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Editorials

How little we know about COVID-19

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 ...

Don’t fall for internet hoodwinkers

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

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 ...

Go vote today

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

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 ...

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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 ...

COVID-19 not waiting on aid package

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 ...

Farmfest forums continue virtually

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 ...

Where’s the sense in Sturgis rally?

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 ...

Develop a healthy sense of skepticism

Russia and other foreign foes continue to probe both election mechanisms and the political network in this country in attempts to find ways to commit mischief electronically, it is being reported. With the presidential election three month away, that comes as no surprise. There is little most ...

We made the list

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is seeking comment on its 10-year capital highway project plan, and this year, finally, the Highway 14 improvement project from Nicollet to New Ulm is on the list, scheduled to begin in 2022. The $74 million project will complete the expansion of ...

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Responsibility THUMBS UP: We’ve been hearing a lot lately about personal rights and liberties being “infringed” by the mandate to wear facemasks in public places, and other COVID-19 restrictions. We were taught at an early age that with every right comes responsibility. Your right to ...

School opening plan offers local flexibility

Gov. Tim Walz and his Health and Education Commissioners laid out a plan for reopening schools this fall in the age of COVID-19 that offers local school districts some flexibility about the kind of education they offer. Instead of a one-size-fits-all plan that decrees all districts must have ...

Could it happen here?

People in Marshall have been dragged unwillingly into the spotlight this week after a couple walked through the Marshall Walmart wearing facing coverings resembling Nazi flags, complete with a swastika over their mouths. A local church vicar, who was born in Germany and knows full well how ...

SROs should have place in schools

Calls for change in law enforcement range from those demanding that police departments be virtually disbanded to others insisting on better training for officers and more accountability for the few rogues among them. Common to most reform proposals is that law enforcement personnel be more ...

Time to act is now on new coronavirus aid package

Debate over a new coronavirus relief package continues in Congress and at the White House. Disagreements are both legitimate and political, but one thing ought to be obvious to all involved: Millions of Americans will be in very real financial trouble if a deal is not achieved ...

Pope issues guidance to tackle sexual abuse

Pope Francis is telling Roman Catholic leaders they must do what most people — including the overwhelming majority of the church’s faithful — would do without being told: report cases of sexual abuse of children and vulnerable adults to the police. A long awaited manual of guidance from ...

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Tournament decision THUMBS UP: The New Ulm City Council voted Friday to rescind its earlier approval of holding the Minnesota Amateur Baseball Association tournament in New Ulm. Concerned about the possible spread of COVID-19 if the tournament were held here in August, the council reversed the ...

Upon further review…

The New Ulm City Council is holding a special meeting today for a replay and review of its decision last week to allow Johnson and Mueller parks to be used to host the Minnesota State Amateur Baseball Tournament. The New Ulm Baseball Association has been working hard since being awarded the ...

Masks make sense

Minnesota’s new face mask mandate takes effect on Saturday, after Gov. Tim Walz signed a new emergency order on Wednesday. The mandate calls for people to wear face masks indoors in public places — stores, public buildings and other gathering places. While the order carries a petty ...