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Opinion

How little we know about COVID-19

Editorials

Virtually every passing day demonstrates to us that we don’t know enough about COVID-19 to combat the virus effectively. Research on it — and on identifying other emerging disease threats — needs to be a higher priority. At the very top of the action list should be how the coronavirus ...

Ask a Trooper: Trailer safety

Columns

Question: Can you talk about boat trailer safety with all the traffic we see pulling these things? Answer: State Troopers often encounter motorists pulling trailers that are experiencing breakdowns. Most often it involves a flat tire or trailer wheel bearing. Basic trailer maintenance ...

Don’t fall for internet hoodwinkers

Editorials

Thank heaven for those gullible Americans. Let’s hope they never wise up. If they do, we’re out of jobs. One wonders whether that thought crosses the minds of Russian disinformation specialists who have had so much success sowing dissent in the United States. If not, it should.We ...

Big Ten leads the way for responsible athletics

Editorials

The Big Ten Conference became the first major college athletic conference to say no to fall sports, including football season. “The mental and physical health and welfare of our student-athletes has been at the center of every decision we have made regarding the ability to proceed ...

Weeds: Pandemic ponderings

Columns

A lot of routines were disrupted in March. “Disrupted” might be too mild a word. More like smashed, mangled, and buried in the back yard. For Christians, there is nothing more routine than going to church on Sunday. I can’t remember when Mass wasn’t part of my Sunday mornings (or ...

Go vote today

Editorials

People tend to have a lot of reasons (or is it excuses?) not to vote in primary elections. It’s too early to think about voting, they’re too busy, it doesn’t really matter, they’d rather wait until November, primaries aren’t that important. This year we have the COVID-19 virus excuse ...

COVID-19 vaccine decisions required

Editorials

Rationing of medical treatment is viewed by many Americans as unacceptable. Making health care decisions based on anything but need is seen as immoral. That is as it should be. But as researchers race to develop vaccines against COVID-19, the specter of rationing is being raised by ...

Vote for Boettger Tuesday

Letters

To the editor: I am writing to express my support for Andrea Boettger and her candidacy for City Council President. I’ve known Andrea for nearly ten years, and in that time I have seen her in action. It’s no easy feat to manage Turner Hall, and I have seen firsthand her ability to manage ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Bishop LeVoir led through trying times Bishop John M. LeVoir’s retirement was announced this week by the Diocese of New Ulm. He has served as the pastoral leader of the diocese since 2008. Bishop LeVoir has served the Diocese well through trying times. His selection to be a bishop was a ...

Hagedorn has been everywhere in district

Letters

To the editor: The other day, a letter was published in the Free Press making an outrageous claim that Congressman Hagedorn is not spending time in and working across the First District. The author is in error and I would like to set the record straight. Media reports and photos documenting ...

More arbitration reform needed

Letters

To the editor: The League of Minnesota Cities thanks the State Legislature and the Governor for their work to pass the Police Accountability Act. This legislation is a good beginning and goes a long way toward addressing law enforcement systemic reform. There is, however, more work to do, and ...

COVID-19 not waiting on aid package

Editorials

Time is running out for Congressional and administration negotiators to put together an aid bill to assist those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The disease is not going to take a time out while they argue in Washington. The last aid package ran out last week, and the full impact of the ...

Ask a Trooper: Cell phones & driving

Columns

Question: There are way too many other drivers on their cell phones calling or texting. Why don’t you enforce these laws? We never hear about it. Answer: The Minnesota State Patrol and other law enforcement agencies have been, and will continue to be actively involved in Distracted Driving ...

Election letters

Letters

The Journal will accept letter to the editor relating to the Aug. 11 primary elections up to Friday, Aug. 7. Letters endorsing candidates and issues will not be published after Monday, Aug. 10, unless the editor determines a response to a previously published letter is in order. Please keep ...

Farmfest forums continue virtually

Editorials

Like most other major gatherings this summer, Farmfest was canceled. Instead of thousands of farmers and others interested in agriculture traipsing around the Gillfillan Estate near Morton to look at the latest farming technology and products, and viewing test plots, everyone is staying ...

Support Larry Mack on Tuesday

Letters

To the editor: I would like to remind everyone in New Ulm to vote on August 11, and when you do vote, vote for Larry Mack for city council president. Larry is all about what is best for New Ulm. He cares deeply about and wants New Ulm to grow and flourish. I know he will bring integrity, ...

Supports Mack for Council President

Letters

To the editor: I’ve known Larry Mack for almost 20 years, working with him in a number of capacities. Most recently Larry has been a dedicated volunteer at The Grand, where he has helped build our gift shop, our Smallest Museum and develop our Cellar Press area. Early on Larry helped us ...

Where’s the sense in Sturgis rally?

Editorials

Across the country in this Year of COVID-19, events large and small have been cancelled, from the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament to the New Ulm St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Even the Great Minnesota Get Together has told Minnesotans to stay away. Concern about spreading the COVID-19 virus ...

Support our park

Letters

To the editor: Last month’s specials session of the Minnesota Legislature included votes on a bonding bill. The bill included $300,000 for the New Ulm German Park project. Our local Representative Paul Torkelson, Hanska, voted against the bill. He continues to be a lockstep partisan ...