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‘Thanks for growing with us’

Washington Learning Center staff said a final goodbye to students with a parade down Franklin Street. Families with pre-kindergarteners and kindergartners were able to drive past the school and see each of the 40 WLC teachers and paraprofessionals lined up on the boulevard. From a safe ...

GFW board OKs contract with new superintendent

GIBBON — The Gibbon Fairfax Winthrop (GFW) school board unanimously approved a three-year contract with new superintendent Jeffery Horton of Duluth Wednesday. Horton will receive $120,000 for the first year of the agreement that came on a motion by board chairman Phil Klenk, seconded by ...

Protesting in pandemic

Representatives of health departments across the country said this week that they are concerned that the protests in response to the death of George Floyd may lead to an increase in the amount of COVID-19 cases, due to the large number of people in attendance at the gatherings. “Because ...

Houle challenges Torkelson in 16B

REDWOOD FALLS — Conservative activist Tammy Houle officially filed for the 16B Minnesota House seat currently held by Paul Torkelson. The district covers all of Brown County, as well as most of Redwood County and a portion of southern Renville County. Houle, from Redwood Falls, has served ...

Akland endorsed by Republicans in 19A

Retired Nurse to run for House in District 19A ST. PETER — Susan Akland of St. Peter received a unanimous endorsement by the Nicollet County Republicans in her campaign to be the next Minnesota House Representative for District 19A. She is married to Dr. Mark Akland, they are long time ...

Two Diocese of New Ulm seminarians to be ordained

Liturgy to be livestreamed NEW ULM — Deacon John Hayes, 26, son of Thomas and Patricia Hayes, members of the Church of St. Gregory the Great in Lafayette, and Deacon Shawn Polman, 26, son of Ronald and Jean Polman, members of the Church of St. Mary in Cottonwood, will be ordained to the ...

Stormy Tuesday

Very high clouds were seen over Broadway early Tuesday evening in New Ulm. Trained weather spotters confirmed at least three tornado touchdowns in southern Minnesota. Confirmed tornados were reported on the ground south of Lake Crystal at 5:15 p.m., north of Mapleton at 5:30 p.m. and near the ...

City scales down plan to close street as interest low

NEW ULM — Downtown Minnesota Street will not be closing for restaurants this week and might not even close next week. During Tuesday’s city council meeting City Manager Chris Dalton brought a proposal to the council to consider closing down a section of Minnesota Street to allow downtown ...

Board OKs new road alignment

BROWN COUNTY — Brown County commissioners unanimously approved a resolution establishing a new State Highway 13 alignment Tuesday. Design work has begun on the project approved by commissioner Tony Berg, seconded by commissioner Dean Simonsenf. It establishes a new State Highway 13 ...

Three fire departments called to rural blaze

LAFAYETTE — Firefighters from Winthrop, Lafayette and Gibbon were called to a fire at 31340 581st Ave., rural Winthrop, in Sibley County Tuesday afternoon. Lafayette sent vehicles including a rural pumper, two tankers, a grass rig and a van to the fire that destroyed an old wood shed at the ...

Reopening: States at various stages

Editor’s note: Much of the nation has been shut down over the past two-plus months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But now the economy is reopening, and businesses of all types are quickly ramping up for what they hope will be a busy summer season that will return them to some sense of ...

NU woman sought in teen sex case

NEW ULM — A 19-year-old New Ulm woman accused of having sex with a male more than four years younger than herself is sought by law enforcement. Criminal sexual conduct charges were filed Tuesday against Eloise M. Apitz, 10 1/2 Minnesota St. N. in Brown County District Court. According to ...

Car trouble leads to drug charges

NEW ULM — Car trouble led to four drug charges against a North Mankato woman in New Ulm May 31. Drug possession charges were filed in Brown County District Court Tuesday against Stephanie S. Steiner, 23, 2146 Elaine Lane, North Mankato. According to court documents, New Ulm Police saw a ...

Sailing into first grade

Washington Learning Center’s end of the year event left their kindergarten students “sailing into first grade.” Knox Fausch set sail for first grade at WLC’s end of the year event Monday.

Open!

NEW ULM — Restaurants and bars were legally allowed to reopen for onsite service, Monday. They could serve outside and no more than 50 patrons. Patrons were also required to have a reservation before being seated. Restaurants with outdoor patios space such as Lamplighter and Green Mill ...

Two more run

NEW ULM — The race for New Ulm City Council heated up as Andrea Boettger and Chad Cooreman entered the election. Boettger is running for councilor-at-large, and Cooreman is seeking the First Ward seat. Boettger is the executive director of Turner Hall. She ran for the Fourth Ward seat in ...

Good-bye to kindergarten

NEW ULM — Washington Learning Center (WLC) hosted a farewell event for the kindergarten students. The kindergarten graduates were able to visit the school by appointment to say good-bye to the teachers in person. The WLC teachers and para-professionals were spaced around the school to ...

Highway 111/Highway 22 construction progressing

Locals asked to keep travel on highway to minimum as next phase begins MANKATO — The construction project on Highway 111/22 from Highway 99 in Nicollet to Nicollet County Road 1 has progressed to a critical point where even local traffic is advised to stay off the road as much as ...

Businesses report brisk ATV, UTV sales

BROWN COUNTY —Local and area businesses report good sales of all-terrain vehicles (ATV) and side-by-sides, as businesses open back up. Miller Sellner Implement salesman Leon Krzmarzick in Sleepy Eye said customers are coming from and going to great distances to find the ATV or UTV model ...

Out-of-town cruise June 3

NEW ULM — Wednesday, June 3, is New Ulm Cruise Night. The participants will meet at the former Target parking lot by Burger King in New Ulm. Please be there before 6 pm for the cruise will start at 6 p.m. sharp. Please keep your vehicles at least 6’ feet or more apart in the parking ...