Opinion

Weeds: A time to sow, and a time to hope for profits

Columns

Here we go. It will soon be a time to plant, according to the calendar and Ecclesiastes. Farmers are greasing, fixing, and praying for cooperating weather. It is only one step on the way to growing a crop. But you can’t get to Z (harvest) without starting at A. It’s exciting to use the ...

Cameras in court

Editorials

The trial of former Minneapolis police officer Mohammed Noor for the killing of Justine Ruszczyk raises once again the question of whether cameras should be allowed in Minnesota courtrooms. Minnesota courts are usually closed to cameras, except during very limited situations, usually after a ...

Brown County Browser: Winter tough on roads

Columns

Spring is finally here. This past winter has been hard on the roads. With all the snow, rain, freezing and thawing in February and March potholes have opened up in the older road surfaces. Cold mix is normally used this time of year to temporarily fill the potholes until permanent repair ...

Cuba has a long way to go

Editorials

Former President Barack Obama seemed to believe that treating Cuba’s totalitarian regime as if it were not an enemy of liberty would encourage the country’s leaders to live up to our chief executive’s hopes. That did not happen. News this week of a breakthrough in allowing Cubans at ...

Thwart leakers with Mueller report release

Editorials

We believe the Mueller Report on Russian interference in our 2016 election should be made public; at least, as much as can be responsibly released without affecting national security or interfering with other investigations. We’ve said before it is our right to know what’s in the report, ...

Hatred is not patriotism

Editorials

A disturbing news story came from the Associated Press on Friday. The FBI has arrested a western New York man who is facing federal charges of threatening to kill Rep. Ilhan Omar, the Democrat who represents Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District. Rep. Omar, elected this past year, is one ...

What’s Going On: Gasoline tax hike a bad idea

Columns

Minnesota is a great state for a lot of reasons. We have the best parks. We have the best fishing and great roads to get to both. We have great education and statistically speaking, our residents are healthier than the vast majority of our fellow countrymen. We have the best processed meats ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Here’s to SPOTS THUMBS UP: The youth group SPOTS (Students Performing On Tough Situations) is celebrating its 20th anniversary on April 14. The group, part of Healthy Communities / Healthy Youth, does just what its name suggests. These kids get together, and with the help of director Sheldon ...

Serving

Letters

To the editor: Issues of civics should be addressed to the uncivil. The city of Sleepy Eye has charged a handicapped renter $60 for being late to shovel snow from the city side walk. Recently, the same city has dug a utility pole on the same private property avoiding the city alley property. ...

State of the State

Editorials

Gov. Tim Walz gave a different kind of State of the State speech Wednesday, one that wasn’t written down and read from a teleprompter. It focused a lot on ordinary people in Minnesota, whose stories Walz wanted to tell to illustrate his talking points. Like his speech, Walz wants ...

Town Talk: Celebrate National Library Week!

Columns

National Library Week will take place this year from April 7 – 13. It is a national observance, first sponsored in 1958, by the American Library Association and libraries across the country every April. It’s a wonderful time to celebrate the contributions of libraries and library staff and ...

Transportation needs reliable source of funding

Editorials

The transportation debate in the state Legislature is circling back around to the old argument of the past — want more funding for roads and bridges? Then raise the gas tax. Gov. Tim Walz wants to raise it by 20 cents a gallon — a 70 percent increase. Democrats in the House agree. ...

Trump/Hagedorn health plan — nothing

Letters

To the editor: President Trump and his minions such as Congressman Jim Hagedorn want to destroy critical health insurance reforms, but have no replacement plan. Republicans failed repeatedly to repeal the Affordable Care Act. In July 2017 Senator McCain and others voted against repeal ...

Thank you to our firefighters

Letters

To the editor: We would like to take this opportunity to thank our amazing New Ulm Fire Department, Chief Paul Macho and all firefighters, for putting their lives on the line, each and every day, for all of us. We feel confident and safe knowing these amazing, dependable, dedicated, men ...

Butina case may help focus on Kremlin

Editorials

Democrat Party leaders’ laser-focus on allegations that President Donald Trump cooperated with the Russian government to influence the 2016 election does a great disservice to the nation — and not just because the claims have been proven wrong. Special counsel Robert Mueller and his team ...

Brown County Browser: Protection of vulnerable adults

Columns

Just as the State of Minnesota requires that every county provide child protective services the same is true for vulnerable adults. Brown County screened 140 reports and conducted 44 investigations of alleged maltreatment of vulnerable adults in 2018. All mandated reporters are required ...

Replacing ACA harder than repeal

Editorials

Health insurance entitlements have become the new third rail of politics. Many members of Congress, both Republicans and Democrats, are so worried about alienating millions of voters that they are unwilling to tinker with the massive government takeover of health insurance — even if they ...

Barr should release nearly the full report

Editorials

Just two considerations need to be taken care of before Attorney General William Barr makes the special counsel Robert Mullers report available to Congress and thus, to the American people. First is national security. It may be that the report contains some material that would be helpful to ...

Carbon capture chances unlikely

Letters

To the editor: Reveal, produced by the Center for Investigative Reporting, had a recent program which captured people from the fossil fuel industries and their lobbyists laughing amongst themselves about how successful they have been in controlling the Interior Department under the Trump ...