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Madelia progress Thumbs Up: Hope & Faith Floral and Gifts in Madelia reopened in its newly rebuilt spot this week, leaving only La Plaza Fiesta restaurant as the last of the businesses displaced by last February’s fire to return to downtown Madelia. The restaurant is preparing for the ...

A journalists’ connection from 1973

Letters

To the editor: In June 1973, Bruce Fenske and I started our “full-time” jobs at the New Ulm Journal the same day. I, fresh from graduation Friday at Mankato State, started on Monday and walked in the door for what was then called “orientation” for my 90-day probationary hiring as ...

CROP Walk is on for Sunday

Letters

To the editor: Brown County Area CROP WALK will be on Sunday, April 30, at 1 p.m. starting at the Putting Green (1915 S. Valley St.) following the bike trail to German Park and returning to the Putting Green. Registration begins at 12:45 p.m and we plan to hold the event through rain, sleet, ...

Taxed enough, already

Letters

To the editor: A few comments in response to the what do you think question at the end of the April 26 Journal Our View: “It is not possible to think we do not pay enough taxes.” The 16th Amendment authorizing Congress to lay and collect taxes on income was ratified in 1913. It ...

Our View: Wage theft is stealing, hurting vulnerable workers

Editorials

Lt. Gov. Tina Smith has been shedding some light recently on wage theft in Minnesota. She has been urging the Legislature to pass legislation cracking down on wage theft this session. She took part in a Capitol rally in February and on Wednesday she joined legislators and Minnesota workers in a ...

Town Talk: Building Code Awareness

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. Building codes and how ...

Our View: Let’s keep U.S. government funded

Editorials

This nation’s recent history with government shutdowns and holding up continuing funding resolutions to get one’s political way hasn’t been a pretty one. Typically, the party that starts making demands and refusing to keep the government going unless it gets what it wants winds up looking ...

Phosphorous in grass hard on water quality

Letters

To the editor: Comments on the meeting at Courtland regarding buffers. The fact that nitrates increased after leaving Mankato is due to the removal of ammonia in the treatment discharge. Ammonia is very toxic to fish but when ammonia is reduced, the nitrates increase. The fact that ...

Off the Record: I’m beginning to see the light

Columns

Last week as I drove down Broadway I noticed city utility trucks parking in the middle of the road, and city workers up in the bucket working on the street lights. It looked like they were putting new lights up on the poles. I know the city has been working on replacing the older lights with ...

Weeds: In a manner of speaking

Columns

Last October, friend Ralph Stadick passed away. His daughter Sue told me that in his final hours Ralph spoke in his first language as he said his goodbyes. Ralph, like a lot of that generation in Brown County, was born into a household where German was spoken by his parents. That reminded me ...

Our View: It is not possible to think we don’t pay enough taxes

Editorials

Now that the deadline to file federal tax returns without seeking an extension has passed, we can all relax and stop gritting our teeth about how much of our hard-earned income goes to Washington. Or not. Each year, the Tax Foundation think tank compiles statistics and other information ...

Reappraisals being done in Brown County

Columns

Greetings from the Brown County Assessor’s Office! We are busy this time of year with many projects. You will start seeing appraisers from the office taking photos to update our records. All appraisers are required to wear identification and inform city hall and/or the police department of ...

Our View: Is Big Brother watching?

Editorials

Much of the media attention on the intelligence community’s surveillance activities has focused on top government officials, right up to and including President Donald Trump. But what about the rest of us? Is the government snooping on Jane and John Q. Public, too? Some members of Congress ...

Our View: Time for a transportation bill

Editorials

We certainly hope that Rep. Paul Torkelson’s optimism about the transportation bills now in conference committee is well founded. Torkelson said this last Friday he is confident that the bill he has been working on in the House will be reconciled favorably with the Senate bill, and will ...

Our View: Immunizations are safe, and they work

Editorials

The world is coming close to eliminating polio from the face of the earth. Thanks to massive immunization efforts since 1985, only a handful of new cases of the once-dreaded disease pop up each year, in war torn and remote areas of the world like Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria. In a few ...

Eagle Update: Building projects to continue

Columns

The proper upkeep of our facilities for students and staff is important in order to have a safe and productive learning environment. Even though we recently concluded a very complex remodeling and building project, we have more projects to complete. We were not able to accomplish all of the ...

What’s Going On: The decline of the vegetable

Columns

A few years ago, I was able to attend a presentation by a hospital’s dietician regarding Americans’ eating habits. She discussed in detail results of a recent survey regarding vegetable consumption that were quite frankly, amazing. Before the big reveal, she asked the crowd what we ...

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Helping the museum THUMBS UP: The Brown County Historical Society Museum is getting its World War I exhibit ready, and it is getting lots of help from some of the descendants of the folks involved. This week Jay Pfaender, a grandson of Albert Pfaender, the city attorney who was removed from ...

Our View: Let’s keep prom memories happy

Editorials

It is high school prom season, when lasting memories of wonderful evenings are made for many area young people. More than at any time during the year, prom nights raise the terrible possibility some parents will have nothing but memories of sons and daughters killed by alcohol-fueled mistakes ...