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Eagle Update: Planning process

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

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 to resign

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 ...

Town Talk: Recreation Center RENU construction update

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 ...

Ask a Trooper: Cars need to have working horns

Question: I noticed that the horn on my vehicle does not work. Is there a law that that says a vehicle must have a working horn and when it can be used? Answer: According to state law, your vehicle must have a horn that’s “in good working order and capable of emitting sound audible ...

Weeds: It’s all about people

Sometimes kids sure know how to ruin our fun. Soon after hitting 65 on the age-ometer, I got my first dose of COVID vaccine. That prick in my left arm meant the beginning of the end of My Pandemic Year. I could anticipate a day when I have a beer uptown without any thought of regional ...

Brown County Browser: Brown County Family Facilitator Program

The Family Facilitator Program is a joint service provided by Brown County Human Services and local school districts to provide voluntary case management services to families in the home, community and school. The Family Facilitators work with the local school districts and sometimes right in ...

What’s On Your Mind?

How has COVID-19 changed your life? (Asked Saturday at the Sleepy Eye Medical Center COVID-19 vaccination event.)

Town Talk: Spring asphalt maintenance

The top priority of the Street Department is to maintain the integrity of the street and alley pavements to ensure they are in a safe and useable condition and to ensure proper drainage for storm runoff. As the weather warms and the snow melts the first maintenance activity we perform is ...

Eagle Update: New Ulm schools have been open all along

There has been plenty of news this year around public schools and COVID-19. National media outlets continue to publish, or insinuate, that schools aren’t open; the Federal Government has passed stimulus legislation that includes money to open up schools and there are pockets of pushback in ...

Weeds: Missing two good friends

It was a tough winter here west of Sleepy Eye. I don’t mean the weather. It was soft as far as winters go. I mean the loss of two good people. As we turn toward spring, a crop will get planted. It always does. But I won’t be waving in my tractor cab to Nicole Fuchs and Dennis Sellner in ...

Town Talk: Natural gas pricing spike

Natural gas is an integral part of our daily life. It is used to fuel our furnaces, cook our food, and heat our water for bathing and cleaning, as well as support our district energy (steam heating) system. We don’t really think about the necessity of having it; we just rely on it. ...

Weeds: Our dark night of the soul

Daughter Abby spent summer 2013 in Toledo, Spain. She was part of a University of Minnesota program studying Spanish culture and language, cementing a relationship with both for Abby. We took the family to visit her. It was good timing before our kids were too far down their own life’s paths. ...

Eagle Update: Washington Learning Center (WLC)

Washington Learning Center continues to be a fun and exciting place to learn and grow despite doing it during a pandemic. This year has brought all of us many new challenges, but together we are working to provide our youngest learners with a wonderful educational experience. The WLC staff ...

Weeds: Another conspiracy theory for the ages

I remember the single moment I heard that John Kennedy was shot. Lots of moments followed in the years ahead thinking and talking about who was responsible for that assassination. Seventy minutes after shots were fired in Dallas on November 22, 1963, Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested. Two days ...