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Opinion

Where’s the logic in reopening rules?

Editorials

We know Gov. Tim Walz wants to take things slowly and cautiously as he allows various businesses to reopen. But we fail to see the logic in some of his pronouncements Wednesday about bars and restaurants, hair salons and barbershops. The governor said bars and restaurants can resume serving ...

Insider trading?

Editorials

Nearly every American has suffered financially from the COVID-19 epidemic. At least 36 million of us were laid off from our workplaces. Even those still on the job have seen their retirement savings decimated. But a few people — those who had some forewarning of the economic havoc to come ...

United We Stand

Letters

To the editor: I voted for President Trump in 2016 with many reservations; I didn’t feel I had another choice. Now I believe that, with his business experience, he has done as good a job as possible in handling this current, unprecedented challenge, using knowledge gained from experts as it ...

The end of the rope

Letters

To the editor: The end of the rope is here. There is no more. We have a governor that has no idea nor does he care of the devastation he has brought on to the thousands of businesses, to say nothing for the tens of thousands of the citizens of the once-great State of Minnesota. He is playing ...

The masked and the unmasked

Letters

To the editor: A recent Associated Press photo pictures Representative Daudt leaving the House not wearing a face mask. It was stated all DFL legislators chose to wear a face mask and all Republicans chose not to. I am disappointed that we have allowed this crisis to become politicized and ...

Brown County Browser: Elections update

Columns

For the 2020 Election cycle ALL Brown County townships have opted to vote by mail! All registered voters in Bashaw, Burnstown, Eden, Leavenworth, Milford and North Star townships will be receiving letters in the mail within the next week informing them of the change. This voting method was ...

Weeds: Doubt enters with a bang

Columns

It was a turn I’ve made a million times, coming home from town, left into the driveway. A bright sun was low in the west. I could make out the light of an oncoming motorcycle. I could have rushed to turn but came to a stop with my blinker on. Often in that situation I look in the rearview ...

Putting it off until June

Editorials

In the spirit of “Never do today what you can put off until tomorrow,” the Minnesota Legislature let the current session end Sunday without coming to agreement on a bonding bill. House Republicans voted en masse against the Democrats’ proposed bonding bill on Saturday, and Sunday’s ...

Churches closed, abortion mills open

Letters

To the editor: Yes, we lost to date over 80,000 lives in the United States caused by the coronavirus. One life is too many! Infant lives killed in abortion average over 1.3 million every year for the past 47 years in the United States. One life lost is too many! Was it ever called an ...

Achtung!

Letters

To the editor: Greetings Comrades and Fellow Inmates. It’s now over 2 months of our Minnesota experiment of Socialism under our very own Governor Walz. In my 4-11-20 letter, I thought the lock down was either misguided, or a bigger disaster than we bargained for. I was wrong. It was both. ...

Curbs needed on gov’t right to spy

Editorials

Unanimity over how much power intelligence agencies should have to pry into Americans’ personal affairs has disappeared with reports during the past few years of unconstitutional invasions of privacy. Victims of that have ranged from high-ranking government officials down to millions of other ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Back to business THUMBS UP: Lots of local business owners will be hoping to get back to business on Monday when Gov. Tim Walz’s new “Stay Safe MN” plan takes effect. We would say, “get back to normal,” but it may be a long time before we return to anything resembling the old normal. ...

Who will save us from the ‘saviors’?

Letters

To the editor: In the 2010 action movie “Knight and Day,” our hero, Roy, played by Tom Cruise, warns our heroine, June, played by Cameron Diaz, to beware of men in dark suits who promise to take her someplace “safe and secure.” The reality is that such a place doesn’t exist and is ...

Town Talk: Guidelines for working safely outdoors

Columns

Things we see every day can almost fade from view. But failure to notice high voltage power lines can be a deadly oversight. New Ulm Public Utilities, along with the public safety educational organization Safe Electricity (safeelectricity.org), wants to raise awareness about the dangers of ...

Reopening state

Editorials

Gov. Tim Walz is dialing back on the COVID-19 stay-home restrictions. Starting Monday, more retail businesses will be able to open, if they have plans for employee and customer safety and social distancing. People will be able to go out of their homes for more reasons. Groups of ten or less ...

Support our local businesses

Letters

To the editor: I would like to take this time to remind everyone how important our local businesses are to us. Before searching for your needed items on Amazon or other online resources, take the time to see if our local businesses can provide those items to you. It is a rewarding shopping ...

Beware of COVID-19 scams

Letters

To the editor: As we navigate through the COVID-19 Pandemic, there are many (we call them scammers) who are using the uncertainty caused by the virus to try to obtain our personal information and even our money. These individuals follow the headlines, and they use those headlines to scheme ...

Meat processing plant woes have ripple effect

Editorials

Hundreds of thousands of hogs raised by farmers to provide Americans with ham, bacon and other meat products will not make it to the slaughterhouse unless ways are found to cure a nasty side-effect of COVID-19. This unsettling problem is one that hits close to home in this area, where pork ...

Autofest canceled this summer

Letters

To the editor: It is with great sadness that we announce New Ulm Autofest 2020 Car & Cycle show is cancelled. New Ulm Autofest is a free car show which thrives off of the gracious generosity of our sponsors. We feel that cancelling this year’s show is the right thing to do for both ...

Koch’s impact on America

Letters

To the editor: “Kochland: The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power in America” by Christopher Leonard shows how libertarian dogma has influenced the United States over the last 50-60 years. Koch Industries, controlled by Charles and his late brother David Koch, set out ...