Opinion

Going forward is what counts

Letters

To the editor: It has been said the goal of the Russians is to weaken us from within. As politically divisive as we are with Trump Derangement Syndrome (about half of us are always angry) we seem to do quite well without their help. It started — almost the day after the election — with ...

Off the Record: A supercali-etc. time

Columns

I have often said that being in a play on stage is the most fun you can have without getting arrested. The cast of the State Street Theater Co. production of “Mary Poppins” last weekend proved that right. I think they were having such a good time that they came very close to getting ...

Town Talk: Hermann’s Monument base assessment

Columns

You may have notice some activity at the Hermann Monument in the past couple weeks. The city has received a Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grant from the Minnesota Historical Society in the amount of $60,000 for a condition assessment of the monument base, and verifying the ...

Laws do get passed

Editorials

We tend to complain at the end of a legislative session when Minnesota legislators have failed to get their most important bills passed, but even in so-called “do-nothing” sessions, a lot of laws get passed that have quite a bit of impact on people. They are important laws and make a good ...

Brown County Browser: Keep it safe in road construction zones

Columns

August is here and the road construction season is half over. Contractors are making progress on the County surface rehabilitation projects this year. The first step of recycling 18 miles of existing road surface is done. This step eliminates the cracks in the old road from reflecting ...

It takes two to dialogue

Editorials

Meeting with our nation’s enemies in an effort to find some common ground is a good idea, despite criticism of President Donald Trump for meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. At least Putin was willing to talk. That is more than can be said about Iranian President Hassan ...

“Mary Poppins” a spectacular show

Letters

To the editor: “Bravi!” to the cast, crew, and orchestra of State Street Theater’s production of “Mary Poppins.” It takes many months of hard work to put on a show like that —- your hard work paid off, as the acting, vocals, and choreography were all top notch (or, dare I write, ...

Weeds: Sunday in June perfect for a baseball tour

Columns

You’ve seen those surveys where they ask people if they could spend a day with anyone, who would they choose? Notable figures like Lincoln, Ghandi, and Einstein usually rank near the top. I was lucky in June to spend a day with Stew Thornley. Stew would be behind Abe, Mahatma, and Albert on ...

Kavanaugh thoughtful, guided by Constitution

Editorials

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh has made it clear he has mixed feelings about the availability of firearms in America. Gun, gang and drug violence “has plagued all of us,” Kavanaugh wrote in one opinion from his current position as a federal judge in Washington. He added a ...

Seidl well qualified for Brown Co. Sheriff

Letters

To the editor: It is not often that present or past party activists from different political parties see eye-to-eye on a candidate running in a primary, but with a candidate with the experience and knowledge that Jason Seidl would bring to the office of Brown County Sheriff, it is an easy ...

Congresswoman right to back ICE

Editorials

The polarization of politics has become so bad that some liberal Democrats in Arizona are criticizing one of their party’s candidates for the U.S. Senate for refusing to join calls to eliminate the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. And, some far-left complainers say, U.S. Rep. ...

What’s Going On: Not a typical night at the ballpark

Columns

When I first heard the screams, I thought it was just a bunch of people joking around and having a good time. It was in between a couple of youth baseball games on a beautiful Thursday night. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky and everyone was having fun on the last night of the summer ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Empty chairs THUMBS DOWN: There have not been many candidate debates in this primary campaign season. When they do happen, one would hope the candidates would make an effort to be there. So it was a bit discouraging to see only three of the five candidates for governor at the forum held ...

Bob Lessard for Greater Minnesota / Aug. 14

Letters

To the editor: Turning your attention toward campaign season in the middle of summer is going to be a tough task, but I’ll give it a try. This is about the most important race for Attorney General in the history of the state, and the need for you to make sure to vote for Bob Lessard in ...

Hope for N. Korean cooperation, but don’t trust it

Editorials

It would be nice to believe news from North Korea this week is evidence that country’s regime is serious about the “denuclearization” deal with President Donald Trump. Indeed, the report sounded very, very good: “North Korea appears to have started dismantling key facilities at its ...

Off the Record: Marktplatz Mall never quite fulfilled its promise

Columns

Last week I wrote about the Marktplatz Mall’s origins, how it was intended to solidify the New Ulm downtown retail community and stave off the development of a “cornfield” mall out on the edge of town. For several reasons, the mall never quite fulfilled its destiny. One of the reasons ...

Town Talk: City of New Ulm Compost Site

Columns

As of Aug. 1, the City Compost site located at 400 21st Street North will be operated by the City of New Ulm Public Works Department. The compost site is open seven days a week during daylight hours all year long, so please assist us by self-monitoring the site, as hours will be severely ...

Wilkie needs to shake up the VA

Editorials

Ho-hum. Another day, another secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. So, what else is new? Precious little, and that is the problem. On Monday, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Robert Wilkie as VA secretary. He becomes the second person in the position in just 18 ...

Help Mexico create a better economy

Editorials

Most illegal immigrants come to the United States for economic opportunity. A few make the journey to escape political repression or crime. In many ways, what they do is entirely understandable — though, of course, immigration laws need to be enforced. Making their own homelands more ...

Brown County Browser: Election update

Columns

Ballots for the upcoming Primary on Aug. 14 were sent to the residents of the following cities and/or townships: Albin, Cottonwood, Home, Lake Hanska, Linden, Mulligan, Prairieville, Sigel, Stark, Cobden, Evan and Hanska. If you are a resident of one of these communities and will be 18 by ...

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