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Main flushing today

NEW ULM — The Water Department is flushing water mains on South Summit and South Highland, including all the side streets along these routes. Flushing is from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. While flushing is underway in your area, avoid doing laundry and allow about an hour after daily flushing for ...

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Connor Schaper hauls a tree up from the bottom of the hill at the Pollinator Park as part of his Eagle Scout project.

Pollinator Park receives makeover

NEW ULM — The Pollinator Park on the north side of town received a makeover recently from a soon-to-be Eagle Scout. Connor Schaper’s Eagle Scout project was to remove invasive sumac and clean up the garden area of the park. “It definitely has improved the park tremendously and it ...

Fatal crash near Glencoe

GLENCOE — The McLeod County Sheriff’s Office reported a fatal single-vehicle crash near 155th Street and Koala Road, northwest of Glencoe at 7:29 a.m. Thursday. A 40-year-old woman died in the crash. The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of next of kind. More ...

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Over 40 juniors and seniors from all three New Ulm high schools took part in an annual Ethics Workshop hosted at the New Ulm Country Club. This was the third annual Ethics Workshop. The event has been sponsored by the New Ulm Rotary Club every year. The students were separated into groups of six or seven which included a rotary member. The groups worked together to resolve a real-world business situation using their ethics training.

Rotary Club holds program for students

Over 40 juniors and seniors from all three New Ulm high schools took part in an annual Ethics Workshop hosted at the New Ulm Country Club. This was the third annual Ethics Workshop. The event has been sponsored by the New Ulm Rotary Club every year. The students were separated into groups of ...

New Ulm firefighter Trent Zabel describes firefighting gear to Jefferson Elementary School students during their tour at the Engine House No. 1 open house Wednesday. It’s Fire Prevention Week through Oct. 14.

Learning about firefighting

New Ulm firefighter Trent Zabel describes firefighting gear to Jefferson Elementary School students during their tour at the Engine House No. 1 open house Wednesday. It’s Fire Prevention Week through Oct. 14.

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“In the Treetops” explores Wanda Gag’s in a less literal way, through allegoric episodes. Pictured left to right: Ashawnti Ford, Theo Langason, Kristina Fjellman, Evelyn Digirolamo, Kalen Keir, and Megan Burns - Photo by Matthew Glover

New show based on Wanda Gag playing in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS — A new play is exploring the early life of one of New Ulm’s famous daughters: Wanda Gag. “In the Treetops,” created by the Sanbox Theatre Ensemble is showing at the Open Eye Figure Theatre (506 E 24th St, Minneapolis) until Oct. 15. From Wednesday to Saturday the show ...

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Anticipated quality of the new Sleepy Eye Event Center is high, according to a recent city survey. A grand opening for the facility including live music is set for 7 to 11 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 21.

Survey says SE fire, ambulance, medical services rate high

SLEEPY EYE — A 20-question survey mailed to one-third of the Slepey Eye population in August shows fire, ambulance and medical services are rated the highest by respondents, according to surveyreturns to the City of Sleepy Eye. City Manager Mark Kober said 200 of 550 surveys mailed out were ...

Bank Midwest Grand Opening

NEW ULM — Bank Midwest is celebrating Oktoberfest and the opening of its new downtown location at the corner of Broadway and Center this weekend. The Grand Opening is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 13. The banke will be serving lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will give away prizes. Bank ...

City EDA approves sale of home in Milford Heights

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Economic Development Authority (EDA) accepted an offer for one of their two spec houses in the Milford Heights addition. The house at 629 Pfaender Drive received a cash offer of $150,000. The EDA had set a sales price of $159,900. With the construction cost and ...

SECC OKs new blight ordinance

SLEEPY EYE — The Sleepy Eye City Council unanimously approved the second reading of a new blight ordinance Tuesday. Discussion centered on unlicensed vehicles that would not be allowed to be parked in front yards unless approved by the City Council. Vehicles cannot be parked on grass or ...

Water Main flushing

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Water Department will be flushing the water mains Oct. 11 on: North Highland from Center Street to Hwy 4 and including all the side streets along that route. Flushing will be from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. While flushing in your area, avoid doing laundry and allow about an ...

