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Editorials

Thumbs Up/Down

Big plans downtown Thumbs UP: We must say, the plans approved by the New Ulm Planning Commission on Thursday for the former Ben Franklin building look very appealing. The current concrete block shoe box of a building has been vacant for years. It had been retail space, but plans proposed by ...

Maybe Trump was right about COVID origins

Former president Donald Trump always took great pains when talking about COVID-19 to call it the “Chinese flu.” He claimed he had intelligence reports that said the virus had been developed in a Wuhan, China clinic, that it escaped, and that the Chinese government ignored its existence ...

Beautiful Memorial Day tradition in New Ulm

To the editor: What a beautiful and heartwarming tradition we have in New Ulm! It is so refreshing to attend New Ulm’s Memorial Day observations, starting with the 9:00 parade up Minnesota Street. The basic elements of the parade are the same as they were years and years ago, with the ...

Have we grown in the past year?

Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary since George Floyd gasped out his life under the knee of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. It has been a year of violence sparked by Floyd’s killing starting Minneapolis and St. Paul and spread across the country. It has been a year in ...

Good news on COVID-19 front

Minnesota had a good weekend with the COVID-19 news. Active cases are down to 5,720, our lowest point since mid-September. The number of hospitalized patients is down, and the number of new hospitalizations is falling. No new deaths due to COVID-19 were reported in the state on Monday. ...

Need for police force becoming apparent

Attitudes in America toward police forces and police tactics have been mixed and confusing in the past year. So it has been in Minneapolis this past year. Since the killing of George Floyd a year ago, there has been a push to defund the police, to dissolve the police force and replace it ...