Opinion

Dayton should accept court ruling

Editorials

Gov. Mark Dayton’s attempt to horsewhip the House Republicans back to the negotiating table on the tax bill failed in its first legal challenge this week. Ramsey County District Judge John Guthmann ruled on Wednesday to restore the funding for the legislative operations that Dayton had ...

City should take care of its boat landings

Letters

To the editor: A few years ago the city put a new boat landing in. Now it’s just like the last one, full of mud. Maybe it’s time to clean it out so the taxpayers can use it this year. And how about Riverside Park? The weeds are so high they could rent it out for duck blinds. So much for ...

Town Talk: How do you apply for a job with the City of New Ulm?

Columns

Editor’s Note: The City of New Ulm presents a weekly column highlighting activities in different departments in the city government. Once a month the city will answer questions from readers. Questions on New Ulm city issues can be sent to comments@ci.new-ulm.mn.us. The City of New Ulm has ...

Obamacare woes not going away

Editorials

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s decision to table a health care reform bill was a matter of simple mathematics. With Democrats solidly against the measure and a few Republicans joining them, McConnell, R-Ky., simply did not have the votes to pass the bill. But the setback has ...

The debt threat

Editorials

Talk among the politicians in Washington often seems to focus on why the government needs to spend more. If the justification is not national security, it probably will be health care. There seems to be precious little thought given to a serious, growing threat to both our welfare and ...

Weeds: The watery jewel of Brown County

Columns

The excitement has built to a crescendo. Thousands are lined up at newsstands (whatever a newsstand is). Without further ado, here is the Annual Weeds Vacation Guide! Please, stay in line, no pushing and shoving. Once again we begin with a hearty recommendation to vacation Sleepy Eye. Sleepy ...

All or nothing in Belle Plaine park

Editorials

Sometimes it’s hard to be accommodating. Tolerance can only be stretched so far, especially when someone is determined to stretch it past the breaking point. And so it is that the Belle Plaine City Council is likely to take away the public forum area at its Veterans Memorial Park. The area ...

Defense spending still a problem

Editorials

Corruption is the elephant in the room on U.S. defense spending. An investigation into an Air Force unit nicknamed Big Safari may be just the ticket to at least wounding the pachyderm. An Air Force unit called Big Safari, formerly known as the 645th Aeronautical Systems Group, is involved in ...

Solving Medicaid dilemma critical

Editorials

Health care reformers, not to mention tens of millions of other Americans who understand money does not grow on trees, are caught between the proverbial rock and a hard place. The rock is this: President Barack Obama’s signature health care takeover law encouraged states to expand the ...

What’s Going On: Trump supporters still don’t care

Columns

He was in Sioux Center, Iowa a little over a year ago when he said the now prophetic words: “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, okay, and I wouldn’t lose any voters, okay?” I vividly remember the day then presidential candidate Donald Trump spoke those ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Promise unfulfilled THUMBS DOWN: There is an interesting note on The Journal's 50-year-old news page today (page 3B). In July 19, 1967 article on a meeting about Highway 15 being rated as an expressway, the article states: “REP. C.A. (Gus) Johnson of Mankato and Carl (Red) Wyczawski of New ...

Popcorn wagon too fragile for parade

Letters

To the editor: I have been asked by the Board of the Brown County Historical Society to reply to Mr. Keith Schwager’s Letter to The Editor, dated July 12, 2017. His well-intentioned letter asked the question, “Why is the popcorn wagon not in the Bavarian Blast parade?” As a previous ...

A Blast for all

Editorials

This weekend is Bavarian Blast, the city’s biggest annual festival. It is a showcase for New Ulm and an event that draws people from all over the state and the country. The Bavarian Blast committee has been working all year to put a good festival together, with old favorite bands, new bands ...

People helping people

Editorials

Stories of courage exhibited by people helping others in danger are gratifyingly common. Normally, however, they involve only a handful of good Samaritans. More — many more — got into the act a few days ago at a beach in Florida. A couple of boys became trapped in a rip tide offshore. ...

Well-deserved tribute to Steve Dittrich

Letters

To the editor: To Jim, or as I know him, Red Bastian and to the people of New Ulm, I thoroughly enjoyed your story on Steve Dittrich. Steve is a true representation of New Ulm. He is a congenial professional not just on a baseball field as an adjudacator, but off the field as well. I ...

Quicker action needed on drug abuse

Editorials

It is not enough, and it took them far too long to get to this point, but federal officials finally have taken action that will help remove some of the opioids allowed to flood the market. Last month, the Food and Drug Administration asked pharmaceutical company Endo to pull Opana ER, or ...

Sleepy Eye councilor speaks out

Letters

To the editor: In response to the recently published articles, whatever the city employees think of me, whatever controversy this has created, I want the readers to know that I will remain steadfast in my duties to the city. The people who voted for me last November did so because they had ...

22nd Annual Brown County Relay For Life

Letters

To the editor: The American Cancer Society Relay For Life Committee of Brown County would like to invite the public to the 22nd annual Relay For Life event to be held on Friday, July 28, 2017 at the Brown County Fairgrounds in New Ulm. It is a great time to show your support for all cancer ...

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