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Editorials

Let’s take a look at natural gas pricing

The U.S. is suffering from an unnatural cold weather storm that has swept into the South, bringing bone-chilling temperatures and causing utility failures that have kept millions in Texas without power and heat. In the midst of all this, natural gas prices have skyrocketed. No, it is not a ...

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Windings in space THUMBS UP: The night sky holds a little more interest this week for employees of Windings, Inc. The Perseverance Mars rover that just landed on the red planet contains components made right here in New Ulm by Windings. It’s all classified, of course, but knowing what ...

Immigration overhaul due for rocky debate

President Joe Biden said, after being sworn in, that one of his priorities would be immigration reform that would offer a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million people living in the United States illegally. On Thursday, Biden and congressional Democrats proposed a plan to do ...

Minneapolis needs to be ready; Minnesota needs to help

Minneapolis is getting ready for what might transpire when the trial of Derek Chauvin starts in a couple of weeks. Chauvin is the former Minneapolis police officer charged in the death of George Floyd on May 25. Floyd died after Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for nearly 8 minutes while Floyd, ...

A winter storm for the record book

Minnesotans tend to be rather blasé about winter storms in other parts of the country. We are used to dealing with snow, ice and cold and figure people in the South, for instance, where an inch of snow can absolutely paralyze a city, are over-reacting. But the massive winter storm that ...

Let’s take a moment to stand with Buffalo

The shock of last week's shooting at the Allina Clinic in Buffalo is still there, especially for the people of Buffalo and the health care workers in the clinic who were the target of the rampage. Today, we can all do something to show solidarity with Buffalo and the clinic. Allina Health, ...

Impeachment vote leaves little doubt to what Trump did

The U.S. Senate failed to muster the 67 votes needed to impeach former President Donald J. Trump on Saturday. But the 43 Republican votes against impeachment were not exactly an exoneration. The evidence presented by the House impeachment managers made clear that the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. ...

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Tragedy hits home THUMBS DOWN: News of a mass shooting anywhere is hard to hear. When one occurs in your home state, it is harder still. But to hear that the Allina clinic shooting in Buffalo took the life of someone from here, someone lots of people knew, a friend, a family member — it’s ...

Stunning images at Trump trial

The U.S. Senate’s impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump may not result in a conviction. There are enough Republican senators hewing to their party line to prevent the conviction. Their minds were made up before the trial began that they would not vote to convict Trump. But this ...

How did he get a gun?

We don’t know what set off Gregory Paul Ulrich, sending him on a rampage to shoot up the Allina Clinic in Buffalo on Tuesday. But the fact that something was bound to set him off sooner or later was pretty well known by the staff at the clinic and by law enforcement. The 67-year-old Ulrich ...

Getting better at vaccinating

Minnesota made a big jump in the rate of vaccinations recently. On Monday the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Minnesota jumped from 45th place to 14th in the nation in the rate of doses administered per 100,000 population. That’s good news. At least 569,164 Minnesotans ...

Misplaced outrage

If there is any more glaring example of the schism developing in the Republican party, it is the case of Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming. Cheney, the third-ranking Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, voted with Democrats, one of 10 Republicans to do so, to impeach former President ...

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Vaccination clinics THUMBS UP: New Ulm High School and Sleepy Eye Elementary School gyms were the sites of two Brown County COVID-19 vaccination clinics this week. By account we heard, they were well organized and efficient, treating 390 people Wednesday evening. Most of them were school staff ...

State can’t afford not to be ready for Chauvin trial

Minnesota is facing a potential powderkeg next month when the trial of ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin starts. Chauvin is charged in the death of George Floyd, the incident that sparked nationwide rage over perceived police brutality against Blacks. Chauvin knelt on the neck of a ...

Debating legalized marijuana won’t hurt

The question of legalizing recreational marijuana in Minnesota was reintroduced in the Legislature this week. House Democrats are pushing the legislation to legalize marijuana, to expunge minor marijuana convictions. It would, they say, create a fair, regulated marketplace for marijuana and ...

Vaccination numbers rise as COVID cases decline

We are beginning to see progress in the battle against COVID-19. We don’t know if this statistic, reported Tuesday, is meaningful, but it is heartening — Minnesota now has nearly as many people who have at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine than it has recorded cases of the virus. That’s ...

Vaccine fears

A report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention released Monday indicates that only a third of nursing home workers have been getting COVID-19 vaccinations when they are first offered. In a look at 11,000 nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities, 78 percent of the elderly ...

Biden should talk to GOP senators about COVID-19 aid bill

President Joe Biden is pressing to get a COVID-19 relief bill passed, and he indicated he is willing to push it through with the slim Democratic majority he has in Congress. This weekend a group of 10 Republican senators proposed he meet with them to hear about a bill, a $600 billion bill ...

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Businesses of Year THUMBS UP: The New Ulm Chamber of Commerce held a digital annual meeting this year, in keeping with the COVID-19 regulations. It is fitting that members, via Zoom, selected two businesses of the year, one of which has been dealing first-hand with the COVID-19 pandemic. ...

Back again: Voter ID bill

The idea of requiring a photo ID from people before they cast votes keeps yo-yoing back in the Legislature. Sen. Scott Newman, (R-Hutchinson) is proposing a bill to present photo identification at the polls. This bill has been proposed and shot down before, most notably in 2012, when ...