The Journalhttp://www.nujournal.comTop Headlinesen-usMon, 22 Dec 2014 14:32:29 EDTMon, 22 Dec 2014 14:32:29 EDT solstice passes; daylight hours increase ULM - Daylight was scarce Sunday and not just because of the overcast skies. In the northern hemisphere Dec. 21 marks the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. Its passage marks the official beginning of winter.Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EDTIt takes two to negotiate is no wonder Israelis are so frustrated with the "international community" and, in particular, the United States.Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EDTSpending on things we don't need several dozen members of Congress had specific concerns that prompted them to vote against a $1.1 trillion federal spending bill, it is not recorded that any objected in principle to appropriating billions of dollars unnecessarily.Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EDTKeepers of the Prairie have a place to share past ULM - The Historic Kiesling House on N. Minnesota Street has a new tenant. Keepers of the Prairie have entered a Lease Agreement with Park's & Rec Commission to serve as tenant of the historic piece of property.Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EDTDistrict Legion holds Oratorical Contest ULM - The Second District of The American Legion Oratorical Contest was held Saturday Dec. 20 at Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School. There were four contestants this year all from the Lake Crystal High School, sponsored by John W.Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EDT