decision to not move forward with an Environmental Impact Statement.

In 2018, three single-family home building lots were in foreclosure in upper North Mankato. The amount owed was $221,568, an amount that included $101,568 owed to the city of North Mankato for the installation of city utilities.

Students in my American government class often ask, “What is the difference between a Democrat/liberal and a Republican/conservative?”

I was taken aback hearing Rep. Jeff Brand say on KTOE radio that the governor can lead the COVID-19 response “better than 201 legislators.”

I just mailed my ballot to vote from home in the August primary election. And I'm ready to vote from home in the November general election.

I was shocked Wednesday morning to read one of the letters in my newspaper. There is so much partisanship in our society these days, and I think that there are many of us would like to see everyone working together.

Jon Olson is the DFL candidate for the District 20 Minnesota State Senate seat. In these times of extreme partisanship and the near paralysis of legislatures, Olson impresses me as a superb choice. Every voter in District 20 should set aside party biases and consider the following about Olson:

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