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The future is now with 1982’s ‘Blade Runner’

NEW ULM — You’re walking through the desert and see a tortoise on its back, but you don’t help it. Why? Be careful how you answer this question. A wrong response is how replicants are identified and retired in November 2019. At least, this is how it happens in the world of sci-fi noir ...

Pro Kinship holding Email Silent Auction

NEW ULM — Pro Kinship for Kids is holding an email silent auction that is up and running now until Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. The auction allows you to get your Christmas shopping done at home while supporting Pro Kinship for Kids’ work with Brown County Youth. We have a wide variety of things to ...

Jury finds Engelbrecht guilty on all counts

NEW ULM — After nearly four hours of deliberation Thursday, a Brown County jury of nine women and three men found Scott F. Engelbrecht of St. James guilty on all five counts for murdering his wife and step daughter and assaulting his step grandson June 16, 2018. Scott Engelbrecht, 60, was ...

Board considers adding student member

Smartboards may be phased out By Clay Schuldt Staff Writer NEW ULM — The District 88 Board of Education is reviewing policy options for adding a student school board member. During Thursday’s work session, Superintendent Jeff Bertrang presented the board with information from the ...

Hanska man faces assault charge for alleged stabbing attempt

NEW ULM — A 32-year-old Hanska man was charged with felony second-degree assault in Brown County District Court after allegedly trying to stab a person early Wednesday at a trailer park. Justin J. Larson, 206 Summit Avenue, Hanska, appeared in court Thursday. His bail was set at $50,000 ...

Hanska man faces five criminal sex charges

NEW ULM — A 37-year-old Hanska man faces five felony criminal sexual conduct charges in Brown County District Court involving an alleged victim he had a significant relationship with when the child was 4 to 6 years old. Charges including three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct ...

Veteran stresses role of families

NEW ULM — An annual veterans recognition program was held at Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School Wednesday. Veterans from each branch of the arms services attended the event. Retired U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant Michael Tracy served as the keynote speaker. Originally from ...

Experts testify at trial

NEW ULM — A number of expert state’s witnesses testified in Brown County District Court Wednesday at a jury trial for a 60-year-old St. James man accused of murdering his wife and step daughter and assaulting his step grandson with a dangerous weapon in June 2018. Scott F. Engelbrecht ...

Police: Hanska man arrested for attempted stabbing

NEW ULM — An unidentified Hanska man was arrested for an attempted stabbing Wednesday, New Ulm Police reported Wednesday night. On 12:27 a.m. the New Ulm Police Department was asked to send officers to a residence at 2526 S. Bridge St., New Ulm, for an attempted stabbing, said a police ...

SE hosts Welcoming Communities Assessment

SLEEPY EYE — Residents of New Ulm, Sleepy Eye, Springfield and other parts of Brown County gathered in the Sleepy Eye Event Center Tuesday for a Welcoming Communities Assessment. The process was developed to learn about the successes and challenges of organizational and community efforts to ...

GFW voters turn down school building bond

DISTRICT 2365 — Gibbon Fairfax Winthrop (GFW) voters rejected a $49,490,000 school building bond Tuesday by a vote of 1,187 to 980. Fairfax was a resounding “no,” 525 to 167. Winthrop voted “no” as well, but with a smaller margin, 377 to 326. Gibbon voters approved the bond by a ...

Friends, experts testify at jury trial

NEW ULM — Family friends and expert witnesses testified in Brown County District Court Tuesday at the jury trial for a 60-year-old St. James man accused of murdering his wife and step daughter and assaulting his step grandson with a dangerous weapon. Scott F. Engelbrecht allegedly fatally ...

City asks county to hold off on mall sale

NEW ULM — The New Ulm City Council passed a resolution requesting Brown County withhold the Marktplatz Mall tax-forfeited property from conveyance or sale for six months, to review any potential future redevelopment options. City Manager Chris Dalton said this gives the city half a year to ...

County to discontinue Teen Court program

NEW ULM — Brown County commissioners accepted a recommendation to end the Teen Court Program at the end of 2019. Probation Director Les Schultz said it was kind of a sad day. Brown County’s Teen Court program has been running since 1998 and is one of the longest-running Teen Court programs ...

Firefighters honored

Aron Bode, Amanda Kiecker and Collins Rewitzer (pictured left to right) were honored at the New Ulm Fire Department Induction Ceremony on November 4. All three firefighters earned NFPA 1001 Firefighter I and II certifications.

Trial begins for man who allegedly shot wife, stepdaughter

NEW ULM — After five and a half days of jury selection, the jury trial for a 60-year-old St. James man accused of murder began in Brown County District Court Monday. Scott F. Engelbrecht is accused of murdering his wife and stepdaughter and assaulting his stepgrandson with a dangerous ...

City to ask county to not sell mall yet

NEW ULM — The New Ulm City Council will consider a resolution request for Brown County to withhold the Marktplatz Mall tax forfeited property from conveyance or sale for six months, to review any potential future redevelopment options. Under the condition of this request, New Ulm would not ...

Parks panel defers to council on dining charge

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Park and Recreation Commission made no official recommendation on the 2020 lease agreement for senior dining at the Community Center, deciding to leave the final decision with the City Council. Lutheran Social Services (LSS) has leased the Community Center’s kitchen ...

Sleepy Eye hosts welcoming project

SLEEPY EYE — A welcoming communities event will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, at the Sleepy Eye Event Center. New Ulm, Sleepy Eye and Springfield are partnering with the Greater Mankato Diversity Council and University of Minnesota Extension Service to facilitate the ...

New Ulm announces holiday shopping opener

NEW ULM — The annual New Ulm Holiday Shopping Opener is November 8-10. Many of the specialty shops in downtown New Ulm and around the area are hosting holiday open houses, and will have extended hours through the holiday season. There are many events planned in conjunction with the ...