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New Ulm Area Catholic Schools’ middle-school Vex robotics team placed fourth in qualifiers and managed to earn an invitation to the worldwide competition in April. The team, pictured left to right: Ricky Koopmann, Noah Mages, Evan Bentler, Brendon DeVries, Miles Boesch, Cayden Heck and advisor Lenise Brennan.

NUACS robotics teams success at state

ST. CLOUD — The New Ulm Area Catholic Schools (NUACS) middle-school robotics team received a bid to compete in the VEX world tournament in April. NUACS brought a high school and a middle school team to the competition in St. Cloud. Both teams made it into quarter finals. The high school ...

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James Heil (left) and Les Schultz (right) model their Crew 52 uniforms. The two proudly wore the uniforms while Minnesota hosts Super Bowl LII. Another resident of New Ulm, Steve Turvold, also part of the Crew 52 team, was unavailable for an interview.

New Ulm sends three to be part of Crew 52

NEW ULM —Three New Ulm residents are volunteering their time to help Twin Cities community with the influx of tourists visiting the metro area for Super Bowl LII. Les Schultz, James Heil and Steve Turvold were among the 7,000 accepted to be ambassadors to Minnesota. Collectively this group ...

St. James assistant chief fired on assailant in shooting

ST. PAUL — St. James’ Assistant Police Chief Rochelle Hanson has been identified as the St. James officer who shot and killed Gilberto Salas, 20, during a confrontation in St. James on Wednesday. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) identified ...

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New Ulm teams sweep top spots in Mankato Knowledge Bowl meet

MANKATO — The New Ulm High School Knowledge Bowl teams competed in a 30-team meet held in Mankato on Friday. New Ulm teams swept the first three places. New Ulm Purple placed 1st, NU Ivory 2nd, NU Eagle Gray 3rd and Mankato West 4th. The NU Crimson team placed 8th and was recognized for ...

Dan Wessel, left, and Justin Steinke jammed on their trombones out front during The Futons’ rendition of “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison. The Futons were the featured band at State Street Theater’s Date Night for the Decades, musical revue Friday and Saturday

Date Night for the Decades

Staff photos by Connor Cummiskey Above: Dan Wessel, left, and Justin Steinke jammed on their trombones out front during The Futons’ rendition of “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison. The Futons were the featured band at State Street Theater’s Date Night for the Decades, musical revue ...

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New Ulm firefighters battle a garage engulfed with flames at 209 S. State Friday.

NU firefighters battle house fire on State St.

NEW ULM — Firefighters battled a frozen hydrant and a garage fire that extensively damaged a home at 209 S. State St. on Friday. The fire call at the Larry Hopp residence came at 10:03 a.m. as flames, plus white, gray and black smoke billowed from an attached garage behind the residence. ...

Springfield man charged with luring juvenile

SPRINGFIELD — A 50-year-old Springfield man faces a gross misdemeanor charge filed Feb. 1 after he was accused of trying to lure a 10-year old from her house, alone, late at night to meet him in December. Michael J. Boss, 421 S. Paffrath Ave. was charged in Brown County District Court with ...

The 2018 Tomahawk Conference Knowledge Bowl meet was held at St. Paul’s Church in New Ulm on Friday. A total of 21 teams from seven schools competed. Results: 1st: Minnesota Valley Lutheran Titanium (108), 2nd: MVL Cinnamon (91), 3rd: MVL Azure (81), 4th: Sleepy Eye Orange (78), 5th: MVL Maroon (77). MVL is celebrating its 12th straight Tomahawk Conference Knowledge Bowl championship. Pictured: MVL Titanium, MVL Cinnamon and MVL Azure. Front Row: Daria Witte, Jonah Kramer, Isaiah Koepsell, Johanna Stelljes, and Grace Peterson. Back Row: Chip Hennig, Dylan Holtmeier, John Niebuhr, Blake Fosburgh, Marshall Mohror, Matthias Borgwardt, Max Nerland, and Luke Gartner.

MVL dominates Knowledge Bowl meet

Submitted photo The 2018 Tomahawk Conference Knowledge Bowl meet was held at St. Paul’s Church in New Ulm on Friday. A total of 21 teams from seven schools competed. Results: 1st: Minnesota Valley Lutheran Titanium (108), 2nd: MVL Cinnamon (91), 3rd: MVL Azure (81), 4th: Sleepy Eye Orange ...

