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Weeds: Memories of people-watching in Spain

You often hear someone say that the people-watching was good at a certain place. I think of malls, ballgames, parks, anywhere there are multiple representatives of our species. Urban Dictionary says people-watching is like bird watching except with people. Sounds about right. People-watching ...

Brown County Browser: Property valuation

The Brown County Assessor’s office is in the process of finishing up values for Assessment 2019. If you have not yet received your valuation notice, you will be shortly. This value is used to calculate taxes payable in 2020. Valuation notices are a yellow piece of paper that comes along with ...

What’s on your mind?

How did you get started in the black powder community? (Asked at the New Ulm Trade Show at Turner Hall Saturday)

Town Talk: A look at firefighting in New Ulm in 2018

The mission of the New Ulm Fire Department is to save and protect lives and property in the city of New Ulm and the surrounding area. We believe in being responsive to the needs of our citizens by providing timely and professional services essential to the health, safety, and well-being of ...

Mike Pompeo’s war warning to China

By Patrick J. Buchanan As President Trump flew home from his Hanoi summit with Kim Jong Un, Mike Pompeo peeled off and flew to Manila. And there the Secretary of State made a startling declaration. Any armed attack by China on a Philippine ship or plane in the South China Sea, he told the ...

Bibi and Trump agonistes

By Cal Thomas Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing indictment on charges of fraud, corruption, breach of trust and bribery. He’s also running for re-election, and with less than six weeks until ballots are scheduled to be cast in Israel, some have raised suspicions of a ...

What’s on your mind?

How are you staying warm this winter? (Asked at Saturday’s Bock Fest)

What’s Going On: A lesson in ludicrousness

A high school friend of mine recently posted a picture of her high school classroom, featuring a Smart Board complemented with sticky notes. Now, I’m too old and technologically impaired to fully explain what a Smart Board is and how it works. But I’m pretty sure based on the picture and ...

Town Talk: New Ulm Right-of-Way Management Ordinance

The City of New Ulm has recently adopted a new right-of-way management ordinance (Section 6.21). The City holds the rights-of-way within its geographical boundaries as an asset in trust for its citizens. The City and other public entities have invested substantial dollars in public funds to ...

Weeds: The world is changing. Make it for the better

I write often about The World That I Grew Up In. There were great things about being a kid in the Sixties on a farm in the middle of Brown County. I was blessed to be in a safe home with parents who loved me. I got to be outside a lot. There were seasons that meant each day was unique. Sleepy ...

Brown County Browser: Taking TIME to say hi

For those of you that don’t know me, I would like to take the TIME to introduce myself. My name is Jason Seidl and I am the newly elected Brown County Sheriff. Some of you may remember seeing a sign or two with my name on it during the summer months. I would like to take this TIME to say ...

What’s on your mind?

What do you like about the New Ulm Figure Skating Club show “Blades On Broadway?”

What’s Going On: A southerner learns to use a northern rake

A few weeks ago marked the three-year anniversary of me coming to Minnesota. I remember early on in that first year, I went to the local grocery store and was talking to the butcher when he cocked his head to the side and asked me quizzically “are you from … The South?” Now, I ...

Town Talk: Gas-powered appliance replacement

Every year the City of New Ulm Building Safety Department receives dozens of calls from homeowners or area contractors wondering about what is needed by the City if you are planning on replacing a gas-powered appliance in New Ulm. The City’s Building Safety Department’s role with ...

Off the Record: Don’t mess with perfection

There is a cabinet in The Journal office that marks the boundary between the newsroom and the circulation office. It is the perfect height, perfect size and perfect location for people who bring treats to the office. And we do have a lot of people who bring treats. The other day there was a ...

What’s Going On: Shed no tears for Jeff Bezos

Every two weeks, when I look at my paycheck, I see about 9 percent of it disappearing to state and federal income taxes. Once a year, thanks primarily to three little hobgoblins running around the house, I get a decent portion of that back from Uncle Sam but not all of it, which I’m sure ...

Eagle Update: Middle School Programs

As programming at New Ulm Middle School has continued to grow and evolve over the last three years, the focus remains on maintaining a student centered approach designed to meet the varying needs of all middle level learners. New Ulm Middle School educators are committed to meeting both the ...

Town Talk: You ask – we answer: Pet laws and regulations

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 Animal ...

Weeds: When nature intrudes

We think of indoors and outdoors as separate, divided by the walls of our home. Inside, we control things: temperature, light, cleanliness, orderliness. Outside, nature calls the shots. Sometimes the line gets blurred. In our house, various of our children occasionally traverse through. But ...