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Friends team up on haunted house, trailer

NEW ULM — Some children were so spooked at a free haunted house this weekend, they ran away before going in, after watching a two-minute trailer produced by two friends. Sometimes, kids slowly walked back towards a large garage that contains “Halls of Horror Haunted House, The Backwoods ...

SE Holiday Lights in Motion taking shape

SLEEPY EYE — What began as a joke has grown into a sizable undertaking with 150,000 Christmas lights at Sportsmans Park. “It started as a joke,” said Shari Hittesdorf of Sleepy Eye, who founded Sleepy Eye Holiday Lights in Motion with Mike Suess of Sleepy Eye. “Mike put in music ...

Fright in the Night

Scenes from New Ulm’s haunted houses. Photos by Fritz Busch

Gateway Project Progress

Staff photo by Kevin Sweeney A portion of 7th North Street that has been under construction all summer reopened Friday, from German Street to the first roundabout on the Highway 14-15 Gateway project. The roundabout includes the Front Street ramp, giving access from 7th North Street.

NU Nightmares

Staff photo by Fritz Busch 2018 New Ulm Nightmares Haunted House - The Sanitorium - , 21 S. Minnesota St. includes many spooky features between the American Legion and the Backerei and Coffee Shop. It’s open 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday and 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31. Tickets are cash only.

Kalz previews ‘The Winter Bees’

NEW ULM — With the flare of a librarian, New Ulm author Jill Kalz read excerpts of her first fiction book for adults, “The Winter Bees,” to a roomful of eager listeners at The Grand Center Center for Arts & Culture Thursday. Edited by Sleepy Eye native and Minneopa Valley Press ...

Nightmare creeps up across the wall

NEW ULM — Tonight a nightmare will silently creep across the wall at the The Grand Center for the Arts and Culture, as the New Ulm Film society screens the silent film horror classic “Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror.” The screening begins at 8 p.m. at The Grand and will incorporate ...

Planning panel looks at downtown parking

By Clay Schuldt Staff Writer NEW ULM — The Planning Commission reviewed parking in the downtown business district Thursday. Community Development Director David Schnobrich gave a report on parking. He summarized the issues of providing parking for customers, employees and residents and ...

Fairfax bookkeeper sentenced to 27 months in prison

ST. PAUL — A 59-year-old Fairfax woman was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court to 27 months in prison for embezzling more than $540,000 from her former employer. Theresa E. Linsmeier pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and one count of filing a false tax return June 7. In ...

Murder mystery combines New Ulm’s old buildings and indoor hunting

NEW ULM — “What to do with all the old buildings and how to keep men in town during the hunting season” were the two questions facing writer and director Paul Warshauer when asked to present another original murder mystery at the New Ulm Best Western on NOV. 3. The story line for “Of ...

Sheriff candidates treat each other with respect

NEW ULM — The Brown County sheriff’s forum was held Wednesday night at the New Ulm Public Library. On Nov. 6, Brown County voters will be asked to choose between Brown County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Jason Seidl and New Ulm Police Department Senior Investigator Jeffrey Hohensee as ...

Auditor-treasurer hopefuls agree on most issues

NEW ULM — Brown County Auditor-Treasurer (AT) candidates Jean Prochniak and Paul Wesselmann didn’t disagree on very much at the New Ulm League of Women Voters Candidates Forum at the New Ulm Public Library Wednesday. Prochniak, the incumbent with nearly four decades of experience in the ...

Nicollet County commissioners get insurance update

ST. PETER — Nicollet County Administrator Ryan Krosch provided commissioners with an update on federal changes occurring with Medicare supplemental insurance Tuesday. Nicollet County has facilitated Medicare supplemental insurance for retirees in the past but as plans change significantly ...

Three arrested as part of prostitution sting

MARSHALL — On Oct. 23 the Brown-Lyon-Redwood-Renville County Drug Task Force along with Marshall Police Department coordinated an operation designed at targeting the demand side of underage sex trafficking in the area. This operation was part of a multi-jurisdictional operation conducted in ...

Windings breaks ground for new facility

NEW ULM — Windings, Inc., held a special groundbreaking ceremony at the site of their new facility at 15 Somsen St. The building previously belonged to Elkay Manufacturing, which closed last spring. Windings promptly acquired to the building as the company was planning on expanding. ...

USA Today gives New Ulm tenth place on list of 50 best cities to live

NEW ULM — People who live here already know that New Ulm is a pretty nice place to live. Now, thanks to a rating published in USA Today, they know just how nice it is. USA Today has given New Ulm tenth place on its list of America’s 50 best cities to live. The list is based on a 24/7 Wall ...

Alma Marin receives Human Rights Award

NEW ULM — A Bolivian immigrant who has dedicated years to public service to uphold human rights received the New Ulm Human Rights Commission Human Rights Award at the New Ulm Community Center Tuesday. Alma Marin, who has served on numerous commissions and committees to uphold the rights of ...

Board slashes drone funding in half

NEW ULM — By a 4-1 vote with Commissioner Dennis Potter dissenting, Brown County commissioners slashed a sheriff’s office budget callback item in half, to $12,000, Tuesday. The original draft budget 2019 callback item was $24,000 for a drone, case, batteries and training to be used by the ...

PUC considers rate increase, bids Gramentz goodbye

NEW ULM — The Public Utilities Commission reviewed service rates at Tuesday’s meeting. Dave Berg of Dave Berg Consulting gave a presentation on the cost of service and rate design study performed for the electric division and for the district energy division. The purpose of the study ...

Weekday window work

NEW ULM — Last Monday, River Bend Business Products formally merged with Kemske. The Kemske company moved from its Center Street location into the River Bend space and is now called Kemske/River Bend Business Products Company. In addition to the name change, the building at 203 N. ...

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