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Weeds: Earth Day important to all of us living here

At the beginning of the growing season, farmers talk about getting out in the fields and “scratching around in the dirt.” We anticipate that all winter. The dirt is our paint brush, the seed is our paint. Or something like that. Dirt, soil, earth, ground are all words we use for that ...

Brown County Browser: Absentee ballot applications sent

Absentee applications have been sent to all registered voters in New Ulm, Sleepy Eye and Springfield. The response has been overwhelming by our voters in choosing this method for voting in the 2020 elections. Please note that this is an option being offered to voters. At this time we ...

Off the Record: Why ‘Black Lives Matter’

Why does the motto “Black Lives Matter” strike such a negative reaction among some people? Protestors chant the motto at demonstrations protesting the killing of unarmed Blacks at the hands of law enforcement. The George Floyd killing is the latest, and perhaps the most outrageous example ...

Town Talk: New Ulm ready for Park and Rec 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 the vital and powerful role parks and recreation play in conservation, health and ...

Brian’s Song

On June 16, my good buddy Randy texted to our Baseball Texting Group, “Brian Piccolo died 50 years ago today.” Brian died of testicular cancer in 1970 at the age of 26. You may recall crying to a made-for-TV movie titled Brian’s Song. I can remember burying myself out of view, hidden ...

Town Talk: What is the Energy Acquisition Adjustment (EAA) on my utility bill?

There is a lot of information on the utility bill that you receive in the mail. Some of it is pretty straightforward, as in, the amount of kWhrs (kilowatt hours) of electricity or ccf (hundred cubic feet) of gas used during the month. The cost per unit times the units used gives you the total ...

Welcoming Communities Project

This is the first in a series of articles we will be publishing to let New Ulm residents know about an exciting ongoing project. The stories are written by Cecilia Tojo Soler and Susan Jensen Kimmel. Cecilia lives in New Ulm, MN. She grew up on a farm in Uruguay, South America, and became an ...

Weeds: Working to make a difference

I had a little schtick when our children were young where I “whispered” loud enough for all to hear that each was my favorite. Anna, “You’re my favorite kid cause you’re our first.” Abby, “You’re my favorite kid cause you’re our little girl.” Ezra, “You’re my favorite ...

What’s On Your Mind?

With summer officially starting this week, what are you most excited to do in the new season?

Town Talk: Water quality report

The Water Quality Report (WQR) is a document that the US Environmental Protection Agency requires all community water treatment and distribution systems to publish each year. New Ulm Public Utilities Water Department is in the process of publishing the 2019 Water Quality Report. The Water ...

Town Talk: Utility budget billing

Each year New Ulm Public Utilities offers its customers the option to participate in the budget billing program, also known as average monthly payment (AMP). The budget program allows a customer to pay a flat amount for utilities services for 11 months each year. The 12th month then becomes ...

Weeds: Try to exemplify humanity

I’m writing this on Monday morning. The column I was working on will be tossed on a pile of half-done things. Like everyone else in Minnesota I’m feeling anxious and shook up. If you’re not, maybe you were on a weeklong hike in the Northwoods without a radio or your phone. If so, we’re ...

The kids, and their courage, stand between us and darkness

I posted a couple of photos on media feeds Saturday of some young people holding signs on Broadway. The young people, recent graduates of local schools, are now college students home for the summer. The signs protested excessive force and systematic flaws in society. The signs called for ...

Town Talk: Natural gas leak survey starting soon

The New Ulm Public Utilities Gas Department will be starting our annual leak survey soon. This leak survey is required by the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 192.723. The business section of New Ulm is surveyed at least once a year and the residential areas are surveyed not less than every ...

Off the Record: History pages falling victim to COVID-19

No doubt, readers of The Journal have noticed the paper getting skinnier since the COVID-19 pandemic forced businesses to close and people to shelter in place. You can chalk some of that up to fewer things to cover, especially in the area of sports. One sports page is more than enough when ...

Brown County Browser: Voting update

Filings for County Commissioner and Soil and Water Supervisors opened on Tuesday May 19th and will close on Tuesday, June 2nd at 5 p.m. To file, contact the Auditor-Treasurer at 507-233-6616 for an appointment or to discuss other options for completing the filing affidavits. Brown County ...

Eagle Update: Congratulations, graduates

Congratulations to all of our area graduates! No one ever thought your final year would end up like it has, but through the support of school staff, parents and our communities, you made it. There have been many years when we said — no other class can say they did this or that. The Class of ...