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New Ulm High School graduates 158 students

NEW ULM — Over 150 graduates in New Ulm High School’s class of 2019 ended their high school careers following a ceremony in the high school gym Friday. The senior class commencement address was delivered by senior Emma Maudal. Maudal reflected on some of her memories during the school ...

Mertzes found guilty on 17 of 19 counts of animal neglect

NEW ULM — After nearly five hours of deliberation Friday, a jury of four men and two women found Cassey and Corrine Mertz of rural Sleepy Eye guilty of 17 of 19 counts of animal mistreatment in Brown County District Court. Eighteen of the 19 original counts were misdemeanor charges. One ...

Nuvera Communications declares dividend

NEW ULM – The Board of Directors of Nuvera Communications, Inc. has approved a 2nd quarter dividend payment of $.13 per share. This is an increase from the 1st quarter dividend of $.12 per share paid in March 2019. The recently declared dividend will be paid to shareholders of record at ...

Hanska man faces domestic assault charges

BROWN COUNTY — A 24-year-old Hanska was charged Friday in Brown County District Court with felony domestic assault by strangulation, misdemeanor domestic assault and 5th-degree possession of drugs-not small amount marijuana. Matthew A. Penkert, 200 E. 3rd St., Hanska, allegedly got into a ...

The Whitesidewalls to perform

Submitted photo The Whitesidewalls will perform in New Ulm at 7 p.m. Friday, June 14. The concert will take place on stage of the State Street Theater at 1 N. State St. The Whitesidewalls Rock ‘n’ Roll Revue has been the Midwest’s ultimate 1950s and 1960s rock & roll, rockabilly and ...

NUHS Class of 2019

Clockwise, from upper left, New Ulm High School graduates walk to their seats during the beginning of their graduation commencement Friday at the high school. New Ulm High School Concert Choir performs “You Are The New Day,” arranged by Peter Knight, during New Ulm High School’s 2019 ...

School tries to educate students on vaping

NEW ULM — While the use of traditional cigarettes by teens in Minnesota has plummeted, e-cigarette use amongst youth continues to rise in the state. In some cases, some of the burden of educating students about the consequences of e-cigarette use has fallen on local schools. In March, ...

Animal neglect jury trial continues

NEW ULM — Veterinarians testified Thursday for the State of Minnesota and two Sleepy Eye women facing 18 misdemeanor counts each for animal mistreatment in Brown Country District Court. Cassey L. Mertz, 33, and Corrine Mertz, 61, of rural Sleepy Eye were each charged on April 24, 2018, in ...

Spengler, Peterson to speak on Memorial Day

NEW ULM — New Ulm High School graduate Peter Spengler and Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School grad Grace Peterson will speak at the Memorial Day Observance Monday, May 27, in New Ulm City Cemetery. Spengler, the son of Kremena and Allen Triebenbach and the late Paul Spengler, will read ...

School board addresses roundabout, parking lot

NEW ULM — The District 88 Board of Education Thursday approved a temporary easement and permanent recreation trail to help build a roundabout on North Highland Avenue, two bids for parking lot improvements. It also held readings of revised policies and heard a staff development ...

Popcorn wagon back

NEW ULM — The Brown County Historical Society’s popcorn wagon begins its 2019 season on June 1. It will operate on Center Street in front of the Museum on ten dates throughout the summer and fall, including three dates in June. On Saturday, June 1, the wagon will be open from 10 a.m. ...

Vaping described as ‘epidemic’ among teens

Editor’s note: This is the first article in a two-part series about e-cigarette usage in Minnesota and Brown County and local response to the problem. NEW ULM — It’s not just harmless water vapor. Minnesota teen tobacco and nicotine use are on the rise, and experts and public health ...

Vehicle Fair at Jefferson

Avery Braulick, 4, foreground, smiles for a photo as he stands in the bucket of a bulldozer Wednesday during a vehicle fair at Jefferson Elementary. The vehicle fair featured a variety of vehicles such as bulldozers, cranes, firetrucks and a demolition derby car.

Animal neglect jury trial begins

NEW ULM — A three-day jury trial for two Sleepy Eye women facing 18 misdemeanor counts each for animal mistreatment and deprivation of food and shelter began in Brown County District Court Wednesday. Cassey L. Mertz, 33, and Corrine Mertz, 61, of rural Sleepy Eye were each charged on April ...

First fine arts banquet held at high school

New Ulm High School students and educators pose for a photo in the high school auditorium Wednesday following a fine arts scholarship and awards ceremony. High school fine arts activities include the high school plays and musical, jazz band, Oak Street Singers, high school choirs and bands, ...

Free drink for NUMC employees, volunteers

The New Ulm Medical Center Foundation Board is sponsoring a free drink to each New Ulm Medical Center employee, physician and volunteer from May 20-31 from Java Junction (onsite coffee shop) to celebrate the recognition of New Ulm Medical Center being named number-one critical access hospital ...

New Ulm Battery in several events

SPIRIT LAKE — The New Ulm Battery recently made their annual trip to Spirit Lake, Iowa. The battery has visited the town as part of the 8th-grade Civil War program. The annual visit to the school was first organized by longtime battery member Jerry Fastenow. Spirit Lake is his hometown. ...

Painting by Flavia Gag unveiled

NEW ULM — The anticipation grew as George Glotzbach peeled off several layers of tape and paper off a slim package from southern California. “You don’t always run into a Flavia Gag,” Wanda Gag House Association board member Diana Lee Schaefer said. “Much less such a beautiful ...

Splashpad will be in North Park

NEW ULM — North Park will be the site of the New Ulm’s new splashpad. The city council unanimously approved North Park for the splashpad instead of Harman Park. A splashpad is an aquatic play feature with no standing water or depth. With no standing water, a lifeguard is not necessary. ...

Farmers question ditch assessments

BROWN COUNTY — After an hour of discussion that included a number of questions from two farmers, Brown County commissioners unanimously approved redetermination of benefits (ROB) for County Ditches (CD) 5 and 72 Tuesday. Commissioners unanimously approved consolidation of Lateral 11A and CD ...