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Staff members of the New Ulm Medical Center (NUMC) and representatives of the New Ulm Chamber of Commerce gathered at the NUMC lobby Monday morning to hear the Chamber’s announcement of NUMC as the 2017 Business of the Year.

NUMC is Business of the Year

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Medical Center (NUMC) was named the 2017 Business of the Year Monday morning. The New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce surprised NUMC staff Monday when representatives of the Chamber dropped by to announce the award. “The Chamber believes that this center, the New Ulm ...

NUEDC fate hangs in balance

NEW ULM — The fate of the New Ulm Economic Development Corporation (NUEDC) could be decided tonight at the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) meeting. The PUC is considering a motion to eliminate funding for the NUEDC and to include a budget allowance in the 2018 PUC budget to provide partial ...

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A roomful of people attend a school bond referendum meeting in the GFW (Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop) Elementary School Cafeteria in Gibbon Monday night.

Standing room only at school referendum meeting

GIBBON — It was standing room only at a GFW (Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop) proposed school bond referendum meeting in the Elementary School Cafeteria Monday night. The district will hold a special election Tuesday, Nov. 7, seeking voter approval of two ballot questions. Question 1 would ...

Board mulls higher landfill tipping fee

NEW ULM — Brown County Commissioners will consider increasing the Brown County fee for landfill dumping from $17.25 to $19.25 per cubic yard Sept. 26. The Brown County Solid Waste Commission recommends raising the tipping fee by $2 and hiking the solid waste tax 10.4 percent so the total ...

HONU test bump out

What’s a few bumps along the road?

Orange safety cones appeared on the intersection of 5th North and Washington Streets Monday for a five-day demonstration of curb extension or “bump outs.” The Heart of New Ulm Project and the Safe Routes to School Action Team partnered with New Ulm Area Catholic Schools to set up the ...

Reservations for JP meeting due tomorrow

NEW ULM — The Junior Pioneers will hold an annual meeting on Friday, Sept. 29, at Turner Hall, 102 N. State St. The evening will begin with a social hour at 6 p.m., business meeting at 6:30 p.m., and a dinner at 7 p.m. followed by the program. Reservations are due by Wednesday, Sept. 27. ...

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Jason Jaspersen works on clay mold of Julius Berndt in this still shot from the second episode of the Process. The acorn print in the background was created in the first episode.

Art series to explore artisitic ‘process’

NEW ULM — This summer local artist Jason Jaspersen and New Ulm Cable Access Television (NUCAT) partnered to create an art education program called “The Process.” The show will air on New Ulm’s cable access channels starting Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. The show will run regularly at ...

The 2017 St. Mary’s Homecoming King and Queen are Luke Miller and Crystal Portner. Crystal is the daughter of Tom and Mary Portner. Luke is the son of Ron and Melissa Miller. Miller and Portner were crowned during Sunday night’s coronation. The 2017 Homecoming court: (left to right) Dani Weiss, Brandon Wait, Kelsie Kosak, Max Heiderscheidt, Homecoming King Luke Miller, Junior Attendant Adam Braulick, Homecoming Queen Crystal Portner, Junior Attendant Joslyn Sellner, Dalton Meyer, Alie Beltz, Andrick Sanchez and Jody Hansen.

SESM coronation

The 2017 St. Mary’s Homecoming King and Queen are Luke Miller and Crystal Portner. Crystal is the daughter of Tom and Mary Portner. Luke is the son of Ron and Melissa Miller. Miller and Portner were crowned during Sunday night’s coronation. The 2017 Homecoming court: (left to right) Dani ...

Library Open House

Library Open House

The New Ulm Public Library celebrated National Library Card Sign Up Month with a special open house event Sunday. Youth Services Librarian Jan Keaveny (above) entertained children who attended with a special storytime hour and music.

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Vicki Jensen, a candidate for the First District Congressional nomination, stopped in New Ulm Saturday as part of a tour of the district.

Jensen, seeking 1st District DFL nod, stops in NU

NEW ULM — First Congressional District candidate Vicki Jensen visited New Ulm Saturday afternoon as part of her district-wide Hometown Tour. Jensen was in Mountain Lake on Friday and visited St. James, St. Peter and New Ulm on Saturday. Her lunch-time stop took her to Lola- An American ...

People who have always wanted to dance on the stage got their chance Saturday at the State Street Theater Polka Extravaganza. The Narren volunteered their time to support the fundraiser for the State Street Theater Co. All proceeds for the fundraisers went to benefit the State Street Theater Capital Campaign, which is raising money for utilities work in the building and other capital improvements.

Come dance with the Narren

People who have always wanted to dance on the stage got their chance Saturday at the State Street Theater Polka Extravaganza. The Narren volunteered their time to support the fundraiser for the State Street Theater Co. All proceeds for the fundraisers went to benefit the State Street Theater ...

