Local News

New playground ready for fun

NEW ULM—The new German Park Inclusive Playground was up and running as of Friday afternoon. The last step of construction was pouring the rubberized surface for the playground. Workers began pouring the surfacing over Memorial Day Weekend. Multiple layers were poured in place and allowed to ...

Last day of school for Furth, too

Eileen Furth, who has worked for ISD 88 for over 36 years as a teacher and paraprofessional, says goodbye to her last class Friday with a group hug. Furth is retiring as this school year ends.

River Bend flower gift

Junior Karl Luepke, left, and freshman John Lindberg, right, deliver geraniums to residents of Ridgeway on German in pots painted by the students of River Bend Education District. The flowers were a class project as part of a $250 All State Foundation grant.

Kemske’s and River Bend announce merger

NEW ULM — Two local business supply companies have announce their merge. Kemske Printing and Paper Company has joined forces with River Bend Business Products, and together the businesses will apply their combined 140 years of experience serving more than 3,500 current customers. ...

Bloodmobile completes drive in New Ulm

NEW ULM — The Red Cross Bloodmobile collected 75 units of blood on Friday, the final day of the three-day blood drive at the New Ulm Civic Center. The day’s goal had been 88 units. For the three-day drive, New Ulm had a goal of 373 units, and collect 299. On Fridday, Dave Christiansen ...

Reed White Portraiture

Reed White’s “Portraiture” exhibit opened Friday at the Grand Center for Arts & Culture in New Ulm. The exhibit of White’s portrait work continues through June 29. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Portrait titles starting above, left, and ...

Dayton signs bill to stabilize public employee pensions

NEW ULM — Gov. Mark Dayton said Thursday that he signed the last bill of his gubernatorial career, and is happy that he went out on a high note. Dayton signed the public pension stabilization bill, which will clear up unfunded pension liabilities and put the state on the path to fully fund ...

Planning panel OKs irrigation well

NEW ULM — The Planning Commission made a recommendation to allow the installation of a new irrigation well at the New Ulm High School. Superintendent Jeff Bertrang brought the request on behalf of New Ulm Schools to install an irrigation well on the high school property. According to ...

Library Director Kris Wiley moving on to Oregon

NEW ULM — After nearly nine years with the New Ulm Public Library, Kris Wiley is resigning as director to start new adventure in Roseberg, Oregon. Wiley’s last day as New Ulm’s library director is June 15. She first came to New Ulm in August 2009 and was named library director four ...

Bloodmobile stops in New Ulm this week

NEW ULM—The American Red Cross Blood Mobile visited the New Ulm Civic Center Wednesday afternoon to take much need blood donation from New Ulm area residents. The Blood Mobile will remain at the Civic Center from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. today (Thursday) and 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday. The goal ...

Reed White uses the power of portraiture

NEW ULM — A Mankato artist’s portraits will tell the stories of their subjects during the upcoming art show at The Grand Center for Arts and Culture. An opening reception for the Portraiture of Reed White will be held Friday, June 1, at the Four Pillars Gallery, 7-9 p.m. “My ...

Crews repair storm damage near Hanska

Great River Energy linemen Dennis Clifford, left, and Dan Burnstein saw up 29 downed power poles just east of Brown County Road 13, south of Hanska, May 29. New power poles will replace the old ones this week. The Hanska Fire Department responded to a report of downed power poles and lines May ...

Torkelson talks to Rotary

NEW ULM — State Rep. Paul Torkelson (R-Hanska) spoke at the New Ulm Rotary meeting Tuesday afternoon. Torkelson gave an overview of Minnesota’s latest legislative session. He began by reminding the Rotary Club that passing any legislative bill requires 68 representatives, 34 senators and ...

Mansoor focuses on N. Korea

NEW ULM — Dr. Peter Mansoor focused on North Korea Tuesday during a presentation on global hotspots. At the New Ulm Public Library, Mansoor discussed four global hotspots that he described as frozen conflicts due to the prolonged, unyielding differences of involved parties. “We will talk ...

Moldan steps down from Turner Hall job

NEW ULM — There is turnover at Turner Hall as the manager for the past dozen years is stepping down this summer to spend time with her family. Manager Virginia Suker Moldan is helping the iconic New Ulm institution find her successor until Aug. 31, when she is officially done. “My ...

Memorial Day Observance marches on

NEW ULM — Despite searing heat and humidity that caused the National Weather Service (NWS) to issue a heat advisory May 28, the New Ulm Memorial Day Observance marched on as scheduled. Following a downtown parade, the observance moved to the New Ulm City Cemetery where the Gold Star ...

High heat brews up quick storm Monday

NEW ULM — The air temperature in New Ulm was measured at 98.1 degrees F., eclipsing the old May 28 high temperature record of 94 degrees that occured in 1969. The new heat record was still well below the all-time New Ulm high temperature record for May of 108.5 degrees set on May 31, 1934. ...

Memorial Day 2018

The New Ulm Battery rides horses at the end of the downtown parade, past Schonlau Park to Fifth N. Street.

New page for MVL grads

NEW ULM — Forty-nine Minnesota Valley Lutheran (MVL) High School students spent their final minutes in high school before sharing graduation feelings with schoolmates, family and friends outside the gym doors May 27. “Four years of hard work, dedication and maybe just a little stress in a ...

River History Center opens

April Hermel of New Ulm holds “Izzy,” a Red Tail Boa snake, at the Minnesota Valley Regional River History and Learning Center, 101 S. Front St. May 27. A number of snakes owned by Mandy Smith were displayed outside the learning center.