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Letter From Ulm: Three months hardly long enough

Peter Braegelmann is one of the Hans Joohs Cultural Exchange interns from New Ulm to Ulm, Germany, this year. This is his third and final report on his experiences. Last month in Germany. Around the start of November, I remember those words floating around in my head and sort of getting ...

Town Talk: Fire safety during the holiday season

During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I want to remind everyone to keep fire prevention and safety in mind. Between 2013-2017, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 160 home structure fires annually that started with Christmas trees, and they responded to an average of ...

What’s On Your Mind?

What do you want for Christmas? (Asked at the Shop with a Hero event Saturday at Runnings.)

Town Talk: Clear your sidewalks

As Minnesotan’s we embrace winter and the snow and cold does not deter us from getting outside and enjoying the winter wonderland. Many people are still out and about going for walks or a run and using our public sidewalks. As he first snow events of the season are now upon us, we would ...

Weeds: This season will pass

Why would we have expected anything else? After a miserable spring, we had a miserable fall. Late planted crops matured late, no surprise. The bad days it rained or snowed. The good days were cold and cloudy. It wasn’t much fun. There were few of those sun-dappled autumn days where it is a ...

Town Talk: Winter reminders from the Natural Gas Department

The heating season is upon us and it’s time to get your furnace cleaned and checked for proper operation. The New Ulm Public Utilities has a rebate program for its customers to help cover that cost. Call one of these participating vendors: Ahrens Heating Inc., Fodness Heating, Gag Sheet Metal ...

What’s On Your Mind?

What do you enjoy about figure skating? (Asked at the New Ulm Figure Skating Fall Festival Invitational.)

Town Talk: Reduce risk of frozen water pipes

By George Brown Water/Steam Supervisor Cold weather brings a chance of water pipes freezing and breaking. This risk increases with long stretches of extremely cold weather. Here are some tips to help avoid frozen water pipes in your home. • Most water service lines enter the home in the ...

Letter from Ulm: Finding friends in Ulm

“Alles gut?” I shouted down to Dieter, my 60-something-year-old climbing partner belaying me from roughly 20 feet below. Cool, calm, and collected, he had just dodged a fist-sized chunk of rock I had just pulled from the crag wall. In retrospect, that portion of the rock did look a bit ...

Weeds: Every day is a day for something

Gwen Ruff lives in Gibbon. Gwen is filling in for Randy Krzmarzick while he finishes up harvest. Nov. 14 was World Diabetes Day. I know this because our school district asked people to wear blue because we’ve got at least one kid who has this disease. While explaining why everybody was ...

Letter from Ulm: German customs and traditions

Guten Tag, it is Emily Bergemann with another letter from Ulm Germany. I am here as part of the Hans Joohs Cultural Exchange Program. I have been able to experience several more wonderful things during my stay In Ulm, Germany. I am with my second host family and things are going very well. I ...

Eagle Update: Jefferson focuses on whole-child growth

At Jefferson Elementary School, we proudly serve approximately 600 students in first through fourth grade. Our student-centered environment focuses on whole-child growth. This means we care about each individual student’s growth academically as well as social-emotionally. This year, we ...

Brown County Browser: Heartland Express seeking volunteers

Are you newly retired, or have the kids left for college, and you are looking for something to do with your free time? How about becoming a volunteer driver for Brown County Heartland Express? We are in need of volunteer drivers in the Comfrey, Sleepy Eye, and Springfield area. As a volunteer ...

­Town Talk: Why you should not feed the deer

The City of New Ulm has had a deer herd reduction program since October, 1992, and the City Council passed a deer feeding ban on August 26, 2010. What is the problem? To some residents, deer are a thing of beauty and grace, and providing feed for them is just being kind. So, what’s the harm? ...

What’s On Your Mind?

What do you like about this time of year? (Asked at Schoolhouse 186 during the Shopping Opener)

Town Talk: Small Business Incentive Program

The New Ulm Economic Development Authority (EDA) recently approved a new grant program available for small businesses during their first year of operation. The maximum grant is $10,000 per business. The EDA has allocated $50,000 for this program and applications will be processed on a ...

Weeds: Find a way to keep the birds

West of Sleepy Eye there was a hemp field this season. There are thoughts that hemp can become a crop to complement corn and soybeans, so farmers are rooting for it. It was fascinating to watch Bryan Berkner plant, tend, and harvest the plants. It was combined early in September, and the stalks ...

Other Editors

Budget Outlook: State fairly well-prepared for economic downturn It’s been more than 10 years since the most recent recession hit, but state policymakers should know — and do — that the economic cycle has not been repealed. There will be another recession, and probably sooner than later. ...