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Editorials

Insulin excuses should be made in public

Gov.Tim Walz on Monday called on legislators to hold public hearings on their conflicting plans to make insulin more affordable. They’ve been holding closed-door negotiations over the past month with no resolution on how to pay for their plans to help those diabetics who can’t afford their ...

Vaping additives need regulation

Use of tobacco in all forms can be hazardous to one’s health. That is a fact, not open to dispute. Yet cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco and smokeless tobacco are legal for sale in all 50 states, with some restrictions. That is a puzzle to many who wonder why federal laws intended to ...

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Service to Ag THUMBS UP: The New Ulm Farm-City Hub Club surprised its new Service to Agriculture award winner, Arline Klingler. Arline, with her late husband Stanley, has been a faithful volunteer and behind-the-scenes worker for the Hub Club and its mission of promoting agriculture. It is ...

Foot-dragging, or worse in White House?

Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is raising eyebrows with a new book that provides her take on time in President Donald Trump’s administration. The volume, “With All Due Respect,” raises troubling questions about the political establishment. Haley left her post ...

Highway 14 waiting game continues

Proponents of expanding Highway 14 to a four-lane highway all the way to New Ulm have been waiting a long time for the controllers of the transportation purse strings to come up with the funds to complete the job. We’re going to have to wait some more. The federal Department of ...

What to do with US-born ISIS members

One cannot blame the Turks for not wanting to be the world’s jailers for some of the most dangerous people on the planet. When Turkish forces invaded northern Syria to push back Kurdish separatists, they captured some facilities in which the Kurds were holding Islamic State terrorist ...

DHS problems evident; restructure needed

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has, over the years, evolved into a big beast. This makes it difficult to handle, as recent news indicates. The Star Tribune of Minneapolis reported last week that the department violated state law more than 200 times over the past year, ...

We owe vets more than ‘Thank you’

Americans have come a long way in their attitude toward military veterans from the Vietnam era, when returning servicemen were frequently cursed, spit on and called “baby killers.” Today, we hear “Thank you for your service” from people meeting veterans and soldiers in active duty. ...

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State Tournament THUMBS UP: Congratulations to the Springfield Tigers and the GFW Thunderbirds, who are playing this morning in the first round of the Minnesota State High School League Class A State Football Tournament. Springfield travels to Janesville to face Blooming Prairie, and GFW ...

Massacre in Mexico calls out for justice

Americans who leave our country to reside in another are outside the protection of our government in most ways. But the sheer horror of what happened in Mexico this week —three women and six of their children massacred, apparently by drug cartel terrorists — cries out for some meaningful ...

Teen Court combined justice with peer sense

Brown County Commissioners decided it is time to discontinue a program that has served a very useful purpose here since 1998. Brown County Teen Court, operated through the Brown County Probation Office, gave first time youthful offenders a chance to be examined and judged by a jury of their ...

Education Report Card results remain discouraging

Those aligned against education reform in the United States need to explain themselves. If they can. Results out this week from the Nation’s Report Card show more dismal results among students on reading and math achievement. Those who support reforms, including federal Education Secretary ...

Words of wisdom from Barack Obama

It has been said that the art of politics is compromise. Mention that these days and it is entirely likely you will be accused of being a traitor by those on one of the polls to which political discourse seems to have been relegated. Perhaps both sides will flail away at you. Former President ...

Big money changes NCAA game plan

Especially at major powers in the collegiate sports world, purely amateur athletics has been a myth for many years. Under-the-table gifts by well-to-do boosters have ensured that. Now, however, even the pretense may be about to end. Last week, the NCAA Board of Governors voted to allow ...

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Hall of Fame THUMBS UP: The Minnesota Music Hall of Fame held its annual induction ceremony last night, and is opening its museum for its Showcase open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Since 1989 the Museum in New Ulm has honored Minnesota musicians from all genres with a place in the Hall of ...

Impeachment seems doomed to failure

The impeachment process is rolling along in Congress. On Thursday the Democrat-controlled House approved a resolution setting rules for an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. The House was split on party lines, with only two Democrats siding with all the Republicans to oppose the ...

ISIS down but not out

It is doubtful that ISIS — the Islamic State terrorist organization — was without a leader for more than a few hours after its former head, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, died by his own hand rather than be captured in a raid by U.S. forces in Syria. ISIS already had a succession plan in place ...

DHS due for major overhaul

The Department of Human Services is Minnesota’s largest and most convoluted state agency. The results of a legislative auditor’s office investigation, released Tuesday, indicate is is also due for a major overhaul, top to bottom. The investigation found “troubling dysfunction” at DHS ...

When will our Hwy. 14 groundbreaking be?

A groundbreaking is to be held on Friday for the project to expand Highway 14 to four lanes between Owatonna and Dodge Center. It is a $12.5, $108 million project that will complete the four-lane expansion between Mankato and Rochester. That’s nice. But we want to know when the ...

Youth and vaping

The 2019 Minnesota Student Survey (MSS) added a new set of questions this year, inquiring about students’ use of and attitudes toward e-cigarettes and vaping. The survey is administered every three years to students across Minnesota, in grades five, eight, nine and 11. It’s a completely ...