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Town Talk: Keep kids safe as they head outdoors

When temperatures begin to rise, outdoor areas begin to fill with both children and adults enjoying the weather. It is easy for the electrical equipment that we see every day to fade into the background, but it is important to always take safety precautions around it. Take time to explain to ...

Brown County Browser: Elections update

For the 2020 Election cycle ALL Brown County townships have opted to vote by mail! All registered voters in Bashaw, Burnstown, Eden, Leavenworth, Milford and North Star townships will be receiving letters in the mail within the next week informing them of the change. This voting method was ...

Weeds: Doubt enters with a bang

It was a turn I’ve made a million times, coming home from town, left into the driveway. A bright sun was low in the west. I could make out the light of an oncoming motorcycle. I could have rushed to turn but came to a stop with my blinker on. Often in that situation I look in the rearview ...

Town Talk: Guidelines for working safely outdoors

Things we see every day can almost fade from view. But failure to notice high voltage power lines can be a deadly oversight. New Ulm Public Utilities, along with the public safety educational organization Safe Electricity (safeelectricity.org), wants to raise awareness about the dangers of ...

Brown County Browser: Vote at home

Vote at home empowers voters, letting them decide when, how and where they vote. They don’t have to take time off work, drive to a polling place or stand in long lines. Voters in Minnesota who opt to vote absentee choose how to cast their vote – by return mail or bringing it to a secure ...

What’s On Your Mind?

How’s the fishing? (Asked Saturday, May 9 near Minnecon and Riverside Parks, New Ulm.)

Town Talk: Policing during the COVID-19 crisis

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the New Ulm community. The pandemic makes this a very challenging time for all of us. We are trying to balance staying healthy to protect ourselves and others with maintaining our income, so we can pay our bills. This is an unprecedented time, yet ...

Brown County Browser: Elections 2020

By Jean Prochniak Brown County Auditor/Treasurer In these unprecedented times, we need to consider many of our common practices and make adjustments for social distancing. We have been evaluating the way that we currently conduct our elections in Brown County to address these safety ...

Weeds: Stay well with May meditations

(Gwen Ruff is filling in for Randy Krzmarzick this week) Like many organizations, the school district I work for participates in an employee wellness program. We can qualify for money that can be put into a health savings account by reporting basic health measurements — blood pressure, ...

Town Talk: Census time

The 2020 Census is now well on its way! By now, all of you should have received a post card from the Census Bureau asking you to complete the 2020 Census online. In fact, you may have received two of these postcards. Do not be confused by getting the second post card if you did indeed ...

Brown County Browser: Human Services continuing to operate during COVID-19

Although our county offices are closed to the public during the Governor’s Order to Shelter at Home, we continue to be available to those in need. Applications for financial assistance programs including food support, cash assistance and medical assistance are available for outside pick-up ...

Town Talk: German Park Performing Arts Amphitheater

Construction has finally begun on the German Park Performing Arts Amphitheater. Completion is expected in late summer. Planning for this project by the Friends of German Park and the City of New Ulm has taken a decade. German Park dates to the origins of New Ulm in the 1850’s and was ...

Weeds: Just when you need a hug!

Pam calls him my imaginary friend. Lee lives in Burnsville and drives a Metro bus. We became acquainted years ago and started calling each other for no reason. We compare our days, share opinions, and talk stupid. We see each other once or twice a year, usually something to do with baseball. ...

Town Talk: City of New Ulm compost site

The City Compost site located at 400 21st Street North is operated by the City of New Ulm Public Works Department. The compost site is open seven days a week during daylight hours all year long so please assist us by self-monitoring the site, as hours will be severely curtailed if we are forced ...

Town Talk: Celebrate National Library Week!

National Library Week will take place this year from April 19-25. Started in 1958, it has been observed nationally by the American Library Association and libraries across the country every April. It’s a wonderful time to celebrate the contributions of libraries and library staff and to ...

Weeds: An event we will long remember

I keep a monthly calendar where I write down meetings and other obligations. The second week in March, I started to scratch off events. A trickle turned into a torrent, till my calendar was nothing but slash marks. Everything was cancelled. In the past, I liked when a meeting was called off, ...