States gets extension on REAL ID

ST. PAUL — Minnesota and other states that have applied for extension of the REAL ID regulation have been given more time. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security informed the states on Tuesday that they have been granted an extension from Oct. 11, 2017, through Jan. 22 2018. Federal ...

County planners OK business use permit

NEW ULM — The Brown County Planning Commission unanimously approved a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) Application in Section 23, North Star Township Tuesday. An application by Curt and Betsy Saffert would allow a salon parlor and spa (activities to include but not limited to hair, waxing and ...

The New Ulm Chamber of Commerce Willkommen Committee last week held a ribbon-cutting with Mayor Robert Beussman to officially celebrate the opening of the new Bank Midwest building and to thank Bank Midwest for their investment in the New Ulm community.  The new building, located at 525 Center Street, is 6500 square feet while their old location was just 1900 square feet. Bank President Shannon Hillesheim has already hired two employees with the expanded space, bringing their staff count to 13.  The new building includes a break room, a conference room, and a fitness workspace that is Heart of New Ulm approved. The bank will be holding a public open house on Friday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Willkommen Bank Midwest

Submitted photo The New Ulm Chamber of Commerce Willkommen Committee last week held a ribbon-cutting with Mayor Robert Beussman to officially celebrate the opening of the new Bank Midwest building and to thank Bank Midwest for their investment in the New Ulm community. The new building, ...

NU Rotary holding Ethics Workshop Thursday

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Rotary Club will hold its annual Ethics Workshop Thursday for 42 junior and senior students attending the high school programs in New Ulm. New Ulm Public, New Ulm Area Catholic Schools, Minnesota Valley Lutheran School and Riverbend Alternative Learning Center have ...

Staff photo by Fritz Busch

Large tree trunks and limbs are floating down the Cottonwood River, including one that got hung up near the Cottonwood Street bridge at the south end of New Ulm. A flood warning is in effect for the Cottonwood River at New Ulm until Tuesday night, according to the National Weather Service. Flood stage is 11.0 feet. The stage was at 11.4 feet at 9 a.m. Monday.

Flood warning still in effect

Large tree trunks and limbs are floating down the Cottonwood River, including one that got hung up near the Cottonwood Street bridge at the south end of New Ulm. A flood warning is in effect for the Cottonwood River at New Ulm until Tuesday night, according to the National Weather Service. ...

Staff photo by Clay Schuldt

The grass at lower Riverside Park has become a point of controversy. Rather than mow the entire park, a single section along the river bank is mowed with three additional paths mowed perpendicular to the river to allow easy access from the top park.

Park & Rec: To mow or not to mow?

NEW ULM — To more or not to mow. That was the question faced by the Park and Recreation Commission Monday night. The grass at lower Riverside Park has become a point of controversy and was brought back to the commission to be reconsidered. Last June the commission unanimously ...

Dr. Kenneth Blumenfeld, a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) climatologist, discussed Minnesota’s most important climate trends Monday night at the Fort Ridgely State Park.

Staff photo by Fritz Busch

Climatologist sees warmer, wetter weather

FORT RIDGELY STATE PARK — A Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) senior climatologist discussed Minnesota’s most important climate trends and what the best available science says we should expect in the years and decades ahead. “Minnesota is getting warmer and wetter. We’ve ...

Drone used to find suspect

RENVILLE COUNTY — The Renville County Sheriff’s Office used a drone to find a 25-year-old Willmar man in a cornfield about eight miles north of Hector Saturday. Jeremy Nordberg, 25, of Willmar, was taken into custody after about four hours of pursuit that included speeds greater than 100 ...

Staff photo by Connor Cummiskey

Executive Director Anne Makepeace stands behind the counter of the new gift shop at The Grand where patrons will be able to purchase art from regional artists.

New gift shop at The Grand

NEW ULM — The Grand Center for Arts and Culture is raising its first-floor profile and making it easier to purchase the work of regional artists. A new gift shop is opening in the Grand, with a soft opening Saturday, Oct. 14. At least for now, the gift shop will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 ...

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