EDA sells the last of its spec homes

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Economic Development Authority is no longer in the housing business. During a special meeting on Friday the EDA board accepted a purchase offer for 633 Pfaender Drive. This house was one of over a dozen spec homes constructed by the EDA and is the last to be sold. The ...

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Firefighters battle house fire

New Ulm firefighters fought a blaze that started in the garage at 209 South State St. Friday morning. Firefighters were hampered when the hydrant closest to the blaze was frozen, so the firefighters above were waiting for hoses to be strung to other hydrants before they could start spraying the ...

Hub Club president Brian Fischer presented the Service to Ag plague to newest recipient Michele Schroeder.

Schroeder receives Hub Club Service to Ag Award

COURTLAND — A January 22 blizzard postponed the New Ulm Farm-City Hub Club’s annual meeting and banquet by a week, but it didn’t dampen enthusiasm. More than a hundred members and guests attended the event Monday, January 29 at the Courtland Community Center. Highlight of the evening ...

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Tim Kohn, Courtland, left, and Shane Kraus, New Ulm, right, were among attendees at the Highway 14 New Ulm to Nicollet Task Force open house at the Courtland Community Center Feb. 1. The task force is charged with providing recommendations to the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) District 7 that make the best use of potential transportation funding.

Highway 14 plans attract a lot of interest

COURTLAND — U.S. Highway 14 evening rush-hour traffic backed up at several intersections in Courtland, as dozens of people mulled over designs of a proposed four-lane expansion project at the Courtland Community Center Feb. 2. The project remains unfunded, but the Minnesota Department of ...

High-speed chase results in suspect death

ST JAMES — A high-speed chase involving a stolen car led to a man being killed in St. James in an officer-involved shooting. Minnesota’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is investigating the Wednesday afternoon confrontation that ended with Gilberto Salas, 20, of Gaylord dead from ...

SE City Council supports Orchid Inn project

SLEEPY EYE — The Sleepy Eye City Council unanimously approved a resolution for a letter of support for a project that would convert the former Orchid Inn to a school providing STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) experiences and focus on agriculture Feb. 1. Proposed by ...

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Lori Pickell-Stangel, the new executive director for United Way of the Brown County Area (UWBCA), began her first solo day Thursday.

New United Way leader has first solo day on job

NEW ULM — The new executive director for United Way of the Brown County Area (UWBCA) began her first solo day Thursday. Lori Pickell-Stangel began working at UWBCA Jan. 8, but was supported by outgoing Executive Director Donna Lambrecht until Wednesday, Jan. 31. “It has been great, a ...

Million dollar fundraiser returns to NUACS

NEW ULM — The Catholic Schools raffle returns this winter to New Ulm Area Catholic Schools (NUACS), giving people the opportunity to turn $5 into a brand-new car or $20,000 in cash while supporting the local Catholic school. Starting Jan. 25, students from NUACS will join students from 83 ...

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Thomasina Petrus as Teela, left, confronts Luverne Seifert as Dale Selby in Ten Thousand Things Theater’s production of “Park & Lake,” a new comedy by the cast with Kira Obolensky.

Play tackles serious issues with humor

NEW ULM — A free play telling the story of a rag-tag group of workers fighting corporate competition is coming to New Ulm. At 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, in the New Ulm Community Center (600 N. German St.) theater company Ten Thousand Things (TTT) will present “Park & Lake.” “It is ...

Opioids, a perspective: Man shares story of painkiller addition

Note: This is the second in a series of articles outlining the problem of opioid use in the region, a personal perspective and potential solutions. The first story ran Jan. 25. NEW ULM — Although statistical data shows a relatively small impact of opioids, the data cannot really convey what ...

Torkelson against throwing $43M at MNLARS problem

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is seeking $43 million in additional funding for the Minnesota Licensing and Registration System (MNLARS). The MNLARS program has been in development to the last 10 years and was officially launched in July 2017. MNLARS was designed to ...

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Star spellers at NUACS

Isabelle Webb, grade 6, right, won Wednesday’s Catholic Schools Week Spelling Bee at New Ulm Area Catholic Schools. Second place went to Mackenzie Weinkauf, grade 6, left. Third place went to Rylan Koopmann, grade 5. Web will represent NUACS at the Regional Spelling Bee in Mankato. Submitted photo

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