Opinion

Community trust critical for police

Editorials

In many towns and cities, some members of minority communities do not trust police officers. Many in law enforcement work to build trust among those they serve. Clearly, however, enforcing the law is the department’s overriding priority. We pay police officers and sheriff’s deputies to ...

Decision is with PUC

Editorials

The decision by the New Ulm City Council to end its subsidy to the New Ulm Economic Development Corporation (NUEDC) goes this week to the New Ulm Public Utilities Commission (PUC). The PUC, like the city, has provided $50,000 in an annual subsidy to NUEDC to help pay for its operations. The ...

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Editorials

Mediation a bust THUMBS DOWN: The mediation session between Gov. Mark Dayton and the Republican legislators who sued him for stripping their funding from the state budget bill has gone nowhere. After two days of behind closed doors talks to try to work out their difference, the two sides ...

Eagle Update: Refining the Middle School program

Columns

The excitement of a new school year could be seen on the faces of New Ulm Middle School students and staff as as they returned to the building the week of Sept. 5. New Ulm Middle School first opened it’s doors last fall, introducing a new middle level program specifically designed to meet ...

A reasonable city tax levy limit

Editorials

The New Ulm City Council set the preliminary tax levy for 2018 on Tuesday, with a 5.5 percent maximum increase that will likely be lowered a point or two before the city’s final budget is set in December. A 5.5 percent increase is a reasonable upper limit. It is a marked contrast to last ...

Town Talk: TdS Library Cooperative supports local libraries

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. One of the reasons New ...

UN harrumphs over Trump

Editorials

Some world leaders have made their disdain for U.S. President Donald Trump very clear, very publicly. On Tuesday, he heard another round of lectures, after delivering one himself, at the United Nations. Trump reiterated the philosophy that helped get him elected president. While embracing ...

Off the Record: A festival for the end of road constuction?

Columns

In a city that loves to hold festivals, we should hold a festival for the end of the Broadway construction project. This week crews have been painting the lane stripes and crosswalks on the repaved roads, and putting in sod in the spots where they dug up the grass medians. (Good luck getting ...

Court should settle line item veto question

Editorials

Attorneys for the Minnesota Legislature filed a report Monday with the Minnesota Supreme Court, saying the Legislature will have to start laying off employees and shutting down by December if no agreement is reached between Gov. Mark Dayton and the Legislature over the legislative funding ...

Brown County Browser: Parents have duty to be parents

Columns

I recently gave presentations at Sleepy Eye High School and Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s High School. It was my pleasure to give the presentations, but all of the credit for making the arrangements and doing the legwork to get the programs lined up go to Officer Shawn Bohnen and Chief Matt Andres. ...

IAEA’s blinders

Editorials

During much of Iran’s drive to build nuclear weapons, the watchdog that was supposed to be preventing that — the International Atomic Energy Agency — often appeared to be wearing blinders. On multiple occasions, the IAEA reported it could find no evidence Iran was doing anything more than ...

Thanks from Kissimmee Utilities

Letters

(New Ulm Mayor Robert Beussman has passed along this letter of thanks from Kissimmee, Florida. He would like all to know of the good work done by the utility crew that traveled to Florida to help out in the wake of Hurricane Irma.) Dear Mayor Beussman: On behalf of the Kissimmee Utility ...

Pray for those living sinful lifestyle

Letters

To the editor: For those that say they believe in Christ Jesus: do you know what is going on in the world, your country, your state, in your community? Do you know that one of the senators from Minnesota speaks as though a Catholic should not be allowed to sit on the Seventh Circuit Court of ...

Equifax fiasco

Editorials

The digital economy has changed the face of crime. No longer is it necessary for a thief to approach you with a gun to take your money, or to break into your house to steal your goods. Nowadays, a computer hacker who isn’t even on the same continent as you can steal your personal information, ...

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Editorials

Butterflies rebound THUMBS UP: This year we have seen more Monarch butterflies flittering around the city than we have seen in the past several years. We don’t know all the factors responsible for that, but we would guess a lot has to do with the emphasis on planting gardens and fields with ...

A needless loss

Editorials

Wayzata Police Officer William Mathews was laid to his final rest Thursday, escorted, as are all police heroes who lose their life in the line of duty, by a convoy of fellow police officers from around the state and across the nation. His death is especially sad, because it was so needless. ...

Dog Days in New Ulm

Letters

To the editor: Having had many experiences with the dogs of New Ulm, as a person who loves to walk and uses those sidewalks whose importance is discounted by some, I’ve more than noticed the current discussions regarding in what way dogs are to be “under direct control” in New Ulm. I ...

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