2017 In Review

January 2017

1 — Piper Dee Hans was born at 9:24 a.m. Jan. 1 at New Ulm Medical Center to Ben and Penny Hans of Courtland.

3 — After learning about rising school truancy referrals, Brown County commissioners unanimously approved a resolution to appoint a committee to study and make country truancy policy recommendations.

3 — The New Ulm City Council tabled sponsoring a rectangular rapid flashing beacon (RRFB) on Broadway at 4th South Street. The council cited need versus the cost.

5 — School District 88 School Resource Officer Mike Brehmer gave a presentation on a crisis training program called ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate). The program provide preparation and a plan for individuals and organizations on how to handle the threat of an aggressive intruder or active shooter event.

9 — Nearly a year after a fire destroyed several Main Street Madelia businesses, reconstruction is nearly complete. The completion of the new La Plaza Fiesta building will mark the end of the rebuilding project. Six buildings had been destroyed in the February 2016 blaze.

9 — The New Ulm Park and Recreation Commission approved a recommendation that the City Council authorize an application to the League of American Bicyclists for a Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) designation.

12 — New Ulm firefighters extinguished a downtown apartment fire said to be caused by a cigarette and cleaning chemicals. Four fire trucks including a ladder truck were used to extinguish the fire at 125 N. Minnesota St.

17 — Joe Maidl received the Service to Agriculture Award at the Farm City Hub Club Award Banquet at the New Ulm Country Club. About 150 people attended the banquet, despite very icy weather conditions.

17 — Minnesota Twins Manager Paul Molitor autographed baseballs at the Minnesota Twins Winter Caravan stop at the New Ulm Community Center.

19 — New Ulm women Vicki Pieser and Ruth Ann Webster were featured in a front page story in The Journal regarding their participation in The Women’s March on Washington, created to allow women to voice their concerns about President-Elect Donald Trump and every elected official on Capitol Hill.

Pieser said she is going to the march for respect. “I think that people who are not respected or groups who are not respected can become vulnerable. Then it becomes a slippery slope to not being protected.”

Webster said she is going to the march to send a message that women are here, women are watching and that it is their duty to march for women who cannot go themselves.

22 — More than 60 women and a few men rode a coach bus to St. Paul to join about 60,000 people in the Women’s March Minnesota from St. Paul College to the Capitol Jan. 21 Local marchers included people from New Ulm, Sleepy Eye, Springfield, St. Peter and Mankato.

24 — Brown County commissioners learned that recent meetings between school and county officials about truancy have produced positive results including diversionary truancy interventions.

25 — Brown County Welfare Fraud Investigator Preston Cowing told commissioners there were convictions in all six criminal cases in 2016. Cowing said $282,122.68 was collected, of which Brown County was able to keep $122,432.32 as a collections incentive.

28 — The Hanska Lake Ice Fishing contest was held in near perfect weather. The temperatures reached the high 20s, making it cold enough to ice fish but not too cold. Several pan fish and walleye were caught within the first hour.

28 — Nicolas Embertson, a 19-year-old Madelia man was shot and killed during an attempted burglary outside of Madelia. The Shooter, David Pettersen, was later charged with Second Degree Manslaughter and Reckless Discharge of a Firearm.

30 — David Allen Pettersen, 65, of rural Madelia was formally charged by Watonwan County District Court with second-degree manslaughter and intentional discharge of a firearm resulting in the death of Nicholas Embertson. Emberton, Kyle Nason and Cornelius Ayers Jr. attempted to enter Pettersen’s residence to commite a burglary but were confronted. While Embertson, Nason and Ayers attempted to flee the property and Pettersen opened fire with a handgun. Embertson was struck by a bullet and later died of his wounds.

February 2018

2 — New Ulm Medical Center began new restrictions to combat the flu as of Jan. 31. The measures include asking children under five and sick visitors not to see patients and people with coughs or sore throats to wear medical masks. Visitors to the mom baby/birth center will be screened.

3 — A legislative town hall meeting filled the New Ulm City Council Chamber with people interested in a variety of subjects. Amanda Groebner, the wife of New Ulm Medical Center M.D. Nate Groebner, said her husband was too busy at work to attend the meeting. She asked Rep. Paul Torkelson why he voted for a bill that originally allowed health insurance companies to not cover all patients with a number of ailments, including cancer.

