Opinion

State government has grown too big

Editorials

The federal government is bloated and broke. A potential spending frenzy is building in St. Paul. Yet very little government does is efficient or effective. Despite the poor track record, we are constantly told that the solution is not less government but more. Why? A group of Republicans in ...

Heart of New Ulm: Heart of New Ulm ready for 2019 and beyond

Columns

Happy New Year, New Ulm, and a heartfelt thank you! On behalf all of us at the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation® (MHIF), we express our deepest appreciation to everyone in New Ulm who has contributed to the tremendous success of The Heart of New Ulm Project (HONU) since 2009. It’s ...

MLK Day a good time to refocus

Editorials

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is being celebrated today. It is the only national holiday dedicated to a private citizen. He earned that honor by leading Americans through the civil rights battle of the 1960s, a battle that resulted in landmark legislation and court rulings that removed ...

Common sense, courtesy, and the closed door

Letters

To the editor: Virtually every home in America has walls and a door (or doors) which are most of the time closed and sometimes locked. Some homes also have fences and security systems and perhaps even walls to insure safety and protect property. Welcome family members are able to come in to ...

Nancy Pelosi and the Art of the ‘No Deal’

Editorials

President Donald Trump considers himself a savvy negotiator, author of “The Art of the Deal,” a man who can find ways to bring about desired ends and “win-win” situations. He’s finding political dealmaking is very different from business negotiations. His attempt on Saturday to ...

What’s Going On: Chances for a wall, legal pot and Shopko

Columns

After driving into winter storm Gia last weekend and watching another round of winter weather roll into southwest Minnesota Friday, my appreciation for the accuracy of 21st century meteorologists continues to increase. While I have no quantifiable data to support this, it would appear the ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Hats off to Batt THUMBS UP: New Ulm High School senior Joey Batt grabbed the all time New Ulm high school basketball scoring record this week with a 21-point performance against Delano. With that she surpassed Galen Holtzhueter, who set the previous record of 2,053 points for Minnesota ...

Marijuana debate needs to be thorough

Editorials

The debate on whether to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Minnesota has begun at the state capitol. Proponents and opponents of legalization held their own capitol news conferences Wednesday. At one opponents of the idea criticized legalization. When supporters began to interject ...

Town Talk: How to be a NUCAT volunteer producer

Columns

New Ulm Community Access Television (NUCAT) is a service available to all citizens of New Ulm. Our mission is to create television programming with the intent to inform, educate, and entertain by highlighting local issues, events, and people. Cable “access” means that the medium is ...

State can’t afford to assume federal programs burden

Editorials

The federal government shutdown is portrayed by many, and many in the media, as a prescription for pain. They say the poor federal workers and recipients of government assistance are made to suffer because politicians cannot get along and resolve their dispute. Another way to view the ...

Compromise vital to ending shutdown

Editorials

Some agencies of government have been idled, or nearly so, since Dec. 22. That is a record for a standoff between the executive and legislative branches of government. The dispute is ridiculous. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has vowed that Democrats will not approve ...

MVL grateful for recognition

Letters

To the editor: On behalf of everyone at Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School, I would like to thank Travis Rosenau and the New Ulm Journal for featuring our school in this week’s Lifestyle section of the Sunday paper. We greatly appreciated the work that Travis did to prepare for and ...

Fight against Alzheimer’s

Letters

To the editor: The Alzheimer’s Association estimates there are more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease and more than 16 million Alzheimer’s caregivers. As an Alzheimer’s Advocate, it is my honor to represent them. With it being a new year, I would like to say ...

Wheelage tax

Letters

To the editor: Belated Holiday Greetings. As most of you know, NIcollet County as well as many other counties, levy a wheelage tax to help support our county roads. I became aware of a problem, thanks to Mr. Schmit and Mr. Beranek, with regards to our residents who have non-Nicollet County ...

Brown County Browser: Be careful around snow plows

Columns

Winter is here which means snowplows will be out plowing and sanding the roads during snow and ice events. These snowplows travel much slower than the speed limit to be the most effective in clearing roads. Recommendations for driving near a snowplow are: STAY ALERT FOR SNOWPLOWS – ...

Weeds: Move it: It’s good for you

Columns

I will now summarize all the current fitness recommendations by researchers and doctors: Do anything. There it is. Exactly two words. I usually write around a thousand, so I’ll add some. Do anything. Just move. In an overly complex world, this is beautifully simple. Anything: bike, ...

Please give the gift of life

Editorials

This week the American Red Cross is conducting a blood drive in New Ulm. We always want to encourage people to step up and donate blood, but this time the need is more urgent. On Monday the Red Cross issued an emergency call for blood. Over the holidays, the Red Cross collected more than ...

Setting priorities

Editorials

Minnesota legislators have spent the first week or two of the new legislative session announcing their priorities — the bills they want to pass, the issues they wish to address. Democrats in the House introduced their first ten bills, focusing on health care for all and making it easier to ...

Powell reminds nation that its debt is looming

Editorials

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, unlike his predecessors, believes that the language he uses to talk about economic matters should be fairly straightforward so that citizens can understand him. He decries what he describes as “irritating” insider language. Good for him. We like his ...