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Contactless caucus? SIDEWAYS THUMB:The Minnesota DFL is trying something new this caucus season. Due to fears of spreading COVID-19, the DFL is holding what it calls contactless caucuses on Feb. 1. In Brown County, instead of DFLers gathering with their neighbors at some neighborhood church ...

Eagle Update: Staff keep us going during COVID


I’d like to do a loud shout out to all our school employees and bus drivers. They are focused on keeping our schools open so we can work with students each and every school day. It has been a very stressful year as COVID continues to disrupt our daily routines in the school buildings, but our ...

The high cost of nostalgia


The good old days bumped up against reality this week at the New Ulm City Council’s work session. In a discussion of the downtown holiday decorations, the council got some estimates of what it would cost to start stringing evergreen garlands across Minnesota Street for the Christmas season. ...

COVID rollercoaster?


Minnesota is experiencing a steep rise in COVID-19 cases, due most likely to the omicron variant of the disease. The number of cases, the percentage of positive test results, the number of hospitalizations all indicate that we are in a peak period for the disease. Brown County is mirroring ...

A positive spin


To the editor: A recent letter from John and Mary Kluge listed several areas that they think will be of concern to school children moving forward. The Kluge’s list of concerns could actually be looked at from the opposite (positive) point of view. Their first area of concern was “climate ...

Money and spending


Gov. Tim Walz announced his plan for a $2.7 billion bonding bill, which would be a new record for the state. The governor said more than a billion is for asset preservation — maintenance and preservation of existing public buildings. “These are assets that belong to the people of ...