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Manderfeld chosen as new PUC head

NEW ULM — Kris Manderfeld is the new utilities director following a special New Ulm Public Utilities Commission (PUC), Monday. Manderfeld previously served as the assistant finance director. In February, she was appointed to interim utilities director to fill the vacant director position ...

‘Little Mermaid’ auditions, performance dates announced

WINTHROP — The T-Bird Community Arts Group announceS its 4th summer musical, a production of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.” The Broadway musical is based on the classic Disney movie. A fully staged version will be performed Aaug. 1-4 at the auditorium at GFW High School in Winthrop. ...

Mother’s Day at Harkin Store

WEST NEWTON — The Harkin Store celebrated Mother’s Day with a display of dozens of aprons during its Sunday program. The privately-collected aprons — which were displayed on the building’s front porch or inside over the counter — included many different styles, craftsmanship and ...

Tanzania trek

KIKATITI, TANZANIA — Jim Thomas and Bill Koeckeritz are in Tanzania to help oversee a project that may at last bring a steady source of safe water to the Kikatiti Secondary School. Thomas and Koeckeritz have been involved with the school in many ways since 2000, when they first traveled to ...

‘It’s about getting a line wet, catching something’

SLEEPY EYE — Lyle Zobel of New Ulm watched his wife Priscilla and son Erik catch and release small fish from a bench on the northeast corner of Sleepy Eye Lake Saturday afternoon as a strong wind kept him cool. “Today’s about getting the line wet and catching something,” Zobel said. ...

SE City Council to consider reposting city manager job

SLEEPY EYE — The Sleepy Eye City Council will consider reposting the city manager job, a position profile an final interview dates with Dave Drown Associates at its meeting on Tuesday, May 14. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the council chambers. The action comes after the city council ...

Rural Vesta man found dead Friday

REDWOOD COUNTY — A 52-year-old rural Vesta man was found dead due to a farming accident early Friday morning. The Redwood County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a rural Vesta address when a man was found unresponsive . Orlean A. Stage died due to his injuries, according to a ...

FFA Ag Day

Above: Students wait to climb into a large combine at the New Ulm FFA Spring Ag Day at New Ulm Middle School Friday. At left:

Middle School Park Cleanup

New Ulm Middle School students search for sticks and trash at Riverside Park Friday. Fifth through eighth-grade students tidied up six New Ulm parks by picking up sticks and trash. Above, New Ulm Middle School eighth-grade students Cole Fortwengler, left, and Trinity Moll, right, place a bag of ...

Film Society to show ‘Y Tu Mamá También’

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Film Society’s coming-of-age film series reaches maturity with a screening of “Y Tu Mamá También.” The screening starts at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 14 in the New Ulm Public Library basement. “Y Tu Mamá También” is a 2001 Mexican film directed by Alfonso ...

Two to join diaconate for New Ulm Diocese

NEW ULM – Bishop John M. LeVoir will ordain two men to the transitional diaconate Saturday, June 1, during a 10 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm. The next step for Shawn Polman and John Hayes will be their ordination to the priesthood, tentatively set for ...

River Bend Students Complete Service Project

Submitted Photo Students from River Bend Area Learning Center worked on a finance course with grant money provided through Wells Fargo. The students learned strategies to enhance financial literacy. The students worked together to lead a food drive within the Area Learning Center to start a ...

Sing for Spring

St. Paul’s Lutheran School pre-kindergarten students wave American flags and sing “Three Cheers for the Red, White and Blue” Thursday as teacher and director Heidi Meyer leads the production and Kate Carlovsky plays the piano. For St. Paul’s Pre-K spring program, students sung songs for ...

NU woman in fatal crash faces misdemeanor charges

NEW ULM — A New Ulm woman involved in a fatal vehicle-pedestrian crash last fall that took the life of a 63-year-old man faces misdemeanor charges of careless driving and failure to yield to a pedestrian in Brown County District Court. According to court documents, a vehicle driven by ...

Future look of Hermann hillside still debated

NEW ULM — The future appearance of the Hermann Heights Park hillside is still open for debate. Thursday, the Hermann Hillside Stabilization Committee discussed options for planting. No formal decision was made, but Tony Guggisberg of River Creek Nursery was consulted on suitable planting ...

School board hears activities updates

NEW ULM — The District 88 Board of Education heard updates from administrators on school activities, the district food service and data, during a work session Thursday. New Ulm Middle School assistant principal and activities director Jamie Boelter told the board student participation in ...

‘Beauty and the Beast’ auditions at State Street Theater Co.

NEW ULM — The Academy Award-winning film “Beauty and the Beast” comes to life on stage at State Street Theater Co. The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast ...

What’s brewing: Larger array of beers at Lamplighter

NEW ULM — There’s more choices for happy hour at Lamplighter Family Sports Bar and Grill with 28 beers now on tap as of Monday. Rick Black said when he started working at Lamplighter two decades ago, Lamplighter only had eight tap beer selections. Twenty years later, the sports bar ...

Gone fishing

ST. PAUL — Mothers who are Minnesota residents can fish without a license during Take a Mom Fishing Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 11 & 12. Like anyone else, mothers can fish only for species with open fishing seasons. In the southern zone, the Northern Pike limit is two with a ...

Cselovszki looks at OJT opportunities

SLEEPY EYE - Sleepy Eye Public School Superintendent John Cselovszki told the school board Wednesday that he recently met with Sleepy Eye Economic Development Authority (EDA) Director Kurk Kramer plus Sleepy Eye Care Center and Haala Industries leaders about on-the-job training (OJT) ...