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April 26, 2014 Dist. 88 referendum THUMBS UP: The District 88 School Board has set a date for a referendum on a school building bond. District voters will have a choice on Aug. more »»

Legislature needs to fix sex offender commitment program

April 25, 2014 Minnesota’s courts continue to make it clear to legislators that they need to make changes to the state’s sex offender commitment program before the courts do it for them. more »»

IRS bonus system baffles the rest of us

April 24, 2014 Anyone who has ever been on the wrong end of an Internal Revenue Service audit knows that the nation’s tax collector doesn’t take kindly to overdue and uncollected tax payments. more »»

Politics behind delay on pipeline

April 23, 2014 It has become clear politics is the only thing preventing President Barack Obama from deciding whether to approve the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. more »»

Weeds: There's commenters, then there's GrandmaD

April 23, 2014 A couple of weeks ago, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire won his 1,000th game. It was a unique accomplishment. There are only 10 managers in the history of baseball to achieve that with one team. more »»

The heavy hand of government

April 21, 2014 At times it seems few in the federal government worry much about enforcing the law. Millions of illegal immigrants are evidence of that. more »»

Unconnected dots

April 20, 2014 With last week’s one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing comes the realization that it might not have occurred had U.S. intelligence agencies merely heeded warnings from Russia. more »»

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April 19, 2014 Sales tax figures THUMBS UP: Some good news about New Ulm’s economy emerged this week. more »»

Rough return

April 18, 2014 Minnesota State University-Mankato football coach Todd Hoffner might have expected some rough spots in his return to the program this week. more »»

Rice is worth hearing

April 17, 2014 Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice is scheduled to speak today at the University of Minnesota as part of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs’ Distinguished Carlson lecture series, which thi... more »»

Proud for Boston

April 16, 2014 On Tuesday Boston marked the anniversary of last year’s Boston Marathon bombing, the most serious terrorist attack on U.S. more »»

How little we know

April 15, 2014 Sometimes it must seem to the public that the more researchers learn about homicidal teenagers, the less we really know. more »»

Minimum wage bill

April 14, 2014 Gov.?Mark Dayton is set to sign the Minimum Wage bill passed by the Democrats in the Legislature. The bill will take the state’s minimum wage from among the lowest in the nation to among the highes. more »»

Tax Freedom Day comes later and later under Obama

April 13, 2014 Tuesday, April 15, is the deadline for filing income tax returns. But Tax Freedom Day for Americans, on average, is April 21 this year. more »»

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April 12, 2014 Town hall meeting THUMBS UP: District 88 held its first “town hall” meeting this week, a chance for members of the public to get together with school board members and administrators to ask... more »»

Invest in Corridors of Commerce

April 12, 2014 Disappointed and confused. That’s how I feel about the lack of focus on transportation this legislative session. more »»

Health Care Happenings: Inside health care at New Ulm Medical Center

April 12, 2014 Integrator. Increasingly at New Ulm Medical Center (NUMC) we see that a key role for us is to be the integrator of health services for the region we serve. more »»

Anti-bullying law can’t be worse than bullying

April 11, 2014 Minnesota has a new anti-bullying law, the Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act, passed over the objections of the Legisalture’s Republican caucus and signed by Gov. Mark Dayton. more »»

Senate panel passes office plan

April 10, 2014 The DFLers on the Minnesota Senate Rules Committee have passed — on a strictly partisan vote — a lower cost plan to build a new Senate office building near the state Capito. more »»

Coping with mental illness in the military

April 9, 2014 Programs to help U.S. servicemen and women suffering from mental challenges, including post-traumatic stress disorder, have been around for decades. Clearly, more effort needs to be put into them. more »»



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