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Playground fun

Jaymen Zangel of New Ulm slides at the new German Park playground July 10.

Commissioners OK handgun purchase

NEW ULM — Brown County Commissioners unanimously approved the purchase of 16 Smith & Wesson M&P 9 2.0 9mm guns with CORE cutouts to replace existing handguns July 10. The motion offered by Commissioner Dave Borchert, seconded by Commissioner Dean Simonsen, would enable Brown County ...

SE Council approves new trash container service contract

SLEEPY EYE — The Sleepy Eye City Council unanimously approved a new trash container service and a service contract with Braun & Borth Sanitation July 10. Under the resolution offered by Councilor Dick Zinniel, seconded by Larry Braun, new 65-gallon containers on wheels would be provided ...

Elections get new wrinkles this year

NEW ULM — Brown County residents may encounter some new wrinkles when they vote this fall. Primary election ballots are being mailed to voters in mail ballot precincts including Prairieville, Sigel and Home Townships, plus Evan and Cobden residents. All non-metropolitan area townships and ...

Music in the Park

NEW ULM—The Ken & Ken Show featuring Ken Griebel and Ken Kamolz performed in German Park Monday evening as part of the Music in the Park series. The two Kens entertained their audience for the evening with musical standards of the 1960s and 1970s. The two singers opened their concert ...

ISD 88 Foundation announces inductees

NEW ULM — The ISD 88 Foundation and its Alumni Committee announce the selection of five individuals for the 2018 ISD 88 Hall of Fame. This is the Hall of Fame’s fifth year of induction. The Hall of Fame seeks to honor individuals who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their lives ...

Three Renville County parks remain closed

OLIVIA — Renville County Parks at Beaver Falls, Mack and Anderson Lake remain closed as of July 9. Lake Allie, Birch Coulee, Vicksburg and Skalbekken parks are open, according to the Renville County Parks Manager Jesse Diehn.

Politicians view flooding

NEW ULM — State and federal politicians met with local officials and disaster response officials, assessing widespread regional flood damage July 8. U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar visited the Tracy Fire Department and the Windom Emergency Service Center early Sunday. She described the flood ...

Clowning it up

Hutchinson Clown Club members from left, Donna Meyer and Becky Ristow, both of Hutchinson, take part in the Farm City Fun Fest Parade in Winthrop July 8.

Relay for Life benefit

Poke’mon Go enthusiasts raise money for the Relay for Life movement that generates money for the American Cancer Society, in German Park July 8. From left, Aiden Horner, Emily Haala and Iris Fromm (in stroller), all of New Ulm, participate.

Smoky run in Winthrop

Staff photo by Fritz Busch Gail Hauan of Hutchinson pulls “Dragginlady” 287 feet in the pro-mod division of the Minn-e-Rods tractor pull at the Winthrop Farm City Fun Fest July 7. The Fun Fest continues today with the Great Parade starting at 2 p.m. A car show takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bavarian Blast coming July 19-22

NEW ULM — Bavarian Blast, now in its 13th year, takes place July 20-22, 2018, with the Pre-Blast Party on July 19 at the Brown County Fairgrounds. A German & American Music Festival, Bavarian Blast features different styles of music, including German-style bands, old-time, rock and ...

Authorities find body in drainage ditch

HECTOR — The body of an adult male, believed to be that of Adam M. Rein, 24, of Buffalo Lake, was found at 12:12 p.m. Saturday in a drainage ditch about a mile downstream from where Rein’s vehicle was found submerged on Thursday. The body was sent to the Midwest Medical Examiner’s ...

County Board to consider new handguns for sheriff’s office

NEW ULM — Brown County Commissioners will will meet Tuesday, July 10, and consider the purchase of 16 Smith & Wesson M&P 9 2.0 9mm guns with CORE cutouts to replace existing handguns for the Brown County Sheriff’s office. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the courthouse ...

SE City Council considers 2019 budget overview

SLEEPY EYE — The Sleepy Eye City Council will consider a 2019 budget overview July 10. Other agenda items include Peggy Tauer urging recognition of Edward Peter Bertrand’s contributions as a Sleepy Eye historical figure, a new River Valley Sanitation trash container service and contract. ...

Woman dies in ATV rollover

NICOLLET COUNTY — An unidentified wonan died in an ATV rollover crash near Judson on Thursday evening, according to the Nicollet County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office received a call about an unwitnessed, single ATV rollover crash on the Judson Bottom Road, rural North Mankato ...

Cottonwood crests at nearly 20 feet in NU

NEW ULM — The Cottonwood River crested in New Ulm at 19.64 feet late Thursday, the second-highest crest in recorded history, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). The historic crest was 20.86 feet on April 8, 1965, according to the NWS. The second-highest crest was 19.15 feet on ...

Dayton surveys flood damage in SW Minnesota

Special to The Journal He traveled through areas affected by the swollen Des Moines River and Lake Shetek, and saw damage to fields and roads. As he was speaking to Lyon County officials and residents at the Balaton fire station, Gov. Mark Dayton summed it all up. "We've seen a lot of water ...

Esther Radke turns 100

NEW ULM — Esther Radke turned 100 years old on July 5 but if you didn’t know her age, you would probably think she’s much younger. She is still quite active. She hears well and enjoys engaging in conversation. Radke lived by herself until age 95 when she moved to Ridgeway on 23rd. One ...

Authorities searching for missing Buffalo Lake man

HECTOR — Buffalo Lake Police are looking for a Buffalo Lake man who has not been seen since July 2, and whose car has been found submerged in a flooded drainage ditch near Hector. Police were notified at 6:07 p.m. Thursday, July 5 that 24-year-old Adam M. Rein of Buffalo Lake was missing. ...

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