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The true American pastime

May 3, 2016 Busy-ness is the true American pastime. We take inordinate pride in being busy. Even when we complain about it, it is an implicit boas. more »»

A lot of magic possible in community theater

April 29, 2016 I am a big fan of community theater. I like attending plays, I?like being in plays. more »»

Unsuited to science: a self-fulfilling prophesy

April 28, 2016 Cultural bias is an intriguing idea. It never occurred to me while growing up to be wary of math just because I was female. more »»

Fight like The Mouse

April 24, 2016 Fight like a mouse. This phrase has been “adopted” by my sister, her friends and family during her battle with cancer. more »»

New Ulm need a place like Perkins

April 21, 2016 I am very happy to hear that Perkins is planning on rebuilding its New Ulm restaurant that was severely damaged by a fire on Sunday afternoon. more »»

We neither have our cake, nor eat it

April 20, 2016 I spent the first half of my life in what you would justifiably term “a welfare state.” The prevalent orthodoxy of my formative years was that the United States is NOT one. more »»

Passing along the good things

April 20, 2016 (I am recycling a story. This was written in August, 199. more »»


April 18, 2016 With the district-wide grade realignment in our buildings coming this fall, summer will provide some additional challenges for the Facilities Department as compared to previous years. more »»

The ‘no-nonsense’ negotiator

April 18, 2016 In addition to winning more primaries, more convention delegates and 2 million more votes than any other Republican presidential candidate running this year, billionaire developer Donald Trump has... more »»

We can’t kick the can any farther

April 17, 2016 In 1971, the State promised to expand Highway 14 across southern Minnesota. Forty-five years later, we are still waiting. more »»

Infant Immunization Week

April 17, 2016 National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual observance to promote the benefits of immunizations and to improve the health of children two years old or younger. more »»

New Ulm commerce in year 2026 – thriving or surviving?

April 15, 2016 We’ve called New Ulm home for 10 years and feel blessed to be in such an outstanding community on so many different levels. more »»

Health and wealth

April 14, 2016 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. more »»

The Health conundrum

April 12, 2016 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. more »»

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

April 10, 2016 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. more »»

Newspapering is a great career

April 7, 2016 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. more »»

It’s not politics, it’s about babies

April 6, 2016 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. more »»

King Sport

April 5, 2016 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. more »»

Trump learns that thinking is hard

April 5, 2016 WASHINGTON — Donald Trump is learning how hard it is to pretend to be something he’s not. more »»

Clintons in no position to surf populist wave

April 5, 2016 With apologies to Buffalo Springfield, there’s something happening here. What it is ain’t exactly clear. more »»



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