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Hard pull

A tow truck pulls a semi truck and trailer up a hill in the westbound lane of U.S. Highway 14 west of Garden Street in New Ulm late Monday afternoon.

Snow going

Broadway traffic was slowed by wet, heavy snow Monday afternoon. The National Weather Service reported visibility less than a quarter mile in places as the band of snow slowly drifted east. The Minnesota Department of Transportation reported a crash on State Highway 15 two miles north of ...

Citizens Bank Minnesota to acquire Farmers State Bank, Watkins

NEW ULM — Citizens Bank Minnesota announced an agreement to acquire Farmers State Bank of Watkin. Farmers State Bank will merge with and into Citizens Bank Minnesota. The transaction is subject to approval by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Minnesota ...

Grants, loans before council

NEW ULM — A series of grant applications and loans will come before the New Ulm City Council, Tuesday. The council will consider authorizing an application for a Federal Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant for the planning of a Career and Technical Education Center. The New ...

Brown County DFL precinct caucuses Tuesday, Feb. 25

BROWN COUNTY — Brown County Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) members gather for precinct caucuses Tuesday, Feb. 25, to learn about candidates, party platform debate resolutions, elect new precinct chairpersons and select convention delegates. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. Caucuses begin at ...

Dist. 84 board meets Feb. 19

SLEEPY EYE — The District 84 Board of Education will hear a 2020-2021 elementary schedule presentation by teacher Samantha Schmit on Wednesday, Feb. 19. Agenda action items include considering elementary boot camp school staff, the high school principal contract for the 2019-2021 school ...

Hill climb brings back memories

GOLDEN GATE CAMPGROUND — Several hundred spectators and more than 65 driver entries including a number of racers more than 50 years old participated in the River Valley Dutchmen Snowmobile Club Hillclimb at Golden Gate Campground Saturday. For Tom and Nancy Anderl of New Ulm, it was like ...

‘Eis Bar’ draws crowd to Schell’s in support of Projekt Neu Ulm

Participants seem to enjoy a Projekt Neu Ulm fundraiser outside the Schell’s Brewery mansion Sunday. An “Eis Bar” outdoor dinner to support the project included a six-course meal. Projekt Neu Ulm is a group of entrepreneurs and business owners that assist people who want to start a ...

MVL Black K-Bowl team undefeated

MVL Black finished first in a senior high school Knowledge Bowl meet on Friday, February 14, hosted by Cleveland Schools. MVL Black remains undefeated this season. Teams from Owatonna and Mankato East finished in 2nd and 3rd. Fifty-seven teams from 17 schools participated in the ...

Fire in rural Sleepy Eye

Sleepy Eye and Hanska firefighters tend to a garage fire at the Darrell and Nikki Fischer residence, 25455 170th St., rural Sleepy Eye. Ron Zinniel, Sleepy Eye Fire Chief, said a fire call came in at 3:47 p.m. Saturday. Several fire trucks went to the residence. Hanska firefighters were called ...

Day of Play at Vogel Fieldhouse

Over 300 area youth took part in the first Day of Play of 2020. The Day of Play events is hosted by New Ulm Park and Recreation. Several inflatables were set up in the Vogel Fieldhouse including bounce houses and a maze (above). Kids could even practice their archery skills by firing blunted ...

Hillclimb drag races return today

GOLDEN GATE CAMPGROUND — After five years without the event, the River Valley Dutchmen Snowmobile Club Snowmobile Hillclimb is back at Golden Gate Campground on Saturday, Feb. 15. “It’s been about five years since we had it,” said snowmobile club member Karen Stadick of New Ulm. ...

Valentine’s Day royalty

LaVon, left, and Sylvester Fischer were crowned Valentine’s Day Queen and King at Orchard Hill Friday. Residents ate cupid floats and played the not-so-young dating game Friday.

Schell’s Brewery intros Braised Restaurant Week

NEW ULM — August Schell Brewing Company is announcing the first inaugural Braised: Schell’s Restaurant Week. Braised will take place in New Ulm, Mankato, St. Peter and surrounding areas from February 17 through the 22. Braised Restaurant Week has over 20 participating restaurants ...

New classes at Cellar Press

NEW ULM — The Grand Center for Arts and Culture invites the public to participate in classes at Cellar Press. The newly released schedule offers creative classes for teen and adults interested in the book arts of printmaking and letterpress. Josh Winkler, a MNSU Professor of Printmaking, ...

School board tours River Bend facilities, learns about programs

NEW ULM — The District 88 School Board took a tour of the River Bend Education building Thursday and received an update on the facilities’ programming. River Bend Director Doug Hazen said the building will be undergoing changes for next year. The school currently leases part of the ...

Unemployment in Brown County averaging 3.65 percent

BROWN COUNTY — According to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development’s (DEED) data, unemployment in Brown County has averaged 3.65% since 2016 with seasonal changes. DEED collects workforce and employment statistics for each county in Minnesota every month. These ...

Peterson endorses Feehan for U.S. Congress

ST. PAUL — Minnesota’s 7th Congressman Collin Peterson has endorsed Dan Feehan’s campaign for Congress. Peterson is the most senior member of the House Committee on Agriculture and currently serves as its chairman. “I’m proud to endorse Dan Feehan’s campaign in Minnesota’s ...

Local businesses invited to participate in 6th Annual Poker Walk

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce and Ameriprise Financial, with promotional support from the Heart of New Ulm, are once again teaming up to promote health and wellness in sponsoring the Poker Walk event this spring — and are inviting local businesses to ...