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What’s Going On: Trump can learn from health care failure

Donald Trump, Paul Ryan, and a whole bunch of other Republicans are learning a tough lesson this week: It’s easier to oppose, than to govern. As soon as Obamacare took effect just more than seven years ago, Republicans have called it a train wreck, and in my opinion, rightfully so. They ...

Town Talk: NUCAT trains community in video production

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. In the fall of 2016 New ...

Off the Record: The man in the middle

New Ulm area state representatives have a penchant for being in the middle of things in the Legislature. Twenty-five years ago, Terry Dempsey was serving in the Legislature, and was the House Minority Leader from 1991 to 1992. He got along well enough with Gov. Arne Carlson (something not a lot ...

Eagle Update: More tools for cases of school shooting

Over the past several years, our nation has witnessed a dramatic increase in school violence and school shootings. As experts analyze these horrific events, it is apparent that we need to do more, not only taking steps in an attempt to prevent the event from occurring, but training of students ...

Town Talk: You Ask — We Answer

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. Orange and Partly ...

Brown County Browser: Road maintenance work

The County Highway Department will soon begin spring and summer maintenance operations. County forces will be patching, sealing and graveling county highways as soon as weather permits. They will also be mowing and spraying county right of ways. The County informs the public before spraying ...

Weeds: We are more alike than different

Two moments from our recent trip to California: the first took place in San Francisco. It was near dusk. Daughter Abby and I were walking to a nearby park. We came to a group of people on the sidewalk. They were taking pictures of one of the city’s quaint old row houses. Curious, I asked a ...

Town Talk: Spring asphalt maintenance

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. The top priority of the ...

Off the Record: Tornado alley

The tornadoes that hit Minnesota this week were the earliest on record in Minneosta. It surprised me that they hit this early in the year, but I was not surprised to see that one of them hit Clarks Grove in Freeborn County. I worked for eight years at the newspaper in Albert Lea, just a few ...

Brown County Browser: World War I veterans’ history

Recently while helping the New Ulm American Legion conduct research into New Ulm men who were held as prisoners of war during World War II I accidently stumbled upon a man from the rural Springfield area, who had fought in France and was captured by the Germans during World War 1. This is ...

Eagle Update: Middle School program up and running

By Michelle Miller Principal New Ulm Middle School In September of 2016, New Ulm Middle School opened its doors for the first time with a new school program specifically designed to meet the needs and developmental characteristics of the district’s 5th -8th grade students. One of the ...

Town Talk: Smoke detectors save lives

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. A home fire can strike at ...

Off the Record: The epic fail to end all epic fails

Former Journal Ad Director Dan Corrow and I used to commiserate about the tribulations of being imperfect humans in a business where imperfections are public affairs. Dan had a sign he kept in his desk: “For Maximum Attention, Nothing Beats a Good, Big Mistake.” That is so true. In the ...

Dean Krzmarzick, backstage at the Chanhassen Dinner Theater after a production of “The Music Man.”

Weeds: Dean lived a short life, but full

Last time I wrote about my brother Dean. Now I’ll tell the ending to that story. I wish it were different. There is courage and much to admire, but a residue of sadness lingers. Dean lost his sight before his third birthday to retinoblastoma. His blindness did not prevent him from being an ...

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