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Ask a Trooper: Trailer safety

Question: Can you talk about boat trailer safety with all the traffic we see pulling these things? Answer: State Troopers often encounter motorists pulling trailers that are experiencing breakdowns. Most often it involves a flat tire or trailer wheel bearing. Basic trailer maintenance ...

Weeds: Pandemic ponderings

A lot of routines were disrupted in March. “Disrupted” might be too mild a word. More like smashed, mangled, and buried in the back yard. For Christians, there is nothing more routine than going to church on Sunday. I can’t remember when Mass wasn’t part of my Sunday mornings (or ...

Ask a Trooper: Cell phones & driving

Question: There are way too many other drivers on their cell phones calling or texting. Why don’t you enforce these laws? We never hear about it. Answer: The Minnesota State Patrol and other law enforcement agencies have been, and will continue to be actively involved in Distracted Driving ...

What’s On Your Mind?

What is your favorite bird?( Asked at the Brown County Pigeon & Poultry Association Swap Meet at the Brown County Fairgrounds)

Eagle Update: Planning for the upcoming school year

By Jeff Bertrang ISD 88 Superintendent On Thursday, we were informed how to plan what our school start will look like. Our plans will be based on county health information and recommendations based on what is happening in our communities. We have spent time since June reviewing the ...

Off the Record: Remembering Marcy

When I started working for The Journal back in May 1985, Bruce Fenske was the publisher and general manager. But it didn’t take me long to figure out who the really ran the business. Marcy Perry was the office manager, and she ran a tight ship. You knew, just looking at her, that she was in ...

Weeds: Caught in the grip

In 1991, I helped with an exhibit at the Brown County Historical Society. We called it, “Baseball and Brown County, A Glove Affair.” That’s a little cheesy. But I still like it. The exhibit was a look at the sweep of baseball through the years from New Ulm to Comfrey. We identified the ...

Brown County Browser: Primary two weeks away

Just two weeks and the Primary Election will be behind us and we will be working feverishly to prepare for the November General Election. Those voters who have opted to vote in the Primary from the safety of their homes are encouraged to return their ballots as soon as possible to ensure that ...

Welcoming Communities: Change is here. How will we respond?

Change — What is our response to change? If we view change as an opportunity, we tend to be more proactive. If we look at change as a loss, we may be more reactive. Depending on our day, our response to change may be proactive, reactive or somewhere in between. Because COVID-19 came on so ...

Brown County Browser: Elections update

All voters who have requested an Absentee ballot should have received it in the mail by now. All ballots were mailed on July 15th. Over 2,500 voters took advantage of Voting Safely At Home for the Primary election on August 11th. Voters in our townships along with the cities of Cobden, Evan ...

What’s On Your Mind?

What’s your favorite fair food?( Asked Sunday at the Brown County Fairgrounds)

Town Talk: Why are there flags in my yard?

The Gopher State One Call (GSOC) is Minnesota’s one-call notification center for the excavating community. The GSOC center answers phone calls and online requests from homeowners and contractors who would like to excavate. The information is then processed and all underground utilities in the ...

Ask a Trooper: File notice of vehicle sale

Question: If I sell my vehicle to a private party, what do you recommend I do to protect myself in the event the new owner gets into a crash or is arrested prior to them transferring the title into their name? Answer: If the vehicle you sold is involved in a hit and run or pursuit and the ...

Brown County Browser: Elections update

We are extremely pleased with the VOTE AT HOME campaign that we have been promoting for the safety of voters and poll workers alike. We encourage voters to get their applications to us this week if they plan to vote in the primary on August 11th. Our team needs to update the ballot request in ...

Weeds: Feelings differ as you mature

Pandemics make you do funny things. A few weeks ago, I got my old bike out of the shed where it’s been since the kids were young. After cleaning off dust and bird poop and pumpng up the tires, I went to circle our town’s lake trail. I was wobbly at first. Steering and braking were ...

Town Talk: The reason we seal coat roadways

Studies by the Asphalt Institute and the Asphalt Emulsion Manufacturers Association show that seal coating surface treatments provide low-cost, all-weather surface for light to medium traffic loads. The New Ulm Street Department staff is dedicated to maintaining the streets and alleys in the ...

Ask a Trooper: Speeding crackdown

Question: I have heard speeding over 100 MPH has increased. What is the State Patrol doing about this problem? Answer: The Minnesota State Patrol, along with law enforcement agencies across the state, are currently conducting enhanced speed enforcement on the roadways through July 19. The ...