Opinion

Kids don’t belong in cars

Editorials

We see far too many news reports about young children dying after being left unattended in cars. You wonder how any parent or caretaker could be so negligent. Sometimes parents rushing to get to work on too little sleep, or dealing with unusual distractions or personal situations, forget to ...

Who hires those illegal immigrants?

Editorials

Law enforcement authorities agree that one key to curbing certain types of crime is to sever the supply-and-demand link. Fewer drug addicts means less demand for pushers and thus, fewer of them, for example. Federal officials don’t seem to be doing a very good job of that in regard to ...

What’s Going On: Trumpland … an idea I can support

Columns

Here’s something I don’t state very often: I agree with President Trump. Earlier this week, it was reported that on multiple instances over his presidency, Trump has directed staff members to inquire into the possibility of the United States buying … Greenland, as in the country. ...

Health Care Happenings: NUMC growing, adding services

Columns

Greetings from the New Ulm Medical Center team! 2019 is shaping up to be a year of significant advancement for our regional health care model. Across the nation, decreased access to rural healthcare is forcing many into making the difficult choice of either travelling great distances, or ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Not funny, Sonny THUMBS DOWN: The beating farmers are taking from the tariff war with China is not a laughing matter. Just ask farmers here in southern Minnesota. Perhaps Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue didn’t get that memo before making a bad joke about farmers during a Farmfest ...

The road outside my window

Columns

The road outside my window is under construction. It’s a nice road, frequently traveled by people to go lots of places — towards New Ulm and on to Mankato or away from New Ulm towards Morgan or Redwood Falls or Jackpot Junction and in-between and beyond, so many places. It’s a road I ...

Philadelphia police show strength in restraint

Editorials

Police officers and sheriff’s deputies are accused regularly — and as a class — of being too eager to use violence, especially against African-Americans. Those who have that attitude ought to consider what happened Wednesday night in Philadelphia. During the day there, police went to a ...

Off the Record: The writing on the wall (or the statue)

Columns

The Trump Administration this week has offered a new interpretation and a proposed rewrite of the Emma Lazarus poem, “The New Colossus.” The poem, written in 1883, is famously carried on the Statue of Liberty, and states, at the end, “...“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled ...

Town Talk: Fitness classes at the Rec Center

Columns

You Ask, We Answer: Do you offer fitness programs that pertain to older adults or those with arthritis and pain management? Often we get asked these questions. The answer is, we offer several different programs that focus on these issues. Strength training is key to help ward off ...

Responsible gun ownership is no laughing matter

Editorials

An Oregon man is lucky his idea of testing the Second Amendment did not result in his death. Another man, in Ohio, may be about to learn that amassing an arsenal, then talking about mass shootings, isn’t funny at all. What on Earth is wrong with these people and, sad to say, what appears ...

A thank-you to all contributors

Letters

To the editor: The Viet Nam Vets of Brown County summoned a welcome home gathering 20 Jul 2019. The vets who ran into the storm, found a banquet. The food was delicious, sharing was real, location was good and a request for again next year closed the day. Recent vets who moved into the area ...

Harpestad should have skills for DHS

Editorials

Governor Tim Walz took steps to bring the state’s Department of Human Services under better control Monday by naming Jodi Harpestead as the new commissioner of DHS. There has been turmoil in the massive state agency since last month, when the commissioner Walz first appointed, former state ...

Where’s the story?

Letters

To the editor: In the past several weeks New Ulm has lost two life long dedicated citizens in Dr Jim Seifert and Herb Schaper. The only acknowledgement of their passing in The Journal was a small obit yet these two individuals devoted their life to making New Ulm a better place to live, work ...

Weeds: Low-tech guy in a high-tech world

Columns

I’m not a big tech guy. There is some technology that falls into my skill level. Like my toaster. It has handles you push down after you put the bread in. There’s a dial to set length of toasting time and a button that will pop your toast up on command. There’s another button that I ...

Goodbye, MNLARS

Editorials

The State of Minnesota signed a $33.9 million deal with Fast Enterprises to replace the state’s chronically troubled MNLARS (Minnesota License and Registration System). Despite the expense, and despite kissing goodbye the more than $100 million the state spent trying to develop MNLARS, it ...

Time for more openness in state legislature

Editorials

Late last month, it was reported that Gov. Tim Walz and Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka (R-Nisswa) were talking about the idea of subjecting the Minnesota Legislature to the Data Practices Act, which designates most public records as public information, with limited exceptions spelled out ...

Don’t buy the ‘futility’ argument

Editorials

You hear the argument every time a mass shooting massacre triggers calls for more gun control. “Gun control won’t stop mass murder. Maniacs will find a way to get guns illegally.” Or, “If they want to kill someone, they’ll find a way, even without guns.” This “futility” ...

What’s Going On: Are we ready to admit we have a problem?

Columns

It was one of those facts that just seemed so outrageously untrue … I wondered if it was true. I had the same kind of doubt and skepticism when I first heard that hippos kill more people in Africa than lions. They do … about 3,000 — 250 more. So when discussing the most recent mass ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Welcoming banners THUMBS UP: Those traveling up and down Broadway have probably noticed New Ulm Street Department crews putting up some new, colorful banners on the median light poles. The banners depict one of New Ulm’s many attractions, from the Schell’s Brewery, to the Brown County ...

Class of 1974 remembers classmates

Letters

To the editor: The Class from New Ulm High School is having its reunion this weekend. Even though you can’t be with us, we’re truly not apart. In Memory of OUR Classmates That Have Gone Home: Tom Ahles Lou Ahlness Zimmerman Mark Alvig Gary Armstrong Joyce Baier Craig ...