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Cottonwood forecast to stay at major flood stage this week

NEW ULM — Despite large ice chunks and tree limbs in the river north and south of the Cottonwood Street bridge, the Cottonwood River flowed south under the bridge Monday morning. The National Weather Service (NWS) Advanced Hydrological Prediction Service reported the river was observed at ...

Brown County 16th in health outcomes, 7th in health factors, in state

NEW ULM — Overall health in Brown County may be improving, according to the annual County Rankings and Roadmaps report released Tuesday. The report, released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, measures vital ...

Author: Mistakes vital to creativity

NEW ULM — Nancy Carlson, author and illustrator of 67 children’s books, told Jefferson Elementary students that mistakes are vital for growing creatively. “Number one - don’t erase,” Carlson told students. “Erasing is a mistake.” Carlson spoke to Jefferson Elementary students ...

Nicollet County P&Z OKs large solar project

]NICOLLET COUNTY — The Nicollet County Planning and Zoning Advisory Commission unanimously approved a conditional use permit (CUP) application to establish a large, solar energy system between Courtland and Nicollet Monday. The action came on a motion by Rick Altmann, seconded by David ...

Three options mulled in Hermann Park hillside stabilization

NEW ULM — How many walls, and how long should they be? That is the top concern of the Hermann Heights Park hillside stabilization committee. Tuesday, Bolton & Menk presented the committee with 3D renderings of the three potential wall options for configuration in the park. The ...

Board cuts administrator candidates to four finalists

NEW ULM — Brown County commissioners whittled down county administrator semifinalist candidates from nine to four finalists Monday morning. The unanimous action came on a motion by Commissioner Scott Windschitl, seconded by Commissioner Dean Simonsen to rescind an earlier motion and offer ...

Council may declare snow emergency

NEW ULM — With this winter’s snow starting to melt, the city council is expected to declare a state of emergency in New Ulm due to the condition resulting from the flooding event of spring 2019. The Nation Weather Service’s flood prediction is New Ulm will experience moderate to severe ...

Brown County DFL Annual Convention on March 23

NEW ULM — The Brown County DFL Party will hold its annual convention on Saturday, March 23, in the basement meeting room of the New Ulm Library. Registration will start at 9:40am and the convention will start at 10 am. The main order of business will be election of officers and planning for ...

Cottonwood crests Sunday night

NEW ULM — The swollen Cottonwood River continued to inch its way higher on Cottonwood Street Sunday afternoon. A number of local citizens parked their vehicles behind Cottonwood Street barricades and walked towards the river to get a better view of the river west of the bridge. The National ...

Irish pride on parade

St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshall Terry Dempsey, left, and Irish Queen Janet Dempsey look like they’re having fun Sunday during the parade in downtown New Ulm. Staff photo by Fritz Busch

County board considers buying 14K sandbags

NEW ULM — Brown County commissioners will consider buying a pallet of sandbags for spring flooding on Tuesday, March 19. The National Weather Service (NWS) forecasts Brown County as having a greater than 50 percent change of major flooding on the Minnesota and Cottonwood River this spring. ...

New Ulm Lions celebrate 90th anniversary

Submitted photo The Lions Club of New Ulm celebrated it’s 90th anniversary at their March 14th meeting. The New Ulm club was chartered on March 22, 1929. Pictured, L-R, with the anniversary cake, are three of our four Lions with the most years of service. They are, Lions Roger Norman with ...

Photographer talks about Civil War, U.S. Dakota-War

FAIRFAX — Twin Cities-based photographer and story-teller Doug Ohman presented a fresh and impassioned viewpoint on Minnesota regiments more than 150 years ago at the Renville County Historical Society’s annual meeting at the Lion’s Den Saturday. “Minnesota was a very young state when ...

Semi tanker trouble

A semi tanker trailer lays on its side on State Highway 4 and the southbound ditch, just south of the Minnesota River Saturday morning. The Minnesota State Patrol routed single-lane traffic around the crash site. No further information was available Saturday.

MVL Speech Team competes at JWP tournament

JANESVILLE — The Minnesota Valley Lutheran speech team competed at the JWP Bulldog Speech Tournament in Janesville on Saturday. In the novice division, Ruth Dobberpuhl and Lydia Meyer placed 3rd in the Duo category. In Discussion, Jonah Kramer placed 2nd overall, and Mizha Overn won 2nd ...

Tigers celebrate

The Springfield Tigers boys basketball team celebrates their victory in the Section 2A championship game against Minnesota Valley Lutheran Friday at Minnesota State University Mankato.

Nicollet County P&Z considers large solar project

NICOLLET COUNTY — The Nicollet County Planning and Zoning Advisory Commission will consider a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) application to establish a large, solar energy system between Courtland and Nicollet at 7 p.m., Monday, March 18. Baltimore-based Gordion Energy Systems proposes a ...

Nicollet County commissioners OK consulting contract

ST. PETER — Nicollet County commissioners unanimously approved a consulting services contract with MAK Consulting, LLC Tuesday. The firm assists counties in finding claimable Medical Assistance-producing revenue. Nicollet County Health & Human Services requested permission to purchase ...

New Ulm Rotary Scholarship Recognition Banquet Monday, March 25

NEW ULM — The 52nd annual New Ulm Rotary Scholars Recognition Banquet will be Monday, March 25 at the Martin Luther College gymnasium in New Ulm, beginning at 6:30 p.m. This banquet recognizes the academic top 15 percent of the graduating classes for New Ulm Cathedral, New Ulm High School and ...