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Lucan couple seeks legislative seats

LUCAN - A rural Lucan couple that operate a family hobby farm are seeking legislative seats held by veteran Republicans - Sen. Gary Dahms, Redwood Falls; and Rep. Paul Torkelson, Hanska. Wisconsin native and Independence Alliance Party member Joshua Prine, who owns an information technology ...

Highway 19 slope repair project complete May 14

WILLMAR — The Minnesota Department of Transportation Highway 19 project near Morton is scheduled to be complete by end of day on Thursday, May 14. The road will reopen to traffic on Friday, May 15. The project included stabilizing slopes, road repair work and installing guardrails at two ...

New Ulm Car Cruise planned for Friday, May 15

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Autofest is planning to hold New Ulm Car Cruise on Friday, May 15, starting at 6 p.m. Those who wish to participate should gather before 6 p.m. in the Target parking lot near Burger King. Old and new vehicles are welcomed to participate. Participants are asked to ...

Network New Ulm Youth

Juniors from New Ulm Public, New Ulm Cathedral and Minnesota Valley Lutheran high schools, pictured earlier this school year, attended the 2019-2020 Network New Ulm Youth program. The program, supported by the New Ulm Area Foundation and Community Ed, was cut short by coronavirus restrictions.

Contactless pickup popular at library

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Public Library was booked solid Monday, taking orders for contactless pickup. From 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. patrons can contact the library to set up a pickup time for material on hold. A 15-minute appointment will be made for patrons to collect the material and staff will ...

EDA to look at selling lots

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Economic Development Authority (EDA) will consider the sale of Milford Heights First Addition lots to Erickson Construction and Developing, LLC, for residential development. The EDA was contacted by a representative of Erickson Construction and Developing, LLC, ...

RENU  projects progress

NEW ULM — The Park and Recreation Commission received an update on Reinvest in New Ulm (RENU) projects. Director Tom Schmitz said the Johnson Park improvements were 95% complete and everything should be finished by the end of the month. An open house will be held for the ballpark after the ...

DTF nets SE pair, variety of drugs

SLEEPY EYE — Two Sleepy Eye residents were arrested Friday on a variety of felony drug charges after a raid by law enforcement officers. Officers from the Sleepy Eye Police, the Brown County Sheriff’s Office and Brown Lyon Redwood Renville County Drug Task Force raided a Sleepy Eye ...

Blood drive in New Ulm May 15

NEW ULM — New Ulm Park & Recreation and New Ulm Medical Center will host a community blood drive with the American Red Cross 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, May 15, at the New Ulm Civic Center. To schedule an appointment or for more information go online to www.redcrossblood.org and ...

Gone fishing

A number of people try their luck on the fishing opener Saturday near Minnecon Park.

Hagedorn hears from constituents in radio town hall

MANKATO — First District Republican Congressman Jim Hagedorn listened to constituents’ concerns in a radio town hall on the COVID-19 pandemic Saturday morning. Constituents were invited to call in with questions during the town hall. Media members could access the event in the listen-only ...

SE City Council considers lake improvement project

To act on water park season SLEEPY EYE — The Sleepy Eye City Council will consider options for a lake improvement project on Tuesday, May 12. Project goals, according to the Minnesota State University (MSU) Water Resource Center are providing: • Water quality monitoring in the lake and ...

Mass in the parking lot

Despite a 40-degree temperature, Monsignor Eugene Lozinski celebrates a parking lot Mass with spiritual communion in the St. Mary’s parking lot in Sleepy Eye Sunday morning. A parking lot Mass is scheduled for 9:30 a.m., 11:30 (Latin) for St. Mary’s parishioners on Sunday, May 17.

NUMC to start scheduling delayed procedures

NEW ULM — On Tuesday Governor Tim Walz lifted the suspension on elective surgeries and procedures in hospitals and next week New Ulm Medical Center will begin scheduling appointments that were put on hold at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. NUMC Human Resource Director Katie Sletta said ...

Childcare role grows during COVID-19 crisis

NEW ULM — Friday, May 8 was Childcare Provider Appreciation Day and now more than ever the country is seeing the crucial role childcare providers have in shaping the future. Even before the outbreak of COVID-19, childcare providers were considered essential. For the last several years, ...

Kimmel gains DFL endorsement in 16B

NEW ULM — Thursday, Mindy Kimmel, candidate for Minnesota House 16B was unanimously endorsed by the Minnesota DFL. Kimmel said the DFL conducted online balloting due to the coronavirus from April 25 through May 4 and she unanimously received the endorsement from the party to run. Kimmel ...

Springfield council takes stand against shutdown

SPRINGFIELD — After about an hour of discussion at a special meeting late Friday afternoon, the Springfield City Council unanimously approved sending a letter to Gov. Tim Walz opposing the extension of his stay-at-home orders. The council approved a resolution allowing City Manager/EDA ...

Dental clinics set to reopen Monday

NEW ULM — Following orders from Gov. Walz, on Monday, May 11 dental clinics in Minnesota will reopen for non-emergency dental procedures. The order allows dental clinics to reopen after creating an ongoing COVID-19 response; establishing criteria for which procedures should proceed; and ...

MCHC to resume elective procedures and appointments

MADELIA– Madelia Community Hospital & Clinic (MCHC) will resume elective visits, procedures and surgeries beginning May 11. This is in alignment with the executive order from Governor Tim Walz, and the Minnesota Department of Health. In March, all elective care procedures were ...