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Local Knights of Columbus Member Nyle Mills, left, receives a $5,000 check from the Regional Consultant Lonnie Spaeth, right, after winning the grand prize in the 2017 raffle. The Minnesota Knights Foundation sponsors the raffle, offering tickets to members when they pay their dues. Half of all ticket sales go back to local councils and about $100,000 goes to the foundation’s fund.

K of C grand prize winner

Submitted photo Local Knights of Columbus Member Nyle Mills, left, receives a $5,000 check from the Regional Consultant Lonnie Spaeth, right, after winning the grand prize in the 2017 raffle. The Minnesota Knights Foundation sponsors the raffle, offering tickets to members when they pay their ...

Nicollet County seeks Outstanding Senior Citizen nominees

ST. PETER — Nominations from Nicollet County residents are now being sought for the 2017 Outstanding Senior Citizen Award for Nicollet County. The award recognizes outstanding senior citizens who have contributed their time and talent to benefit their community after reaching the age of 65. ...

Doug Bekke, collector and former curator of the Minnesota Military Museum, brought in examples of World War I uniforms from several nations (above) and explained the background and significance of each piece, Thursday, at the Brown County Museum Annex.

WWI uniforms explained

NEW ULM — The Brown County Museum hosted a Lunch and a Bite of History event on “Military Uniforms of World War I.” Doug Bekke, collector and former curator of the Minnesota Military Museum, brought in examples of uniforms from several nations and explained the background and ...

Buffalo man charged with sex assault

NEW ULM — Zachary James Witry, 26, of Buffalo, was charged Thursday in Brown County with criminal sexual conduct and soliciting a child. He is accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl with developmental disabilities in New Ulm. The girl reportedly told police that Witry claimed ...

Two more charged in Kimball overdose

WASECA — Two people have been charged with a felony for allegedly selling the methamphetamine that led to the death of 24-year-old Maurice Kimball of New Ulm, according to media reports. Amy Jessica Olsson, 41, of Sleepy Eye, and Dustin Darrell Ely, 41, of Le Sueur, faced second-degree drug ...

Former Ulm, Germany, mayor dies

ULM, Germany — The former mayor of Ulm, Germany, Ernst Ludwig died on May 24, 2017, at the age of 90, according to a press release. More than 400 people came to his Mass, taking leave of him. The funeral service was very emotional and took one and one-half hours. The highlight was the ...

Staff photo by Connor Cummiskey

Children played in Harman Park Wednesday, blowing bubbles, playing catch and more, during the Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) Fun in the Park. ECFE hosts the event from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on every Wednesday through Aug. 23. The event is for children 5 or younger and is free.

‘Fun in the Park’

Children played in Harman Park Wednesday, blowing bubbles, playing catch and more, during the Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) Fun in the Park. ECFE hosts the event from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on every Wednesday through Aug. 23. The event is for children 5 or younger and is free.

Staff photo by Connor Cummiskey

Interim Director Anne Makepeace (left), the Chair of the Fundraising Committee Andrea Boettger (middle) and Maggie Schwab, former board chair (right), stand next to a miniature Eiffel Tower sculpture that will be on display Saturday evening at The Grand.

A Grand event coming up

NEW ULM — The Grand Center for Arts and Culture is kicking off its endowment campaign with “Ete E Paris: An Evening in Paris.” Starting at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at The Grand, ticket holders will be treated to a five-course tasting meal from Lola’s, drinks and live music. ...

County Board of Appeal OKs recommendations

NEW ULM — The Brown County Board of Appeal and Equalization approved three assessor recommendations Monday. Changes included raising the agricultural land value of property owned by Raymond Christensen, no address, from $1,103,200 to $1,107,300. The parcel is involved in a split, affecting ...

Dist. 84 board discusses maintenance plan

SLEEPY EYE — The District 84 Board of Education discussed long-term facility maintenance plans Tuesday. Consultant Tim Harbo said $100,000 track improvement project was in the plans. Supt. John Cselovszki said track maintenance should be done every 10 years to avoid huge costs later. ...

NU man sentenced in January prostitution case

NEW ULM — A 60-year-old New Ulm man charged earlier this year with gross misdemeanor fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct in a case filed Jan. 2 was convicted of misdemeanor prostitution in Brown County District Court Wednesday. The fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct charge against Mark ...

Staff photo by Connor Cummiskey

The Brown County Humane Society has more than two dozen kittens like DeLand at the shelter. The flood of newborns prompted the shelter to try to raise some extra resources.

Meet the kittens

NEW ULM — Come play with kittens and donate to their care during the Brown County Humane Society’s Kitten Shower. The shelter (1301 S. Valley St.) is hosting a kitten shower 3-6 p.m. Friday, June 16, at Runnings of New Ulm (2107 N Garden St). Guests can enjoy free punch and desserts from ...

Paul Torkelson

Torkelson feels court will rule for Legislature

NEW ULM — State Rep. Paul Torkelson (R-Hanska) said Tuesday he and his GOP colleagues in the Legislature are confident Minnesota courts will find Gov. Mark Dayton acted unconstitutionally when he used the line item veto to strip funding from the Minnesota Legislature after the recent ...

Sibley County deputy faces drug charges

GAYLORD — A 44-year-old Sibley County Sheriff’s Office investigator was arrested for fifth-degree felony controlled substance possession and two counts of misdemeanor trespassing in Sibley County District Court June 8. Jason D. Ruehling, of Arlington, was placed on paid administrative ...

Planning panel OKs permit applications

NEW ULM — The Brown County Planning Commission unanimously approved a pair of conditional use permit (CUP) applications Tuesday. A number of Mulligan Township farmers voiced opposition to an application by Christensen Farms Midwest LLC (on property owned by Gary & Laureen Tauer) in ...

Golf course resolution dies for lack of second

FAIRFAX — It’s already been a long, strange trip, but the journey to revive the Fort Ridgely State Park from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) chopping block took another U-turn Tuesday. A resolution approving a concession agreement between the City of Fairfax and the ...

Staff photos by Clay Schuldt

Mexican Restaurant La Plaza Fiesta is open again at its original location at 15 W. Main Street in downtown Madelia. Above, owner Krystal Hernandez in the redone restaurant.

Time for a fiesta

MADELIA — After a year of hard work by crews, Mexican Restaurant La Plaza Fiesta is open again at its original location at 15 W. Main St. in downtown Madelia. The Mexican restaurant was one of several Main Street businesses destroyed in a massive fire on Feb. 3, 2016. The restaurant ...

Walnut Grove police chief arrested

REDWOOD FALLS — The Walnut Grove police chief was one of three area men arrested Friday after a sting allegedly caught them trying to solicit sex with minors online. The Redwood County Attorney’s Office said Michael Robert Zeug, 45, of Walnut Grove; Scott Glenn Berglund, 41, of Montevideo; ...

Addison's rock

Fly high, Addison!

Colling Lemke, 12, touches up a small boulder in front of the New Ulm Middle School Monday afternoon. Lemke spread new glitter on the rock that seventh-graders dedicated to Addison Berdan Sunday. Berdan, 13, died Friday, June 9, prompting the seventh grade to dedicate what is an annual ...

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