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December 26, 2013 News flash: President Barack Obama believes in Santa Claus. We can think of no better explanation for his press conference, the last of the year, on Friday. more »»

It came upon a midnight clear...

December 24, 2013 We don’t know how the news would be announced in this day of 24-hour news channels, social media and internet bloggers, but 2,000 years ago, word of mouth was as good as it got. more »»

Weeds: Midnight Mass memory

December 24, 2013 When I was young, Midnight Mass at St. Mary’s in Sleepy Eye was a spectacle. Incense, candles, lights bedazzled. Trumpets, organ, and choir filled the church with rich sound. more »»

A teachable moment

December 23, 2013 Target Corp. more »»

Eagle Update: Time to take stock, give thanks

December 23, 2013 It is the time of year to take stock of our surroundings and be thankful for all that we have. more »»

IDing threats to public’s safety

December 22, 2013 A small unit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation may be paving the way for state governments in search of a system that could help prevent mass shootings and violence, not through weapons bans,... more »»

Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down

December 21, 2013 Utilities in good hands THUMBS UP: Gary Gleisner will be retiring as the Director of Utilities for the City of New Ulm at the end of the month. more »»

IRS should crack down on tax-dodging vendors

December 20, 2013 If you owe the Internal Revenue Service money, chances are you will be harassed until you pay up or at least make arrangements to do so. Unless you happen to be doing business with the IRS. more »»


December 19, 2013 We hear Costa Rica is a lovely place to vacation, a lush tropical vacation that would seem even lovlier in the throes of a Minnesota winter. more »»

Still time to give to others

December 17, 2013 Christmas is just eight days away. No doubt many area residents wish they had more time to prepare. There is so much to do, after all. more »»

Government waste adds up quickly

December 16, 2013 In Washington, government spending is discussed in terms of billions and trillions of dollars. A million bucks isn't even enough to merit decimal-point mention in most agency budget. more »»

We haven’t solved school shootings

December 15, 2013 A year ago 20 innocent children and six adults in the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. were slaughtered by an armed, crazed gunman. more »»

Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down

December 14, 2013 Necessity defense THUMBS UP: An interesting case was argued before the Minnesota Supreme Court on Thursday. more »»

Wind energy getting away with eagle-cide

December 13, 2013 For as long as 30 years, the wind power industry will be permitted to do something no one else can get away with, President Barack Obama has decreed. more »»

Stop fraud, waste in the U.S. Military

December 12, 2013 The Pentagon cannot account for more than $8 trillion U.S. taxpayers have given it since 1996, according to a report by the Reuters news agency. more »»

Weeds: Sometimes memory needs a kick start

December 12, 2013 I wanted to write about that guy, you know, he worked at Norwood. He lived in town, I don’t know, ten years ago? Fifteen? I think he lived by public schoo. more »»

Will rules change build collegiality?

December 11, 2013 Twenty years ago, the so-called Marty Rule, named after DFL?Sen. John Marty, placed a ban on gifts to public officials. more »»

Obamacare orphans

December 10, 2013 As many as one-fourth of the people who thought they had obtained health insurance through the government’s website,, may be “orphans,” officials confirmed last week. more »»

Unusual situation for legislature

December 9, 2013 There are plenty of people stepping up to take credit for the state’s projected billion-dollar budget surplus. Gov. more »»

Mandela's legacy

December 8, 2013 Political revolutions are time of violence, struggle and inflamed passions. Successful revolutions do more than overthrow a repressive government or syste. more »»



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