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NU Forward receives Human Rights Award

NEW ULM — New Ulm Forward received the 2020 Human Rights Award from the Human Rights Commission Monday. The annual award recognizes a person or persons, community organization, or business in the New Ulm area, who has contributed significantly to the advancement of human rights. ...

City council candidates list key issues

NEW ULM — Voters still have a race left for the New Ulm City Council Nov. 3 with Andrea Boettger and Larry Mack facing off for the council member at-large seat. Ward 1 and 3 incumbents David Christian and Les Schultz are running unopposed. All four have varying views on what the most ...

Belle Plaine woman dies in Renville Co. crash

RENVILLE COUNTY — A 48-year-old Belle Plaine woman died in a two-vehicle crash in snowy and icy conditions Sunday morning on U.S. Highway 212 near 120th Street, Hawk Creek Township. Karla R. Fabel was driving a 2003 Saturn Ion east on Highway 212 and collided head-on with a westbound 2008 ...

An early Halloween

COURTLAND — Halloween came early in Courtland with a special Trunk & Treat event outside the Community Center. “This is the first year doing this here,” Charlette Abbas said, while dressed as a black cat. “It is organized by the Lions. The turnout is pretty good.” Every year ...

Pandemic is major issue for both Dist. 16B candidates

BROWN COUNTY — The Minnesota State House District 16B seat is up for election in just over a week. Brown County residents who have yet to cast a ballot have eight days to choose between incumbent Rep. Paul Torkelson (R-Hanska) or challenger Mindy Kimmel (D-New Ulm). A high percentage of ...

Rare fossil found in New Ulm

NEW ULM — Saturday was an exciting day for local fossil hunters. A mammoth tusk recently discovered in New Ulm was unveiled at the Riverside History & Nature Learning Center for inspection by Minnesota Science Museum experts. The tusk was brought to the Riverside building as part of ...

Olivia, Renville lead Renville County COVID cases

RENVILLE COUNTY — Cumulative COVID-19 cases in Renville County rose greatly in October, according to the Renville County Public Health public dashboard. There are 245 cumulative cases as of Friday. That number is up from 145 in September, 78 in August, 59 in July and 30 in June, according ...

Hermann’s story being told in Netflix series

NEW ULM — Hermann the German fans looking for something to watch are in luck. On Friday, Netflix premiered a TV series based on the real-life Hermann. The six-episode series is called “Barbarians” and tells the story of Herman the Cheruscan leading up to the Battle of Teutoburg Forest ...

Commissioners consider detox contract

NEW ULM — Brown County Commissioners will consider approval of the 2021 Brown County Evaluation Center (detox) contract at their meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 27. The county board meeting begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the Law Enforcement Center Training Room until further notice. WebEx access is ...

Cathedral High School Royalty

Submitted photo Jon Adema and Greta Finstad were crowned as the Cathedral High School homecoming king and queen on Friday at a pep rally at the school. The Cathedral Greyhounds took on Springfield in the homecoming football game Friday night at Johnson Field.

Unopposed Brown County Commissioners weigh in on election issues

BROWN COUNTY — Three Brown County Commissioners, all running unopposed in the Nov. 3 general election, weighed in on what they consider the biggest issues they and residents face these days. District 1 Commissioner Dave Borchert, who also serves as the New Ulm Police Chief, said the ...

Absentee ballots rolling in

BROWN COUNTY — Absentee ballots continue to roll into the Brown County Auditor/Treasurer’s (AT) Office. “The world sure changed in 2020. Elections this year are no different,” said Brown County AT Jean Prochniak. All Brown County township voters and the cities of Hanska, Cobdan and ...

Blue Earth artist donates Hermann plaque

NEW ULM — A Blue Earth artist — impressed by the Hermann Monument in Hermann Heights Park — donated and installed a bronze plaque honoring the Cherusci tribe chief. The plaque is on the east side of the large Congressional Rock near the monument. Hermann was recognized as a symbol of ...

MLC responds to COVID-19 rise

NEW ULM — Martin Luther College is carrying out testing, isolation and quarantining protocols in response to a recent rise in positive COVID-19 cases on campus. A statement from the college Thursday said MLC, in consultation with Brown County Public Health, “immediately carried out all ...

Friends, neighbors, family help Palmers harvest corn

FAIRFAX — Family, friends, neighbors, and former schoolmates of the late Mike Palmer helped his wife Jolene and their three daughters harvest 1,000 acres of corn Oct. 16. People from Fairfax, Franklin, Olivia, Bird Island, Hector, Buffalo Lake, Stewart, Gibbon, and New Ulm pitched in to ...

Bertrang: 14 students positive since start of school year

NEW ULM — The District 88 School has counted 14 COVID-19 positive students and five staff since the start of the school. This represents less than 1% of the student body and 1.3% of the staff. The District 88 School board received an update on COVID-19 data in the school during Thursday’s ...

Chamber of Commerce celebrates new restaurant

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce Willkommen Committee welcomed Órale’s Authentic Mexican Tacos & More restaurant to New Ulm. The new restaurant at 1627 S. Broadway is operated by Dulce Guerra and her family. She runs the restaurant with her brothers, father and mother. ...

NUAF gives to community projects

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Area Foundation, Inc., (NUAF) made two significant donations Thursday as part of the fall grant cycle. A $2,000 check was given to the Brown County Historical Society (BCHS) for the Explorers’ Corner display. Another $4,000 was given to New Ulm’s Downtown Action ...

Halloween Community Treat Night at New Ulm American Legion

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Sons of the American Legion will hold their annual Halloween Community Treat Night at the American Legion Club rooms at 13 S. Minnesota St. in New Ulm, Saturday, Oct. 31, from 5 to 8 p.m. This year’s event will be simplified due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be a ...

Chamber of Commerce plans for Parade of Lights

NEW ULM — The annual New Ulm Parade of Lights this year will be much different than in previous years. Based on recommendations from the Department of Health, this year’s parade with be a reverse parade. A reverse parade means the units will be parked along the curb on each side of the ...