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Eye in the court THUMBS UP: Having cameras in the courtroom has been inconceivable in Minnesota for years. Judges and attorneys alike have feared the impact the idea millions of people could be watching might have on witnesses and jurors. The Derek Chauvin trial is the first trial to allow ...

Eagle Update: Planning process

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Every three years, New Ulm Schools conducts strategic planning. The purpose is to review where we are at - taking stock in our work and our programs and measuring progress on our current goals. We started by asking for staff and parent feedback through surveys and zoom sessions. Data was ...

Town Talk: Registration and inspection of residential rental property

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If you own or live in a residential rental property, you’re likely familiar with the City of New Ulm registration and inspection program (City Ordinance Section 11.30). If you’re not familiar with this, we have important information to share with you. In 2010, the City Council determined ...

Beussman bows out

Editorials

Mayor Bob Beussman announced this week he is resigning from office, following health setbacks that have affected his ability to handle the duties of the job. Apparently, Beussman’s performance has become a concern for city staff and council members. The concerns and a conversation let to ...

Beussman a champion for Hwy. 14

Letters

To the editor: When I took office as Nicollet County Commissioner representing the 5th District in January 2017, I was happily appointed to the Highway 14 Partnership committee. I knew Bob Beussman prior to that; however after my involvement I came to realize that Mayor Beussman was the ...

Time for George’s nostalgia is over

Editorials

George’s Ballroom still lives in the memory of many as THE place to go on a Saturday night, a place to listen to music, to dance, to meet friends. It was the scene of many a first date, engagement party and wedding reception. But memory has to face reality every now and then, and the time ...

Have we been drinking Kool-Aid?

Letters

To the editor: The reference is to the mass suicide in Jonestown in 1978, an event figuring prominently in Charlan Nemeth’s book, “In Defense of Troublemakers – the power of dissent in life and business.” Cult leader Jim Jones “understood the power of consensus for thought ...

Beussman to resign

Columns

Dear fellow citizens of New Ulm, One of my passions in life has been meeting and greeting people; both from, and visiting, our community. As your mayor, as a musician, as a teacher, at festivals, and just passing people on our beautiful streets, I have met so many cheerful faces. Maybe due to ...

Keep this tradition blooming in New Ulm

Editorials

New Ulm has a lot of wonderful traditions — big ones, like Bavarian Blast and Oktoberfest, but also a lot of smaller ones that you might not notice until they are gone. One of these nice, small traditions is the placing of flower planters in downtown New Ulm during the summer. Each year ...

Let’s create a Mini-sota

Letters

To the editor: Your View 3-29-21 made fun of Jeremy Munson’s proposed bill that would allow “some” western Minnesota counties to secede from Minnesota. Not surprisingly, Jeremy’s idea is nothing new. Efforts by northern California counties to create a State of Jefferson have been ...

Park opening with games

Letters

To the editor: What a great day here in St. Cloud for a Friday afternoon at the ball park. Saint Cloud State baseball opened their home game schedule against Mankato State with sunshine and near 70 degree temps. Rules for attendance allowed for fans to attend the games as expected. What ...

Make it harder to sell catalytic converters

Editorials

We continue to see police reports about the theft of catalytic converters. They are stolen off vehicles in car lots or on the streets. People who find their vehicles vandalized and looted by thieves face an expensive replacement cost. It may be upwards of $1,000, depending on the ...

Clarifying identity

Letters

To the editor: My name is David L. Borchert. I work for the City of New Ulm as the Chief of Police. As a public official, I try to be consciences of “public perception” and am aware that sometimes misinformation can spread, if misinterpretation of identity isn’t addressed. For that ...

What have we got to lose by joining South Dakota?

Letters

To the editor: In Monday’s snarky “Our View,” (March 29, 2021) the writer wonders what outstate MInnesota counties have to gain by joining South Dakota — my thought is what have we got to lose? Minnesota residents carry one of the highest tax burdens in the nation and we are ranked #3 ...

Scouting for Food

Letters

To the editor: Thank you to all who donated to the New Ulm Area Food Shelf during the Scouting for Food drive. The 3140 pounds and dollars collected by New Ulm and Lafayette scouts will be used by those in need in our community. Cindy Bode New Ulm Assistant Scoutmaster Troop 25

While vaccine is scarce, vaccinate neediest first

Editorials

President Joe Biden wants to open up COVID-19 vaccinations to everyone by May. That’s a commendable goal, one that could best be reached by providing the vaccines needed to vaccinate everyone by May. Gov. Tim Walz has opened up vaccinations to anyone 16 and older. Again, that is a great ...

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COVID cons THUMBS DOWN:There is no national crisis so dire, no tragedy so hopeless, that someone doesn’t try to make a quick buck off of it. COVID-19 is no different. Early on, it was the gougers who went around buying up all the hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes they could find, then ...

The battle continues

Editorials

Last week we celebrated the fact that the state recorded zero deaths from COVID-19 on Monday, March 22. It was an encouraging sign, we said, but we expected that more deaths and more cases would come in the future. On Thursday, the state reported a daily new case count of 2,140 cases, the ...

Town Talk: Recreation Center RENU construction update

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With the deep freeze of winter behind us, it’s time to look ahead to the new beginnings of spring and the bustling activity of summer in New Ulm. This is also the case for the Recreation Center remodel and addition project funded by our local ½% sales tax. With construction nearing the ...