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Splash pad coming THUMBS UP: The City of New Ulm is getting a splash pad through the generosity of Barb Haroldson, who is donating the water feature for a city park. The New Ulm City Council decided to place the splash pad in North Park, at 16th North and Broadway. This park already gets a ...

Off the Record: You could see UST ouster coming

Columns

This week the presidents of the schools in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) voted to oust one of its charter members, the University of St. Thomas. St. Thomas had grown too big and was much too successful in sports, especially in football, to peacefully co-exist with the ...

The new norm

Editorials

The Minnesota legislative session ended on Monday in typical fashion for a budget-setting year. Its main piece of business — a two-year state budget — was unfinished. It will require overtime — a special session — to finish the job. This has become standard operating procedure for the ...

Solving the Palestinian problem

Editorials

Israelis understand that, at least under President Donald Trump’s administration, they have a staunch, valuable ally. Now it is time to make it clear to the Palestinian people that Washington wants to help them, too. Many enemies in the Middle East desire to wipe Israel off the map. The ...

Heartbeat of America

Letters

To the editor: I am writing to comment on The Journal editorial on Friday May 17, “U.S. birthrate becoming an issue.” The Journal goes on to say birth rates in the United States have dipped to historic lows, causing ramifications of fewer children being educated in colleges, smaller ...

Let’s keep our cool regarding war with Iran

Editorials

Any number of individuals, organizations and even nations in the Middle East would not be displeased in the slightest at a military conflict between the United States and Iran. Islamic terrorist groups, for one, understand that would divert U.S. assets from targeting them, to at least some ...

Weeds: A ‘living eulogy’ from a grateful son

Columns

Editor’s Note: Dean Brinkman is filling in for Randy Krzmarzick, who is out planting. This might have an oxymoron-like twist to it, but I have been fortunate to be asked to give many eulogies at friends’ and family’s funerals. It’s truly an honor. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t wish ...

Budget deal leaves some issues out

Editorials

The state’s down to the wire budget deal was announced Sunday. Gov. Tim Walz, the House DFL leaders and the Senate Republican leaders came up with a plan where everybody wins some and loses some. That’s how compromises work. Walz gave up his 20 cent per gallon gasoline tax. Republicans ...

Eagle Update: Congratulations on a great school year

Columns

Congratulations to all of our area graduates. Graduation signifies the end of one journey and the start of another. We know that all students in the New Ulm area have great chances at success because of the opportunities they received while students in our communities. Graduation ceremony for ...

U.S. must be patient with Iran, to a point

Editorials

Some wars are ignited not because they were planned, but because what could have been contained confrontations blew up in everyone’s faces. That should not — cannot — be permitted to happen between the United States and Iran. Since President Donald Trump pulled this country out of the ...

Republicans get what they want with “lights on” bill

Editorials

Republicans in the Minnesota Senate have made a strategic move with the passage of “lights on” bill that would fund current state operations for two more years at current projected levels, which would increase spending by about $1.9 billion, which is what Republicans had proposed all ...

What’s Going On: Pro-life extends beyond birth

Columns

Pam and David were expecting their first children, twin boys, when Pam’s water broke just four months into the pregnancy. She was rushed to her small, rural hospital where their family physician quickly decided the emergency was beyond his abilities and transferred them to a university ...

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Editorials

Graduation time THUMBS UP: The graduation season is upon us. Martin Luther College is sending its seniors off into the world today. Sleepy Eye and Springfield High Schools held their graduations on Friday. Between now and June 2, all of our area high schools will have completed the celebration ...

U.S. birth rate becoming an issue

Editorials

Whether to have children is an intensely personal decision for women and couples. But it is becoming a social, economic — and political — issue, too. Birth rates in the United States have dipped to historic lows. Last year’s rate was the lowest in 32 years. And analysts point out that ...

Town Talk: City Cemetery decoration rules

Columns

Question — What are the rules pertaining to the decoration of a loved one’s Cemetery lot at the New Ulm City Cemetery? Ground flowers can be planted in the area provided for this purpose, which is generally in an area no larger than 12 inches wide by 30 inches long in front of a ...

Women veterans leading the charge

Editorials

After generations of foolish failure to understand the contributions women can make to national defense, the U.S. armed forces finally seem to have awakened to the previously untapped potential. Important issues regarding how females can serve the nation best in uniform may remain to be worked ...

Hagedorn’s leadership hurts farmers

Letters

To the editor: Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District’s strength is our rich, agricultural way of life. Substantial work and investments are being made by citizens, foundations and organizations to continue to strengthen our rural communities. It’s difficult to see these efforts undone ...

Budget standoff

Editorials

Minnesota’s political leaders are locked in a standoff over the state budget. A week ago Monday, they missed a self-imposed deadline for setting overall budget targets, from which they could shape their negotiations. On Sunday, with one week left to make a deal, talks between Democratic ...

Launch a well-timed coincidence

Editorials

If, as U.S. officials insist, last week’s test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile had nothing to do with events elsewhere in the world, it was a fortuitous coincidence. On Thursday, North Korea fired two short-range missiles into the sea off its coast. It appears the rockets ...