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Move on Real ID

April 27, 2016 It’s hard to believe the state Legislature is still arguing over something as simple as the Real ID bill. more »»

N Korea’s latest threat is serious

April 26, 2016 North Korea clearly is working feverishly to increase its military capability and to heighten worry about it among other world leaders. more »»

Minnesota feels the loss of Prince

April 25, 2016 Minnesota has had superstars before Prince Rogers Nelson dropped his last two names and became one of the brightest pop music stars of the past 40 years. Judy Garland was from Bemidji. more »»

First Amendment and the IRS

April 24, 2016 Many Americans probably believe the First Amendment is our ironclad guarantee of freedom of speech. more »»

Thumbs Up/Down

April 23, 2016 Habitat for Humanity THUMBS UP: Brown County Habitat for Humanity is getting ready to dedicate its latest house, built to give a deserving family a home. more »»

Breathalyzer test is reasonable request

April 22, 2016 To blow or not to blow, that is the question facing Minnesota drivers who are stopped on suspicion of driving under the influence. According to a state law that was argued this week in front of the U. more »»

No safety in small numbers

April 21, 2016 Feeding more American troops into Iraq little by little is an invitation to disaster, yet President Barack Obama persists in the practice. Obama vowed U.S. more »»

Earmarks by another name

April 20, 2016 Remember when Congress said it was eliminating earmark spending? Absurd wastes of taxpayer money through pork barrel projects were going to be a thing of the past. Not so fas. more »»

Crowded prisons

April 18, 2016 Minnesota has a problem with overcrowding in its state prisons, the natural consequence of years of tougher penalties and longer sentences for a variety of crimes, especially drug related crime. more »»

Let books be ready for reading

April 17, 2016 Nearly everyone agrees censorship and banning books (or, rather, eliminating access to books) are wrong ... except for that one book he or she disagrees with or that makes him or her uncomfortable. more »»

Thumbs Up/Down

April 16, 2016 Time to reconsider on Fort Ridgely THUMBS 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 stat... more »»

Transportation falls farther behind

April 15, 2016 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. more »»

Good news for bees

April 14, 2016 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. more »»

Fort Ridgely golf course meeting

April 13, 2016 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. more »»

Fireworks regulations

April 12, 2016 With everything else the Minnesota Legislature has to do in the next five weeks, do we need another dustup on fireworks regulations? Re. more »»

Government ineptitude

April 11, 2016 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. more »»

Tax cuts should be part of budget plan

April 10, 2016 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. more »»

Thumbs Up/Down

April 9, 2016 Tink Larson Field THUMBS 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+... more »»

Guns and phones that look like phones and guns

April 8, 2016 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... more »»

Oh, that mean Kasich

April 7, 2016 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... more »»



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