Columns

Brown County Browser: Thank a vet today

Normally when challenged to write an article for the Browser ideas smoothly flow from my brain to the key board. But today seems different despite writing this within a week of Veterans Day. Suddenly my email notification chirped. I clicked it open and to my disappointment I immediately ...

Weeds: Plenty of corn to go around

With apologies to Britney Spears, “Oops, we did it again.” American farmers are harvesting another very good crop. Around here, soybeans were a bit disappointing, but corn yields made us smile. So why “Oops?” As is the case every year, we grow these large crops first and then we ...

Eagle Update: Working to make a good school better

What makes a great school? As you read the three-part story related to assessments, you understand there are many factors that go into what makes a great school. Climate, student achievement, opportunities based on student interest, safety, connections in school, strong community support and ...

What’s Going On: Is being mean an impeachable offense?

He was duly elected from a sea of candidates in November, but the honeymoon didn’t last long. He was criticized for being crude, even vulgar at times. He’s been called a bully, and accused of abusing the power of his office while also overstepping its authority. And now, less than a ...

Town Talk: New Ulm Police Department K9 Unit

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. The New Ulm Police ...

Off the Record: Roger Erickson

There was a time when 8.30-WCCO Radio was THE radio station in the upper Midwest. You got weather reports, news reports, listened to Twins baseball with Halsey Hall and Herb Carneal, and to a host of announcers and personalities who were more than just voices on the radio, they were our ...

NUCC decision not prompted by law

I am writing in response to Brian Gramentz’s Town Talk column dated Oct. 27, 2017. While I am a director of the New Ulm Economic Development Corp. (“NUEDC”), the opinions expressed in this letter are entirely my own. Mr. Gramentz’s statement that “the only decision made so far has ...

What’s Going On: Defending your own right to life

“I don’t feel I should have to justify my existence.” And then he did. Before and after making that seemingly inane statement, Frank Stephens went on at length justifying his existence. He made attempts at humor. “Seriously, I have a great life, I have been to the White House ...

Town Talk: Who is responsible for Economic Development in New Ulm?

After a recent City Council 2018 budget work session, there have been conversations among citizens and businesses about how and who will conduct economic development efforts in the future. In the simplest of terms, the only decision made so far has been that the City is going to comply with MN ...

Off the Record: The beards of baseball

Lord know, I appreciate facial hair as much as the next guy. I’ve had at least a mustache most of my adult life, and occasionally a beard. For the past few years I’ve had the Van Dyke, which I recently trimmed back to mustache and goatee, or chin puff. But I wonder what’s going on with ...

Probation in Brown County

The history of probation dates back to the early 1800’s when a man by the name of John Augustus stepped up in a Boston courtroom one day and stated he would “watch over” an individual convicted in a Boston courtroom versus having that person “just sit in jail”. Probation is ...

Weeds: A last visit to the Petroglyphs

Pam is filling in for Randy while he is in the fields. Pam worked for the Brown County Historical Society for 20 years and is a lover of history and anything old. She is currently the manager at Thrift and More, so she still gets to play with lots of old stuff. It has become something of a ...

Eagle Update: ECFE programs

Early Childhood Family Education and Eagles Preschool programs offer a variety of programs for children birth to kindergarten enrollment in our community. Our expanded Eagles Preschool program offers four sections of Eagles 3 (preschool for 3 year olds) and five sections of Eagles 4 ...

Colleen Vachuska, Comfrey: “Native American flute music. It’s ethereal.”

What’s on your mind?

What’s your favorite type of music? — (Asked Sunday at Lonesome Ron’s Roundup at the Harkin Store.)

What’s Going On: Bad parenting and baloney sandwiches

Baloney sandwiches. It’s an unexpected price to pay for bad parenting, but it’s a realty for a friend I’ve known for years. I remember sitting at a dinner table with him and his wife about eight years ago. Their newborn son was sleeping nearby and the beaming new parents were talking ...

Town Talk: Information in the city

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. How we connect with the ...

Off the Record: Halloween turning into Fright Night

I’m not sure when it happened, but Halloween is turning into Fright Night. Now, Halloween has always had an element of fright involved with it. It’s a holiday based on the old Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in), a night when spirits were free to walk the earth, and people lit ...

Healthcare Happenings: NUMC focusing on improving health care

Greetings from the team at the New Ulm Medical Center. As the national debate on health reform continues, we are staying focused on serving you well regardless of the legislative outcome. Our strategies are intended to improve access to health care services, improve the quality of the care ...

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