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Red Cross calls for blood donations after holiday lull

ST. PAUL — The American Red Cross currently has a critical need for blood and platelet donors of all blood types — especially type O — to make an appointment now to give and help replenish the blood supply after the holiday weeks. Right now, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply ...

League of Women Voters to hold state legislative forum on Saturday

NEW ULM — The New Ulm League of Women Voters is holding a public form on Saturday, Jan. 11, from 10 a.m. to noon at the community hall at Oakwood Methodist Church, 1630 Oakwood Avenue, New Ulm, to discuss key bills and issues coming before the 2020 State Legislature. The public is invited ...

Grand names People’s Choice winner in ArtScape Juried Art Show

NEW ULM — The 11th Annual ArtScape Juried Art Show recently closed at The Grand Center for Arts and Culture in New Ulm. THE 2019 show was one of our most diverse shows with almost 120 submissions across both the adult and student categories. The winner of this year’s People’s ...

Sewing for Sight Quilt Show this Saturday

ST. GEORGE — Quilters and quilt admirers are invited to the 9th Annual Sewing for Sight Quilt Show to be held Saturday, Jan. 11, from 1 to 5 p.m. The show will be held at the St. George Parish Center, featuring quilts by Nancy Paris of Sherburn, as well as retreat participants. More than ...

Local legislators discuss issues

NEW ULM — State Rep. Paul Torkelson (R-Hanska) and State Sen. Gary Dahms (R-Redwood Falls) talked about a variety of subjects at a joint town hall meeting at the New Ulm Pizza Ranch Monday night. Dahms offered some good news on insulin legislation, saying emergency insulin legislation is ...

Council to focus on organization for 2020

NEW ULM—The City Council will make annual appointments to the various city commissions, Tuesday. During the first meeting of the year, the council appoints community members to the boards and commission as well as appoints council members as representatives to certain ...

Officer, suspect identified in Waseca officer-involved shooting

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has identified the officer and suspect who were shot on Monday night during an officer involved shooting incident in Waseca. Officer Arik Matson was shot and gravely injured during the incident. ...

Winter 2020 CASTLE Classes announced

NEW ULM — CASTLE Lifelong Learning announces its Winter 2020 term of classes, beginning with: 50 Years of Minnesota Human Services with Tom Henderson on Jan. 20, 27, Feb 3 at 1:30 pm at the Community Center, 600 N German Street, Room 112. We’ll learn from the man himself about the ...

Blair Anderson recognized for service to Renville County HRA/EDA

OLIVIA — Blair Anderson was recently recognized for his service to the Renville County Housing Redevelopment Authority / Economic Development Authority (HRA/EDA). Anderson stepped down at the end of 2019 after 14 years on the HRA/EDA Board. Anderson, of rural Franklin, served on the HRA/EDA ...

Ali gives back in NUHS wrestling room

NEW ULM — New Ulm native and former Olympic wrestler Ali Bernard really seemed at home in the New Ulm High School wrestling room, leading a practice with a couple dozen young girls. Bernard led about a dozen girls in calisthenics that included cartwheels and bear crawls, both of which Ali ...

Blowin’ in the wind

City of New Ulm Street Department worker Chad Freiderich reattaches garland at Center and Minnesota Street Sunday afternoon after high winds blew it loose from guy wires. New Ulm Police got a call at 3:10 p.m. about the loose garland. Street department workers and police responded to complete ...

Snow Angel

The German Park Angel Fountain became a snow angel Friday. Snow fell on New Ulm Friday morning and continued through the evening. Despite the steady snowfall, accumulation is expected to be less than an inch. The first weekend forecast predicts sun, with strong winds on Sunday.

Commissioners to consider buying grave plots

NEW ULM — Brown County Commissioners will consider a request to purchase 14 Soldiers Rest plots from the City of New Ulm for $700 each, for a total purchase of $14,000, Tuesday, Jan. 7. Brown County has received $23,654 in federal plot reimbursements since plots were last purchased in 2016. ...

Watonwan County identifies crash victims

WATONWAN COUNTY — The Watonwan County Sheriff’s Office identified the two victims in a fatal New Year’s Day crash east of Comfrey Friday as Kurt Roiger, 53, of Sanborn and Albert Sellner, 78, of Springfield. Roiger was driving a 2013 Ford F150 that collided with a 2014 Buick La Crosse ...

Nicollet County Historical Society sets annual meeting

ST. PETER — Registration is open for the Nicollet County Historical Society’s Annual Meeting on Sunday, Jan. 26 at the Treaty Site History Center. Society members and the public are invited to enjoy the exhibits and partake of brunch beginning at 11:30 a.m. and hear a speaker at 12:30 ...

Hot Topics will feature 2019 assessment: RETHOS final report

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce is announcing an upcoming program: 2019 Downtown Assessment: RETHOS Final Report. The Minnesota Main Street Assessment that was conducted this past year is ready to be released. Be part of the first group to learn about the findings. The ...

Art classes at The Grand

NEW ULM — The Grand Center for Arts & Culture will host a winter painting and drawing class taught by Bernd Hillman, who recently exhibited oil paintings in the Four Pillars Gallery. The painting media will be acrylic and oil. Hillmann will teach classes for ten Thursdays, beginning ...

Sheriff: Thin ice, open water in Brown County

LAKE HANSKA — The Brown County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an ice fishing house that went through the ice at 4 p.m. Thursday, and is nearly fully submerged on Lake Hanska just north of the Godahl point landing. No one was in the ice fishing house at the time and the owner has been ...

Business of the Year nominees announced

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce announced the 2020 Business of the Year nominees. The following were nominated for Large Business of the Year: 3M and Nuvera. The following were nominated for Small Business of the Year: A to Zinnia Floral & Gifts, Mike’s Collision ...

Former local politician dies

NEW ULM — Former New Ulm city councilor and District 88 school board member Kenneth Rockvam died Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, at the Sleepy Eye Care Center. He was 82 years old. Rockvam was a school teacher for 15 years, also working for Midwest Commodities and later AMPI. He served as ...