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Photo courtesy of the New Ulm Farm City Hub Club
The newest Service to Agriculture recipient, Michele Schroeder, seated, was joined by previous recipients of the Hub Club award Monday, November 13. Pictured, from left are Denny Schmidt, Kerry Hoffmann, Janine Enter, and Terry Dempsey. Not pictured: Ruth Klossner.

Michele Schroeder to receive Service to Ag Award

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Farm City Hub Club announceS that Michele Schroeder of rural Courtland is the 2018 recipient of the club’s Service to Agriculture Award. Five past award recipients informed Schroeder of the honor when they walked into her office at Upper Midwest Management Monday, Nov. ...

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The carolers and actors in “Tannenbaum Tales,” to be performed Friday and Saturday Nov. 24 and 25 stand backstage in front of two Christmast trees. Pictured left to right, front row: Edwin Hendrickson, Aidan Hendrickson, Ivrin Hendrickson, Ivy Harrison, Jayda Schewe, Hailey Schewe, Elissa Ries and Isaac Schewe; back row: Emily Edel, Brenda Nielsen, John Bergstrand, Bonnie Lantz, Makaila Schewe, Aldean Hendrickson, Anita Prestidge, Nita Gilbert and Jenny Spurgin.

“Tannenbaum Tales” is SSTC’s holiday offering next weekend

NEW ULM — Take a break from the start of the Christmas shopping season next Friday and Saturday and listen to some Christmas tales with State Street Theater Company (SSTC). This year, SSTC is putting on “Tannenbaum Tales,” an original collection of personal stories and family fun. ...

Community Friends Thanksgiving Dinner

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Community Friends will hold their 30th annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 23, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 417 South Minnesota St. The dinner is open to anyone, especially those who might otherwise be alone on ...

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Members of a panel of local stakeholders listen to questions posed by staff members of Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s office about the local impact of the opioid crisis. Pictured left to right, Dr. Jeffrey Rayl, Leah Lake, Marie Larsen and Jennifer Eckstein. Not pictured but present, Sheriff Rich Hoffman, Chris Swenson, Jolene Hanson and Klobuchar staffers Sarah Franz and Kyle Olson.

Panel addresses opioid epidemic

NEW ULM — Two staffers from Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s office stopped in New Ulm for a panel on opioid abuse in the area. Local stakeholders spoke to the staffers about their experiences with the opioid epidemic. Each talked on the state of opioid use in the area and challenges they face in ...

Play reading at Lind House

NEW ULM — Social disease, euthanasia, incest, hypocrisy, arson, blackmail, adultery—sounds like the making of a present-day drama, but it isn’t. Henrik Ibsen wrote about these foibles of humans in his play, “Ghosts,” in 1881. The Play Reading Society will examine these sins of one ...

JV suspect faces threat charge

NEW ULM — A Sleepy Eye Public School student under age 16 was charged with one count of making a threat, in a closed hearing in Brown County District Court Wednesday. The suspect was transported to court from the Prairie Lakes Detention Center in Willmar. The case stems from an incident ...

School district receives clean audit

NEW ULM — The audit of District 88’s finances was presented to the Board of Education Thursday night. During a later-than-usual board meeting, the board received the presentation of a clean audit for the 2017 fiscal year. “A pretty clean audit again,” Craig Popenhagen with ...

Staff photo by Clay Schuldt

The Willkommen Committee of the New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce on Thursday stopped by My Eye Photography to celebrate the new business with a ribbon-cutting, with City Councilor Dave Christian (front, center right). Shamara Hornick (front, center left) opened the photography studio at 526 S. Minnesota St. in the Old Corner Store building a few months ago. She grew up in New Ulm and graduated from Ridgewater College in Willmar with a degree in Professional Photography. She came back to New Ulm after college because, she says, she felt “this is my home.” She has been a full-time photographer for the past year, shooting on location, but is looking forward to having a studio for indoor photos, especially during the winter months.

Ribbon cutting at My Eye Photography

NEW ULM—A ribbon-cutting event was held at My Eye Photography Thursday morning. Members of the New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce Willkommen Committee attended the event to welcome the new business. My Eye Photography was started by professional photographer Shamara Hornick. Hornick has ...

New Ulm EDA faces economic development funding dilemma

NEW ULM — The Economic Development Authority is facing a funding request dilemma. No official decision was made during Tuesday meetings, but the EDA Board learned that both the New Ulm Economic Development Corporation (NUEDC) and the City of New Ulm were seeking funding for economic ...

Township Association gets county update

SLEEPY EYE — Brown County commissioners, department heads and elected officials talked about some of the latest issues affecting rural residents at the Brown County Township Association fall meeting at the Sleepy Eye Servicemen's Club Wednesday. Commissioner Dennis Potter urged landowners ...

Staff photo by Clay Schuldt

New Ulm Mayor Bob Beussman, left, reads a proclamation as part of celebrating the New Ulm Medical Center (NUMC) as Industry of the Year. At right is NUMC President Toby Freier.

