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Graduation time THUMBS UP: The snow has finally melted, just in time for high school graduations in the area. Martin Luther College held its commencement ceremonies last Saturday, and this Sunday Cathedral High School kicks off a seven-day period that will see all three local high schools ...

VA service

Opponents of a measure to make it easier for military veterans to see private-sector health care providers instead of relying on the Department of Veterans Affairs have one big complaint: Doing that could lead to privatizing the VA, they complain. Horrors! Take control of veterans’ health ...

Tax bill tangle

We know Gov. Mark Dayton doesn’t like the Republican tax bill that is making its way through the House and Senate. It doesn’t look like his. The Republican plan lowers the tax rates for businesses and individuals. It would use the gains from conforming to the new federal tax rules to do ...

Hands free cell phone bill won’t get vote – why not?

It would seem to be one of the most common-sense bills that was proposed in the Legislature this year, a bill that would require drivers to use only hands-free cell phones. With all of the reports of accidents, injuries and fatalities related to distracted driving, it would seem like an easy ...

Tax deal won’t be easy to figure

House and Senate Republicans came to an agreement on their separate versions of a state tax overhaul over the weekend. But before it can become law it has to get Gov. Mark Dayton’s signature, and that will require more negotiations. These days it is never just about the tax bill, or the ...

What’s next in Iran?

Former President Barack Obama and his aides were very good at one thing — painting the nation into corners. They did it with health care, their campaign against coal and affordable electricity, and their deal with Iran. Irreparable damage was done in every case. It remains for President ...

‘Non-disruptive’ drug price policy

The large pharmaceutical companies breathed a huge sigh of relief on Friday when President Donald Trump outlined his plan for bringing down skyrocketing drug prices. His plan eschewed the possible measures they most dreaded, such as allowing Medicare to use its incredible volume of drug ...

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Tourism award THUMBS UP: The late Arnold Koelpin was a former MLC professor a former mayor, and an all-around enthusiast about New Ulm and its history. So it is no surprise that he was honored this week with the New Ulm Tourism Person of the Year award by the New Ulm Convention and Visitors ...

Ten days to go

It doesn’t take Nostradamus to predict this: Ten days from now, on Sunday, May 20, Minnesota legislators will be entering the last day of a marathon sesssion of debating, issuing statements to the media criticizing their political opponents for being obstructionist, offering amendment after ...

Kim’s game is to downplay Trump

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un may be telegraphing his punch. If so, it would answer the question of what his charm offensive is designed to accomplish. President Donald Trump and Kim plan to meet in person to discuss a way to alleviate tension over Pyongyang’s weapons buildup. High ...

Take all school threats seriously

There was a time when the idea of arresting a 10-year-old child would be laughable to most people. Zero-tolerance policies resulting in the arrests of young children for minor offenses that should have been treated with common sense and flexibility were rightly met with derision. Such is not ...

Haspel has earned fair consideration

To her credit, Gina Haspel, nominated by President Donald Trump to head the CIA, offered last week to withdraw from contention. Reportedly, White House officials, no doubt with Trump’s knowledge, told her she retains the president’s confidence. Good. Haspel spent much of her career at the ...

Dueling on Corridors

Since the controversial announcement of the Minnesota Corridors of Commerce funding last week, we’ve hade dueling columns from state officials involved with the decision on this page. On Friday, MnDOT Commissioner Charlie Zelle defended the funding decisions that concentrated all the ...

Seattle takes risk with ‘head tax’ plan

Events in Seattle are re-emphasizing a point about economic development that too many government officials seem to have forgotten: Don’t bite the hand that feeds you. Officials in that West Coast city have said they plan to establish a new “head tax” on businesses that gross more than ...

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Take care on roads SIDEWAYS THUMB: The highway construction in and around New Ulm can be a hassle and an inconvenience. It can also be dangerous. This week a semi driver failed to stop at the stop sign placed at Highway 14 and Nicollet Co. 37. He slammed into a car drive by Gary L. Lienig, ...

Scrutiny of FBI is no threat to security

Disgraced, fired FBI Director James Comey is saying that attacks on the agency are dangerous because they undermine public confidence in the nation’s top law enforcement institution. Nonsense. Comey is wrong, and we suspect he knows it. In a telephone interview with The Associated ...

DOD needs to protect its troops from sexual assault

Many victims of sexual assault or harassment do not come forward because they are afraid of retaliation. One might suppose that if any employer could protect them, it would be the U.S. military. But the number of armed service members reporting they were retaliated against for filing sexual ...

MnDOT cuts off Greater Minnesota

On Oct. 29, 1975, President Gerald Ford gave a speech explaining why he opposed granting federal money to help New York City avoid bankruptcy. The next day the New York Daily News ran one of the most famous headlines in the history of journalism: “Ford to City: Drop Dead.” We won’t go ...

Has Kim turned over a new leaf?

What sort of game is North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un playing? The question became more difficult to answer during the weekend, in the wake of an historic meeting between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. A spokesman for Moon told reporters Kim assured the South Korean leader he ...

NCAA needs to have all involved buy in to reformation plan

During her time as U.S. secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice had to navigate the quagmire that is Washington, D.C. One wonders whether she found the world of college basketball to be even more of a swamp. Rice headed a commission formed to recommend solutions to rampant corruption in NCAA ...

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