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Weeds: Those great summer vacation days

There are signs of summer around: bugs we like (fireflies), bugs we don’t like (mosquitoes), corn tassels soon to shoot out. And kids on bikes. In town, even though there are less children than there used to be, kids on bikes are still a common sight. That means, of course, summer ...

Ask a Trooper: Hands-free law

Question: With the upcoming new hands free law that is effective August 1st, can a teen that is under 18 years old and has a driver’s permit or provisional driver’s license use their phone in hands-free mode? Answer: The new hands-free law does not change anything for teens under 18 with ...

What’s on your mind?

What do you enjoy most about being part of the Narren? (Asked at Story Time with the Narren Saturday at the New Ulm Public Library)

Town Talk: NUCAT high-definition channel upgrade

Over the past couple of years, New Ulm Community Access Television department (NUCAT) has been making the transition into a more modern production unit. Since 2008 New Ulm citizens have turned to NUCAT to see meetings in the council chambers, church services, town halls, parades, concerts, ...

Off the Record: Symbols meant to unite us instead are splitting us apart

There are few symbols more evocative than the sight of an American flag waving in the breeze on a sunny day. There are few songs more fraught with meaning and emotion than the U.S. national anthem. These are wonderful expressions of what makes America great, expressions of our unity. So why ...

What’s on your mind?

What are your thoughts on Victorian-era clothing? (Asked at the 1870s Fashion Day at the Harkin Store on Sunday)

Our nation’s odd relationship with things that go … BOOM!

I never knew when it would happen … or how often. It was rarely in the morning, but sometimes in the afternoon and frequently in the evening when all of a sudden … BOOM! Now, this was July 4th in the 1970s in Missouri. The sound of fireworks exploding overhead throughout the day, ...

Town Talk: EDA housing programs

The New Ulm Economic Development Authority (EDA) has two new programs to assist with a home purchase. The first program is Down Payment Assistance for Garden Terrace Residents who wish to purchase a home in New Ulm. For residents at Garden Terrace Apartments, for each monthly rent payment ...

Weeds: Louis said it all: It’s a wonderful world

I was somewhere with longtime friend Billy Moran. I can’t remember where, a bar or a ballgame? “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong was playing in the background. Bill offered casually, “This is a great song.” Sometimes it is the role of friends to state obvious things that we ...

Brown County Browser: Dealing with effects of spring flooding

The Brown County Highway Department has been busy with normal maintenance work plus repairing damage to county roads from this spring’s flood. This work will be ongoing through the summer and fall. The Minnesota River has been high for so long some county roads have been under water for ...

What’s on your mind?

What is the top feature you look for in an automobile? (Asked at Autofest on Sunday)

What’s Going On: July 4th: A time reflect on fundamental rights

Do you like oddities? Here’s an oddity: The number 243 is a prime number, divisible by three. Thursday, our country will celebrate its 243rd Independence Day, dating back to 1776. It’s genuinely a Prime Independence Day. Here’s another oddity: A week before we celebrate that Prime ...

Town Talk: Game on for Park and Recreation Month!

New Ulm’s Park and Recreation Department is Game On for Park and Recreation Month! Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month. Created by the National Recreation Parks Association (NRPA), Park and Recreation Month specifically highlights ...

Brown County Browser: What every veteran should know; Part 4

Greetings to all reading this article; we are only a few days away from the 243rd anniversary of America’s birth. Less than 30 days ago we marked the 75th anniversary of the 156,000 allied troops who made the treacherous D-Day invasion; many of those men were from right here in Brown County ...

What’s on your mind?

With summer officially here, what are you most excited to do this season?

Town Talk: New Ulm Human Rights Commission Lawn Signs

Have you ever wondered about those colorful lawn signs all around town that say we are glad you’re our neighbor? This was the initiative of the New Ulm Human Rights Commission. That’s right, New Ulm has a Human Rights Commission. In 1970, the New Ulm City Council created the New Ulm ...

Weeds: The passing of Goose stirs thoughts on mortality

I don’t have a great singing voice. But there was a time when I had an audience who seemed to like it, even if I put them to sleep. I sang to our young children in the rocking chair when it was my turn to get them to sleep and into their crib. My repertoire included the classics: ...

Town Talk: Water Quality Report

The Water Quality Report (WQR) is a document that is required to be published each year by all community water treatment and distribution systems. New Ulm Public Utilities Water Department is in the process of publishing the 2018 Water Quality Report. The Water Department makes an effort to ...

What’s Going On: ‘Miss, where was the Lord in them days?’

When I was three years old while walking with my mom, a passing motorcyclist clipped my left leg. I don’t remember the accident (fortunately) or the immediate aftermath, but I do remember the cast. Maybe because my leg itched incessantly inside of it, but I also distinctly remember a Big ...