Monday Business

Arizona fire highlights challenges for energy storage

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's largest electric company installed massive batteries near neighborhoods with a large number of solar panels, hoping to capture some of the energy from the afternoon sun to use after dark. Arizona Public Service has been an early adopter of battery storage technology ...

Americana Community Bank announces retirement, promotions

SLEEPY EYE — After 38 years in banking and 14 years of service to Americana Community Bank (ACB) and their customers, James Swiontek, ACB Senior Credit Officer, will retire in late June. Bradley Mathiowetz, President of ACB’s Sleepy Eye branch, will serve as ACB Senior Credit ...

NU Roots Salon opens

At 219 N. Broadway NEW ULM — NU Roots Salon recently opened at 219 N. Broadway, in Suite D, behind Jimmy John’s. Owner Chelsey Bode said the business offers many services including men’s and women’s cuts, colors, body waxing and eye lash lips and tints. Walk-ins are ...

Schmidt’s Meat Market, Nicollet, wins international recognition

NICOLLET — Schmidt’s Meat Market, Nicollet, won international recognition for its meat products at the ‘DFV-AAMP Quality Competition for Sausage and Ham’ Jan. 21-25 in Madison, Wis. The results from this competition are held in conjunction with the IFFA, the world’s largest meat ...

Hanska State Agency, Furth-Meile Insurance, New Ulm, merge

HANSKA — Effective June 1, the Hanska State Agency has merged with the Furth-Meile Insurance Agency of New Ulm. The two agencies share a long history of serving the area. The Hanska State Agency will remain in the Alliance Bank building in downtown Hanska. Any questions can be directed to ...

Dr. Michael Nelson hired full time at MCHC

MADELIA — The Madelia Community Hospital & Clinic (MCHC) is happy to announce the hiring of Dr. Michael Nelson as the Medical Director of the Emergency Department. In addition to other duties, he will be educating MCHC staff members on the care of trauma patients and exploring ...

Nuvera Communications, Inc., announces stock repurchase program

NEW ULM — Nuvera Communications, Inc. (the “Company” or “Nuvera”) today announced that its Board of Directors has authorized the Company to repurchase up to $4.0 million of its common stock. The timing and actual number of shares repurchased will depend on a variety of factors, ...

A witch’s parlor? No, an escape room

NEW ULM — A visitor to Jennifer Deutz’s garage might mistake it for a mad scientist lair, a witch’s parlor or a murder scene in 1930s Las Vegas. In reality, it is a storage place for Deutz’s new business — Escapist Designs. Escapist Designs specializes in creating custom escape ...

Defunct steelmaker’s 21-story headquarters imploded

By MICHAEL RUBINKAM Associated Press BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — Sixteen thousand tons of Bethlehem Steel collapsed in a matter of seconds Sunday as a demolition crew imploded Martin Tower, the defunct steelmaker's former world headquarters. Crowds gathered to watch the demolition of the ...

Blethen Berens celebrate recent merger, new name

The Willkommen Committee visited with New Ulm law firm Blethen Berens and celebrated their recent merger and new name. The former Beren Rodenberg & O’Connor has joined with the former Blethen, Gage & Krause of Mankato firm to create Blethen Berens. There are three full time ...

Heerdt joins Jensen Motors

NEW ULM — Jensen Buick GMC Cadillac has added Steve Heerdt to its parts department. Heerdt lives in Hector and has many years of experience working in a General Motors parts department. In his spare time Heerdt enjoys all things related to racing, He also enjoys photography.

Willkommen Committee views Pizza Ranch changes

The Willkommen Committee of the New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce stopped to check out the remodel at Pizza Ranch. They recently converted the large private room into 2 rooms - a game room and a private dining room. This 2-week project included putting a dividing wall into the private dining ...

Nuvera wins Marketing Excellence Award

Nuvera was recently honored as a Marketing Excellence Award winner at the NTCA Marketing and Sales Conference in New Orleans. Pictured is Kathy VanRoekel (Nuvera Marketing Manager) accepting the second place Complete Branding Campaign award. NTCA, The Rural Broadband Association, ...

Citizens Bank announces promotions

NEW ULM — Citizens Bank Minnesota announces the following promotions Jon Maier – Director of Sales & Marketing Maier, joining Citizens in 2017, has been promoted to Director of Sales and Marketing. Maier will continue in his role as Branch Manager of our Lakeville Branch. In his ...

Go Johnny Go open under Marketplaz Mall

NEW ULM — If you like music and have no particular place to go, visit downtown New Ulm’s latest music shop, Go Johnny Go. Go Johnny Go is located at 415 1/2 1st N. St. under the Marktplatz Mall. The store was formally a salon, but has now been retro-fitted into a retro-music shop. ...

Karen Haala is new United Prairie insurance agent

NEW ULM — The Willkommen Committee of the New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce stopped at United Prairie Bank to welcome Karen Haala as the new United Prairie insurance agent. Living just outside of Hanska, Karen is a native to the area and was previously with SouthPoint Financial Credit Union ...

New general manager at radio station

NEW ULM — Bruce McKirdy is the new general manager of Radio Mankato, and the Willkommen Committee of the New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce met with him to congratulate him. They also wanted to learn more about the format change for 100.5 FM. Bruce has been in radio for 35 years. He knew he ...

Dealership becomes Weelborg Chevrolet

NEW ULM — The Willkommen Committee of the New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce recently stopped by Weelborg Chevrolet to congratulate them on the name change. Brett Weelborg became sole owner of the company last summer when Ron Kohls retired. The two had been in partnership since 1995 and ...

Recent remodeling at Turner Hall

NEW ULM — Turner Hall has recently remodeled the bar in the downstairs Heritage Room, and the Willkommen Committee stopped by to see it. The labor for this project was provided by volunteers of Turner Hall and the funds were donated by a Turner group, the Sunday Sinners, who host seasonal ...

New business handcrafts wood furniture

NEW ULM — Cala Complementary Woodwork, 718 N. Broadway St., is a small family-run business offering handcrafted wood furniture. Owners Harold Enamorado, carpenter, and wife Jayme, marketing manager, said they hope to build a business that will remind people that furniture can be more ...