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Springfield hosts Arrive Alive 2019 event Sept. 18

SPRINGFIELD — Students, parents and community members are encouraged to attend an Arrive Alive 2019 event at the Springfield High School Performing Arts Center. KT Humble Hearts Foundation inspirational speaker Deb Hadley will talk along with program participants in the Performing Arts ...

Emerson Union Hardhat Tour an invitation-only event

NEW ULM — The “Hardhat” tour of the new Emerson Union apartments being built in the former New Ulm Middle School building is an invitation only event. Due to construction at the site, the general public cannot be admitted at this time. A public tour will take place after the ...

Attorney speaks of dangers of sexting

NEW ULM — Brown County Attorney Chuck Hanson warned students at River Bend Education District of the dangers of sexting and sending nude photos during a presentation at the school Tuesday. Hanson has done similar presentations in Sleepy Eye and at Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School that ...

EDA approves funds for Hermann hillside, amphitheater

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Economic Development Authority approved funding for the Hermann hillside project and the German Park amphitheater upgrade. The EDA voted to fund $100,000 for the Hermann hillside and $150,000 for the German Park amphitheater. In August, the city approved moving ...

SouthPoint announces CEO retirement, succession plan

SLEEPY EYE — SouthPoint Financial Credit Union announced that Richard "Dick" Nesvold is retiring as president and CEO of the cooperative. SouthPoint's Vice President of Retail Services Jay Gostonczik has been promoted to Executive Vice President as part of the cooperative's transition ...

SE City Council, residents talk trash

SLEEPY EYE — After nearly an hour of discussion, heated at times, the Sleepy Eye City Council unanimously approved a resolution to allow residents to place their trash containers in the alley or street. The action came on a motion by councilor Nate Stevermer, seconded by councilor Gary ...

Sibley County P&Z forwards feedlot permits to county board

GAYLORD — By two 3-3 votes Monday, Sibley County Planning and Zoning commissioners approved sending a pair of Bismarck Township hog nursery feedlot permit requests Monday to Sibley County Commissioners to be considered at their Oct. 8 meeting. The first permit, submitted by Bryan Sommer to ...

Park & Rec Commission hears about RENU updates, fees

NEW ULM — The Park and Recreation Commissioners received an update on Reinvest in New Ulm (RENU) projects. Hermann Heights Park will receive a new parking lot, and Monument Street will be relocated. Park and Recreation Director Tom Schmitz said this is a safety project. The intersection at ...

Sleepy Eye, NU, Hanska, Comfrey firefighters battle fire

SLEEPY EYE — Fire departments from Sleepy Eye, New Ulm, Hanska and Comfrey responded to a barn fire at the James Krienke farm near the intersection of U.S. Highway 14 and Brown County Road 10 Saturday morning. Sleepy Eye Fire Chief Ron Zinniel said the fire call came in at 6:45 a.m. He said ...

SE City Council considers dog park funding request

SLEEPY EYE — The Sleepy Eye City Council will consider a funding request on Tuesday, Sept. 10 for a dog park proposed to be located at Prairie View Park. According to a July 8 letter to Sleepy Eye Mayor Wayne Pelzel, signed by Ken Brody and the Friends of Sleepy Eye Dog Park, the small ...

Dist. 84 board to act on 2020 levy

SLEEPY EYE — The ISD 84 Board of Education will consider certifying the 2019 payable 2020 tax levy for the maximum amount pending information becoming available from the Minnesota Department of Education Wednesday. Other agenda items are a trapshooting presentation from Larry Baumgardt, 12 ...

Day of Caring Oct. 26, sign up by Oct. 15

NEW ULM — Saturday, Oct. 26, marks the next annual Day of Caring sponsored by United Way of Brown County. This event provides “helping hands” for our older residents who want to stay in their homes but need a little extra help to make that happen. You can put a team together from ...

40 Days for Life 2019 campaign starts Sept. 25

MANKATO — The 40 Days for Life 2019 fall campaign will take place 5:45 a.m.-5:45 p.m. Sept. 25-Nov. 3. The kick-off event is Saturday, Sept. 21, in the Elevate Church parking lot, 191 N. Victory Dr., Mankato. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. At the event, participants will receive ...

Hermannfest: Sounds of thunder shake the valley

NEW ULM — Hundreds of spectators — with or without hearing protection — were treated to the sounds of thunder Saturday, underneath the shadow of Hermann Monument. Marking the sixth official year of the Hermannfest celebration, spectators gathered in Harman Park for the annual Thunder ...

Drew’s Crew runners showered with colors

NEW ULM — Participants of Drew’s Crew 5k Colorfest Run/Walk were treated to cool morning temperatures Saturday — and a shower of colors. Saturday’s walk/run marks the fifth year of the event that helps raise funds for Drew Aufderheide, who was diagnosed with a rare and incurable form ...

Kids’ vision screened at fly-in

NEW ULM — Kaden Suggs, 2, may need an eye exam. Suggs’ mother, Kimberly Enck, said she’ll probably bring the toddler in for an eyesight exam after he underwent a free vision screening for kids at the 46th Annual Fly-in Pancake Breakfast sponsored by the Lions Club of New Ulm. While ...

Hermannfest Fireworks

The skies over the Hermann Monument were exploding with fireworks Saturday.

PHOTOS: Drew’s Crew 5k Colorfest Run/Walk

Participants of Drew’s Crew 5k Colorfest Run/Walk were treated to cool morning temperatures Saturday — and a shower of colors. Saturday’s walk/run marks the fifth year of the event that helps raise funds for Drew Aufderheide, who was diagnosed with a rare and incurable form of Chronic ...

Farm fire near Sleepy Eye

Firefighters from Sleepy Eye and the New Ulm Rural Fire Association battled a fire in a farm building near Sleepy Eye Saturday morning. The farm is located on Highway 14 near the Christensen Farms silos.