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Opinion

Law enforcement at its finest

Editorials

Once again, we have been reminded of how courageously many law enforcement personnel react to their protect-and-serve mandate. On Christmas morning, a bomb exploded in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. It had been placed in a recreational vehicle. The perpetrator had placed a loudspeaker in it, ...

Town Talk: Looking for opportunity to serve New Ulm?

Columns

Mayor Robert Beussman is interested in hearing from New Ulm citizens who wish to be considered for volunteer appointment to a variety of boards and commissions. The appointments are for the following board and commissions that assist the New Ulm City Council in conducting normal day-to-day ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

2021 is here! THUMBS UP: Maybe people weren’t able to “Party Like It’s 1999” when 2021 rolled in at midnight Thursday, but we’re sure people are looking forward to a better, happier and healthier new year. This might be the kind of situation where we could hold a “half new ...

Ring it out – quickly

Editorials

When, in the history of the United States, have people been more ready and willing to ring out the old year than this year, the year of COVID-19, of Trump vs. Biden, of distance learning, of business shutdowns and of social distancing and face masks, even with family at Thanksgiving and ...

Time for campaign signs to come down

Letters

To the editor: My name is Dave Borchert. I am the Chief of Police for the City of New Ulm. This year's election cycle has really gotten people excited and engaged in the political process. The voter turnout was outstanding and this is certainly a positive reflection on society. Also, it was ...

The election – A Christian perspective

Letters

To the editor: As the days and weeks go by, and as President Trump’s options for contesting the results of the 2020 election dwindle down to practically nothing, it becomes more and more evident that the Democrats and their allies in the courts and in the media may have successfully carried ...

Eagle Update: Schools heading into 2021

Columns

We look forward to 2021 with the optimism that we can rebound from the chaos of 2020. Every one of us has experienced difficulties and hardships that were not known a year ago. With all of the challenges and unknowns, New Ulm Public Schools continues to provide great educational experiences ...

Time to clean up VA

Editorials

Should he be confirmed, President-elect Joe Biden’s choice for U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs has a LOT of work to do to restore trust in the agency — and to do right by the men and women it serves. President Donald Trump has referred to the federal bureaucracy as “the swamp.” The ...

Keep politics away from CDC, other agencies

Editorials

When politicians talk about “the science,” they often limit discussion to their science. As long as we understand that, we can defend ourselves by checking more reliable sources. But what happens when the politicians start tinkering with primary sources — with reports from government ...

Keep ‘Warp Speed’ going at top speed

Editorials

Distribution of millions of doses of vaccine effective against COVID-19 was no Christmas miracle. It happened only because many people at private drug companies worked hard and at top speed — encouraged by the federal government — to develop and test the vaccines. And they were released ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Too much white THUMBS DOWN: It’s a good thing a lot of people were planning to stay home for Christmas during the COVID-19 pandemic. The weather on Wednesday made sure they weren’t going anywhere. A lot of people were wishing for a “white Christmas” after a mostly snowless December. ...

A pause for peace

Editorials

It is Christmas Eve, one like nothing in our memories. In too many homes, the silence tonight is painful, not comforting. It is the absence of precious family members, cherished friends, neighbors who were more than that. We are assaulted by something that on this holy night is an unholy ...

Punish those behind cyber attacks

Editorials

What is being called the SolarWinds hack of tens of thousands of private and government networks may have been the most serious digital invasion of the United States ever, those with knowledge of the situation have said. It may take years to repair the damage, they add. As many as 18,000 ...

Weeds: Missing the family visit

Columns

It’s a long list of things that COVID has taken from us, many of them distressing. Seed shopping isn’t on top of the list. But I’m going to miss it. After harvest, I sit down with Dan Steffl in his pole barn office with a Grain Belt to talk farming and consider Pioneer Seed choices for ...

Brown County Browser: Open your heart to a foster child

Columns

To residents of Brown County: As you think about your winter plans and upcoming holiday season, please consider fostering a local child in need. This pandemic has hit struggling families harder than anyone else and the demand for new foster and resource families has surged. Brown County is ...

Opioid pushers deserve lawsuits

Editorials

It seems difficult sometimes to keep up with all the lawsuits against drug companies without a scorecard. But the more we learn about the truly evil practices in which some engaged, the more it seems the punishment cannot be too harsh. A bipartisan congressional report issued last week ...

Make Christmas plans with care

Editorials

We urge area residents thinking of going over the river and through the woods to grandma’s house this Christmas to bear one thing in mind: We are not out of the woods yet. In many ways, COVID-19 is more dangerous than ever in most states. In Minnesota, 406 people died from COVID-19 in the ...

Have the strength to sign your letters

Letters

To the editor: I recently had the unfortunate experience of getting an anonymous letter stating that because I had signs supporting Democratic candidates in my yard, the writer can no longer respect me as a physician. I have strong enough self-esteem that I do not worry about an individual ...