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Weeds: Piece of living history still alive

You’ll remember a couple of years ago, we learned of a fellow who had been at Babe Ruth’s barnstorming game in Sleepy Eye in 1922. And he was in the well-known photo of that event. And he had one of the baseballs that Babe hit that day. And he was still living in Virginia, Minnesota! Len ...

Alice Christenson, New Ulm: I have always been a sewer but a friend of mine got me started about 10 years ago.

What’s on your mind?

What got you interested in quilting? (Asked Saturday at the Sewing for Sight event)

What’s Going On: Why the frog shouldn’t get mad at the scorpion

The fable’s origin remains unknown. Some think it’s a version of one of the animal fables found in The Panchatantra, an Indian collection dated back to the mid-sixth century. Others believe the fable first emerged in an Orson Welles film in the 1950s. Either way, this week’s ...

Town Talk: Library offers books and more

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. Ask people what comes to ...

Brown County Browser: Why ‘Human Services’

So why was the name of this county agency changed in January of 2017? Many ask this. Many still call it Family Services. It is difficult to change a name that has been in place for 43 years. There were several reasons it was done. Here are the main ones: Brown was the last county in this part ...

What’s Going On: When cold really isn’t THAT cold

The news anchcor was so … serious. Gravely serious. “With the dangerously cold temperatures outside, area officials are making the difficult, and unfortunate decision, to cancel several outdoor events this New Years.” I was in Missouri watching this newscast at my parents’ ...

Town Talk: Weight Loss Challenge

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 Park and Rec ...

Off the Record: Go, Vikes, Go! (Please!)

All right, this is starting to get serious. The Minnesota Vikings have completed a very successful season, earning a bye in the first round of the NFC Playoffs. There is a very real possibility they could play in the Super Bowl, the first Super Bowl team ever to play on their home ...

Brown County Browser: A lot going on in County P&Z

The Brown County Planning and Zoning Office includes a multitude of areas. One of these is Land Use Permits, commonly referred to as building permits. Please come in to our office early in your building planning process if you are thinking of building a structure out in the rural areas of Brown ...

Weeds: Having a ball with Santa Claus

I enjoy being a husband for the most part. It has its days. But, hey, what job doesn’t? In marriage, various roles get divvied up. One of mine is to see what made that noise downstairs when we are up in bed. I have always hoped it would not end up with me getting conked over the head by a ...

Town Talk: Adult winter reading program at the library

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. This is the perfect time ...

Brown County Browser: Taxes, elections and drainage

Another year is quickly drawing to a close. Benjamin Franklin wrote in a letter in 1789 ... “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” While taxes are part of our life, we are grateful to the taxpayers of Brown County who continue to accept this ...

Off the Record: It doesn’t hurt to ask

Dear Santa, I know you haven’t heard from me in a long time, and I know this is kind of last minute, but I thought I’d give it a shot. It doesn’t hurt to ask, right? I haven’t written to you in 60-some years. That’s partly my mom’s fault. She never tried to fool us kids into ...

Town Talk: NU Public Utilities recommends annual furnace checks

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 Dave O’Brien Gas ...

Weeds: Overdoing the Christmas spirits just a little

Farmers raise a lot of things, including now shrimp, hemp, and arugula. But corn is still king. When farmers aren’t raising corn, they like to talk about corn. Corn began and ended the conversation when Bart Kretschmer came over to take my order for Fertile Crescent Seed Corn. In between ...

Brown County Sheriff: Winter driving

We’ve all made it through road construction season and are now into the trying season of winter driving. I would like to take this time to go over a few pertinent points to keep in mind when venturing out onto the roads. First of all, please always plan ahead before traveling. Check with the ...

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. Why are there are so many ...

Eagle Update: The evolution of learning

Dr. Bob Rotella, sports psychologist and business consultant, when speaking to organizations and clients has made the statement “do what you love, or love what you do.” This statement captures the essence of the evolution of learning, which involves pursuing your passions and directing ...

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