Opinion

Why not OK free well testing?

Editorials

We don’t understand the objection the Brown County Board of Commissioners has to accepting a Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) program that would provide free well testing for some township residents. On Tuesday the majority of the board refused to act to enter a joint powers agreement ...

Brown County Sheriff: Winter driving

Columns

We’ve all made it through road construction season and are now into the trying season of winter driving. I would like to take this time to go over a few pertinent points to keep in mind when venturing out onto the roads. First of all, please always plan ahead before traveling. Check with the ...

Tax reform can’t please everyone

Editorials

Nothing as complex as the U.S. tax code, linked as the process is to the federal budget, can be amended in a manner that will make everyone happy. Negotiators for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives seem to have come up with something close, however. If approved, perhaps this week, ...

Still time to help

Editorials

Christmas is just a week from today. Except for a few odds and ends, most people have their holiday preparations in place. It is different for the many churches and other organizations that help the needy during the holidays, with everything from toys for the children to food for families. ...

The shoe is on the other foot…

Letters

To the editor: On Wednesday, House minority leader Nancy Pelosi was crying that Democrats didn’t know what was in the tax reform bill being pushed by the Republicans. How short her memory: a few years ago when Democrats pushed through the Obamacare bill because they had control of both ...

The history of the garlands

Letters

To the editor: Today’s (Dec. 14) Journal article indicated that the tradition of New Ulm’s Christmas garland began in 1925. The tradition began in 1933. “In 1933, the “Christmas dress” changed. After eight years the practice of placing and decorating Christmas trees along ...

Military spending should support the servicemen, women

Editorials

America’s armed forces are the very best funded in the world. Given the responsibilities the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard must handle, that is appropriate. But years of neglect under former President Barack Obama have left the military in a rebuilding mode. A $700 billion ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

EDA funding Thumbs Down: The New Ulm Economic Development Authority has agreed to provide $50,000 for the New Ulm Economic Development Corporation (NUEDC), turning down a request from the City to provide $50,000 in funding for the Economic Development Director/Assistant City Manager the city ...

Statehouse Two-Step

Editorials

As many pundits predicted, Gov. Mark Dayton has named Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to replace Sen. Al Franken when he resigns from the Senate in the next couple of weeks. Smith had a long history of working for various elected officials, including Gov. Dayton before he asked her to be his running mate ...

Town Talk: You ask, we answer

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. Why are there are so many ...

Moore’s loss may be GOP’s gain

Editorials

Alabama voters shocked the rest of the country on Tuesday. Scandal-plagued Roy Moore, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, lost to Democrat Doug Jones by some 20,000 votes. It’s the first time in decades that Alabama has elected a Democrat to Congress and Moore should have had smooth ...

Eagle Update: The evolution of learning

Columns

Dr. Bob Rotella, sports psychologist and business consultant, when speaking to organizations and clients has made the statement “do what you love, or love what you do.” This statement captures the essence of the evolution of learning, which involves pursuing your passions and directing ...

Would-be bomber could provide clues

Editorials

Thankfully, the would-be suicide bomber who detonated an explosive device in a corridor in the New York subway system was so incompetent he couldn’t kill himself, much less anyone else. His bomb, which may have gone off prematurely, wounded him and slightly injured three other people on ...

They won’t go away

Editorials

The Belle Plaine City Council thought the issue was settled, but the satanic temple that wanted to put a monument in Belle Plaine’s veterans park just won’t go away. Last year the council created some controversy after it received a complaint about a memorial marker someone had created ...

See posters in color

Letters

To the editor: In the Sunday November 26th edition of The Journal there was a nice article about the 2017 Lions Club of New Ulm Peace Poster contest and the three ISD 88 6th grade students who were winners. A black and white picture of the three winners and their posters was included with ...

Ending predation by the powerful

Editorials

U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., resigned on Thursday. He was following U.S. Rep. John Conyers’ lead. Conyers, D-Mich., “retired” earlier in the week. So, the two members of Congress in the news recently for sexual harassment have left. Problem solved? Hardly. The problem is not two ...

The challenge of appointing a senator

Editorials

Gov. Mark Dayton has a tricky task ahead of him in the appointment of a senator to replace Al Franken. Franken announced he will resign from the Senate in the coming weeks as accusations of sexual harassment continued to hamper his effectiveness in office. In picking his successor, Dayton has ...

What’s Going On: How an Army can save your Christmas spirit

Columns

Christmas 2017 never had a chance. Sex scandals. Mass shootings. North Korea’s Kim Jong-un and his nuclear arsenal. Political turmoil. And shoot, there is barely even any snow. It’s like the Grinch and The Scrooge teamed up to design the worst possible scenarios to squash ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Halfway home THUMBS UP: With a major gift commitment of $50,000 from the New Ulm Area Foundation on Friday, on top of a major donation from New Ulm Telecom last week, the State Street Theater Company is about halfway to its $500,000 fundraising goal to finance improvements for the theater ...

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