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Planning panel OKs conditional use permit for flood plain

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Planning Commission recommended a conditional use permit (CUP) to place fill in a special flood hazard area for the construction of a house on South Front Street. Todd Zangel plans to construct a single family dwelling at 1305 S. Front St. This is a flood area subject ...

Concords on way to Germany

NEW ULM — The Concord Singers, New Ulm’s all male German-language chorus, left for Germany Thursday to visit New-Ulm’s Bavarian sister city Neu Ulm. The Concord Singers are traveling to Neu-Ulm to participate in the city’s 150th anniversary and the 100th anniversary of Neu-Ulm’s ...

Nicollet County commissioners OK watershed plan support

ST. PETER — Nicollet County Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution approving a One Watershed One Plan (1W1P) Planning Boundary Map and support resolution May 28. The plan, approved on a motion by Commissioner Morrow, seconded by Commissioner Dranttel, encourages shared services and ...

Citizens donates to Turner Hall

NEW ULM — Citizens Bank Minnesota recently donated $15,000 to the Turner Hall Capital Campaign. Turner Hall has a goal of raising $600,000 and they are halfway through their three-year campaign. Funds will be used towards their recent kitchen remodel and sewer line renovations. Turner Hall ...

Former New Ulm mayor Joel Albrecht dies at 83

NEW ULM — Former New Ulm Mayor Joel Timm Albrecht, 83, died Sunday, May 26. Albrecht served as a city councilor before becoming mayor. His service to the city continued after he left city government. Former city manager Brian Gramentz remembered Albrecht as a man with a passion for a lot ...

River floods Riverside Park

A picnic table remains on dry ground, but the rising Minnesota River floods the eastern part of Riverside Park in New Ulm Tuesday. The river was measured at 801.3 feet at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday. Minor flooding is occurring and forecast. Flood stage is 800 feet. The river is forecast to rise to ...

Minnecon access still closed

The Minnesota River access at Minnecon Park remains closed due to high water. The Highway 14/15 New Ulm Gateway project that began in December 2017 is scheduled to be complete in fall 2019, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT). The project resulting in detours, ...

Grand to host ‘Student Expressions’

NEW ULM — The Grand Center for Arts and Culture is set to host an opening reception Friday in the Four Pillars Gallery for its new exhibit “Student Expressions: An Exploration of Mediums.” The exhibit features artwork encompassing a variety of mediums and includes work from New Ulm High ...

Hurtling into summer

Washington Learning Center Eagles 3-4 students play with a parachute during WLC’s celebration day Thursday. Students and faculty celebrated with parachute play, tug of war and other games. Friday is the last day of classes for New Ulm Public Schools.

Splash of color brightens sidewalks

The flowers are in bloom on Minnesota Street. Tuesday morning flower baskets were placed on lamp posts in the downtown business district, adding a splash of color to the sidewalks.

Demolition work to begin at Alliance Bank

ST. PAUL — Alliance Bank, a community bank with over $590 million in assets, announced that crews will begin demolition work to prepare for construction of the new Alliance Bank building. Demolition marks the first step towards the development of the building, which will officially break ...

Manderfeld officially takes over as PUC chief

NEW ULM — Kris Manderfeld was officially appointed to the position of utilities director by the Public Utility Commission, Tuesday. Manderfeld previously served as the assistant finance director. In February, she was appointed interim utility director to fill the vacant director position ...

County board OKs software purchases

NEW ULM — Brown County Commissioners approved a number of software purchases to update Brown County Human Services and Assessor’s Offices Tuesday. Commissioners unanimously approved a proposal to purchase a $208,606 electronic document management system (EDMS) from Next Chapter Technology ...

State Street Theater update presented

NEW ULM — A special update was given on the State Street Theater (SST) and Emerson Union Apartments Tuesday at the New Ulm Country Club. Thor Mickelson of Mickelson Media Foundation was the keynote speaker. Mickelson and his father helped establish the New Ulm Area Foundation by offering a ...

Sertoma Club honors Dauer

2019 Service to Mankind Award recipient Mark Dauer shakes New Ulm Sertoma Club President-elect Rhonda Gustasfon’s hand after she presented him the award Tuesday at the New Ulm Country Club. The award was given to Dauer by Habitat for Humanity for his volunteering to build and maintain homes. ...

Museum gets donation

From left, Brown County Historical Society collections curator Ryan Harren, BCHS executive director Kathleen Backer, and Schell’s Borderbatch members Dave Vorwerk, Ted Stueber and Dave Weldy pose for a photo Tuesday with a $500 check donated to BCHS by Schell’s Borderbatch. The donation ...

Halters, lead ropes donation

The Golden Rose Riders 4-H Club donates new and used halters and lead ropes to local and area law enforcement Tuesday. A 4-H leader who is also a dispatcher suggested the club donate the equipment. Front row, from left, 4-H members Leah Kucera, Millie Lax, Caidence Kucera and William Lemar. ...

Sacred Heart man dies in Sunday crash

HECTOR — A 43-year-old Sacred Heart man died in a two-vehicle crash reported at 6:08 p.m. Sunday on TH 4 at 730th Avenue, Martinsburg Township, Renville County. A 2001 Chevy Silverado driven by David L. Koskela, 43, Sacred Heart, was northbound on TH 4 when it collided with a southbound ...

Former area resident on Wheel of Fortune

Brenda Happi Ness, a former resident of the Courtland and Judson area will appear today on “Wheel of Fortune.” The contestant, who lives in El Paso, was known as Brenda Beck when she lived in the Courtland and Judson area from 1989 to 1994. She attended and graduated from Mankato ...

MRCI Adds Nursing Mothers’ Room in NU

NEW ULM — MRCI in New Ulm is taking steps to make returning to work easier for breastfeeding mothers. With the support from a Brown, Nicollet, Le Sueur, and Waseca Counties Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (BNLW SHIP) grant, MRCI is creating a private space for employees who are ...