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Construction progresses

Tuesday was the second day construction crews closed off S. Minnesota St. between 1st and 2nd S. Streets to swing precast floor slabs onto the basement walls of the City Center Apartment building. Staff photo by Connor Cummiskey

Year’s worth of funds for NUEDC

NEW ULM — The Economic Development Authority (EDA) has agreed to fund the New Ulm Economic Development Corporation (NUEDC) $50,000 for a single year as the City transitions to a new assistant city manager position. Last month, the EDA board was faced with a dilemma. The board learned both ...

Legislators hear county officials’ concerns

NEW ULM — State Sen. Paul Torkelson (R-Hanska) and Rep. Gary Dahms (R-Redwood Falls) heard a variety of concerns from Brown County commissioners and other officials on the coming legislative session. Discussion topics included the license bureau computer system (MNLARS) capability issues, ...

Hutchinson man faces drugs, prostitution, DWI charges

NEW ULM — A 36-year-old Hutchinson man caught in an online sting operation faces two counts of felony drug sale and possession charges, gross misdemeanor prostitution and second degree driving while intoxicated (DWI) charges in Brown County District Court. The sting meant to target men ...

Strong finish to K-Bowl season

New Ulm Public Schools’ Uranium team finished first at the Regional Knowledge Bowl Meet Tuesday in Mankato. The top 27 out of about 100 teams from the region qualified for the meet which is the final event in the junior high Knowledge Bowl season. Front, left to right, Griffin Marti, Isaac ...

Future of downtown garlands in question

NEW ULM — A special meeting was held for downtown property and business owners at City Hall Wednesday morning to seek input on the holiday garland decorations. Since 1925, fresh garlands featuring lighted bells and stars have adorned downtown New Ulm during the holiday season. The ...

Strong finish to K-Bowl season

St. Paul’s Lutheran Elementary School’s Gold team finished third at the Regional Knowledge Bowl Meet Tuesday in Mankato. The top 27 out of about 100 teams from the region qualified for the meet which is the final event in the junior high Knowledge Bowl season. Front, left to right, Josh ...

SE City Council OKs 2018 budget

SLEEPY EYE — The Sleepy Eye City Council unanimously approved a 2.6 percent 2018 tax levy increase, Dec. 12. The $31,600 budget increase boosts the budget to $4,890,985. The 2018 budget includes $191,500 for event center general development and $550,000 to move the police station to the ...

TH 14/15 Gateway Team released

NEW ULM — A $31.4 million contract for the Hwy 14/15 New Ulm Gateway project was awarded last week to The Mathiowetz Construction Company of Sleepy Eye. Mathiowetz Construction has put together a project team which will include 24 Minnesota and local contractors, and another 10 material ...

Human Services Director Tom Henderson receives Diamond Award

NEW ULM — South Country Health Alliance (SCHA) honored Brown County Human Services Director Tom Henderson with the 2017 Diamond Award at the health plan’s annual dinner and presentation held at the Association of Minnesota Counties Conference in Saint Cloud. The Diamond Award is given for ...

‘Ding Dong Merrily on High’

The sixth-grade band played “Ding Dong Merrily on High” arranged by Robert W. Smith and Michael Story and “Tidings of Joy” arranged by Smith, directed by Thomas Bierer, during the New Ulm Area Catholic Schools’ Christmas concert in the Cathedral High School gym. Staff photo by Connor ...

‘King of Kings’ concert at MLC

Lorie Line and her Pop Chamber Orchestra performed her concert “King of Kings” Monday night at the Martin Luther College Auditorium. Pictured left to right: Ethan Yeshaya, bass; Line, Piano; Jose James, percussion and woodwinds; Cody Schuebel, featured vocalist; Randall Davidson, cello and ...

Planning panel looks at budget items

NEW ULM — The Park and Recreation Commission reviewed 2018 budget items during Monday’s meeting. At this time, next year’s budget includes $50,000 for lighting at Harman Park. This is to replace lights at the hockey rink and volleyball courts with LED lights. Schonlau Park will receive ...

SE man faces felony fleeing an officer charge

BROWN COUNTY — A 59-year-old rural Sleepy Eye man faces charges of felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, misdemeanor reckless driving and abuse of toxic substances in Brown County District Court. Patrick J. Dietz, 33604 230th St., allegedly has a history of multiple driving ...

Sherburn man convicted in sex sting

NEW ULM — A 44-year-old Sherburn man was convicted of five felony sex counts in Brown County District Court Dec. 11. Jerrad C. Juhl was convicted of prostitution involving an individual believed to be age 13 to 16; hiring or agreeing to hire a prostitute reasonably believed to be under 18 ...

Three die in crash near Morton

MORTON — Three people died in a head-on crash involving unbelted drivers and a passenger on the Minnesota River bridge on U.S. Highway 71, a mile east of Morton Dec. 9. A 2002 Ford Windstar driven by Teresa L. Linde, 41, Redwood Falls, was southbound on Highway 71 when it collided head-on ...

New Ulm Public Schools finish first in K-Bowl

New Ulm Public Schools’ Uranium team finished first at the Regional Knowledge Bowl Meet Tuesday in Mankato. The top 27 out of about 100 teams from the region qualified for the meet which is the final event in the junior high Knowledge Bowl season. Front, left to right, Griffin Marti, Isaac ...

An hour of remembrance for lost loved ones

NEW ULM — It was an hour of remembrance Sunday night for families who have lost their children. In the hall of Redeemer Lutheran Church, the Compassionate Friends shared their experiences and ways to get through the holidays, and lit candles for their loved ones. “It has been existing ...

‘Tis the season to be jolly

The youngest students perform during the New Ulm Suzuki School of Music holiday concert Sunday at Christ the King Lutheran Church in New Ulm.

St. Paul’s Church members recap mission trips

NEW ULM — Members of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church discussed past and upcoming mission trips Sunday. There are four trips available, though one is not completely confirmed. Members can go to Costa Maya, Mexico; Raleigh, N.C.; Peridot, Ariz., and Red Deer in Alberta, Canada. Word is still ...