Opinion

Weeds: The spirit for cartwheels is willing, but the flesh?

Columns

I was at the Corn Days street dance in Sleepy Eye. Up on a flatbed trailer, Heidi and his Good Ole Boys were offering up their distinctive blend of Americana musical dishes. There was a gap on First Avenue between the band and picnic tables, a place set aside for dancing. Early in the ...

Brown County Browser: Planning and Zoning

Columns

The Brown County Planning and Zoning Office include a multitude of areas. One of these is Land Use Permits, commonly referred to as building permits. Please come in to our office early in your building planning process if you are thinking of building or moving on a structure out in the rural ...

A day to remember

Editorials

September 11, 2001 is a day that is seared in the nation’s memory. On this day 17 years ago, the worst terrorist attack in world history was carried out by 19 muslim terrorists at the behest of al Qaida. They hijacked four jetliners in a coordinated effort. Two were flown into the Twin ...

Money does not equal education

Editorials

Politicians in the big-government crowd would have us believe that spending tons of money on public schools is the way to ensure children get good educations. Really? Ask parents in Detroit about that. At $14,259, Detroit public schools’ per-pupil spending is the eighth-highest of the 100 ...

Plenty of data for judging Kavnaugh

Editorials

Democratic senators who made a mockery of fairness in hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh insist they are being denied information they need to decide whether he is qualified. Not really. Senators have been given many more documents regarding Kavanaugh than were provided for ...

What’s Going On: Anonymous column a disservice to America

Columns

Nearly two years ago, voters elected Donald J. Trump as the 45th president of the United States. Using electoral votes as a barometer, he was elected by a fairly large margin despite assertions he was too impulsive, amoral, divisive, and not truly representative of Republican values. Since ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

HermannFest THUMBS UP: The HermannFest celebration in New Ulm continues to grow and thrive. The celebration takes place today at Hermann Heights Park and Harman Park, under the gaze of Hermann himself. Hermann has a special place in world history, the Cheruscan chief who set back the ...

In God’s hands

Letters

To the editor: In Sacred Scripture we read: “The souls of the just are in the hands of God.” Wis. 3:1. We place things and concerns in the hands of people we trust. Can there be any better hands than the hands of God? We can grow to believe that is where we are. In the hands of ...

Take conflicts of interest out of farm payouts

Editorials

Occasionally, members of Congress become ensnared in technicalities in ethics rules. Some have been criticized officially for potential conflicts of interest involving personal businesses that might be affected by bills upon which the lawmakers vote. What about measures providing billions of ...

Town Talk: Hermann Run – Celebrating 10 years of run fun!

Columns

The first Hermann run/walk was organized in 2008 and was called the Flandrau Trail Trot. This was the department’s first ever organized “fun run.” The course was purposefully created to be scenic, yet challenging by taking partici- pants up Center Street Hill, along Summit Avenue, through ...

Are there more like Pruitt in federal government?

Editorials

Government officials often are not the most popular people. Whether because federal agencies do things that can cost people their jobs or due to general dislike based on ideology, some have good reason to worry about their safety. Apparently, former Environmental Protection Agency head Scott ...

Brown County Browser: Election security and voter registration

Columns

Election Security is an issue that seemed to resound in the 2016 Presidential Election. Minnesota takes pride in the security that is implemented at each of our elections. There is a lot of accountability that goes into each voter record that is included in the State Voter Registration System ...

Vaccinations play important role in health care

Editorials

Last year Minnesota suffered through its largest measles outbreak, with 75 cases reported, many of them in the Somali community in Minneapolis. The Somali population was vulnerable because many parents had received misinformation about the possibility that vaccines can cause autism. This ...

Incivility

Letters

To the editor: Incivility. I would prefer to be writing about civility but, unfortunately, I am not. I sometimes find the lack of civility in our society appalling and there are so many examples: road rage, parents yelling at officials during their children’s games, fights and shootings, ...

Doing more with less in America

Editorials

We hear a lot about unemployment rates, the gross domestic product, business inventories and a variety of other economic indicators. But among the most interesting are productivity reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In essence, productivity data compares the value of goods and ...

Letting Christensen Farms off easy?

Letters

To the editor: I fell a little behind in reading The Journal, and finally read the August 11 issue which headlined the ICE arrests, some of which involved Christensen Farms Sleepy Eye Campus. I must say I was somewhat confused by the Thumbs Up/Down section of the editorial page which gave a ...

Labor Day 2018

Editorials

As we celebrate Labor Day today, most Americans are grateful for a day off, but we may not spend a lot of time thinking about the origins of Labor Day and what it has meant to Americans over the years. First proposed in the 1880s by labor unions to celebrate the country’s laboring class and ...

What’s on your mind?

Columns

What do you like about the New Ulm Toy Show? (Asked at the New Ulm Civic Center Saturday, Sept. 1)

Iran feeling the pressure

Editorials

Tuesday was a tough day for Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Members of his country’s parliament raked him over the coals because he has not done enough to keep the economy from crashing and burning. What a shame. Pardon our sarcasm, please. But news Iran’s leaders are becoming angry ...

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