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Opinion

Thanks for addressing issue of importance

Letters

To the editor: I love visiting relatives in New Ulm each summer. Having grown up in eastern North Dakota and attended Macalester College, I have deep roots in this state. I was glad to see you covering what is, without exaggeration, the biggest challenge in the history of humanity ...

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Editorials

Moving in at St. Paul’s THUMBS UP: St. Paul’s Lutheran School is starting classes a little late this year. That’s understandable, given that the school is completing an expansion project that has been going on this summer. St. Paul’s invested $6.7 million into the expansion, which ...

Town Talk: New Ulm City Budget

Columns

Budget season has been in full swing for City staff. In May of each year the departments begin work on the budget for the following year. Staff use the actual revenue and expenses from the previous year and the year to date numbers for the current year to predict their costs for the coming ...

Let’s hope China has learned from 1989

Editorials

Let us hope and pray the world is not about to witness something like what happened 30 years ago in Beijing. If it happens again, this time in Hong Kong, there will be absolutely nothing the United States or anyone else can do to stop it. During late spring and early summer in 1989, an ...

Sanders’ crazy ‘green new deal’

Editorials

One need not be a fan of fossil fuels or of reasonably priced electricity generated by them to roll one’s eyes at Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sander’s version of the “green new deal.” Sanders has released his “climate plan.” It envisions spending $16.3 trillion in ...

Hagedorn’s biofuel support needed now more than ever

Letters

To the editor: Minnesota's 1st Congressional District is home to 11 ethanol plants. As a corn farmer, I know this because ethanol is a vital domestic market for my crop as trade disputes have decimated our markets abroad. With that, I would like to thank U.S. Representative Jim Hagedorn for ...

Vaping not so harmless after all

Editorials

One of the big selling points the “Vaping” industry has been pushing is that the practice of inhaling nicotine-laden mist is a safe alternative to regular smoking. Turns out, vaping may not be so harmless after all. In the past few weeks hospitals around the country are reporting ...

Weeds: A steam roller hitting town

Columns

I first heard the way I hear a lot of things now. In a text. A group of early risers who share thoughts on baseball and local happenings are my first human contacts. “Did you hear anything about Del Monte?” I hadn’t, but within an hour the Sleepy Eye plant closing was official. It goes ...

Cracking down on ‘Robocalls’

Editorials

How many times after your phone has rung have you looked at the caller ID, seen it was an in-state number, and answered — only to have a recorded voice offer you help in paying off your student loans? Or lowering or credit card interest rate? Or selling you siding or windows? Welcome to ...

Act now to protect military veterans

Editorials

Men and women who have served us in the military should not have to worry that they may be murdered if they seek treatment at a Veterans Affairs hospital. Federal authorities are investigating as many as 10 deaths at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg, W.Va., it has been ...

What’s On Your Mind?

Columns

What do you enjoy about learning about history? (Asked at the walking tour of New Ulm site from the US-Dakota War)

Budget deficit critics can submit cuts now

Editorials

Some analysts were predicting this past week that the federal government’s budget deficit during the coming fiscal year will exceed $1 trillion. Horrors! Washington spending $1 trillion more than it takes in during a fiscal year? What is the nation coming to? Pardon our sarcasm. The truth ...

What’s Going On: Sleepy Eye’s next chapter

Columns

Every good news story is supposed to answer the 5 W’s and the H: who, what, when, where, why and how. Last week’s announcement regarding the closure of Sleepy Eye’s Del Monte packaging plant answered five of those questions, but there’s a prevailing one a lot of people have been ...

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Editorials

Project Lunchbox THUMBS UP: The United Way of the Brown County Area is teaming up with a few generous partners to start a new and very needed program this school year, Project Lunchbox. Project Lunchbox provides food over the weekend for students who might otherwise go hungry. It is a sad ...

