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T-Bird Community Arts presents ‘The Wizard of Oz’

WINTHROP — A 20-foot human “cyclone” will be unleashed this weekend for the T-Bird Community Arts production of “The Wizard of Oz.” A cast and crew of 60 are excited about the novelty and traditions involved in the production based on the MGM (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) musical that ...

Amboy teen faces six felony sex charges

NICOLLET COUNTY — A 19-year-old Amboy teenager faces six felony criminal sexual conduct charges for allegedly assaulting a girl beginning when she was about nine years old. Three 1st-degree criminal sexual conduct charges and three 2nd-degree criminal sexual conduct charges were filed ...

SE City Council OKs City Office renovation

SLEEPY EYE — The Sleepy Eye City Council unanimously approved a resolution approving a low bid to renovate the City Office building and add a new roof July 30. The $713,500 low bid from Salience Concrete & Construction of Springfield was approved on a motion by Doug Pelzel, second by ...

Dayton appoints Tricia B. Zimmer to Fifth Judicial District

ST. PAUL — Gov. Mark Dayton announced the appointment of Tricia B. Zimmer as a District Court Judge in Minnesota’s Fifth Judicial District Zimmer will replace the Hon. Leland O. Bush and will be co-chambered at Ivanhoe in Lincoln County and Marshall in Lyon County. “Through her ...

Families First Children’s Collaborative provides grants

NEW ULM — Applications for Families First Children’s Collaborative grants are now being accepted through Sept. 15. Schools, government and non-profit organizations that provide resources and services that fit Families First Mission of “promoting the healthy development of children and ...

State Rep. Paul Torkelson receives CGMC Legislator of Distinction Award

ST. PAUL — State Rep. Paul Torkelson was recognized by the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC) July 26 during the Coalition’s three-day summer conference in Mankato for his positive impact on the state’s transportation policy. Rep. Torkelson, a Republican from Hanska, is ...

Fun and games at old store

NEW ULM — It was time for fun and games the old-fashioned way at the historic Harkin Store. Sunday, visitors were able to try out games from yester year, such as pick up sticks, tic-tac-toe, checkers, dominoes, graces and rolling hoops. All of these games would have been popular in the ...

Human remains, missing man’s driver’s license found

BROWN COUNTY — Unidentified human remains, as well as items likely belonging to Vincent Hugo Mathiowetz, 73, of Sleepy Eye, were found Sunday morning near a rest area on Highway 4, close to the Cottonwood River. According to the Brown County Sheriff’s Office, at approximately 10:46 a.m., ...

Man, originally from New Ulm, dies in crash

DECATUR COUNTY–Former New Ulm resident Paul Charles Griebel, 62, died Thursday in a vehicle accident in Iowa. Griebel was driving a semi for 5 Star Trucking Inc. on Interstate 35 when he collided with a second truck. According to the Iowa State Patrol, around 11: 30 a.m. a truck ...

Ping Pong drop kicks off Crazy Days 2

NEW ULM — At 8 a.m. Saturday there were no clouds in sight but a shower of ping pong balls rained down on the crowd gathered outside Penazz on the corner of 1st N. Street and Minnesota Street. The ping pong ball drop mark the start of the second day in the New Ulm Crazy Days events. ...

Nicollet woman dies in crash

BLUE EARTH COUNTY — A Nicollet woman was killed in a collision at about 3:41 p.m. Friday at the CR 11 and CR 50 intersection in Judson Township, Blue Earth County. According to the Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office, Mary Louise Blank, 70, of rural Nicollet died in the crash. She had been ...

Police find human remains

NEW ULM — Police say they may have found objects that belonged to Vincent Mathiowetz, 73, who was reported missing from Sleepy Eye in June. On July 29 at approximately 10:46 a.m. law enforcement was contacted by a citizen using the rest area on Highway 4 near the Cottonwood River who said ...

Relay For Life marches on

NEW ULM — Eden “Bliss” Kalk talked about how to battle cancer and appreciate what’s really important in life in detail at the 23rd Annual Relay For Life of Brown County 2018 at the Brown County Fairgrounds July 27. “I’m so blessed to be here today. I’m eternally grateful. I’ve ...

Merchants get a little loony during Crazy Days

NEW ULM — As the world prepared for the longest lunar eclipse of the century, New Ulm businesses got a bit loony with Crazy Days specials. Friday morning, downtown Minnesota Street was packed with special sales in the shops, many of which spilled over onto the sidewalk. The craziness was ...

Judge takes sex sting case under advisement

NEW ULM — Brown County District Court Judge Paul Westphal took a three and one-half hour sex sting operation case court trial under advisement July 27. Paul R. Lund Jr., 47, of Cottonwood, was charged with a felony after being caught in a prostitution sting on Aug. 29, 2017. He was among ...

Walking for a Cure

Groups celebrate during the 2018 Brown County Relay for Life

Governor candidates face off in Mankato

MANKATO — Three of Minnesota’s gubernatorial candidates, Jeff Johnson (GOP), Erin Murphy (DFL) and Tim Walz (DFL) were at the Civic Center Plaza in MankatoThursday night for a candidate’s forum. Former governor and current GOP candidate Tim Pawlenty declined an invitation to attend the ...

Deputy Fairbairn wants to partner with county businesses

BROWN COUNTY — Brown County Sheriff candidate Jason Fairbairn says partnering with Brown County businesses in an effort to eliminate financial crimes and fraud is among his initiatives. In addition, Fairbairn said educating businesses on financial crimes and fraud is part of his community ...

School Board sets up for school year

NEW ULM — The District 88 School Board took care of business in preparation for the coming school year, approving changes in student and teacher handbooks for the various schools, approving contracts and memberships for the coming year and approving the 10 year strategic action plan for the ...

Children’s cast ready for performance

The Children’s Theater Production of “Abracadabra Aladdin” completed its final rehearsal Wednesday. The kids, ages 6-13, have been rehearsing twice a week since the first week in June. Director Jenny Spurgin said this year they had lots of new kids taking part in summer theater. Only a ...