Opinion

Congrats, graduates

Editorials

Graduation season is upon us a little early this year. The high school schedule in New Ulm started and ended early this year to give the New Ulm School District a chance to get an early start on building remodeling projects in connection with the school reorganization.On Friday the last ...

New Ulm area has been invaded!

Letters

To the editor:The New Ulm Area has been invaded. The assault has quietly occurred and has been noticed by few people. The assault threatens to drastically change our woodland and urban landscapes. An invasive species, that can produce thousands of seeds per plant, is being allowed to spread. ...

Politics and hotdish

Columns

Nothing brings people together better than a big pan of hot dish, unless it is ten pans of hot dish. And nothing gets a group of politicians together like a little friendly competition involving creamed soup, Tater Tots and melted cheese.Nobody understands this better than Sen. Al Franken, who ...

Lift the veil on bonding bill

Editorials

It is really getting to be time for the gamesmanship to end. The Minnesota legislative session is to end on May 23, just 12 days from now. One of the major pieces of legislation people expect from legislators this year is the bonding bill, traditionally passed during the second year of the ...

Spike in state debt payments warrants reinstituting guideline

Columns

By State Rep. Paul Torkelsonand State Rep. Bob VogelFirst the Governor and now the DFL-controlled Minnesota Senate are advocating for a borrowing bill of at least $1.4 billion this year.Those large proposals garner most of the attention in discussing bonding, but increased emphasis should be ...

Highway 14 gets no respect in Senate

Editorials

We're beginning to think Highway 14 is the Rodney Dangerfield of road construction projects in Minnesota. It don't get no respect.A few years ago, as the Minnesota Department of Transportation was drawing up its 20-year master plan, a list of high priority projects that gets first dibs on ...

Why slide back to communism?

Letters

To the editor:William Bradford was governor of Plymouth Colony for many years.In his 1951 biography of him, one of his descendants, Bradford Smith, in the chapter he entitled, "The Pilgrims Abandon Communism," describes how precarious the food supply had become, and then reports (pp. 187-88): ...

Check the bible on marriage

Letters

To the editor:Noting the publisher's views on homosexual marriage in his column on May 8, 2016, perhaps I could refer him to 1 Corinthians 6 verse 8-10, also 1 Corinthians 7 verse 2. There are other passages dealing with these same topics. Since he is a Christian, I'm sure he can find them ...

We need Trump (To bring the skeleton out of the closet)

Columns

Some have viewed Donald Trump's presidential candidacy as an aberration; I would like to argue that it was not only inevitable, it is also good for us.Trump is not accidental. He is a logical outcome. Much has already been written about the growing disconnect between elites and the rest of us. ...

Frayed GOP showing signs of splitting

Editorials

The Republican Party has been showing signs of stress fatigue for several years. Like a piece of seemingly solid metal that has been subjected to pressure and flexing, miniscule cracks have been appearing. Now, with the apparent nomination of Donald Trump as its presidential candidate, the ...

Kids Connection

Columns

Kids Connection is a school-age child care program for students in grades K-6. The program provides quality before- and after-school care as well as optional all-day care on snow days, teacher workshop days, summer days and days prior to or following legal holidays. The program is intended to ...

Protecting eagles?

Editorials

Last month the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service asked the public's help in identifying a poacher who had killed and butchered a bald eagle, disposing of the breasted-out carcass near Albert Lea.It is right and proper for the federal government to be protective of the bald eagle, the nation's ...

Here are facts for State Street Theater discussion

Letters

To the editor:The Board of Directors of the State Street Theater Company (SSTC) is encouraged by the vigorous community discussion concerning the future of the State Street Theater (Theater) structure. As a historic community asset, it is important that everyone has an opportunity to express an ...

Poverty in America: Why we are to blame

Columns

I grew up in poverty.I didn't know it at the time, but at some point in my adulthood, I realized as a young child, my family definitely fit the government's definition of poor, financially speaking.We weren't destitute by any means. But my parents made decisions, primarily, to have multiple ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Walking school busesTHUMBS UP: District 88's experiment in students walking to school got a good start this past week. Walking and Biking to School Day was held Tuesday, with students being dropped off at a location a nice walking distance from school and then walking together, or biking, with ...

Great expectations, bad results

Editorials

We can appreciate the sentiment behind the policy. In the state of Minnesota, convicted sex offenders are often ordered to pay the cost of their own sex offender treatment program as part of their probation. The theory is that the offenders will take the treatment more seriously if they have to ...

You ask – We answer Utility cutoff policy

Columns

(Editor's Note: Beginning in June, The City of New Ulm will be providing weekly columns providing information on city government activities and functions. Once a month, the city will devote its column to answering specific questions from readers. Questions on New Ulm city issues can be sent to ...

Pick projects with mass appeal

Editorials

The City's RENU?committee has been tasked with collecting and reviewing ideas for projects that could be supported if the city were to extend its half-percent sales tax beyond 2020. The committee has collected the applications, and this week completed hearings to review presentations on the ...

Buffers Revisited

Letters

To the editor:Clearly Mr. Commerford has never seen me or he would know I do like to eat. Not respecting his opinion on buffer strips does not translate to my not respecting farmers.Regarding his generous offer to enlighten and educate me and the governor, I believe I'll pass. Of course, I ...

Thinking of Mom

Columns

A few years ago, at a Thanksgiving dinner at my brother's house in St. Paul, my mother confided to me, "You know, I might not be around much longer.""Why?" I asked. "Are you moving to Miami or something?"My mother is 96 years old, a fact you'd never guess from her appearance. (Here she is in a ...

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