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Heart of New Ulm: Heart of New Ulm ready for 2019 and beyond

Happy New Year, New Ulm, and a heartfelt thank you! On behalf all of us at the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation® (MHIF), we express our deepest appreciation to everyone in New Ulm who has contributed to the tremendous success of The Heart of New Ulm Project (HONU) since 2009. It’s ...

What’s Going On: Chances for a wall, legal pot and Shopko

After driving into winter storm Gia last weekend and watching another round of winter weather roll into southwest Minnesota Friday, my appreciation for the accuracy of 21st century meteorologists continues to increase. While I have no quantifiable data to support this, it would appear the ...

Town Talk: How to be a NUCAT volunteer producer

New Ulm Community Access Television (NUCAT) is a service available to all citizens of New Ulm. Our mission is to create television programming with the intent to inform, educate, and entertain by highlighting local issues, events, and people. Cable “access” means that the medium is ...

Brown County Browser: Be careful around snow plows

Winter is here which means snowplows will be out plowing and sanding the roads during snow and ice events. These snowplows travel much slower than the speed limit to be the most effective in clearing roads. Recommendations for driving near a snowplow are: STAY ALERT FOR SNOWPLOWS – ...

Weeds: Move it: It’s good for you

I will now summarize all the current fitness recommendations by researchers and doctors: Do anything. There it is. Exactly two words. I usually write around a thousand, so I’ll add some. Do anything. Just move. In an overly complex world, this is beautifully simple. Anything: bike, ...

Eagle Update: CTE programs work to build local work force

Each school has a state requirement to develop and monitor a “World’s Best Work Force” plan, focused on meeting five goal areas. Many of the goal areas relate to career development. New Ulm High School has made it a priority to increase opportunities for students in the area of vocational ...

What’s on your mind?

What is your New Year’s resolution? (Asked at Fort Ridgely Snowshoe Hike on Saturday.)

What’s Going On: A criminal, an immigrant and a wall

By all accounts, he was true to his name: he was an ordinary Joe. Your typical blue-collar worker, Joe did whatever it took to provide for his family, mostly in construction. And he had quite a family; six children in fact, four boys and two daughters before his first wife died. Now, ...

Town Talk: Utility billing commodity adjustments explained

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. New Ulm Public Utilities ...

Weeds: Sunday – one of God’s best ideas

When I was a kid on the farm, we had cows, pigs, and chickens. The animals didn’t take days off. Neither did my dad and mom, Sylvester and Alyce. A wedding dance or graduation party was the nearest thing to a vacation we had. But there were Sundays. That meant church, but also a dialing ...

Brown County Browser: What every Veteran should know – part 2

New Year’s greetings to all Journal readers from your friends at the County Veterans Service Office. 2019 will again be memorable for members of The American Legion, their Auxiliary, Legion Riders, and Sons of The American Legion as this year marks the 100th anniversary of their ...

What’s Going On: The death of workplace romance

This is the story of two men and two romances in two very different times. The first man was instantly attracted to the woman when she walked into his place of employment. He had worked there for nearly 10 years and been promoted to a position of responsibility and authority. It was her ...

What’s on your mind?

What do you want for Christmas? (Asked at the Nora Unitarian Winter Solstice Celebration, Friday, Dec. 21)

Town Talk: You Ask, We Answer: Electric Rates

“Why are electric rates so high in New Ulm? Electric rates are based on a complex set of calculations used to develop a cost of service in four separate rate classes: Residential, Small Commercial, Large Commercial and Industrial. Residential and Small Commercial rates do not include a ...

High speed internet has already delivered, with more to come

Three years ago, 27 communities in our area united to take a bold step for the long-term vitality of our region and its residents. After years of discussion, and the realization that only a strong public effort would bring high-speed internet technology to our rural communities, these cities ...

Weeds: So much promise and mystery in one sentence

John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” The King James Bible adds “only begotten Son” and the poetic “whosoever believeth.” Whichever version, John 3:16 distills this ...

What’s on your mind?

What are your plans for 2019? (Asked at MLC’s winter commencement service Dec. 13)

What’s Going On: In ironic twist, judges give Trump legal carte blanche

As part of its “first in the nation” distinction regarding the presidential primary campaign, Iowa plays host to its fair share of candidates seeking the highest office in the land. So it was no surprise on a chilly, January evening in 2016, one of the Republican front runners stood at a ...

Eagle Update: Board completes its self-evaluation

Each year, the school board completes a self-evaluation of its work. The purpose is for each board member to review what they do as a board relative to supporting the district goals, staff and students. This occurred at the Dec. 6 board study session. The results of this evaluation show that ...