Columns

Off the Record: Arnie was one of a kind

Shortly after I moved to New Ulm in 1985, I began to see a truck driving around town. “Arnie’s Septic Service,” it said on the side. It also carried the motto, “Nobody Sticks His Nose In My Business.” I got a kick out of that then, and continued to get a kick out of Arnie ...

What’s on your mind?

What is your favorite type of book? (Asked Saturday at the Brown Co. Historical Society book sale)

What’s Going On: Is America ready to elect a homosexual president?

I’ll be the first to admit, 11 years ago, I never thought it was possible. From what was considered at the time a crowded field of eight candidates, a relatively unknown congressman from Illinois emerged as the front runner for the Democratic presidential nomination. I wrote then it ...

Town Talk: May is National Electric Safety Month

Most homes’ highest electricity consumption is in the summer when air conditioners are necessary to keep comfortable. Before your electricity use increases, Safe Electricity (https://www.safeelectricity.org/) along with New Ulm Public Utilities recommends you make sure your home is free of ...

Weeds: An instant in history

It was Monday of Holy Week past. I was hoping to end Lent on a high note, wanting to get my soul in a better place for Easter. It hadn’t been my greatest Lent. I gave up some beer and spent some time with scripture. Should have been less of one and more of the other. A bit of guilt, I was ...

What’s Going On: Goats vs. the multiflora rose

If you take a drive out to Flandrau State Park in the next couple weeks, you might get to see something unusual. No, it’s not green grass or ground absent of snowbanks, although that is something we have sorely missed for what seems like too long. More unique than that though is what you ...

Town Talk: Emergency management

What is Emergency Management? It is a team of trained professionals who, promote and organize safer, less vulnerable communities with the ultimate goal of reducing the harmful effects of hazards and disasters. To do this they deal with all aspects of emergencies including preparedness, ...

What’s Going On: NIMBY halts business move

NIMBY. Ever hear of it? It’s one of my favorite acronyms: Not In My Backyard. It’s a phrase/acronym that recently surfaced in Marshall after residents there launched a successful grassroots campaign to block a new business from opening in town. A dog treat company based out of New ...

Eagle Update: District 88 is moving toward its goals

At the April 11 School Board Study Session, the board was provided information regarding our facility management, future technology plans and reviewed district goals and progress towards meeting them. Additionally, there was discussion around the number of snow days and options to consider ...

Town Talk: Sign up for E-Updates

Welcome to our CivicWeb Agenda Portal! The City of New Ulm supports 17 boards and commissions that include members appointed by the Mayor, except for the Airport Commission, whose members are appointed by the City Council. All members of boards and commissions are required to be residents of ...

Weeds: A time to sow, and a time to hope for profits

Here we go. It will soon be a time to plant, according to the calendar and Ecclesiastes. Farmers are greasing, fixing, and praying for cooperating weather. It is only one step on the way to growing a crop. But you can’t get to Z (harvest) without starting at A. It’s exciting to use the ...

Brown County Browser: Winter tough on roads

Spring is finally here. This past winter has been hard on the roads. With all the snow, rain, freezing and thawing in February and March potholes have opened up in the older road surfaces. Cold mix is normally used this time of year to temporarily fill the potholes until permanent repair ...

What’s on your mind?

What do you think of the proposed 20 cents-per-gallon gas tax increase?

What’s Going On: Gasoline tax hike a bad idea

Minnesota is a great state for a lot of reasons. We have the best parks. We have the best fishing and great roads to get to both. We have great education and statistically speaking, our residents are healthier than the vast majority of our fellow countrymen. We have the best processed meats ...

Town Talk: Celebrate National Library Week!

National Library Week will take place this year from April 7 – 13. It is a national observance, first sponsored in 1958, by the American Library Association and libraries across the country every April. It’s a wonderful time to celebrate the contributions of libraries and library staff and ...

Brown County Browser: Protection of vulnerable adults

Just as the State of Minnesota requires that every county provide child protective services the same is true for vulnerable adults. Brown County screened 140 reports and conducted 44 investigations of alleged maltreatment of vulnerable adults in 2018. All mandated reporters are required ...

What’s on your mind?

What are you doing for Spring Cleaning? (Asked at Saturday’s Civic Center Garage Sale.)

Town Talk: Spring asphalt maintenance

The top priority of the Street Department is to maintain the integrity of the street and alley pavements to ensure they are in a safe and useable condition and to ensure proper drainage for storm runoff. As the weather warms and the snow melts the first maintenance activity we perform is ...

Weeds: Talking, but not listening

I was trying to find a time to donate a pint of my AB Positive blood to the Red Cross. I saw there was a blood drive at Martin Luther College. It turned out to be one of those miserable days for driving, as a northwester blew snow across the prairie. It let up some toward evening, and I decided ...