Editorials

School Safety Plan

Gov. Mark Dayton’s School Safety plan, which he presented Wednesday, is not focused on guns, which is a pleasant difference in the post-Parkland national debate. The governor’s plan focuses on schools, and keeping guns out of them. The governor is proposing $21 million in new funding for ...

Nitrate proposal will take some persuading

Gov. Mark Dayton and Ag Commissioner David Frederickson on Tuesday introduce their new plan to lower the nitrate levels in Minnesota’s groundwater. The plan calls for farmers to “look twice at their practice of spreading nitrate... on their land in the fall.” We can hear the local ...

Statue to Barry is not merited

The movement to remove statues honoring flawed Americans — those who fought on the wrong side during the Civil War, for example, or founding fathers who may have owned slaves — has gained strength. That should make it especially jarring that the city of Washington, D.C., has just erected ...

MNLARS failure

A reader emailed us with information following our last criticism of the Minnesota License and Registration System (MNLARS) boondoggle, which stated that Republicans in the House are trying to pin the blame on Gov. Mark Dayton. The reader pointed out that the decision to upgrade MNLARS was made ...

MNLARS mess

We have agreed that tossing another $43 million into the effort to fix the Minnesota License and Registration System (MNLARS) shouldn’t be undertaken without the assurance that it will actually fix the problem. But the Minnesota House’s refusal last week to approve an immediate $10 million ...

What does Trump think on guns?

One of the criticisms of President Donald Trump is that he tends to agree with the last person to talk to him on an issue. That seems to be evident with the president’s statements on gun control since the school shooting in Parkland, Florida on Feb. 14. Speaking at the Conservative Liberal ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Area wrestling THUMBS UP: Congratulations to all the area wrestlers who are participating in the Minnesota State High School League State Wrestling Tournament this weekend. Eighteen wrestlers, including 10 from Sibley East, are competing. Good luck to all in the tournament. A clean ...

Who would enforce new gun rules?

Regardless of how you feel about new restrictions on gun ownership, ask yourself this: Who would be enforcing them? The same FBI that failed to act on warnings Nikolas Cruz was dangerous, allowing him to slaughter 17 people at a high school? The FBI that cleared Dylann Roof to buy the guns he ...

Governor should feel the MNLARS pain

The Dayton Administration, which has wasted nearly $100 million on a state vehicle licensing computer system that doesn’t work very well, says it needs another $43 million to make it work, and it needs $10 million of that right away to get started on the fix. Republicans in the Legislature, ...

Suppressing speech with high fees

Some higher education administrators seem to have decided to bring back the ’60s — in a completely unacceptable manner. Veterans of civil rights and anti-war demonstrations during the 1960s may remember one tactic employed against them: parade permits. Public officials who just didn’t ...

North Korean no-show

With the Winter Olympics in South Korea history, the process of counting the medals has begun. Give Vice President Mike Pence and President Donald Trump a gold medal for trying. But recognize, too, that they had no competition: North Korea’s “team” didn’t show up for the ...

Gun control: Let’s talk about it

Outside of abortion, there is hardly a more sensitive and polarizing issue in America than gun control. The all-too-frequent mass shootings in America create a kneejerk spate of demands, charges, countercharges about what to do about gun violence, but that wailing and crying soon recedes into ...

Billy Graham – a good and faithful servant

It is not going too far to conclude that the Rev. Billy Graham, who died Wednesday at age 99, was unrivaled in his field during our time. It happened that his chosen life’s work was winning converts to Christianity. It mattered not to Graham, a Southern Baptist, whether people agreed with ...

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Bob Dahl, volunteer THUMBS UP: Bob Dahl, who died this week at age 91, was a beloved presence at New Ulm Public Schools, his alma mater. In his later years, Dahl was also something of an iconic local sight, riding his scooter all around town. For many years, Dahl was the one-man operation ...

‘First, you’ve got to get mad’

In the 1976 movie “Network,” aging TV news anchor Howard Beale goes on a rant on the air, telling people he doesn’t have the answers to their problems, but “All I know is that first you've got to get mad... So I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I ...

Law enforcement knew about Cruz

We doubt any reasonable person, regardless of beliefs on Americans’ Second Amendment rights, would argue about the significance of a single number involving Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old who massacred 17 people at a Florida high school. The number is 39. It is the number of times Broward ...

Doing something, even if it doesn’t work

Everyone likes to be seen as doing something about major problems. Never mind whether that “something” actually helps. It seems appearances count more than reality. On Saturday, members of the National Association of Secretaries of State were assured by a Facebook representative that the ...

FBI needs to change its ways after Florida shooting mistake

Could the mass murder of 17 people, most of them children, at a Florida high school last week have been prevented? We will never know with certainty. What we do know is that someone in the FBI was tipped off months ago that someone named Nikolas Cruz had threatened to “be a professional ...

The need to fortify our schools

Remember when public school officials could plan capital improvements campaigns focusing only on new gymnasiums, better science lab equipment, nicer classrooms and the like? Remember when they could spend personnel money on teachers, custodians, bus drivers, etc.? Now, they have to think ...

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State Hockey Trip THUMBS UP: Congratulations to the New Ulm High School Girls’ Hockey Team, which is heading to the Minnesota State High School League Class A hockey tournament this weekend. The Eagles defeated Delano/Rockford in the Section 2A champioship game Thursday to earn the ...

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