Park & Rec priorities

Letters

To the editor: New Ulm Parks Projects: Hermann Heights hill landscape — $400,000+ Recreation Center expansion — $3,250,000 Waterpark — $4,500,000 German Park Amphitheater — $778,703.50 estimated Johnson Park upgrade — $1,375,000 Hermann Heights parking lot — ...

Eagle Update: A new school year!

Columns

Welcome to the 2019-20 school year! We are excited to start another school year. It seems once fall sports practices begin, we are running full speed to prepare for the arrival of students. We do know that our parents are excited for school to begin as well. We welcome many new staff ...

Glad the Hwy 15 detour is over

Editorials

The interchange portion of the Highway 14/15 Gateway project was completed on Monday, and the long, long detour for traffic coming from the other side of the river ended. That had been an ordeal for people who lived just across the river, who were used to a five-minute drive through the old ...

Town Talk: By Dave Kuehn New Ulm Public Utilities Electric Production Supervisor 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, 1 Relief Boiler Operator 4 Plant Operators, 1 Relief Plant Operator 1 Chief Engineer, 1 Assistant Chief Engineer 1 Plant Mechanic, 1 Maintenance I Worker, 1 Maintenance II Worker 1 Lab Results Analyst This article concentrates on the Lab Results Analyst position. The Lab Results Analyst plays a vital role in keeping the Plant operating smoothly and efficiently. His/her work varies from day to day depending on equipment online at the time. His/her responsibilities are to keep the chemistry in the boilers, cooling towers, District Energy, and condensers of the generators in balance. He/she needs to know the characteristics of the chemicals used and how to proportion them to keep the PH, alkalinity, etc., in proper levels according to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) guidelines. He/she works with our chemical representative (Nalco) to get the most out of the program recommended to us. He/she is responsible for the chemicals being used to be handled safely with proper Personal Protection Equipment that is available and required. He/she will need to know the Safety Data Sheets of the chemical used to determine what Personal Protection Equipment is needed for each chemical they use. Some of the chemicals are very corrosive and hazardous and need to be handled respective of their characteristics. Upon completing the testing done each day, the data is logged into a spreadsheet for future reference. This will allow the Lab Results Analyst to track our usage and adjust the amounts of each chemical used and have an accurate account of our inventory. It also gives a valuable history for future training as new people step into the position, they can see what amounts of each to get the results needed. He/she will track the amount of water and condensate are passed through the water softeners and Zeolite filters (polishing filters for condensate). After a selected number of gallons, these need to be regenerated. They both are regenerated with a salt brine like a home use water softener, just larger amounts. The Lab Results Analyst also will keep track of our transformer nitrogen tanks. This is used to keep a blanket of nitrogen in the top air space to keep moisture out. As tanks get low or empty, they will replace with another tank. He/she will keep our fuel and acid storage tank program up to date by monitoring gallonage several times a week. This tells us if we have abnormal usage or a leak occurring. Many power plants combine this position with the Operators, but the overall effectiveness that we have gotten with our chemical treatment has proven that it is a vital position that keeps our equipment in top condition. When needed and available they will also assist in the maintenance and operation activities. ——— Editor’s Note: The City of New Ulm presents a weekly column highlighting activities in different departments in the city government. Once a month the city will answer questions from readers. Questions on New Ulm city issues can be sent to comments@ci.new-ulm.mn.us.

Columns

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, 1 ...

Take notice;  Beijing is blinking

Editorials

Beijing just blinked. True standoffs, with both sides unyielding over their differences, seldom occur. Most of the time, one side sticks to its position for a time, then signals it may be amenable to compromising in order to avoid further unpleasantness. Sometimes we say that, in such ...

Why it’s so hard to get roads back open

Letters

To the editor: Patience is running thin on the road closures of Co. Rd. 1 and Co. Rd. 12 as well as the load limits on Co. Rd. 14. My patience is also running thin. The staff at Nicollet County are also frustrated. I would like to share some of the impediments of getting Co. Rd. 1 open as ...