Opinion

Newspapering is a great career

Columns

Yesterday I spent a couple of hours at the New Ulm Civic Center, talking to 10th grade students from the area about careers in newspapers.Actually, most of the time I waved to the kids as they rushed over to the Citizens Bank booth to play Plinko, or lined up at the BIC?booth to put on funny ...

RENU evaluations

Editorials

The New Ulm RENU Committee has begun holding hearings on the various projects that have been proposed for funding through an extension of the city's half-percent sales tax. In this, the committee is going through what legislators go through in developing a bonding bill.Legislators typically ...

On what does DNR base park decisions?

Letters

To the editor:This letter is being written concerning the DNR's decision to eliminate the golf course at Fort Ridgely State Park. When the upgrade to the golf course at the Park took place in 2006 using taxpayer monies, it seemed to happen without much input from the general public. Now, with ...

It’s not politics, it’s about babies

Columns

About a year ago we got the exciting news that our daughter was pregnant with our first grandchild. We began to say things like "Anna is going to have a baby," and "We are going to be grandparents." All of this pointed toward some future date when "the baby will arrive."It struck me that those ...

Keep FBI unfettered in Clinton case

Editorials

Politics rules everything in Washington, even at the top levels of the Justice Department. That can place the many people at the agency who dedicate their lives to enforcing the law impartially in very difficult situations.They are in one now. It seems clear that while serving as secretary of ...

King Sport

Columns

High-school athletics are intense. They hold children to an impossible standard of perfection. A near-professional commitment is expected. A single-minded devotion is a pre-requisite for keeping up.Athletes train each day during a season. They travel to after-school or daylong competitions both ...

Trump learns that thinking is hard

Columns

WASHINGTON - Donald Trump is learning how hard it is to pretend to be something he's not.Case in point: Since deciding to run for president - and maybe before, but who knows? - Trump has insisted he is pro-life. America learned otherwise with his recent remarks that a woman should be punished ...

Clintons in no position to surf populist wave

Columns

With apologies to Buffalo Springfield, there's something happening here. What it is ain't exactly clear.Here's Bill Clinton in Spokane, Washington, making the pitch for his wife last week: "But if you believe we can all rise together, if you believe we've finally come to the point where we can ...

Castro’s welcome

Editorials

Lest anyone forget the regime President Barack Obama flirted with in Cuba last week, that nation's former ruler Fidel Castro penned a mocking response to Obama's visit and speeches, which was published in the Communist government's official newspaper, Granma, last Monday. That means little ...

Head Start canvassing counties

Letters

To the editor:What is Head Start? Head Start promotes school readiness in children.The Brown and Watonwan Counties Head Start Services receive grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Head Start and Early Head Start offer a variety of services depending upon the needs ...

Another Trumpism

Editorials

There he goes again: Once again, Donald Trump has made an emphatic statement of what his policy would be if he is elected president and once again he has been forced to retract it.How long will Trump get away with shoving his foot in his mouth before he starts losing Republican Party primary ...

Mercy for mine, justice for everyone else

Columns

Earlier this week, an 18-year-old Sleepy Eye "man" was arrested and charged for allegedly shooting out a couple dozen vehicle windows in the area.Along with a couple friends (who may also face charges soon), this teenager went out on a late night joy ride and acted like many teenagers do. In ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

LWV 80 years oldTHUMBS UP: Congratulations to the League of Women Voters of New Ulm who celebrated their 80th anniversary this week.The League, from its inception, has dedicated itself to educating voters, on a non-partisan basis, not only on candidates but on special issues that come before ...

CROP Hunger Walk

Letters

To the editor:Join our 2016 CROP WALK PROJECT. Several of our local churches are involved in the planning of this community event. If unable to walk, please donate to assist Hunger Relief in our world.Church World Service is the sponsoring organization. It is a cooperative, ecumenical ministry ...

Lobbying a necessity for cities

Editorials

A recent report in the Star Tribune focused attention on the issue of local governments in Minnesota lobbying the Legislature. The report cited the amounts being collected by lobbyists, and talked with some legislators who resent the idea of local governments using the people's tax money to ask ...

The case for the course

Columns

The Minnesota DNR contacted the Friends of Fort Ridgely to ask if they could attend our monthly board meeting on March 21. Six officials came from the regional office. They told us they wanted to engage our organization in planning the future of Fort Ridgely State Park. But first they informed ...

Clark decision clear

Editorials

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman went out on a limb Wednesday with his decision not to charge the two Minneapolis Police officers involved in the shooting of Jamar Clark last November. He knew that for many in the black community, justice for Clark means only one thing - the prosecution ...

When politicians don’t listen

Columns

My column last week about the Teflon quality of Donald Trump, who seems impervious to the consequences of his bad behavior on the campaign trail, sparked a little conversation at coffee last week.Some of the gents who join me in solving the world's problems over a cup of joe at the Ulmer were ...

Cyber terrorism – for profit

Editorials

Cyber terrorism - for profit, not twisted ideology -has become a clear and present danger to Americans. If there is a cohesive strategy to defeat it, it is not working.On Monday, hackers crippled computer networks at several hospitals in Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. The facilities are owned ...

The Constitution and the Senate

Letters

To the editor:Because the U.S. Constitution is alleged by many to be a living document, is it possible that it has grown to mean that the current Senate can decline to act on a given president's Supreme Court nominee?Because the right to abortion has been unearthed in the Constitution, is it ...

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