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Opinion

Vaping additives need regulation

Editorials

Use of tobacco in all forms can be hazardous to one’s health. That is a fact, not open to dispute. Yet cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco and smokeless tobacco are legal for sale in all 50 states, with some restrictions. That is a puzzle to many who wonder why federal laws intended to ...

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Editorials

Service to Ag THUMBS UP: The New Ulm Farm-City Hub Club surprised its new Service to Agriculture award winner, Arline Klingler. Arline, with her late husband Stanley, has been a faithful volunteer and behind-the-scenes worker for the Hub Club and its mission of promoting agriculture. It is ...

Eagle Update: Jefferson focuses on whole-child growth

Columns

At Jefferson Elementary School, we proudly serve approximately 600 students in first through fourth grade. Our student-centered environment focuses on whole-child growth. This means we care about each individual student’s growth academically as well as social-emotionally. This year, we ...

Brown County Browser: Heartland Express seeking volunteers

Columns

Are you newly retired, or have the kids left for college, and you are looking for something to do with your free time? How about becoming a volunteer driver for Brown County Heartland Express? We are in need of volunteer drivers in the Comfrey, Sleepy Eye, and Springfield area. As a volunteer ...

Foot-dragging, or worse in White House?

Editorials

Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is raising eyebrows with a new book that provides her take on time in President Donald Trump’s administration. The volume, “With All Due Respect,” raises troubling questions about the political establishment. Haley left her post ...

­Town Talk: Why you should not feed the deer

Columns

The City of New Ulm has had a deer herd reduction program since October, 1992, and the City Council passed a deer feeding ban on August 26, 2010. What is the problem? To some residents, deer are a thing of beauty and grace, and providing feed for them is just being kind. So, what’s the harm? ...

Highway 14 waiting game continues

Editorials

Proponents of expanding Highway 14 to a four-lane highway all the way to New Ulm have been waiting a long time for the controllers of the transportation purse strings to come up with the funds to complete the job. We’re going to have to wait some more. The federal Department of ...

What to do with US-born ISIS members

Editorials

One cannot blame the Turks for not wanting to be the world’s jailers for some of the most dangerous people on the planet. When Turkish forces invaded northern Syria to push back Kurdish separatists, they captured some facilities in which the Kurds were holding Islamic State terrorist ...

DHS problems evident; restructure needed

Editorials

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has, over the years, evolved into a big beast. This makes it difficult to handle, as recent news indicates. The Star Tribune of Minneapolis reported last week that the department violated state law more than 200 times over the past year, ...

We owe vets more than ‘Thank you’

Editorials

Americans have come a long way in their attitude toward military veterans from the Vietnam era, when returning servicemen were frequently cursed, spit on and called “baby killers.” Today, we hear “Thank you for your service” from people meeting veterans and soldiers in active duty. ...

What’s On Your Mind?

Columns

What do you like about this time of year? (Asked at Schoolhouse 186 during the Shopping Opener)

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Editorials

State Tournament THUMBS UP: Congratulations to the Springfield Tigers and the GFW Thunderbirds, who are playing this morning in the first round of the Minnesota State High School League Class A State Football Tournament. Springfield travels to Janesville to face Blooming Prairie, and GFW ...

Nation’s Report Card is flawed

Letters

To the editor: When Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released the recent NAEP results (The Nation’s Report Card) she announced, “Our nation’s report card shows that two-thirds of American students can’t read at grade level. Two out of three!” But according to NAEP, which is part ...

Massacre in Mexico calls out for justice

Editorials

Americans who leave our country to reside in another are outside the protection of our government in most ways. But the sheer horror of what happened in Mexico this week —three women and six of their children massacred, apparently by drug cartel terrorists — cries out for some meaningful ...

Please join us for community dinner

Letters

To the editor: Halloween has just passed and coming up quick is Thanksgiving. As Board Members of the New Ulm Community Thanksgiving Dinner we wanted to invite the community to come and enjoy a home cooked meal. We serve from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 417 S. ...

Town Talk: Small Business Incentive Program

Columns

The New Ulm Economic Development Authority (EDA) recently approved a new grant program available for small businesses during their first year of operation. The maximum grant is $10,000 per business. The EDA has allocated $50,000 for this program and applications will be processed on a ...

Teen Court combined justice with peer sense

Editorials

Brown County Commissioners decided it is time to discontinue a program that has served a very useful purpose here since 1998. Brown County Teen Court, operated through the Brown County Probation Office, gave first time youthful offenders a chance to be examined and judged by a jury of their ...

Weeds: Find a way to keep the birds

Columns

West of Sleepy Eye there was a hemp field this season. There are thoughts that hemp can become a crop to complement corn and soybeans, so farmers are rooting for it. It was fascinating to watch Bryan Berkner plant, tend, and harvest the plants. It was combined early in September, and the stalks ...

Education Report Card results remain discouraging

Editorials

Those aligned against education reform in the United States need to explain themselves. If they can. Results out this week from the Nation’s Report Card show more dismal results among students on reading and math achievement. Those who support reforms, including federal Education Secretary ...