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Zahn becomes a super centenarian

NEW ULM — Family members came from near and far to help Erna Zahn become a supercentenarian, celebrating her 110th birthday at Oak Hills Living Center April 14. “I fell wonderful. I can’t complain,” Zahn said, celebrating with dozens of family members from New Ulm and as far away as ...

Blizzard closes county roads

BROWN COUNTY — An historic blizzard for this time of year caused the closure of all state and federal highways in Brown County and a number of other areas north, south and west of New Ulm Saturday. “It’s pretty ugly out there. I haven’t seen anything like this at this time of year in ...

Perfect Pairings boosts United Way

NEW ULM — United Way brought guests out of the dreary rain Friday evening for a gourmet, four-course meal. Hosted in the New Ulm Country Club, the sixth annual Perfect Pairings meal raised money for Youth Activities Scholarships. “Each year we take a significant amount of our budget and ...

Turner Hall Rib Feast Thursday

NEW ULM — Turner Hall will hold its 3rd annual Rib Feast on Thursday, April 19. The Rib Feast is a fundraiser to support the Turner Hall Capital Campaign. Rib Feast drive thru service will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Enter on Washington Street. Dine-in service begins at 4:30 p.m. with entry on ...

Open Door Health Center offers free mammograms

MANKATO — Open Door Health Center (ODHC) will host a breast cancer screening event at 309 Holly Lane in Mankato on Tuesday, May 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The screenings, which include a breast exam as well as a mammogram, will be available to women ages 40 and over who are due or overdue for ...

Elvis’ tale: How lost cat wound up being euthanized

NEW ULM — Controversy continues to swirl around the euthanization of a cat by the Brown County Humane Society last week. On Thursday, April 5, a cat named Elvis was brought to the Brown County Humane Society (BCHS) where it allegedly became aggressive and bit a volunteer. The BCHS had the ...

FireHouse to perform at Brown County fair

NEW ULM — The Brown County Free Fair has announced national recording artists FireHouse will perform a concert at a Grandstand show on Thursday, Aug. 9 at 7:30 p.m. The opening band will be Them Pesky Kids. FireHouse is on its 27th Anniversary tour. The group includes CJ Snare (vocals, ...

Panel discusses housing in New Ulm

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Country Club hosted a Hot Topics Lunch on Housing Status in New Ulm Friday afternoon. EDA and Housing Needs Initiative (HNI) Board member Daniel Braam, HNI member and City Housing Coordinator Heather Bregel, Minnesota Street Apartment Developer Jim Kretsch and Sr. Vice ...

Wortman guilty on two of eight counts

NEW ULM — After nearly five hours of deliberation Friday, a jury of six men and six women found a 48-year-old Mankato man guilty on two counts of an eight-count drug sale case in Brown County District Court. Joel Wortman, 50 Teton Lane, Mankato, was found guilty of felony 3rd-degree ...

‘Swan Lake’ coming to State Street Theater

NEW ULM — The world’s most beloved fairytale ballet, “Swan Lake”, comes to the State Street Theater Company’s stage for the first time! Performed by the Mankato Ballet Company and set to the music of Tchaikovsky, this timeless love story mixes magic, tragedy and romance. The four ...

Lily Meka concert at Our Savior’s

NEW ULM — Lily Meka is a young cultural Musical Ambassador from Cameroon, West Africa. She will be presenting a concert of traditional Cameroon Music on April 22, at 3:00 p.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 1400 So State Street in New Ulm. She was recently presented an award for writing ...

Arts Council Awards $110,590 in grants to area arts groups

MANKATO — The Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council has awarded grants of $110,590 from the Arts and Culture Heritage Fund to 18 arts organizations, community groups and schools in the region. This fund was created by the people of Minnesota to support the arts and preserve our heritage. The ...

Windings donates to SSTC

Windings CEO Heather Braimbridge-Cox (left) hands State Street Theater volunteers Mary Ellen Domeier (center) and Andy Biebel (right) a check for $5,000 The funds will be used for the theater’s capital campaign. Braimbridge-Cox said Windings is supportive of State Street Theater Co.. “They ...

Ambulance donation

Submitted photo The Lafayette Area Ambulance department recently received $7,500 in funding for a new ambulance. $5,000 was provided by the New Ulm Medical Center (NUMC) Foundation and $2,500 from New Ulm Medical Center Charitable contributions. Pictured with the new ambulance are NUMC ...

MVL Speech Team competes in Section 2A tournament

ST. PETER — Nine members of the MVL speech team traveled to St. Peter on Friday afternoon to compete in the 2A section tournament. In Extemporaneous Speaking, David Huang placed 5th , and Emma Niebuhr placed 2nd in Extemporaneous Reading. In poetry, Elizabeth Kassuelke placed 2nd, and Rachel ...

Gateway project starts

NEW ULM — Road construction season has begun. The Highway 14/15 Gateway project into New Ulm began Thursday morning. Construction crews set up barricades blocking traffic on 7th Street North from Broadway to the bridge over the Minnesota River. The crews began working on the bridge over ...

Winter storm predicted

NEW ULM — April is the cruelest month. Even as temperatures reached 50 degrees Thursday, New Ulm is bracing for another winter blast this Friday that could last through Sunday. A winter watch is in effect from Friday, 10 p.m. until Sunday 1 a.m. According to weather reports, there is a 90 ...

Lockdown at WLC

NEW ULM — A scare at Washington Learning Center (WLC) resulted in a short lockdown near the end of the school day. Police were dispatched to a conflict near WLC at 2:43 p.m. Thursday after receiving reports of two adults arguing. “While they were en route, another report came into ...

School board learns about daycare, transition programs

NEW ULM — School Board members and principals discussed Kids Connection and interschool transitions during their study session April 12. Little Kids Connection, for preschool ages 3-5, is up by four in enrollment with a ratio of one staff person to 10 students. There is one lead teacher and ...