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From left, Brad Kirk, executive director of the New Ulm Area Food Shelf, Tammy Steffl, SouthPoint New Ulm service manager, and Brian Serbus SouthPoint New Ulm branch president.

SouthPoint Financial donates to Food Shelves

SLEEPY EYE —SouthPoint Financial Credit Union donated over 150 pounds of food and $774 to local food shelves at the end of November from their Give Thanks drive. SouthPoint members gave non-perishable food and monetary donations during the drive Nov. 13-25. SouthPoint branch presidents ...

Nicollet County commissioners OK BC Evaluation contract

ST. PETER — Nicollet County commissioners unanimously approved a 2018 Brown County Evaluation Center Inc. purchase of service contract Nov. 28. The contract includes a rate increase from $375 to $411 per patient per 24-hour period beginning at the time of admission. The rate hike is due to ...

Shop New Ulm Dec. 14

NEW ULM — With Christmas fast approaching, and in an effort to encourage more local shopping, the New Ulm Business & Retail Association is organizing the third annual #ShopNewUlm At Night event 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14. While you shop, enjoy refreshments offered at each business ...

In this image from video from Senate Television, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., speaks on the Senate floor of the Capitol in Washington, Thursday morning, Dec. 7, 2017.  Franken said he will resign from the Senate in coming weeks following a wave of sexual misconduct allegations and a collapse of support from his Democratic colleagues, a swift political fall for a once-rising Democratic star. (Senate TV via AP)

Franken announces resignation from Senate amid allegations

WASHINGTON (AP) — Minnesota Sen. Al Franken announced Thursday he will resign from Congress in the coming weeks following a wave of sexual misconduct allegations and the collapse of support from his Democratic colleagues, a swift political fall for a once-rising Democratic star. "I may be ...

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Eben (Race Kohl, right) receives a warning from his dead partner Jake (Joseph Kasper, second from right). Britt Ponset (Nicholas Blank, third from right) and Janie Carvill (Elizabeth Bartz, left) sit on two stumps where Ponset tells Carvill the cautionary tale of Eben.

MLC Reader’s Theatre presents radio drama

NEW ULM — A compilation of adaptation on the prairie will open tomorrow for Martin Luther College’s (MLC) Reader’s Theatre. “The Six Shooter” runs Dec. 8-10, with curtains up at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10. Tickets are available at the door for ...

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NU-Telecom donates $15,000 to the State Street Theater Capital Campaign Dec. 5. NU-Telecom’s donation was matched by a $1,250 donation from CoBank through its Sharing Success Program. From left, NU-Telecom Chief Operating Officer Barb Bornhoft and Chief Executive Officer Bill Otis, State Street Theater Capital Campaign Coordinator Mary Ellen Domeier and board chairwoman Judy Sellner and campaign cabinet member Bob Schirlinger. The donations put the capital campaign past $201,000.

State Street Theater boost

NU-Telecom donates $15,000 to the State Street Theater Capital Campaign Dec. 5. NU-Telecom’s donation was matched by a $1,250 donation from CoBank through its Sharing Success Program. From left, NU-Telecom Chief Operating Officer Barb Bornhoft and Chief Executive Officer Bill Otis, State ...

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Bakken Museum employees Nathan Meyer, left, as Thomas Edison, and Siri Hellerman, right, as Nikola Tesla, explained the basics of electrical generation and the fight between the two inventors on Tuesday at Jefferson Elementary School.

War of the currents

NEW ULM — It was all about AC versus DC Tuesday at Jefferson Elementary, though it had nothing to do with rock and roll. Bakken Museum employees Siri Hellerman, school proposal outreach coordinator, and Nathan Meyer, invention programs coordinator, presented about the basics of how ...

City Council looking at 1.68 percent levy increase

NEW ULM — The City of New Ulm’s 2018 annual budget hearing was held Tuesday night. Following changes made to the preliminary budget, the city is currently looking at a 1.68 percent levy increase for 2018. In September, the council set the preliminary tax levy increase at 5.5 percent. By ...

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MVL student gets perfect ACT score

NEW ULM — A Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School student earned the best possible composite score of 36 on her ACT test in October. Anna Natrakul, 17, a senior this year, earned the mark on her third time taking the test. This time she said that nothing had stuck out to her on the ...

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St. Nikolaus gives Hank Kirschstein, 4, a bag of candy after speaking to him about the meaning of Christmas. Nikolaus and Krampus appeared at the public library Tuesday evening, St. Nikolaus Day Eve, during the St. Nikolaus Storytime and Craft Event.

