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Artist Jimmy Reagan’s mother Peg Reagan stands next to a pair of self-portraits Jimmy painted. The smaller one is  based on a photo of him painting. The larger one is a recreation of the self-portrait painted over the painting he was making in the smaller piece.

A unique eye for art

NEW ULM — The Grand Center for Arts and Culture is holding an opening reception for an artist whose work has been displayed across the globe. Jimmy Reagan’s exhibit “Through Jimmy’s Eyes: Art as Communication” will have its opening reception 7-9 p.m. Postcards, bags, ties and more ...

Sleepy Eye addresses behavior allegations

SLEEPY EYE — After nearly three hours of meeting in a closed session, the Sleepy Eye City Council unanimously approved four resolutions regarding preliminary allegations involving a city councilor Wednesday. The matter is related to 13 complaints by city employees involving City Councilor ...

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Left to right, employees Corner Home Medical employees Rhon Stuckert, Rayna Schmid, Jesse Neumann, Gail Bjerkos, Mike Spurling and Teresa Runge

Corner Home Medical redone

NEW ULM — Thursday morning Corner Home Medical hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate re-modeling that sought to repair fire damage. On Jan. 12, an apartment above Corner Home Medical caught fire. Due to efforts to extinguish the fire, Corner Home Medical sustained significant water ...

Photo courtesy of the DNR

Minnesota’s largest invasive carp, a 61.7 pound, 47 1/2 inch long was caught in a private gravel pit near Redwood Falls June 4. A DNR invasive carp field crew is working with the local fisheries office and landowner to do follow-up sampling. The crew will also look at sampling areas near the location, including floodplain lakes and the main river.

One big (invasive) fish!

REDWOOD FALLS — The largest invasive carp in state history was caught in a private gravel pit near Redwood Falls June 4. The bighead carp was 47 1/2 inches long and weighed 61.7 pounds. It was immediately reported to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and delivered to the ...

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A digital rendering of the proposed City Center apartment complex intended to be constructed between First South Street and Second South Street.

City Center Apartments developer opens sales office

NEW ULM — The President of Minnesota Strasse LLC Jim Kretsch, the developer of the planned City Center Apartments, announced the opening of a sales office. The office will be in room 211 of The Grand Center for Arts and Culture (210 N. Minnesota St.). The office will be open Tuesdays ...

District 88 School Board evaluates itself, superintendent

NEW ULM — June’s study session was an evening of reviews and evaluations for the New Ulm Public School District’s Board of Education. The board started with the results of its self-evaluation, before moving on to examine the results of a review of the superintendent. The board ...

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The Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission Ajit Pai spoke to reporters at the Christensen Communications Company after a roundtable discussion with area telecommunications companies.

FCC chair advocates closing rural-urban digital divide

MADELIA — Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), stopped in Madelia for a round-table discussion with broadband providers. During the round table, which was closed to the press so participants felt they could speak freely, they discussed challenges for expanding ...

Three-function city building hits snag

NEW ULM — The construction of a new storage building for the New Ulm Police Department, New Ulm Fire Department and Animal Control has hit a snag. In December, the New Ulm City Council approved the construction of a three-function building. The idea for the building was to give the Fire ...

Fort Ridgely golf course fundraising climbs

FORT RIDGELY STATE PARK — Accelerated fundraising efforts by the Friends of Fort Ridgely and Fairfax Golf Committee since May 26 have added $19,867 to the fund drive aimed at securing a resolution authorizing the lease of the golf course at Fort Ridgely State Park from the Department of ...

Faith Jam moves to high school

SLEEPY EYE — With Saturday’s temperature forecast to flirt with the century mark, most of the Kaylie and Tyler’s Faith Jam 2017 events will be held in Sleepy Eye High School. “We know it’s going to be hot, but that is not going to bring us down. We will still run the 5K Color ...

New speaker at BCHS

NEW ULM — The Brown County Historical Historical Society will host a new speaker for the WWI Speaker Series at noon on Thursday, June 15, in the BCHS Annex for our “Lunch and a Bite of History.” Doug Bekke will speak about “The Military Uniforms of WWI” and how they evolved through ...

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Gov. Mark Dayton visited Mankato Tuesday afternoon, to discuss his action on budget bills recently passed by the Minnesota Legislature.

Dayton explains budget action

MANKATO — Gov. Mark Dayton visited Mankato Tuesday afternoon, to discuss his action on budget bills recently passed by the Minnesota Legislature. At the end the session, Dayton vetoed $65 million in funding for the Minnesota House and Senate. Dayton explained he made this decision to avoid ...

Putting Green to keep garden

NEW ULM — Putting Green, Inc., will continue to lease the community garden on the south side of New Ulm, but will remove other components from the site by September. In February, the non-profit organization Putting Green gave the city a written letter announcing a termination of the ...

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Physical education teacher Randy Ogren retired this year after 25 years at the New Ulm Public Schools.

Ogren enjoyed watching students grow

NEW ULM — Physical education teacher Randy Ogren bid farewell to Independent School District (ISD) 88 when he retired at the end of this school year. Ogren has worked in the area since 1988, when he started substitute teaching and some coaching. He grew up in Alexandria and went to ...

County Board OKs tile line repair

NEW ULM — Brown County commissioners unanimously approved tile line repair in County Ditch 33 in Albin and Mulligan Townships Tuesday. The ditch system contains 22,810 feet of open ditch and 165,474 feet of county tile. It has a benefitted area of 5,050 acres and has had many tile line ...

American Legion post sending three to Boys State

NEW ULM — Americanism Chairman Alberta Marth-Wohlfeil has announced that Seifert-Bianchi American Legion Post 132 will again sponsor three local boys to attend Boys State June11-17 on the campus of St. John’s University, Collegeville. It will be a week of learning about government, and ...

Jensen running for Walz seat

OWATONNA — Former state senator Vicki Jensen (DFL) on Monday announced her intentions to run for the first congressional seat being vacated by Tim Walz, seeking the Democratic nomination. Jensen cited her experience as a mother, small business entrepreneur and state legislator, in ...

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Downtown, beautified

Monday morning members of the New Ulm Garden Club planted flowers in planters along downtown Minnesota Street. Nancy Ginkel estimated there were a total of 70 planter pots.This year the flowers planted including geraniums, marigolds, petunias and liquorice plants.All the plants were provided by ...

City Council to consider future of Putting Green facilities

NEW ULM — The future of the Putting Green facilities will be considered Tuesday night at the City Council meeting. In February, the non-profit organization Putting Green gave the city a written letter announcing a termination of the property lease effective June 1. Putting Green will ...

People recruited for new study

NEW ULM — Recruitment opened this month for a new study centered on making communities healthy, starting with families. The Heart of New Ulm (HONU), the University of Minnesota and the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation (MHIF) are partnering to pursue New Ulm — Healthy Home Offerings ...

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