Sen. Gary Dahms said the illness exclusions were removed from the legislative bill and suggested the audience wouldn’t understand the legislative process. He later apologized for the comment.

7 — The New Ulm City Council unanimously approved the purchase of 31.24 acres of land west of the airport and south of Highway 14 for anew Minnesota National Guard Maintenance shop and armory. Land owned by Steve and Pennel Somsen and LaNay Lochner costs $1,124.640 or $36,000 an acre.

The City of New Ulm will retain 1.24 acres for future expansion. The remaining 30 acres will be given to the Minnesota National Guard.

9 — The New Ulm Public Safety Department and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) responded to a mercury spill in the 100 block of North Garden Street. The agencies wore proximity suits to recover the mercury. They announced that they believed there was no public risk at the time. The did ask the public to avoid the area and to check surrounding areas for any mercury that may have been tracked or spread.

A local waste hauler noticed the mercury spill in a dumpster and alerted authorities. Cold temperatures are preventing the mercury outside from vaporizing. No charges or fines were levied after the mercury spill cleanup concluded. The MPCA ruled that the spill was accidental and that the person disposing of it, property owner Mitch Frandsen, didn’t know what it was.

The origin of the mercury was not released. A previous owner of the house accumulated it from some unknown reason

11 — Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School announced that Ian Overn, son of Andrew and Laurie Overn of Mankato, advanced to the Finalist standing with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation due to his outstanding performance on the PSAT test last fall.

11 — Sam Arsers of New Ulm received the 2017 Brown County Republican Distinguished Service Award at the Brown County Republican Convention.

12 — U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar held a human trafficking roundtable discussion with law enforcement and advocates fighting the issue at the New Ulm City Hall Council Chambers.

12 — Tom Stollee’s 4.2 pound walleye won the game fish division of the New Ulm Area Sportfishermen 30th Annual Ice Fishing Contest at Clear Lake Sunday. Matt Schiller’s 2.9 pound walleye placed second. Jayden DeLaCruz was third with a 1.58 pound bass. Caleb Kirchburg won the panfish division with a .57 pound crappie. Larry Knisley was second with a .54 pound sunfish. Holdyn DeLaCruz was third with a .51 pound crappie.

13 — The Diocese of New Ulm announced that one of its priests, Fr. Sam Wagner, was placed on leave from the ministry during an investigation of allegations of inappropriate personal conduct. The action was taken due to matters pertaining to sexual misconduct, according to a statement from the diocese.

17 — The New Ulm Municipal Airport and Martin Luther College weather station recorded an all-time high temperature of 66 degrees. The old record of 63 was set in 1981.

18 — Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Naturalist Scott Kudelka led a history-themed hike through Flandrau State Park. The tour explored the history of the work programs that built the park in the 30s and 40s.

24 — New Ulm Mayor Bob Beussman was led down Minnesota Street in his traditional Fasching raps, accompanied by the New Ulm Narren, declaring the opening of the Fasching celebration in New Ulm.

25 — Fasching costume contest winners were champion Mike Huerkamp dressed as The Green Man, Rod Karnitz dressed as a lost cowboy and third place winners Miss New Ulm Second Princess Tiffini Kettner, Miss New Ulm Brittany Denn and First Princess Madison Suess.

28 — The New Ulm Human Rights Commission presented its 2016 Human Rights Award to the United We Stand Players at the Kegel Klub. The company include Mary Braun, Helene Trebesch, Pat Woratschka, Kevin Johnson, Mike Hansen, Nancy Anderson, MBW staff, Suzanne Totman, Jessie Welsh, Arnold Reinhart, Kathy Shiimota, Lisa Turbes, Becca Urban, Emily Austvold, Julie Bauman, Tammy Suess, Blaine Cox, Jenny Bauer and director Wilbur Neuschwander-Frink.


3 — The August Schell Brewing Company announced the opening of its new Starkeller tap room on North Garden Street for Bockfest this weekend.

3 — The Diocese of New Ulm filed for Chapter 11 reorganization as it seeks to settle the lawsuits filed against it as a result of clerical sex abuse of children.

