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Fly away, butterfly!

An Eagles Four student at Washington Learning Center looks at monarch butterfly cocoons Monday during a butterfly tag and release event hosted by Eagles Three paraprofessional and volunteer Deb Steinburg.

Council takes up budget

NEW ULM—The City of New Ulm will set the preliminary 2020 budget and tax levy Tuesday. The 2020 budget calls for a $24,056,621 appropriation and a maximum property tax levy of $8,091,725. Last year, the city council approved a $23,771,216 final budget with a tax levy of $7,693,527. ...

Agencies search Redwood River for teen

REDWOOD FALLS — The Redwood Falls Fire and Police Departments, Redwood County Sheriff’s Department and the Minnesota State Patrol are searching the Redwood River for a missing 16-year-old. Police and fire department units were dispatched to the Redwood River near the 100 block of West ...

Minnesota officer fatally shoots man during fight

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A police officer in Minnesota fatally shot a man after the man rear-ended the officer's marked SUV, then got out of his car and started fighting with the officer, authorities said. Authorities have not said whether the man had a weapon ...

Flat track race results announced

Results: September 14, 2019 250: 1. Trevor Sterzinger (Hon); 2. Joseph Schwab (Yam); 3. Nolan Fritze (Kaw); 4. Jack Freeman (Yam); 5. Jillian Dechenes (Hon). 50cc Chain JR: 1. Chas Beving (Yam); 2. Oliver Kirchoff (Ktm); 3. Artie Dietz (Hon); 4. Jace Sandman (Hon); 5. Jaxson Reinhart ...

Cathedral royalty

Sierra Wilson, left, and James Gillis were crowned Cathedral High School Homecoming Queen and King at a pep fest and coronation in the high school gym Sunday night. The Greyhounds volleyball team hosts Sleepy Eye at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Greyhounds football team hosts Wabasso at 7 p.m. ...

River flood warnings continue

NEW ULM — Flood warnings continue for the Cottonwood River at New Ulm and above Springfield, affecting Brown County, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). The Cottonwood River at New Ulm was measured at 13.84 feet at 3 p.m. Sunday. Moderate flooding is occurring and forecast, ...

Recalling the good times

NEW ULM — Goosetown, where family-owned flocks of geese once roamed, was the scene of a party geared to people of all ages at Riverside Park Saturday. The scent of German potato salad and brats and the sound of polka music and children laughing and playing cut the air. The Friends of ...

Miss New Ulm

Olivia Owens, center, is crowned 2019 Miss New Ulm at the New Ulm Event Center Saturday. Royalty include from left, Second Princess Abby Voges and First Princess Malia Wagner, right.

Flat Track Racing

Larry Sparks (44) of Lake Crystal, left, and Troy Bisbin (44) of Nowthen compete in the Masters (over 50) division at the New Ulm Flying Dutchmen Motorcycle Club flat track races Saturday. Races continued Sunday.

Board to consider 2020 tax levy Tuesday

NEW ULM — Brown County Commissioners will establish the 2020 proposed property tax levy on Tuesday, Sept. 17. For discussion purposes considering the Sept. 6, 2019 draft of the 2020 county budget, the $13,906, preliminary levy represents a 4.9 percent increase over the total 2019 certified ...

NUHS ’49ers hold 70th anniversary reunion

The New Ulm High School class of 1949 poses for a photo during their 70th anniversary reunion at Pizza Ranch Friday. Pictured in the front row, seated, left to right is Marion Guggisberg-Havemeier, Marian Haubrich, Margaret Neisen-Hoyer, Alice Lambrecht and Carol Krumer; middle row, left to ...

NU man faces felony domestic assault charge

NEW ULM — A felony domestic assault charge was filed in Brown County District Court Thursday against a 33-year-old New Ulm man for allegedly hitting a woman in the head several times. In court Friday, unconditional bail was set at $100,000; $50,000 with conditions for Paul G. Mercer, 1400 ...

Water Main flushing on State Street Monday

NEW ULM — On Monday, Sept. 16 the Water Department will be flushing water water mains on North and South State Street in New Ulm. Flushing will be approximately between the hours of 8 a.m.. to 3 p.m. Avoid doing any laundry when flushing is being done in your neighborhood. It is advisable ...

Lafayette Area Lions Club celebrates 40th anniversary

LAFAYETTE — The 40th anniversary of the Lafayette Area Lions Club was celebrated with a dinner at Hahn’s Dining in Winthrop Tuesday, Sept. 10. In addition to recognizing the club’s first 40 years, longtime members were recognized and District Governor Brian Thies presented a greeting. DG ...

Future apartments viewed

NEW ULM — Converting the old New Ulm High School into the new Emerson Union apartments is still ongoing, but a special hard hat tour of the facility was held Thursday. Members of the Flannery Construction team led tour groups through completed sections of the Emmerson Union building. The ...

Obesity rises in state; 32 percent in Brown County overweight

NEW ULM — A report released by the Minnesota Department of Health Thursday shows that Minnesotans may be getting bigger around the waist. According to the report, Minnesota's adult obesity rate rose from 28.4% in 2017 to 30.1% in 2018, which means more Minnesotans may be at increased risk ...

Dist. 88 discusses strategic plan

NEW ULM — As District 88 finished issuing the last of the Chromebooks to students this week, the school board held a study session Thursday to discuss the district’s strategic plan and the development of a personalized learning program. Director of Technology Michael Milbourn and ...

Dist. 84 board hears trapshooting proposal

SLEEPY EYE — The District 84 Board of Education heard a trapshooting proposal from Larry and Brad Baumgardt Wednesday. Larry Baumgardt said he recently met with Sleepy Eye High School and St. Mary’s High School athletic directors. If the school boards approve the proposal, he plans to ...

Butterfield man found dead

NEW ULM — The Brown County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a deceased person in a cornfield off County Road 17, approximately 3 miles east of Comfrey, in Mulligan Township. Family members located Adam Kroecker, 33, of Butterfield, deceased in his vehicle. He was last seen ...