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Saying goodbye to the 50s

February 10, 2016 Phew, I’m glad that’s over. I’m turning 60, and let me tell you, the 50s were no piece of cake. more »»

A lot is happening inside the schools

February 9, 2016 Many people have driven by the new high school to look at what has been accomplished so far. After the exterior walls and roof were in place, it seemed that little had changed. more »»

New Ulm, I’m Greg

February 7, 2016 Hello New Ulm, or should I say, guten Tag. I’m the new guy at The Journal, which basically means I’m the only person in the building who has worked here less than 14 years. more »»

A living link to Sleepy Eye history

January 27, 2016 Babe Ruth played a barnstorming game in Sleepy Eye on Oct. 16, 1922. It’s become a delightful obsession of mine to research that day. more »»

The new New Ulm Middle School

January 24, 2016 As anticipation and excitement swirls around the construction of a new high school, the future New Ulm Middle School staff has been busy developing a new, middle level program designed to meet the... more »»

Catholic Schools Week

January 23, 2016 New Ulm Area Catholic Schools (NUACS) is celebrating Catholic Schools Week (CSW) Jan. 23 through Jan. 30. more »»

The time is right for completion of U.S. Highway 14 expansion project

January 23, 2016 As the mayors of Nicollet and New Ulm, we depend on U.S. Highway 14 to connect our two cities. Freight traffic, shoppers and commuters all travel along this two-lane strip of highway. more »»

Returning to the home planet

January 13, 2016 “A long time ago,” well, when I was young, I read a lot of science fiction. I even took a course on Science Fiction Literature at St. John’s. It was taught by Brother Zar. more »»

A generation of great women

December 30, 2015 In literature, an archetype is an original, a prominent character. They are a model for those who follow, even though they won’t be duplicated. more »»

Inside Health Care

December 26, 2015 Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at New Ulm Medical Center (NUMC). We are grateful for all of your support throughout the year. more »»

Destination Imagination at Washington Elementary

December 23, 2015 If you came to a fifth or sixth grade classroom this year at Washington Elementary, you would likely see students building structures, creating inventions, performing skits, or a number of other... more »»

The Spirit of Giving

December 19, 2015 Students of all ages at New Ulm Area Catholic Schools gave back to the community this Christmas season. Grades K-6 participated in The Giving Tree; and grades 7-12 participated in Adopt-a-Family. more »»

Linus said it all

December 16, 2015 “Baby Jesus give me bugs!” That line from our first child, Anna, has lived on in family lore. more »»

New Ulm Schools

December 11, 2015 We are pleased with the results of the 2015 school district audit. There were no major findings in our processes or procedures. more »»

Help stamp out this scourge

December 2, 2015 The bottom steps of my combine and tractor are each about two feet off the ground. A fellow could turn and step down from there. It’s more fun to jump. more »»


November 22, 2015 It has been a busy start to the year for our early childhood program. more »»

Still praying for Jacob

November 18, 2015 During a break in harvest, I was checking news on the internet and came to Jacob’s name in a headline. Jacob Wetterling. It’s a name we all know. more »»

Change of Seasons

November 10, 2015 We are all making the transition from fall to winter. This includes preparing for the colder weather, the shift in daylight and the change from fall activities to winter activities. more »»

A farmer’s best friend - his dog

November 4, 2015 I work alone most of the time. But that is only true if I am speaking of our species. There is another alongside me as I go about my day. Winnie the Farm Dog is a steady companio. more »»

Love those British crime dramas

October 21, 2015 (Gwen Ruff was a reporter and editor at The Journal and the Mankato Free Press in the early 1980s. more »»

Eagle Update

October 14, 2015 Progress continues at the new high school site. In the next week, most of the pre-cast walls will be up; the student parking lot paved and roof work underway. more »»



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