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District 84 board OKs two-year teacher contract

SLEEPY EYE — The District 88 Board unanimously approved a master agreement with the Sleepy Eye Education Association Wednesday. Action came on a motion by board member Joleen Dittbenner, seconded by Brian Nelson to approve a 8.5% total package hike over two years, for the 2019-2021 school ...

Service providers, first responders learn about Vitals app

NEW ULM — First responders, detox, New Ulm Medical Center staff, probation, human services and other service providers learned about the virtues of The Vitals app at an informational meeting at the New Ulm Fire Department Wednesday. The app allows caregivers and individuals to create and ...

SEHS presents ‘Elf, The Musical’

SLEEPY EYE — Sleepy Eye High School presents “Elf The Musical” at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday Nov. 15, 16 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17. Based on the 2003 New Line Cinema hit “Elf,” the film written by David Berenbaum, is about Buddy, a young orphan who mistakenly crawls in ...

Blood drive at Cathedral High School

Jon Adema, 17, donates blood for the first time during Cathedral High School’s Red Cross blood drive. Adema said he responded to a call for volunteers in class and decided to help out. He is not afraid of needles and said he would likely give again. Student volunteer Emma Henle, 18, was ...

No federal funding for Highway 14 in 2020

NEW ULM — Highway 14 will receive no funding from the federal government in 2020. Earlier this year, the U.S. Highway 14 Partnership worked with the Minnesota Department of Transportation to apply for a $25 million grant through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Better Utilizing ...

Neighbors oppose campground proposal

NEW ULM — After hearing opposition from a couple neighbors, the Brown County Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of a conditional use permit application Tuesday by Brian Domeier to allow a seasonal campground on Clear Lake in Section 14, Sigel Township. Brown County ...

EDA to help small business in new way

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Economic Development Authority authorized a $30,000 agreement with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to deliver up-to-date counseling and technical assistance for small businesses in New Ulm. The SBDC program already provides service to New Ulm, but this ...

Sheriff, police to inform public about Vitals app

NEW ULM — The Brown County Sheriff’s Office and the New Ulm Police Department are hosting an information session on Wednesday November 13, 11 a.m. at the New Ulm Fire Department, 526 8th St. N., to tell the public about the Vitals app product. The Brown County Sheriff’s Office and the ...

Sleepy Eye City Council OKs $616K bond sale

SLEEPY EYE - The Sleepy Eye City Council unanimously approved a resolution awarding the sale of $616,000 in general obligation capital improvement bonds Tuesday Action came on a motion by councilor Doug Pelzel, seconded by councilor Joann Schmidt for the bonds to replenish cash and help the ...

Honoring veterans

NEW ULM — Minnesota National Guard Maj. Blake St. Sauver urged Veterans Day Program participants to thank a veteran for their sacrifices and service, at New Ulm High School Monday. “Acknowledge our debt of gratitude to those that keep our nation whole,” said St. Sauver. "Like former ...

SE City Council considers $616K bond sale

SLEEPY EYE — The Sleepy Eye City Council will consider a resolution awarding the sale of $616,000 in general obligation capital improvement bonds today. A five-year capital improvement plan approved by the city council last June authorized the bonds to be issued to pay for renovating the ...

BCHS annual meeting Thursday

NEW ULM — The Brown County Historical Society will hold its 89th annual meeting on Thursday, Nov. 14, at the Best Western Convention Center in New Ulm. Socializing begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:15 p.m. The business meeting will begin at 7:15 p.m. and the program will begin ...

Cocktail champions

NEW ULM — Lamplighter Restaurant and Lounge, Russell Davis' choice for first place, and Veigel's Kaiserhoff, the People's Choice for first place, won the bar crawl and cocktail competition hosted by celebrity bartender Russell Davis on Nov. 9. Davis ranked B&L Bar in second place and ...

Turner Ladies honored for service

NEW ULM — Four New Ulm Turner Ladies were honored for their longevity to the organization at the Stiftungsfest lunch at Turner Hall Sunday. Jeanette Domeier was honored for 50 years of service. Honorees for 25 years of service were presented to Joanie Gleisner, Laverna Beranek and Viva ...

Progress in local initiatives spelled out at Chamber Hot Topics lunch

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Chamber’s Hot Topic Lunch Friday provided new information on several ongoing projects. Speakers at the event gave updates on 2020 Visioning progress and the RENU Projects. Workforce Education District 88 Superintendent Jeff Bertrang spoke on the workforce through ...

Hagedorn sees impeachment as a political ploy by Dems

NEW ULM — Minnesota First District Congressman Jim Hagedorn is back in southern Minnesota visiting constituents, including a visit to New Ulm Friday. In an interview with The Journal, Hagedorn began by discussing Donald Trump and the House impeachment inquiry. Hagedorn has been a staunch ...

Hunting for bargains

NEW ULM — The GnomeMade Market is open for business Friday and will run through Sunday, Nov. 10. The annual art and folk art market is a New Ulm tradition dating back 35 years. The tradition started as a shopping event to coincide with the Minnesota DNR Deer Hunting Season. It is part of ...

Hector farmer’s leg caught in combine

HECTOR — A Hector area farmer Wednesday when his leg became trapped in a corn combine. The Renville County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call at 2:44 p.m. reporting a man trapped in a corn head. The emergency was reported to be along the 47000 block of 835th Avenue, which is about 4 ...

Nebraska patrol says Sleepy Eye man was hauling drugs

SARGENT, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a 30-year-old Minnesota man was arrested after Nebraska state troopers found hundreds of packages of THC products in his car. Custer County Court records say Anthony Kolbe, of Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, is charged with possession of a controlled substance ...

Farm City Day Breakfast

Staff photo by Kevin Sweeney The Larson family of New Ulm enjoyed a family breakfast Friday at the 13th annual KNUJ Farm City Day celebration at the Brown County Fairgrounds. From left are Mallory, Traci, Jay and Madden Larson. The New Ulm Farm-City Hub Club served a free breakfast, with ...