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Politicos report campaign sign theft, vandalism

BROWN COUNTY — This year's political wars are being fought not only on TV screens and campaign appearances, but in the middle of the night in front yards across the county. Brown County political party leaders report a rash of campaign sign theft and vandalism this year. “It’s been ...

Libraries focus on books challenged during “Banned Book Week”

NEW ULM — For nearly 40 years, the American Library Association (ALA) has used the last week in September to celebrate Banned Books Week. The annual event was launched in the 1980s during a time of increased challenges and organized protests against books. The ALA and other groups have ...

Daycare availability critical to COVID-19 recovery

NEW ULM — Access to child care is critical in attracting families and businesses to Greater Minnesota and in facilitating COVID-19 recovery, according to the participants in a Zoom forum Saturday. The forum was hosted by Mindy Kimmel, DFL candidate for the Minnesota House District 16B seat, ...

School COVID plans working, Bertrang says

NEW ULM — The District 88 School Board received an update from Superintendent Jeff Bertrang on health conditions related to COVID. The school has had staff and students test positive for COVID. Some have been in close contact with positive cases, requiring isolations or quarantine. The ...

Planning panel approves Taco John’s signs

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Planning Commission on Thursday recommended approval of an additional 28 square feet of signage for the Taco John’s on South Broadway. In August, the commission approved a request from Andrew and Nancy Lilleodden to place an additional 44 square feet of signage above ...

Sherlock Holmes returns

NEW ULM — Sherlock Holmes returns to New Ulm at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27. Join State Street Theater for the original 1940s radio dramas "The Musgrave Ritual" and "A Scandal in Bohemia." Limited seats are available, and tickets are $10. Tickets are available ...

Five generations gather

After many FaceTime calls during the pandemic, a family was able to gather all five generations together. They range from 2 to 94 years young. From left, front, Diane LeBrun of Gaylord and Lillian Fruhwirth of New Ulm. Back, Rebecca and Scarlett Miller of Saint Michael and Kimberly Becker of ...

‘Through the Years’ with Mark Braun

NEW ULM — A collection of illustrations by New Ulm native Mark Braun is coming to The Grand Center for Arts and Culture. The exhibit called “Through the Years” is a collection of Braun’s works from the 1970s and the present. Braun graduated from Cathedral High School in 1971 and ...

DEED analyst paints bright jobs picture

BROWN COUNTY — A Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development regional analyst painted a rosy jobs picture in Brown County Wednesday. Leading a New Ulm Forward Zoom (online) discussion, Luke Greiner said there are 250 open jobs at the New Ulm CareerForce. "New Ulm has a very ...

Man, 18, found dead

BROWNTON — The McLeod County Sheriff's Office reported deputies found an 18-year-old Brownton man dead inside a vehicle Tuesday morning. The sheriff's office responded to a suspicious vehicle report at 7:24 a.m. Tuesday, north of 110th Street, northeast of Brownton. A funeral home and ...

Man injured in tractor accident

NEW ULM — A New Ulm man was injured in a tractor accident around 5:15 p.m. Wednesday on County Road 29. Michael Meyer was mowing in a field when he became caught between the tractor and the mower. He was able to call 911 to report the accident. New Ulm Rescue, New Ulm Fire Department, Brown ...

Stolen SUV recovered near Amboy

NEW ULM — A 32-year-old St. Paul man suspected of stealing an SUV in New Ulm Tuesday night was arrested without incident Wednesday morning while walking near U.S. Highway 169 near Amboy. Following a tip that the suspect, Matthew Smith, tried to get fuel in Amboy, deputies found the SUV ...

Sharing the bounty during pandemic

Sleepy Eye Future Farmers of America (FFA) members and other community volunteers load boxes of food into vehicles at the Sleepy Eye Ballpark parking lot Tuesday. Brown County food distributions are sponsored by Second Harvest Heartland, Trinity Lutheran Church of Sleepy Eye and the Sleepy Eye ...

Commissioners OK posting for deputy

BROWN COUNTY — By a 4-1 vote Tuesday, Brown County Commissioners approved a resolution to post for an additional deputy sheriff position according to policy and union contract. Commissioner Scott Windschitl cast a dissenting vote, saying with less sheriff’s office activity, he’d rather ...

New endowment to honor Dr. Jim, Jane Seifert

NEW ULM — A new $200,000 community endowment fund has been established in honor of Dr. James and Jane Seifert. The endowment fund was established by the Seiferts’ children. “My parents had three core values: faith, family and service,” said their son, Jim Seifert. “[The fund] is ...

New festival coming to Shirley’s Park

NEW ULM — A new fall festival is coming to Clear Lake this Saturday at Shirley’s Park. The Shirley’s Park Fall Festival is 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, and will feature live lakeside music by Dain’s Dutchmen and Andrea Lyn. Shirley’s Park is on the south shore of Clear ...

GFW school board OKs bond refinancing

GIBBON — The Gibbon Fairfax Winthrop (GFW) School Board unanimously approved a resolution to refinance “other post-employment benefit” (OPEB) bonds Monday. According to PMA Securities, $1.1 million in 2009 bonds purchased for staff medical expenses at 5.42% interest would be refinanced ...

Auto cruise today

NEW ULM — An auto cruise in will be held in New Ulm on Tuesday, Sept. 22. This cruise will be going by group homes in New Ulm. The cruise in will meet at the parking lots of New Ulm Precision Tool (2217 S. Broadway) and Maday Motors. Please gather before 6 p.m. The cruise will start at ...

Larson, Freeman win flat track races

NEW ULM — Chace Larson and Jack Freeman of New Ulm won Flying Dutchmen Motorcycle Club flat track races at the club grounds last weekend. Larson won the 125cc overall title on Saturday and Sunday. Freeman won the 450 overall title Sunday. Other area racers placing included Artie Dietz, ...

Need for speed

NEW ULM — Dozens of motorcycle riders swarmed to the Flying Dutchmen Motorcycle Club this weekend for the annual fall Flat Track races. The Flying Dutchmen have been hosting flat track races in the New Ulm area for over 50 years, and in the past 25 years, the races have all taken place near ...