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Opinion

Dealing with insulin costs

Editorials

Diabetics who need insulin to survive suddenly represent a cash cow to those drug-makers who produce insulin. Minnesota lawmakers would like to address the problem of skyrocketing insulin prices. Gov. Tim Walz and lawmakers are working on a plan that would help people who can’t afford the ...

Man’s microscopic CO2 not a problem

Letters

To the editor: The July 30 letter, ‘Time to act now to save the environment’, said: “The amount of carbon dioxide being released is adding to the already high level of CO2 in the atmosphere which is leading to a warmer planet.” Question: Is Earth’s temperature going up because the ...

What’s Going On: A mining controversy in Minnesota

Columns

When you hear the word “mining,” a variety of metals comes to mind. There are five designated precious metals including the obvious gold, silver and platinum and the not-so-obvious palladium and rhodium. Maybe you think of magnesium, or uranium, or something more common like salt or ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Hands Free law obviously needed Thumbs Down: The “Hands Free” driving law took effect on Thursday, and came not a moment too soon. The need for this law was made obvious in one of the first traffic stops to enforce it. In Eagan, an officer saw a woman using her phone while driving. When ...

Say “NO” to confined hog feedlots

Letters

To the editor: We have had great local support against the Christensen Farms’ confined hog barn proposals, one near my home and one near Mike Rein’s home in Sibley County. We have gathered 160+ local signatures on a petition and have requested an EAW (Environment Assessment Worksheet) ...

Getting serious about the river

Editorials

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is getting serious about the water quality in the Minnesota River and its tributaries. The MPCA is finalising plans to address a number of problems along the river. It held a session in Mankato Wednesday to go over its report and plans. The problems ...

No suds on the street?

Letters

To the editor: I wonder where Oktoberfest will be held this year since the good citizens of New Ulm can’t drink beer in the street. As I recall, Oktoberfest is held on a city street and according to city ordinance alcoholic beverages must not be consumed in the street. Or at least that ...

Town Talk: Water service questions

Columns

The water pipe that carries water from the watermain in the street is called a Water Service. These lines are either made of copper, galvanized steel, Pex plastic, and in a few cases lead. Your water service pipe is connected to the watermain through a valve that is attached directly to the ...

Something good from Washington

Editorials

Sometimes good things can happen in Washington. One did this week when the Senate approved a common-sense bill to help veterans of military service. The measure is the Veteran STEM Scholarship Improvement Act, S 2011. It was introduced by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. Co-sponsors were Sent. Ted ...

‘Beauty and the Beast’ a top rate performance

Letters

To the editor: As New Ulm’s representative on the Board of the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council I attended last Sunday’s performance of “Beauty and the Beast” mounted by the State Street Theater, and I came away over-awed by a thoroughly enjoyable show. I have been a season ...

So many questions, so little time

Editorials

CNN’s second round of Democratic presidential candidate debates began last night with 10 of the 20 invited candidates. The other 10 will debate tonight, similar to the last debate. This is a cumbersome, unwieldy debate format, giving such a large number of debaters a mere 60 seconds to ...

Weeds: Brothers in farming

Columns

Big brother Dale passed away on June 21. Dale battled dementia his last years, although I’m not sure it’s correct to say one “battles” dementia. It creeps upon its victim who slowly succumbs. In the end, death is the known outcome. Dale was older than me and gone from the house by the ...

What should U.S. do avert election meddling

Editorials

U.S. senators were told last week that the federal government should have a bigger role in protecting states’ election systems from computer hackers such as those working for Russia. A report submitted to the Senate, on Russian efforts to interfere with U.S. elections, suggests Moscow is ...

Parade great experience for Color Guard

Letters

To the editor: As a member of the New Ulm Area Veterans Color Guard, I would like to thank everyone involved in the 2019 Bavarian Blast Parade. I had the pleasure of marching with the Color Guard just in front of the 204th Army Band from Fort Snelling. They provided excellent band music! It ...

Time to act now to save the environment

Letters

To the editor: The Guardian website published an article last week on more than 100 Arctic wildfires with blazes in Greenland, Siberia and Alaska visible from space. “The Arctic region has recorded its hottest June ever…” The amount of carbon dioxide being released is adding to the ...

Narren say thanks for 30 years of support

Letters

To the editor: The Narren of New Ulm would like to thank the people of New Ulm for the support we have received the past 30 years. Even though “we are the relatives everyone has, but no one wants to claim,” you have accepted and welcomed us here and we appreciate the opportunity to ...

Stronger pills raise new opioid issue

Editorials

We have known for some time that even as the danger of prescription pain pills containing opioids was becoming clear, drug companies were shipping out hundreds of millions of them. Some — not all — doctors continued to write prescriptions for them despite warnings that might not be best for ...

Lowering drug costs

Editorials

The rising cost of prescription drugs has been a big part of the health care debate in the past few years. Users of life-saving drugs like insulin, epinephrine, people dependent on drugs for cancer treatment, rheumatoid arthritis and a host of other debilitating diseases, have seen the price of ...

What’s Going On: Choosing movies with a 10-year-old

Columns

I once read parenting is like walking into a pitch-black room with the task of finding a singular coin without any light. While you blindly try to feel your way around, there will be fear, frustration, anger, anxiety and a couple cusswords. That’s a fairly accurate description of ...