The Minnesota Child Victims Act lifted the statute of limitations for victims of child sex abuse, setting up a three-year period when victims of past sexual abuse could seek damages. That period ended last May. The Diocese of New Ulm and some of its parishes are facing 101 lawsuits.

4 — As the sunshine sparkled and the temperature climbed past 40 degrees, possibly the largest-ever Bockfest crowd filled two music venues with big mugs of beer, food and dancing at the August Schell Brewery. Participants included Steinarr the Kraze Viking of Crosby, who promoted his leather Viking helmets and engraved horns to Bockfest comers and goers just outside the event gate.

5 — The City of New Ulm lighted various landmarks such as the New Ulm Willkommen sign, the New Ulm Medical Center entrance sign and Gertie the Goose in Riverside Park with blue lighting to draw attention to Colorectral Cancer Awareness Month.

7 — The New Ulm City Council approved a resolution to accept credit and debit card payments for licenses, fees and fines.

8 — The First Annual Diocese of New Ulm Massed Bank Festival brought 56 students from Cathedral High School, St. Mary’s in Sleepy Eye and Holy Trinity in Winsted together for a performance.

9 — AMC Theatres purchased the Carmike Cinema 3 movie theater. The company is planning to make rolling renovations to each Carmike Cinema. The New Ulm theater will become an AMC Classic Theatre. Menu items will include pretzel bites and refillable annual popcorn buckets.

9 — Minnesota Valley Lutheran and New Ulm Cathedral advanced to regional Knowledge Bowl competition.

9 — St. Paul’s Lutheran School 7th grader Mark Spengler advanced to the final round of the 2017 Minnesota State National Geographic Bee. He qualified by placing among the 100 qualifiers out of thousands of students who competed at the local level. The state bee will be March 31 at St. Cloud State University.

10 — Minnesota Highway Department (MnDOT) employees discussed the new permitting process for mowing and baling hay on MnDOT right of way at the 36th Annual Farm-City Hub Club Farm Show at the New Ulm Civic Center.

State law requires that MnDOT manage right-of-way mowing, including cutting in advance of baling. By state law, it is a misdemeanor to mow on state highways without a permit.

11 — The New Ulm High School Knowledge Bowl team qualified for regional competition at a 58-team meet at Minnesota State University Mankato.

14 — Marnie Leist was named the new Brown County Historical Society Director. She formerly worked at a Kodiak, Alaska tribal repository.

16 — New Ulm Medical Center CEO Toby Freier and Sen. Gary Dahms testified before a Minnesota Senate tax committee in favor of extending a local sales tax to fund projects as part of the Reinvest in New Ulm (RENU) initiative.

16 — Nick Schultz of New Ulm High School was named Big South All-Conference Speech Champion in Humorous Interpretation. Additional finalists were Bethany Janssen, 5th in Great Speeches, Emma Maudal, 6th in Humorous Interpretation, Jordan Rummell 6th in Serious Drama, and Rachel Dauer, 6th in storytelling.

17 — New aquaponic and hydroponic greenhouses at the New Ulm High School greenhouse are nearly functional. The school partnered with community groups like the Farm City Hub Club to raise money for sustainable farming practices that use water and fish to grow crops.

18 — A sinkhole was discovered near the intersection of 10th South Street and Summit Avenue buy eight-year-old Charlie Weidman and nine-year-old Rhett Melby. Charlie’s 11-year-old brother Will then learned about it from them. The boys flagged down a driver who called police about the hole that was several feet in diameter.

22 — Cathedral High School junior Samantha Guldan will compete in the International Science and Engineering Fair in Las Vegas in May.

22 — New Ulm Fire and Police Departments were called to a fire at an house at 720 S. Minnesota St. Crews were at the scene for about 3 hours. No injuries were reported. The fire started in a sleeping area near a portable, electric heater, according to New Ulm Fire Chief Paul Macho Damage was extensive for the house.

25 — The Minnesota Association of Family & Consumer Sciences awarded the Outstanding Professional Award to Kari M. Beran of New Ulm in recognition of distinguished and dedicated service in the field of family and consumer sciences in Minnesota. Beran has worked as an extension agent and currently heads the Pro Kinship for Kids program, a mentoring organization for at-risk youth in Brown County.

30 — A New Ulm City Council committee began discussing if it should allow golf carts to travel on city streets.

