Opinion

Releasing files on Jacob Wetterling the right thing to do

Editorials

This weekend the family of Jacob Wetterling announced they will not appeal a court order to release the investigative files on one of the most publicized and horrible crimes in state history. Jacob Wetterling was kidnapped on Oct. 22, 1989 near his home in St. Joseph, and not until the ...

Ag a positive in U.S. trade balance

Editorials

President Donald Trump tweeted Friday that farm prices have been on a downward trend for the past 15 years due to bad trade deals with other countries that put “massive Tariffs and Barries” on U.S. products. He said “Farmers will WIN!” in the trade war he has sparked. Actually, ...

Emmett Till case worth reopening

Editorials

What happened to Emmett Till helped focus many Americans’ attention on the civil rights struggle during the 1950s. Till was just 14 years old when white men in Mississippi tortured and murdered him in 1955. He died because a white woman claimed the African-American lad had whistled at ...

What’s Going On

Columns

When will we learn? Republicans, Democrats, members of the media, and many American citizens in general were shocked and appalled this week by Donald Trump’s press conference in which he supported a dictator and enemy of this country while discrediting his own intelligence officials. In ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

A helping hand THUMBS UP: It’s a story you see frequently, one that makes people shake their heads and mutter about inflexible, unreasonable government. A little kid sets up a neighborhood lemonade stand or sells cookies on the sidewalk in an innocent attempt to have fun and learn a little ...

Suing the victims

Editorials

So crazy has the lawsuit climate become that a court filing this week probably should have come as no surprise. Still, it is more than a little unsettling. MGM Resorts International, which owns the Mandalay Bay casino-resort in Las Vegas, has filed suit against hundreds of victims of the mass ...

Town Talk: Water service questions

Columns

The water pipe that carries water from the watermain in the street is called a Water Service. These lines are either made of copper, galvanized steel, Pex plastic, and in a few cases lead. Your water service pipe is connected to the watermain through a valve that is attached directly to the ...

It’s easy to meddle with Americans

Editorials

President Donald Trump just keeps digging his way deeper into the hole he created on Monday at his press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin. There, he rejected the unanimous conclusion of U.S. intelligence that the Russian government had tried to meddle with the 2016 U.S. ...

Don’t be naive about Russia

Letters

To the editor: ALL American citizens everywhere, in my opinion, should have the opportunity to vote ON PAPER in coming elections and to have their ballots evaluated first and foremost by the eyes and brains of their fellow citizen volunteers (even if that will take a while). Run the paper ...

Off the Record: Marktplatz Mall beginnings

Columns

The Marktplatz Mall has been nearly empty for several years now, but with the closing of the Herberger’s, the hallways are now empty. It is sad to see it in this state, and maybe there is something that can be done with that empty space in the future, but it will take quite a ...

Can’t take it all back

Editorials

President Donald Trump said something remarkable Tuesday. He admitted he was wrong. He said he misspoke during his press conference with President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday. He said he meant to say he “didn’t know why Russia wouldn’t” have interfered with U.S. elections. He ...

Brown County Browser: Dental & optical for vets, spouses, kids

Columns

The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs State Soldiers Assistance Program or SSAP will pay up to $1,000 for dental care and up to $400 for optical care per application in a 12-month period. SSAP covers a Veteran’s spouse too, and any financially dependent children (up to 19 if out of ...

Weeds: Empty Nesters Camp

Columns

We’ve just completed the season’s graduation party circuit. I enjoy these rites of passage. The garage is cleaned up, all the stuff hidden away somewhere. The young man or woman is on their best behavior, trying out this new adult thing. The parents flit about, looking harried, making sure ...

Not a show of strength in Helsinki

Editorials

Prior to his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, President Donald Trump had been offered a lot of advice on how to deal with the Russian dictator, especially after 12 Russian military intelligence officers were indicted in the U.S. for interfering with the U.S. election in ...

Humane Society volunteer: Organization doing fine

Letters

To the editor: In response to the letter to the editor from the “Animal Advocate” group: the primary purpose of the well-run and organized Brown County Humane Society is the care, health and happiness of the animals in our care, to find them good loving homes. My name is Sandy Adams and I ...

The history of the people

Editorials

The Brown County Historical Society Museum has received another national recognitiion. Last week the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) announced BCHS will receive the Award of Merit for its “Loyalty and Dissent: Brown County and WWI” exhibit. In 2012, the Museum ...

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 ...

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