Opinion

Court rules in favor of voters

Editorials

The Minnesota Supreme Court on Monday rejected the Minnesota DFL's petition to remove Donald Trump from Minnesota's November ballot. The court ruled that the DFL had waited to long to file its protest, which was based on a technicality of the state's election law.The court said the timeline of ...

Government?

Letters

To the editor:This government has failed to protect the people. It has displayed the inability to solve our national problems. This is an insult to our values. The government blames gun control for the violence. Violence is making the country more divided. We should respond to the hate in this ...

Lessons from Jacob

Columns

On a Saturday morning, there were texts on my phone. We have a group that begins most mornings with a baseball topic of the day or rehashing the latest Twins' implosion. Not today. Instead, "FBI told where to find Jacob Wetterling's remains," followed rapidly by "Wow!" "Serious?" and "Such a ...

North Korea won’t be deterred by talk or sanctions

Editorials

There has been no indication for years that North Korea was slackening the pace of its arms buildup. Nothing the rest of the world has done in response has proven effective.Just a few days ago, in quick succession, Pyongyang conducted tests of new missiles and improved nuclear devices. The ...

How long will VA get away with overruns?

Editorials

wMembers of Congress finally are showing some overdue concern about another outrage at the Department of Veterans Affairs. They are demanding an explanation for why a new VA hospital in the Denver area is costing taxpayers nearly $1.7 billion.The original estimate for the facility was ...

After 15 years, still fighting terrorism

Editorials

Fifteen years ago, our nation was shocked to its core by the Sept. 11 attacks. A squad of 19 radical Muslim militants from the group al-Qaida, armed with box cutters, took over four jet airliners. Two of them crashed into the World Trade Center in New York, ultimately bringing both towers down ...

Wetterling case: What do we do next?

Columns

It may have taken close to 30 years, but Tuesday, Patty and Jerry Wetterling finally got some answers.In agonizing detail, they listened in a Minnesota court room as their son's killer confessed to what happened in a pasture one horrific October evening in 1989.What happened after the ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

HermannFestThumbs Up: New Ulm's HermannFest takes place today. It is one of the newest, and is becoming one of the more popular of New Ulm's many festivals.That is due in large part to the spectacular fireworks over the Hermann Monument that will take place tonight. The fireworks debuted in ...

Sad conclusion to storied career

Editorials

J Robinson's long and highly effective career as the University of Minnesota wrestling coach came to an end Wednesday when Mark Coyle, the U's Athletic Director, announced Robinson was being fired for his actions last spring when members of his program were found to be using and dealing the ...

Can’t deny environmental science

Letters

To the editor:Your editorial Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016 was sad from several perspectives. President Obama and many others are working to move the United States and the world from a fossil fuel economy to one of renewable sources of energy. This is being recommended by climate scientists and ...

Biosolids

Columns

Editor's Note: The City of New Ulm presents a weekly column highlighting activities in different departments in the city government. Once a month the city will answer questions from readers. Questions on New Ulm city issues can be sent to comments@ci.new-ulm.mn.us.As the season changes and fall ...

The awful truth

Editorials

Danny Heinrich, the man who led authorities to the body of his victim, Jacob Wetterling, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of possession of child pornography. But at the same hearing, as part of a plea agreement, he confessed to the kidnapping, sexual assault and murder of the 11-year-old St. ...

Mourning with the Wetterlings

Columns

It was a tough time for a lot of people, and for me, back in October 1989, when the disappearance of Jacob Wetterling shocked the state and the nation.Minnesotans were shocked by the brazen kidnapping of an 11-year-old boy, in front of his brother and his friend. It was shocking that it ...

Dealing with China?

Editorials

Politics has made stranger bedfellows under President Barack Obama than at any other time during recent memory.He insists he trusts Iran to put its nuclear weapons plan on hold, despite evidence Tehran already is cheating on its promise to do so.Obama has normalized relations with Cuba, even ...

Standing is Patriotism

Letters

To the editor:I am a Vietnam veteran. These statements are a resonse to Mr. Orear's column on Sept. 4. I promised to uphold and defend the Constitution. The First Amendment is a right for all people.The flag is not the cause of inequality. The policies of this government are to blame. Mr. ...

The Zipper Merge

Columns

Question: Could you explain the Zipper Merge for merging into construction zones in Minnesota? I have tried using the Zipper Merge many times and it seems that hardly anyone else on the road knows about how it is supposed to work. If another driver intentionally blocks a lane, isn't that ...

Overdose epidemic

Editorials

First Huntington, W.Va. Then Cincinnati, Ohio. Now Louisville, Ky. An epidemic that might be called the White Death is sweeping that region of the country.It is heroin with an additive that makes it even more dangerous than the primary product, which is what many buyers think they are getting. ...

Shaggy lawns observed on his walk

Letters

To the editor:These are observations made while taking the daily fitness walk:New Ulm slowly is losing its reputation for well-kept lawns. Now there are many lawns that have more weeds than regular lawn grass - and some of them aren't mowed often enough.First came the dandelions in spring, then ...

The bottom line: It’s the workers

Editorials

It's a phrase we hear time and again, to the point of becoming a clich - "the bottom line." It refers, of course, to the bottom line of a company's financial report, which shows how much money the company makes. Companies keep and eye on the bottom. Investors and shareholders expect it to be ...

Jacob Wetterling’s story has affected us all

Editorials

It appears the story of Jacob Wetterling is having its last chapter written, at long last, nearly 27 years after his abduction and disappearance burned his image into our consciousness. Human remains have been found in a field pointed out by a person of interest in his abduction. As of Saturday ...