30 — The New Ulm Planning Commission approved a zoning request for the land designated for a new Minnesota Army National Guard Armory. The 31.24 acres of property is located south of Highway 14, west of the airport. It is currently farmed and zoning agricultural. The request was to rezone the property as Agricultural Residence to allow annexation into the city.

30 — The ISD 88 Foundation announced two grants it will be funding during the Eagles Extravaganza. Some of the money raised will go to green energy for the high school greenhouse and innovative electronic building blocks at Jefferson Elementary.

The foundation plans to donate $15,000 to the high school to fund solar panel installation.

Beth Sletta’s STEM class will get $5,750 to pay for LittleBits — an electronic building-block system to encourage science interest.

The foundation has funded or partnered with other companies to see seven projects, valued at more than $58,000 all together, at District 88 schools.

The rest of the money raised from 393 meal tickets sold plus entertainment-only tickets and other fundraising activities will go to the public schools and the foundation’s endowment.

31 — St. Paul’s Lutheran School seventh-grader Mark Spengler finished finished seventh in the National Geographic Bee state finals at Minnesota State University, Mankato.


2 — New Ulm concertina player “Smiley” Wiltscheck balanced a beer bottle on his concertina during a Brown County Historical Museum program. He said balancing a glass of water was practice for keeping the concertina steady, which was the proper way to play.

2 — The Turner Ladies recently pledged $25,000 over five years to the Turner Hall Capital Campaign. The organization plans to buy $10,000 worth of kitchen equipment. The Capital Campaign, seeks to raise $500,000 to completely update the kitchen, pave the parking lot and replace a sewer line.

3 — Jon Braegelmann of New Ulm will go to Ulm, Germany in May as this year’s outbound Hans Joohs intern.

3 — The Brown County Humane Society named Amy Bloedel as its new board of directors chairwoman. She hopes to overhaul the humane society fundraisers to net more money for the organization. She replaced Gerald Woodley who resigned last December.

4 — Schell’s Brewery employees and members of the public celebrated the release of the brewery’s latest beer, “Fort Road Helles” at Schell’s taproom. The malt and barley used to create the beer is produced on a farm located on the historic Fort Road, about 15 miles from New Ulm. A partnership sprouted between Schell’s and local farmers Nate Gieseke and Tim and Lori Kohn.

5 — Former Associated Milk Producers, Inc. (AMPI) manager Donald Gregg died at age 97. He worked for AMPI from the early 1970s to the late 1980s and was considered a major contributor to the dairy cooperative’s explosive growth.

5 — Hundreds of eighth and tenth grade students in New Ulm and Brown County explored career possibilities at the 10th annual New Ulm Area Career Expo. Students tried on New Ulm Fire Department equipment at the New Ulm Civic Center. About 50 New Ulm and Brown County businesses set up booths and displays. Employees on hand explained what they do and wheat kinds of jobs their businesses provide.

6 — Putting Green Executive Director Tracey Vranich announced that the organization is terminating its lease with the City of New Ulm for use as a mini-golf course site. The environmental non-profit organization will continue its work through the New Ulm Community Garden. Vranich said the mini-golf operation is no longer financially viable. The community garden that includes 70 plots, has room for up to 90 plots within a deer fence.

7 — District 88 Superintendent Jeff Bertrang was inducted into the Mankato Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) Maverick Battalion Hall of Fame.

7 — The Minnesota Valley Lutheran Cobalt Knowledge Bowl team finished fifth in the small school division at the Minnesota State Knowledge Bowl meet. New Ulm High School Purple finished seventh in the big school division. New Ulm White was 18th.

7 — The Committee Against Domestic Abuse (CADA) opened its remodeled office to the public at 4 N. Minnesota St.

7 — Bruce Fenske, who formerly served as publisher at The Journal, died suddenly at his home at age 65. He worked at The Journal for 50 years, 35 as publisher and was very active in the community, serving many organizations.

7 — Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School Senior Abigail Pleiss placed third in Extemporaneous Reading at the Section 2A Speech Tournament in St. Peter, advancing to the Minnesota State Speech Tournament. Other MVL students placing in the section were Senior Hannah Mohror, fifth in Extemporaneous Reading; and sophomore Elizabeth Kassuelke, sixth in poetry.