Naughty or nice?

St. Nikolaus gives Hank Kirschstein, 4, a bag of candy after speaking to him about the meaning of Christmas. Nikolaus and Krampus appeared at the public library Tuesday evening, St. Nikolaus Day Eve, during the St. Nikolaus Storytime and Craft Event.

Balmy weather turns into a blizzard

BROWN COUNTY — Weather in much of Minnesota went from one extreme to the other Dec. 4. The Twin Cities broke a 76-year-old weather record high Monday when the temperature rose to 57 degrees at noon, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). The old record was 56 degrees in ...

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NU-Telecom donates $15,000 to the State Street Theater Capital Campaign Dec. 5. NU-Telecom’s donation was matched by a $1,250 donation from CoBank through its Sharing Success Program. From left, NU-Telecom Chief Operating Officer Barb Bornhoft and Chief Executive Officer Bill Otis, State Street Theater Capital Campaign Coordinator Mary Ellen Domeier and board chairwoman Judy Sellner and campaign cabinet member Bob Schirlinger. The donations put the capital campaign past $201,000.

State Street Theater boost

NU-Telecom donates $15,000 to the State Street Theater Capital Campaign Dec. 5. NU-Telecom’s donation was matched by a $1,250 donation from CoBank through its Sharing Success Program. From left, NU-Telecom Chief Operating Officer Barb Bornhoft and Chief Executive Officer Bill Otis, State ...

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Illusionist Adrian Van Vector will be appearing in New Ulm on Sunday, Dec. 10, in a performance sponsored by Grace Community Church.

Award-winning Illusionist to bring ‘The Magic of Christmas’ to New Ulm

NEW ULM — Adrian Van Vactor, an international award winning illusionist from Tucson, Ariz., will be performing at the New Ulm Community Center on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. Adrian started studying the art of illusion when he was 9 years old after watching David Copperfield perform live. A ...

Compassionate Friends candle lighting Sunday

NEW ULM — The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting will be held on Sunday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church located at 700 South Broadway, New Ulm. The candle lighting begins at 7 pm. and continues until 8 pm. There will also be a potluck which begins at 6 p.m. ...

City’s budget, levy hearing set tonight

NEW ULM — Tonight New Ulm residents will able to comment on the city’s 2018 budget and tax levy during a public hearing. The budget and tax hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall. In September, the council set the preliminary tax levy increase at 5.5 ...

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Where two buildings destroyed by a late October fire stood is now an empty lot. Whether the city will be rebuilding or not depends on the insurance company.

Lafayette rebuilding question waits on insurance

LAFAYETTE — A little over a month after a fire destroyed two buildings in downtown Lafayette, the city is still waiting on insurance to move forward. In late October a building owned by resident Dennis Fenske caught fire. Adjacent to that building was the site of future city offices which ...

Storm causes slippery roads, low visibility in area

NEW ULM — A slushy, sleety rain turned to snow in Brown County about 5 p.m. on Monday, and high winds turned the snow into whiteout conditions. Brown County authorities handled multiple reports of cars sliding off the road in the Sleepy Eye area, and drivers complaining of poor visibility. ...

Dollar General now open in Fairfax

FAIRFAX — Dollar General’s newest store at 100 Lincoln Ave. W. in Fairfax is now open. Dollar General will celebrate the store’s official grand opening on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 8 a.m. with free prizes and special deals. Additionally, the first 50 adult shoppers at the store will receive a ...

Dan Feehan meet & greet today

NEW ULM — Dr. Joan Krikava and Jim Bodine are hosting 1st Distrcit congressional candidate Dan Feehan for a Meet & Greet in their home at 308 South Broadway, New Ulm, beginning 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 5. Feehand is seeking DFL endorsement for the US Congressional seat currently held by ...

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Denny Warta, right, receives a plaque from Mary Ellen Domeier for his efforts on behalf of the New Ulm Area Foundation at a Nov. 30 event at the New Ulm Events Center.

NUAF celebrates success of match campaign Nov. 30

NEW ULM — With funding for the event provided by an anonymous donor to eliminate any cost to NUAF (New Ulm Area Foundation), a celebration of the success of the “be part of the MATCH” campaign was held Nov. 30 with a Swine Dine and Butter Blast at the New Ulm Event Center. The evening ...

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