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Opinion

Off the Record: Will this be year of the tomato?

Columns

Sometimes I envy Randy Kzmarzick, who writes the “Weeds” column every other Wednesday on this page. Not only is he a better writer than I am, he knows how to grow stuff. He’d better know how to grow stuff — he’s a farmer, and farmers who don’t know how to grow stuff soon ...

Better late than never

Editorials

Governor Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders reached agreement late Monday —very late Monday — on a state budget agreement. It was too late to get the budget work completed by the end of the session at midnight Monday, but the agreement was solid enough for Dayton to call an ...

Kris Wiley a joy to work with

Letters

To the editor: Recently we had the opportunity to work with Kris Wiley, Library Director of the New Ulm Public Library. Not only was she a wonderful host and representative of the library and its staff, but she provided us with a tremendous amount of support and assistance in making our ...

Another year of school ending

Columns

We are closing out another school year. I am always amazed at how fast each year goes by and what gets accomplished by our staff and students. It seems like we just started in our new and remodeled spaces. My hat’s off to all of our staff for taking what they had on September 1st for rooms ...

Reality can be worth escaping

Columns

When daughter Abby was young, we had a full house. Besides human beings and a cat, there were Squirrel Friend, Spider Friend, and Toothbrush Friend. You could say they were Abby’s imaginary friends, but for a time they seemed quite real. I am a big fan of imagination and willingly engaged ...

Sometimes blunt messages are better

Editorials

There can be no doubt Saudi Arabia leaders got the message President Donald Trump was sending Saturday. Ironically, it was one former President Barack Obama claimed to be trying to convey — but in which he failed dismally. Trump has been accused of, in effect, being unnecessarily blunt and ...

Keep city expansion out of farm fields

Letters

To the editor: According to Greg Orear in Sunday’s Journal, housing is the “biggest problem” and the solution is “annexing more land” because he sees “a lot of empty fields on Highways 14, 15, and 29.” We wonder which empty fields he is referring to. As members of the ...

Town meeting time excludes working people

Letters

To the editor: Despite numerous and frequent requests to hold town hall meetings when everyone can attend, Sen. Gary Dahms and Rep. Paul Torkelson, have demonstrated they don’t want to hear from their constituency. Once again they have scheduled their town hall meetings during the working ...

Time to fix state teacher licensing

Editorials

Last week the Legislature passed — and Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed — legislation designed to streamline and revamp a Minnesota teacher licensing system that Office of the Legislative Auditor says is broken and in need of significant changes. The bill passed last week addressed many of the ...

What’s on your mind?

Columns

Do you support the appoint of a special prosecutor to investigate coordination between President Trump and Russia?

Real ID bill passes – finally

Editorials

Minnesota has joined the rest of the United States — finally — in meeting federal standards on state driver’s licenses to board domestic flights. The Legislature on Wednesday approved a bill to comply with the 2005 federal Real ID Act, which includes a 2018 deadline for upgraded IDs. ...

Disappointed with County Board process

Letters

To the editor: On Tuesday, May 16, the Brown county Board of Commissioners approved a conditional use permit for a hog confinement barn in Mulligan Township, less than a half mile from our home. As rural residents of this county, we should all look at this decision with trepidation. All ...

What’s Going On: New Ulm’s biggest problem

Columns

It’s a problem for Windings. It’s a problem for Hy-Vee. It’s a problem for the three school districts. It’s a problem for the city government. And most importantly (at least from my perspective) it’s a problem for me. A little more than a week ago I attended a New Ulm ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Service To Mankind THUMBS UP: The New Ulm Sertoma Club made a great choice for its annual Service To Mankind award, which was awarded to Dick Embacher this week. As Social Services supervisor for Brown County for 37 years, service to mankind was his job, but his service has not abated since ...

Baby steps when a mad dash is needed

Editorials

As the Minnesota legislative session winds down to its final hours, Governor Mark Dayton and leaders in the House and Senate have been trying to come to agreement on the 10 spending bills passed by the Republicans who control the Legislature and the DFL governor who vetoed each and every one of ...

Renewable Energy

Columns

Editor’s Note: The City of New Ulm presents a weekly column highlighting activities in different departments in the city government. Once a month the city will answer questions from readers. Questions on New Ulm city issues can be sent to comments@ci.new-ulm.mn.us. By Pat Wrase New Ulm ...

Kim goes too far

Editorials

North Korean dictator Kim Song Un has gone beyond rattling his saber during the past few months. He has gone to waving the sword around his region of Asia, and that seems to be prompting some other world leaders to reexamine the old advice about the enemy of my enemy being my friend. During ...

Off the Record: School discipline sure has changed

Columns

This week the U.S. Supreme Court refused to take up a case that probably shouldn’t have been in the court system in the first place. Back in 2011, a 13-year-old student in Albuquerque, N.M. got himself in trouble by deliberately belching in physical education class, no doubt to the ...

Dog park deserves maintenance too

Columns

To the editor: As a person who moved to New Ulm in the winter of 1991, one of the things that caught my eye was how well kept, clean and beautifully maintained the City of New Ulm was. As a pet owner and a regular at New Ulm’s Happy Tails Dog Park, I can’t help but wonder why it is not ...

National security vs cybernet security

Editorials

Which of government’s protective functions is more important: safeguarding us against computer hackers or detecting and stopping the next terrorist plot or, perhaps, slowing down a rogue nation’s missile or nuclear program? As more and more global extortionists demand money in exchange ...