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Highway 68 south of Courtland open

COURTLAND — Highway 68 west of Blue Earth County Road 45 near Courtland (approximately 5 miles southeast of New Ulm) is open. The road was closed on July 1 due to a mudslide. Minnesota Department of Transportation crews have cleared significant mud, fallen trees and debris from the road and ...

Highway 68 remains closed

COURTLAND — State Highway 68 remains closed several miles southeast of New Ulm due to a mudslide early Sunday afternoon. The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) closed the road west of Blue Earth County Road 45, near Courtland after the mudslide left significant mud, fallen trees ...

St. Paul’s School re-accredited

NEW ULM — A school quality association recently validated the standards of a local private school. St. Paul’s Lutheran School was officially re-accredited July 1 for another seven years, until June 30, 2025, by the Minnesota Nonpublic School Accrediting Association (MNSAA). The ...

Christmass issues come up in July

NEW ULM — Tonight the City Council will discuss Christmas issues in July. The New Ulm Chamber of Commerce Retail Service Specialist Cara Knauf will give an update on the downtown holiday garlands. The downtown holiday decorations have been an annual tradition in New Ulm for decades, but ...

Heavy rains flood area

Heavy rains hit Minnesota Monday night at Tuesday, resulting in flash flood warnings in Redwood and Renville counties, and portions of Brown and Nicollet Counties. Above, 10.9 inches of rainwater with nowhere to go flooded streets in Wabasso around noon. Rain totals of 8 to 10 inches were ...

BMX bikers perform feats

Despite rainy conditions and a delay in action, River Valley still held its state race Sunday. Each of the 11 BMX tracks in Minnesota get one state race a season where cyclists can qualify for the state competition at the end of the season. Staff photos by Connor Cummiskey

Mudslide blocks Highway 68

COURTLAND — Highway 68 is impassable for the near future due to a rain-induced mudslide. Around 1 p.m. Sunday a hillside adjacent to the highway collapsed. “I was working in the garage and could hear something crashing, and the whole hillside was moving, so I just dialed 9-1-1 and told ...

A booming tribute to independence

WEST NEWTON TOWNSHIP — The Harkin Store hosted a booming tribute to Independence Day Sunday. The New Ulm Battery gave tribute to Independence Day at the Harkin Store with cannon fire every 30 minutes. “We have a blast preserving and promoting history,” Secretary Bryce Stenzel ...

4th of July and apple pie

NEW ULM — Hy-Vee in New Ulm is starting a new tradition to celebrate Independence Day. On Saturday, the grocery store held an apple pie-eating contest in the deli restaurant area, tucked to the right of the entrance. Each of the 17 contestants who participated had to eat as much of a ...

Mustang lovers ride into New Ulm

NEW ULM — A herd of pony cars cruised through town Saturday in appreciation of a piece of Americana. The Southwest Metro Mustang Club (SMMC) held a cruise in New Ulm Saturday morning. They stopped at the Chuck Spaeth Ford Dealership to listen to a technician talk shop before going to ...

Over a foot of rain in New Ulm in June

NEW ULM — Over a foot of rain fell in New Ulm during the month of June, making it one of the wettest Junes on record. National Weather Service observer Victor Roepke said his statistics showed 12.22 inches of rain fell in the city. Rain fell on at least 18 days out of the month – Roepke ...

Scorcher

NEW ULM — Citizens of New Ulm were starting to miss the rains Friday. The temperatures reached a sweltering 96 degrees by early afteroon, according to the Martin Luther College weather station, combining with the humidty for a heat index of over 100 degrees. Residents tried to beat the heat ...

Get ready for Independence Day

BROWN COUNTY—The Independence Day holiday is less than a week away and several area communities are celebrating the occasion. July 3 Both New Ulm and Cambria start the fun early on Tuesday, July 3. At Riverside Park in New Ulm, the American Legion will open the food-beer stand at 5 p.m. ...

Dalton enjoying challenges in first few months as assistant city manager

NEW ULM — On April 4, Chris Dalton became New Ulm’s new Assistant City Manager. He is the first employee to fill the position since 2011. In addition to serving as assistant city manager, Dalton takes over economic development duties for the city and his work is cut out for him. ...

FFA Leaders learn new ideas for communities

HACKENSACK, Minn. – Nearly 200 Minnesota FFA members gathered for two sessions of the State Leadership Conference for Chapter Leaders (SLCCL) at Deep Portage Conservation Reserve near Hackensack from June 24 - 26 and June 27 - 29 to develop leadership skills for their communities and home ...

No Journal on July 4

The Journal will not publish a paper on Wednesday, July 4th for the Independence Day holiday. The Journal offices will be closed on Wednesday, but the newsroom will be staffed after 3 p.m. to prepare the Thursday edition. The Journal offices will be open for business as usual on July 5.

A tour of beauty

NEW ULM — The 2018 Brown County Master Gardeners’ Gardenfest Tour went off without a hitch Thursday evening. Not a drop of rain fell during the tour hours, and guides said it was one of the best attended tours in years with over 120 tickets sold. The owners of the five gardens on this ...

Prairie Fire feeds passion for acting

NEW ULM — An annual summer program has fed the flames of students’ theater passions for two decades. This year is the 20th anniversary of Healthy Community Healthy Youth (HCHY) hosting Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre. Auditions for the upcoming production of “Robin Hood” are 1 p.m. ...

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