Opinion

Our View: Legislators should hit ground running

Editorials

The new Minnesota legislative session starts today. The end of the session is some 120 days away, a long time when you look at it from this end. But legislators have a habit of squandering time and putting off the important work of the session to the last minute. We’d like to see ...

New year will be what we make it

Editorials

Today, in many ways, is just like any other that has come and gone. It is 24 hours long, divided into day and night. It is a Sunday and people will be going to church, eating brunch, watching football or whatever they usually do on Sunday. But it is also the first day of the new year, a day ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Good news this year THUMBS UP: We know there are many who cannot wait for the current year to end, and there are many good reasons to wish for 2017 to come swiftly. If you look around the world and around the U.S., it has been a year of unrest, of war, of terror and of rancor, and much of ...

Our View: Obama’s final days

Editorials

In public, President Barack Obama has been exceedingly, commendably courteous toward President-elect Donald Trump. But in handling public affairs, it has been a different story. Since Trump won the election, Obama has been pushing to implement both domestic and international agendas with ...

Town Talk: City to survey for public service performance

Columns

Editor’s Note: The City of New Ulm presents a weekly column highlighting activities in different departments in the city government. Once a month the city will answer questions from readers. Questions on New Ulm city issues can be sent to comments@ci.new-ulm.mn.us. Get ready; in 2017 the ...

Nation needs debt relief, not just tax cuts

Editorials

Both Republicans who control Congress and President-elect Donald Trump have plans to grant most Americans tax relief. They hope to inject real growth into an economy still recovering only anemically from the so-called Great Recession. In reconciling their slightly different versions of tax ...

Kind service from the Police Department

Letters

To the editor: I am writing to thank the New Ulm Police Department for an early morning service provided to my 88-year-old mother on Tuesday morning. I was talking with mom Tuesday evening when she told me that about 1:30 a.m. she had nearly ventured outside. A flower pot that was hanging on ...

Off the Record by Kevin Sweeney

Columns

If you are accustomed to high quality special effects that make today’s films so special, then the original “Star Wars” movie probably looks kind of quaint to you. But you can’t imagine the quantum leap that movie made in advancing the techniques of special effects. I remember ...

Turkish accusations should be checked

Editorials

Turkish officials have insisted for some time that a former ally of that country’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was granted asylum in the United States, is behind attempts to topple Turkey’s government. Nonsense, U.S. officials respond. The controversy was renewed last week after ...

Delinquent teenager programming in Brown County

Columns

What does Brown County do with repeat high risk delinquent offenders? It provides structured supervision and intervention programming through an Intensive Supervision Program (ISP). Since its inception in 1999, Brown County’s Intensive Supervision Program (ISP) has been a dispositional ...

Need for charity not a seasonal thing

Editorials

As the bills for Christmas present spending come in next month, many of us will scratch our heads and wonder, “Where did all the money go?” Those who try to keep charitable organizations running wonder the same thing. Many of them stretch their budgets to — and sometimes past — the ...

Thanks to all those on duty today

Editorials

Few times of the year are as quiet and uneventful as Christmas Day. During the morning hours, at least, just about everyone is home enjoying the holiday with family and friends. But not quite. Police and sheriff’s department cruisers patrol the streets and byways. Paid firefighters staff ...

Eagle Update: School District has a business component

Columns

Hello from the New Ulm Public Schools Business Office. It is strange to think of the place where children learn, play, make friends and memories for life as a business. Public Education in the New Ulm area is a $28 million business that has over 330 employees and 2,060 students. Our revenue ...

Healthcare Happenings: A year of achievements at NUMC

Columns

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at New Ulm Medical Center (NUMC). We are grateful for all of the support throughout the year from our community and surrounding region. It continues to be a privilege to work alongside an amazing group of employees and physicians who are ...

Christmas Eve

Editorials

For many of us, this will be a busy day. Last-minute Christmas shopping simply must be finished. Then there are all those presents to wrap. Friends and family are stopping over, so some housecleaning is in order. And someone has to cook dinner for tonight and begin preparations for the big ...

Terror is no accident

Editorials

Statisticians point out we Americans are more likely to die accidentally from falls in the bathtub or being struck by lightning than because of a terrorist attack. We shouldn’t worry so much about terrorism, we’re told. Roughly twice as many Americans have been killed by lightning as have ...

Weeds: Over the decades, ‘Silent Night’ brings a smile

Columns

As we look out at the godforsaken wasteland that surrounds us, farmers are thinking about growing corn. Admittedly it takes imagination to see rows of green where there is frozen white. It’s time to think about seed for 2017. I buy seed from a few friends: Dan Steffl sells Pioneer and Ron ...

Town Talk: City art collection going digital

Columns

Editor’s Note: The City of New Ulm presents a weekly column highlighting activities in different departments in the city government. Once a month the city will answer questions from readers. Questions on New Ulm city issues can be sent to comments@ci.new-ulm.mn.us. About two years ago I ...

Our View: Election is official, now let’s work together

Editorials

Throughout the United States, presidential electors cast their ballots Monday. Fewer than a handful of them broke faith with their states’ electorates by not voting as the Nov. 8 results in their states indicated they should. As a result, President-elect Donald Trump’s victory over ...