Columns

Eagle Update: Refining the Middle School program

The excitement of a new school year could be seen on the faces of New Ulm Middle School students and staff as as they returned to the building the week of Sept. 5. New Ulm Middle School first opened it’s doors last fall, introducing a new middle level program specifically designed to meet ...

Town Talk: TdS Library Cooperative supports local libraries

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. One of the reasons New ...

Off the Record: A festival for the end of road constuction?

In a city that loves to hold festivals, we should hold a festival for the end of the Broadway construction project. This week crews have been painting the lane stripes and crosswalks on the repaved roads, and putting in sod in the spots where they dug up the grass medians. (Good luck getting ...

Brown County Browser: Parents have duty to be parents

I recently gave presentations at Sleepy Eye High School and Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s High School. It was my pleasure to give the presentations, but all of the credit for making the arrangements and doing the legwork to get the programs lined up go to Officer Shawn Bohnen and Chief Matt Andres. ...

Town Talk: Hurricane Irma mutual aid update

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. On Wednesday, Sept. 6, ...

Off the Record: Statues sometimes outlive the fervor that built them

“Cleansing” of statues continues in America — and I don’t mean spraying the pigeon poop off them with high pressure hoses, but the removal of those statues to bygone and no longer popular ideas. It is good to remember that this kind of rewriting of history has been going on since ...

Weeds: Fall days hold a tinge of sadness

The barn swallows who spend summers on our farm are gathering on the overhead wire. One day soon they will be gone, leaving us for some unknown warmer place. They are only here about four months of the year. They live intense little lives during that time, eating heartily, mating, building ...

Brown County Browser: License bureaus dealing with changes

License Bureaus across that state have undergone many changes this summer with more to come within the next year. As you may have heard, the State of Minnesota implemented the long awaited new program for license vehicles on July 24. This new program is called the Minnesota Licensing and ...

Letter from Ulm: The Hans Joohs experience

Jon Braegelmann, the 2017 Hans Joohs Sister Cities Exchange Intern, recently returned home to New Ulm from Ulm Germany. Below is his third and final article about his internship in Ulm/Neu Ulm, Germany. He gives us insights to his working experiences, living with host families and his ...

Ted Chesney, Portage, Wi.: “I’ve been in the Jeepster club since 2005. This is the only place we’ve ever visited twice.”

What’s on your mind?

What do you think of your visit to New Ulm? Asked of Midstates Jeepster Association members and an area residents at the Thunder in the Valley Concert Saturday at HermannFest

What’s Going On: First responders there to serve

Most people remember where they were Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists flew planes into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, before a fourth crashed in a Pennsylvania field. But how many of us remember where we were on Sept. 11, 2002? On the one-year anniversary, there were memorial services ...

Town Talk: What is a Special Vehicle Permit and how do I obtain one?

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. On Aug. 1, 2017 the City ...

Off the Record: A dog’s life

When I was a kid, my dad used to refer to himself jokingly (I think) as “the Poor Old Dog,” usually as a light hearted (I hope) comment about the lack of respect he got from his seven children. This always drew solicitations from my mother that we should all appreciate our father and ...

Town Talk: School Zone Patrol – New Ulm Police Dept.

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. School will begin either ...

Off the Record: Hurricanes make other disasters look small

I’ve been in and covered a few disasters in my years in the news business. Most of them have been tornadoes, a couple of blizzards, with a flood or two thrown in. I thank the Lord I have never lived in a place where hurricanes happen. Tornadoes are terrible, but they are quick. They come ...

Brown County Browser: Highway Dept. update

It is late August and fall is coming soon. The Brown County Highway Department has completed the crack sealing, seal coating, minor patching and graveling of county highway surfaces. In the next several weeks we will be installing some major patches on roads that are breaking down. These ...

Martin Ledeboer

Weeds: Remembering Sleepy Eye’s adopted son

Baseball can be a pleasant distraction from the weightier issues that surround us. The worst that can happen is your team loses, and the sun will come up tomorrow. But sometimes real life intersects with our games. That happened 70 years ago for the town of Sleepy Eye. When I was young, a lot ...

What’s Going On: Brown County should be proud of its fair

I really shouldn’t have been surprised. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from living here the last 18 months it’s this: New Ulm does everything better. And clearly, that axiom extends throughout the county and more specifically, to the Brown County Fair. After living in rural ...

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