Local News

New Ulm Purple wins state’s Heritage Award

New Ulm Team Purple won the Heritage Award at the State Knowledge Bowl tournament at Cragun's Resort in Brainerd April 10-11. The team was seventh in Class AA (large schools). Twenty-four large-school teams competed in the Class AA tournament. Peter Spengler was honored for his record setting ...

Mankato man pleads guilty to felony drug sale

BROWN COUNTY — A 21-year-old Mankato man, formerly of Sleepy Eye, facing a dozen felony charges pled guilty to 1st-degree delivering 10 grams or more of methamphetamine while possessing a firearm and firearm possession by a person convicted of a crime of violence in Brown County District ...

Spring storm hammers area

NEW ULM — The predicted blizzard arrived on schedule Wednesday morning with the snow and sleet expected to continue through Thursday. The snow began early Wednesday morning and continued through the afternoon. Approximately three to four inches fell. Visibility was limited during the ...

Hazelton offered top county job

NEW ULM — After about 20 minutes of discussion, Brown County commissioners unanimously approved a resolution to offer the county administrator job to Winthrop City Administrator/Economic Development Director Jenny Hazelton. On a motion by commissioner Scott Windschitl, seconded by Tony ...

Three walls top option for Hermann Heights

NEW ULM — Three walls was the top option of the Hermann Heights Park hillside stabilization committee, but the length of the walls is still up for debate. The Hermann hill committee was formed last year to determine the best way to relandscape the hillside leading up to the monument. The ...

Man dies in traffic

NEW ULM — A minor vehicle accident near 1720 Westridge Rd. ended with a death Wednesday morning. Douglas Melvin Walter, 67, of New Ulm, died due to a medical condition while driving. Walters was driving a 2014 Nissan Altima eastbound on Westridge Road along the outside area of the Walmart ...

Miller Sellner acquires Rabe International Inc.

Miller Sellner Implement of Sleepy Eye announce the recent acquisition of Rabe International, Inc. of Fairmont. Pictured are John Oothoudt, store manager and Rabe owner, Doug Miller, Miller Sellner president and Dave Baarson, Rabe owner. This addition makes Miller Sellner a 4 store location ...

Former Jacobs & Meidl music store may house grocery store

NEW ULM — The former Jacobs & Meidl music store on 5 N. Minnesota St. is being rehabbed with plans to turn it into a grocery store. Tuesday, the New Ulm Economic Development Authority (EDA) approved a $50,000 loan from the Commercial Property Loan Program to Vaharoslee, Inc./ABD, LLC, ...

Controlled burn at Ft. Ridgely

Mac Oglesby, a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources natural resource technician, spreads a controlled fire on a hillside Tuesday on County Highway 29 at Fort Ridgely State Park. Controlled fires were set to mitigate overgrowth and reintroduce a natural prairie on the hillside.

April showers bring no flowers

BROWN COUNTY—April once again proves to be cruelest month as south central Minnesota prepares to be hit by a massive blizzard. The National Weather Service (NWS) predicts up to four inches of snow accumulation by Wednesday night. There is a 60 percent of precipitation Tuesday night which ...

Planning panel OKs gravel mining permit

BROWN COUNTY — After considerable discussion, the Brown County Planning Commission unanimously approved a conditional use permit (CUP) application by Duininck, Inc., to renew an existing CUP in Section 29, North Star Township Tuesday. A recommendation to the Brown County Board of ...

Fish introduced to creek

Scott Mackenthun, a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources area fisheries supervisor, introduces rainbow and brown trout to Fort Ridgely Creek Tuesday at Fort Ridgely. Mackenthun said 400 trout were introduced to Fort Ridgely Creek including Ramsey Creek, Spring Creek and Scheldorf Creek ...

Allina awards grants to local entities

NEW ULM — Seven New Ulm nonprofit and local government organizations are the newest recipients of Neighborhood Health Connection grants from Allina Health, according to a press release from Allina Health. Out of 68 nonprofits and organizations chosen in Minnesota and Wisconsin, seven from ...

Fence goes up as St. Paul’s starts building

A fence went up at St. Paul’s Lutheran Elementary School this week and changed traffic patterns on school property, as the school starts construction of a pre-school wing, STEM labs and other new features.

SE council approves resolution to acquire former Standard Oil service station

SLEEPY EYE — By a 3-2 vote, the Sleepy Eye City Council approved a resolution to acquire the former Standard Oil service station located at 245 E. Main St. Tuesday. City councilors Doug Pelzel and Larry Braun voted against the measure that came on a motion by Joann Schmidt, seconded by Gary ...

Spring snowstorm hits hard

The much anticipated winter storm hit Minnesota, creating slick roads and icy conditions around the state, including New Ulm. Above, a pair of semi tractor-trailer rigs jackknifed and collided near the Highway 15-68 intersection south of New Ulm, snarling traffic in the area. It was one of ...

Why did KFC close?

NEW ULM — The Kentucky Fried Chicken store on 7th North Street is closed. It’s last day of operation was Sunday. The KFC was part of the community for 47 years, but the franchise contract with KFC expired earlier this year. The last few days the restaurant depleted its inventory before ...

Splashpad may be installed at Harman Park

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Park and Recreation Commission recommended a new donated splashpad be located at Harman Park. A splashpad is an aquatic feature with no standing water or depth. It is described as playground equipment with water spraying features. In November 2018, the city ...

Richmond woman faces five financial exploitation charges

BROWN COUNTY — A 60-year-old Richmond woman accused of using a vulnerable adult’s credit card for spending more than $17,000 from April 25, 2016, to Sept. 24, 2018, faces five charges of financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult. Four felony charges and one gross misdemeanor charge ...