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Editorials

Another mass killing by disturbed individual

Another mass shooting grabbed the headlines over the weekend. Elliot Rodger joins the growing list of disturbed individuals who seem to suddenly snap and go out of this life while taking as many with them as they can.Rodger went on his killing spree Friday night near the University of ...

New broom needed for VA

The problems that are being uncovered in the Veterans Administration are symptoms of a system that is riddled with ineffectiveness and mismanagement. In order to solve these problems, the Obama administration must get at the basic problems, and install someone who will rebuild the whole culture ...

We remember and we honor veterans

They were young men from the plains and pine forests of Minnesota and the barren deserts of Arizona, from mill towns in Ohio and university communities in Connecticut. They were young women who knew of no other way to get an education and others who already had earned degrees in nursing.They ...

Few consequences for shirking duty in government

Men and women in the military come to understand quickly that mistakes or shirking one's duty can have truly terrible consequences. People die. Others are maimed in body and mind, coming home in desperate need of help.It is different in government. Mistakes, including very serious ones, often ...

Few consequences for shirking duty in government

Men and women in the military come to understand quickly that mistakes or shirking one's duty can have truly terrible consequences. People die. Others are maimed in body and mind, coming home in desperate need of help.It is different in government. Mistakes, including very serious ones, often ...

The Cottonwood and the Little Boy

Editor's note: The following Memorial Day address was given by Legionnaire Richard Wilfahrt in 1984 at the New Ulm, Minnesota cemetery and was sent to us by Richard and Mary Niemann."Hello there, little boy. How are you? I can feel your warm hands trying to reach around me as many other boys, ...

Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down

Service to MankindTHUMBS UP: The New Ulm Sertoma Club presented its Service to Mankind Award on Thursday to Chris Rosenhamer. Rosenhamer has been honored for her many contributions to the community, especially her work as a charter member and volunteer for MOPS (Mothers Of Preschoolers), and as ...

Super Bowl 2018

"If you build it, they will come." This famous line from the movie "Field of Dreams" now has new meaning in Minnesota, which was chosen to host Super Bowl LII (that's 52 if you're not Roman) in 2018 (or MMXVIII if you are Roman).Minnesota is building a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings in ...

IRS harasses citizens, then falls down on job

The Earned Income Tax Credit can be a blessing to low-income families. It also has been a bonanza for tax cheats - and the Internal Revenue Service cannot seem to stop them.About 27 million families received nearly $62 billion in tax credits through the EITC in 2011. Many received checks from ...

Eagle Update: Congratulations, graduates

Congratulations to the class of 2014! This marks an important milestone for our students and our community. Educating our youth takes all of us by providing support, direction, mentoring and opportunities that molds them and prepares them to be great community members.I want to personally wish ...

Weeds: Thoughts for graduates

Earlier in May, I spoke to 18 seniors at the Gold Cord Dinner for St. Mary's High School. Here are some of the thoughts I shared:Forty years ago, I was exactly where you are today. I was graduating from St. Mary's. It was 1974. No, we didn't have to worry about dinosaurs on our way to school. ...

Time to clean up VA

No doubt some defenders of the federal bureaucracy will use an old last-ditch defense against allegations the Veterans Administration is endangering the health of many men and women who have served our country. Their reaction to horror stories from around the country will be: Where's the ...

A major gift for New Ulm

This week the New Ulm Area Foundation has announced the biggest gift it has ever received. The Mickelson Media Foundation has promised a $250,000 matching grant gift over three years, matching dollar-for-dollar contributions raised in the community. If community donations match the Mickelson ...

Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down

Hanska does it wellTHUMBS UP: Hanska, New Ulm's Norwegian neighbor to the south, is celebrating Syttende Mai this weekend. Syttende Mai, or May 17th, is the anniversary of the signing of the Norwegian Constitution in 1814, which declared Norway a separate country from Sweden. It wasn't until ...

Easing state into medical marijuana

Minnesota legislators reached an agreement on a medical marijuana bill Thursday, one that the governor will support. It is an agreement that will provide relief to people suffering from a number of serious medical conditions, it limits the distribution and production of the marijuana extracts ...

Graduation time

There are a few truly significant times in a person's life - one's birthday, wedding day, the birth of one's child or grandchild. Graduation is one of those times.It represents a significant achievement. For high school seniors, it marks the end of 12 years of school and the transition from ...

State ending test of shorter school week

The Minnesota Department of Education is calling a halt to the experiment with four-day school weeks. According to Minnesota Public Radio, Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius has told seven of the 11 school districts with four-day school weeks to go back to regular schedules, and another ...

Keep bonding bill clean

Governor Mark Dayton threatened on Monday to veto the state's bonding bill if it includes a change in the state building code requiring sprinklers in houses of a certain size. The bonding bill would remove that requirementHe is right to make that threat. The state building code isn't a bonding ...

EPA watchdog muzzled

Science, not politics, guides environmental policy in his administration, President Barack Obama insists. No, it does not.Obama's blatantly political blocking of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, in order to placate radical environmentalists, already has made that clear. But the point was ...

World needs more mothering

As we celebrate Mother's Day today with cards, flowers and taking Mom out for a fancy brunch or dinner, we can't help but ponder the tremendous impact mothers have had on the world throughout history.Mothers, of course, starting with Eve, have given birth to every human who has ever lived. But ...