Opinion

North Koreans cannot be trusted

Editorials

Well surprise, surprise! U.S. intelligence agencies say North Korean officials are planning ways to cheat on any pact calling for elimination of their nuclear weapons arsenal. Sarcasm aside, that should surprise no one. For decades, North Korean leaders have promised with straight faces to ...

What’s Going On: Turkey tacos and Laura Ingalls Wilder

Columns

Who knew turkey tacos had something in common with Laura Ingalls Wilder? First, some context. For those who don’t know me, I’m extremely frugal; efficient with monetary resources; cost-conscious. Or as my loving wife would tell you: I’m a cheapskate. I can’t deny that ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Quick acting heroes THUMBS UP: Everyone knows that you put kids and water together in hot weather and there is going to be a certain amount of danger. This week some quick thinking teens helped save a young swimmer at the Sleepy Eye waterpark. John Baures, 14, saw a younger swimmer go under ...

BCHS board member offers response to concerns

Letters

To the editor: My name is Donna Becker and I have newly joined the board of the Brown County Humane Society. I began volunteering with the BCHS in 1998 fostering cats and kittens in my home. In 2001 we became foster failures and adopted a cat that didn’t like other cats, thus ending our ...

Election in Mexico could benefit farmers

Editorials

After weeks of destructive rains and tariffs targeting their crops and hogs, farmers in southwest Minnesota may have received some good news recently. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrandor is celebrating a shocking victory in Mexico’s presidential election. Obrandor quickly threw out an olive branch ...

Town Talk: This July, discover all Park and Rec has to offer

Columns

Summer is here, which means it’s time to get out and discover the great things happening at your local parks and recreation centers and parks. This July, explore the “undiscovered” roles of local parks and recreation with New Ulm Park and Recreation as they celebrate Park and Recreation ...

FarmFest where it’s at for political junkies

Editorials

This is a big election year with a full slate of state offices up for grabs, both U.S. Senate seats and all the congressional seats. And once again, FarmFest in Redwood County will be the place to be Aug. 7-9 for those who like to see their politicians up close and personal. FarmFest always ...

Poor will suffer most in trade war

Letters

To the editor: President Trump’s tariffs on Chinese steel went into effect on June 6, sending the current global economic order into a tailspin. As economic elites rage and wage their trade war, the rest of the world watches in horror, especially the globe’s most vulnerable populations. ...

Good news to report

Editorials

Newspapers have to report so much bad, upsetting news that the occasional heart-warmer comes as a welcome pleasure. The good news this week was not all from Thailand, where rescuers on Tuesday completed rescue of members of a boys’ soccer team who had been trapped in a cave. We had a ...

Military discharges without honor?

Editorials

The Associated Press reported over the weekend that several legal immigrants who enlisted in the U.S. Army under a program that promises expedited naturalization for military service are being quietly discharged. The reasons for dismissal are often vague, if reasons are given at all, and ...

Flood damage calls for funding help

Editorials

Governor Mark Dayton, Minnesota Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith, and U.S. Rep. Colin Peterson have been through the area looking at damage caused by flooding this past week. While flash flooding caused by last week’s heavy rain was not widespread, it caused significant damage where it did ...

Animal advocates list concerns with Brown County Humane Society

Letters

To the editor: The primary purpose of any animal rescue or humane society is about the animals. They strive to find good homes for unwanted or homeless animals. In doing so, the humane society needs to be organized and well-run so that it has the confidence and support of the general public, ...

Rethink ‘equity’ rules

Editorials

So-called “gender equity” rules have been adopted in some places with the specified goal of getting rid of good old boy dominance in politics. Sometimes they backfire. In Pennsylvania, two women who should have won election to the Democratic Party Central Committee in Philadelphia are ...

What’s Going On: A test unlike any other

Columns

It’s a test not only of your mental and physical acuity, but basic survival skills. You will be pushed to your limits and confronted with challenges you could never have imagined. And by the end of the ordeal, you will be pleading with God to literally carry you through as your body is ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

High water woes Thumbs Down: The torrential rains that have been pounding southwest Minnesota is leading to unprecedented flooding for this time of year. The power of water was shown in the washed out roads near Redwood Falls and Walnut Grove this past week. Springfield’s Riverside Park was ...

Putin’s choice is in the White House

Letters

To the editor: The current occupant of the White House is Russian president Putin’s choice. He invested quite a few Russian rubles to get his guy elected. Did he get a good return on his investment? His return on that investment has been so spectacular that it would make Warren Buffet ...

Overturning precedent

Letters

To the editor: It seems every time there is an opening on the Supreme Court we are barraged with concerns over the Court abrogating the 1973 Roe v Wade decision. Why; was it an epic constitutional mistake? According to Roe, states cannot bar abortions before a fetus is able to live outside ...

Our growing debt

Editorials

The $21.2 trillion national debt today is worrisome enough. But it is going to get worse, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. You may want to sit down for this: Within 30 years, the national debt will top $100 trillion, if nothing changes, the CBO is predicting. That ...

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