Germany At 25: TÜV

Lake Crystal, Minnesota. May 7th, 2014. A 58-year old woman was travelling home in a thunder storm after a long day in the massage business, taking care of customers located away from her office in Fairmont. She was heading westbound on a major highway connecting Mankato with Windom and was just passing Lake Crystal when…
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(New) Ulm: The Guessing Quiz

After a long hiatus, the Files is taking you back to Minnesota and the German-named villages. Just like with the villages of Bergen and New Trier, the next stop will look at the largest of the 12 villages in Minnesota that carries a name that is common in Germany, comparing the US town with the…
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In School In Germany: The Devil’s Advocate In The Classroom

To start off this article, let’s play a bit of Truth or Dare, looking at the three scenarios below and daring you to do the following: You have your students find a newspaper article and write a brief summary to be presented in a social studies class. One of them finds an article on the…
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State Reforms: How Many German States Should We Have?

Since 3rd October, 1990, the Federal Republic of Germany has been in existence, featuring the states of the former West Germany and those of East Germany (or better known as the German Democratic Republic). This includes the largest state, Bavaria, which is as big as the entire state of Iowa but is also the richest…
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2013 Flood Aftermath: What’s Next?

Here are some good news and bad news with regards to the Great Flood of 2013: We’ll start off with the good news, first: the giant wave of floodwaters of the Elbe and Danube Rivers have entered their respective mouths- Elbe emptying into the North Sea and the Danube in the Black Sea. And while…
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