Columns

What’s Going On: Why Klobuchar can never be president

Publisher’s Note: Some of my columns are meant to enlighten readers, educate them, introduce a new perspective, or even inspire. This is not one of those columns. Earlier this week, I read a story (too old to remember where) about Amy Klobuchar considering a 2020 bid for the presidency. ...

Off the Record: Celebrating 100 with Mom

Many, many years ago — 34, to be exact — I made what I thought was an interesting observation to my mother. I was 33 at the time and she was 66. “Gee, Mom, do you realize you’re twice as old as I am?” I don’t remember her exact response, but it was probably a lot more polite ...

Town Talk: Snow removal rules

The City Ordinance, as stated below, allows the City to have snow removed 24 hours after snowfall if a property owner has not complied with the ordinance. If you have any questions, please contact the City’s Department of Building Safety at 507-359-8245. CHAPTER 6 STREETS AND ...

PUC responds to electric rate increase question

New Ulm Public Utilities recently received a question from one of its customers: “I read in the paper a couple weeks ago about the study of allocation of electric rate increase amongst different classes of customers. What I didn’t see mention was any effort to PREVENT a rate increase ... ...

Brown County Browser: Wrapping up the 2018 election process

The A-T office is in the final stages of completing all the required steps for the 2018 mid-term election! It truly has been a year filled with challenges as we introduced new election equipment, new election software, consolidated polling locations, had five of our townships/cities opt to vote ...

Town Talk: Responsibilities and qualifications of New Ulm power plant staff

Each position in the Electric Production Department has different responsibilities to keep the Power Plant operating efficiently and safely. The Power Plant operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Sixteen employees are currently required to operate the Power Plant: 4 Boiler Operators, 1 ...

Weeds: Dazzling careers often come to less than satisfying ends

Each of us has some disposable income if we are fortunate. You can look through your checkbook and see where that went: vacations, hobby and entertainment costs go here. We also have disposable time. Here fits TV, reading, listening to music, and such. Time and money are limited; who we are ...

Brown County Browser: Brown Co. Highway Dept. had a busy year

The Brown County Highway Department has been busy performing many maintenance operations this summer. We have completed 18 miles of crack sealing, 35 miles of seal coating, major & minor patching of blacktop roads that are breaking down and spot graveling of county gravel roads. These ...

ECFE needs your response to survey

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

What’s Going On: An embarrassment for Minnesota

In the three years I’ve lived in Minnesota, I’ve gotten a little spoiled. The schools here are better. The parks here are better. The towns are cleaner and the highways are flat, straight, and devoid of potholes. And on average, Minnesota residents are healthier than most in ...

Off the Record: They knew how to celebrate in 1918

I enjoy looking back at old issues of the Brown County Journal and New Ulm Review to find articles for our 100-year and 50-year history pages each week. It has been especially intriguing to read the papers from 100 years ago as New Ulm went through the Great War, wondering whether the local ...

Town Talk: Where can I find help to pay my gas or electric bill?

Once the outside temperatures drop, sometimes customers struggle to pay their gas or electric bill. We have a few options that may assist our customers pay their bills. Budget Billing Program With the Budget Billing Program, monthly payments are based on your average usage for the last ...

What’s on your mind?

What are your thoughts about the Minnesota River? (Asked at the CCMR Fundraiser Saturday at The Grand Kabaret)

What’s Going On: An American tragedy: The forgotten holiday

It’s the most American of all holidays. And yet … it’s the most ignored. We celebrate our fair share of holidays, including several “official” ones where most (some) get the day off work. Christmas, New Years, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day immediately come ...

Town Talk: It’s time to have your furnace checked

Like it or not, the winter heating season is right around the corner. It’s time to have your furnace checked and cleaned by a qualified technician. When you have your furnace checked annually it reduces the chance of having problems when the weather turns severe. The New Ulm Public Utilities ...

NUACS News: Great start to NUACS school year

The school year at NUACS is off to an excellent start, with several new and exciting initiatives taking place. We continue to build on the newly established Robotics program at both St. Anthony Elementary and Cathedral High School. Sixty-four students in grades 4-6 are participating in the ...

Weeds: The dangers of farming are never far away

There was a day in October I could see six combines running from our own field where we were starting in corn. Harvest had gotten off to a slow start. A frustrating, rainy stretch limited farmers to a few sloppy days. Then in mid-October the sun proved it still existed, and we had a welcome dry ...

Brown County Browser: Excuse the mess!

From the Brown County License Bureau Yes, the Brown County License Bureau has begun an expansion project. With the implementation of MNLARS in July of 2017 and now REAL ID in October 2018, we are adding two work stations and a larger lobby area for our customers. You, as taxpayers, will see ...