Opinion

Weeds: Local downtowns were once Christmas Central

Columns

When first child Anna was little, this time of year Pam would join some friends for an Advent retreat. That meant a father-daughter weekend and the chance to reacquaint after harvest. On Saturday night it was our routine to supper at the City Café. That corner in Sleepy Eye was then a starting ...

The 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack

Columns

On Dec. 7, 75 years ago, a group of Navy reservists from St. Paul, Minn., fired the first American shots of World War II, sinking a Japanese two-man submarine trying to sneak into Pearl Harbor a little more than an hour before the attack. Their ship, the USS Ward was patrolling the entrance ...

Our View: What’s Stein’s recount game?

Editorials

Green Party candidate for president Jill Stein apparently believes all’s fair in politics. Her blatant attempt to pave her way to office in the future ought to be remembered by voters. It is the very old-style politics so many voters are rejecting. Stein, who garnered fewer than 1.5 million ...

Shag Road

Letters

To the Editor: Shag Road is a Cottonwood Township gravel road about five miles in length, located south east of New Ulm in the valley between the Minnesota River and the railroad tracks. There is only two ways to access Shag Road, one is up the motorcycle club hill and intersects with Hwy 15 ...

Eagle Update: Engaging students’ interests, passions

Columns

We have hit December. Traditionally we have colder weather and some snow to contend with this time of the year. I’m thankful for the mild temperatures and the ease of travel for our buses and students. We do know that winter will come at us in full force eventually, but until then, this works ...

Our View: Surplus not a ‘windfall’

Editorials

The Minnesota economic forecast on Friday indicates the state could have a surplus of $1.4 billion at the end of the biennium. This is a much better problem than the billion dollar deficits that preceded the big tax increases in 2012 when Dayton and the DFL controlled the  Legislature and ...

Pelosi, Dems should prepare for change

Editorials

Housing of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi may well be patting herself on the back this week. In the process, she should be looking over her shoulder. Change is coming up fast, and she simply is not equipped to handle it. Pelosi, D-Calif., was re-elected as leader of House ...

Orear: That darn president and his executive orders

Columns

So there once was this Senator from Illinois nobody had really heard much of until he ran for president. Regardless, he made some nice speeches which a lot of people liked, and a lot of people didn’t. He was personable, though, and talked of change and connected well with enough voters to ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Concord Singers THUMBS UP: Congratulations to the Concord Singers, New Ulm’s Ambassadors of Good Will and purveyors of good old German choral music. They will be giving their 85th anniversary concert tonight in the brand new New Ulm High School auditorium. It is kind of fitting that ...

The absolute last I’m going to say about statues

Columns

My column on New Ulm’s statues this week is the column that just won’t quit. I was informed Friday by Brett Fleck that Hermann the German is NOT the second biggest copper sheathed statue in the US, second only to the Statue of Liberty. Hermann was surpassed in 1985 by  the statue ...

Gun blaming was knee-jerk reaction

Editorials

An evil person bent on doing harm will do so, whether he must use a vehicle, a knife or any of the myriad other weapons available besides a firearm. In fact, Somalia native Abdul Razak Ali Artan, a legal permanent U.S. resident, needed only his car and a butcher knife to send 11 people to ...

Town Talk: The science behind wastewater treatment

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. The wastewater lab is ...

I missed one

Columns

I knew it would happen. When I started listing the major statues in New Ulm in my Thrusday column, I thought to myself, “I’ll probably miss one.” And I did. I had a caller Thursday morning remind me I forgot a big one, an important one: Fr. Alexander Berghold, who watches over the ...

Public awareness can protect against ‘lone wolf’ attacks

Editorials

Precisely what motivated Abdul Razak Ali Artan to injure 11 people in an attack on the campus of Ohio State University may never be known. Fortunately, a campus police officer at the scene for another reason shot Artan dead, before he could injure any more innocent people.It is a reasonable ...

The budgetary process

Letters

To the editor:Did everyone get a chance to review their proposed 2017 city property tax estimate yet? Based on the number of emails and telephone calls, I am pretty sure most everyone received it! Maybe I can help by explaining the process...You received your notice based upon the worst case ...

Cuba after Castro

Editorials

Fidel Castro's death certainly is the end of an era, that of the cult of personality that kept Cubans oppressed and without economic opportunity for decades.But does Castro's demise signal an end to repressive rule of the island nation? Probably not.For more than half a century, Castro ran Cuba ...

Rigged elections must be investigated

Letters

To the editor:Most of us were skeptical when Donald Trump claimed nearly two months before the presidential election that the election was rigged. The assumption most of made was that he was claiming it would be rigged against him. Later the NSA reported there was a Russian plan to disrupt the ...

City property tax increase

Letters

To the editor:I am writing this letter out of concern for our city residents who have sent emails and called me and I am sure my fellow councilors regarding the shock of the estimated increase on the proposed tax statements recently mailed out. Speaking on my behalf we are NOT going to raise ...