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Census, legislative issues in spotlight at league forum

NEW ULM — A public forum on the 2020 Census and state legislative issues was held by the League of Women Voters (LWV) Saturday at the Oakwood Methodist Church. 2020 Census Paul Huffman, the Census and Redistricting Coordinator for LWV in Minnesota, discussed the upcoming census and the ...

Quilting for Sight

ST. GEORGE — For the ninth year in a row, quilters and quilt admirers have gathered at St. George Parish Center for the Sewing for Sight Quilt Show. Nearly 70 sewers registered for this year’s retreat, each working on their project, but all helped to raise money for the Foundation for ...

Fire in Morton displaces 7

MORTON — On Jan. 12 at 4:25 p.m. the Renville County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting a house on fire on the 300 block of Walnut Drive North in Morton. The owner called to report heavy smoke and flames coming from the basement of the house. He reported that he and the six ...

Flu season in full swing in Brown County

NEW ULM — It’s only 11 days into the new year, but Minnesota is already a month into the flu season as the virus has already spread statewide. Public Health officials typical consider October through May to be flu season. The months of December, January and February are the peak months for ...

Turner Hall gets grant for power upgrade

NEW ULM — Turner Hall will receive a $5,000 seed grant from the Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) to cover the cost of electrical upgrades in the gym. The award is one of 35 grants given to innovative renewable energy and energy efficient project in Minnesota. The grant will allow Turner ...

GFW Board to consider closing school site, 2020 bond referendum

FAIRFAX — The Gibbon Fairfax Winthrop (GFW) Board of Education meets Monday, Jan. 13 to consider closing a school site beginning with the 2020-2021 school year and a possible 2020 bond referendum special election. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the GFW Intermediate School Media Center ...

Stuck truck

A Waste Management garbage truck became wedged under the 12th North railroad overpass on Front Street Friday at about 9:55 a.m. Dwight Benjamin Jerge, 44, of Spirit Lake, Iowa, was eastbound on 12th North and thought he had clearance to make it under the overpass. The truck became stuck, and ...

Gaylord woman charged after fatal hit-and-run

GAYLORD — A 24-year-old Gaylord woman who told authorities she left a fatal accident scene Wednesday to drop off her daughter with her boyfriend, faces charges of felony criminal vehicular homicide and felony failure to stop and remain on scene of a collision in Sibley County District ...

Milford 4-H Club honors Law Enforcement

Submitted photo The Milford 4-H Club showed their appreciation to the New Ulm Police Department and the Brown County Sheriff’s Department on Thursday, Jan. 9, which was Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Thursday morning, before school, members brought muffins and coffee and thanked the ...

Patriots’ Pen winners

Submitted photo Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest winners for St. Paul’s Lutheran School are pictured above. This year’s essay theme was “What Makes America Great.” Front row - Ella Wurster, Micah Scotting, Adyson Tweit, Evelyn Friese Back row - Mr. Will Burdorff (VFW representative), ...

‘American Pop’ is first in NU Film Society’s animation series

NEW ULM — New Ulm Film Society screenings are about to become more animated with a showing of the 1981 film “American Pop.” The screening starts at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14 at New Ulm Public Library. “American Pop” is the first film in its animation series. The film tells the ...

Welcoming Communities meeting in Sleepy Eye to show survey results

SLEEPY EYE — Results of a Welcoming Communities Assessment survey will be revealed at a public meeting set for 5:30 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 29 at the Sleepy Event Center. The survey was presented at a Nov. 5 meeting at the Event Center that included New Ulm, Sleepy Eye, Springfield and ...

Firefighters called to Countryside apartments

SLEEPY EYE — Firefighters were called to the Countryside Retirement Community, 1100 1st Avenue South at about 3:50 p.m. Friday for a report of smoke in a building hallway. Firefighters used fans to remove the smoke from a hallway and apartment in the assisted living facility. Sleepy Eye ...

Hot Topics: What people want downtown

NEW ULM — The results of the Minnesota Main Street assessment on downtown New Ulm were presented Thursday at the New Ulm Chamber’s Hot Topic Lunch hosted at the New Ulm Country Club. The presentation came from the Rethos organization and Minnesota Main Street. The assessment began in July ...

School board looks at new programs, equipment

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Board of Education took a tour at the High School of new programs and new equipment at a Thursday work session. The tour began with a stop in the High School weight room. New weight room equipment was brought into the school over Christmas break. “It really is ...

Dist. 84 board discusses football future

SLEEPY EYE — The District 84 Board of Education discussed possible future football alignments during most of its meeting Wednesday. “We are locked in to play 11-man football for fall 2020 vs. the same opponents (of last year). We just flip flop sites. Section opponents would also remain ...

Many pins, many wins: Cole Ranweiler’s hot start for NUA

NEW ULM –– Piling up pin after pin and win after win to start the 2019-2020 high school wrestling season, New Ulm Area’s Cole Ranweiler has made his impact on the mat so far. After missing a large share of matches a year ago due to nagging injuries, Ranweiler finished last season ...

Janssen is AAA award winner at NUHS

NEW ULM — New Ulm High School senior Bethany Janssen has received District 88’s AAA Award. The Triple-A award is given to students excelling in Athletics, Academics and Fine Arts. Janssen has played varsity tennis for three years and went All-Conference this year. She also manages the ...

Council approves appointments for city committees

NEW ULM — The New Ulm City Council appointed community members to the boards and commission as well as appoints council members as representatives to certain commissions, Tuesday. The council appointments to commissions and organizations were unchanged from 2019. The council did make one ...

Commissioners OK land bid request

NEW ULM — Brown County Commissioners unanimously approved an amended notice requesting quotes to rent out county-owned land north of the Brown County Sanitary Landfill Tuesday. “After talking to people who sell land, I think it’s to our benefit to separate leases, one for tillable ...