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Snowfall hits as predicted

The predicted snowfall began late morning Friday and continued through the day. By 2 p.m. all roads out of New Ulm were partially covered or completely covered by snow. Above, a shopkeeper works to keep up with the snow on Minnesota Street. The National Weather Service issued a blizzard ...

Report says 150,000 Minnesotans drinking water above legal nitrate limit

WASHINGTON, D.C. — According to a report released this week, more than 150,000 Minnesotans drink from groundwater-based water systems contaminated with nitrate at or above the legal limit. The Environmental Working Group report included data from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) ...

City PUC issues warning of frozen pipes risk

NEW ULM—Due the extreme cold forecasted area residents are warned of the risk of frozen water pipes. The New Ulm Public Utilities and Steam Department said in a press release, the cold weather bring brings a chance of water pipes freezing and breaking. The risk increases with long stretches ...

Scholarships available for students interested in healthcare, nursing careers

NEW ULM — Scholarships are available for the 2020-2021 school year for students who are interested in a career in the medical field or are currently pursuing their nursing degree. Medical scholarships for high school students are available through the Physicians Group of New Ulm to ...

SAMS to present “French Connection”

NEW ULM – The Summit Avenue Music Series (SAMS) presents for the second concert of its 2019-2020 season a program entitled “French Connection.” The concert will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, in the Chapel of the Christ on the Martin Luther College campus. On Saturday, January 18, ...

Bloodmobile finishes with 293 units collected

NEW ULM — The Red Cross Bloodmobile collected 53 units of blood on Friday, bringing its three day total in New Ulm to 293 units collected out of a goal of 386. On Friday, gallon pins were presented to: Candy Roiger, 6 gallons; Gary Roiger, 6 gallons; Amanda Kiecker, three gallons; David ...

New Year’s baby

NEW ULM — Keegan Witte was born 3:07 p.m. Jan. 2, weighing 9 lbs., 5 oz, at the New Ulm Medical Center, making him the first baby born at NUMC this year. His parents are Kim Mindell and Shawn Witte. This is their first child. The couple was not expecting to have the New Year’s birthday ...

Blood drive continues

Tony Miller of New Ulm, right, donates blood with Brittany Wellner of Mankato at Vogel Field house Wednesday afternoon. The American Red Cross Blood Drive continues from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday. Volunteers are needed. Sign-up sheets are at the field house.

Noxious weeds reported in Nicollet, Blue Earth Co.

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) confirmed five species of weeds on the state’s Noxious Weed Prohibited Eradicate List for the first time in eight counties in 2019. Oriental bittersweet weeds were confirmed in Nicollet and Rice Counties. Cutleaf teasel was reported ...

3 New Ulm teams medal in Knowledge Bowl meet

New Ulm High School had three Knowledge Bowl teams medal at the 33 teams meet hosted in Mankato by Waterville Elysian-Morristown. The top five teams earn medals and trophies with New Ulm taking three of those spots. 2nd place honors went to the NU Purple team of Griffin Marti, Logan ...

Citizens holds annual meeting

NEW ULM — Citizens Bancorporation of New Ulm, Inc., parent company of Citizens Bank Minnesota, held its Annual Meeting on Tuesday, January 14, 2020. Citizens Bancorporation is owned by approximately 400 shareholders from New Ulm and the surrounding area. Re-elected to three-year terms ...

Home loan program continued

NEW ULM—The New Ulm Economic Development Authority agreed to allocate funds to continue the Homebuyer Assistance Loan and Small Business Incentive Grant programs in 2020. The Homebuyer Assistance Loan program has $7,806.45 available. One application has recently been received and approved. ...

SE City Council discusses rental inspection rules

SLEEPY EYE — After listening to a property owner and discussing its new rental inspection ordinance, the Sleepy Eye City Council took no action on the ordinance Tuesday. Matt Vickery of Sleepy Eye said his son has lived in property Matt owns for 14 years and asked that the property be ...

Planning Commission OKs permit applications

NEW ULM — The Brown County Planning Commission unanimously approved a pair of conditional use permit applications Tuesday. The first application, filed by John Schwartz of Schwartz Farms on property owned by Lindeman & Wells, Inc., Section 5, North Star Township, to amend an existing ...

United Way announces free tax prep program

NEW ULM — United Way is again offering free tax preparation by IRS certified volunteer preparers in the lower level of the New Ulm Public Library. This service will be by appointment only by calling 507-276-3186. Phone calls are being taken now for appointments that will be made for ...

NU Young Professionals to host 2020 Kick-Off Event

NEW ULM — The New Ulm HYPE (Helping Young Professionals Evolve) group is kicking off the 2020 year with a private event at The Retz 227 on Thursday, January 16 from 6-8 p.m., and will offer information about the organization, as well as sushi and desserts for attendees. There is no cost to ...

Gibbon crowns 2020 Royalty Saturday

GIBBON — The 2020 Gibbon Royalty coronation will be held on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. at the GFW-Primary School in Gibbon. Admission is free-will donation at the door. The 2019 Gibbon Royalty are Emily Burns and Stephanie Mashuga. Gibbon’s royalty are crowned as equal royal ...

GFW board proposes to close Fairfax school

FAIRFAX — By a 3-2 vote with one board member not voting Monday, the Gibbon Fairfax Winthrop (GFW) Board of Education proposed to close the Fairfax school beginning with the 2020-2021 school year. Action came on a motion by Winthrop board member Phil Klenk, seconded by Winthrop board member ...

Rec center pool may close during construction

NEW ULM—The New Ulm Park and Recreation Commission received a Reinvest in New Ulm (RENU) update. The Recreation Center project might need to close the aquatic facility to save money during the improvements. The RENU projects at the Recreation Center include the aquatic improvements, indoor ...

Sleepy Eye man sentenced in juvenile sex case

BROWN COUNTY — A 49-year-old Sleepy Eye man originally charged with three counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct for inappropriately touching a girl under age 13 three times over a two-year period, received a stay of adjudication in Brown County District Court Dec. 31. According to ...