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COVID-19 cases rise among school-age children

NEW ULM — Brown County Public Health Director Karen Moritz told Brown County commissioners Tuesday that her department is seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases among school age children. “Since school started, we’re seeing an increase in (student) cases, especially those 14-19 years of ...

City OKs shade structure money for German Park

NEW ULM — The New Ulm City Council authorized a change order for up to $300,000 for the German Park Amphitheater project, to include a shade structure system, Tuesday. Recently the Minnesota House of Representatives and the Minnesota Senate passed a bonding bill that would include funding ...

First snow

The temperature hovers near the freezing point Monday allowing for the first snow of the fall season.

City to OK $300K in state bonds for amphitheater

NEW ULM — The New Ulm City Council is expected to authorize a change order for up to $300,000 for the German Park Amphitheater project, to include a shade structure system, Tuesday. Recently the Minnesota House of Representatives and the Minnesota Senate passed a bonding bill that would ...

Some states allow ballots if voters die before Election Day

ATLANTA (AP) — At 90 years old and living through a global pandemic, Hannah Carson knows time may be short. She wasted no time returning her absentee ballot for this year's election. As soon as it arrived at her senior living community, she filled it out and sent it back to her local ...

Ted Marti retires from Citizens Bank Minnesota Board of Directors

NEW ULM — Ted Marti of New Ulm has retired from his position on the Board of Directors at Citizens Bank Minnesota. Marti was elected to the Board on Oct. 10, 1996, and retired on Oct. 8, serving for 24 years. While on the board, Marti served as chairman of the bank’s personnel, policy ...

GFW board to negotiate purchase agreement

FAIRFAX — After 42 minutes of closed session negotiation Monday, the Gibbon Fairfax Winthrop (GFW) school board directed Superintendent Jeff Horton to negotiate a purchase agreement with a Burnsville company to buy the former Fairfax Middle School. After the board meeting, Horton said Retro ...

For the love of birds

NEW ULM — Minnesota’s oldest pigeon and poultry club, the Brown County Pigeon & Poultry Association, kept its show streak alive with a pigeon show at the Brown County Fairgrounds Saturday. The club, which promotes friendship and sportsmanship, drew more than 300 pigeons in 33 entries ...

Running club tours Flandrau trails

NEW ULM — Three New Ulm Run Club members lapped Flandrau State Park six times Saturday, logging 20 miles. Mike Benz, Paul Gutzke and Justin Mattson followed trails along the edges of the park beginning at 7 a.m., around sunrise. Chris Gordon usually would have joined the runners, but he ...

SESM Royalty

Photo by Fritz Busch Jacob Lux, left, and Sydney Windschitl were crowned 2020 Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s Homecoming King and Queen Sunday. The Knights host the Edgerton/Ellsworth football team in a non-conference game at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 23.

Bonding bill includes amphitheater shading structure funds

NEW ULM — The $1.87 billion infrastructure bonding bill recently approved by the Minnesota House and Senate includes a $300,000 grant to the City of New Ulm for a permanent shade structure in the German Park amphitheater. Pending signature from Gov. Tim Walz, the grant would allow the City ...

Renting out the screen

NEW ULM — The 2020 film going experience has been a challenge this year with COVID guidelines limiting how many people can come to the theater and few new movies opening, but options are still available for movie fans. Many theaters are renting out screens for private events including Lyric ...

Helping ‘bear’ grief

NEW ULM — Losing a child is one of the most difficult things a family can face. There are no easy ways to grieve this loss, but Ashley and Jonathan Fischer are offering comfort to those who experience this unimaginable pain. Thursday, Ashley and Jonathan donated “Wesley Bears” to the ...

Lights in the darkness

NEW ULM — A group of local citizens expressed their dedication to spreading peace at Center and Broadway Thursday. Facing the chilly October air, the group stood with candlelight at each corner of the intersection to promote peace. Those attending the event hope to inspire peace in these ...

Fall blooming beauty

An Easter lily grown by Lois Siemer on South Broadway was blooming Thursday. Siemer said it’s the second time the flower bloomed this year. She said she plans to cover the plant and leave it outside this winter.

GFW board considers Fairfax school sale

FAIRFAX — The Gibbon Fairfax Winthrop (GFW) School Board will meet in closed session to consider offers or counteroffers for the purchase of the former GFW Middle School in Fairfax Oct.19. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Fairfax Community Center, 300 Park St. S. The meeting ...

CHS Homecoming Court

Cathedral High School has named its Homecoming Court. Pictured, left to right, front: Kenzie Hose, Claire Olson, Ava Lawson and Greta Finstad. Back: Jon Adema, Jacob Berg, Logan Haala and Luke Gieseke. Homecoming is Friday, Oct. 23. Cathedral will celebrate with some dress-up days next week ...

Harvest time

A Sleepy Eye farmer cultivates a field several miles east of Sleepy Eye near County Road 27 Wednesday afternoon.

SEPS online student numbers drop

SLEEPY EYE — Sleepy Eye Public School Superintendent John Cselovszki told the District 84 school board Tuesday that online student numbers have fallen recently. Cselovszki said the latest online student numbers are 21 elementary students and 23 students in grades 7-12. That compares to 24 ...