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Trump’s appeal is to lesser nature

August 27, 2015 One of the great things about America is our freedom of speech. One of the scary things about America is our freedom of speech. Look no further than Donald Trump, the spectacle who would be president. more »»

The seasons of transition

August 26, 2015 It’s kind of disgusting. Right now there are always tomatoes on the kitchen counter. When no one is around, I grab one and eat it over the sink. more »»

Value of co-curriculars

August 23, 2015 As our new school year gets underway, it is preceded by fall activities. This is an exciting time for students. It provides them with an opportunity to showcase their development and skill set. more »»

The story of Joe

August 12, 2015 A few years back, I was at Cretin-Derham Hall High School in St. Paul for a meeting. During the day, I met a young woman who had gone to school there. more »»

Rural broadband will build economy that works for all Minnesotans

August 12, 2015 In 1922, the Minneapolis Tribune ran an article touting the benefits of electricity. more »»

Dictatorial polls determine fate of GOP candidates

August 4, 2015 WASHINGTON — Public-opinion polls, once employed by political consultants to gauge the concerns of voters as a means to shape their candidates’ campaigns more effectively, have become the tail that... more »»

Now the Turks are all in

August 4, 2015 All through the Cold War, the Turks were among America’s most reliable allies. After World War II, when Stalin encroached upon Turkey and Greece, Harry Truman came to the rescu. more »»

Huckabee’s ‘oven’ remark taken out of context

August 4, 2015 It’s been a hard time for politicians not named “Trump” to get any attention, but Mike Huckabee managed it. He did it by comparing Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler. more »»

Tough times make you stronger

July 29, 2015 On July 20, 1998, a Monday, the city of New Ulm received extensive damage from a storm front that came through. There were reports of 100 mile per hour winds at Flandrau State Park. more »»

In Ulm, um Ulm, und um Ulm herum

July 23, 2015 As I begin to write this article, I’m sitting in the living room of my host family’s home. more »»

Working to improve health services

July 19, 2015 Greetings and I hope everyone is enjoying this wonderful summer weather. At New Ulm Medical Center (NUMC) we continue to work on initiatives to expand services and improve care for our patient. more »»

If you grow it, they will come

July 15, 2015 It’s summer, you hate your boss, you forgot what the kids look like, or even how many kids you have. It’s time to get out of Dodge and take a summer vacation. more »»

‘Our broken roads are broke’

July 2, 2015 As the 2015 session finally came to a close, the Legislature was once again unable to come to agreement on a comprehensive transportation bill. more »»

Wedding prayer, unabridged

July 1, 2015 We had a graduation party on the farm in June. That meant cleaning up the ol’ home place. Pam let me know what we were up against when she announced, “It took you 50 years to mess this place up. more »»

Madelia Reunion after 50 years

June 28, 2015 MADELIA — Mary Ann Evans, a Victorian era English writer known as George Eliot, could have been commenting on class reunions when she wrote “how unspeakably the lengthening of memories in common... more »»

The shot heard around Sleepy Eye

June 17, 2015 You remember from school that the “shot heard round the world” was fired at Concord to begin the Revolutionary Wa. more »»

School facilities

June 16, 2015 As most can imagine, with the passage of the bond for a new High School and re-alignment of our other existing buildings, this summer is going to be a busy one for the Facilities Department. more »»

Real life vs. television

June 3, 2015 Sometimes a guy gets a second chance. Twenty years ago I came up with a funny line for a column I was doing then. The problem was, when it appeared in print it didn’t make any sense. more »»

Another successful year

May 31, 2015 We have closed in on the end of another successful school year. My personal thanks go out to our staff for their dedication and focus to help our students grow. more »»

It’s not easy being religious

May 20, 2015 It had rained a spot on Saturday, enough to chase me and my planter in from the field. Now on Sunday morning, I was walking up the steps at St. Mary’s in Sleepy Eye for Mass. more »»

Moms just want some communication

May 6, 2015 My two sons don’t communicate very often, and I whine about it to my family. So much, apparently, that when a niece found out she’s expecting a baby boy her response was “Oh, no. more »»



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