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Editorials

Weeds: New farm bill makes little sense

After three years of haggling, Congress finally gave us a new farm bill in February. And none too early. According to various politicians and farm leaders we farmers desperately needed one. Apparently we have been so wracked by uncertainty that we barely knew what to do.Farmers were so wracked ...

Punish VA offenders

No wonder some bureaucrats think they can get away with shabby, dishonest treatment of veterans. The penalty for doing so, even when it puts the vets' lives in danger, is limited to a stern, no-nonsense warning that it had better not happen again.It has happened again - over and over again to ...

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Softball hotbedTHUMBS UP: Congratulations to the New Ulm High School and Cathedral High School softball teams. On Thursday, both teams won their section championships and are heading to the Minnesota State High School League Softball Tournament next week.It says a lot about the quality of the ...

Oil diplomacy

A major new natural gas contract will do more than keep tens of millions of Chinese warm. It also will thaw relations between their government and Russia. Meanwhile, U.S. officials seem to be doing all they can to limit diplomatic leverage our country can enjoy through energy sales.Under the ...

Picking candidates who can win

Minnesota Republicans were swept out of the House and Senate leadership last election as the state swung away from their conservative social agenda. They lost the governor's race two years before that after endorsing State Rep. Tom Emmer over State Rep. Marty Seifert in their state convention, ...

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, ...

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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 ...

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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 ...