Columns

Off the Record: Dormant? We’ll see

A few weeks ago the Minnesota Department of Transportation put the finishing touches on last year’s Highway 15 improvement project, which included resurfacing Broadway. It planted trees in the boulevards along Broadway where some had been cut down, or were missing. One of the new trees was ...

Weeds: Krzmarzick calls in a pinch hitter

So, I got “the call.” One of my favorite columnists, Randy Krzmarzick, called and asked if I’d write a column for him while he gets busy in the fields this spring, assuming spring would ever come. Randy gets these column breaks every spring and fall like Joe Mauer gets a “scheduled day ...

What’s Going On: What do we really think about police officers?

It had been a long day for the Dallas mayor, and he looked it. “Our police department was attacked this afternoon,” Rawlings said at a news conference hours before a suspect was arrested for shooting two officers. “I continue to be upset at the lack of respect for our police in this ...

Town Talk: Is the city taking action on blighted properties?

New Ulm is known to be a clean, attractive city in the scenic Minnesota River Valley. For some time, some of its citizens have expressed concerns about certain areas or properties that present unsafe, unsanitary, or blighted conditions. The City Council has appointed a Blight Committee that ...

Eagle Update: Kids Connection

The Kids Connection school age childcare program is a community service program that provides care for school age children during the school year and summer. This program is available to all students entering grades K-6 in the New Ulm Community. School age care is a student choice program ...

What’s on your mind?

How do you feel about graduation? (Asked at the MLC graduation on Saturday.)

Town Talk: Liquor licenses

The State of Minnesota has many regulations for the sale of alcohol. One of the many duties of the City Finance Office is to process liquor license applications in accordance with State statute and local ordinance. Minnesota Statutes chapter 340A has set guide lines for alcohol sales but ...

Off the Record: What would discourage distracted drivers?

Distracted driving continues to be a problem in this age of instant cell phone gratification. We safe, sane drivers who keep our hands at the “10-and-2” position and check our rear view mirrors every 30 to 45 seconds have all seen the problem. You look ahead or behind and see a car veering ...

Weeds: Duke was a good man, baseball buddy

I suppose it’s possible live a good life and not like baseball. At least that’s what I hear. Most of my friends are fans though. I have different groups of “baseball buddies:’’ some I played with, others I go to games with, and some I just enjoy talking ball with. One of my best ...

Brown County Browser: Use caution in road construction areas

It looks like spring is finally here with the warmer weather. Road construction has already started on the Gateway Project (TH 14/15) in New Ulm. This project will take two years to complete. Several more State and County projects are planned for this construction season. The State will be ...

Eagle Update: Closing out a school year

Congratulations to all of our 2018 area high school and college graduates. This week, students from Martin Luther College (MLC) will graduate and go on to start their next chapter in life. While it isn’t widely known, we have a great partnership with MLC. We have students from MLC in our ...

What’s Going On: Trying to win a rigged game

For one day this last week, newspapers throughout Minnesota perfectly mimicked each other with a variation of the exact same headline: “MnDOT ignores Highway (fill in the blank) corridor.” Here in New Ulm, the blank read “14” in relation to funding requests to expand the two-lane ...

MnDOT’s choices left Greater Minnesota behind

For years, the Corridors of Commerce program has helped pay for critical road projects in the Metro and Greater Minnesota that help boost regional development and make our roads safer for Minnesotans to travel and for farmers and businesses to bring their goods to market. Traditionally, the ...

Zelle explains MnDOT decision on Corridors of Commerce

In 2013, the Minnesota Legislature established the Corridors of Commerce program, which provides funding for needed transportation infrastructure improvements that remove traffic bottlenecks, improve the movement of freight, and reduce barriers to commerce. Over the last five years, the ...

Brown County Browser: Do you focus on fitness #4Mind4Body?

Launched in 1949 by Mental Health America, May is Mental Health Month is the most highly recognized mental health awareness event in the nation. Mental Health America (MHA) — founded in 1909 — is the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those ...

What’s on your mind?

What would you like to grow in your garden this year? (Asked at the Community Garden orientation on Saturday)

What’s Going On: When opportunities emerge from bad news

For the last several weeks, New Ulm has had its fair share of, well, bad news. There’s no other way of saying it. Can’t put lipstick on a pig. Well, you can. But it’s a whole lot of work and at the end of the day, you still have a pig. It snows. Elkay closes. It keeps snowing. ...

Town Talk: Building Safety Month

May is building safety month. Just like organizations that have a recognition month or week, building codes do also. When people reference building codes it encompasses more than just building codes. Building codes can include many different items that make up the structure, from plumbing, ...

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