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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 ...

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 ...

MMHOF holds open house

NEW ULM — The Minnesota Music Hall of Fame (MMHOF) opened its doors to the public to celebrate the 2019 Inductee Showcase. Friday, six new inductees were added to the hall including John and Sara McKay, John Holmquist, Soul Asylum, Ernie Coopman, The O’Neill Brothers and The Peterson ...

German visitors enjoy New Ulm

NEW ULM — For the last four days, Jan and Susie Gabriel have been visiting New Ulm from Hessen, Germany, north of Frankfurt. Jan Gabriel first visited America as a musician as part of his father’s band in 1979, but it was in 1984 he discovered New Ulm. He has been returning ever since. ...

Senior dining fee comes up, again

NEW ULM — The 2020 lease agreement for senior dining at the Community Center comes before the Park and Recreation Commission, Monday. Lutheran Social Services (LSS) has leased the Community Center’s kitchen and cafetorium for years to make, serve on-site and deliver off-site meals to ...

Annual Appeal Recognition Dinner

New Ulm Area Catholic Schools honored its top-level contributors on Saturday, November 2, at its Annual Appeal Recognition Dinner. Kristin Hillesheim, Grade 3 teacher at St. Anthony Elementary and a Cathedral High School graduate, pictured, spoke to the group. The entertainment for the evening ...

Hall of Fame honors class of 2019

NEW ULM — The Minnesota Music Hall of Fame added six new inductees to its rolls during a special ceremony Friday at Turner Hall. This was the 31st annual induction ceremony to the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame (MMHF). The 2019 inductees included John and Sara McKay, John Holmquist, Soul ...

GFW voters take to polls Nov. 5 on school building referendum

GIBBON — Gibbon Fairfax Winthrop (GFW) voters will determine the fate of a proposed $49,713.896 school bond referendum project on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Approving the referendum question would authorize District 2365 to issue up to $49,490,000 in bonds to provide funds for the acquisition and ...

Pickup truck fire

New Ulm firefighters pour water on a pickup truck engine compartment at Garden Terrace Apartments Friday morning. Garden Terrace resident Arnold Weckworth said he started up his pickup at about 10:20 a.m. Friday, backed it out of a garage and noticed smoke and called 911. The fire was initially ...

Commissioners to consider Teen Court recommendation

NEW ULM — Brown County commissioners will consider a recommendation to end the Teen Court program as of Dec. 31, 2019 at their meeting Tuesday, Nov. 5. The board meeting starts at 9 a.m. in the Brown County Courthouse second-floor commissioner’s room The number of adolescents in the ...

Bar Crawl & Cocktail Competition slated in New Ulm

NEW ULM – The bars of historic downtown New Ulm, with assistance from the New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce, announce a unique bar crawl & cocktail competition hosted by celebrity bartender Russell Davis. Davis was already well known in the craft cocktail world when he landed a role on ...

Early start on trick or treating

Getting an early start at Halloween trick or treating on State Street South late Thursday afternoon, from left, Leo Vasquez, Adrian Lindberg, Alex Christians and Selena Vazquez, all of New Ulm.

Testimony heard in street dance case

NEW ULM — Testimony from two police officers and two other people attending a July 27 street dance outside the B & L Bar in downtown New Ulm was heard at an evidentiary hearing in Brown County District Court Thursday. Misdemeanor charges of a liquor license violation were filed against ...

Illikman is new New Ulm Area Foundation leader

NEW ULM — The Board of Directors of the New Ulm Area Foundation, Inc., announces the appointment of John Illikman to the position of executive director, effective November 1. In this role, Illikman will work with the board to lead the organization to the next level of growth and community ...

Medical center hosts simulation

NEW ULM — Nurses, respiratory therapists and pediatricians at New Ulm Medical Center’s birth center raced to restore the breathing of an infant born prematurely Tuesday as doctors and specialists watched from the Twin Cities via a virtual care cart. Neonatologists and nurse practitioners ...

NUMAS raising funds

Has 85% success rate NEW ULM — The public is invited to attend a fundraiser for NUMAS Haus 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at the New Ulm Event Center. Funds raised in the event go towards the NUMAS Haus, an emergency shelter with support services that assist homeless single women and ...