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Trust, but verify THUMBS UP: Wednesday’s trade deal signing by the U.S. and China is a trust but verify situation for farmers. The announcement was indeed good news for the U.S. agriculture sector. However, a spokeswoman for Farmers for Free Trade, Michelle Erickson-Jones, was skeptical ...

National Stalking Awareness Month

Letters

To the editor: January is National Stalking Awareness Month. There are times when we may feel as though someone may be watching us, but we ultimately conclude that is not the case and we are letting our imagination get the better of us. For some, this feeling is a reality as approximately 6 ...

National Stalking Awareness Month

Letters

To the editor: January is National Stalking Awareness Month. There are times when we may feel as though someone may be watching us, but we ultimately conclude that is not the case and we are letting our imagination get the better of us. For some, this feeling is a reality as approximately 6 ...

Not-so-secret voting

Editorials

We’re not sure who thought this was a good idea, but MInnesota law now allows political parties to pull back the voting booth curtain and peek over your shoulder in the new Minnesota presidential primary. The presidential primary will allow MInnesotans to have a say in who is nominated to ...

Time to give blood in New Ulm

Editorials

Among the good reasons for getting a flu shot is to keep yourself healthy enough to be there for the folks who need you this time of year. That is true in a larger sense when it comes to those in need of donated blood — and there are many more than we may think. According to blood banks, ...

Weeds: Straight P.O.O.P. on farm programs

Columns

Farmers had a year about as good as the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers lost 114 games. Ron Gardenhire manages the Tigers, so we know the Tigers “battled.” Those years Twins losses piled up when Gardy managed here, you could count on him to tell us the players “battled.” Through bad ...

Brown County Browser: News from the Brown County Courthouse

Columns

For the first time in decades, Minnesota will hold a presidential primary March 3, and early voting begins Jan. 17. There are a couple of other big changes. When you vote on Super Tuesday, your secret ballot won’t be as secret as it used to be. To be clear, no one will know who you voted ...

Bonding bill breakdown

Columns

Gov. Tim Walz has been taking a different approach to his proposal for the state bonding bill that will be the main focus of this year’s session. In the past, governors have put together their bonding proposal and presented it as a big package. Last year, Walz had a $1.27 billion bonding ...

Find a middle road on self-driving vehicle rules

Editorials

The nanny crowd ­— folks who insist only government is capable of protecting us against anhy hazard — wasted no time in criticizing proposed new federal guidelines for autonomous vehicle makers. “This is a science experiment playing out in real time on our roadways without any safeguards ...

What’s On Your Mind?

Columns

What is your favorite part about sewing? (Asked at the Sewing for Sight Quilting Workshop Saturday.)

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Editorials

Downtown survey THUMBS UP: The results of a Rethos Rural Programs survey of local attitudes toward downtown New Ulm was presented this week, and it contains a lot of useful information. Some of the results confirm what people have been feeling and saying for a long time. People have been ...

Get on with impeachment

Editorials

Gamesmanship appears to be the order of the day in Washington, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spar over ground rules for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. Meanwhile, millions of Americans just want the fiasco to end. Majority ...

Town Talk: Ice dam prevention

Columns

You are asking yourself, “Why would New Ulm Public Utilities be writing an article regarding ice dams?” Well, ice dams are more than an obvious indication that winter has arrived. Ice dams, as many people know or have personally experienced, can cause damage to home walls, ceilings and ...

Will Iran stand down?

Editorials

Iran’s leaders accomplished what they needed to do this week, with a major rocket attack on two areas in Iraq where U.S. troops were housed. They were able to tell their own people they would not allow the “great Satan” — the United States — to push them around. Scores of U.S. ...

Other Editors

Columns

No tears for general, but U.S. risks escalation Although world is better off without Soleimani, what’s Trump’s broader Mideast strategy? There can be little doubt that Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, leader of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps’ Quds Force, deserved the fate that befell ...

Census carries great state, local importance

Editorials

2020 is here, and by April 1, every home in America should receive an invitation to participate. When you get your census forms, it is important that you participate and be counted. There are a lot of things riding on it. A lot of big decisions will be made using the information collected in ...

Brown County Browser: Department of Human Services

Columns

The Minnesota Department of Human Services has been in the news a lot in 2019. Concerns over billing errors, contracting issues and changes in leadership have been the predominant headlines. How does this impact our local human service agency? In Minnesota, Human Services is administered by ...

Church leaders need to be open about abuse

Editorials

Hundreds of clergy accused of sexually abusing children, including some convicted of crimes, were left off lists released by the Roman Catholic Church in reaction to a worldwide scandal, The Associated Press has found. In terms of rebuilding trust with those of the faith, the church seems to ...

Hoping that garlands will return

Letters

To the editor: As I was growing up near St. George the highlight of Christmas was going to New Ulm to see the beautiful downtown decorations, the hanging garland and lights. As I grew older I had the privilege of representing New Ulm as Miss New Ulm. Going to many parades and events, people ...

Baghdad will not be a repeat of Benghazi

Letters

To the editor: Hadi Ameri, who led the raid on the US Embassy in Iraq, was once invited to the White House by President Obama. During his Embassy attack the Supreme Leader of Iran, Khamenei, taunted President Trump claiming, “You can’t do anything.” Trump ordered Suleimani taken out and ...