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Cathedral at 150

Bishop John LeVoir of the Catholic Diocese of New Ulm leads mass before communion during the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity’s 150th anniversary Sunday.

Pumpkin Smash Demo Derby

The last two remaining vehicles in the women’s category collide during the Third Annual Pumpkin Smash Demolition Derby at the Brown County Fairgrounds Saturday.

Fields damaged for 3rd time in 7 months

NEW ULM — For the third time in seven months, the field used by the New Ulm United Soccer Club has been vandalized. The recent damage is the worst, and repairs are estimated at $4,000 to $8,000. The field, adjacent to the artwall in Mueller Park, has been adopted by the New Ulm United ...

Match collectors feel the spark of camaraderie

NEW ULM — If you pull out a dictionary and search for the term “phillumenist,” you might be surprised to find there’s a word for a person or group of people who collect matches. The Twin Cities-based Great Lakes Match Club held a gathering at Turner Hall Sunday, and hundreds of ...

Frights return to New Ulm

NEW ULM — Something wicked has come to Minnesota Street. The fifth annual New Ulm Nightmares Haunted house opened Friday night. This year’s haunted house is called “Full Moon Manor” located at 21 S. Minnesota Street. The haunted house opened at 7 p.m. and immediately had a crowd ...

Open House offers look at RENU designs

NEW ULM — The public is invited to an informal Open House, come-and-go style, at the New Ulm Recreation Center (Vogel Fieldhouse) 122 South Garden St. from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday Oct. 24 and from 5:30 to 9 a.m. on Friday Oct. 25. The purpose of the Open House is to provide an opportunity ...

Bridge work continues

Staff photo by Gage Cureton Construction crews pour concrete onto the platform of the Highway 14 Bridge Thursday. Work began early in the morning and lasted well into the evening.

Sleepy Eye councilor censured

SLEEPY EYE — The Sleepy Eye City Council voted to censure city council member Larry Braun for alleged violations of the council’s code of conduct, during a special Thursday meeting. The special meeting was held for preliminary consideration of allegations against Braun. In July, the ...

National speaker coming to area schools

NEW ULM — At the request of health professionals and with the assistance of local civic clubs, Bob Lenz, nationally recognized speaker and president of Life Promotions, will address students in area high schools Oct. 21-24. Students in Lamberton, Springfield, Sleepy Eye, Comfrey, New Ulm, ...

Crews begin pouring concrete

A pair of construction workers walk across the Highway 14 bridge Wednesday. Crews begin pouring the bridge’s concrete platform today. Staff photo by Gage Cureton

Deceased person identified

BLUE EARTH COUNTY — The identity of a person who was found dead by a hunter last week in rural Mankato was released by the Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday. The partially decayed remains found on Oct. 10 in a wooded area northeast of Highway 83 and County Road 12 have been ...

Springfield/CM/C girls, MVL boys win Tomahawk

WINTHROP — The Tomahawk Conference Cross-Country Meet at Winthrop Golf Club on Tuesday saw two familiar faces cross the finish line first. Springfield/Cedar Mountain/Comfrey senior Mitchell Buerkle finished first on the boys’ side with a time of 17:12.6, while the girls’ side had ...

City ups blight penalties

NEW ULM — The New Ulm City Council authorized amending Chapter 8 of the New Ulm City Code to enhance penalties for multiple violations of the blight code, Tuesday. In September, the Blight Committee discussed the problem of multiple violations of the blight ordinance by the same property ...

Commissioners OK election support position

NEW ULM — Brown County commissioners unanimously approved authorization of a temporary election support position in the Auditor-Treasurer’s Office for the presidential nomination primary (PNP) Tuesday. Action came on a motion by commissioner Scott Windschitl, seconded by commissioner ...

Small arts grants of $2,000 available for schools and arts, community groups

WASECA — The Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council has Small Arts grants available for schools, non-profit arts organizations and community groups that are sponsoring arts activities in the 9-county area, noted Brenda Byron, PLRAC Executive Director. The matching grants are up to $2,000. ...

Hanrieder enjoys immersion in American life

NEW ULM — Annika Hanrieder, the newest Hans Joohs Exchange intern, is going four-wheeling. Recently, while staying with her host mom Jayne Maday-Hulke, Hanrieder saw her neighbor unloading an ATV and she was curious as to what it was used for. “I’m so excited,” Hanrieder said. “I ...

Park commission hears latest RENU update

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Park and Recreation Commission received an update on Reinvest in New Ulm (RENU) projects and received feedback from the public, Monday. Park And Rec Director Tom Schmitz said the Johnson Park improvements were continuing at full speed and are expected to be completed ...

Blight on city agenda

NEW ULM — The New Ulm City Council will consider amending Chapter 8 of the New Ulm City Code to enhance penalties for multiple violations of the blight code, Tuesday. In September, the Blight Committee discussed the problem of multiple violations of the blight ordinance by the same property ...

Enterprise North observes 50-year anniversary

NEW ULM — As Enterprise North, Inc., observes its 50-year anniversary, Director Dana O’Brien said the nonprofit group that assists people with disabilities is holding an open house event Tuesday. She said the open house features tours of the group’s North Broadway site and ...