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Kids and lamb come for visit

MANKATO — Oak Terrace resident Naomi Budahn received a special visit Wednesday from her son Henry Bode, daughter Krista Riggs — and a sheep Wednesday. For three weeks Oak Terrace has been on lock-down due to the COVID-19 pandemic making face-to-face visits impossible. Rather than go ...

EDA approves emergency business relief

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Economic Development Authority (EDA) held a special meeting Friday to provide emergency relief for businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, which included the creation of $250,000 in grants for qualified businesses. COVID-19 has disrupted normal business practices ...

$1 million fund to help local businesses recover from COVOD-19

NEW ULM — New Ulm area businesses can now apply for a grant to help them recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Ogden Newspapers Inc., the parent company of The Journal, has established a $1 million fund to help local businesses get back to full strength by subsidizing local ...

Volunteers, donors respond to New Ulm Emergency Food Shelf

NEW ULM — New Ulm Area Emergency Food Shelf Executive Director Brad Kirk had lots of good news to talk about this week. “We surpassed our ($15,000) fundraising goal and we’ve got 10 volunteers that if needed, will help us,” Kirk said. “The volunteers are either laid off workers or ...

County commissioners approve resolutions in emergency meeting

BROWN COUNTY - Brown County commissioners unanimously approved a pair of resolutions in response to COVID-19 at an emergency meeting in the Law Enforcement Center (LEC) training room Friday. Commissioners approved a special MEDICA health insurance enrollment period for county employees who ...

Park & Rec Report

All playgrounds are closed due to COVID-19. This includes all play structures, equipment and the Skate Park. Please stay off all equipment. The Rec, Civic and Community Centers are closed through at least May 1. All programs and facility rentals through May 1 are canceled and refunds issued. ...

Police, Sheriff’s office outline “Stay Home” enforcement policies

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Police Department and Brown County Sheriff’s Office have issued a statement on how they will be enforcing Executive Order 20-20 that has been recently issued by Governor Walz on March 25 and is effective from March 27, 2020 at 11:59 pm through Friday, April 10, 2020 at ...

Hector woman charged with fatal shooting of boyfriend

​ST. PAUL — A Hector woman has been charged with 2nd degree murder and 2nd degree manslaughter in the death of a Hector man early Thursday Elizabeth Perry Lynch, 35, of Hector is in the Renville County Jail. Lynch is charged with 2nd degree murder and 2nd degree manslaughter. ...

‘Flower lady’ cheers up elderly

SPRINGFIELD — A civic-minded Springfield woman made a big, positive difference in the lives of many local residents this week. Tammy Kieper bought 128 flower bouquets at Springfield Floral and asked that they be delivered to residents at the St. John Lutheran Home campus. Kieper’s order ...

The Journal to publish during stay-at-home order

NEW ULM — The Journal will publish a paper during the state’s stay-at-home order. Under Gov. Tim Walz’s order, which takes effect at 11:59 p.m. Friday, news media are considered essential businesses. Government at all levels recognizes the importance of the news media in keeping the ...

School board reviews distant learning plan

NEW ULM — The District 88 School Board reviewed plans for educating students during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Superintendent Jeff Bertrang gave an update on the distant learning plan for the school district. Implementation of the distance learning plan will begin, Monday, March 30. ...

Drive-thru homework

Wednesday, teachers at Jefferson Elementary School offered curbside homework packets to parents preparing for at home learning. The packets included workbooks and lesson plans for student first through fourth grade. Jefferson had 600 homework packets for students. By 2 p.m. around 300 of the ...

Sleepy Eye extends state of emergency till April 14

SLEEPY EYE — The Sleepy Eye City Council unanimously approved a resolution Wednesday to extend its coronavirus emergency declaration to Tuesday, April 14, its next regular city council meeting. Action came on a motion by councilor Gary Windschitl, seconded by counilor Nate Stevermer, to ...

School board meets today

NEW ULM — The New Ulm School board will meet 6 p.m. Thursday. The meeting is expected to include discussion of providing education under a peacetime state of emergency. Superintendent Jeff Bertrang will provide plan updates at the meeting that describe the main points of distance learning ...

Heeding the call

Jean Anderson of New Ulm sewed colorful facemask to be used for prevention of spreading germs. They were accepted and recorded into the donated mask collection today by Jeff and Marcus, both employed by Allina. The collection point is the hospital auditorium. Allina urged local people to ...

Cancellations and postponements due to COVID-19

The following is a list of canceled events and closures due to concerns for the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The list will be updated as The Journal is notified of events. Please email news@nujournal.com or editor@nujournal.com to notify The Journal of cancellations. For more information ...

Messages of kindness

Uplifting messages in chalk are appearing throughout New Ulm. Some kind words about teachers and education were written on the sidewalk in front of Citizen’s Bank.

Brown County has no confirmed cases but testing info not public

NEW ULM — The daily COVID-19 situation update from the Minnesota Department of Health has shown that Brown County continues to show zero confirmed cases of the disease, even as cases appear in neighboring counties — Renville County has one case, Nicollet three, and Blue Earth five. But ...

NUMC creates new model of care

NEW ULM — In the age of COVID-19, the New Ulm Medical Center (NUMC) has been forced to create a new model of healthcare in a span of two weeks. NUMC President Toby Freier said the impact of coronavirus was not expected a few weeks ago, but staff has adapted to the changes. Freier ...

Brown County board gets COVID-10 update

NEW ULM — Brown County commissioners got a variety of news from Brown County Public Health presenters Michelle Steinbeisser and Jaime Brand and Emergency Manager Shawn Stoermann Tuesday. Commissioners learned that many of Minnesota’s 235 coronavirus cases as of Monday are related to ...