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Opinion

Weeds: Every day is a day for something

Columns

Gwen Ruff lives in Gibbon. Gwen is filling in for Randy Krzmarzick while he finishes up harvest. Nov. 14 was World Diabetes Day. I know this because our school district asked people to wear blue because we’ve got at least one kid who has this disease. While explaining why everybody was ...

Insulin excuses should be made in public

Editorials

Gov.Tim Walz on Monday called on legislators to hold public hearings on their conflicting plans to make insulin more affordable. They’ve been holding closed-door negotiations over the past month with no resolution on how to pay for their plans to help those diabetics who can’t afford their ...

Thanksgiving 2019

Letters

To the editor: Let us be ever thankful and grateful for all the blessings and good things we have here in New Ulm! NO forest fires! NO floods! NO shooting up the city and killing people! NO bombs falling, NO war fare in our area! NO serious health issues! We are so safe and ...

Letter from Ulm: German customs and traditions

Columns

Guten Tag, it is Emily Bergemann with another letter from Ulm Germany. I am here as part of the Hans Joohs Cultural Exchange Program. I have been able to experience several more wonderful things during my stay In Ulm, Germany. I am with my second host family and things are going very well. I ...

Vaping additives need regulation

Editorials

Use of tobacco in all forms can be hazardous to one’s health. That is a fact, not open to dispute. Yet cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco and smokeless tobacco are legal for sale in all 50 states, with some restrictions. That is a puzzle to many who wonder why federal laws intended to ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Service to Ag THUMBS UP: The New Ulm Farm-City Hub Club surprised its new Service to Agriculture award winner, Arline Klingler. Arline, with her late husband Stanley, has been a faithful volunteer and behind-the-scenes worker for the Hub Club and its mission of promoting agriculture. It is ...

Eagle Update: Jefferson focuses on whole-child growth

Columns

At Jefferson Elementary School, we proudly serve approximately 600 students in first through fourth grade. Our student-centered environment focuses on whole-child growth. This means we care about each individual student’s growth academically as well as social-emotionally. This year, we ...

Brown County Browser: Heartland Express seeking volunteers

Columns

Are you newly retired, or have the kids left for college, and you are looking for something to do with your free time? How about becoming a volunteer driver for Brown County Heartland Express? We are in need of volunteer drivers in the Comfrey, Sleepy Eye, and Springfield area. As a volunteer ...

Foot-dragging, or worse in White House?

Editorials

Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is raising eyebrows with a new book that provides her take on time in President Donald Trump’s administration. The volume, “With All Due Respect,” raises troubling questions about the political establishment. Haley left her post ...

­Town Talk: Why you should not feed the deer

Columns

The City of New Ulm has had a deer herd reduction program since October, 1992, and the City Council passed a deer feeding ban on August 26, 2010. What is the problem? To some residents, deer are a thing of beauty and grace, and providing feed for them is just being kind. So, what’s the harm? ...

Highway 14 waiting game continues

Editorials

Proponents of expanding Highway 14 to a four-lane highway all the way to New Ulm have been waiting a long time for the controllers of the transportation purse strings to come up with the funds to complete the job. We’re going to have to wait some more. The federal Department of ...

What to do with US-born ISIS members

Editorials

One cannot blame the Turks for not wanting to be the world’s jailers for some of the most dangerous people on the planet. When Turkish forces invaded northern Syria to push back Kurdish separatists, they captured some facilities in which the Kurds were holding Islamic State terrorist ...

DHS problems evident; restructure needed

Editorials

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has, over the years, evolved into a big beast. This makes it difficult to handle, as recent news indicates. The Star Tribune of Minneapolis reported last week that the department violated state law more than 200 times over the past year, ...

We owe vets more than ‘Thank you’

Editorials

Americans have come a long way in their attitude toward military veterans from the Vietnam era, when returning servicemen were frequently cursed, spit on and called “baby killers.” Today, we hear “Thank you for your service” from people meeting veterans and soldiers in active duty. ...

What’s On Your Mind?

Columns

What do you like about this time of year? (Asked at Schoolhouse 186 during the Shopping Opener)

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

State Tournament THUMBS UP: Congratulations to the Springfield Tigers and the GFW Thunderbirds, who are playing this morning in the first round of the Minnesota State High School League Class A State Football Tournament. Springfield travels to Janesville to face Blooming Prairie, and GFW ...

Nation’s Report Card is flawed

Letters

To the editor: When Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released the recent NAEP results (The Nation’s Report Card) she announced, “Our nation’s report card shows that two-thirds of American students can’t read at grade level. Two out of three!” But according to NAEP, which is part ...

Massacre in Mexico calls out for justice

Editorials

Americans who leave our country to reside in another are outside the protection of our government in most ways. But the sheer horror of what happened in Mexico this week —three women and six of their children massacred, apparently by drug cartel terrorists — cries out for some meaningful ...

Please join us for community dinner

Letters

To the editor: Halloween has just passed and coming up quick is Thanksgiving. As Board Members of the New Ulm Community Thanksgiving Dinner we wanted to invite the community to come and enjoy a home cooked meal. We serve from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 417 S. ...