8 — A study by the Heart of New Ulm (HONU) showed that New Ulm residents have better control of blood pressure and cholesterol than communities that don’t have a project like HONU, which began in New Ulm in 2009. The study looked at heart disease risk factors, heart attack/stroke events and health care utilization among more than 4,000 adults age 40 to 79 from 2009 to 2015.

10 — Former KARE 11 meteorologist Jerrid Sebesta was a guest of honor at the Lind House’s annual “Cocktails at the Governor’s” fundraiser. Sebesta left a lucrative career as a television weather man to spend more time with his family. He now lives in Willmar as a business developer, motivational speaker and financial coach for Taatjes Financial Group.

10 — Inspired, a new downtown shop, opened to the public at 119 N. Minnesota St., in the former Lambrecht’s building. Kurt and Donna Lambrecht retired at the end of 2016 and transferred building ownership to Christina Schwab.

13 — The Brown County Historical Society (BCHS) hosted a tea party for new Executive Director Marnie Liest and Development Director Amber Bentler. Bentler said her goal is to expand the BCHS across the county and create more family-friendly events.

15 — The Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council announced it will award $16,000 in grants to The Grand Center for Arts and Culture and the New Ulm Suzuki School of Music.

15 — Minnesota’s oldest pigeon and poultry club, the Brown County Pigeon & Poultry Association, kept its 109-year streak alive with a swap and sale meet at the Brown County Coliseum at the Brown County Fairgrounds.

18 — After seven years of service with the New Ulm Police Department K-9 unit, Juneau the police dog was officially retired. His handler, Sgt. Jeremy Reed, said they had a fun time together.

20 — Riverview Sanitation received the Excellence in Conservation Award for their alert, quick action to keep a Feb. 7 mercury spill in New Ulm contained. Truck driver Craig Blackstad showed great concern by alerting Riverview co-owner Brent Kucera, who recognized the spill as mercury. Thanks to the quick thinking of Blackstad and by-the-book response by everyone at Riverview Sanitation, an environmental catastrophe may have been prevented, said Green Lights Recycling President John Crudo. Authorities believe a property owner removed about two and one-half gallons of mercury from a garage and disposed of it in the trash, that would up in a dumpster.

21 — Brown County License Bureau staff wore their light green Donate Life shirts to work in an effort to bring awareness to the need for organ, eye and tissue donation. License bureau employees included Suzanne Jensen, Annette Olson, Robbi Koons, Chris Benzing and Nancy Renner.

22 — March for Science supporters listened to speakers talk about the benefits of science at Hermann Heights Park.

23 — Martin Luther College students hosted a 2017 Special Olympics kickball at at the soccer stadium. The event was organized by the Student Athletic Advisory Committee.

26 — Lizzie Wilfahrt placed third in the 2017 Minnesota Letters About Literature Essay Contest. Operated by the Library of Congress, the contest asks students to write an essay styled as a letter to an author whose book impacted them personally.


1 — Road construction season began in New Ulm. MnDOT crews began constructing Broadway starting at 7th North.

1 — Dr. Ann Vogel received the 2017 Tourism Person of the Year Award in a surprise event at the New Ulm Medical Center. Vogel received the award for her years of promoting the culture and history of New Ulm.

2 — The manslaughter charges against David Allen Pettersen in the death of 19-year-old Nicolas Embertson were dropped during a pre-trial hearing in St. James. As part of a plea deal Pettersen pled guilty to a lesser count of intentionally discharging a firearm that endangered safety in exchange for dismissing the second-degree manslaughter charge.

2 — The city council suspended Plaza Garibaldi’s liquor license for 15 days following a public hearing over two confirmed liquor violations and an alleged third of a 36 month period.

3 — The New Ulm Dollar General announced plans to close the store for good.

4 — Former City Manager Richard Salvati passed away at the New Ulm Medical Center. Salvati served as City Manager from 1968 to 2001 and was well respected by elected officials and city staff.

4 — Brown County Historical Society opens its World War I exhibit “Loyalty and Dissent: Brown County and World War I” to VIPs. Historian Dan Hoisington led the tour through the exhibit.

5 — Second-Grade Teacher Eileen Furth and Seventh-Grade Math Teacher Melissa Nelson received teacher of the year awards during ISD 88 employee recognition event.

