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Priest permanently removed from public ministry

New Ulm Diocese takes action as a result of lay board recommendation NEW ULM — A priest has been permanently removed from public ministry as a result of a recommendation from the Diocese of New Ulm Review Board, said a joint statement from Bishop John M. LeVoir of the Diocese of New Ulm ...

NU Community notification meeting set for Jan. 29

NEW ULM — A community notification meeting for a 27-year-old Level 3 sex offender who served his sentence and is transitioning into the community will be held at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 29, at the New Ulm Community Center, 600 N. German St. Paul Alonzo moved to the vicinity of Center Street ...

Chilly swim

Despite frigid temperatures, a goose swims in open water on the Minnesota River near Minnecon Park in New Ulm Thursday morning. The Brown County Sheriff’s Office reminds those who use lakes and rivers in winter that there is a lot of thin ice.

Searles death probed

SEARLES — Authorities are investigating a death in Searles reported on Thursday, says a press release from the Brown County Sheriff’s Office. At approximately 11:44 a.m. the Brown County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call reporting a dead person at 18151 Sperl Ave., Searles, ...

Sewing Seeds, Citizens are businesses of year

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce Board broke with tradition during its annual meeting Thursday, by naming two businesses of the year for 2019, rather than just one. Sewing Seeds Quilt Company and Citizens Bank were both named Business of the Year. Chamber Board remember ...

Sleepy Eye City Council OKs project plans, specs

SLEEPY EYE — After a public hearing attended by more than 100 people at the Sleepy Eye Event Center Thursday night, the Sleepy Eye City Council unanimously approved authorizing plans and specifications for a proposed 2020-2021 Street and Utility Improvement Project. The vote for the ...

Gag to chair school board

NEW ULM — Steve Gag was unanimously elected chair of the District 88 Board of Education Thursday. The board addresses organizational matters during its first regular meeting of the calendar year. Board member Christie Dewanz declined her re-nomination as vice chair. Board member Matt ...

Journal wins awards

The Journal took first place in the Minnesota Newspaper Association (MNA) contest for Editorial Page as a Whole for Dailies under 10,000 Circulation and third place for Sports Reporting. The awards ceremony was Thursday in the Twin Cities.

Drug Task Force arrests 2 in New Ulm as meth found

NEW ULM — A 43-year-old New Ulm woman and a 35-year old New Ulm man face four felony drug charges after the Brown-Lyon-Redwood-Renville County Drug Task Force (DTF), New Ulm Police and Brown County Sheriff’s Office deputies executed a search warrant at 801 N. Jefferson St. Jan. ...

Brown County Sheriff: Beware of thin ice

NEW ULM — The Brown County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind those who use the lakes and rivers during the winter months of the current thin ice and open water conditions on many lakes and rivers in Brown County. While there have been reports of several vehicles and people breaking ...

Nicollet County OKs strategic, capital improvement plans

ST. PETER — The Nicollet County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a 2019 Strategic Plan and the 2019-2023 Capital Improvement Plan Tuesday. The strategic plan approval, on a motion by Commissioner Kolars, seconded by Dranttel, is a five-year work plan that guides staff to develop ...

Lots of love and clean laundry

NEW ULM — Loads of love and clean laundry were provided to New Ulm area low-income and no-income families Tuesday. Laundry Love, a movement that partners with groups, schools and local laundromats to wash the clothes of those in need, launched its first trial run at the Mega Wash Maytag ...

Murder charge against SE man dismissed

NEW ULM — Six charges against a 45-year-old Sleepy Eye man accused of causing the death of an 11-week-old infant in January 2018 were dismissed Tuesday. In an order signed by Brown County District Court Judge Robert Docherty Tuesday, a motion to dismiss was granted. Charges of felony ...

New Ulm PUC OKs electric rates, slope stabilization bill

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Public Utilities Commission approved the 2019 schedule of electric rates which included increases that will go into effect on April 1. Residential customers will see a customer charge increase from $7 to $9 per month and an energy charge from $0.1112 to $0.1124 per ...

County board denies hikes

NEW ULM — Brown County commissioners denied proposed liquor license and Brown County Planning & Zoning Office fee hikes Tuesday. A proposal that would have increased on- and off-sale liquor license fees from $20 to $100 and one-day license fees from $10 to $30 failed by a 3-2 ...

Lake Life is Good: Snowfest this Saturday

NEW ULM — New Ulm Area Catholic Schools invites the community to attend its annual Snowfest fundraiser from 3:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at St. Anthony Elementary School. This year, the event is Minnesota summer, lake-themed, titled “Lake Life is Good.” Snowfest includes a ...

Service to Ag Award winners

NEW ULM — Randy and Carol Schroeder were presented with the New Ulm Farm City Hub Club Service to Agriculture Award, Monday. The Schroeders received the award during the Hub Club’s annual banquet. The Service to Agriculture Award recognizes a person or persons who promote agriculture in ...

Civic leader tells MLC students about ‘two worlds’

NEW ULM — Students and faculty at Martin Luther College convened at the campus Chapel of the Christ and Auditorium to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day and honor the legacy of the civil rights leader Monday. The observance featured a presentation from keynote speaker Greg Patterson, the ...

New family medicine provider joins Mayo Clinic Health System in Springfield

Valerie Folkens, nurse practitioner, sees patients of all ages SPRINGFIELD — Valerie Folkens, nurse practitioner, is the newest member of the family medicine team at Mayo Clinic Health System in Springfield. As a nurse practitioner, Folkens helps care for people of all ages with ...

Allina Health announces restricted visitor guidelines for all hospitals

MINNEAPOLIS — Starting Tuesday, Jan. 22, Allina Health will restrict visitation to protect all patients and staff due to influenza at all of its hospitals, including the New Ulm Medical Center, and at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute-Transitional Rehabilitation Program, inpatient care ...