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What’s on your mind?

What are you doing for Spring Cleaning? (Asked at Saturday’s Civic Center Garage Sale.)

Town Talk: Spring asphalt maintenance

The top priority of the Street Department is to maintain the integrity of the street and alley pavements to ensure they are in a safe and useable condition and to ensure proper drainage for storm runoff. As the weather warms and the snow melts the first maintenance activity we perform is ...

Weeds: Talking, but not listening

I was trying to find a time to donate a pint of my AB Positive blood to the Red Cross. I saw there was a blood drive at Martin Luther College. It turned out to be one of those miserable days for driving, as a northwester blew snow across the prairie. It let up some toward evening, and I decided ...

Brown County Browser: What every veteran should know: No. 3

A week ago 27 members of greater Brown County attended the annual Veterans Day on the Hill Capitol Rally in St. Paul. This event brings veterans and legislators from around the State to one central location so that our grass roots organizations can lobby for a strong set of laws that will ...

What’s Going On: A building problem disguised as an opportunity

Earlier this week, New Ulm city officials toured the former Target location to get a first hand look at possible uses for the vacant building. After we posted a story about the tour online and on Facebook, public comments quickly followed, most of which either criticized city officials for ...

Eagle Update: NU Learner

What is the NU Learner? Next school year, New Ulm Schools will continue to implement innovative programs and initiatives that advance opportunities for all of our learners district-wide. This will include our district 1:1 technology initiative (students in grades 5-12 receive their own ...

Off the Record: If you have to explain it…

E.B. White, the noted American essayist, author, humorist and poet once said, “Explaining a joke is like dissecting a frog. You understand it better but the frog dies in the process.” I feel sympathy for Lee Zion, the editor and publisher of the Lafayette-Nicollet Ledger, who has spent ...

Town Talk: Power plant staff and what they do

Each position in the Electric Production Department has different responsibilities to keep the Power Plant operating efficiently and safely. The Power Plant operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Sixteen employees are currently required to operate the Power Plant: • 4 Boiler Operators, ...

What’s on your mind?

What do you like about history? (Asked at the Renville County Historical Society Annual Meeting)

Town Talk: PD to enforce junk, blight ordinance

The New Ulm Police Department will once again begin enforcing city ordinance 8.63. which deals with junk or blight related materials on public or private property. Items considered junk include unlicensed, unregistered, or inoperable vehicles, trailers, or recreational vehicles, intact or ...

Weeds: Memories of people-watching in Spain

You often hear someone say that the people-watching was good at a certain place. I think of malls, ballgames, parks, anywhere there are multiple representatives of our species. Urban Dictionary says people-watching is like bird watching except with people. Sounds about right. People-watching ...

Brown County Browser: Property valuation

The Brown County Assessor’s office is in the process of finishing up values for Assessment 2019. If you have not yet received your valuation notice, you will be shortly. This value is used to calculate taxes payable in 2020. Valuation notices are a yellow piece of paper that comes along with ...

What’s on your mind?

How did you get started in the black powder community? (Asked at the New Ulm Trade Show at Turner Hall Saturday)

Town Talk: A look at firefighting in New Ulm in 2018

The mission of the New Ulm Fire Department is to save and protect lives and property in the city of New Ulm and the surrounding area. We believe in being responsive to the needs of our citizens by providing timely and professional services essential to the health, safety, and well-being of ...

Mike Pompeo’s war warning to China

By Patrick J. Buchanan As President Trump flew home from his Hanoi summit with Kim Jong Un, Mike Pompeo peeled off and flew to Manila. And there the Secretary of State made a startling declaration. Any armed attack by China on a Philippine ship or plane in the South China Sea, he told the ...

Bibi and Trump agonistes

By Cal Thomas Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing indictment on charges of fraud, corruption, breach of trust and bribery. He’s also running for re-election, and with less than six weeks until ballots are scheduled to be cast in Israel, some have raised suspicions of a ...

What’s on your mind?

How are you staying warm this winter? (Asked at Saturday’s Bock Fest)

What’s Going On: A lesson in ludicrousness

A high school friend of mine recently posted a picture of her high school classroom, featuring a Smart Board complemented with sticky notes. Now, I’m too old and technologically impaired to fully explain what a Smart Board is and how it works. But I’m pretty sure based on the picture and ...

Town Talk: New Ulm Right-of-Way Management Ordinance

The City of New Ulm has recently adopted a new right-of-way management ordinance (Section 6.21). The City holds the rights-of-way within its geographical boundaries as an asset in trust for its citizens. The City and other public entities have invested substantial dollars in public funds to ...