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Stancer found guilty on all counts

NEW ULM — Travis Stancer was found guilty on all four counts of felony first-degree criminal sexual conduct Friday, after a two-day court trial in Brown County District Court. Stancer. 45, was found guilty of two counts of 1st-degree criminal sexual conduct with a person under age 13, ...

Tomahawk Conference Knowledge Bowl

Submitted photo Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School won tho year’s Tomahawk Conference Knowledge Bowl meet, hosted virtually by Springfield on Friday. Twenty-two teams from eight different schools were able to compete. MVL Black won first place with a score of 91.5. This win extends ...

New Ulm’s own gives to Foster Program

Submitted photo New Ulm’s Own Fair Trade and Local Art presented a check of $475 to Brown County Family Services, to be used for the special needs of children and adolescents in the county’s foster care program. Presenting check to Brown County Human Services Licensing Social Worker, ...

Slette receives Regional AAA award

NEW ULM — New Ulm High School senior Connor Slette is the recipient of the regional Triple-A Award. Slette is only one of eight students in Minnesota to receive the regional Triple-A Award this year. He previously received the local District 88 award. His nomination was submitted to the ...

Smallest Museum deals out playing card exhibit

NEW ULM — Minnesota’s Smallest Museum held a grand opening for “The Stacked Deck” exhibit Friday. The Smallest Museum is located in front of the Grand Center of Arts and Culture. For the next two months it will feature a collection of assorted playing cards from collector Clay ...

Five charged in stolen comic book, baseball cards, action figure case

NEW ULM — Suspects from New Ulm, Gaylord, Winthrop, Hutchinson, and a juvenile from New Ulm were charged in Brown County District Court Feb. 24 in a case involving stolen antique comic books, baseball cards and other collectibles. New Ulm Police responded to a burglary report Feb. 10 in ...

Rybergs donate property to school district

NEW ULM — New Ulm Public Schools announced the donation of the property located at 208 N. Valley St. to District 88 as a new Career and Technical Education (CTE) Center. The property was donated by the current owners, Carol and Roger Ryberg and daughter Susan. The District 88 School Board ...

Court trial begins for NU man

BROWN COUNTY — A 45-year-old New Ulm man is undergoing trial on four felony first-degree criminal sexual conduct charges in Brown County District Court. The trial began Thursday. Travis J. Stancer of New Ulm faces charges of sexual contact with person under age 13 between April 25, 2011, ...

Nuvera declares first-quarter dividend

NEW ULM — The Board of Directors of Nuvera Communications, Inc., approved a 1st quarter dividend payment of $.13 per share. The recently declared dividend will be paid to shareholders of record at the close of business on March 5, and will be payable on March 15. “In an effort to increase ...

Planning panel chooses 4 parks

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Planning Commission selected Upper Cottonwood, Pollinator Park, Maplewood and Lakeside Village as the top locations to develop neighborhood parks. Over the last few months, New Ulm has been reviewing existing and proposed parks for development. The Park and Recreation ...

School board to buy property for trades center

NEW ULM — The District 88 School Board will consider a resolution to purchase property located at 208 N. Valley Street and 125 N. 3rd Street. Superintendent Jeff Bertrang is recommending approval of the contract for deed purchase of the property. This property will become the new Career ...

Panel goes on with parks planning

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Planning Commission will receive a report on the next neighborhood park project, Thursday. The panel previously reviewed existing and proposed park areas and created ranking systems to identify the most appropriate location for the next park. The Planning Commission ...

PUC: Gas bills could triple in February

NEW ULM — New Ulm residents could see February’s gas bills triple from last month because of the recent polar vortex. New Ulm Public Utilities Director Kris Manderfeld said the polar vortex has resulted in the highest natural gas increase she’s ever seen. Gas prices increased from $2.60 ...

Kirchhoefer sentenced to 54 months in prison

BROWN COUNTY — A 33-year-old former Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s teacher was sentenced to 54 months in the St. Cloud Correctional Facility in Brown County District Court Tuesday. Neil A. Kirchoefer of Eden Prairie was convicted of two felony counts of using minors in pornographic work and one ...

Commissioners OK land certification

BROWN COUNTY — By a 4-1 vote Tuesday, Brown County commissioners approved certification for a tract of land the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service recently secured to purchase in Section 34, Sigel Township. Commissioner Dean Simonsen cast the dissenting vote regarding about 100 acres of land ...

New Ulm Area Foundation accepting grant applications

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Area Foundation (NUAF) is accepting applications for grants as part of its spring grant cycle. The deadline is March 15. Applicants are encouraged to submit their request online, using functionality recently added to the foundation’s website. This is now the ...

PUC to update public on upcoming bill hikes

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Public Utilities Commission (NUPUC) will hold a special work session Tuesday to provide information on the recent natural gas price increase due to the polar vortex. The work session is scheduled for 3 p.m. in the City Hall Chambers before the regular PUC meeting. The ...

MnDOT plans to rehab Highway 14 spring wayside

NICOLLET COUNTY — With favorable weather, a project to restore the New Ulm spring wayside on U.S. Highway 14, a mile east of the city, will begin with tree removal the first week of March. Tree removal may take up to a week without major traffic impacts, according to a news release from ...

Lead me to the river

While snow melts this week with mild temperatures, a coating of new-fallen snow remains in Minnecon Park in New Ulm. Above, animal tracks lead from the park to the Minnesota River.