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Opinion

ISIS down but not out

Editorials

It is doubtful that ISIS — the Islamic State terrorist organization — was without a leader for more than a few hours after its former head, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, died by his own hand rather than be captured in a raid by U.S. forces in Syria. ISIS already had a succession plan in place ...

Racism, institutional or otherwise, is still a problem

Letters

To the editor: On Sept. 4, the editorial “’Institutional’ racism? We don’t think so, Joe” appeared in the New Ulm Journal. Its first sentence stated that “racism is not an “institutional” aspect of life in the United States” (emphasis original). That certainly must be ...

Letter from Ulm: ‘Einfach leb!’

Columns

“Einfach leb!”, two German words meaning roughly “Just live!” set me at ease after I delivered my elevator speech for the nth time while walking down a gravel road with a few men (and a rather large dog) who work for a ground water treatment facility nearby Ulm. I had just explained ...

DHS due for major overhaul

Editorials

The Department of Human Services is Minnesota’s largest and most convoluted state agency. The results of a legislative auditor’s office investigation, released Tuesday, indicate is is also due for a major overhaul, top to bottom. The investigation found “troubling dysfunction” at DHS ...

When will our Hwy. 14 groundbreaking be?

Editorials

A groundbreaking is to be held on Friday for the project to expand Highway 14 to four lanes between Owatonna and Dodge Center. It is a $12.5, $108 million project that will complete the four-lane expansion between Mankato and Rochester. That’s nice. But we want to know when the ...

Vote ‘Yes’ on GFW referendum

Letters

To the editor: I am not scared to say I will VOTE YES. And even if you are not capable of stating it publicly, I hope you will join me too, and VOTE YES on Nov. 5 at your local polling place. I have been a resident of the city of Winthrop for the past 23 years. I care about my community in ...

Youth and vaping

Editorials

The 2019 Minnesota Student Survey (MSS) added a new set of questions this year, inquiring about students’ use of and attitudes toward e-cigarettes and vaping. The survey is administered every three years to students across Minnesota, in grades five, eight, nine and 11. It’s a completely ...

Autumn Trees

Letters

Directly outside my chapel window Two autumn trees Display their beauty of God, Author of all trees. Their colors so proudly show Glowing gold and crimson red. What a gift to enjoy Such a magnificent creative picture. A blanket of red leaves Covers a well formed tree, Hiding ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

A real legend THUMBS UP: It is a tribute to Dr. Marc Burkhart’s contributions to medicine in New Um that when he retired this year after 33 years as an obstetrician/gynecologist the New Ulm Medical Center recruited two OB/GYNs to replace him. On Thursday, the NUMC presented him with its ...

Rep. Hagedorn needs to condemn foreign money in our politics

Letters

To the editor: Foreign money has no place in our politics. Nevertheless, Russian dirty money has shown up by way of Ukrainian back channels at Minnesota CD 1’s door. The importance of condemning this attempt to buy influence should be obvious. But, so far, it doesn’t seem obvious to Jim ...

Dignity Revolution Response

Letters

To the editor: During the Dignity Revolution presentation by Bob Lenz, I heard a young person sitting behind me ask her friend, “What is a sinner?” After Bob was done speaking, I turned and asked the young woman if I had heard correctly. She told me she doesn’t go to church and had no ...

Health Care Happenings: NUMC has a lot to offer health care providers

Columns

I am often asked, “How does New Ulm Medical Center continue to recruit talented physicians, when we keep hearing about a national shortage of providers?” (We are grateful to have added 17 physicians and providers across 13 specialties since 2018.) My response usually includes mention of ...

Quantum computing race one we can’t afford to lose

Editorials

We Americans have a habit of bragging about our feats of technology. Our chief economic and military rivals — namely Russia and China — seldom do. They prefer to keep their secrets. No one in this country is certain, then, how far the state-controlled economies of those nations have gone ...

Town Talk: National Friends of Libraries Week

Columns

Oct. 20-26, 2019 is National Friends of the Libraries Week. For the 14th year in a row, United for Libraries coordinates efforts for libraries to recognize and celebrate the contributions of their Friends of the Library groups in their communities. New Ulm Public Library is grateful to have an ...

Kurd questions not answered yet

Editorials

For several days, President Donald Trump was viewed as a traitor to the Kurdish people. Suddenly, he has been “rehabilitated.” On Wednesday, a Kurdish military commander in Syria thanked Trump for his “tireless efforts” in defense of the Kurds. So the relationship between our nation ...

Feehan’s what we need in First District

Letters

To the editor: It is not only reasonable but prudent if one thinks impeachment inquiry is needed but okay to not wish to discuss it further. That issue is being dealt with in D.C. So what we want and need to know in District 1 is what is being done to help our farmers, what can be done ...

Arm yourself with skepticism

Editorials

Russian internet trolls who have been successful, probably beyond their wildest dreams, in sowing discord among Americans may be getting a good chuckle out of an announcement by Facebook. Officials at the widely used social media company said this week they will increase efforts to keep ...

What do we want in a water park?

Letters

To the editor: New Ulm leaders have made many improvements to our city over many years. Turner hall, Johnson field, Vogel arena, hockey arena, our Schools. And now hopefully a water park. Does our city need a water park? We have Vogel Arena. But every city needs recreational facilities. They ...

Why can’t we listen to each other?

Letters

To the editor: After the recent Presidential Rally at the Target Center, I just can’t keep quite any longer. I understand why President Trump was elected. People wanted change. I’m from Minnesota. I wanted to make a statement. I voted for Mr. Ventura. We all know how that turned out. I ...