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Oktoberfest fun THUMBS UP: Oktoberfest is proof that if you aren’t having a good time in New Ulm, you are deliberately trying not to. These two weekends are so full of music, activities, parades, food and ethnic beverages that it’s hard to avoid having fun. Oktoberfest is spread out all ...

Celebrating Public Power Week

Letters

To the editor: Forty-nine million Americans receive electricity from a locally owned, non-profit utility owned and operated by the customers it serves. If you live in New Ulm, you are one of those 49 million. New Ulm’s municipal electric utility is one of more than 2,000 public power ...

Will foreign leaders want to talk anymore?

Editorials

Apparently, President Donald Trump believed he could score some political points by releasing the transcript of a July telephone call between himself and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Whether that is true remains to be seen. But one thing is obvious: Partisan politics has become ...

Town Talk: Fire Prevention Week and product safety recalls

Columns

Many of us have purchased something that has had a recall, whether it be a product, food item or a vehicle. Recalls are issued after a safety concern or a product defect is discovered. Are you aware there are many more recalls than what you may hear about and some of those recalls are due to ...

Inspector General comes down hard on DEA

Editorials

“We found that DEA was slow to respond to the significant increase in the use and diversion of opioids since 2000.” This week the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Justice released a summary of its look at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s pathetic response to the ...

Dan Feehan is about service

Letters

To the editor: Service. It is something that caring people on both sides of any aisle (political or otherwise) commit to, in effort to make life better for others. Life is not about making things better for “me.” Life should be about making things better for “we.” And it is with ...

‘Red Flag’ laws should have limits

Editorials

So-called “red flag” laws are being debated both in Congress and state legislatures in attempts to curb mass murders in the United States. Red flag laws would enable law enforcement authorities to take guns owned by people deemed by the courts to be clear threats to public safety. But the ...

Brown County Browser: Home-based child care business

Columns

Have you ever considered starting a home-based child care business? Now may be the perfect time to consider this career, especially if you have children of your own. Brown County has a new, On-line Orientation that allows you to complete the Orientation process on your own time and at your ...

California law points out imbalance in college sports

Editorials

California now has a law that allows college student-athletes to make money — legally —through endoresement deals, selling autographs and so on. It allows them to do a lot of things that would normally bring down NCAA punishment on themselves and their colleges. The law points to the ...

Don’t downplay the flu’s threat

Editorials

What is the most serious respiratory illness threat facing Americans today? If you answered “e-cigarettes,” we commend you for keeping up with current events. But that is the wrong answer. The correct one is influenza. On average, about 8% of Americans contract the flu each year, ...

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Editorials

Walk for Diabetes THUMBS UP: The New Ulm and Lafayette Lions Clubs are holding their annual Diabetes Walk this morning. It is a worthy effort to raise funds to seek a cure for this widely spreading disease. It is also an occasion to call attention to the Minnesota Legislature’s lack of ...

Impeachment inquiry may bite both ways

Editorials

For months, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi has resisted the full-throated cries of some members of her caucus to impeach President Donald Trump. Pelosi saw the futility of launching an impeachment investigation for strictly partisan reasons. Such a move might make it through ...

Town Talk: New Ulm to celebrate Public Power Week

Columns

The New Ulm Public Utilities Commission (PUC) will be celebrating Public Power Week Oct. 6 through the 12th along with the American Public Power Association (APPA) and more than 2,000 other community-owned, not-for-profit electric utilities that collectively provide electricity to 49 million ...

Schell’s responds to concerns about deer herd

Columns

We (Schell’s Brewery) received a complaint from a concerned citizen about the condition of our deer at the Schell’s deer park. We thank her for her concern and share in her compassion for the well-being of our deer. As many know, we have had deer at the Schell’s Brewery since we ...

Time to let George’s Ballroom go

Editorials

New Ulm clearly has an emotional attachment to George’s Ballroom, the iconic building on Center and German Streets that was the site for many a dance, concert, wedding celebration and other events for decades. People will tell you about the good times they had, how they met the love of their ...

Brown County Browser: What is required before road projects can begin

Columns

Maintaining Brown County’s highways and bridges takes a big effort from maintenance workers and contractors. You can see contractors paving roads with bituminous or concrete and building bridges. You see maintenance workers plowing snow, seal coating roads and mowing ditches as well as many ...

Who’s the enemy?

Editorials

Curious, is it not, that the major industrial power doing the most to battle climate change is the target of the bulk of criticism regarding that concern? With a new general session of the United Nations underway, multiple world leaders are citing worry about a range of issues. In fairness to ...

Weeds: Memories of Summit Street Stadium

Columns

(Editor’s Note: Dean Brinkman is subbing for Randy Krzmarzick this week.) “Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of sport. The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. The human drama of athletic competition. You are looking live at Summit Street Stadium in beautiful ...