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Town Talk: Electrical rate increase approved

New Ulm Public Utilities Commissioners unanimously approved the proposed electric rate increase at their January meeting. The electric rate increase was based on a cost of service study. The cost of service study calculates the cost to provide service in each rate class. Rate classes ...

Brown County Browser: Brown County needs foster care homes

Brown County Human Services is in need of foster homes like never before. In the past years Brown County was challenged with placing 30 children in 20 available foster care homes. The number of foster children needing placement in Brown County has increased to 40 children and the number of ...

What’s on your mind?

How did you survive the Polar Vortex? (Asked Sunday at the Sleepy Eye Ice Fishing Contest)

What’s Going On: Alligators sometimes eat their own

Call it a guilty pleasure. When the reality TV show “Swamp People” first came out, my wife and I enjoyed it more than we should. Set in the “swamps of Louisiana,” TV crews followed around groups of hunters during the annual alligator season. Typically, two-men hunting crews decked ...

Eagle Update: Weather-related decisions are tough call for schools

Boy did we hit a tough stretch of weather this past week. It is never easy to make weather-related calls for school and this week was a challenge with the extreme cold temperatures — affecting people, equipment and buses. From dangerous wind chills, to equipment that has fits in cold weather, ...

Town Talk: IT responsibilities

An Information Technology (IT) department is often thought of as the people who fix the computers, and for many employees who use technology in some part of their jobs, that can be the most common way they interact with IT staff. Truth is, however, that IT does quite a lot more than that. ...

Weeds: Pondering the patterns of life, death

There was a stretch in November when I went to five wakes in ten days. The bend toward winter always has more than its share of funerals, but that many was notable. When you hang around the town where you grew up, wakes are part of your social calendar. I am the age where the services I ...

Trump could very well face a primary challenge

By Jonah Goldberg It’s getting to the point where it’ll be easier to list the Democrats who are not running for president in 2020. But the roster on the Republican side remains a minority of one. That may change. As Jonathan Last of The Bulwark notes, primary challenges of sitting ...

The Covington controversy and the narrative fallacy

By Kathleen Parker WASHINGTON — When a white, Catholic-school boy wearing a “Make America Great Again” cap is shown staring down a Native American Vietnam War veteran, sending the media scrambling for their pitchforks and torches, one might want to pause and stroke one’s chin. ...

BuzzFeed’s ‘scoop’ opens press to more credibility challenges

By Jules Witcover WASHINGTON — A rare rebuff by the Justice Department’s Special Counsel’s Office to a BuzzFeed report on President Donald Trump — calling it “not accurate” — has raised the stakes in the president’s war on the press as “the enemy of the people.” The ...

Heart of New Ulm: Heart of New Ulm ready for 2019 and beyond

Happy New Year, New Ulm, and a heartfelt thank you! On behalf all of us at the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation® (MHIF), we express our deepest appreciation to everyone in New Ulm who has contributed to the tremendous success of The Heart of New Ulm Project (HONU) since 2009. It’s ...

What’s Going On: Chances for a wall, legal pot and Shopko

After driving into winter storm Gia last weekend and watching another round of winter weather roll into southwest Minnesota Friday, my appreciation for the accuracy of 21st century meteorologists continues to increase. While I have no quantifiable data to support this, it would appear the ...

Town Talk: How to be a NUCAT volunteer producer

New Ulm Community Access Television (NUCAT) is a service available to all citizens of New Ulm. Our mission is to create television programming with the intent to inform, educate, and entertain by highlighting local issues, events, and people. Cable “access” means that the medium is ...

Brown County Browser: Be careful around snow plows

Winter is here which means snowplows will be out plowing and sanding the roads during snow and ice events. These snowplows travel much slower than the speed limit to be the most effective in clearing roads. Recommendations for driving near a snowplow are: STAY ALERT FOR SNOWPLOWS – ...

Weeds: Move it: It’s good for you

I will now summarize all the current fitness recommendations by researchers and doctors: Do anything. There it is. Exactly two words. I usually write around a thousand, so I’ll add some. Do anything. Just move. In an overly complex world, this is beautifully simple. Anything: bike, ...

Eagle Update: CTE programs work to build local work force

Each school has a state requirement to develop and monitor a “World’s Best Work Force” plan, focused on meeting five goal areas. Many of the goal areas relate to career development. New Ulm High School has made it a priority to increase opportunities for students in the area of vocational ...

What’s on your mind?

What is your New Year’s resolution? (Asked at Fort Ridgely Snowshoe Hike on Saturday.)

What’s Going On: A criminal, an immigrant and a wall

By all accounts, he was true to his name: he was an ordinary Joe. Your typical blue-collar worker, Joe did whatever it took to provide for his family, mostly in construction. And he had quite a family; six children in fact, four boys and two daughters before his first wife died. Now, ...