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Opinion

Town Talk: New Ulm City website a treasure trove of information

Columns

In this era of social media, texting, and many other changing technologies the humble website remains a key way to organize and circulate a lot of information. Although the City of New Ulm website has undergone many changes since it was launched in 2001, it’s still a valuable place to find ...

Mueller testimony covered old territory

Editorials

The much-anticipated Congressional testimony by Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Wednesday turned up little new ground. As he had warned House leaders, Mueller did not discuss matters that were not part of his final report, he did not embellish or expand on his findings and he did not ...

Too much bad rhetoric all the way around on race

Editorials

President Trump needs to do better. His recent call for four Democrats in the U.S. House to “go back” to where they came from does not even make sense. Three come from the United States. The fourth is a naturalized citizen, who happens to represent Minnesota in Congress. Trump is trying to ...

CBD is NOT marijuana

Letters

To the editor: During last Sunday’s Bavarian Blast Parade there was some misinformation on the public-access broadcast. When one announcer questioned about what CBD was, the second announcer stated, “it has something to do with marijuana.” I would like to clarify this ...

Ask a Trooper: Brake lights

Columns

Question: Is it a violation if the third brake light quits working on a passenger vehicle? What about a vehicle that is equipped with a brake light(s) that flash or pulsate? Answer: The state statute says that a vehicle equipped with stop lamps or signal lamps shall at all times be maintained ...

Vets deserve help to get into farming

Editorials

Sen. Tina Smith on Thursday announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is making up to $16 million available to eligible groups and organizations to fund efforts to get veterans and non-traditional farmers in Minnesota and across the country to get into agriculture. In the release, ...

GOP inciting racism

Letters

To the editor: Thank you, Republican Party leaders, for making it acceptable to tell people of color to go back to their own country. A comment usually yelled from a speeding vehicle. Soon it will be okay to use the n-word, too, and joke, as Congressman Jim Hagedorn has done, that the only ...

Keep reaching for the stars

Editorials

For some Americans, the 1960s was a time when it was easy to worry about both our individual futures and that of our nation. A bloody war in Vietnam dominated headlines. The young president who inspired us to ask what we could do for our country had been assassinated. We watched in horror as ...

Why wait? Release opioid information

Editorials

In 2012, after the addictive properties of opioid pain pills were known, drug companies shipped 12.6 billion of them to U.S. pharmacies. That works out to about 38 each for every man, woman and child in this country. No wonder drug companies involved in lawsuits over marketing of opioid ...

Say “NO” to industrial-scale hog confinements

Letters

To the editor: Sibley County residents around Winthrop need to know that applications for 2 hog nursery operations (Conditional Use Permits, #1151 and #1152) were submitted to the Sibley County Planning and Zoning Commission on July 1. Fortunately, the decision to grant them was tabled to ...

Hagedorn did the right thing

Letters

To the editor: The old saying that you’re entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts struck me as I read about Indivisible’s claim that Rep. Jim Hagedorn is unwilling to meet with them and listen to their concerns. By Indivisible’s own admission, Rep. Hagedorn’s staff ...

What’s Going On: Why ‘send her back’ may get Trump re-elected

Columns

Stop me if you have heard this one before: President Donald Trump tweets or says something outrageous, Democrats/liberals criticize him and the comment, Republicans/conservatives defend him and the comment, and then Trump doubles down on the outrageous remark while attacking the media for how ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

A man on the moon THUMBS UP: Fifty years ago today Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. It was the culmination of eight hectic years of technological research and development by 400,000 people in NASA to respond to President John F. Kennedy’s challenge. It was a stunning achievement, and an ...

Hagedorn knows biodiesel benefits farmers

Letters

To the editor: A recent letter to the editor contained a falsehood. Rep. Jim Hagedorn, who represents Minnesota’s First Congressional District, did indeed sign onto the Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension Act of 2019 (HR 2089) in May. Hagedorn, along with several of his congressional ...

Take care of constituents first

Letters

To the editor: Honestly, when I asked Congressman Hagedorn at a recent town hall whether he’d support allowing Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices, I don’t know exactly what I was expecting, but I sure didn’t expect the answer I actually got. I’d heard that AARP had done ...

What’s going on at DHS?

Editorials

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is the state’s second biggest department, behind only Education, with a budget of $18 billion and 6,800 employees. It is complex, covering a wide range of services from medical assistance to day cares to child care assistance. It is, according ...

Farm wife?

Letters

To the editor: Imagine my surprise when I read the top headline in today’s (July 18) Journal: “Farm wife details dairy problems in stray voltage trial.” Am I to assume that if Mr. Nelson testifies the headline will read: “Farm husband testifies in stray voltage trial”? Jill Nelson ...

Town Talk: You ask, we answer

Columns

The Gopher State One Call (GSOC) is Minnesota’s one call notification center for the excavating community. The GSOC center answers phone calls and online requests from homeowners and contractors who would like to excavate. The information is then processed and all underground utilities in the ...

How did Epstein get away with it so long?

Editorials

Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein is among the sleaziest of perverts, if federal authorities are to be believed. Given his 2008 guilty plea to charges he had sex with minors in Florida, there is no reason to discount charges he faces now in New York. Outrage already has been expressed over the ...