Opinion

Why wait? Release opioid information

Editorials

In 2012, after the addictive properties of opioid pain pills were known, drug companies shipped 12.6 billion of them to U.S. pharmacies. That works out to about 38 each for every man, woman and child in this country. No wonder drug companies involved in lawsuits over marketing of opioid ...

Say “NO” to industrial-scale hog confinements

Letters

To the editor: Sibley County residents around Winthrop need to know that applications for 2 hog nursery operations (Conditional Use Permits, #1151 and #1152) were submitted to the Sibley County Planning and Zoning Commission on July 1. Fortunately, the decision to grant them was tabled to ...

Hagedorn did the right thing

Letters

To the editor: The old saying that you’re entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts struck me as I read about Indivisible’s claim that Rep. Jim Hagedorn is unwilling to meet with them and listen to their concerns. By Indivisible’s own admission, Rep. Hagedorn’s staff ...

What’s Going On: Why ‘send her back’ may get Trump re-elected

Columns

Stop me if you have heard this one before: President Donald Trump tweets or says something outrageous, Democrats/liberals criticize him and the comment, Republicans/conservatives defend him and the comment, and then Trump doubles down on the outrageous remark while attacking the media for how ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

A man on the moon THUMBS UP: Fifty years ago today Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. It was the culmination of eight hectic years of technological research and development by 400,000 people in NASA to respond to President John F. Kennedy’s challenge. It was a stunning achievement, and an ...

Hagedorn knows biodiesel benefits farmers

Letters

To the editor: A recent letter to the editor contained a falsehood. Rep. Jim Hagedorn, who represents Minnesota’s First Congressional District, did indeed sign onto the Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension Act of 2019 (HR 2089) in May. Hagedorn, along with several of his congressional ...

Take care of constituents first

Letters

To the editor: Honestly, when I asked Congressman Hagedorn at a recent town hall whether he’d support allowing Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices, I don’t know exactly what I was expecting, but I sure didn’t expect the answer I actually got. I’d heard that AARP had done ...

What’s going on at DHS?

Editorials

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is the state’s second biggest department, behind only Education, with a budget of $18 billion and 6,800 employees. It is complex, covering a wide range of services from medical assistance to day cares to child care assistance. It is, according ...

Farm wife?

Letters

To the editor: Imagine my surprise when I read the top headline in today’s (July 18) Journal: “Farm wife details dairy problems in stray voltage trial.” Am I to assume that if Mr. Nelson testifies the headline will read: “Farm husband testifies in stray voltage trial”? Jill Nelson ...

Town Talk: You ask, we answer

Columns

The Gopher State One Call (GSOC) is Minnesota’s one call notification center for the excavating community. The GSOC center answers phone calls and online requests from homeowners and contractors who would like to excavate. The information is then processed and all underground utilities in the ...

How did Epstein get away with it so long?

Editorials

Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein is among the sleaziest of perverts, if federal authorities are to be believed. Given his 2008 guilty plea to charges he had sex with minors in Florida, there is no reason to discount charges he faces now in New York. Outrage already has been expressed over the ...

Banish intolerance, not disagreement

Editorials

It has been pointed out that President Donald Trump’s racist attack on four Democratic congresswomen may have been calculated for political reasons. That is, Trump may have hoped outrage over his tweet would show his base that moderate Democrats have more in common with their party’s ...

Trump, Hagedorn not working out for the farmers

Letters

To the editor: Rep. Jim Hagedorn, MN 1st District, barely won the 2018 race against Dan Feehan by changing tactics the third time around: He aligned himself with President Donald Trump. Strategic move for this Republican politician, since President Trump won this district by 15 points in ...

Weeds: Those great summer vacation days

Columns

There are signs of summer around: bugs we like (fireflies), bugs we don’t like (mosquitoes), corn tassels soon to shoot out. And kids on bikes. In town, even though there are less children than there used to be, kids on bikes are still a common sight. That means, of course, summer ...

Ask a Trooper: Hands-free law

Columns

Question: With the upcoming new hands free law that is effective August 1st, can a teen that is under 18 years old and has a driver’s permit or provisional driver’s license use their phone in hands-free mode? Answer: The new hands-free law does not change anything for teens under 18 with ...

The marvel of Apollo 11

Editorials

Fifty years ago today, millions of people around the world watched as the Apollo 11 mission blasted off from Cape Kennedy in Florida, carrying the first men who would walk on the moon. The marvel of that accomplishment, carried out only eight years since President John F. Kennedy had proposed ...

Trump’s racist tweet

Editorials

President Donald Trump has exhibited racists tendencies since he first announced his candidacy for president by denouncing the “rapists and murderers” who were crossing the southern border from Mexico. If there was any doubt about his feelings towards other races and cultures, he made it ...

The Obstructionists

Letters

To the editor: If you’ve been reading The Journal articles and Letters to the Editor, you’ve noticed that the liberal Obstructionists have been hard at work. A recent letter to the editor attacks Congressman Jim Hagedorn because the administration is moving the US Department of ...

What’s on your mind?

Columns

What do you enjoy most about being part of the Narren? (Asked at Story Time with the Narren Saturday at the New Ulm Public Library)

Ross Perot had big impact on nation

Editorials

H. Ross Perot died last week. The 89-year-old self-made Texas billionaire is best known for his 1992 run as an independent candidate for president. With a grassroots organization, a big collection of pie charts, a talent for folksy expressions like “That giant sucking sound you hear is jobs ...