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Love that hate mail! It’s good for another column

May 31, 2016 I knew I was born under a lucky star! Just as I was running out of ideas for these random rants that masquerade as columns and going into panic mode (What to write? What to write?), rescue came in... more »»

How one town handled a bumbling legislature

May 29, 2016 As Minnesota lawmakers bumbled a last-minute attempt this week to reach a compromise on a bonding proposal, my thoughts drifted to a town much like New Ulm in northern Missouri. Kirksville, Mo. more »»

The meaning of Memorial Day

May 27, 2016 Between the time when Robert Monroe was killed by the British at Lexington on April 19, 1775, and when Staff Sgt. Matthew McClintock was KIA in Afghanistan on Jan. 5, 2016, some . more »»

A Trump too far?

May 27, 2016 WASHINGTON — If Donald Trump prefers combatants who aren’t captured, as he once mocked John McCain, he apparently doesn’t believe in taking prisoners, either. more »»

Seasons mix, merge when it comes to sports

May 26, 2016 Well, here we are again, less than a week away from June, and the NBA?and NHL?playoffs are dragging on. In the NHL, the conference finals will be finishing up this weekend. more »»

The illusion of choice

May 24, 2016 Inequalities of the American kind can come as a shock to a former Eastern European. Let me describe my starting perspective. more »»

Federal wage changes: An exercise in futility

May 22, 2016 Very quietly and unceremoniously, the federal government announced a change this week that is going to have a major impact on a lot of people, including several here in Brown County. more »»

I’ll drive, thanks

May 19, 2016 Call me old fashioned, but I feel a lot more comfortable when I?see a person behind the wheel of a traveling vehicle. If I?see nobody, I get a little worried. more »»

Excitement of watching corn grow

May 19, 2016 Sometimes while driving with my kids when they were young we played “What’s that?” As we drove past a field I would say, “What’s that?” The kid would yell out, “Corn!” We’d go a little further, and ... more »»

Legislature needs to keep MNCare

May 18, 2016 Before the end of the Minnesota state legislative session on May 23, there are many legislative issues that need to be addressed. Those issues include taxes, transportation and bonding projects. more »»

Reading and language

May 17, 2016 The New Ulm Area Catholic Schools reading and language arts teachers have spent the last two years updating the curriculum and researching text series that best meet the curriculum outcomes. more »»

Identity: You become what they expect you to be

May 17, 2016 As you live and learn, you grow a thicker skin. Things that hurt in your youth (mostly) lose the ability to hurt. But once in a while I suffer a relapse. more »»

Politics and hotdish

May 12, 2016 Nothing brings people together better than a big pan of hot dish, unless it is ten pans of hot dish. more »»

Spike in state debt payments warrants reinstituting guideline

May 11, 2016 By State Rep. Paul Torkelson and State Rep. Bob Vogel First the Governor and now the DFL-controlled Minnesota Senate are advocating for a borrowing bill of at least $1.4 billion this year. more »»

We need Trump (To bring the skeleton out of the closet)

May 10, 2016 Some have viewed Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy as an aberration; I would like to argue that it was not only inevitable, it is also good for us. Trump is not accidental. more »»

Kids Connection

May 9, 2016 Kids Connection is a school-age child care program for students in grades K-6. more »»

Poverty in America: Why we are to blame

May 8, 2016 I grew up in poverty. I didn’t know it at the time, but at some point in my adulthood, I realized as a young child, my family definitely fit the government’s definition of poor, financially speakin. more »»

You ask – We answer Utility cutoff policy

May 6, 2016 (Editor’s Note: Beginning in June, The City of New Ulm will be providing weekly columns providing information on city government activities and functions. more »»

Thinking of Mom

May 5, 2016 A few years ago, at a Thanksgiving dinner at my brother’s house in St. Paul, my mother confided to me, “You know, I might not be around much longer.” “Why?” I asked. more »»

Be nice, use proper grammar

May 4, 2016 Gwen Ruff, a former Journal and Mankato Free Press reporter and editor, writes Randy Krzmarzick’s column when he’s busy with field work. more »»

The true American pastime

May 3, 2016 Busy-ness is the true American pastime. We take inordinate pride in being busy. Even when we complain about it, it is an implicit boas. more »»



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