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Opinion

Another black death at hands of police

Editorials

Minneapolis police have added another name to the list of Minnesota black men who have died at the hands of police. The list is getting longer, and drawing more attention to Minnesota from the rest of the country as a place where “Minnesota Nice” doesn’t extend to all. On Monday, a ...

Off the Record: History pages falling victim to COVID-19

Columns

No doubt, readers of The Journal have noticed the paper getting skinnier since the COVID-19 pandemic forced businesses to close and people to shelter in place. You can chalk some of that up to fewer things to cover, especially in the area of sports. One sports page is more than enough when ...

Dam failures

Editorials

About 11,000 people were forced to leave their Central Michigan homes a few days ago, when two large dams failed. No lives were lost, in part because the dams’ imminent failure had been anticipated for several days, as a result of heavy rainfall. In fact, concern about the dams dates back ...

He’ll be singing in church

Letters

To the editor: Thank you Bishop LeVoir, Catholic Bishops of Minnesota, and our fellow Missouri Synod Lutheran Christians for forcing Governor Walz to “allow” our churches to re-open. Better late than never. I was afraid Walz might make us wait until Christmas to worship again. The ...

Brown County Browser: Voting update

Columns

Filings for County Commissioner and Soil and Water Supervisors opened on Tuesday May 19th and will close on Tuesday, June 2nd at 5 p.m. To file, contact the Auditor-Treasurer at 507-233-6616 for an appointment or to discuss other options for completing the filing affidavits. Brown County ...

Taliban support must be basis for truce

Editorials

While we Americans were paying tribute to our fallen heroes during Memorial Day weekend, observant Muslims here and abroad were marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Even in Afghanistan, there was a pause in hostilities between government and Taliban forces. It came as U.S. and ...

Garlic Mustard — Nature’s Coronavirus

Letters

To the editor: Garlic mustard, in addition to buckthorn, is decimating our woodlands. Nature’s dam has been broken and the invasives are flooding in. A walk in the woods may be difficult with spreading buckthorn. Garlic mustard has turned many woods into a sea of white (flowers). Gone is ...

Remember their sacrifice

Editorials

Today, we pause to remember those who sacrificed their very selves in the service of our nation. We honor those who served in the U.S. military forces and who gave their lives in that service. We should reflect on the hardships they endured, not just the fear and hardships on the battlefield ...

Eagle Update: Congratulations, graduates

Columns

Congratulations to all of our area graduates! No one ever thought your final year would end up like it has, but through the support of school staff, parents and our communities, you made it. There have been many years when we said — no other class can say they did this or that. The Class of ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

No Fair! THUMBS DOWN: No Minnesota State Fair!? Somehow it seems to hit harder than the loss of the spring sports season, or the delay of Major League Baseball, or not being able to go out to eat. Because that 12-day stretch at the end of summer combines and condenses all the thrills and ...

We need churches more than candy

Letters

To the editor: Gov. Walz recently allowed a candy store to open despite many other businesses forced to remain closed. That candy store had 250 people inside. What about social distancing? Does the candy store operator have DFL connections? On the other hand, churches were limited to no ...

The “New Normal”

Letters

To the editor: We need to question whether this is the pandemic we are being told it is. There have been multiple strains of flus and viruses that have come and gone in my lifetime that were as devastating as this one is. We did not panic. We did not demand nor declare an “Emergency Powers ...

Churches want equal treatment

Editorials

Churches in this state want equal treatment with the shopping malls, casinos, bars and restaurants, tattoo parlors, barbershops and hair salons when it comes to government restrictions on their operations. Thursday, the Catholic bishops of Minnesota and the Missouri Lutheran Synod announced ...

Town Talk: Keep kids safe as they head outdoors

Columns

When temperatures begin to rise, outdoor areas begin to fill with both children and adults enjoying the weather. It is easy for the electrical equipment that we see every day to fade into the background, but it is important to always take safety precautions around it. Take time to explain to ...

Where’s the logic in reopening rules?

Editorials

We know Gov. Tim Walz wants to take things slowly and cautiously as he allows various businesses to reopen. But we fail to see the logic in some of his pronouncements Wednesday about bars and restaurants, hair salons and barbershops. The governor said bars and restaurants can resume serving ...

Insider trading?

Editorials

Nearly every American has suffered financially from the COVID-19 epidemic. At least 36 million of us were laid off from our workplaces. Even those still on the job have seen their retirement savings decimated. But a few people — those who had some forewarning of the economic havoc to come ...

United We Stand

Letters

To the editor: I voted for President Trump in 2016 with many reservations; I didn’t feel I had another choice. Now I believe that, with his business experience, he has done as good a job as possible in handling this current, unprecedented challenge, using knowledge gained from experts as it ...

The end of the rope

Letters

To the editor: The end of the rope is here. There is no more. We have a governor that has no idea nor does he care of the devastation he has brought on to the thousands of businesses, to say nothing for the tens of thousands of the citizens of the once-great State of Minnesota. He is playing ...

The masked and the unmasked

Letters

To the editor: A recent Associated Press photo pictures Representative Daudt leaving the House not wearing a face mask. It was stated all DFL legislators chose to wear a face mask and all Republicans chose not to. I am disappointed that we have allowed this crisis to become politicized and ...