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Boys get drive-by party

Mason and Jordan Schmidt turned 3 on May 19 and parents Eric and Suzy Schmidt invited family and friends out on the boulevard/front yard, drive-by style, to have a birthday ice cream treat. They staggered out when people should arrive to practice social distancing.

SE City Council OKs street fixes

SLEEPY EYE — The Sleepy Eye City Council unanimously approved a resolution ordering 12th Avenue N.E. and St. Mary’s Street improvements at a special meeting Wednesday noon. Sleepy Eye City Engineer David Palm said Minnesota State Aid and DEED (Department of Employment and Economic ...

Highway 93 at Henderson opens

Original detour for Highway 111/ Highway 22 Nicollet to Gaylord to resume MANKATO — Highway 93 south of Henderson is open after closing from Highway 169 to Henderson Sunday evening due to flooding. The Highway 93 closure resulted in a temporary modification to the Highway 111/22 ...

Bus parade

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Bus Line (NUBL) paid tribute to the students, teachers, administrators and staff in New Ulm with a School Bus Cruise. Over 30 buses drove to the various schools in town. The convoy of buses started at Rive Bend Education District, traveled to the New Ulm Area Catholic ...

Surprise!

NEW ULM — A line of cars circled the block of 600 N. Franklin Tuesday to celebrate St. Paul’s teacher Jean Schroeder who is retiring after 40 years of teaching. Schroeder’s last day as a teacher is this Friday. Since the schools are closed to the public, friends, family, staff and ...

City council extends emergency till June 12

NEW ULM — The New Ulm City Council authorized the city declaration of emergency relating to COVID-19 to Friday, June 12. This grants the mayor, city manager and emergency management director the ability to determine and implement the actions required to protect the safety of staff and ...

County buildings begin to reopen

BROWN COUNTY — Commissioners learned how Brown County resumed public-facing services in the courthouse and license bureau Tuesday. In-person services resumed by appointment only. The Community Service Building-Human Services department and the Probation/Attorney resumed open doors. ...

Rotary Club announces 2020 Service Above Self honorees

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Rotary Club’s 53rd annual Scholarship Banquet, honoring the academic top 15 percent of graduating seniors at New Ulm High School, Cathedral High School, and Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School, had to be canceled this year due to the COVID-19 shelter at home ...

Republicans endorse Dahms, Torkelson

REDWOOD FALLS — State Sen. Gary Dahms (R – Redwood Falls) was endorsed by Senate District 16 Republicans for his re-election bid. Dahms was first elected to the Senate in 2010. “I greatly appreciate receiving the endorsement of District 16 Republicans as I run for re-election,” ...

Sign of spring

The Angel Fountain in German Park was turned on Monday afternoon for the first time in 2020. The first day the fountain is operation is usually a sign that spring has finally arrived in New Ulm. As with most things this year, the fountain had a later than normal start.

Three fire departments respond to blaze

LEAVENWORTH — Firefighters from Sleepy Eye, Springfield and Comfrey responded to a house fire Saturday afternoon a mile north of Leavenworth. Sleepy Eye Fire Chief Ron Zinniel said a fire call was received at about 2 p.m. Saturday at 31130 185th St. Zinniel said the second story of the home ...

Torkelson, Kimmel discuss legislative issues

ST. PAUL — District 16B Republican Rep. Paul Torkelson of Hanska and Democratic challenger and New Ulm native Mindy Kimmel voiced their thoughts on the Minnesota Legislative regular session that concluded late Sunday night without approving a bonding bill. “I believe we will be bonding in ...

Flood warning

NEW ULM — The National Weather Service (NWS) issued flood warnings for the Cottonwood River at New Ulm and above Springfield Monday. The river forecast is based on observed precipitation of 2 to 3 inches over the past 48 hours. Heavy rain could cause river levels to rise even higher than ...

City makes plans to reopen

NEW ULM — The New Ulm City Council will once again discuss plans for the eventual reopening of city facilities, Tuesday. The council will consider the exact date certain facilities will reopen and whether to limit users. The Park and Recreation Commission previously considered reopening ...

GFW board OKs August levy amount request

FAIRFAX —The Gibbon Fairfax Winthrop (GFW) School Board unanimously approved setting an Aug. 11 (primary election) operating levy referendum amount Monday. Raising the operating levy referendum to $1,406 per pupil unit (PPU) came on a motion by board member Phil Klenk, seconded by Jason ...

MVL to wrap up school, honor seniors

NEW ULM — Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School is holding Wrap Up Days this week, and will hold an online graduation ceremony on Sunday. Wrap Up Days will allow students to drop off Chromebooks, textbooks, Pep Band shirts and band music, drama scripts, clean out lockers and pick up ...

Minneapolis man with local ties faces four charges

BROWN COUNTY —Four charges were filed May 15 against a Minneapolis man with local ties in Brown County District Court. Cody L. Stark, 26, living in a Minneapolis treatment center, is on probation with Brown County and the Minnesota Department of Corrections. Stark faces charges of felony ...

BBB warns of fake COVID-19 antibody tests

BURNSVILLE — Better Business Bureau serving Minnesota and North Dakota is warning consumers of fake COVID-19 antibody tests being marketed by scammers. With studies showing that up to 50% of people with COVID-19 don’t show any symptoms, many people are seeking antibody tests to determine ...

Celebration of Life Parade

SLEEPY EYE — A parade in Sleepy Eye on Saturday, May 16, dubbed a Celebration of Life Parade, was held to help Karmela Krenz on her upcoming birthday. Karmi is the granddaughter of Larry and Kathy Krenz and daughter of Jeff and Nichole Krenz. She loves princesses and wanted a princess ...