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Opinion

Brown County Browser: Planning & Zoning Issues

Columns

By Laine Sletta Brown County Planning & Zoning Administrator The Brown County Landfill received an updated permit to operate from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) on May 9, 2018. There may be some changes to our operation with the new permit over the next two years. You ...

Dealing with the young immigrants

Editorials

What to do about children who accompany parents crossing the border illegally into the United States is a heart-wrenching problem –and not as simple as one might wish. As many as 2,000 children have been separated from their children after their parents brought them across the border from ...

Thoughts on education, teaching

Letters

To the editor: District 88’s Technology Director Michael Milbourn says: “The idea of 21st century learning, I have heard that so much … 2lst century education … I do not think it has significance anymore.” Exactly. Public school teachers should continue to teach history, ...

Americans are willing to give

Editorials

Americans are famously compassionate people. When we learn of someone in need, we tend to dig into our pockets to help them. Last year, we set a new record: about $410 billion in charitable giving, according to an authoritative report by the Giving USA organization. It totaled donations from ...

Hope for Republican immigration plan

Editorials

With much of the nation’s attention last week focused on reining in North Korea’s aggressiveness, conservatives in Congress were making progress on another critical issue — immigration laws. Votes on the issue in the House of Representatives could occur as early as this week. House ...

What’s Going On: Repeal laws no one follows, even the patriotic ones

Columns

Reader’s Digest recently published a feature entitled “Here Are 50 of the Dumbest Laws in Every State,” and as you can imagine, there’s some real doozies. For example, you can’t be drunk in a bar in Alaska. In California, it’s illegal to own a nuclear weapon, and in Florida, you ...

Thumbs Up/Down

Editorials

Keep cool this weekend THUMBS UP: Summertime is here with a vengeance this weekend. Heat advisories have been issued for the southern Minnesota area, with heat indices (heat plus humidity) in the 98 to 103 degree area. So keep cool this weekend. Stay inside if you have air conditioning, ...

The cause of violence in schools?

Letters

To the editor: Please read the following U.S.Supreme Court Decisions and you will understand why our Public Schools in America,are filled with violence and shootings: #1. McCollum v. Board of Education District 71, 333 U.S. 203 (1948) Court finds religious instruction in public schools a ...

Trust established; now comes verification

Editorials

It seems that President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un established some level of trust with each other during their meeting Tuesday in Singapore. Now comes the second, critical half of the equation: verification that Pyongyang does what Kim says it will. What happened ...

To my fellow animal lovers of Brown County

Letters

To the editor: My wife Connie and I just got back from La Paz, Bolivia. While there, we were really fascinated by the dogs. Hundreds and hundreds of them. They are all over the place. Some of them might be attached to people, but most of them appear to be scavengers. The traffic in La Paz is ...

Town Talk: Why do I need a permit for that?

Columns

Building permits can often be a tricky subject whether you’re a contractor or homeowner. Why do I need a permit and when do I need a permit? “Why” do I need a permit? The purpose of this code is to establish minimum requirements to safeguard the public health, safety, and general ...

Flag Day

Editorials

Today is Flag Day, not one of the most widely celebrated holidays in the national calendar, but a day on which thoughtful Americans pay homage not to a mere piece of red, white and blue fabric, but to the republic for which it stands — which is all of us. But this year there has been a ...

NUACS has the right to decide whom to hire

Letters

To the editor: The recent non-renewal of Missy Marti’s dance coaching contract at NUACS has caused a level of outrage in our small community that is normally reserved for departures in standards of lawn maintenance. For this reason, it seems the following observations may be ...

Off the Record: What makes news newsworthy?

Columns

I got an e-mail this weekend from someone who signed the message simply as “K.” “I am wondering what the best way is to encourage the Journal to consider publishing news,” the message started. Well, one suggestion would be to sign your whole name rather than hiding behind an ...

Another N. Korean promise to denuclearize  

Editorials

This week’s summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean Chairman Kim Jong Un contained a lot of good things for Kim. He got a face-to-face meeting with the American president and the recognition of North Korea as a nuclear power that has to be respected on the world stage. He got a ...

Brown County Browser: Plenty for county to do before election

Columns

May has been an extremely busy month for the Elections Staff in the Auditor-Treasurer’s office. The month began with three and one- half days of required election training conducted by the Secretary of State’s office. The training covered every aspect of the election process. In addition, ...

Summit hopes

Editorials

Both U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un are meeting in Singapore. It is no exaggeration to say that hundreds of millions of people have their fingers crossed that something productive will come of the encounter. Trump and other U.S. officials have made it clear ...

Actions speak louder than words

Letters

To the editor: Thanks to the administration of the New Ulm Area Catholic Schools for upholding the teachings of our faith. In dealing with a difficult situation, of not renewing the contract with Sonics dance coach for the 2-18-2019 school year, exemplifies the strength we all should uphold ...

Sexual abuse aided, abetted at colleges

Editorials

College and university officials throughout the country ought to be asking themselves whether sexual abuse scandals such as those at Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan State universities could occur at their institutions. Those answering in the negative may want to search their souls about why ...