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Opinion

Those trillions add up

Editorials

President Joe Biden, fresh from signing his nearly $2 trillion COVID-19 relief law, is now proposing another $2 trillion package to rebuild and expand the nation’s infrastructure. The late Illinois Republican Sen. Everett Dirksen is often quoted as saying of the federal budget, “A billion ...

Let’s have some normalcy

Editorials

Gov. Tim Walz promised that “normalcy is on the horizon” during his State of the State speech on Sunday. Speaking from the classroom where he once taught social studies at Mankato West High School, Walz said “brighter days are ahead,” thanks to the increasing number of COVID ...

Ask a Trooper: Cars need to have working horns

Columns

Question: I noticed that the horn on my vehicle does not work. Is there a law that that says a vehicle must have a working horn and when it can be used? Answer: According to state law, your vehicle must have a horn that’s “in good working order and capable of emitting sound audible ...

Weeds: It’s all about people

Columns

Sometimes kids sure know how to ruin our fun. Soon after hitting 65 on the age-ometer, I got my first dose of COVID vaccine. That prick in my left arm meant the beginning of the end of My Pandemic Year. I could anticipate a day when I have a beer uptown without any thought of regional ...

Brown County Browser: Brown County Family Facilitator Program

Columns

The Family Facilitator Program is a joint service provided by Brown County Human Services and local school districts to provide voluntary case management services to families in the home, community and school. The Family Facilitators work with the local school districts and sometimes right in ...

We can see it for ourselves

Editorials

The murder trial of Derek Chauvin, the fired Minneapolis police officer who kept his knee on the neck of George Floyd last May for over nine minutes, until Floyd died, is different from any other trial held in Minnesota up to know. It is being livestreamed. We can all watch and listen as the ...

Great job hosting 2021 B Bantam tourney

Letters

To the editor: Thank you to the New Ulm Youth Hockey Association and the entire community in the terrific job hosting the 2021 Bantam B State Tournament this past weekend. Our East Grand Forks Bantam B team earned the privilege to travel to your community and participate in the event. Reports ...

Hats off to the Library

Letters

To the editor: I want to thank the New Ulm Public Library for doing such a fantastic job during COVID.The staff are so polite when I call to reserve books. They work hard to go and get the books, label and put them on the cart for contactless pickup. If the books are not available, the staff ...

Other Editors

Letters

Need to re-examine sex offender registry When this mother speaks on this particular issue, know that every one of her words is valuable and chosen carefully. Patty Wetterling lost a son to the actions of a sex offender. But she now has misgivings about a sex offender registry she helped ...

No one’s stopping them from moving

Editorials

Rep. Jeremy Munson, R-Lake Crystal, has introduced a bill in the Minnesota Legislature that would allow some western Minnesota counties to secede from Minnesota and join up with South Dakota. Well, isn’t that special? We’re not sure what those counties would gain from joining South ...

What’s On Your Mind?

Columns

How has COVID-19 changed your life? (Asked Saturday at the Sleepy Eye Medical Center COVID-19 vaccination event.)

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Title time again The COVID-19 pandemic wiped out last season’s state high school tournaments, but the game is on again this year. We congratulate all the area high school athletes who are competing this weekend and next week, as the tournament schedules are compressed. New Ulm and area ...

What can we learn about gun violence?

Editorials

In 2018, Congress revised the Dickey Amendment, a law passed in 1996 that prohibited the Center for Disease Control and Prevention from using federal funds intended for injury prevention from being used to advocate for gun control. In effect, any study of gun violence and the problems it causes ...

Town Talk: Spring asphalt maintenance

Columns

The top priority of the Street Department is to maintain the integrity of the street and alley pavements to ensure they are in a safe and useable condition and to ensure proper drainage for storm runoff. As the weather warms and the snow melts the first maintenance activity we perform is ...

A question of consent

Editorials

The Minnesota Supreme Court issued a ruling, based on the state’s laws, that a woman who was raped while she was drunk should not be considered mentally incapacitated, because she had consumed the alcohol willingly. Her attacker did not force her to consume alcohol against her will. Her ...

Boulder suspect shouldn’t have been sold a gun

Editorials

The family of a suspect in the mass shooting in a Boulder, Colorado grocery store on Tuesday told investigators they thought he suffered some kind of mental illness, that he had delusions and sometimes believed people were following or chasing him. And yet, six days before the shooting, Ahmad ...

Liberals and media attacking Trump

Letters

To the editor: How do Democrats keep coming up with this stuff? Somehow the COVID-19 disaster is now causing racism. Somehow dead Asian people in Atlanta, Georgia is now President Trump’s fault rather than the criminal that did the killing. The media’s hate for President Trump will never ...

More dog groomers needed

Letters

To the editor: The dog population in New Ulm has increased significantly over the years and the need for dog groomers has increased. The New Ulm Veterinary Clinic is no longer offering grooming services which is making it difficult for people to get their dogs groomed. The groomers in New Ulm ...

Sign of progress

Editorials

Minneosta reached a special point in the battle against COVID-19 on Monday. For the first time since last April 13 last year, the state recorded no new deaths due to the virus. There’s still a long, long way to go before the battle against COVID-19 is over, but this is an encouraging sign ...

Social Studies Standards

Letters

To the editor: I would like to respond to a video posted on Gary Dahm’s public Facebook page and a subsequent letter printed in The Journal criticizing the proposed changes to the MN Social Studies Standards. There appears to be quite a bit of misinformation and/or misunderstandings in ...