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Welcoming Communities: Racism self-evaluation

The Welcoming Communities Project of New Ulm, Sleepy Eye, and Springfield is continuing to meet via ZOOM. In our last article for The Journal, we discussed the definition of racism, types of racism, and how our understanding of racism affects community relationships and interactions. Now ...

Brown County Browser: Elections update

For the most part, the 2020 General Election is history! Hats off to the voters in Brown County who came out overwhelmingly to vote on November 3rd either by absentee/mail or voting in person at the polls. We are pleased to say that 92.47% of the registered voters in Brown County cast a ...

Weeds: Tired of feeling angry

I’ve spent a lot of days on a tractor. Most are forgotten. Those are ones where the biggest concerns were picking a radio station and trying not to eat my 3 o’clock snack at 1 o’clock. Days I remember are ones when I got stuck or broke down. Saturday was different. I was trying to ...

Weeds: So long to an old friend

We have an old cat in our house. Our children have come and gone and come and gone. But Taffy the cat has been here most of two decades. Daughter Abby was always befriending farm cats and bringing them in the house for extended visits when she was young. Kittens born in a closet were a high ...

Eagle Update: Planning for Middle School education

Welcoming students and staff back to New Ulm Middle School this fall was unlike any previous school year. After many months away from the school building, students and staff were anxious to return to school where they could reconnect with one another and resume teaching and learning in the ...

What’s On Your Mind?

How will you spend Thanksgiving? (Question asked Saturday at Sportsman’s Park, Sleepy Eye)

Town Talk: Locating property lines

Why it is important to locate property lines? Before performing any construction on your property, including building a fence, deck, gazebo, shed, garage or an addition to your house, it is necessary to establish where your lot lines are located. This provides evidence the building inspector ...

Brown County Browser: Counting the votes

Next week at this time, the 2020 General Election Day will be over and it is anticipated that some key races will not yet be decided. All Minnesota election officials will be working diligently to ensure that all votes are counted. Because of the high volume of absentee ballots to be processed ...

What’s On Your Mind?

What are you going as for Halloween? (Asked at the Courtland “Trunk or Treat” event Saturday)

Weeds: The ‘home’ in hometown

I went to visit an old friend the other day. It was the beginning of the end. We go back as far as I can remember. You might think I’m getting to be a sentimental old cuss, but I’ve been a sentimental cuss my whole life. This one literally “hits home” with me. There are dozens of ...

Brown County Browser: Election update

The General Election is less than two weeks away and Brown County voters are making their voices heard! The Elections team at Brown County is working hard to ensure that every vote counts in the upcoming election. We need voters to take a little extra time with their voting materials and ...

What’s On Your Mind?

What do you enjoy about pigeons? (Asked at the New Ulm Poultry & Pigeon Association pigeon show at the Brown County Fairgrounds)

Town Talk: You ask, we answer

Should I have my furnace checked yearly? Yes, your furnace should be checked annually by a qualified person. The New Ulm Public Utilities offers a Furnace Cleaning Discount Program that will help reduce the cost. All New Ulm Public Utility residential customers qualify for this program. The ...

Brown County Browser: Election update

Voters in our townships and the cities of Cobden, Evan and Hanska should expect to see their ballots for the General Election arrive in their mailbox this week. If your ballot does not arrive by Oct. 12, we encourage voters to contact the Elections Office at 233-6614 to obtain a ballot. An ...

Weeds: Tired of all the anger

Back in my running-around days, there would sometimes be a guy at the bar who was mad about something. Mad at the bartender, mad at a girl, mad at another guy, mad at the world. I remember telling friends that I don’t understand Angry People. Drinking beer is supposed to be a happy ...

What’s On Your Mind?

With COVID forcing a toned down Oktoberfest, what did you miss most from past celebrations?

Eagle Update: Planning for school in time of COVID-19

To say the start of the 2020-2021 school year has been unique would be an understatement. Throughout the entire summer, teachers and school officials have worked to develop multiple education plans that would serve the best interest of our students as well as meet the established health ...