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Grain Belt signTHUMBS UP: There's no doubt that purchasing the Grain Belt label was a good move for the August Schell Brewing Co. Since acquiring the famous state beer in 2002, Schell's has seen Grain Belt become a bigger part of its business, especially with the advent of the very popular ...

Don’t think, just let government take care of you

Economist Jonathan Gruber, who helped write the Affordable Care Act - known by most as Obamacare - has admitted Americans were deceived about the measure.Speaking during a conference in October 2013 about health care economics, Gruber said this of Obamacare:"Lack of transparency is a huge ...

Time to start working across party lines

If there was one message that came across in Sen. Al Franken's recent campaign ads, it is that he works across party lines to get things done.Well, we'd better hope that is true, because come January, that's the only way he's likely to get things done.Minnesota maintained its Democratic ...

Wary friendship with China

President Barack Obama shares one thing with most of his predecessors, whether Democrat or Republican: All try their best to put a bright face on U.S. relations with China - while worrying in private about Beijing's intentions.During a visit to China this week, Obama expressed optimism and ...

Veterans deserve nation’s thanks

America's veterans deserve our thanks today, and every day throughout the year.They deserve it for their willingness to serve this nation through military service. It's not an easy job. Our soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen sign away a part of their freedom and personal liberty for the ...

President’s intentions on immigration

For months, President Barack Obama and his aides have been suggesting he would take executive action to repair the nation's broken system of regulating immigration. Then, weeks ago, it was revealed the president would wait until after the midterm elections to do so. Clearly, he was afraid steps ...

Fixing Obamacare should be priority

Saving most Americans money on health insurance by repealing the most objectionable sections of the Obamacare law ought to be a priority when the new Congress convenes early next year.That's right: For most people, it appears repealing Obamacare would lead to lower health insurance ...

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Make wishes knownTHUMBS UP: The town hall meeting held by District 88 this week is one way the district is letting people make their wishes known on what to include in a new high school and the other buildings that are getting revamped.A sizeable contingent of soccer supporters were on hand to ...

Tough task ahead for Republicans

Among astute Republican leaders, there will not be much popping of champagne corks during the next several days. With the sweeping victory they scored in elections Tuesday comes a mandate they know will be difficult to fulfill.Throughout the United States, voters took President Barack Obama at ...

Obstruction cleared in the Senate

Tuesday's mid-term election results were a rejection of the Democratic-controlled Senate's pattern of obstruction. Voters tired of gridlock and lack of Senate action on House legislation removed the obstruction and sent Republicans back to Washington with control of the Senate and a stronger ...

Reject ‘nuclear option’

For generations, the U.S. Senate safeguarded substantial minorities through its rules on filibusters. Providing senators with concerns about proposals could muster support from about 40 percent of their peers, they could block action by the Senate.Early in our history as a nation, senators ...

Few excuses not to vote

At the risk of sounding like your mother ("Eat that broccoli. There are children starving in China who would love to have it."), we say get out and vote today. There are people in repressed countries around the world who would love to be able to vote.What excuses do you have for not voting? No ...

Gather your thoughts and go vote

Tomorrow is election day, and there is a lot at stake.In Washington, the control of the House and Senate will determine what the final two years of the Obama administration will look like. In Minnesota, control of the Legislature adn the governor's office is at stake. Locally, we have choices ...

Fight Ebola in West Africa

Ebola has claimed just one life in the United States - but more than 5,000 in Africa. Clearly, the world community should unite to stop the disease in its tracks there, before true epidemics spread to other continents.Americans should be asking ourselves if our government is acting effectively ...

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To our letter writersTHUMBS UP: The end of the election campaign season is in sight. We're sure there will be many sighs of relief when that happens.We'd like to take this opportunity to thank those who have shared their opinions through The Journal's Letters to the Editor section through the ...

Hinnenthal the choice for County Attorney

It has been a long time since Brown County has seen a contested County Attorney's race. Since the 1950s, someone from the law office now known as Berens, Rodenberg & O'Connor has held the position, and the whole office has served the county in some function.Now, Brown County Attorney ...

School board incumbents deserve re-election

Over the past several years, District 88 has been through a lot of tough times, and has come through them very well. In the past four years, the District 88 school board has tackled deficit budgets, hired a new superintendent who is doing a great job, proposed a successful general fund ...

City Council, Fourth Ward tossup

In the New Ulm City Council 4th Ward race, voters have a choice between two strong candidates, two men with similar backgrounds asnatives of New Ulm, who we think are well suited to the job of representing their ward.The incumbent, Councilor Ken RockVam, has served two four-year terms on the ...

Re-elect Torkelson

State Rep. Paul Torkelson has been representing this part of the state since 2008. He is seeking re-election to House Seat 16B, and we encourage voters to give him another term.Torkelson combines a variety of life and job experiences that make him an excellent representative of rural interests. ...

Elect Johnson for governor

Gov. Mark Dayton, with the help of a DFL-controlled Legislature, claims many accomplishments for the people of Minnesota - balancing the state budget, investing in education and infrastructure, and pushing the Minnesota economy.This was accomplished, however, with one of the biggest tax ...