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Water main flushing underway

NEW ULM — The Water Department is flushing the water mains today, from Highway 14 to County Road 29 and all the side streets along these routes. Flushing is from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. While flushing is underway in your area, avoid doing laundry and allow about an hour after daily flushing ...

Harkin Store Site Manager Ruth Grewe stands by a variety of antique artifacts and letters on display during a program on the history of the West Newton Post Office Sunday at the Harkin Store.

Honey, I mailed the kids!

NEW ULM — Sunday the Harkin Store hosted their penultimate program for the year on the history of the West Newton Post Office. This is only the second time the Harkin Store has ever hosted a Post Office program despite the fact the building served as a post office for over 30 years. “I ...

Cat died in fire

NEW ULM — The cause of Saturday night’s fire at 509 Center St. is still under investigation. None of the tenants in the building were home at the time of the fire, but two cats were found in the building. Firefighters were able to save one of the cats, but the other perished. Fire ...

Staff photo by Clay Schuldt

Ted Marti, head of August Schell’s Brewing Company, counts the number of empty kegs the day after the Oktoberfest celebration held on site. Marti wanted to get a firsthand count of the expired kegs to make sure the mix was right for future product runs.
This year’s Oktoberfest had lower numbers than in 2016. Marti estimated 1,000 less people visited the brewery, but he is not disappointed with the turnout. “It was still a wonderful celebration,” he said.

The aftermath

Ted Marti, head of August Schell’s Brewing Company, counts the number of empty kegs the day after the Oktoberfest celebration held on site. Marti wanted to get a firsthand count of the expired kegs to make sure the mix was right for future product runs. This year’s Oktoberfest had lower ...

Fire was arson; one charged

NEW ULM — Investigators from the New Ulm Fire Department, New Ulm Police Department and the Minnesota State Fire Marshall have ruled that a Saturday fire at 509 1/2 Center Street, Apartment 1, New Ulm, was an arson. Charged in the arson is Tanya Marie Lieder, 37, of 509 1/2 Center Street, ...

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The Wendinger Band were the opening band for the Center Street Oktoberfest celebration. The festival was visited by guests young and old and from as far away as Kentucky and Alaska.

Rain hardly matters at Oktoberfest

NEW ULM — Rain was not enough to dampen German spirits. New Ulm’s Oktoberfest continued Saturday despite the rain. The morning events went off without a hitch and it appeared as if the storm might wait until after the celebration, but unfortunately the rain started to fall shortly after ...

Staff photo by Clay Schuldt
Dillon Solomon crosses the finish line for the Hermann 5K. Solomon finished with a time of 18 minutes 34 seconds. This is the second time he has finished first in the Hermann 5K.

Hermann 5K attracts young and old

NEW ULM — Before the Oktoberfest celebration continued Saturday, over a hundred of New Ulm’s most athletic took part in the Hermann 5k Run/Walk. An estimated 170 runners lined up on Garden Street in front of the Recreation Center. After the New Ulm Battery fired their cannon the runners ...

The Oktoberfest Promenade Parade was lead by Bank Midwest staff. The parade route began at the Glockenspiel and ended on Center Street located next to the new Bank Midwest building.

New Ulm Celebrates

The final day of the New Ulm Oktoberfest Celebration continued the good times that started last weekend. With a parade down Minnesota Street, music, food and dancing at the Best Western Plus, the Center and Minnesota Street location in downtown New Ulm, and the celebration at the August Schell ...

The New Ulm Fire Department responded to an apartment fire Saturday night at 509 Center Street, in the apartments above Kemske’s Printing and Office Supply. The fire call came in around 9:45 p.m. Within 10 minutes the fire trucks blocked access to the section of Center Street in front of the building. This section of street had been blocked off only a few hours earlier for the Oktoberfest celebration. Many onlookers were unaware a fire had started until fire crews appeared on the scene. Smoke was seen billowing out a second floor apartment window above Kemske Business Solution. Firefighters were able to access the apartment from alley that led to both the apartment stairwell and the rear entrance to Rodney’s. After contacting the owners of Kemske’s firefighter were able to access the ground floor and inspect the rest of the building. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time, but no injuries were reported. Firefighters’ lights can be seen through the apartment window at right.

