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Returning to cold war status with Cuba

Editor’s note: Lowell Liedman and his wife Ingrid of New Ulm have traveled extensively over the years, including a recent trip to Cuba. He offers this view of the restoration of some restriction on U.S. travelers to Cuba. Last week President Trump announced a definite change from the policy ...

Town Talk: Utility Budget Billing

Editor’s Note: The City of New Ulm presents a weekly column highlighting activities in different departments in the city government. Once a month the city will answer questions from readers. Questions on New Ulm city issues can be sent to comments@ci.new-ulm.mn.us. Each year New Ulm Public ...

Off the Record: Too much excess

There are people who make a fortune in 12 days by operating food booths at the Minnesota State Fair. The queen of the concessionaires, of course is Martha Rossini Olson, better known as Sweet Martha, who sells a million cookies A DAY at her stand, Sweet Martha’s Cookie Jar. At $16 for a ...

Weeds: Are farmerless farms ahead?

Early in the morning I was paging through one of the farm magazines that pile up this time of year. I came to a photo of a driverless tractor. Case IH is calling it a concept vehicle. All the equipment companies are experimenting in this brave new world. I sent the photo out to some friends ...

What’s Going On: A civilized government lacking in civility

South Carolina Congressman Mark Sanford was hosting a town hall meeting at a retirement center when something happened the Republican lawmaker had never encountered in his 20-plus years of public service. Amidst a discussion of our new president, two of the residents began not only shouting ...

You ask, we answer

Editor’s Note: The City of New Ulm presents a weekly column highlighting activities in different departments in the city government. Once a month the city will answer questions from readers. Questions on New Ulm city issues can be sent to comments@ci.new-ulm.mn.us. Why does the City have ...

Off the Record: Honoring Dads

Is it just me, or does Fathers Day lack some of the luster of Mothers Day? I always get the idea that Dear Old Dad is kind of an afterthought. Mothers day first celebrated in 1908. Fathers Day came along in 1910, after a woman, Sonora Smart Dodd, came up with the idea while listening to a ...

Brown County Browser: Probation office and domestic violence

In October 2011, the Brown County Probation Department designated a probation agent to closely supervise domestic violence offenders. The ultimate focus of the agent is to promote victim safety, hold offenders accountable, and provide opportunities for rehabilitation. Upon conviction of a ...

What’s Going On: The not so extraordinary testimony of James Comey

Remarkable. Extraordinary. Salacious. When reviewing words used to describe former FBI director James Comey’s testimony Thursday, salacious has to be my favorite. It sounds so … dirty. It also happens to be the one word that’s probably the most sensationalized, although a case ...

Deer, oh dear!

Editor’s Note: The City of New Ulm presents a weekly column highlighting activities in different departments in the city government. Once a month the city will answer questions from readers. Questions on New Ulm city issues can be sent to comments@ci.new-ulm.mn.us. The City of New Ulm has ...

Off the Record: Feeling crotchety over overlong sports seasons

One of the signs of old age is that you start repeating yourself. I know my youthful appearance, brought about by superior genetics and clean living, belies my years, but I can’t help feeling like a crotchety old fogey about this time of year. So I’m going to repeat one of my pet peeves ...

Living through road construction season

It is summer and warmer weather is here. That means road construction is also here. Both Brown County and the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) have a number of road construction projects in Brown County this summer. State Highway 4 north of Sleepy Eye, US 14 between Springfield ...

Weeds: Keillor’s better at everything

I hate Garrison Keillor. Okay, I don’t really hate him. I’m jealous of him. He’s an uncommonly gifted writer, and I’m not. When I spend time with words, vanilla comes out with specks of chocolate. Keillor’s words come out in bright, colorful flavors. Granted, Keillor is a ...

What’s on your mind?

What do you think of President Trump pulling the U.S out of the Paris Climate Accords?

Community Collaboration Grants

Last year, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) celebrated its 30th anniversary. SMIF also launched a new brand, which underscores the Foundation’s belief that collaboration is key when working for regional vitality. To celebrate both of these milestones, the Foundation did ...

Town Talk: Ebooks at the Library

Editor’s Note: The City of New Ulm presents a weekly column highlighting activities in different departments in the city government. Once a month the city will answer questions from readers. Questions on New Ulm city issues can be sent to comments@ci.new-ulm.mn.us. Attention, ebook buyers: ...

Adam Sparvie, St. Louis Park: “Staying at the horse camp, bicycling and learning the history.”

What’s on your mind?

What do you like most about Fort Ridgely State Park? Questions asked Saturday, May 28 at Fort Ridgely

What’s Going On: Media should hold up a mirror

A study came out of Harvard last week that really shouldn’t surprise anyone: media coverage of Donald Trump’s first 100 days as president was overwhelmingly negative. In fact, the negativity involved was of historic proportion, at least in modern times. Measuring stories in major ...

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