Opinion

Lenten diet good for body as well as soul

Letters

To the editor: February 14 marks the beginning of Lent, the 40-day period before Easter, when Christians abstain from animal foods in remembrance of Jesus� 40 days of fasting in the wilderness. The call to abstain from eating animals is as current as the teaching of evangelical leader ...

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Editorials

A raft of honors THUMBS UP: It seems the students in New Ulm schools are doing all right for themselves when it comes to academic competitions. Last weekend we reported on the Minnesota Valley Lutheran Knowledge Bowl teams taking first, second and third in the Tomahawk Conference meet at St. ...

Federal spending is the problem in D.C.

Letters

To the editor: After watching CSPAN, TV news and reading newspapers recently I have heard and read the word bipartisan more times than I can count. Acknowledging that in our form of government few things can be accomplished on a strictly partisan basis, it seems to me that much of what the ...

Friends of Fort Ridgely sad to suspend operations with DNR

Columns

For more than 20 years, the Friends of Fort Ridgely has been one of the most active organizations of its type in the state. Because of the Friends, hundreds of visitors were brought to Fort Ridgely State Park and thousands of dollars were raised for the park and historic site. It is with deep ...

Government didn’t do that

Editorials

Inadvertently, former President Barack Obama has provided Americans with a reminder that the “you didn’t do that” private sector often does things much better than big government. Obama presided over severe cutbacks in the nation’s space exploration program. The meltdown was so severe ...

Town Talk: Reporting potential housing assistance program abuse

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. The New Ulm Economic ...

Trump in no rush to deport Dreamers

Editorials

Liberals have wasted no opportunity to accuse President Donald Trump of wanting to deport hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants in the “dreamer” category. They are people who came here as children; many know no other life than that in America. One wonders what the president has to ...

Well water testing

Letters

To the editor: I thought everyone would support free well water testing, especially in Brown County where sound science has shown and continues to reveal areas where groundwater aquifers are rapidly recharged and at high risk of contamination. Testing is even more important due to the strong ...

Train travel shouldn’t be so hazardous

Editorials

Two crew members were killed early Sunday when an Amtrak passenger train on the wrong track crashed into a line of freight cars. More than 100 people were injured in the accident, which occurred in South Carolina. Rail accidents seem to have become a regular occurrence. Sunday’s was the ...

False humility is better than none at all

Editorials

Thanks to the reliable American Presidency Project at the University of California, Santa Barbara, which keeps careful track of such information, we know that in 2000, President Bill Clinton gave — at one hour and 28 minutes — the longest State of the Union address. In marked contrast, to ...

Brown County Browser: Holiday special project highlights

Columns

The staff at Brown County Human Services begins working on the holiday special projects in September every year by seeking donors and receiving referrals from social workers. From there we spend countless hours organizing incoming referrals, preparing mailings, making phone calls to referred ...

Neighborhood politics

Editorials

Today, you could say, is the beginning of the official political campaign season for the 2018 elections. While political campaigns these days seem to start the day after the last election, the process of picking candidates and settling on issues starts today with the precinct caucuses. This ...

Easing burden of regulations

Editorials

Much of the credit for a rejuvenated U.S. economy seems to be going to Congress and President Donald Trump for their efforts to reform the job-killing federal tax code. Indeed, news of the change seems to have been the catalyst for decisions by many companies to build new facilities and pay ...

Grassroots help needed for health care

Letters

To the editor: Your grass roots help is needed now. On Jan. 1, due to inaction by Congress, a cap on outpatient Medicare therapy services remains in place, which means once a Medicare recipient reaches the cap of dollars spent, they will either need to stop the treatment for the calendar ...

Thanks for views on well issues

Letters

To the editor: As the chair of the MN Voice Marching Forward group I would like to extend thanks to Brown County Commissioner Windschitl, Brown County Commissioner Borchert, Mr. Broberg (geologist), and the other guests who joined our meeting earlier this week. I appreciate so many new faces ...

Infrastructure matters

Editorials

In terms of our everyday lives, the most important thing President Donald Trump said during his State of the Union speech Tuesday was to call on Congress to approve a campaign to restore and improve the nation’s infrastructure. We drive potholed roads and cross rusty bridges every day. We ...

What’s Going On: The groundhog and a 5-year-old cynic

Columns

I thought it would be a simple conversation. “Do you know what today is?” I asked my five-year-old daughter Friday morning. “No. What day is it?” she responded, full of both energy and curiosity. “It’s Groundhog Day,” I said more excitedly than I probably should have. ...

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Editorials

Super Bowl weekend THUMBS UP: Minnesota has been the focus of the nation’s attention this week, thanks to the Super Bowl that will be played Sunday. Minnesota leaders have been planning and preparing for a week of activities that will display the joy of living in the “Bold North,” their ...

Off the Record: Caucuses open to those who show up

Columns

Some Republican legislators and officials have raised a hue and cry that Muslims are attempting to “infiltrate” the state’s political system by showing up at precinct caucuses. How nefarious! Attending a public political meeting to speak about their values and issues and to support ...

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