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PUBLISH (July 30, Aug. 6, 2020) STATE OF MINNESOTA COUNTY OF BROWN DISTRICT COURT FIFTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT PROBATE DIVISION Court File No.: 08-PR-20-492 In Re: Estate of John Charles Fank, De- cedent. AMENDED NOTICE OF AND ORDER FOR HEARING ON AMENDED ...

COVID-19 relief guidelines specified

BROWN COUNTY— Brown County commissioners unanimously approved the COVID-19 business relief grant eligibility and program guidelines. Brown County received $3,083,468 in coronavirus relief funds. Of that allocation, federal guidelines included setting aside 10% to assist businesses adversely ...

Nicollet Co. commissioners OK gun range permit

COURTLAND — By a 3-2 vote Tuesday, Nicollet County commissioners approved an amendment to existing conditional use permits that would include trap, long-range rifle, short-range pistol, sporting clays, a pistol target range, and an outdoor archery range at the former River Ridge Gun Club near ...

PUC awards $1.25M bid

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Public Utilities Commission approved a $1,250,476.78 bid from Hooper Corporation for the labor and material for the transmission pole replacement project. This project would resolve the two main issues related to the NUPU transmission system: woodpeckers and ...

State Highway 68 opens after repairs

MANKATO — State Highway 68 opened to traffic about noon Tuesday after part of the repair work was recently completed. Two Highway 68 sites needed to be repaired from late June mudslides. The smaller downslope slide, just east of the former Cat & Fiddle, was partially repaired by ...

Martin Luther College welcomes new president

NEW ULM — Martin Luther College announcesthe arrival of its new president, Rev. Richard Gurgel. President Gurgel replaces President Mark Zarling, who retired this past June after serving the college from 2007 to 2020. Gurgel brings to the office an M.Div. from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary ...

State issues warning on mystery seeds from China

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has been receiving reports of residents receiving unsolicited packages of seeds appearing to come from China. Officials in other states, including Louisiana, Utah, Virginia, and Washington, have reported similar situations. Any ...

Blood mobile makes stop in New Ulm

NEW ULM — The Red Cross Blood Mobile made stop across from Allina Bank Monday. The blood mobile had a full 40 appointment scheduled. The Red Cross has continual need for blood, but COVID-19 has become an obstacle for donations. The Red Cross cannot accept walk-in appointments for ...

“Memories of the Battle of New Ulm” reprinted

CINCINATTI, Ohio — The 2001 edition of “Memories of the Battle of New Ulm” went out of print, but has now been reprinted and is again available. In 2001, historian Dr. Don Heinrich Tolzmann of Cincinnati, Ohio edited parts of Dr. L.A. Fritsche’s two volume “History of Brown County, ...

New Ulm Area Foundation accepting grant applications

NEW ULM — New Ulm Area Foundation, Inc. (NUAFI) is accepting applications for grants as part of its fall grant cycle. The deadline is August 15, 2020. New for this cycle is the ability for applicants to submit their application materials online, using functionality recently added to the ...

State Highway 19 opens between Winthrop and Gaylord

MANKATO — The Minnesota Department of Transportation reported State Highway 19 between Winthrop and Gaylord opened to traffic at about 5:30 a.m. Monday, July 27. The highway had been closed due to flooding from Saturday’s very heavy rain. State Highway 93 south of Henderson to U.S. ...

Strong storm buffets area on Saturday

MINNESOTA—South central Minnesota was pummpled by rainstorms Saturday evening and Sunday morning. Rainfall occurred off and on throughout the day Saturday, but turned into a downpour by late evening and a tornado warning was issued for Sibley County. A funnel cloud was spotted north of ...

Marshall couple’s swastika masks get them banned from Walmart

MARSHALL — A video of two people wearing masks patterned like Nazi flags Saturday at the Marshall Walmart location went viral over the weekend. After being confronted by other shoppers, the couple was banned from the store for a year, Marshall Police said. The roughly two-minute video, ...

Crazy Days brings touch of normalcy to downtown

NEW ULM — Crazy Days events continued downtown New Ulm Saturday despite sporadic weather. Several blocks of downtown Minnesota Street were closed to vehicle traffic to host the Markstrasse Handcraft Artisan Fair. An early more rain shower prevented some vendors from attending, but most were ...

NU City Council balks on baseball tourney

NEW ULM — The 2020 Minnesota State Amateur Baseball Tournaments will not be played in New Ulm this year. The New Ulm City Council unanimously voted Friday to rescind a July 7 decision to host the tournaments. On July 7 the city council approved allowing the New Ulm Baseball Association ...

Residents up in arms over gun range expansion

COURTLAND — Neighbors of the River Ridge Gun Club near Courtland are used to hearing shotguns sounding at the trap and sporting clays range and the pheasant hunting fields. They are not so sure about the crack of high-powered rifles on a range that the club’s new owner is ...

Crazy Days in New Ulm

Crazy Days in New Ulm got fully crazy on Friday, with the doughnut hole eating contest at United Prairie Bank. New Ulm Public Utilities lineman Jim Henderson (right) ate 30 donut holes in three minutes to win. New Ulm Chamber of Commerce President Michael Looft was second with 19 holes eaten. ...

Brown County receives $3 million in COVID relief funds

NEW ULM — Brown County commissioners will consider approval of COVID-19 Business Relief Grant eligibility and program guidelines at their meeting Tuesday, July 28. Brown County received $3,083,468 in Coronavirus Relief Funds. Of that allocation, federal guidelines included setting aside 10% ...

BCSO asks for help in locating teen

Note: Cub Hoffmann has been located and is back with his family. NEW ULM — The Brown County Sheriff’s Office is requesting assistance in locating a missing 17-year-old. Cub Westly Hoffmann voluntarily left his Brown County residence on Wednesday, July 22 without permission. Cub has mental ...