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Weeds: The spirit for cartwheels is willing, but the flesh?

I was at the Corn Days street dance in Sleepy Eye. Up on a flatbed trailer, Heidi and his Good Ole Boys were offering up their distinctive blend of Americana musical dishes. There was a gap on First Avenue between the band and picnic tables, a place set aside for dancing. Early in the ...

Brown County Browser: Planning and Zoning

The Brown County Planning and Zoning Office include a multitude of areas. One of these is Land Use Permits, commonly referred to as building permits. Please come in to our office early in your building planning process if you are thinking of building or moving on a structure out in the rural ...

What’s Going On: Anonymous column a disservice to America

Nearly two years ago, voters elected Donald J. Trump as the 45th president of the United States. Using electoral votes as a barometer, he was elected by a fairly large margin despite assertions he was too impulsive, amoral, divisive, and not truly representative of Republican values. Since ...

Town Talk: Hermann Run – Celebrating 10 years of run fun!

The first Hermann run/walk was organized in 2008 and was called the Flandrau Trail Trot. This was the department’s first ever organized “fun run.” The course was purposefully created to be scenic, yet challenging by taking partici- pants up Center Street Hill, along Summit Avenue, through ...

Brown County Browser: Election security and voter registration

Election Security is an issue that seemed to resound in the 2016 Presidential Election. Minnesota takes pride in the security that is implemented at each of our elections. There is a lot of accountability that goes into each voter record that is included in the State Voter Registration System ...

What’s on your mind?

What do you like about the New Ulm Toy Show? (Asked at the New Ulm Civic Center Saturday, Sept. 1)

Town Talk: NUCAT offers High Definition Studio

Located in the lower level of the New Ulm Public Library is the NUCAT (New Ulm Community Access TV) Public Access Studio. Recently updated with High Definition camera equipment, this studio is used to record library events, talk shows, forums and more. What many people may not know is that ...

Weeds: 1968 – a year of great importance

When I was a kid, I liked to fall asleep with the Twins game on the radio. The gentle tones of Herb Carneal lulled me to sleep. Franklin Hobbs played soothing music through the night on WCCO to which I would occasionally wake and drift back to sleep. On June 5, 1968, the Twins beat the ...

Brown County Browser: Brown County drainage

It is important to understand the situations in which commencing a redetermination of benefits is important to the management and repair of existing drainage systems and to the establishment and construction of other drainage projects. First, the most frequently urged and most compelling ...

Welcome, Anna

Hi. My name is Anna Koehler, I am 22 years old and I am this year’s Sister Cities exchange intern from Ulm, Germany. I recently finished my first internship at the KNUJ Radio station and I will be working at The Journal until Sept. 28. I am a university student studying English and Rhetoric ...

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, ...