Columns

What’s Going On: Media should hold up a mirror

A study came out of Harvard last week that really shouldn’t surprise anyone: media coverage of Donald Trump’s first 100 days as president was overwhelmingly negative. In fact, the negativity involved was of historic proportion, at least in modern times. Measuring stories in major ...

Town Talk: Shelter rentals

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 Park & ...

Brown County Browser: Doughboy has unique history

Have you seen the large bronze statue of the World War I soldier in the New Ulm City Cemetery? I have and I also gave it no more thought that this statue was the only one of its kind. After all, most war memorials are unique to their placement by the particular group who commissioned the ...

Off the Record: Will this be year of the tomato?

Sometimes I envy Randy Kzmarzick, who writes the “Weeds” column every other Wednesday on this page. Not only is he a better writer than I am, he knows how to grow stuff. He’d better know how to grow stuff — he’s a farmer, and farmers who don’t know how to grow stuff soon ...

Another year of school ending

We are closing out another school year. I am always amazed at how fast each year goes by and what gets accomplished by our staff and students. It seems like we just started in our new and remodeled spaces. My hat’s off to all of our staff for taking what they had on September 1st for rooms ...

Reality can be worth escaping

When daughter Abby was young, we had a full house. Besides human beings and a cat, there were Squirrel Friend, Spider Friend, and Toothbrush Friend. You could say they were Abby’s imaginary friends, but for a time they seemed quite real. I am a big fan of imagination and willingly engaged ...

Kris Karpen of Hanska: “Yes, (Mueller) is outside of Trump’s circle.”

What’s on your mind?

Do you support the appoint of a special prosecutor to investigate coordination between President Trump and Russia?

What’s Going On: New Ulm’s biggest problem

It’s a problem for Windings. It’s a problem for Hy-Vee. It’s a problem for the three school districts. It’s a problem for the city government. And most importantly (at least from my perspective) it’s a problem for me. A little more than a week ago I attended a New Ulm ...

Renewable Energy

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. By Pat Wrase New Ulm ...

Off the Record: School discipline sure has changed

This week the U.S. Supreme Court refused to take up a case that probably shouldn’t have been in the court system in the first place. Back in 2011, a 13-year-old student in Albuquerque, N.M. got himself in trouble by deliberately belching in physical education class, no doubt to the ...

Dog park deserves maintenance too

To the editor: As a person who moved to New Ulm in the winter of 1991, one of the things that caught my eye was how well kept, clean and beautifully maintained the City of New Ulm was. As a pet owner and a regular at New Ulm’s Happy Tails Dog Park, I can’t help but wonder why it is not ...

Real ID, enhanced drivers license issues

The Real ID act has become a hot topic for many concerned with traveling, specifically domestic travel and access to military bases and federal buildings. The conversation regarding this issue has promoted an enhanced driver’s license as the primary evidence to comply with this requirement. ...

Town Talk: Zoning ordinances and building codes

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. It’s never too late to ...

County government in Minnesota

Counties in Minnesota were organized to be administrative agencies of the state as well as local governments. As administrative agencies of the state, counties perform state mandated duties. Some examples of state mandated duties include assessment of property, record keeping (vital statistics ...

Weeds: Making it up isn’t that easy or fun

Gwen Ruff lives in Gibbon and works at the GFW elementary school. She was a reporter and editor at The Journal in the early 1980s and writes this column when Randy Krzmarzick is busy farming. This is my first column in the new post-factual era. Pretty exciting seeing as I recently won a ...

What’s on your mind?

What brings you out to Morgan Creek Vineyards? (Asked at the Maifest event at Morgan Creek Saturday)

What’s Going On: We need to turn around South end

I’ve said several times New Ulm is unique. Typically, that’s a good thing. A downtown mall. A daily newspaper. More Subways than McDonalds. More parks. More Germans. A full-scale brewery. These are all great amenities in a town, especially for a town this size. But this week, New ...

Town Talk: Water: Where it comes from, how it is treated

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. Where does your water ...

Off the Record: Guns can quickly complicate things

It occurs to me frequently, and especially this week, that guns can quickly and needlessly complicate situations. I was reminded again this week when David Pettersen of Madelia pleaded guilty to reckless discharge of a firearm in the Jan. 28 shooting that resulted in the death of 19-year-old ...

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