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Hermann Heights project coming along

NEW ULM — Improvements at Hermann Heights Park continued this week with soil work being done in the new parking lot area. The Herman Heights improvement project began in April with the removal of the kasota stone retaining wall along Center Street and the construction on a new wall. As ...

Census entering next step Tuesday

NEW ULM — The last phase of the 2020 Census will begin next week. Census workers will begin door knocking on Tuesday, Aug. 11 to survey households that have not filled out Census forms. Households that have already completed the 2020 Census will be skipped by census workers, but those who ...

Detour for S. Broadway work in New Ulm starts Monday

NEW ULM — Motorists are advised that Highway 15 (South Broadway Street) in New Ulm will be detoured beginning Monday, Aug. 10 to allow crews to adjust manholes and water valve castings. In addition 20th North Street from Highway 14 to North Broadway will be closed on Monday, Aug. 10 lasting ...

GOP Classic Car Caravan Aug. 15

NEW ULM — Brown County Republicans are inviting classic car enthusiasts to join their annual FUN Raiser, a classic car caravan, on Saturday, Aug. 15. The line-up will start at 1 p.m. with a Hagedorn for Congress outdoor barbecue fundraiser at the New Ulm Event Center (301 20th Street ...

Group protests new vehicle standards plan

NEW ULM — A series of informal events called “Say No to Calfornia Car Mandate” are being held across Southern Minnesota this month in opposition to Gov. Tim Walz’ proposed plan to adopt a set of auto emission and electric vehicles regulations aimed at fighting climate ...

Two more school board members file for reelection

NEW ULM — Two New Ulm Public School Board members have filed to be on the ballot for the school board election. Christie Dewanz and Jonathan Schiro filed affidavits of candidacy with the District 88 School Board, Thursday. Dewanz and Schiro are the second and third board members to file for ...

NUHS Parliamentary Procedure Team earns gold at Nationals

NEW ULM — The New Ulm High School FCCLA Parliamentary Procedure team was recently notified that it earned a gold medal at the national level of competition. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, FCCLA elected to hold its National Leadership Conference and National STAR (Students Taking Action ...

Pope accepts Bishop John M. LeVoir’s resignation

Diocese of New Ulm considered a vacant diocese until new appointment made NEW ULM — The Most Rev. John M. LeVoir has resigned as bishop of the Diocese of New Ulm due to health reasons, the diocese announced today. Pope Francis accepted his resignation effective Aug. 6. Bishop LeVoir, ...

SE City Council terminates library director

SLEEPY EYE - By a 4-1 vote Wednesday, the Sleepy Eye City Council approved a resolution to terminate library director Andrew Kelton effective Aug. 10. The termination was requested by City Manager Bob Elston and was approved after about 30 minutes of deliberation by the city council. ...

City holds hearing on street vacation

NEW ULM — A public hearing was held Tuesday on the possible vacation of a part of 17th South Street. Anthony Gulden, President of New Ulm Storage, Inc., petitioned the city to vacate a portion of the street abutting New Ulm Storage property. The area proposed for vacation is located east ...

Congressional candidates mull issues at Farmfest

By Fritz Busch Staff Writer MANKATO — Candidates disagreed on party lines at times, but not always, as they discussed rural issues at the Minnesota Farmfest 2020 Virtual Congressional Candidate Forum Wednesday. The Line 3 Pipeline Replacement Project was something they agreed ...

Birthday surprise for living legend

NEW ULM — The New Ulm community showed up in full force to celebrate George Glotzbach’s 89th birthday. The surprise celebration was held for him in front of his home on Cottonwood Street. A parade of over 20 cars passed by with special German themed signs honoring Glotzbach. A band ...

Learn around the world

NEW ULM — A new International Language Camp for kids has come to The Grand Center of Arts and Culture. This week students enrolled in the day camp will learn about the language, culture and cuisine of countries around the world. Tuesday 3rd-6th grade students learned about Mandarin Chinese ...

City sells property for $1

NEW ULM — The City Council narrowly approved the sale of the property at 1200 Water St. to Cala Contemporary Woodwork (CCW) for $1 following a public hearing Tuesday. The city had approved the property sale on July 7 by a 4-1 vote, with councilor Lisa Fischer voting against. Fischer ...

Ag leaders give advice on how to survive

MANKATO — Several corporate agriculture leaders talked about how to survive the current state of farm economy at a Farmfest Virtual 2020 forum Tuesday. Jason Schwantz, CHS Inc. Refined Fuels Senior Vice President, said it’s not all gloom and doom right now. “This is a window to buy ...

Commissioners get truancy program update

Probation officer tracks students By Fritz Busch Staff Writer BROWN COUNTY — Brown County commissioners got a very favorable truancy program update and learned how and why Tuesday. Brown County Probation Director Les Schultz said he wrote and received a $180,000 two-year grant from the ...

Smith, opponent share diverging visions of rural Minn. future

MINNESOTA — Farmfest 2020 hosted a virtual U.S. Senate Forum with Democratic Sen. Tina Smith and Republican candidate Jason Lewis, Tuesday. The candidates were able to take part in the forum through Zoom. Questions during the forum focused on agricultural and rural issues affecting ...

Doughnuts for donations

NEW ULM – United Prairie in New Ulm hosted a Doughnut Eating Contest as part of Crazy Days, with doughnut holes provided by The Backerei. Six local “celebrities” ate as many doughnuts as they could in three minutes. The top three winners won a donation from United Prairie Bank to their ...

Bank donates to amphitheater

NEW ULM — Bank Midwest donated $10,000 to the German Park Amphitheater project Monday. This $10,000 will be used as part of $100,000 matching grant. With this donation, Bank Midwest will have a permanent inscription on the amphitheater when completed. Bank Midwest is the first financial ...

City to look at property sale

NEW ULM — A public hearing will be held during the New Ulm City Council meeting Tuesday, to consider the sale of a property at 1200 Water Street to Cala Contemporary Woodwork (CCW). On July 7, the city council held closed sessions to consider an offer from CCW to purchase the city-owned ...