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Brown County Browser: Tax bills and valuations are coming

By the end of March, property owners should be receiving their 2018 property tax bills and valuation notices in the mail. Please take time to review the documents within that mailing. You will note the variety of payment options outlined within the newsletter that are afforded to property ...

What’s on your mind?

If you found gold at the end of the rainbow, what is the first thing you would you do with it?

Eagle Update: WLC News

The motto at the Washington Learning Center (WLC) is, “Learning for fun, learning for growth, learning for life,” which encompasses all that we do. Programs for families begin at birth with Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE), continuing on to preschool for children as early as 3 years ...

Town Talk: You ask – We answer

You ask: I love to read and want to talk about books with other people. How do I get involved in the library's book groups? Answer: Book groups are a great way to meet people, make new bookish friends and expand your reading horizons. New Ulm Public Library sponsors six groups that are free ...

Off the Record: Airlines make it hard to like them

Last week, as I picked through the old papers for our weekly History pages, I ran across an editorial in The Journal from 1968 that complained about the outrage of men wanting to be flight attendants. Back then airlines mostly had stewardesses. The editorial complained that airlines ran the ...

Brown County Browser: Mental health issues in jail populations

The duties of the Brown County Sheriff’s Office include not only enforcing laws and arresting offenders, but also providing the services of the county jail. Our correctional officers work diligently to provide a safe and secure environment for inmates, but are facing the serious growing ...

Weeds: 20 years waiting in silence

February 25, 1998 saw a confluence of events in my little world. It was a now-mostly-forgotten birthday. It was Ash Wednesday, a favorite day of mine on the church calendar. And it was the beginning of Perpetual Adoration at St. Mary’s in Sleepy Eye that continues 20 years yon. Perpetual ...

Town Talk: Fire codes are for the safety of all

While you may be aware of fire safety standards when constructing or remodeling a home, owners of residential rental properties are also required to follow state and local fire safety codes. The City of New Ulm adopted an ordinance in 2010, requiring residential rental properties to be ...

Brown County Browser: Pedestrians have the right of way

The New Ulm Police Department recently posted information clarifying which driver has the right-of-way at uncontrolled intersections. I thought the information was particularly useful as I have met several people while driving in New Ulm who apparently never learned this information or who had ...

What’s Going On: DON’T STOP READING HERE!!!

I saw the headline and was more skeptical than surprised. “North Carolina mom begins serving jail sentence for baptizing daughter” Recognizing the “war on Christianity” theme as a legit, and often repeated mantra in our society, I realized this story would add credence to that ...

Eagle Update: Food Service program

New Ulm Schools is committed to supporting a school environment that promotes and protects students’ health, well-being and ability to learn by encouraging healthy eating and physical activity. Our food service department offers a wide variety of healthy choices for all students. Information ...

Town Talk: Fire hydrant flushing (or as we call it, watering the asphalt!)

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 the Water ...

Weeds: Are you ready for some futbol?

I am excited to announce that I have finally figured out what I want to do with my life. A recent birthday means I am eligible for early Social Security, so it’s about time. My new career is really going to be two careers. Bilingual daughter Abby has drawn my interests to all-things ...

How will another $43m solve our DMV mess?

They say money can’t buy happiness. It apparently can’t buy effectiveness either. Case in point: the Minnesota Licensing and Registration System (MNLARS) for DMV’s and deputy registrar offices. After ten years of planning and testing, and nearly $100 million in taxpayer resources used ...

What’s Going On: America’s biggest school attack you never heard of

You remember Columbine. You know about Newtown. And now, you’ve heard of Parkland. But if you are like most, you know nothing about and have never heard of Bath, the site of by far, the deadliest attack on a school in the history of the United States of America. The final body ...

Town Talk: ALICE training in NU schools

On April 20th, 1999 two students entered Columbine High School and opened fire, killing 13 students and teachers. At the time this was one of the deadliest school shootings in American history. This was a pivotal day for schools, law enforcement agencies, and the nation as a whole. The lessons ...

Off the Record: My favorite sport

Every time the Winter Olympics come around I’m surprised again at how many different crazy things there are for people to do in the winter. There’s the Biathlon, which combines cross country skiing and target shooting. I suppose that sport originated in Scandinavia, where hunters had to ...

What’s Going On: What can heal a broken heart?

When I started to read the Facebook post, I felt a knot growing in my stomach. “It is with a heavy and grief-stricken heart that I tell my friends and family on Facebook that my first-born son Nathaniel passed away this weekend.” Wait. What? I remember Nathan. He was younger than me. ...

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