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Residents find creative way to distribute candy

NEW ULM — South State Street residents in New Ulm have long been known for finding creative ways to celebrate Halloween in an entertaining manner. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, this year is no exception. Dan Backer has been dressing up in a spooky costume and decorating his front yard ...

78% of county mail-in ballots are in

NEW ULM — Brown County Auditor-Treasurer Jean Prochniak, who is also the county’s chief election official, urges voters who have not mailed in or returned absentee ballots to the AT office to deliver them in person soon. In light of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals decision on Thursday ...

Full service delivery

The Rev. Bruno Santiago of Fairfax, left; and New Ulm Council Knights of Columbus Erv Mathiowetz, center; and Dr. Mario DeSouza load a box of food and a gallon of milk into a vehicle at the Farmers to Families food distribution at the Brown County Fairgrounds Friday. New Ulm Council Grand ...

Commissioners review Hageman Dam report

BROWN COUNTY — Brown County Commissioners will review the Wellner Hageman Dam Inspection Report conducted by Area II engineering staff Tuesday, Nov. 3. Area II Engineer Kerry Netzke and staff conducted the annual dam inspection that includes the dam, reservoir, and outlet on May 15, 2020. ...

No New Ulm Community Thanksgiving Meal this year

NEW ULM — After more than 30 years of serving Thanksgiving meals to friends, families and strangers, the Community Friends Thanksgiving meal event will not be held this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. “This year’s restrictions had us at odds as to how to proceed,” read a letter ...

Applicants sought for Ward 2 City Councilor

NEW ULM — The New Ulm City Council is accepting applications to fill the vacancy of Ward 2 City Councilor. You must apply online by visiting our website at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/newulmmn. Application deadline is 4 p.m. on Nov. 6. Interviews will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 17, ...

MVL Homecoming Royalty

Andy Muske and Anna Van Riesen were crowned homecoming King and Queen during halftime of the Minnesota Valley Lutheran football game against Springfield Friday at Johnson Field in New Ulm.

NUMC adds in-house COVID-19 testing

NEW ULM — Starting Monday, New Ulm Medical Center will be analyzing COVID-19 tests in house with new equipment that Allina Health has added in all of its regional hospitals. The equipment was installed recently, and staff have been trained on it. The service will be ready to roll out on ...

MVL Homecoming Court

The Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School Homecoming Court is pictured above. In the back row, from left, are: Andy Muske, Carter Sexton, Luke Peterson, Nick Bleick, Leyton Brau, Not pictured-Walter Grubbs. Front row, from left: Lydia Hartwig, Olivia Merseth, Grace Johnson, Mikayla Bendix, Anna ...

Feehan calls for testing results in minutes

ROCHESTER — First District Democratic congressional candidate Dan Feehan called for full utilization of the Defense Production Act during a Zoom virtual press conference with business owners, healthcare professionals, a farmer and a U.S. Navy veteran Thursday. The Defense Production Act of ...

Youth wrestlers would have new building

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Planning Commission unanimously approved several applications and requests Thursday. A conditional use permit (CUP) to allow the New Ulm Youth Wrestling Association to occupy and use a new building for youth wrestling activities in an I-2 (general industrial district) ...

Mobile Food Shelf

New Ulm Lions Club members and food shelf volunteers packaged food for the new New Ulm Area Mobile Food Shelf Thursday. From left, New Ulm Lions Club Membership Director Keith Richter, food shelf volunteer Bob Mielke and food shelf executive director Brad Kirk. The food shelf will deliver food ...

Up they go

Exterior concrete tilt-up wall panels are installed with a crane at the New Ulm Recreation Center, 122 Garden St. S., Thursday. Work will continue for several days, followed by a concrete roof structure that will allow winter interior work to be done. New indoor projects — part of a $14 ...

Court: Late Minnesota absentee ballots must be separated

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Thursday that Minnesota absentee ballots that arrive after Election Day should be separated from other ballots in case they are later invalidated by a court. The ruling doesn't block Minnesota's seven-day ...

Messages of love

A number of positive messages adorn the New Ulm Art Wall Park walls and bike trail near the Highway 14/15 overpass Wednesday. The messages include “Be safe, I love you, you matter, and love God.”

115 new cases in county this month

By Fritz Busch Staff Writer BROWN COUNTY — Brown County Public Health reported two new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 335. Individuals with new, laboratory-confirmed cases Wednesday were in their 50s and 60s. The update listed ...

Citizens acquires Ormsby bank

NEW ULM — Citizens Bank Minnesota announced an agreement to acquire Ormsby State Bank in Ormsby. Ormsby State Bank will merge with and into Citizens Bank Minnesota. The transaction is subject to approval by the FDIC and the Minnesota Department of Commerce. A January 2021 closing ...

MLC sends students home

NEW ULM — Martin Luther College is sending students home and will switch to distance learning in response to COVID-19 cases on campus. President Rich Gurgel announced at a Tuesday chapel service that face to face classroom instruction will pivot to distance learning this week. “We will ...

Commissioners OK detox contract

BROWN COUNTY — Brown County Commissioners unanimously approved the 2021 Brown County Evaluation Center (BCEC) Detoxification Division contract Tuesday. Action came on a motion by Commissioner Dean Simonsen, seconded by Commissioner Jeff Veerkamp to approve the contract with a daily rate ...

Coats for Kids

Staff photo by Fritz Busch The Knights of Columbus New Ulm Council 1076 donates 24 new winter coats to Pro Kinship for Kids. Posing from left are Lonnie Spaeth, Linda Klossner, Kari Beran, Reheanna Store, Myia Stone, Rory Juberien, Xavier Gieseke, the Rev. Shawn Polman, and Dr. Gary D. ...