7 — A 53-year-old New Ulm man, Robert Eckstrand, was injured in a motorcycle accident with an SUV near the Harkin Store on Nicollet County Road 21.

9 — Sleepy Eye City Council tabled consideration of a chicken ordinance for further research.

10 — New Ulm students recognized National Walk/Bike to School Day by participating in a walking school bus. Kids met at three drop off points and walked to school together with volunteer eighth-graders or adult volunteers.

11 — A Housing Panel held at a Hot Topics lunch concluded there was not magic bullet for handling New Ulm’s housing needs. The panel identified several housing issues but offered not immediate solutions.

13 — Martin Luther College graduated 145 seniors. At the end of the Summer 2017 Session 29 Bachelor of Arts, 89 Bachelor of Science in Education, five Bachelor of Science, four seminary certifications and 18 Master of Science in Education were awarded.

14 — The Harkin Store celebrated Mothers’ Day with a display of over 155 aprons.

15 — Andrew Frederickson pleads guilty in the methamphetamine toxicity death of 24-year-old Maurice Kimball. Kimball died due to methamphetamine toxicity given to him by Frederickson.

16 — Brown County Commissioners approved a new hog finishing operation with a max capacity of 2,400 head in the Mulligan Township. The vote was approved by a 4-1 vote with Commissioner David Borchert voting against.

18 — District 88 investigated reports that a group of students at the Middle School made comments about shooting teachers. Superintendent Jeff Bertrang emphasized in an email there was not credible information to support the statements.

18 — Dick Embacher was honored with the Service to Mankind Award for his volunteer work. Embacher worked as the Social Service supervisor for Brown County Family Services for 37 years and continues to volunteer since retiring in 2011.

18 — Local author Jeffrey Mathews gave a presentation on his debut book “Carry Us All” at the New Ulm Public Library. The novel is about a man experiencing survivor’s guilt and tries to find redemption in restoring an antique carousel.

19 — New playground equipment was installed at St. Anthony’s Elementary School by a team of 25 SpecSys volunteers.

19 — A Stewartville man, Reggie Oeltjen, 65, reached New Ulm in his attempt to run across southern Minnesota. Oeltjen arrived in New Ulm during a rainstorm and stop to rest at the B & J Laundromat.

20 — Two dozen Instagram enthusiasts visited New Ulm for meet up sponsored by the Chamber and Pickles Travel Blog. The Instagrammers toured downtown New Ulm and the Schell’s Brewery despite rainy weather.

20 — The Flying Dutchmen Motorcycle Flat Track Races were canceled to due to rain. In over two decades this was only the second time the races were canceled due to weather.

21 — Cathedral High School celebrated the 95th commencement ceremony at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. A total of 20 students graduated from the High School this year. The farewell address was delivered by salutatorian Emily Schotzko.

22 — KARE 11 Sports Director Eric Perkins toured New Ulm and broadcasted his 6 p.m. sportscast live from Schell’s Brewing Co. He conducted interviews with Mayor Bob Beussman and Ted and Jodi Marti.

23 — Truancy in Brown County schools was on the rise according to a report to County Commissioners. Human Service Director Tom Henderson wrote in his report Truancy numbers had doubled from the last year.

23 — During a PUC meeting Utilities Director Patrick Wrase confirmed New Ulm’s wooden transmission lines crossing the Minnesota River were heavily damaged by woodpeckers. Five poles were damaged enough to warrant replacement.

23 — Brown County Commissioners approved the placement of a sign directing visitors to an Air Force memorial site near Comfrey. The site is the location of a B-47 bomber crash that occurred in Feb. 1963.

24 — Reggie Oeltjen, the 65-year-old runner from Stewartville attempting to run across Southern Minnesota, was found dead at a Waseca campground. Oeltjen had run through New Ulm five days earlier and was interviewed by The Journal. Oeltjen was only able to complete half of his running goal.

26 — The first New Ulm High School class to graduate from the new building received their diplomas. About 139 students walked in the new buildings first graduation ceremony. The student commencement speaker was Colin Leuthold.

27 — A rededication ceremony for those who served in WWI was held in the New Ulm Cemetery. The Doughboy Statue in the cemetery was first dedicated 75 years ago.