Apartment fire

The New Ulm Fire Department responded to an apartment fire Saturday night at 509 Center Street, in the apartments above Kemske’s Printing and Office Supply. The fire call came in around 9:45 p.m. Within 10 minutes the fire trucks blocked access to the section of Center Street in front of the ...

Staff photo by Clay Schuldt
The Concord Singers instruct the audience in German vocabulary so they can sing along with the Schnitzelbank song.

Oktoberfest hits its second wind

NEW ULM — After a few days of rest, New Ulm was ready to continue the Oktoberfest celebration Friday at the Best Western Plus. Inside the Best Western the Concord Singers kicked off Oktoberfest music with old fashioned German music in the ballroom. Outside in the Best Western parking lot, ...

The City Center Apartments project has finished clearing the property at 123 S. Minnesota Street and has now begun to dig the foundation. Minnesota Street was closed Friday morning to allow construction crews to begin digging.  The crews will work through the winter to finish the apartment project by June. The goal is to place the foundation and wall in as soon as possible before the first freeze.

Big dig begins

The City Center Apartments project has finished clearing the property at 123 S. Minnesota Street and has now begun to dig the foundation. Minnesota Street was closed Friday morning to allow construction crews to begin digging. The crews will work through the winter to finish the apartment ...

MnDOT seeks public comment regarding mowing/haying on state rights of way

ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Department of Transportation is seeking public comment regarding mowing and haying in ditches and other rights of way along state roadways. The agency today announced it will conduct a series of listening sessions across the state to hear from Minnesotans about ...

Green Isle man dies in four-wheeler crash

GREEN ISLE — A 74-year-old Green Isle man died in a single-vehicle crash three miles west southwest of Green Isle Thursday afternoon. Harlen W. Harms was northbound on his driveway when he negotiated a right hand curve and lost control, rolling a 2007 Honda all-terrain vehicle. He was ...

Rural Hutchinson woman dies in crash

GLENCOE — Authorities have IDed a 40-year-old rural Hutchinson woman who died in a single-vehicle crash near 155th Street and Koala Road, northwest of Glencoe Thursday morning. Elizabeth A. Slepica died in the crash reported at 7:29 a.m., according to the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office. ...

Oak Hills Foundation to hold annual meeting

NEW ULM — Oak Hills Memorial Foundation announces the Annual Meeting Luncheon on Friday, Nov. 3 at 11:45 a.m. in the Hillside Haven Conference room at Oak Hills Living Center, New Ulm. Highlights of the annual report will be noted, a brief presentation of the financial report will be ...

Water main flushing

NEW ULM — The Water Department will be flushing the water mains October 16th from 10th Street to the NU Golf Course on Summit to include Southridge Street and all the side streets along these routes. Flushing will be from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. While flushing in your area, avoid doing ...

Staff photo by Fritz Busch

Wojciech M. Stefanczyk, 30, of Poland, left, makes an Alford plea in a felony criminal sexual conduct case in Brown County District Court Thursday. To his right are attorney Greg Handevidt, a public defender from Mankato, and, partially concealed, other legal staff.

Polish man takes Alford plea; felony charges dismissed

NEW ULM — In what was described as an extremely emotional and difficult case by everyone who spoke at a plea and sentencing hearing Thursday, a 30-year-old Polish man agreed to make an Alford plea in a felony criminal sexual conduct case in Brown County District Court. According to the ...

NUEDC has long history in New Ulm

NEW ULM — Last month the City of New Ulm cut funding to the New Ulm Economic Development Corporation (NUEDC) in favor of hiring an assistant city manager in 2018. The city had been contributing $50,000 per year to the organization. The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has provided a ...

Staff photo by Clay Schuldt

Hank and Harley, the two-horse draft team belonging to Duane Kitzberger, were in New Ulm Thursday to give members of the Allina Health Western Region Human Resources team a tour of downtown.

Allina Health visitors tour downtown

NEW ULM — Hank and Harley, the two-horse draft team belonging to Duane Kitzberger, were in New Ulm Thursday to give members of the Allina Health Western Region Human Resources team a tour of downtown. The trolly ride was organized by New Ulm Medical Center Human Resources Director Katie ...

School board discusses advertising on sports fields

NEW ULM — The District 88 Board of Education discussed placing advertising on sports fields at its October study session. Thursday evening in the Washington Learning Center, the board looked at potential costs, revenues and complications of adding advertising to fences and scoreboards on ...

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