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Downtown NU traffic picks up

NEW ULM — A number of New Ulm restaurants reopened for dine-in business with limitations Monday as Minnesota’s Stay Safe Plan went into effect at midnight, Jan. 11. Changes included opening bars and restaurants at 50% capacity, with a maximum of 150 people. Parties of no more than six ...

Parks panel mulls criteria for developing parks

NEW ULM — The criteria used to prioritize which neighborhood parks for development was the subject of Monday’s Park and Recreation study session. The subject of park development has been a topic of discussion in the city. Recently land became available for purchase in the Upper Cottonwood ...

Winter views

Failing to fall A number of unfallen leaves remain on a tree while heavy frost clings to tree branches Saturday.

SE City Council considers funding requests

SLEEPY EYE — The Sleepy Eye City Council will consider funding requests from the Sleepy Eye Chamber of Commerce and Sleepy Eye Historical Society on Tuesday, Jan. 12. In a Nov. 20, 2020 letter to Sleepy Eye Mayor Bob Elston and the Sleepy Eye City Council, Sleepy Eye Historical Society ...

Torkelson: Redistricting to be delayed by late 2020 Census data

ST. PAUL — District 16B Rep. Paul Torkelson, R-Hanska, said Friday that 2020 Census delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic will delay legislative redistricting efforts this year. “We won’t have it (2020 Census data) until the end of February. Then we will wait for more concise data to draw ...

Brown County case investigations down from November

BROWN COUNTY — Brown County Public Health (BCPH) Supervisor Jaime Brand said Friday that December case investigations were about half of what they were in November. “We completed 1,081 case investigations in November, and 534 in December,” Brand said. “Our numbers began to decrease ...

Long may it wave

A large American Flag flies over Camping World, along T.H. 60 just east of Madelia Thursday.

Brown County Historical Society awarded grant to inventory textiles collection

NEW ULM —The Brown County Historical Society (BCHS) in New Ulm was awarded a Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grant for $8,982 to inventory and catalog part of the society’s textiles collection. The project will inventory, catalog, and photograph objects housed in the Brown County ...

GFW board to recognize student rep

GIBBON — The Gibbon Fairfax Winthrop (GFW) School Board will recognize student school board representative Baleigh Peterson at its Jan. 11 meeting in the Gibbon Elementary gym. Other agenda items including superintendent and principal reports. “Junior high students are working hard all ...

NU Area Foundation grants to Turner Hall for roof repair

NEW ULM — New Ulm Area Foundation recently presented a grant of $2,500 to Turner Hall in support of their project to repair the roof above the gymnasium. Following some of the heavy rains in August and resultant flooding in the building, several tears in the roof were identified. Turner ...

First baby of new year born Jan. 4

NEW ULM — Mia Theres Kimec was born at 3 p.m. Monday, January 4, 2021, in Lafayette making her the first baby of the year born in this region. Mia’s parents John and Lindsay Kimec had planned to have the baby at New Ulm Medical Center. They were surprised she was a new year’s baby ...

Bar owners react to reopening

NEW ULM — Local bar and restaurant owners reacted favorably to Minnesota’s Stay Safe Plan announced by Gov. Walz Jan. 6. Changes beginning at midnight, Jan. 11 include opening bars and restaurants at 50% capacity, with a maximum of 150 people. Parties of no more than six people must ...

Broadway bash

Two vehicles collided near the 16th Street N. and Broadway intersection Wednesday afternoon.

Food Faces Healthy Snack Challenge

Public Library is partnering with Allina’s Heart of New Ulm program to help you keep your family’s healthy eating resolution for 2021. On Tuesday, January 19, at 6:30 p.m. we are holding a virtual food competition to see who can make the most interesting and original food face out of ...

Trump supporters storm US Capitol, lawmakers evacuated

WASHINGTON (AP) — Angry supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday in a chaotic protest aimed at thwarting a peaceful transfer of power, forcing lawmakers to be rushed from the building and interrupting challenges to Joe Biden's Electoral College victory. Trump ...

Councilors take oath of office, city OKs fourplexes

NEW ULM — Three New Ulm City councilors took the oath of office at the start of Tuesday’s council meeting. Councilor-at-large Andrea Boettger, First Ward Councilor David Christian and Third Ward Councilor Les Schultz will start new terms on the council. Christian and Schultz were ...

Commissioners accept $10K donation

BROWN COUNTY — Brown County commissioners unanimously accepted an anonymous $10,234.20 donation Tuesday for families and individuals facing financial hardship at Christmas. Action came on a motion by Commissioner Dave Borchert, seconded by Commissioner Jeff Veerkamp. Brown County Human ...

Fairfax man buys Mayflower Country Club

FAIRFAX — Corey Albrecht of Fairfax recently bought the Mayflower Country Club several miles southwest of town. Raised on a dairy farm near the golf course, Albrecht and his brothers and sisters worked at the course when they were in high school. Now they have lots of plans including ...

Council to consider new construction

NEW ULM — The New Ulm City councilors will take the oath of office at the start of Tuesday’s council meeting. Councilor-at-large Andrea Boettger, First Ward Councilor David Christian and Third Ward Councilor Les Schultz will start new terms on the council. Christian and Schultz were ...

Commissioners reorganize Jan. 5

BROWN COUNTY — Brown County commissioners will reorganize at 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 5. Agenda items include electing a 2021 board chairman and vice chairman, adoption of Robert’s Rules of Order and reviewing commissioner operating rules and guidelines. Other agenda items ...