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Good Luck KnightsTHUMBS UP: Sleepy Eye St. Mary's football team is heading to the Metrodome on Saturday after advancing in the Class A Minnesota State High School League football tournament. The Knights will play Dawson-Boyd at 9 a.m.The Knights have played 12 playoff games in the last three ...

Corridors of Commerce recognizes Highway 14

The state announced the 10 projects included in the $300 million "Corridors of Commerce" bonding program, and it is gratifying that the Highway 14 expansion project will receive up to $73 million in state funding for three of its five projects that had been submitted for consideration.That is ...

Aid to the Philippines

Whenever anyone in the world is suffering from a massive natural disaster, Americans are among the first to send aid. That is as it should be.But people with stronger links than most to us are in agony now, because of what may have been the strongest typhoon on record.For more than a century, ...

Aid to the Philippines

Whenever anyone in the world is suffering from a massive natural disaster, Americans are among the first to send aid. That is as it should be.But people with stronger links than most to us are in agony now, because of what may have been the strongest typhoon on record.For more than a century, ...

Black Friday creep

Black Friday seems to be gaining ground as one of the nation's leading holidays, right up there with Christmas, New Year's and Thanksgiving, and second only, perhaps, to Super Bowl Sunday.Black Friday is the nickname for the Friday after Thanksgiving, which has long been considered the opening ...

Weeds: The wages of sin – a hangover

I was at the early Sunday Mass at St. Mary's in Sleepy Eye. My brain was full of stuff about harvest work and the family. It was all swirling around in there, and I began to settle myself as I try to do every Sunday. That is one of the gifts of church; it can be like stepping into the eye of ...

Time for football to join the rest of civilized society

This nation loves football, especially professional football. But it's time for this nation to quit excusing a lot of bad, boorish behavior because "that's football."The recent case of Miami Dolphins lineman Jonathan Martin has revealed an ugly side to football that the NFL should take steps to ...

Honor veterans with more than ‘thank you’

We have come a long way as a nation in our attitude toward our military veterans since the Vietnam era. During that deeply unpopular war, when so many back home protested against American military involvement, returning veterans were more likely to get a comment like "Baby Killer!" than a thank ...

Eagle Update: Academic preparation

While educators, politicians, and media often focus on student data based on low academics, New Ulm High School remains focused on providing academic opportunities for all student needs. Resources are provided to allow students to maximize their potential and to provide educational ...

Apologies aside, ACA needs more time

President Obama apologized, sort of, this past week for telling people they could keep their health plans under the new Affordable Care Act, when he knew the rules would force millions of policies to be canceled. He apologized for the delays and the glitches in the web site where people are ...

Why state needs a farm bill now

This fall, Congress has an important opportunity to create jobs and grow the economy by passing a long-term, comprehensive Food, Farm and Jobs Bill. The Farm Bill impacts every American, every day by providing a wide range of programs that strengthen our nation.The Farm Bill is crucial to ...

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Synergy on the hillTHUMBS UP: There's a lot of synergy going on up on North Highland Avenue, where construction has begun on Highland Regency House. Synergy is, of course, the combination of two or more factors or entities that add up to more than the sum of their parts.The 50-unit independent ...

Study confirms fears over rural roads

The Center for Rural Policy and Development in St. Peter came out with a report on Thursday that doesn't really surprise us. It really validates the suspicions and fears many have had about the future state of rural roads in Minnesota.The study, "Roads Less Traveled," concludes that the state ...

Insignificant numbers?

Millions of Americans already have received notices that, because of the Affordable Care Act, the health insurance policies they have will not be renewed. They will have to buy new government-approved coverage - at higher cost.But the White House insists the number of people affected is ...

Ranked choice voting experiment

Minneapolis was giving ranked choice voting a big test on Tuesday as voters came to the polls to select not just one mayoral candidate out of a field of 35 candidates, but picking their second and third choices as well.Under ranked choice voting, also known as instant runoff voting, voters ...

National Adoption Awareness Month: one family’s story

I vividly remember asking so many questions to God... Why me?, What is your plan for our family? What did I do to deserve this? If only I knew then what I know nowFast forward almost nine years, and all my questions have been answered. I have two amazing children through adoption and my life is ...

EPA hearings aimed a minimal dissent

Environmental Protection Agency officials and President Barack Obama don't care what those affected by their plan to close more coal-fired power plants think about the idea. That has been made obvious by the agency's schedule for "listening" hearings on the plan.Hearings were scheduled in ...

Flaws? What flaws?

The new national health insurance law, has become something like a runaway locomotive - doing an enormous amount of damage but with no one willing to ease off on the throttle. But don't expect President Barack Obama to agree to suggestions that the so-called "individual mandate" be postponed ...

Nature’s vandals

People seem to have an inborn inclination to leave their mark upon the world. Some do it through great works and noble deeds that will be remembered long after they are gone. Some do it by defacing public monuments.A couple of recent incidents gained their perpetrators the kind of fame, or ...

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Community DinnerThumbs Up: The word came Friday that the Community Friends of New Ulm will continue to put on a Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner in town. With Jim Thomas, the founder and long-time organizer of the dinner moving to the Twin Cities, there had been some question as to whether ...