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Celebrating baseball in New Ulm THUMBS UP: New Ulm got a nice boost this week when a Fox 9 TV crew came for its series on Town Team Baseball in Minnesota. The series focuses not just on the ballparks and the teams, but on the people and the communities. New Ulm, of course, has had a long love ...

Make ‘swatting’ a felony offense

‘Swatting’ has to be one of the stupidest, most dangerous pranks modern ne’er-do-wells have come up with. It involves calling police and reporting a dangeous crime is going on at someone’s address, in hopes that police will turn out in full force, SWAT team and all, bust down the doors ...

Declaration carries a warning to gov’t

What comes after the phrase, “and the pursuit of happiness ...”? Today, we Americans celebrate the Declaration of Independence. Our focus is what the document meant — creation of a new nation. But what the document itself says about the Founders and about what they intended for us is ...

Simple items can help fight against ebola

Ebola sometimes seems like a nightmare that will not go away. It is a truly horrible disease, killing about half of those who contract it. Here in the United States, where the very few people who have contracted Ebola receive the very best of care, the illness can be less serious. But in ...

Good news for elephant preserve

Elephants are among the most majestic creatures on the planet. Yet in some places, they are being killed off at an alarming rate. Poachers, who often cut the tusks out of dead elephants and leave their carcasses to rot, are responsible for many of the killings. Ivory still can bring a nice ...

No time to play politics at the border

There is a crisis at the U.S. southern border. Regardless of whom you think is responsible, Central American immigrants seeking asylum have been coming north in record numbers, and many of them have been trying to cross the border illegally. It has led to tragedies, illustrated most recently by ...

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Baseball, cars and quilts this weekend THUMBS UP: It’s a busy weekend in New Ulm. Seems like there’s something going on for everyone. If you like baseball (and who doesn’t these days with the Minnesota Twins sitting atop the AL Central with a 52-28 record?) you could head down to ...

Get used to driving without phones

The law won’t take effect for another month, but when Aug. 1 comes around motorists driving along while holding a phone up to their ear can be pulled over and given a ticket. Only hands-free mobile devices will be allowed in cars. You might as well get used to the idea. Start now. Figure ...

Diocesan settlement

The settlement agreement announced Wednesday between the Catholic Diocese of New Ulm and the survivors and victims of clerical sexual abuse in the diocese may help bring some closure and healing to those who were abused. We hope and pray that it does. But even as the the diocese and other ...

Personal safety should trump gun possession

In a case of selective law enforcement, an Orlando, Florida woman has been arrested for theft after turning over her abusive husband’s guns to police. Courtney Irby’s husband Joseph Irby had been charged with domestic violence-aggravated battery. He was in jail for a day for ramming her ...

Is wiping out college debt feasible?

Sen. Bernie Sanders upped the ante on his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination on Monday, calling for the government to eliminate all college student loan debt. Just wipe it out, all $1.6 trillion of it. How to pay for it? Sanders would raise the money through a tax on Wall ...

Concentration camp comparison flawed

Give U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez credit for one thing: She is highly intelligent — enough so to understand entirely how most people interpret the term, “concentration camp.” Ocasio-Cortez, a frequent critic of U.S. immigration policy, posted this on Twitter a few days ago: ...

Cancer campaign no liability for Biden

When could anyone have expected that being a champion in the battle against cancer would be a political liability? It will be, if some of Joe Biden’s opponents for the Democratic Party nomination for president have their way. While vice president, Biden had called for more research into ...

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GFW referendum SIDEWAYS THUMB: The Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop School Board approved a school bond referendum this week. The referendum, to be held in November, will decide whether the district can sell bonds to build a new pre-K through 12th grade school in the Gibbon area, at an estimated cost ...

County will miss Tom Henderson’s leadership

When Tom Henderson took on the job of Brown County Human Services Director, the cutting edge of office technology was the IBM Selectric typewriter. The Sony Walkman was six years from being introduced to the public. Ted Turner was seven years away from creating CNN. That is to say, Henderson ...

U.S. could help Mexico tackle its border crisis

Mexico’s still relatively new leader, who took office only in December, had seemed even before this month to be attempting to do more to keep illegal immigrants from crossing the border into the United States. But U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat to impose tariffs on some imports from ...

State should rush to help insulin users

Gov. Tim Walz indicated last week he would be willing to call a special session to pass an emergency insulin access bill to help insulin users who can’t afford the skyrocketing cost of their insulin, or their deductibles. But before he does there has to be bipartisan support for the ...

Evidence points to Iran

Evidence is mounting that Iran is behind recent attacks on several tanker ships carrying petroleum products, meaning action by the world community — not just the United States — may be necessary. Iran denies having anything to do with the attacks, but a video released by the U.S. military ...

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Good news for patients, too THUMBS UP: New Ulm Medical Center has earned another honor, this time from the Minnesota Hospital Association which named NUMC the Best Minnesota Hospital Workplace. That says a lot about the administration and the workers, who have created this good culture. This ...

Let the LWCF keep funding natural areas

No federal program protecting natural areas and assisting local and state recreation projects has had the reach and the importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Thousands of individual initiatives— some possibly affecting you and your family directly — have been assisted by the ...