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Off the Record: Marktplatz Mall beginnings

The Marktplatz Mall has been nearly empty for several years now, but with the closing of the Herberger’s, the hallways are now empty. It is sad to see it in this state, and maybe there is something that can be done with that empty space in the future, but it will take quite a ...

Brown County Browser: Dental & optical for vets, spouses, kids

The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs State Soldiers Assistance Program or SSAP will pay up to $1,000 for dental care and up to $400 for optical care per application in a 12-month period. SSAP covers a Veteran’s spouse too, and any financially dependent children (up to 19 if out of ...

Weeds: Empty Nesters Camp

We’ve just completed the season’s graduation party circuit. I enjoy these rites of passage. The garage is cleaned up, all the stuff hidden away somewhere. The young man or woman is on their best behavior, trying out this new adult thing. The parents flit about, looking harried, making sure ...

What’s Going On: Turkey tacos and Laura Ingalls Wilder

Who knew turkey tacos had something in common with Laura Ingalls Wilder? First, some context. For those who don’t know me, I’m extremely frugal; efficient with monetary resources; cost-conscious. Or as my loving wife would tell you: I’m a cheapskate. I can’t deny that ...

Town Talk: This July, discover all Park and Rec has to offer

Summer is here, which means it’s time to get out and discover the great things happening at your local parks and recreation centers and parks. This July, explore the “undiscovered” roles of local parks and recreation with New Ulm Park and Recreation as they celebrate Park and Recreation ...

What’s Going On: A test unlike any other

It’s a test not only of your mental and physical acuity, but basic survival skills. You will be pushed to your limits and confronted with challenges you could never have imagined. And by the end of the ordeal, you will be pleading with God to literally carry you through as your body is ...

Brown County Browser: Protecting vulnerable adults

Are you concerned about an elderly individual who does not seem to be able to care for themselves anymore? Do you know of a vulnerable adult who is being financially exploited by someone else? What can you do? There is a statewide system in place that is available for anyone to make a ...

Town Talk: Election changes in New Ulm

The 2018 election season is in full swing. Local voters will notice some changes when they come to vote in the Primary and General elections this year. Brown County purchased new voting equipment for the 4 wards and the City of New Ulm has reduced the number of polling places from eight to ...

Weeds: We excel at getting along

Happy birthday to us. I mean us, as in the United States of America. Tomorrow is the annual celebration of our nation’s birth: maybe some time at the beach, a little bean bag toss, something on the grill, and fireworks at dusk. 242 years old is a ripe old age for a country. There’s some ...

What’s Going On: The perfect time for Thanksgiving 2.0

It’s Thanksgiving in July. You might know it as Independence Day, but really, isn’t it just Thanksgiving 2.0? Both holidays have the same basic blueprint, with slight variations. They both are anchored to one specific day on the calendar, Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday while ...

Town Talk: Tired tires

Automobile tires take a tremendous pounding through out the 35,000 to 50,000 miles they roll down the roadway taking us where ever we have the time and money to go. Honestly, we usually don’t give much attention to them until they don’t hold air or the tread gets thin. Let’s face it, we ...

Brown County Browser: Options for early voting

Beginning June 29, 2018, ballots will be mailed to voters who have requested an Absentee Ballot for the State Primary election on Aug. 14. Voters should remember that Minnesota has implemented the “no excuse” absentee voting process. If you wish to vote Absentee, there are many options made ...

What’s on your mind?

What is the top feature you look for in a car? (Asked at New Ulm Autofest on Sunday)

What’s Going On: Christianity under attack from an unlikely enemy

First, it was the Egyptians. They persecuted Israelites and enslaved them, using their labor to build the pyramids. Several hundred years later, the Romans picked up the gauntlet and did what they could to suppress and eradicate Christ’s followers. Then came The Crusades, in which ...

Town Talk: Housing Institute

The New Ulm Economic Development Authority (EDA) is participating in Minnesota Housing Partnership’s Housing Institute #6. The Housing Institute pulls teams together from all over the state to work on housing and economic development issues in their communities. Each Housing Institute ...

Off the Record: Trump does have a sense of shame

The news surrounding the immigration crisis on our southern border has proven something that not many people believed could be proven. President Donald Trump does indeed have a sense of shame. It took a couple of weeks of public outrage over the separation of immigrant children from their ...

Weeds: Statistics don’t tell Bruckbauer’s story

By Randy Krzmarzick ——— Last summer an engraved plaque was installed on the grandstand at Sleepy Eye Ballpark commemorating Fred Bruckbauer. Dean Brinkman spearheaded the project, aided by the Sleepy Eye Baseball Association, Borth Memorials, and the City of Sleepy Eye. This Saturday ...

Brown County Browser: Planning & Zoning Issues

By Laine Sletta Brown County Planning & Zoning Administrator The Brown County Landfill received an updated permit to operate from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) on May 9, 2018. There may be some changes to our operation with the new permit over the next two years. You ...

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