After months of discussion to an increasingly contentious pitch, St. Peter’s City Council decided to allow hens in the city.

With 44 athletes and 218 individual swims, Mantas athletes raced themselves to 145 personal best times July 22-24 at the Minnesota Regional Championships.

Former St. Peter Mayor Tim Strand was recognized by the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities July 21 during the coalition’s three-day summer conference in Austin for his excellence in service to greater Minnesota.