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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 ...

Town Talk: City of New Ulm Compost Site

As of Aug. 1, the City Compost site located at 400 21st Street North will be operated by the City of New Ulm Public Works Department. The compost site is open seven days a week during daylight hours all year long, so please assist us by self-monitoring the site, as hours will be severely ...

Brown County Browser: Election update

Ballots for the upcoming Primary on Aug. 14 were sent to the residents of the following cities and/or townships: Albin, Cottonwood, Home, Lake Hanska, Linden, Mulligan, Prairieville, Sigel, Stark, Cobden, Evan and Hanska. If you are a resident of one of these communities and will be 18 by ...

What’s Going On

When will we learn? Republicans, Democrats, members of the media, and many American citizens in general were shocked and appalled this week by Donald Trump’s press conference in which he supported a dictator and enemy of this country while discrediting his own intelligence officials. In ...

Town Talk: Water service questions

The water pipe that carries water from the watermain in the street is called a Water Service. These lines are either made of copper, galvanized steel, Pex plastic, and in a few cases lead. Your water service pipe is connected to the watermain through a valve that is attached directly to the ...

Off the Record: Marktplatz Mall beginnings

The Marktplatz Mall has been nearly empty for several years now, but with the closing of the Herberger’s, the hallways are now empty. It is sad to see it in this state, and maybe there is something that can be done with that empty space in the future, but it will take quite a ...

Brown County Browser: Dental & optical for vets, spouses, kids

The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs State Soldiers Assistance Program or SSAP will pay up to $1,000 for dental care and up to $400 for optical care per application in a 12-month period. SSAP covers a Veteran’s spouse too, and any financially dependent children (up to 19 if out of ...

Weeds: Empty Nesters Camp

We’ve just completed the season’s graduation party circuit. I enjoy these rites of passage. The garage is cleaned up, all the stuff hidden away somewhere. The young man or woman is on their best behavior, trying out this new adult thing. The parents flit about, looking harried, making sure ...

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