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Hitting the ice on Lake Hanska

HANSKA — A temporary town with a population of over 500 set up camp on Lake Hanska Saturday for the community’s annual Ice Fishing contest. The ice fishing tournament was sponsored by the Hanska Firefighters Association. The tournament serves as a fundraiser for the assoication. Proceeds ...

Snowshoers trek at Fort Ridgely

FORT RIDGELY — Area naturalist Scott Kudelka led a group on a snowshoe hike through Fort Ridgely State Park Saturday morning. The event was free to the public and snowshoes were provided for those without the proper footwear. Kudelka described snowshoeing as one the more accessible ...

NUACS Snowfest focuses on fun and games

NEW ULM — St. Anthony Elementary was in the sporting spirit as New Ulam Area Catholic Schools (NUACS) hosted Snowfest XXXV (35). Director of Development Sara Rieland said Snowfest is the largest fundraising event for NUACS and is second only to the annual appeal. The goal of the Snowfest ...

Fritsches talk dairy farming at Super Bowl Experience

NEW ULM — Paul and Melanie Fritsche of rural New Ulm plus more than 50 other Midwest dairy farmers will share their stories at the Super Bowl Experience at the Minneapolis Convention Center Jan. 31. The Fritsches of Fritsche Farms, LLC, will serve as ambassadors for Midwest Dairy’s Fuel ...

Dahms, Torkelson update constituents on policy matters

NEW ULM — State Sen. Gary Dahms (R-Redwood Falls) and State Rep. Paul Torkelson (R-Hanska) took part in a town hall meeting Friday morning at the New Ulm Public Library. The two gave an update on Minnesota politics ahead of the 2018 legislative session. Dahms and Torkelson answered ...

PUC to host steam ed classes

NEW ULM – New Ulm Public Utilities will host steam education classes for vendors and district energy customers on Monday, Jan. 29, in the City Hall Council Chambers, 100 N. Broadway St. Conducted by FVB Energy Inc. of Bloomington, this program is designed to educate customers on how to get ...

Late Journal publisher honored

BLOOMINGTON — Bruce Fenske, the former publisher of The Journal, was named the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s Distinguished Service to Journalism award recipient at the MNA convention Thursday at the Double Tree by Hilton in Bloomington. The award is the highest honor presented by ...

Farmers Union legislative director details issues

Supports 7-year wind easements COMFREY — Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) Legislative Director Thom Petersen discussed the group's draft legislative agenda at a joint MFU/National Farmers Organization (NFO) meeting at the Comfrey Cafe Jan. 25. "In our third straight year of tough prices, ...

Kimmel gathers input on issues

NEW ULM — Candidate for State House representative Mindy Kimmel visited the Backerei Thursday morning as part of her series of Common Ground meetup events. Kimmel is seeking the DFL endorsement to run for the Minnesota House Seat 16B, which is currently held by GOP incumbent Paul ...

Mathletes in action

NEW ULM — St. Paul’s Lutheran Elementary School swept the 3M MathCounts meet Wednesday at Leifeld Hall. The team took first with 48.75 points total. The second-place team was New Ulm Middle School, with 27.75 points. Seven area schools took part in the meet. St. Paul’s team members ...

Statistics suggest opioids are a region-wide problem

Note: This is the first in a series of articles outlining the problem of opiod use in the region, a personal perspective and potential solutions. NEW ULM — In October 2017 President Donald Trump declared the increasing rate of opioid-related deaths a public health emergency. Commonly ...

Sorenson hearing details jury trial

ST. PETER — A pre-trial hearing for a 57-year-old rural New Ulm man facing multiple counts of felony first-degree and second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a girl under age 16, felony interference with privacy against a minor under age 18 and gross misdemeanor interference with privacy, ...

Mountains of snow cleared

George Cottum of New Ulm blows snow away from the corner of Third North and Minnesota Streets Jan. 23.

Family from Courtland shares $1M lottery winnings

ST. PAUL — A Minnesota Millionaire Raffle ticket that Don DeSaer of Courtland received as a Christmas gift from one of his daughters turned out to be an unexpected present for the whole family. Don’s Raffle ticket was one of two tickets to win $1 million on New Year’s Day, which he and ...

PUC: Fixing sump pump issue saves $50K a year

NEW ULM — A residential sump pump inspection program was completed last summer, and the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) received a report Tuesday from Wastewater Treatment Plant supervisor Dan O’Connor. In 2014, Wastewater staff began discussing steps to decrease the amount of clean ...

Fairmont shooting probed

By The Fairmont Sentinel FAIRMONT — The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is reporting that Craig Fowler and James Tietje were the police officers involved in a shooting incident at an apartment complex in the city early Saturday. The Fairmont Police Department asked the bureau to ...

Commissioners OK ditch findings of fact

NEW ULM — Brown County Commissioners unanimously approved findings of fact for redetermination of benefits (ROB) on County Ditches 11, 68, and 71 Jan. 23. The ROB and damages for Ditch 68 were slightly revised to $6,970,406; down slightly from an earlier figure of $6,981,661. Included in ...

Construction open house for Highway 14/15 in New Ulm Feb. 8

Video highlights detour information (and Hermann the German) MANKATO – The Minnesota Department of Transportation wants to get New Ulm area residents and businesses ready for construction on the New Ulm Gateway (Highway 14/15) project detour planned for early April. An open house has been ...

Snow emergency downtown

NEW ULM — A Downtown Snow Emergency has been declared for Wednesday, Jan. 24, from 1:30 a.m. to completion. During this time vehicles parked within the signed downtown snow emergency route will be tagged and towed. Overnight parking during the snow emergency is available in the parking ...

Fair-trade shop gives to NUMAS Haus

NEW ULM — After seven months New Ulm’s Own (NUO) made its first donation of $1,500 to NUMAS Haus Wednesday. The 501(c)3 nonprofit, fair-trade market raises money on the products it sells to donate to local charities. For its first year, the market was dedicated to giving to NUMAS ...