Columns

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, ...

Weeds: The Mud Days of April

Hopefully by the time you read this, we will be well through the Mud Days on our farm. The Mud Days fall in that period between frozen ground and when the Earth firms up. This year’s tardy spring and late sloppy snow means an extended season of mush. Our yard becomes something akin to a ...

What’s on your mind?

On Friday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer stated a plan to introduce legislation to decriminalize marijuana on the federal level. How long do you it will be until marijuna use is legal in Minnesota?

What’s Going On: Tales of the Kirby vacuum salesman

I came home a little early that evening, and there he was. Standing in my own living room. My wife had betrayed my trust. She had violated the sanctity of our home. There was a grinning salesman in my house. And not just any kind of salesman. It was the dreaded Kirby vacuum salesman. ...

Eagle Update: Technology

Every year, school districts around the world talk about technology in the classroom, often in the context of “we want more.” Why is that? To date, there has been no quantifiable data that suggests more technology in a classroom equates to higher test scores. If not for testing, why do ...

Brown County Browser: Property Valuation

The Brown County Assessor’s office is in the process of finishing up values for Assessment 2018. You will be receiving notice of new values mid to late March. This value is used to calculate taxes payable in 2019. Valuation notices are a yellow piece of paper that comes along with the tax ...

What’s on your mind?

How did Erna Zahn reach age 110? Asked at Erna Zahn’s 110th birthday party Saturday at Oak Hills

What’s Going On?: Why we should fear failure more today

Failure. It is the carbon of our soul. Just as the most basic element composes every single living organism, failure is the common bond of experience between every single person. Regardless of race, gender, income level, physical or mental prowess, everybody fails … sometimes. You ...

Town Talk: Look up for power lines and stay safe

From the NUPUC Electric Distribution Department Things we see every day can almost fade from view. But failure to notice high voltage power lines can be a deadly oversight. New Ulm Public Utilities, along with the public safety educational organization Safe Electricity (safeelectricity.org), ...

Off the Record: New Ulm movie project update

I had a short visit this week with David Rysdahl, the New Ulm native who is busy acting and writing scripts in New York. He was in town for a funeral, and stopped by to update me on his plans for a movie he wants to shoot in New Ulm. Originally, plans were to shoot the movie in March, but a ...

Brown County Browser: Election notes

Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy. It permits eligible US citizens to elect who will represent them in federal, state and local offices. Minnesota, like most states, requires people to register before they vote. This allows election administrators to learn of a person’s ineligibility ...

Weeds: What we pass on to children

We had our two-and-a-half-year-old grandson here for a few days. Either Pam or I was able to devote full-time attention to Levi, which was not always true as younger parents. It is a gift of grandparenting. Children this age are highly entertaining, especially if you live in their world for ...

What’s on your mind?

What was the best thing you have found at a garage sale? (Asked at the Spring Civic Center Garage Sale)

Eagle Update: New Ulm Schools

By Jeff Bertrang ISD 88 Superintendent While it may look and feel like February, it really is April. Because winter is fighting to release its hold on us, all of our spring athletic programs are struggling to keep athletes motivated and ready for their first competitions. It looks like ...

What’s Going On: Betting on the next president

Each year at this time, two of America’s favorite past-times collide: baseball and betting. Monday night, Villanova beat Michigan to win the NCAA Men’s basketball championship, ending a three-week tournament that carries the distinction of having more “amateur” wagers associated with ...

Town Talk: New Ulm Public Library transforms

National Library Week, from April 8-14, is an annual celebration of the power of libraries to transform communities. Here at New Ulm Public Library, we strive to be a valuable community partner that provides a welcoming environment for all. To realize those goals, we have a staff of 17 people ...

Off the Record: Springtime game played in winter weather

Franklin P. Adams, a columnist and noted author of light verse, once wrote this little bit of doggerel: The Baseball Player “In the Spring, when it’s cold out, Appears the baseball holdout. In the Spring, when it’s warm out, He gets his uniform out.” It’s short and sweet, and ...

What’s on your mind?

What’s your favorite Easter candy? (Asked Saturday at the Park & Rec Easter Egg Hunt)

Town Talk: Call 811 before you dig

With spring approaching we all start thinking about our outside projects. Planting trees, shrubs, flowers, or installing a fence or deck may require excavation. Before you put the shovel in the ground, stop and think about what might be underneath. Where is that power line that runs to my ...

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