Columns

Off the Record: Trump does have a sense of shame

The news surrounding the immigration crisis on our southern border has proven something that not many people believed could be proven. President Donald Trump does indeed have a sense of shame. It took a couple of weeks of public outrage over the separation of immigrant children from their ...

Weeds: Statistics don’t tell Bruckbauer’s story

By Randy Krzmarzick ——— Last summer an engraved plaque was installed on the grandstand at Sleepy Eye Ballpark commemorating Fred Bruckbauer. Dean Brinkman spearheaded the project, aided by the Sleepy Eye Baseball Association, Borth Memorials, and the City of Sleepy Eye. This Saturday ...

Brown County Browser: Planning & Zoning Issues

By Laine Sletta Brown County Planning & Zoning Administrator The Brown County Landfill received an updated permit to operate from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) on May 9, 2018. There may be some changes to our operation with the new permit over the next two years. You ...

What’s Going On: Repeal laws no one follows, even the patriotic ones

Reader’s Digest recently published a feature entitled “Here Are 50 of the Dumbest Laws in Every State,” and as you can imagine, there’s some real doozies. For example, you can’t be drunk in a bar in Alaska. In California, it’s illegal to own a nuclear weapon, and in Florida, you ...

Town Talk: Why do I need a permit for that?

Building permits can often be a tricky subject whether you’re a contractor or homeowner. Why do I need a permit and when do I need a permit? “Why” do I need a permit? The purpose of this code is to establish minimum requirements to safeguard the public health, safety, and general ...

Off the Record: What makes news newsworthy?

I got an e-mail this weekend from someone who signed the message simply as “K.” “I am wondering what the best way is to encourage the Journal to consider publishing news,” the message started. Well, one suggestion would be to sign your whole name rather than hiding behind an ...

Brown County Browser: Plenty for county to do before election

May has been an extremely busy month for the Elections Staff in the Auditor-Treasurer’s office. The month began with three and one- half days of required election training conducted by the Secretary of State’s office. The training covered every aspect of the election process. In addition, ...

What’s on your mind?

With the campaign season in full swing, what do you hope candidates will focus on?

What’s Going On: Politics and vegetables: two choices, two philosophies

I don’t like turnips. In fact, I loathe turnips. They are the devil’s vegetable and I don’t care how you cook them, they taste like what I would imagine something resembling a sneaker. But here’s something that might blow your mind: Just because I don’t like turnips, doesn’t ...

Town Talk: New Ulm Animal Control

New Ulm Animal Control is a City Public Safety function staffed by two licensed police officers from the New Ulm Police Department. In addition to their regular police duties, they are assigned the part-time animal control duties. Corporal Keith Anderson and Officer Brady Murphy are tasked with ...

Weeds: A love story for the ages

This is a love story. Oh, it hasn’t always been easy. There’s been stress along the way. Both sides had to give a little to make it work. But in the end, they have always been there when I needed them. Of course, I’m talking about my relationship with my implement dealer. Pam and I ...

Brown County Browser: Plenty of fun close to home in Brown County

With summer approaching and the costs associated with traveling rising, I wanted to take the opportunity to remind you of several great destinations close to home that are located in Brown County. Mound Creek County Park near Comfrey is a "day-use" park that was built around a flood control ...

What’s Going On: How an ‘animal’ became a saint

His name was Dismas. Up until the final day of his life, Dismas was just another guy. Not a lot is known about his background, beyond the fact he was a bad dude. He preyed upon the innocent and as such, was condemned by society. He would eventually be arrested and convicted for his crimes ...

What’s Going On: Life with a … difficult … last name

When I read its description, I thought the movie might have been made for me, and about me: “How do perfectly ordinary, normal people cope with the extraordinary challenge of an embarrassing, provocative, famous or unbelievable name? This documentary examines the phenomena of ‘strange ...

Town Talk: Natural gas leak survey starting soon

The New Ulm Public Utilities Gas Department will be starting our annual leak survey soon. This leak survey is required by the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 192.723. The business section of New Ulm is surveyed every year and the residential areas are surveyed not less than every three ...

Off the Record: Dormant? We’ll see

A few weeks ago the Minnesota Department of Transportation put the finishing touches on last year’s Highway 15 improvement project, which included resurfacing Broadway. It planted trees in the boulevards along Broadway where some had been cut down, or were missing. One of the new trees was ...

Weeds: Krzmarzick calls in a pinch hitter

So, I got “the call.” One of my favorite columnists, Randy Krzmarzick, called and asked if I’d write a column for him while he gets busy in the fields this spring, assuming spring would ever come. Randy gets these column breaks every spring and fall like Joe Mauer gets a “scheduled day ...

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