The “Happy Tails” Dog Park in New Ulm held a dog-walk and microchipping fundraiser Saturday. Four-year-old Rayna is implanted with microchip. Microchips can help reunite lost dogs with their owners. The procedure takes less than a minute and then Rayna was able to run and play with the other dogs in the park, like the ones above. The event included microchipping, nail clipping, hot dogs and bratwurst, and a one- or two-mile walk for dogs and owners. According to the Happy Tails Facebook page, the event raised $654 which will help pay for installing water at the park.

Fun fundraiser at Dog Park

The “Happy Tails” Dog Park in New Ulm held a dog-walk and microchipping fundraiser Saturday. At right, four-year-old Rayna is implanted with microchip. Microchips can help reunite lost dogs with their owners. The procedure takes less than a minute and then Rayna was able to run and play ...

Pedals and Pubs

Pedals and Pubs

The Pedals and Pubs team started the bike tour at the Kegel Klub Saturday with the goal of hitting all of New Ulm’s pubs. This was the second annual pub tour for the group.

New Ulm’s Turner Hall had a visitor from Germany with a gift this week. Hans Mueller, left, from Heilbronn, Germany, brought a fan scarf from the Heilbronn Turnverein’s soccer club to present to the New Ulm Turners on Wednesday. Mueller has visited Minnesota many times since being an exchange student in Minneapolis in 1953, and first visited New Ulm in 2000. The gift was given in honor of William Pfaender, who was born and grew up in Heilbronn, and helped found the Heilbronn Turnverein in 1845 before coming to the U.S. and helping found New Ulm. Accepting the gift are (from left Virginia Suker Moldan, Turner Hall manaager; Yvonne Weber, Ed Weber, and David Hirth,  members of the Turner Hall board of directors.

A gift from Heilbronn

New Ulm’s Turner Hall had a visitor from Germany with a gift this week. Hans Mueller, left, from Heilbronn, Germany, brought a fan scarf from the Heilbronn Turnverein’s soccer club to present to the New Ulm Turners on Wednesday. Mueller has visited Minnesota many times since being an ...

Staff photo by Clay Schuldt
William Swanson served his last day with the New Ulm Public Utilities on Friday before heading to Rochester Public Utilities. Swanson was honored with a reception at the Utilities conference room on Friday.

Swanson serves last day with New Ulm Public Utilities

NEW ULM — For seven years, William Swanson has served the City of New Ulm as the Energy Service Representative at New Ulm Public Utilities, but Friday was his last day. A farewell event was held in at the PUC Conference Room as staff and friends wished Swanson good luck. Swanson has accepted ...

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NU woman faces three felony drug charges

NEW ULM — A 32-year-old New Ulm woman faces three felony drug charges after the Brown-Lyon-Redwood-Renville County Drug Task Force (BLRR-DTF) executed a search warrant at 412 S. Broadway. One county of storing methamphetamine paraphernalia in the presence of a child and two counts of felony ...

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Veronica Niehaus, left, of Sleepy Eye, talks with Sleepy Eye artist Peggy A. Tauer at her art show at the Sleepy Eye Community Center Friday. The art show with 36 of Tauer’s works, continues 10 a.m to 2 p.m. Saturday. Light refreshments will be served.

Sleepy Eye show features Peggy A. Tauer’s art

SLEEPY EYE — Dozens of friends and family members attended Peggy A. Tauer’s “Contemplation” art show at the Sleepy Eye Community Center Friday. For Tauer, it was a homecoming of sorts at the Sleepy Eye Community Center, a building that formerly housed the Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch ...

Jeff Nielsen, president and CEO of United Farmers Cooperative in Winthrop, left, explains the intricacies of 40 Square Cooperative Solutions to area agriculture producers Steve Hoffman, New Ulm, center, and Karen Lamb, Hector.

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Health-care cooperative becoming a reality

MORGAN — In a room filled with 75-plus agricultural producers and insurance representatives, the talk tends to focus on the current insurance crisis facing farmers across the state. Such was the case Thursday evening at the offices of the Farmward Cooperative in Morgan. Those in attendance ...

Cones to the side

Cones gone, lights on, lanes open

Broadway is open to four lanes of traffic again. After months of traffic being limited to a single lane in both directions, the orange cones have been moved a side and motorist are free at last to pick a lane. In addition the four lanes have a new layer of asphalt and brand new stripes to ...

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Modenschau

Staff photo by Connor Cummiskey A to Zinnia Florals and Gifts had some of the most flamboyant outfits, sporting tails and fans of peacock feathers during the Modenschau Fashion Show Thursday evening at Turner Hall.

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