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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

Citizens Bank holds annual meeting

NEW ULM — Citizens Bancorporation of New Ulm, Inc., parent company of Citizens Bank Minnesota, held its annual meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. Citizens Bancorporation is owned by approximately 400 shareholders from New Ulm and the surrounding area. Re-elected to three year terms were ...

SE Sportsmen’s Club hosts 36th annual Fishing Derby

On SE Lake 12-3 p.m. Feb. 4 SLEEPY EYE — One of the largest fishing contests in southern Minnesota, the 36th Annual Fishing Derby at Sleepy Eye Lake will be held noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4. Sportsmen’s Club members said they will get the grill hot early and begin serving food in ...

Housley hopes to replace Franken

NEW ULM — Karin Housley is hoping to take her Minnesota Senate experience to Washington to replace Al Franken in the U.S. Senate. Housley, a member of the Republican caucus in the Senate, was touring southern Minnesota with GOP veteran Marty Seifert Tuesday. She said she wants to head to ...

Hanska man faces two felony burglary charges

Plus three other charges NEW ULM — A 43-year-old Hanska man was charged with felony first and second-degree burglary, and misdemeanor domestic assault, plus fourth-degree damage to property and disorderly conduct in Brown County District Court Jan. 30. According to court documents, the ...

Sorenson has first hearing in Nicollet County Court

ST. PETER — A New Ulm woman appeared at Nicollet County Court for a hearing involving two separate sets of charges. Wendy Sorenson appeared Tuesday for a charge of wrongfully obtaining assistance and three charges of child endangerment. It was her first appearance for charges of ...

Triple A award winner honored

Senior Sarah Longtin, 2AA Triple A Award selectee for New Ulm High School, attended an awards banquet at Gustavus Adolphus College Jan. 28, where she was recognized for excellence in arts, academics and athletics. She is pictured with 2AA Region representative Bruce Remme, left, and Executive ...

Newcomers event to be held in New Ulm

NEW ULM — The Willkommen Committee of the New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce will host “Welcome to the Party: Turning Newcomers into Neighbors” on Thursday, Feb. 8, from 5:30-7:30 pm at the New Ulm Country Club. Tickets are $10 and include meal, swag bag, and door prizes. This fourth ...

StartSmart New Business Seminars

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce is bringing back their popular StartSmart New Business Seminar Series on Thursday evenings from February 8 – March 1. These informational seminars are free and open to anyone interested in starting their own business or growing their existing ...

Well testing talk gets spirited

NEW ULM — More than 50 people packed a small meeting room, spilled out into a hallway, and up a stairway to discuss well water testing for nitrates at The Grand Center For Arts and Culture Jan. 29. After two hours of discussion, heated at times, everyone agreed on one thing — water ...

Book award finalist shares about writing, teaching

NEW ULM — Minnesota Book Award finalist Tom Rademacher shared experiences as a writer and teacher Monday. Rademacher was recently named a finalist for “It Won’t Be Easy: An Exceedingly Honest (and Slightly Unprofessional) Love Letter to Teaching.” He spoke at the New Ulm Community ...

Pastor makes plea

NEW ULM — A 36-year-old United Methodist Church pastor in Sleepy Eye and Fairfax entered a Norgaard plea Jan. 29 to charges stemming from Sept. 30, 2017 offenses including felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, amended gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI and petty misdemeanor ...

Pickell-Stangel is new United Way director

NEW ULM — Lori Pickell-Stangel is the new executive director of the United Way of the Brown County Area. Pickell-Stangel comes to the United Way with 12 years of experience as the executive director of the McLeod County Historical Society in Hutchinson. She brings with her grant, volunteer, ...

Kraft retirees to meet

NEW ULM — The Kraft retirees and spouses will meet Monday, February 5, at 11 a.m., at Happy Joe's Pizza for food & conversation. Please call Ruth or John if you have questions.