Opinion

A great world treasure damaged

Editorials

It is hard to find words to express the shock of watching the reports from Paris as the Cathedral of Notre Dame burned into the night. Four-hundred firefighters battled to contain the blaze that was consuming one of the world’s most iconic architectural and religious edifices. We don’t ...

‘Radical’ stands on immigration

Editorials

Two major American political figures recently had some pretty “controversial” things to say about immigration into the United States. The first one said it only makes sense that the people entering a country — any country — work to assimilate themselves into the culture and learn to ...

No deal for Cohen

Editorials

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, is making a sleazy attempt to save his own skin by pandering to Democrats in Congress. They should turn him down flat. Cohen was caught red-handed in a variety of misdeeds by federal investigators. Last year, he pleaded ...

What’s Going On: NIMBY halts business move

Columns

NIMBY. Ever hear of it? It’s one of my favorite acronyms: Not In My Backyard. It’s a phrase/acronym that recently surfaced in Marshall after residents there launched a successful grassroots campaign to block a new business from opening in town. A dog treat company based out of New ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Hands-free bill THUMBS UP: The Minnesota Legislature passed it, and Friday Gov. Tim Walz signed the hands-free cell phone bill, requiring drivers to use only hands-free devices for making phone calls while driving. This is a good, common-sense piece of legislation that will encourage safer ...

Eagle Update: District 88 is moving toward its goals

Columns

At the April 11 School Board Study Session, the board was provided information regarding our facility management, future technology plans and reviewed district goals and progress towards meeting them. Additionally, there was discussion around the number of snow days and options to consider ...

Venezuelans need to determine their fate

Editorials

Venezuelans are suffering terribly from the socialist government of dictator Nicolas Maduro. There is no doubt whatsoever about that. Many Americans feel sympathy for them. But there has to be a limit on how far our government will go to help the Venezuelans. Thus far — at least, to the ...

Town Talk: Sign up for E-Updates

Columns

Welcome to our CivicWeb Agenda Portal! The City of New Ulm supports 17 boards and commissions that include members appointed by the Mayor, except for the Airport Commission, whose members are appointed by the City Council. All members of boards and commissions are required to be residents of ...

The dark side of major sports events

Editorials

Hosting a major sports event, such as the Super Bowl or the NCAA Men’s Final Four, provides a big boost in prestige and the economy for the local community involved. Minneapolis has been fortunate to host both events within the past 14 months. But there is also a dark side to these events. ...

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 ...

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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 ...