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ALC students celebrate

NEW ULM — Just under two dozen students reached an early-life milestone Wednesday. Twenty-one students walked across the stage at the Armory to become graduates of River Bend Education District’s Area Learning Center (ALC). “We are here, we made it,” senior speaker Aiyana Trujillo ...

Dahms, Torkelson town hall shines spotlight on guns

NEW ULM — State legislators Sen. Gary Dahms (R-Redwood Falls) and Rep. Paul Torkelson (R-Hanska) visited the New Ulm library for a town hall meeting Wednesday. Dahms and Torkelson attended the meeting to discuss the end of the 2018 legislative session and answer questions from ...

Brown County Attorney Hanson files for re-election

NEW ULM — Brown County Attorney Chuck Hanson announced his filing for re-election May 23. Hanson said he has received extremely positive feedback on the job his office has done over the past three and one-half years and he would like to keep providing the same service to the citizens of ...

New Ulm Forward marches on

NEW ULM — New Ulm Forward, the organization formerly known as the Let’s Talk: Forum on Race, continued to evolve, planning its next steps in a New Ulm Middle School conference room May 23. A group of eight discussed future funding sources. Bukata Hayes of Mankato said such groups in other ...

Brian Tohal no longer New Ulm economic development coordinator

NEW ULM — Brian Tohal is no longer employed by the New Ulm Economic Development Corporation (NUEDC). NUEDC Board president Jeff Dittrich confirmed Tohal was no longer with the corporation, but did not say if Tohal resigned or was let go after his position was eliminated. Tohal served the ...

First United Methodist Church gives to Food Shelf

The First United Methodist Church donated $1,335 raised by parishioners as a Lenten offering to the New Ulm Area Emergency Food Shelf. Pictured left to right: Food Shelf Executive Director Brad Kirk, Food Shelf Board Member Betty Kohlhepp and Outreach Committee Chairman Bill Day with the United ...

ECFE vehicle fair is oodles of fun for kids

Calleigh Frederickson, 10, sits in the driver seat of a firetruck Thursday afternoon during the ECFE Annual Vehicle Fair in the middle school and Jefferson Elementary parking lot.

Open house at State Street Apartments

NEW ULM — A neighborhood open house was held at the State Street Theater on the renovation plans for the historic school building, Wednesday. On the theater main stage representatives of Community House Development Corporation (CHDC), UrbanWorks Architecture and Flannery Construction we ...

GFW to host community focus group meeting

WINTHROP — The Gibbon Fairfax Winthrop (GFW) Board of Education approved moving its regular monthly meeting dates to the third Monday of each month May 21. Superintendent Tami Martin recommended board meetings be changed to 6 p.m. on the third Monday of each month starting in June 2018. ...

Four District 88 students participate in Junior Achievement national contest

By Connor Cummiskey Staff Writer NEW ULM — Four District 88 students took fifth at the championship round of a business simulation competition this month. The national Junior Achievement (JA) Titan competition pitted 64 teams against each other in a virtual business simulation to reach ...

Sheriff Hoffmann files for re-election, Hohensee files for sheriff

BROWN COUNTY — A race for the office of Brown County Sheriff was created May 22 when Brown County Sheriff Rich Hoffmann filed for re-election and New Ulm Police Department (NUPD) Senior Investigator Jeff Hohensee filed for sheriff. Both men forwarded letters of their intent to run for ...

Deputy Ibberson resigns, Commissioner Potter won’t re-file

NEW ULM — By a 4-1 vote, Brown County commissioners accepted the resignation of Deputy Sheriff Matt Ibberson May 22. Commissioner Dave Borchert cast a dissenting vote on the resolution. Ibberson began employment with Brown County on Sept. 23, 2011. He gave his resignation effective ...

PUC votes against prepaid gas

BROWN COUNTY — A 53-year-old Willmar woman was charged in Brown County District Court May 22 with felony first-degree drug sale, second-degree drug possession, misdemeanor giving a peace officer a false name and misdemeanor driver must carry proof of insurance when operating a ...

Best-selling author: real life is inspiration for scariest stories

NEW ULM — Best-selling Minnesota mystery author Christine Husom visited the New Ulm Public Library Tuesday evening and gave a presentation on her writing. Husom is the author of the “Winnebago County Mysteries” and “Snow Globe Shop Mysteries” series. She holds a law enforcement ...

SE City Council OKs City Hall plans, subsidy

SLEEPY EYE — By a 3-2 vote May 22, the Sleepy Eye City Council approved City Hall renovation plans and specifications for bid preparation. Councilors Larry Braun and Richard Zinniel cast dissenting votes on the project, being prepared by Mankato architect Eric Oleson. The city council ...

School board to look at bids for dishroom

NEW ULM — The District 88 Board of Education will consider a handful of expenditures including facility investments and grants. The board will consider the bids for the middle school dishroom, three grant requests and the designation of currently undesignated funds. On May 15, the ...

Harkin Store to honor dairy industry

WEST NEWTON TOWNSHIP, Nicollet County — The Harkin Store will honor the dairy industry by serving dairy products for sampling on June 3. Admission to the program is included with the admission to the store. The 1870's Alexander Harkin general store would have had different cheeses for ...

Nick Mueller Memorial Scholarship

The 13th annual Nick Mueller Memorial Scholarship was presented to graduating senior, Madalyn Stewart at the NUHS 2018 Senior Awards Ceremony. One of Nick’s dreams was to become a police officer; however, he died suddenly in September of 2004 from an acute asthma attack. His mother, Nancy, ...

Early music prof’s piano comes to MLC

David Harmening, left, is donating this piano that was previously owned by one of Martin Luther College’s first music professors, Gottfried Burk. The MLC music department turned out to witness the century-old instrument. Pictured left to right: Harmening, Craig Hirschmann, Adrian Smith, David ...

Pawlenty says run is about future, not past

NEW ULM — Most of the time, when someone says, “I wish I had a chance to do it over again,” they can’t. It’s simply wishful thinking. But former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has a chance to do it again. He’s seeking another term after serving as governor from 2003 to 2011. The ...

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