Opinion

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 ...

Brown County Browser: Snowplow precautions

Columns

Now that winter is here the Brown County Highway Department wants to remind everyone that it is unlawful to push snow on or next to a public highway or street. Minnesota law (Minnesota Statute 160.2715) prohibits the plowing, pushing, blowing, shoveling or otherwise placing snow onto ...

Off the Record: A Christmas Carol

Columns

One of my favorite Christmas stories is the classic “A Christmas Carol,” by Charles Dickens. It’s a slim little novel, especially in comparison to Dicken’s massive tomes like “Nicholas Nickelby” and “Great Expectations.” But it is packed full of lively character, from Ebenezer ...

Our View: Deal firmly with Iran

Editorials

President Barack Obama did something good and wise this week. He refused to veto a bill from Congress renewing authority for U.S. officials to use economic sanctions against Iran. Obama did major damage in agreeing — without lawmakers’ approval — to a deal under which Iran is supposed ...

What’s on your mind?

Columns

Now that you have graduated, what next? Asked at Martin Luther College’s winter graduation last week

U boycott ends, but damage remains

Editorials

University of Minnesota football players decided Saturday to end their two-day boycott of football activities over the suspension of ten of their teammates. After discussions with University President Eric Kaler, they became convinced the administration was not going to back down on the ...

One supporter’s view of Obama

Letters

To the editor: Jonathan Turley is a law professor who has voted for Obama and who agrees with many of his policies. Yet he has said, “To be clear, I do not view President Obama as a dictator, but I do view him as a danger in his aggregation of executive power. It is not his motives bu his ...

Orear: How a town lost its hook

Columns

Towns want a hook. Call it a draw, a gimmick, an attraction. Whatever it is, towns want something though that distinguishes it. Something that makes it unique. And most importantly, something that will bring visitors to town to help separate them from their out-of-town dollars, be it on ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Service to Ag THUMBS UP: The New Ulm Farm-City Hub Club has picked its Service to Agriculture award winner, Joe Maidl. Maidl, of Lafayette, will be honored at the Hub Club’s annual banquet and meeting on Jan. 16 at the New Ulm Country Club. Maidl’s service has been a long, steady ...

It’s Merry ‘Christmas’

Letters

To the editor: The “Holiday Greetings”  insert in The Journal Dec. 15 displayed charming Christmastime artwork from New Ulm’s elementary schools.  The advertisements therein were of interest for what they said, and some for what they did not say.  I counted 45 ads, 26 of which ...

Cleaning up VA should be a top Trump priority

Editorials

The body of a military veteran was left in a Veterans Affairs health care facility shower room for more than nine hours before someone finally had it moved to a morgue, the Tampa Bay Times reported last week. Then, once their negligence came to light, some staff at the Bay Pines VA ...

Fort Ridgely Master Plan

Letters

To the editor: The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) would like to clarify a few issues that were included in the Dec. 14 letter written by Friends of Fort Ridgely President John Fritsche about the Fort Ridgely State Park master plan amendment. We invite the public to review of all of ...

Thanks for shoveling us out

Letters

To the editor: To whoever shoveled us out today (Sunday) — Thank you!! You are good people, and a blessing. Patti Lee Bock New Ulm

Town Talk: You ask – We answer

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. You ask: “What are ...

Our View: Cybersecurity not a political issue

Editorials

Cyber security is a critical issue demanding a bipartisan approach, Republicans and Democrats alike agree. Or at least, they say they do. But now, in relation to one of the biggest cyber security threats in the world, the issue has become politicized. That needs to end. At issue is ...

Off the Record: Are we still watching gladiator shows?

Columns

The ancient Romans knew what people wanted — bread and circuses. A Roman circus wasn’t a traveling show filled with animal acts, acrobats and clowns. The Circus was the actual arena or venue that the shows were performed in — horse races, chariot races, athletic competitions and so on. ...

Deadline ultimatum won’t get session

Editorials

Gov. Mark Dayton issued another ultimatum to Republicans in the Legislature on a special session, which he hopes can be held on Dec. 20. On Tueday the governor sent letters and proposals to legislative leaders (and to the news media) calling for legislative leaders to agree to his proposals ...