Columns

What’s Going On: Speakers, a parking lot, and a rube

Publisher’s Note: This week, my column is being “hijacked” by a longtime friend, Aaron Popp. Mr. Popp was born and raised on the mean streets of St. Louis (actually, a much more-friendly suburb) and still lives there today. He’s smart, creative and generally speaking a really good ...

Town Talk: Annual indoor pool maintenance

Annual Indoor Pool Maintenance: Ugh. The Pool is closed! Why do they have to be closed so long?! Each year, we drain the pool to perform maintenance tasks that need to be done without water in the pool. This is almost always more than simply performing a major scrub. It can be anything from ...

Eagle Update: Excitement building for start of school

We are about to start the 2018-19 school year. Our staff is eager to begin another year. We know that students are excited to reconnect with friends and more importantly; parents are thrilled to have kids back in school! We completed several summer construction projects to maintain our ...

Brown County Browser: Parent Support Outreach Program

Parenting can sometimes be a demanding job, especially for parents with young children. Brown County Human Services has a program that can assist families that are having a difficult time getting the extra support they need. The Parent Support Outreach Program (PSOP) is a voluntary program ...

True health care reform should start with insurance companies

Here’s something you already know: Cancer sucks. This isn’t news to anyone, whether they or someone close to them have had it. And most people know most of the negative connotations associated with this debilitating and life-threatening disease: the chemotherapy, the inevitable ...

Town Talk: You ask, we answer: Why do wading pools shut before Labor Day?

Often times we get asked, “Why does the City close the wading pools prior to Labor Day weekend? After all, that is the unofficial end of summer. The answer? It’s sort of a numbers game... Staffing becomes a real challenge once August rolls in. Students provide our main source of labor. ...

Weeds: Another sheepish stand on payouts

Farming is a singular, sometimes lonely activity. That’s why we farmers talk to our cows, pigs, even our soybean plants. I recommend a good, long talk with a soybean plant. They are more reasonable than many human beings and less likely to troll you on social media. Despite working alone, ...

Healthcare Happenings: Another year of change and progress at NUMC

Greetings from the team at the New Ulm Medical Center Allina Health. Year 2018 is shaping up to be another year filled with much change and progress at the medical center. I’ll briefly cover updates in improving access, quality, and affordability of our health care services. Providing ...

Off the Record: Without the 1st, 2nd is necessary

In this year’s mid-term election one of the things people want to hear from candidates is where they stand on the Second Amendment and gun control issues. They know the Second Amendment gives them the right to keep and bear arms and they see any kind of gun control proposal as an infringement ...

Town Talk: New communications system at city, utilities

In June, the City of New Ulm and Public Utilities installed a new voice communications system replacing the telephones throughout all departments. The new phone system is a big change from the old one. Up until this change we relied on a mix between analog and digital phones with relatively ...

Brown County Browser: Election Update

All registered voters in the following precincts were mailed ballots in July: Albin, Cottonwood, Home, Lake Hanska, Linden, Mulligan, Prairieville, Sigel, Stark, Cobden, Evan and Hanska. If residents in any of these communities have not received a ballot please come to the A-T office to ...

What’s Going On: The debt that’s killing America

What if I told you there was an aspect of society that’s largely embraced, while at the same time, wreaking havoc and chaos. This recent societal development has put a stranglehold on our economy while at the same time threatening our very basic family institutions, including marriage and ...

Off the Record: A supercali-etc. time

I have often said that being in a play on stage is the most fun you can have without getting arrested. The cast of the State Street Theater Co. production of “Mary Poppins” last weekend proved that right. I think they were having such a good time that they came very close to getting ...

Town Talk: Hermann’s Monument base assessment

You may have notice some activity at the Hermann Monument in the past couple weeks. The city has received a Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grant from the Minnesota Historical Society in the amount of $60,000 for a condition assessment of the monument base, and verifying the ...

Brown County Browser: Keep it safe in road construction zones

August is here and the road construction season is half over. Contractors are making progress on the County surface rehabilitation projects this year. The first step of recycling 18 miles of existing road surface is done. This step eliminates the cracks in the old road from reflecting ...

Weeds: Sunday in June perfect for a baseball tour

You’ve seen those surveys where they ask people if they could spend a day with anyone, who would they choose? Notable figures like Lincoln, Ghandi, and Einstein usually rank near the top. I was lucky in June to spend a day with Stew Thornley. Stew would be behind Abe, Mahatma, and Albert on ...

What’s Going On: Not a typical night at the ballpark

When I first heard the screams, I thought it was just a bunch of people joking around and having a good time. It was in between a couple of youth baseball games on a beautiful Thursday night. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky and everyone was having fun on the last night of the summer ...

Off the Record: Marktplatz Mall never quite fulfilled its promise

Last week I wrote about the Marktplatz Mall’s origins, how it was intended to solidify the New Ulm downtown retail community and stave off the development of a “cornfield” mall out on the edge of town. For several reasons, the mall never quite fulfilled its destiny. One of the reasons ...

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