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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 ...

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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 ...

Assassination joke isn’t funny

There are a some things you just know you shouldn’t do, like joke about a bomb in your carry-on luggage at the airport. A Rosemount teacher learned the hard way this week that you also shouldn’t twitter about assassinating the newest Supreme Court justice on Twitter. The special ...

How will Court, Senate fare after hearings?

Justice Brett Kavanaugh takes his seat on the U.S. Supreme Court today for his first hearing since his contentious confirmation. He will no doubt be getting more attention than any other new justice in recent memory. He will likely face a phalanx of protestors calling for his impeachment beore ...

Justice needs victims to act promptly

We‘re sure that those who advocate for victims of crime in our society would say that these fellow citizens deserve sympathy and understanding. Some, including those who are victims of sexual assault, may also feel ashamed or embarrassed, although, of course, they have done nothing wrong. ...

Kim should call off his hackers

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un insists he is prepared to scrap his nuclear weapons and, presumably, his intercontinental missiles. But he didn’t say anything about cyberwarfare. Whether Kim will keep his promises about military hardware remains to be seen. Indeed, as President Donald ...

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Oktoberfest is here THUMBS UP: Oktoberfest is here in New Ulm. Congratulations to the Oktoberfest organizers who strive to make this a fun, festive, family oriented celebration in New Ulm. There is a long schedule of events going on today, from the Hermann 5K in the morning, to the ...

FBI report is in; what does it say?

The FBI’s weeklong investigation into allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is in, and as Kavanaugh himself told the Senate, the FBI doesn’t come to conclusions, it just tells you what people said. So what does the report say? Only a few people know — the White House ...

Waiting on Mueller

As often is the case when special counsel investigations are launched in Washington, the one headed by Robert Mueller has become far more complex and wide-ranging than some observers expected. It was in May 2017 that Mueller was told by the Justice Department to form a team and investigate ...

Goons in our midst

We don’t know what possesses some people to mindlessly destroy things that couldn’t possibly offend or hurt them. The latest example occured last week in Springfield, where the city just set up an array of solar panels on Wednesday, in response to the community’s desire to have a ...

Farm bill misfire

Once every five years, Congress is called upon to pass a Farm Bill, one that sets government policy on a wide variety of agriculture programs, from commodity trade programs, to conservation programs, to organic agriculture, to support for beginning farmers and ranchers, to loans and subsidies ...

Good reasons for flu shots

Have you gotten your flu shot yet? Why not? Many health care professionals are urging the public — especially those who, because of age or existing health conditions may be more vulnerable to the flu — to get immunized as soon as possible. They have a very good reason for being worried. ...