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Opinion

Brown County Browser: Vote at home

Columns

Vote at home empowers voters, letting them decide when, how and where they vote. They don’t have to take time off work, drive to a polling place or stand in long lines. Voters in Minnesota who opt to vote absentee choose how to cast their vote – by return mail or bringing it to a secure ...

‘Can-do’ attitude needed for COVID-19

CORONAVIRUS

During three and one-half years, Americans converted a peacetime economy to become the arsenal of democracy and win World War II. The “greatest generation” accomplished that because it had to be done, for the good of all humankind. Now we as a nation face another challenge, of far less ...

District 16B race not set yet

Letters

To the editor: I would like to clarify something that was stated in a recent article. It has not been established yet that Paul Torkelson and Mindy Kimmel will face each other in the November election. Currently, Minnesota’s major parties are conducting local and state conventions. One ...

Space launch will lift spirits as well as rocket

Editorials

We all need a bit of a psychological pick-me-up. The tough fight against COVID-19 is taking its toll on us emotionally. Coronavirus blues, meet the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Just in time to give our spirts a boost, NASA is planning to send a new group of astronauts into ...

Trump providing great leadership on COVID-19

Letters

To the editor: To those criticizing President Donald Trump over the COVID-19 pandemic: Truth be known, President Trump stopped all travel from China in late January. That action prevented thousands more deaths in the U.S., for which we are grateful. We’ve had the great leadership of ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Here’s to mothers everywhere THUMBS UP: Mother’s Day arrives tomorrow, and this year the opportunities for showing our appreciation to her are limited. With the COVID-19 restrictions, it’s hard to take Mom out to brunch or to dinner. Flowers are always a good idea, but visiting her may ...

We’re all in this together, so please wear a mask

CORONAVIRUS

Like everything else these days, wearing face masks in public has become controversial and divisive. Go to a local grocery store, and about half the people you see are wearing masks. Vice President Mike Pence made headlines during a recent visit to the Mayo Clinic when he ignored the ...

Really

Letters

To the editor: Seriously, almost 70,000 dead, millions jobless, small and big businesses closing. People wondering where they are going to live or how to feed little ones and more due to the Trump flu. Yet some clown has to complain that gas is a quarter higher in New Ulm than Sleepy Eye and ...

Good neighbor

Letters

To the editor: It has come to my attention, that Waldbaum’s, a division of Michael’s Foods, has been offering free food for residential consumption. This weeks give-aways were in Browton and Winthrop. The donations have been a combination of potato and egg products produced at their ...

Trump needs to take crisis seriously

Letters

To the editor: If there was any doubt the GOP has lost its mind, look no further than recent videos of protesters storming state capitols brandishing assault weapons, confederate flags, swastika banners and signs demanding freedom, goaded on by the mad Tweeter-in-Chief. LIBERATE MY PEOPLE! ...

Town Talk: Policing during the COVID-19 crisis

Columns

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the New Ulm community. The pandemic makes this a very challenging time for all of us. We are trying to balance staying healthy to protect ourselves and others with maintaining our income, so we can pay our bills. This is an unprecedented time, yet ...

Cut the red tape

CORONAVIRUS

Give federal regulators credit for recognizing that the coronavirus pandemic is no time for business as usual. The Food and Drug Administration, in particular, seems to have surgically removed some of the red tape from its process. Last Friday, the FDA announced it will be permitting ...

The gas price question

Letters

To the editor: I write in response to Mr. Ron Wendinger’s letter in the May 2-3, 2020, edition of The Journal regarding gas prices in New Ulm. Mr. Wendinger has hit on one of the consistent complaints I hear from folks either living in New Ulm, or sometimes just passing through town. ...

Presidential neglect on COVID-19

CORONAVIRUS

To the editor: Our president has neglected the COVID-19 crisis. When he did begin to take things more seriously, he told people in February that “It’s going to disappear. One day it’s like a miracle, it will disappear.” In the weeks following that, there was a clear struggle between ...

COVID-19 making state budget sick

CORONAVIRUS

It was widely assumed that the COVID-19 pandemic and the measures being taken to contain it would impact the state’s economy. Just how much was announced on Tuesday in the latest financial projection from the Minnesota Budget and Management office. In its February projection, the office ...

Wear the masks

CORONAVIRUS

To the editor: I can’t understand what is so hard about wearing a mask while you are in a store. I wear one during my shift at work and it isn’t that hard to do. Remember you are protecting others from your germs. Please wear the masks. Deanna Zea Hanska

Brown County Browser: Elections 2020

Columns

By Jean Prochniak Brown County Auditor/Treasurer In these unprecedented times, we need to consider many of our common practices and make adjustments for social distancing. We have been evaluating the way that we currently conduct our elections in Brown County to address these safety ...

Weeds: Stay well with May meditations

Columns

(Gwen Ruff is filling in for Randy Krzmarzick this week) Like many organizations, the school district I work for participates in an employee wellness program. We can qualify for money that can be put into a health savings account by reporting basic health measurements — blood pressure, ...