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NU hosts distracted driving enforcement event

NEW ULM — In an effort to save lives by reducing speeders, distracted and aggressive driving, 19 law enforcement personnel from the New Ulm Police Department, Brown County Sheriff’s Office and Minnesota State Patrol roamed city streets Wednesday. Two officers and a trooper rode in a ...

Fireworks distributor likes bringing joy to the young at heart

NEW ULM — For Curt Miller, a TNT Fireworks distributor at the Walmart parking lot, it’s the expression on children’s faces when they enter his fireworks tent that makes his job enjoyable. “I like to see their faces as they see the shelves because I don’t get to see that,” Miller ...

Police called to Hagedorn office as activists arrive

MANKATO — Last Thursday members of the St. Peter/Mankato Indivisible group visited the office of U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn (R-1st District) in Mankato and then the police arrived. Police were called to a disturbance at Brett’s building where the congressman’s office is located but found ...

City council transfers funds to Glockenspiel figurines project

NEW ULM — The New Ulm City Council approved transferring funds from the Recreation Center boiler replacement to the Glockenspiel figurines and control system replacement project. The boiler replacement project was budgeted at nearly $1 million, but the low bid came in at $609,360, leaving a ...

SE City Council picks four city manager finalists

SLEEPY EYE — The Sleepy Eye City Council whittled eight city manager candidates to four finalists, to be named later Tuesday. Liza Donabauer of David Drown Associates (DDA) polled the city council and five Sleepy Eye Public Utilities Commissioners (PUC) to cut the candidate number in half, ...

Deputies find meth in Mulligan Township residence

BROWN COUNTY — A 56-year-old rural Comfrey man faces three charges after Brown County deputies found methamphetamine in a Mulligan Township residence June 29. Alan M. Johnson, 15237 County Road 8, Comfrey, was charged with gross misdemeanor fifth-degree drug possession-not small amount of ...

Prairie Fire Children’s Theater is back

NEW ULM — The Prairie Fire Children’s Theater (PFCT) is returning to New Ulm next week for a production of “A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream,” and the production needs young actors. Auditions and the first rehearsal are 1-5 p.m. Monday, July 8, at New Ulm High School. The production ...

School supplies needed

NEW ULM — School bells seem like a long way off but United Way of Brown County is already working to help families get their kids backpacks filled for school. It takes a lot of money to fill a backpack and United Way knows that some families struggle to get this done. Letters were sent out ...

New Ulm native receives national child care teacher award

NEW ULM — On May 11, Sara Keim, daughter of Pat and Sue Keim of New Ulm and a 2004 New Ulm High School graduate, received the 2019 Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children’s TYLENOL National Child Care Teacher Award in Philadelphia, Pa. This award acknowledges the critical role of child care teachers ...

Work continues at North Highland, Oak Street

A construction worker watches as an excavator with M.R. Paving and Excavating removes dirt from a torn-up portion of the intersection at North Highland Avenue and Oak Street Monday. The project is estimated to be completed by Aug 1, weather permitting.

Brand new ultrasound machine at First Choice Pregnancy

NEW ULM — First Choice Pregnancy Service has a brand new ultrasound machine in the house. This is the organization’s third ultrasound machine, but the first new machine. Sarah Gillis said this was the first ultrasound machine First Choice had with technical support. In the past, the ...

Cottonwood river forecast to top 15 feet Thursday

CHANHASSEN — The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a flood warning until 4:30 p.m. Monday for western Sibley County, north central Brown County, southern Renville County and Redwood County Monday morning. Doppler radar and automated rain gauges indicated widespread rainfall amounts of ...

Don’t forget Cambria fireworks July 3

NEW ULM — The longest running (148th year) consecutive July Fourth celebration in Minnesota begins at dusk, Wednesday, July 3, with a fireworks display at the Cambria Town Hall. On Thursday, July 4, kids’ games begin at 11:30 a.m. in Cambria Park. A community potluck begins at noon in the ...

Council to consider transfer of funds to Glockenspiel figurines

NEW ULM — The New Ulm City Council will consider transferring funds from the Recreation Center boiler replacement to the final Glockenspiel figurines and control system replacement project. The boiler replacement project was budgeted at nearly $1 million, but the low bid came in at ...

Officers Lewandowski, Widmark become sergeants

NEW ULM — In front of a court room full of family and staff, New Ulm Police Department (NUPD) officers Aaron Lewandowski and Aaron Widmark were sworn in as sergeants Monday. New Ulm Police Commander Dean Barstad said NUPD sergeants are responsible for the supervision, leadership and ...

Theater for kids

NEW ULM — There is still time to sign up for Prairie Fire Children’s Theater production of “A Mid-Summers Nights Dream” this July 8-13. This activity is free and open to all students entering grades 3-9 this fall and everyone gets a part. Contact Healthy Communities Healthy Youth at ...

SE City Council meets Tuesday to select finalists

SLEEPY EYE — The Sleepy Eye City Council will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, to select Sleepy Eye city manager finalists to be interviewed. The Sleepy Eye Public Utilities Commission and Liza Donabauer of David Drown Associates will be present. The meeting will be held in the council ...

Autofest revs up car enthusiasts

NEW ULM — The 19th annual Autofest had a strong showing with over 300 registered vehicles on display at the Brown County Fairgrounds. The variety of cars of display range from big to small, old to new and came in every color of the rainbow. On the small end, Mike Holland of Blue Earth ...

Battery has a blast at Harkin Store Independence Day festivities

WEST NEWTON — The New Ulm Battery paid its annual visit to Harkin Store, Sunday. The battery has a tradition of visiting the former general store on Sunday before or after the Fourth of July. The Battery was originally formed in January of 1863 in the wake of the U.S. Dakota War of 1862 ...

Jim Hoffmann retiring after 60 years with Principal Mutual

NEW ULM — Jim Hoffmann looks like he could continue selling insurance for another 10 years or so, but after 60 years with Principal Insurance, Hoffmann has decided it’s time to retire. His retirement is official today, July 1. Hoffmann has sold his Blue Cross/Blue Shield business to ...