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SE City Council OKs rural fire rate options

SLEEPY EYE - The Sleepy Eye City Council unanimously approved a resolution setting two rural fire rate options Feb. 13. City Manager Mark Kober said 64 percent of Sleepy Eye Fire Department hours for rural calls in 2017 and 64 percent over the past four years.The 2017 rural fire rate was ...

Brown County DFL OKs resolutions

BROWN COUNTY — Brown County Democratic Farmer Labor (DFL) resolutions were approved earlier this week. They will be considered by the state party. Approved resolutions include: • Pursue policies that result in more farmers on the land raising crops and livestock, and support and ...

Planning Commission OKs final plat application

NEW ULM — The Brown County Planning Commission approved a final plate application for a single-lot split application by Timothy Peterson on property owned by the Made L. Tande Testamentary Trust Feb. 12. The application includes 3.38 acres in Section 32, Albin Township. The parcel being ...

Grants deadline approaching

NEW ULM — Jeff Braegelmann, Chairperson of Grants Committee of the New Ulm Area Foundation, reminds non-profit organizations that the deadline for the 2018 Spring Grant Cycle is March 15. Grants are awarded in the areas of arts, education, economic development and historic preservation. ...

Bowling for a cause

NEW ULM — Concordia Lanes was crowded Monday during the Oak Hills Memorial Foundation’s 15th annual Bowling Classic. The annual bowling fundraiser raises money for requests with a bucket raffle and donations from corporate sponsors. This year’s fundraiser is fulfilling a long-term ...

Park Commission tables choice of leash-free parks

NEW ULM — The Park and Recreation Commission tabled a decision to designate leash free-park spaces in New Ulm. This issue came before the commission at the request of the City Council. Less than a month ago on Jan. 16, the council voted to draft an ordinance that would require dogs and cats ...

Speech team finalists

The New Ulm High School Speech Team competed at the Mankato Loyola Crusader Classic on Saturday, Feb. 10, against 19 area schools and 300 competitors. Varsity finalists included Bethany Janssen in 1st place in Great Speeches and Lucy Sletta in 7th place in Humorous. Honorable mention went to ...

Annual Miss Sleepy Eye’s princess party

Thirty-three little princesses, along with this year’s Miss Sleepy Eye candidates and the current 2018 Miss Sleepy Eye royalty, enjoyed crafts, games, a beauty salon, a tea party, and ending with a royal ball. This is the lead-up event to our Miss Sleepy Eye coronation, taking place at 7 p.m. ...

Kindergartners brighten day

Students from Janel Sasser’s kindergarten classroom visited with some residents of the assisted living facility within Oak Hills Living Center. The students spent an hour, singing songs, playing number bingo and card games, as well as painting and coloring. Laughter and smiles filled the room ...

Vietnam War screening, discussion series adds ‘Last Days in Vietnam’

NEW ULM — The Vietnam War screening and discussion series will conclude with a screening of “Last Days in Vietnam” on Thursday, Feb. 22, at 6:30 p.m. in New Ulm Public Library’s meeting room. The film, a 2014 documentary that was nominated for an Academy Award, will be followed by ...

More than 1,100 on the ice

CLEAR LAKE — Taking advantage of favorable weather conditions, an estimated 1,100 people were on Clear Lake for the New Ulm Area Sport Fishermen 31st Annual Ice Fishing Contest Feb. 11. “The weather is great. We’ve got 20 inches of ice and lots of people out here,” said New Ulm Area ...

Basketball tourney

New Ulm and Sleepy Eye Public School fifth-graders compete in a boys basketball tournament for grades 3-8 at Vogel Fieldhouse Feb. 11. New Ulm hosts a girls tournament for grades 3-8 at New Ulm High School, New Ulm Middle School and Vogel Fieldhouse Feb. 17.

City hall renovation on SE City Council agenda

SLEEPY EYE — The Sleepy Eye City Council will hold a hearing on the City hall renovation project at its Feb. 13 meeting. Other agenda items include new blight committee assignments, re-establishment of a lake improvement board, a Fire Relief Pension and by-law discussion, new City Code book ...

Royal wedding: Who gets a nod from Harry, Meghan?

By SHEILA NORMAN-CULP Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Forget the World Cup kicking off in Russia in June. The real competition right now is who's going to be invited to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding in May. Everyone who is anyone in Britain is angling for an embossed royal ...

Fasching Festival unlocks the fun

NEW ULM — Fasching Festival (a German Mardi Gras) did it’s best to unlock the fun and chase away winter with a variety of events Feb. 10. Events got underway Friday when the Narren captured New Ulm Mayor Bob Beussman, dressed him in rags and paraded him around downtown New Ulm as a ...

Candidates make pitches at County DFL Convention

NEW ULM — Democratic Farmer Labor (DFL) candidates introduced themselves to delegates and spoke on a variety of issues at the Brown County DFL Convention held at the New Ulm Public Library Saturday. “I’ll continue to advocate to keep farm families on farms,” said First District ...

Snow day at the Park

Isabella, left, and Adeline Hoffmann learn to skate with some help from their father Sam Hoffmann of New Ulm at Harman Park Saturday. They were part of the crowd celebrating the New Ulm Park & Recreation’s “Snow Day” at the park with skating, horse-drawn sleigh rides, hot cocoa and ...

Author visit to Middle School

Submitted photo Author Patrick Mader spoke to New Ulm Middle School 5th and 6th Graders last week. His book “Minnesota Gold” features 57 Minnesota Olympians he interviewed. Each story he shared showed how dedication and perseverance helped athletes achieve their dream of making it to the ...

MVL competes at Loyola Crusader Classic speech tournament

MANKATO — The Minnesota Valley Lutheran speech team competed on Saturday in Loyola’s Crusader Classic Invitational. In the novice division, Michael Bovee placed 4th in Informative Speaking, David Huang placed 3rd in Extemporaneous Speaking, Sonya Bonnett placed 4th in poetry, and Lauren ...

Fasching in New Ulm

The 2018 Fasching Festival at the Best Western Plus Hotel featured a Costume Contest. After the Parade of Costumes, the winners were announced (from left) Stan Miller, New Ulm, first; Josie Lynn Moran, Mankato, third; and Rod Karnitz, New Ulm, second.