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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 ...

Welcome refugees, but weed out terrorists

Editorials

We Americans have big hearts. They go out to people forced from their homes by vicious terrorists, including the Islamic State. But we have wide-open eyes and ears, too. We are aware that in Europe, some groups of refugees from the Middle East, especially Syria, have been infiltrated by Islamic ...

Response to Mr. Bolduan

Letters

To the editor:I would like to respond to Mr. Bolduan's comments about me in Tuesday's letter to the editor. Yes, I am a strong advocate for farmers, because they are the "boots on the ground" environmental stewards that are protecting our water quality. Also, I do like to eat. Mr. Bolduan ...

Be nice, use proper grammar

Columns

Gwen Ruff, a former Journal and Mankato Free Press reporter and editor, writes Randy Krzmarzick's column when he's busy with field work.A couple weeks ago, I heard a news report about a study that determined people who are bugged by written errors in grammar and spelling are cranky, intolerant ...

A first step for circus elephants

Editorials

On Sunday the Ringling Brothers and Barnum &?Baily Circus held its show with elephants in Providence, Rhode Island. The elephants are being retired to a Ringling Brothers preserve in Florida.This is a big step for the American circus industry, which has been featuring elephants since ...

Buffer opposition not surprising

Letters

To the editor:No great surprise to read that New Ulm agronomist and Minnesota Soybean Grower Association member, Steve Commerford states, "It would be a whole lot easier if this whole mess (buffer strips) was thrown out." Reckon there could be an agri-business agenda behind his ...

Community deserves the theater experience

Letters

To the editor:I have bought a season ticket for the State Street Theater Company for the last three years. Those talented actors and the gifted director have never let me down. I have lived in New York City, and I saw many Broadway shows. The State Street Theater produced such classics as ...

Fort Ridgely Gof Course serves a need

Letters

To the editor:As a caddy at the Mankato Country Club in 1940 you got 25 cents for nine holes and a tip of 5, 10 or 15 cents. After four years, I got promoted to the locker room boy at $5 per week with the opportunity to shine shoes at 10 cents for black or brown, and 15 cents for white or ...

The true American pastime

Columns

Busy-ness is the true American pastime. We take inordinate pride in being busy. Even when we complain about it, it is an implicit boast.To start with, no one else on earth except an American appears to define himself or herself so much in terms of "what they do" - that is, exclusively through ...

German flavor in NFL draft

Editorials

We wonder if the Minnesota Vikings are hoping to get some more season ticket sales in New Ulm with their selection of Moritz Boehringer, a wide receiver from the Schwbisch Hall Unicorns in the German Football League.It will be interesting to see how Boehringer fares in making the giant leap to ...

Legislature should get highway bill done

Editorials

We have urged state legislators on many occasions to get it done when it comes to a comprehensive state transportation bill. It was a bill that was supposed to be accomplished last year, but the great partisan divide in the Legislature resulted in a "status quo" bill that did little to address ...

Why would city want to own theater?

Letters

To the editor:Am I the only citizen in New Ulm that thinks purchasing the State Street Theatre the dumbest thing the city council could do?For one it shouldn't even be open to the public. It was decided it wasn't up to code for our youth of this community so we could build a new school. Second, ...

Why isn’t New Ulm a Green Step City?

Letters

To the editor:Regarding the April 16th article by Fritz Busch on area cities that have chosen to participate in the Minnesota GreenStep City program, a question that was not asked was: "Why isn't New Ulm among those cities in the program?"In my service with another Minnesota Pollution Control ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Gridlock aheadTHUMBS DOWN: With three weeks left in the legislative session, Democrats controlling the Senate and Republicans in charge of the House have passed their widely divergent budget proposals and sent them to conference committees for an attempt at compromise agreements.Given the level ...

Getting together to help kids

Editorials

One of the most ambitious Park and Rec projects in recent memory is getting underway today at Hermann Heights Park, where a crew of volunteers is helping assemble and install the playground equipment for the new all-inclusive playground at the park.When the projects is complete, with the ...

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