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Nicollet County board elects officers

ST. PETER — The Nicollet County Board of Commissioners unanimously elected Commissioner Denny Kemp 2019 board chairman Jan. 8. Commissioner John Luepke unanimously elected vice chairman. Oaths of office were administered to Commissioners Terry Morrow and Jack Kolars, County Attorney ...

Brown County DFLers plan future strategy

NEW ULM — About a dozen Brown County Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Party members reviewed the November General Election locally and discussed future strategy at Turner Hall Wednesday night. “We have a lot of work to do. We want to get the (Minnesota) Senate back in 2020. We want to do ...

Bloodmobile at Vogel

NEW ULM — The American Red Cross Bloodmobile visited Vogel Arena Wednesday afternoon to accept much needed blood donations from New Ulm area residents. One-hundred forty appointments were scheduled for Wednesday with many members of the community showing up unannounced. The blood drive ...

Calling all women: Women’s Forum seeks to provide networking opportunities

NEW ULM — A new non-profit forum and networking group is launching in New Ulm and seeking local women from all backgrounds to join its ranks to be of service to each other and the community. The networking group, the Women’s Forum, is holding it’s launch party from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. ...

Fairfax man faces attempted murder charge

OLIVIA — A Fairfax man was charged with first-degree attempted murder in Renville County District Court Tuesday, for allegedly shooting a Hector man in the hand and face in Fairfax Friday. Michael J. Klatt, 902 1st St., Fairfax, was charged with felony premeditated first-degree murder, ...

Marching forward

NEW ULM — New Ulm Forward, an organization concerned about race relationships and celebrating diversity in the community, discussed its next steps, Tuesday night. The organization, which came out into the public domain at New Ulm’s National Night Out in German Park last July, listed a ...

Laundry Love for low, no-income people

NEW ULM — United Church of Christ is launching a trial run for a Laundry Love project in New Ulm Jan. 22. Laundry Love is a movement that partners with groups, schools and local laundromats to wash the clothes and bedding of low-income or no-income families and individuals. Clean clothes ...

City awards Rec Center contract

NEW ULM — The New Ulm City Council awarded the architect and engineering contract for the Rec Center RENU project. In the December RENU Oversight Committee meeting, JLG was unanimously recommended for the project. JLG was one of two firms that gave a presentation during. JLG impressed the ...

County board OKs uncollected claims agreement

NEW ULM — Brown County commissioners unanimously approved a provider agreement to resubmit $4,860 in uncollected claims for homecare services provided in its adult home visiting program, Tuesday. On Oct. 23, Brown County Public Health requested commissioners write off $4,860 in claims it ...

Iowa man sentenced for 2017 prostitution case

NEW ULM — A 21-year-old Sheldon, Iowa, man arrested with seven other men in an August 2017 prostitution sting in Springfield was convicted of felony prostitution in Brown County District Court Monday. Shane A. Madsen received a stay of imposition, was sentenced to 30 days local confinement, ...

January open water

Aided by warm weather for this time of year, a fisherman tried his luck from a boat in the Minnesota River just east of Minnecon Park Monday afternoon. Above-average temperatures will continue Tuesday with a forecast high of 35 degrees. Temperatures will dip below average Friday through Sunday ...

Florida man accused of Winthrop burglaries

SIBLEY COUNTY — A 56-year-old Florida man who admitted to committing about 2,200 commercial burglaries in 23 states, according to court documents, was charged with two counts of felony 2nd-degree burglary and felony attempted 2nd-degree burglary in Sibley County District Court ...

Student expelled for selling ‘illegal substances’

NEW ULM — The District 88 School Board convened for a special meeting Monday to consider the expulsion of a student from the district. The school board voted unanimously 6-0 on the resolution to expel the student from the school district effective immediately. Board member Steve Gag was ...

Misty for you

A light mist fell Monday afternoon as traffic cruised on Valley Street, near Center Street. Old Man Winter remains on vacation Tuesday with a forecast high of 35 degrees. Staff photo by Fritz Busch

More donations for amphitheater

NEW ULM — The Park and Recreation Commission accepted $4,050 in cash donations and $10,000 in pledges, Monday. The $10,000 pledge was made by Dr. Ann Vogel for the German Park amphitheater project. Vogel’s pledge is conditioned on the city matching her pledge if additional funding is ...

Council to award engineering contract for Rec Center

NEW ULM — The New Ulm City Council is expected to award the architect and engineering contract for the Rec Center RENU project. In December, at the RENU Oversight Committee meeting, JLG was unanimously recommended for the project. JLG was one of two firms that gave a presentation. JLG ...

Red Cross issues emergency call for blood donors

Blood drive in New Ulm this week ST. PAUL — A donation shortfall over the winter holidays is prompting the American Red Cross to issue an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to give now to prevent a blood shortage from continuing throughout winter and affecting patient ...

Life Living Series focuses on effects of Alzheimer’s disease

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Public Library, United Way of the Brown County Area, New Ulm Early Childhood Family Education and New Ulm Park and Recreation partnered to offer the Life Living Speaker Series and Brown County Community Read at the New Ulm Community Center. This year’s theme, ...

Quilters stitch to save eyes in Guatemala

ST. GEORGE — Members of the community and parish of St. George’s Catholic Church came together for the 8th annual Sewing For Sight fundraiser on the church’s grounds Saturday. The fundraiser featured an auction of handmade quilts donated from around the community with 60 volunteers ...

LWV forum explains ins and outs of legislative process

NEW ULM — Members of the community had the chance to expand their knowledge on Minnesota’s legislative process at the New Ulm Public Library Saturday. Nick Harper, lawyer, lobbyist and civic engagement director for the League of Women Voters Minnesota, held a presentation and public ...