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Eye in the court THUMBS UP: Having cameras in the courtroom has been inconceivable in Minnesota for years. Judges and attorneys alike have feared the impact the idea millions of people could be watching might have on witnesses and jurors. The Derek Chauvin trial is the first trial to allow ...

Beussman bows out

Mayor Bob Beussman announced this week he is resigning from office, following health setbacks that have affected his ability to handle the duties of the job. Apparently, Beussman’s performance has become a concern for city staff and council members. The concerns and a conversation let to ...

Time for George’s nostalgia is over

George’s Ballroom still lives in the memory of many as THE place to go on a Saturday night, a place to listen to music, to dance, to meet friends. It was the scene of many a first date, engagement party and wedding reception. But memory has to face reality every now and then, and the time ...

Keep this tradition blooming in New Ulm

New Ulm has a lot of wonderful traditions — big ones, like Bavarian Blast and Oktoberfest, but also a lot of smaller ones that you might not notice until they are gone. One of these nice, small traditions is the placing of flower planters in downtown New Ulm during the summer. Each year ...

Make it harder to sell catalytic converters

We continue to see police reports about the theft of catalytic converters. They are stolen off vehicles in car lots or on the streets. People who find their vehicles vandalized and looted by thieves face an expensive replacement cost. It may be upwards of $1,000, depending on the ...

While vaccine is scarce, vaccinate neediest first

President Joe Biden wants to open up COVID-19 vaccinations to everyone by May. That’s a commendable goal, one that could best be reached by providing the vaccines needed to vaccinate everyone by May. Gov. Tim Walz has opened up vaccinations to anyone 16 and older. Again, that is a great ...

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COVID cons THUMBS DOWN:There is no national crisis so dire, no tragedy so hopeless, that someone doesn’t try to make a quick buck off of it. COVID-19 is no different. Early on, it was the gougers who went around buying up all the hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes they could find, then ...

The battle continues

Last week we celebrated the fact that the state recorded zero deaths from COVID-19 on Monday, March 22. It was an encouraging sign, we said, but we expected that more deaths and more cases would come in the future. On Thursday, the state reported a daily new case count of 2,140 cases, the ...

Those trillions add up

President Joe Biden, fresh from signing his nearly $2 trillion COVID-19 relief law, is now proposing another $2 trillion package to rebuild and expand the nation’s infrastructure. The late Illinois Republican Sen. Everett Dirksen is often quoted as saying of the federal budget, “A billion ...

Let’s have some normalcy

Gov. Tim Walz promised that “normalcy is on the horizon” during his State of the State speech on Sunday. Speaking from the classroom where he once taught social studies at Mankato West High School, Walz said “brighter days are ahead,” thanks to the increasing number of COVID ...

We can see it for ourselves

The murder trial of Derek Chauvin, the fired Minneapolis police officer who kept his knee on the neck of George Floyd last May for over nine minutes, until Floyd died, is different from any other trial held in Minnesota up to know. It is being livestreamed. We can all watch and listen as the ...

No one’s stopping them from moving

Rep. Jeremy Munson, R-Lake Crystal, has introduced a bill in the Minnesota Legislature that would allow some western Minnesota counties to secede from Minnesota and join up with South Dakota. Well, isn’t that special? We’re not sure what those counties would gain from joining South ...

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Title time again The COVID-19 pandemic wiped out last season’s state high school tournaments, but the game is on again this year. We congratulate all the area high school athletes who are competing this weekend and next week, as the tournament schedules are compressed. New Ulm and area ...

What can we learn about gun violence?

In 2018, Congress revised the Dickey Amendment, a law passed in 1996 that prohibited the Center for Disease Control and Prevention from using federal funds intended for injury prevention from being used to advocate for gun control. In effect, any study of gun violence and the problems it causes ...

A question of consent

The Minnesota Supreme Court issued a ruling, based on the state’s laws, that a woman who was raped while she was drunk should not be considered mentally incapacitated, because she had consumed the alcohol willingly. Her attacker did not force her to consume alcohol against her will. Her ...

Boulder suspect shouldn’t have been sold a gun

The family of a suspect in the mass shooting in a Boulder, Colorado grocery store on Tuesday told investigators they thought he suffered some kind of mental illness, that he had delusions and sometimes believed people were following or chasing him. And yet, six days before the shooting, Ahmad ...

Sign of progress

Minneosta reached a special point in the battle against COVID-19 on Monday. For the first time since last April 13 last year, the state recorded no new deaths due to the virus. There’s still a long, long way to go before the battle against COVID-19 is over, but this is an encouraging sign ...

Voting rights battle

The battle over who gets to vote and how they get to vote is turning nasty. In a recent invitation-only call to Republican state lawmakers, the Associated Press reports, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) urged them to resist Democratic efforts to pass H.R. 1 and expand voting rights “to illegal aliens ...

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Flipping for Kayla THUMBS UP: Kayla Goblirsch, a junior at Cathedral High School, has been competing on the New Ulm High School gymnastics team for three years, and each year she has earned a trip to to the Minnesota State High School gymnastics meet March 26 and 27. Goblirsch is competing ...

COVID-19’s origin no excuse for racism

OK, we know that the COVID-19 virus originated in Wuhan, China. We know that it spread from there around the world, causing this terrible pandemic we are battling. But the idea that people of Chinese or Asian descent, some of whom have lived in this country for generations, are responsible for ...