NUMC honored as Industry of the Year

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Area Chamber paid tribute to one of the community’s most important businesses Tuesday night: the New Ulm Medical Center (NUMC). A special banquet dinner was held in honor of NUMC at the New Ulm Event Center. The NUMC is the first business to receive the New Ulm ...

Lockdown in Sleepy Eye school

SLEEPY EYE — At 1:05 p.m. Tuesday, the Sleepy Eye Public School received a call from the Tactical Institute in Washington, D.C., that a potential threat was made on Twitter against a school and that the Twitter feed came from Sleepy Eye Public School, according to a press release from ...

SE City Council discusses Event Center underage drinking

SLEEPY EYE — The Sleepy Eye City Council discussed underage drinking issues at the new Event Center Tuesday. "I've heard there was quite a bit of underage drinking at one function," said Councilor Doug Pelzel. "I think it's important this doesn't happen." Councilor Nate Stevermer ...

Planning Commission OKs final plat applications

NEW ULM — The Brown County Planning Commission unanimously approved three final plat applications Tuesday. They included: • A single-lot split by Cathy Hauer known as Hagen Subdivision (7.13 acres) in Section 30, Albin Township. The parcel being platted is an existing farm site being ...

Arnold Koelpin giving a presentation on Martin Luther on Thursday, January 6, 2017, at Martin Luther College

Arnold Koelpin, ex-mayor, scholar, dies at 86

NEW ULM — An icon of New Ulm who served the city, Martin Luther College and local churches passed away Monday morning. Arnold Koelpin, 86, died Monday. Koelpin was a long-time professor at MLC and a city mayor who spent much of his time serving his community and church. “He was a very ...

Staff photo by Fritz Busch

Marlene Domeier spent her life operating Domeier’s German Store at 1020 S. Minnesota St. One of New Ulm’s most famous businesses was known for its German gifts, foods, candies and most anything else related to the country. Domeier’s was a corner grocery store for many years before it specialized in things German. It was modeled after German shops, because of Marlene and her many trips to Germany.

Not the same without Marlene Domeier

NEW ULM — Marlene Domeier, 78, who will be remembered for creating Domeier’s German Store at 1020 S. Minnesota St. and for doing many other positive things for New Ulm, died Nov. 7 at her home. She was so much more than a business person, many say. Marlene and her mother Agatha began ...

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The New Ulm High School graduating class of 1957 decided to give back to the school after their reunion over the summer by starting a new Community and Alumni Scholarship. Pictured, left to right, front row: Sharon Duerr, Rhelda Riley, Bonnie Bastian, Lorna Lipsey, Delores Schewe, Lee Beecher, Carol Carland, Jill Wagner, Gladys Stolte, Helen Wischstadt and David Schneider; second row, Phillis Aschenbrenner, Mary MClellan, Maureen Smith, Judie Hansen-Winden, Joan Aune, Patricia Rockvam, Roberta Hintz, Jim Scheible, Wayne Hughes, Tom Zupfer, Glenn Peterson, Mary Lee Schotzko, Bill Strate, Paul Krueger and Dave Leske; third row, Howard Aschenbrenner, Joel Erickson, Gene Bieraugel, Jerry Ubl, Duane Pipping, Mike Stolte, Les Young, Dallas Herrick, Florian Drexler, Nolan Tobias, Don Mathiowetz, Nick Gulden and Bill McCleary.

Fundraising begins for new scholarship

NEW ULM — The inaugural fundraising drive for the new Community and Alumni Scholarship at the New Ulm public high school is beginning. On Monday, each class of high school students gathered in the auditorium to learn about the new program that aims to expand how many scholarships the school ...

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Woman faces felony threats of violence charge

NEW ULM — Charges of felony threats of violence, misdemeanor domestic assault and fifth-degree assault were filed in Brown County District Court Monday against a 38-year-old New Ulm woman after a Nov. 9 physical altercation with a man was reported to local law enforcement. Shannon M. Minto, ...

Planning panel talks about Kiesling House

NEW ULM — Monday night the Park and Recreation Commission made two recommendations affecting the Kiesling House. The first recommendation was to purchase a small parcel of land adjacent to the south side of Kiesling Park. Half of Kiesling is actually owned by the Economic Development ...

Staff photo by Fritz Busch

Turner Ladies Society President Barbara Becker, right, gives gift certificate and lifetime membership to Janet Dempsey, in honor of her 25 years of service with the Turner Ladies at the 161st Stiftungfest, the birthday of Turner Hall Sunday.

Turner Hall salutes Turner Ladies

NEW ULM — Stiftungfest, the birthday of Turner Hall, was celebrated with a program saluting the Turner Ladies, Sunday. Historian Dan Hoisington presented a video that included interviews with Turner Ladies talking about how they became involved with the volunteer organization that supports ...

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