Editorials

School Board tossup

In the District 88 School Board election this year we have four candidates vying for three positions. The three incumbents, Duane Winter (12 years on the board), Steven Gag and Melissa Sunderman, are all seeking re-election, and their are joined by a 4th, challenger Amanda Groebner. The ...

Seidl for Sheriff

The campaign for Brown County Sheriff has generated more letters to the editor than any other local race this fall. The interest is high, and pros and cons have been listed for both candidates. We have two highly qualified candidates with very different backgrounds. Brown County Chief Deputy ...

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Human Rights award THUMBS UP: Congratulations to Alma Marin, who earlier this week received the New Ulm Human Rights Commission’s annual Human Rights Award. Marin is a tireless worker for the rights of everyone, and has served this community on many boards and commissions. She is also ...

Prochniak for Auditor-Treasurer

In the race for the Brown County Auditor-Treasurer, the difference in experience between the two candidates is telling. Jean Prochniak, the incumbent Auditor-Treasurer, has been working in the office for the past 38 years. She was elected to the position four years ago after assisting Marlin ...

No place for terrorism  

Someone has been very busy in the past week, mailing packages containing pipe bombs to 10 high-profile Democratic figures, including former president Barack Obama, former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, George Soros, former Vice President Joe Biden, actor Robert DeNiro and to CNN, all ...

Mack in 4th Ward

As in the New Ulm Mayoral election, voters in the 4th Ward City Council election have a difficult decision on Nov. 6 trying to decide between two good candidates. Larry Mack is finishing his first term as the 4th Ward council member. His challenger is Andrea Boettger, a candidate with good ...

Beussman has earned another term

The election for New Ulm Mayor presents citizens with a difficult choice. In Robert Beussman and Kathleen Backer, voters have two excellent candidates willing and able to do the job of mayor. Both, we feel, would do an excellent job. So who should be elected? As one of only two city offices ...

Torkelson deserves return to House 16B

The Journal begins its political endorsements this week with the House 16B race, which features Rep. Paul Torkelson, the Republican and the DFL candidate, Mindy Kimmel. We encourage voters to return Torkelson to the State Capitol. His ten years of experience in the Legislature give him the ...

Turkey should release evidence

Saudi Arabia now acknowledges journalist Jamal Khashoggi died in its Turkish consulate on Oct. 2, that he was there for a meeting to discuss his return to Saudi Arabia, and that the discussion turned into an angry argument, and then into a “fistfight” with the crew of Saudi agents he was ...

On beyond Kavanaugh

By their actions this past week, it seems Democratic leaders in the Senate are not content with their unsuccessful efforts to derail the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh. It appears no judicial nominee from the Trump administration is to get an easy hearing. Senate Judiciary Committee ...

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Farm tragedies Pointer: Sadly, the issue of farm safety during harvest season became tragically urgent this week in Brown County. On Wednesday, two farm accidents within a few hours of each other claimed the life of a New Ulm area farmer, John Hoffmann, and sent a 19-year-old Sleepy Eye man, ...

Caravans being sent our way

Clearly, officials in some Central and South American countries are capitalizing on U.S. domestic policies to handle some of their own problems. The fact they get to embarrass President Donald Trump’s administration seems to be a bonus for some of them. Rampant violence and poor economies ...

Council questions

Former New Ulm City Council President Dan Beranek said it succinctly at Tuesday’s city council meeting — “This whole thing stinks a lot.” What stinks is the sudden decision by City Manager Brian Gramentz to resign late in August, a decision announced at the Aug. 21 council meeting ...

Justice must exist even for Weinstein

Entertainment mogul Harvey Weinstein was chosen long ago as the poster pervert for the #MeToo movement. Yet last week, he became a reminder that justice in America is for everyone, not just people we like. Weinstein has been accused by many women of having used his power to victimize them ...

Times are changing

We already have ample evidence that the world of internet commerce has shaken the “bricks and mortar” businesses. Locally, the closing of the Bon-Ton Stores shut down our local Herberger’s. Other retailers like Target, Kmart and Pamida have been gone for years. Now, the nation is ...

The risks of space travel

Space exploration is dangerous. No amount of technological advances and expensive safeguards changes the fact that the brave women and men who travel beyond the atmosphere have agreed to be strapped to the tops of massive amounts of explosives. We were reminded of the hazards this week, when ...

Saudis must answer for missing journalist

Jamal Khashoggi, a journalist with the Washington Post who has written critically of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, walked into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey on Oct. 2, and disappeared. Turkish officials believe he was tortured and killed by a Saudi assassination squad. The ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Infrastructure grade Thumbs Down: Earlier this week the MInnesota Society of Civil Engineers gave its report card for Minnesota’s infrastructure. We managed to pass, but certainly not with flying colors. Minnesota got a “C” overall for things like aviation, bridges, dams, drinking ...

Let’s be ready to help Florida

Florida’s panhandle has been hit by what Gov. Rick Scott describes as “an absolute monster” of a hurricane. The full extent of the devastation and loss of life remains to be determined. Minnesota needs to provide whatever help is within our power. Because Florida is a haven for ...

National Newspaper Week: Journalism matters

This is National Newspaper Week, observed annually for 78 years in our country. The theme for 2018 is, “Journalism matters — now more than ever.” Journalism does matter. Fact-finders, reporters, questioners ... they matter precisely because too many in positions of power wish they did ...

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