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Northfield woman dies in crash

LE SUEUR COUNTY — A 51-year-old Northfield woman died of injuries received in a one-vehicle crash reported at 7:42 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 1, in Montgomery Township, Le Sueur County. A 2001 Chrysler Sebring driven by Michelle D. Burwell was westbound on State Highway 99 when she drove through ...

Almost done

The German Park Amphitheater is nearly complete. Park and Recreation Director Tom Schmitz said all that remains of the construction project is landscaping and the shade structure, which requires additional funding. More than $950,000 has been donated or pledged toward the $1.2 million public ...

Colorful mural memorializes Kalk

NEW ULM — The alleyways of downtown Minnesota Street are getting very colorful. A special art mural memorializing the late Eden “Bliss” Kalk was commissioned for the north-facing wall the Wellness Collective at 15 S. Minnesota St. Bliss Kalk worked at the Wellness Collective as a ...

MnDOT seeks 10-year highway plan comments

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Transportation is seeking comments on the list of projects in its recently released 10-year Capital Highway Investment Plan (CHIP). The plan includes state highway projects for the next four years that MnDOT is committed to. The plan also identifies ...

Board considers laying off two school nurses

BROWN COUNTY - Brown County commissioners will consider laying off two school nurses effective Aug. 28 on Tuesday, Aug. 4. The board request comes due to the non-renewal of 2020-2021 school health agreements with District 88, New Ulm Area Catholic Schools and the River Bend Education ...

No HermannFest this year

NEW ULM — The HermannFest 2020 celebration has been officially canceled. The Hermann Monument Society made the official decision to cancel the annual celebration Thursday. In a statement, the Hermann Monument Society said the decision was based on an inability to control crowds. Since the ...

Brown County COVID-19 cases climb

BROWN COUNTY — COVID-19 cases in Brown County jumped 15 cases in the last week, to 78 on Thursday, July 30, according to Brown County Public Health’s latest update. Two new laboratory-confirmed cases were reported in Brown County on Thursday. One person was in their 60s, the other in ...

Hagedorn addresses pandemic

NEW ULM — Minnesota’s First District Rep. Jim Hagedorn held a telephone town hall Thursday. Hagedorn said the purpose of the town hall was to answer questions and concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The congressman said the district’s economy had three main sections: ...

GFW schools have enough space for in-person learning

Will also have online option GIBBON — Gibbon Fairfax Winthrop (GFW) Schools will allow all students to return to school on every scheduled school day, whether State of Minnesota thresholds dictate in-person or hybrid learning this fall. The Minnesota Department of Education and Minnesota ...

Dist. 84 board approves learning plans

SLEEPY EYE — The District 84 school board unanimously approved recommended learning models for the fall start of school Thursday. Under the formula based on county COVID-19 case numbers, Sleepy Eye Elementary School students will attend school in classrooms each school day beginning Aug. ...

Winning catfish weighs nearly 40 pounds

FRANKLIN - Charles Scheer of Hanley Falls’ 39.77 pound flathead catfish won the Catfish Derby Days title July 25. Monde Grunke of Morgan was second at 37.62 pounds. Jeremy Rausch of Spencer, Iowa was third with a 35.7 pound flathead. James Taylor of St. James caught the biggest channel ...

Ringhofer files

NEW ULM — Mathew Ringhofer formally filed for re-election to the District 88 School Board Thursday. This year, four school board seats are up for election, including Ringhofer’s seat. The other three seats up for election are currently held by Christie Dewanz, Jonathan Schiro and Denny ...

Highway 111/22 detour changes Aug. 10

MANKATO - Construction of State Highways 111/22 will shift north from State Highway 99 in Nicollet to Nicollet CR 1 to north of CR 1 to Gaylord as of Monday, Aug. 10 with a detour change. The new detour will be Nicollet CR 1 and State Highways 15 and 19. A second way-finding route, (not ...

Rec Center project begins

NEW ULM — A special groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Reinvest New Ulm (RENU) Recreation Center Project, Wednesday. The Rec Center project was the largest of the RENU projects approved by voters during a special referendum in 2016. The project includes a new pool area with ...

Sanborn man charged in high-speed chase

ST. PETER — Charges were filed in Nicollet County District Court Monday against Tanner W. Jarvis, 21, 29960 180th St., Sanborn, accusing him of traveling at speeds up to 130 mph during a July 2 chase from law enforcement through Nicollet, Sibley and Brown counties. A state-wide arrest ...

Statewide Tobacco 21 goes into effect Aug. 1

NEW ULM – Minnesota’s statewide tobacco sale age is changing from 18 to 21 starting August 1. The statewide Tobacco 21 law is the latest step in the movement to reduce youth access to addictive tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. This effort was driven by 75 local communities that ...

Dist. 84 board meets July 30

SLEEPY EYE — The District 84 Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 5:15 p.m., Thursday, July 30 to discuss school start options and approve a recommended option to start school. The meeting will be held in the school conference room.

Hagedorn town hall

WASHINGTON – On On Thursday, July 30, First District Rep. Jim Hagedorn will host a telephone town hall discussion with constituents to address concerns relating to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, safely reopening the economy and schools, access to affordable, quality healthcare, and ...