28 — Minnesota Valley Lutheran graduated 48 seniors during their Sunday Commencement Service. Class valedictorian Brynn Alfred gave a commencement address.

29 — The Veterans Color Guard marched up Minnesota Street in the Memorial Day Parade. A special Observance program was held in the City Cemetery as well.

30 — Gov. Mark Dayton signed the bill making the New Ulm local option sales tax extension law. The extension will be used to fund RENU projects approved by voters in November.

30 — A concession agreement between the State of Minnesota and the City of Fairfax for Fort Ridgely golf course failed by a 3-2 vote during the Fairfax city council meeting. Those voting against were uncomfortable with the amount of cash pledges received for the project.

31 — New Ulm man, Joseph Wayne Giardina, is killed in a car accident at the intersection of County HWY 25 and 13. Giardina’s vehicle collided with a Silverado traveling south on HWY 13.


1 — Retired U.S. Army colonel Dr. Peter Mansoor spoke to a packed room at the New Ulm Library about the Trump administration national security policy and strategy.

1 — Third-graders at Jefferson Elementary received a grade-level award valued at $1,000 for their fresh-air garden. The garden was created as part of the Carton2Garden competition.

2 — An Allina Health Ambulance collided with a jeep at the corner of German and 3rd South Street. The ambulance was traveling south on German with lights and sirens when the accident occurred. The Jeep rolled over on its side after the accident. The Ambulance’s front end was heavily damaged and was towed from the scene.

3 — Nine-year-old Hunter Dauer and eight other members of the Milford 4-H Club organized a cleanup on a segment of the Bike Circle Trail. This was the first time a section of the bike trail was adopted.

5 — New Ulm Garden Club planted flowers in 70 planters along downtown Minnesota Street.

6 — Gov. Mark Dayton visited Mankato to discuss his action on the budget bill in which he vetoed $65 million in funding for the Minnesota House and Senate. Dayton said he took this action to avoid a government shutdown.

6 — The city council agreed to draft a new lease for the community garden for Putting Green, Inc. to continue operating through 2017.

7 — FCC Chair, Ajit Pai, stopped in Madelia for a round-table discussion in Madelia. Pai advocated for rural broadband deployment. He argued there was a disparity between rural and urban citizens’ ability to get online.

7 — Mexican Restaurant La Plaza Fiesta re-opened at its original location on Madelia’s Main Street. The original restaurant was destroyed in a massive fire in February 2016. The restaurant opened with a special meal for Madelia Chamber Members with an opening for the general public the next day.

8 — Sleepy Eye City Council met for nearly three hours in closed session to approve four resolutions related allegation involving city councilor Larry Braun. Since his election 13 complaints were filed by city employees against Braun. The resolution were designed to protect employees from inappropriate behavior and review personnel policies.

8 — The Grand Center for Arts and Culture held a opening reception for artist Jimmy Reagan. Reagan has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and sees art through a unique perspective.

8 — Corner Home Medical held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate remodeling after the building caught fire in January.

10 — Faith Jam drew a large crowd to Sleepy Eye. The Faith Jam included a 5K color run and a performance from Christian artist Jillian Jones and her band.

10 — Civil War re-enactors from Company B of the Fifth Minnesota Regiment Volunteer Infantry, the Second Minnesota, the New Ulm Battery and other groups demonstrated a soldiers life during the 1869s at Fort Ridgely.

12 — Sleepy Eye City Council unanimously approved a resolution addressing misconduct allegations against city councilor Larry Braun. It was alleged Braun threatened and/or demeaned city employees and undermined the authority of city supervisory employees outside of official council meetings.

15 — Doug Bekke gave a presentation on Military Uniforms of WWI at the Brown County Museum Annex.

15 — Amy Olsson and Darrell Ely were charged with felony for allegedly selling methamphetamine that led to the death of 24-year-old Maurice Kimball. Kimball died in the Brown County jail in July 2016.

16 — Over 100 kids took part in a free baseball clinic put on by instructors from the Minnesota Twins. Kids learned the basics of pitching, batting and fielding.

17 — The Grand Center for Arts and Culture began its endowment campaign with a Paris themed fundraiser “Eté é Paris: An Evening in Paris.”


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