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Business opening THUMBS UP: It is nice to see businesses reopening in New Ulm, and it’s even nicer to see a new business opening on Minnesota Street. MNEIS is an ice cream and sweet shop that opened Thursday at 10 N. Minnesota St. Its opening had been anticipated since last winter, but had ...

Targeting bad cops: Lessen union power

People like Derek Chauvin need to be kept out of law enforcement. When they manage to elude safeguards, they need to be identified and booted out of the profession. And when law enforcement brutality does occur, it must be punished swiftly and severely. Chauvin, of course, is the ...

Police reform bills take small steps

The police reform legislation being considered in the special session of the Minnesota Legislature is following the path of the bonding legislation that is also being debated. Everyone agrees that something needs to be done — it’s just a matter of how much. DFLers want more and Republicans ...

Security, transparency needed for payouts

American taxpayers should not be handing out hundreds of billions of dollars in aid to businesses without having at least some idea of where our money is going. That seems obvious. However, demanding such transparency puts the U.S. Treasury Department — and some of the businesses being ...

Milley’s comments are reassuring

Regardless of how you lean politically, what Army Gen. Mark Milley did a few days ago was reassuring. President Donald Trump has been criticized by some — and, in needs to be noted, praised by others — for something he did after a night of civil unrest near the White House. You will have ...

Incompetence, not obstruction

Complaints about voter disenfranchisement often have more to do with incompetence than partisan scheming, we suspect. This year’s primary election in Georgia appears to be a case in point. Voters reported lengthy delays and other problems in many of the state’s 159 counties last Tuesday. ...

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Successful blood drive THUMBS UP: The Red Cross blood drive in New Ulm this week was successful, with volunteers meeting the goal of 265 units of blood over the three day drive. The bloodmobile collected 266 units of blood this week. The blood that was given will help people all around the ...

Economic challenge looms across country

As the United States began the process of “reopening,” there was encouraging news on the economic front. About two weeks ago, nearly 25 million Americans were receiving unemployment benefits, the Labor Department reported. By last Thursday, the number had decreased to about 21.5 ...

Special session has many new issues

When the Minnesota Legislature adjourned its 2020 session in May, it knew it would be coming back this week to finish up. A special session was assured, to consider renewing Gov. Tim Walz’s COVID-19 peacetime emergency powers. And as long as they were coming back, legislators figured they ...

Don’t call her racist

To the editor: In response to the letter writer who responded to my letter of June 4 (“Don’t blame all cops for Floyd’s death”): I feel a person is racist if all they see are people’s color, ethnicity, sexual preferences, religions, disabilities, political preferences, etc. As I ...

Defund police – then what?

We can understand the feelings behind the demands that Minneapolis defund its police department following the death of George Floyd while in the custody of the Minneapolis PD. His death was the latest in a litany of deaths of black men and women at the hands of police, not just in America but ...

It’s more important than ever to give blood

The American Red Cross, which supplies blood to hospitals throughout the state, has been facing a double whammy the past few months due to the COVID-19 virus. The social distancing restrictions have impacted the number of blood collection drives that can be held, and has limited the number of ...

Walz leaves baseball season hanging

Minnesota’s amateur baseball season is usually in full swing right about now. This year, however, the COVID-19 restrictions have kept ball teams off the field and spectators out of the stands. Gov. Tim Walz has been working hard to protect the health of the state’s citizens by restricting ...

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A welcome change THUMBS UP: Governor Tim Walz has “turned the dial” once again a little more toward normalcy in this COVID-19 world. On Friday he announced that on June 10 restaurants can start serving people inside (with reservations and no more than 50 percent occupancy); that gyms, ...

In this situation, delaying, canceling events makes sense

With various events postponed or cancelled this summer in the Brown County area, the coronavirus has taken a toll on the things people have come to expect and enjoy when the weather finally becomes accommodating. City festivals are among the casualties, as officials look to keep people apart ...

Assaults on journalists are assaults on rights of all Americans

In the past, journalists in the USA have been able to safely perform their work, as domestic acts of violence against them were a rare occurrence. However, during the recent protests we’ve seen journalists attacked on Main Streets across America. While some of these assaults can be ...

A ray of good news sunshine

Plenty of the headlines these days are Bad news with a capital “B.” What seems to be going on all around us is disheartening, to say the least. An occasional ray of sunshine breaks through, however. Consider the national spelling bee: Earlier this year, organizers of the annual Scripps ...

Restarting economy won’t be that simple

About 156.5 million Americans are categorized as members of the civilian labor force. At least 41 million people who can work and by definition want to are unemployed. In other words, approximately one of every four people able to work is not employed — and is being supported by the rest. ...

Don’t let riots distract from focus of protests

Sometimes we wish we could “rewind” something we have just seen, because we can’t believe our eyes. What we thought we saw can’t be what really happened, we reason. Dozens of times during the past week or so, the media has permitted us to take another look at what occurred March 25 in ...

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Days of rage THUMBS DOWN: The protests and rioting following the death Monday of George Floyd in Minneapolis are understandable. The rage of the black community has been pent up and building with each time a black man has died at the hands of police in Minnesota. Admonitions to remain calm ...