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Town Talk: Days of Play!

The Summer Day of Play (DOP) is just around the corner. This year, it is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 15, starting at 6 p.m. in German Park. We pack the park full of activities, music and fun from 6 p.m. until dusk, followed by a family movie to be shown at dusk, or around 8 p.m. Because of the ...

What’s on your mind?

What’s your favorite place to ride a motorcycle? (Asked of American Legion Riders at Oak Hills Living Center on Saturday.)

What’s Going On: A mining controversy in Minnesota

When you hear the word “mining,” a variety of metals comes to mind. There are five designated precious metals including the obvious gold, silver and platinum and the not-so-obvious palladium and rhodium. Maybe you think of magnesium, or uranium, or something more common like salt or ...

Town Talk: Water service questions

The water pipe that carries water from the watermain in the street is called a Water Service. These lines are either made of copper, galvanized steel, Pex plastic, and in a few cases lead. Your water service pipe is connected to the watermain through a valve that is attached directly to the ...

Weeds: Brothers in farming

Big brother Dale passed away on June 21. Dale battled dementia his last years, although I’m not sure it’s correct to say one “battles” dementia. It creeps upon its victim who slowly succumbs. In the end, death is the known outcome. Dale was older than me and gone from the house by the ...

What’s on your mind?

Why do you think community markets are important for smaller cities or towns?

What’s Going On: Choosing movies with a 10-year-old

I once read parenting is like walking into a pitch-black room with the task of finding a singular coin without any light. While you blindly try to feel your way around, there will be fear, frustration, anger, anxiety and a couple cusswords. That’s a fairly accurate description of ...

Town Talk: New Ulm City website a treasure trove of information

In this era of social media, texting, and many other changing technologies the humble website remains a key way to organize and circulate a lot of information. Although the City of New Ulm website has undergone many changes since it was launched in 2001, it’s still a valuable place to find ...

Ask a Trooper: Brake lights

Question: Is it a violation if the third brake light quits working on a passenger vehicle? What about a vehicle that is equipped with a brake light(s) that flash or pulsate? Answer: The state statute says that a vehicle equipped with stop lamps or signal lamps shall at all times be maintained ...

What’s Going On: Why ‘send her back’ may get Trump re-elected

Stop me if you have heard this one before: President Donald Trump tweets or says something outrageous, Democrats/liberals criticize him and the comment, Republicans/conservatives defend him and the comment, and then Trump doubles down on the outrageous remark while attacking the media for how ...

Town Talk: You ask, we answer

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 ...

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 ...