Opinion

Expect more from sex assault investigators

Editorials

A blue ribbon panel on issued a 47-page report on Tuesday on changes the Legislature should make in setting standards for law enforcement and prosecutors when it comes to investigating and processing cases of sexual assault. We can’t imagine the Legislature will ignore this report. This all ...

New Ulm’s patron saint

Letters

To the editor: With so much division, perceived offenses, anger and mistrust in the world these days, it is essential to take the time to point out and honor individuals who truly bring joy to their community. New Ulm is blessed with one such individual. A humble man with a strong desire ...

Trump, the Wall and CO2

Letters

To the editor, In response to Tony Miller’s letter regarding President Trump: It takes a lot of courage to admit you think Trump is doing a good job. He is not perfect, but I too think he is making good history as the president of the United States. If all the effort to bring him down were ...

High speed internet has already delivered, with more to come

Columns

Three years ago, 27 communities in our area united to take a bold step for the long-term vitality of our region and its residents. After years of discussion, and the realization that only a strong public effort would bring high-speed internet technology to our rural communities, these cities ...

Mueller probe digs and finds … sex

Editorials

Special counsel Robert Mueller was assigned the job of looking into Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign “colluded” with Russian contacts to, presumably, gain an edge in that election. Like every special counsel, it seems, Mueller has gone off in a ...

Weeds: So much promise and mystery in one sentence

Columns

John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” The King James Bible adds “only begotten Son” and the poetic “whosoever believeth.” Whichever version, John 3:16 distills this ...

Jobs to fill

Editorials

The economic engine that is driving Minnesota’s government surplus may be running out of fuel — that is, workers needed to fill the job openings out there. Minnesota’s recent budget forecast, which predicts a $1.5 billion surplus over the next two years, also contains some data that ...

Man-made global warming is fake science

Letters

To the editor: The Nov 28, 2018 “We can’t afford to ignore climate change report” said: “Spending a few extra dollars now may prevent the nation from paying a whole lot more in the future in recovering from weather disasters.” I’ve been subscribing to Science, and Science News for ...

Trump White House beats Obama’s

Letters

To the editor: First of all, I’d like to thank all the people that called and/or wrote to me in support of my last letter the editor! I really appreciate the overwhelming support! After reading the Thumbs Up/Down section in The Journal, December 15th, I felt I had to respond again. ...

Internet criminals needs to be pursued

Editorials

Last Thursday bomb threats were emailed all around the country to various businesses and organizations. The Journal, through its New Ulm Shopper email account, was one of those businesses. The threat was so poorly written, so inept, that it was hard to take it seriously. We probably should ...

Trump should not hesitate in signing

Editorials

The farm bill has cleared Congress and is sitting on President Donald Trump’s desk. This bill is not perfect, but it gets the job done. While many conservatives were unsuccessful in pushing for more work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the final version does ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Outstanding teacher THUMBS UP: Beth Sletta has been an outstanding teacher in District 88 for some time, and its about time someone recognized it. This week Sletta, who teaches Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) courses at Jefferson Elementary School, was recognized by Minnesota ...

Eagle Update: Board completes its self-evaluation

Columns

Each year, the school board completes a self-evaluation of its work. The purpose is for each board member to review what they do as a board relative to supporting the district goals, staff and students. This occurred at the Dec. 6 board study session. The results of this evaluation show that ...

Finally, a Farm Bill

Editorials

With the U.S. Senate approving the 2018 Farm Bill on Tuesday on a strong bipartisan vote (87-13), the House followed on Thursday with another overwhelming vote (386-47). The long-awaited bill now passes to President Donald Trump, who should sign it quickly. The bill allocates billions of ...

Town Talk: Winter Tree Pruning

Columns

The late dormant season is best for most tree pruning. Pruning in late winter, just before spring growth starts, leaves fresh wounds exposed for only a short length of time before new growth begins the wound sealing process. Another advantage of dormant pruning is that it’s easier to make ...

Dems double team President Trump

Editorials

Tuesday’s Oval Office meeting between President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer left observers asking “What just happened?” What happened was that the meeting, caught by television cameras, turned into the ugly equivalent of a barroom ...

‘Voice of reason’ needed during legislative session

Editorials

On Thursday, the State of Minnesota projected a $1.5 billion surplus for the next two-year budget period. It was good news because it gives Democratic Gov.-elect Tim Walz and the Legislature more room to negotiate spending initiatives, tax cuts or the combination of both during the upcoming ...

Brown County Browser: Welfare fraud concerns

Columns

In the recent campaign for Sheriff of Brown County, this subject came up several times. It was apparent this was a major concern of a lot of residents of the county. This has always been a major concern of mine also since coming to the county in 1973. In 1977, we hired a part-time highway ...