Opinion

In defense of Jim Hagedorn

Letters

To the editor: In his time in office, Congressman Jim Hagedorn has been a tireless champion for Southern Minnesota farmers. He’s urged House leadership to extend bio-diesel tax credits, advocated for year-round use of E-15, and urged EPA to stop the abuse of small refinery exemptions, ...

Eagle Update: New 1:1 program

Columns

This fall, New Ulm Public Schools will be distributing Chromebooks to all 5-12 students as part of a new 1:1 program (one student with one device). Students in our K-4 grades will have access to updated iPads for classrooms use, in large groups, or small learning centers (as they do now). ...

Savings species in our best interest

Editorials

It is inevitable that some of the 8 million or so species of plant and animals on our Earth will go extinct within the next few decades. Some will die out this year. In many ways, nature is no guardian of biodiversity. Human activity is accelerating the rate of die-offs, scientists warn. They ...

Weeds: The eternal question: Kids or critters?

Columns

People come up to me and ask, “Randy, should we have a baby or get an animal?” I’ve raised three human beings and a variety of other species, so am something of an expert. Kids or pets? Either can bring you joy and satisfaction. A lot of inanimate objects can do that for a lot less work. ...

Americans must never forget horrors of Holocaust, statism

Editorials

The last men and women who saw the horrors of the Holocaust with their own eyes will pass away within just a few years. No more elderly women will be left to tells about mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters sent to death camps, never to return. No more white-haired veterans who liberated the ...

Mayo Clinic in Springfield update

Columns

Next week marks “National Hospital Week,” and our medical center is in a much different place than this time last year. With the transitions that took place in late 2018, we have moved to make our local health care delivery system sustainable. Keeping rural health care sustainable is a ...

Conservation worth funding

Editorials

Among the most important federal programs very few people have heard of is the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Ensuring it has enough money is the proverbial no-brainer. Doing so will require action by Congress and approval by President Donald Trump, however. Lawmakers and the president ...

Let’s remember the heroes, not the shooters

Editorials

Let us hope the name of the man who shot two people to death and wounded two others at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte fades quickly from the public’s consciousness. If notoriety was part of his goal, it ought to be denied to him. Riley Howell should be remembered. When the ...

Let’s get it straight!

Letters

To the editor: It was with great disappointment I read the Journal editorial regarding Congressman Hagedorn’s comment in Worthington about hunger in America. Except if you read the story in the Globe, and the subsequent corrections, it’s clear he wasn’t talking about hunger at all, ...

The real Deal

Letters

To the editor: Recently Congressman Hagedorn and other House Republicans signed a discharge petition to force a vote on the Green New Deal so the American people know where their representatives stand. They say the Green New Deal will end farming as we know it and end air travel. The ...

What’s Going On: The continuous lambasting of a president

Columns

Back in the 19th century, when the newspaper industry was comparatively in its toddler years, objectivity didn’t exist. With each town served by multiple newspapers, even as many as a half dozen in a community the size of New Ulm, publications didn’t have a political leaning; they were ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Detour lifted THUMBS UP: The road closure on County State Aid Highway 13 ended this week, thanks to the water on the Minnesota River receding. That is a huge relief to the commuters on the other side of the river who usually use the Beussman Bridge to get into New Ulm. They’ve had an extra ...

Hagedorn’s comments misconstrued

Letters

To the editor: I am a private citizen living in Worthington, MN and I am a member of the Worthington Noon Kiwanis Club. I was present on April 23, 2019 when Congressman Jim Hagedorn spoke at our Kiwanis Club; in fact, Congressman Hagedorn came to speak in Worthington at my request. One ...

Electoral College protects ‘flyover’country

Letters

To the editor: The last two presidential candidates put forward by the Democrats demonstrated nothing but disdain for the inhabitants of “flyover country.” In 2008 candidate Obama said: “You go into … a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years … ...

MNLARS debacle

Editorials

When it comes time to make up a list the greatest wastes of Minnesota taxpayers’ time, money and patience, the Minnesota License and Registration System (MNLARS) will have to be at the top. Over a decade’s years’ time, the state spent over $100 million to create its own computerized ...

Farmers need real free trade, not aid

Letters

To the editor: Congressman Hagedorn was quoted in The Journal April 26 as saying he’s a promoter of Minnesota agriculture, but when you look at the conditions on the ground it’s a different and bleak picture. As a result of the Trump administration’s 25% ag tariffs, farmers have ...

Town Talk: Exercising the water main valves

Columns

Each year the Water Department performs maintenance on various parts of the water distribution system. Every year we flush and exercise the fire hydrants in town. Several fire hydrants need repair each year due to damage from cars and/or trucks running off the street and hitting the hydrant. ...

Yes, people worry about food, Mr. Hagedorn

Editorials

We’re not sure what was going through Rep. Jim Hagedorn’s mind last week when he spoke to the Kiwanis Club in Worthington. Talking about the importance of agriculture in America, Hagedorn, the First District Republican, said, “Nobody [in America] goes to sleep at night wondering if ...

Off the Record: Arnie was one of a kind

Columns

Shortly after I moved to New Ulm in 1985, I began to see a truck driving around town. “Arnie’s Septic Service,” it said on the side. It also carried the motto, “Nobody Sticks His Nose In My Business.” I got a kick out of that then, and continued to get a kick out of Arnie ...