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Time to reconsider on Fort RidgelyTHUMBS DOWN: The public information session on the Fort Ridgely State Park golf course closing in New Ulm this week did little to diffuse the outrage of the state park's supporters. If anything, it illuminated why the DNR didn't hold such hearings before it ...

Lots of reasons to love Fort Ridgely

Letters

To the editor:I want to wish the huge turn-out of passionate golfers at the Fort Ridgely Civic Center meeting and the DNR nothing but the best and hopefully a creative solution can be found to get the course financially stable.I just want to add that as a local mom, I feel that golfing is just ...

Transportation falls farther behind

Editorials

The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced the start of its 2016 road construction season Thursday. The DOT is undertaking 246 state road and bridge projects. That, according to MnDOT, is 44 projects and $70 million less in funding than in 2015.We don't think the drop in the number of ...

How school district handles lice

Letters

To the editor:This letter is in response to Mr. Steinberg's comments about the lice concerns at Jefferson Elementary School and his concern that the school isn't doing enough. I would like to let the community and parents know what we are doing.When a child is found to have a case of live lice ...

New Ulm commerce in year 2026 – thriving or surviving?

Columns

We've called New Ulm home for 10 years and feel blessed to be in such an outstanding community on so many different levels. Just one of the many things I appreciate about New Ulm are the diverse retail and professional services offered which allow me to rarely leave the community for purchases. ...

Good news for bees

Editorials

The Ortho Company, a major producer of products used to control garden pests and weeds, announced this week it will stop using neonicotinoids, a category of chemicals believed to be harmful to bees.Good for Ortho! For several years, it has been apparent something is reducing bee ...

National Healthcare Decisions Day

Letters

To the editor:National Healthcare Decisions Day exists to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning.April 16, 2016 is set aside as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) to promote and educate people to "Have the Talk" with your ...

Don’t knock parking system

Letters

To the editor:Greg Orear, publisher of The Journal: I hope you enjoy your stay in the City of New Ulm. Unfortunately I think you haven't made it easy for community acceptance with several comments you have publicly announced since your arrival. My primary concern was your statement on the ...

Health and wealth

Columns

A headline I saw earlier this week reminded me of one of my dad's old sayings. Dad had a way of taking an adage and giving it a wry twist. After he said it you'd think he said it wrong, but then you'd smile as you realized his version usually had a lot more wisdom than the original.The headline ...

Fort Ridgely golf course meeting

Editorials

The Department of Natural Resources is holding an informational meeting this Thursday, at 6 p.m. in the New Ulm Civic Center, to talk about the Fort Ridgely State Park golf course."Staff will share details on why the golf course will close later this spring and will discuss a transitional plan ...

Fireworks regulations

Editorials

With everything else the Minnesota Legislature has to do in the next five weeks, do we need another dustup on fireworks regulations?Rep. Jason Rarick, (R-Pine City) had a bill passed by the House on Monday that would allow Minnesotans to purchase "aerial and audible" fireworks during the five ...

The Health conundrum

Columns

We spend a lot on health.But some say that, of all advanced economies, we get the least bang for our buck.First, the spending.Health spending is what we pay for the final consumption of health services and goods. It is spending by public and private sources, including households, on curative, ...

Government ineptitude

Editorials

It probably is a good thing bureaucrats like those at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration were not in charge of arming the United States for World War II.After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941, the United States became the "arsenal of democracy," producing tens of thousands of ...

Tax cuts should be part of budget plan

Editorials

Minnesota lawmakers were disappointed when the February state economic forecast predicted a surplus of only $900 million for the current budget. They had been hoping for the earlier forecast of $1.2 billion.That $900 million might not be enough to fulfill as many of the new programs and ...

Carp can be good eating

Letters

To the editor:In response to The Journal article, "What's in the River?" (Saturday, April 9), carp can be a delicacy, especially when smoked. I have eaten smoked tulibee from Mille Lacs Lake to smoked carp obtained from local streams and river. My father-in-law prepared a soaking brine so that ...

Are you sure you’re pro-life … really?

Columns

How pro-life are you?Considering the voting demographics of the rural Midwest in general and southern Minnesota specifically, I'm going to assume most people who read this will be Republican.And one of the Republican tenants is opposing abortion. In fact, one of the motivating factors in ...

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Editorials

Tink Larson FieldTHUMBS DOWN: New Ulm has always been a baseball town, and has long had a warm spot in its heart for Johnson Park, where so much great baseball has been played over the past 75+ years. So we can truly sympathize with Waseca, where a fire this week destroyed the grandstand and ...

Please return her cane

Letters

To the editor:Last Thursday my husband and I had breakfast at Cash Wise. It was good.Two weeks before, I had fallend and hit my head. It made my memory bad. Consequently, I forgot my cane. We checked to see if it was there, but it was gone. It's a real nice cane, green and brown, made in a ...

Guns and phones that look like phones and guns

Editorials

Back in 1976 on Saturday Night Live, Dan Aykroyd created the character of Irwin Mainway, president of Mainway Toys, a producer of ridiculously dangerous toys like "Bag o' Glass," "Johnny Switchblade" and "Teddy Chain Saw," a teddy bear with a chain saw sticking out of its stomach.It would seem ...

Oh, that mean Kasich

Editorials

In perhaps a demonstration of how ill-prepared Donald Trump would be to handle the realities and inner workings of politics on a national (let alone international) stage, he threw a tantrum over the weekend in which he called for Ohio Gov. John Kasich to drop out of the race to become the ...

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