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Here’s to SPOTS THUMBS UP: The youth group SPOTS (Students Performing On Tough Situations) is celebrating its 20th anniversary on April 14. The group, part of Healthy Communities / Healthy Youth, does just what its name suggests. These kids get together, and with the help of director Sheldon ...

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To the editor: Issues of civics should be addressed to the uncivil. The city of Sleepy Eye has charged a handicapped renter $60 for being late to shovel snow from the city side walk. Recently, the same city has dug a utility pole on the same private property avoiding the city alley property. ...

State of the State

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Gov. Tim Walz gave a different kind of State of the State speech Wednesday, one that wasn’t written down and read from a teleprompter. It focused a lot on ordinary people in Minnesota, whose stories Walz wanted to tell to illustrate his talking points. Like his speech, Walz wants ...

Town Talk: Celebrate National Library Week!

Columns

National Library Week will take place this year from April 7 – 13. It is a national observance, first sponsored in 1958, by the American Library Association and libraries across the country every April. It’s a wonderful time to celebrate the contributions of libraries and library staff and ...

Transportation needs reliable source of funding

Editorials

The transportation debate in the state Legislature is circling back around to the old argument of the past — want more funding for roads and bridges? Then raise the gas tax. Gov. Tim Walz wants to raise it by 20 cents a gallon — a 70 percent increase. Democrats in the House agree. ...

Trump/Hagedorn health plan — nothing

Letters

To the editor: President Trump and his minions such as Congressman Jim Hagedorn want to destroy critical health insurance reforms, but have no replacement plan. Republicans failed repeatedly to repeal the Affordable Care Act. In July 2017 Senator McCain and others voted against repeal ...

Thank you to our firefighters

Letters

To the editor: We would like to take this opportunity to thank our amazing New Ulm Fire Department, Chief Paul Macho and all firefighters, for putting their lives on the line, each and every day, for all of us. We feel confident and safe knowing these amazing, dependable, dedicated, men ...

Butina case may help focus on Kremlin

Editorials

Democrat Party leaders’ laser-focus on allegations that President Donald Trump cooperated with the Russian government to influence the 2016 election does a great disservice to the nation — and not just because the claims have been proven wrong. Special counsel Robert Mueller and his team ...

Brown County Browser: Protection of vulnerable adults

Columns

Just as the State of Minnesota requires that every county provide child protective services the same is true for vulnerable adults. Brown County screened 140 reports and conducted 44 investigations of alleged maltreatment of vulnerable adults in 2018. All mandated reporters are required ...

Replacing ACA harder than repeal

Editorials

Health insurance entitlements have become the new third rail of politics. Many members of Congress, both Republicans and Democrats, are so worried about alienating millions of voters that they are unwilling to tinker with the massive government takeover of health insurance — even if they ...

Barr should release nearly the full report

Editorials

Just two considerations need to be taken care of before Attorney General William Barr makes the special counsel Robert Mullers report available to Congress and thus, to the American people. First is national security. It may be that the report contains some material that would be helpful to ...

Carbon capture chances unlikely

Letters

To the editor: Reveal, produced by the Center for Investigative Reporting, had a recent program which captured people from the fossil fuel industries and their lobbyists laughing amongst themselves about how successful they have been in controlling the Interior Department under the Trump ...

Bad messages in Smollet case

Editorials

Television actor Jussie Smollett lied when he claimed he was the victim of a racist, anti-gay attack in Chicago, police there maintain. They say he used two accomplices to stage the assault, in a bid for publicity he may have hoped would help his career. Yet, other than a few days in jail ...

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Is it getting hot here? THUMBS UP: Or is it just New Ulm? With the Star Tribune Magazine declaring New Ulm this week to be one of the “5 Hottest Small Towns” to visit, we can expect to see an influx of bon vivants and hipsters, looking for some “hot” New Ulm atmosphere. If plans to ...

“A Wonderful Life”

Letters

To the Editor: A Wonderful Life It would’ve been a wonderful life Had you just let me live. I had potential, promise, pulse; I had so much to give. It would’ve been a wonderful life; My family traits were true. My hands and feet resembled Dad’s; My face looked just like ...

Special Olympics funding disaster

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It would be easier to feel sorry for Education Secretary Betsy DeVos if the $17.6 million cut she included in her department’s budget was going to be rebated to taxpayers or, perhaps, used to help pay down the national debt. But the federal government never, ever spends less. The budget goes ...

Town Talk: Spring asphalt maintenance

Columns

The top priority of the Street Department is to maintain the integrity of the street and alley pavements to ensure they are in a safe and useable condition and to ensure proper drainage for storm runoff. As the weather warms and the snow melts the first maintenance activity we perform is ...

Russia’s real threat

Editorials

Many Americans, perhaps millions, became unwitting tools of Russian President Vladimir Putin during the run-up to the 2016 presidential election. Some remain susceptible to Russian meddling. There was no conspiracy between the Kremlin and President Donald Trump’s camp during the 2016 ...

Tough times on the farm

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It has been evident that times have been tough on farmers over the past few years. Just how tough became evident in a report released this week by the Minnesota Extension and the state. The state’s analysis found that Minnesota farm incomes hit a new low in 2018, the lowest in the 23 years ...