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Zoning issues reviewed

By Clay Schuldt Staff Writer NEW ULM — The New Ulm Planning Commission discussed possible zoning changes related to a recent request for additional residential property. The discussion began with a request from Tim Rieke to consider allowing residential uses in the service business (B-2) ...

Panel discusses homeless services

NEW ULM — Panelists and the public discussed homeless services in and around Brown County after viewing a compelling two-hour fictional movie in the New Ulm Public Library basement Thursday. The newly-released dramatic film “The Public” highlights the role a library played in serving ...

MVL Homecoming Court

Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School’s Homecoming Court poses for a group portrait Tuesday in front of the high school. Pictured in the back row, left to right, Kincaid Diersen, Colton Collum, Mason Cox, Teddy Giefer, Willie Sanders and Trent Fluegge. Pictured in the front row, left to ...

Homelessness in Brown County discussed

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Public Library hosts a film screening and discussion of homelessness in Brown County beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26. The newly-released dramatic film “The Public” highlights the role a library played in serving its city’s homeless population. The ...

New Ulm High Homecoming Court

New Ulm High School’s Homecoming Court is pictured above. Front row: Nora Windschill, Hannah Osborne, Ally Steffensmeier, Molly Scheid, Faith Nachreiner, Noelle Forstner, Rachel Hohensee Back row: Reece Melby, Ryker Shelgren, John Mehlhop, Ethan O'Connor, Brandon Ocampo, Nolan Drill, Cole ...

County OKs George’s Ballroom demolition

NEW ULM — Brown County Commissioners unanimously approved authorizing the auditor-treasurer to begin the demolition process for the George’s Ballroom property Tuesday. Action came on a motion by Commissioner Tony Berg, seconded by Commissioner Dean Simonsen. The county auditor may take ...

Oktoberfest planned

NEW ULM — The 2019 Oktoberfest is coming to New Ulm, and the city will once again celebrate two weekends of events at multiple locations in the community. Oktoberfest events are planned downtown New Ulm between Minnesota Street and Broadway on Center Street; inside and outside the Best ...

League of Women Voters reiterates importance of voting

NEW ULM — The League of Women Voters (LWV) spread the word about voter registration Tuesday. Ruth Ann Webster and Ann Wiltscheck were in Lola’s in the morning with registration forms and other information about voting. The LWV had members at the River Bend Area Learning Center on Monday ...

PUC approves a new natural gas rate schedule

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Public Utilities Commission approved 2019 natural gas rates effective Nov. 1. The new schedule includes service rates for natural gas resale. NUPUC was approached to supply gas to a customer outside New Ulm for resale. Currently, the utility does not have a resale ...

NU man accused of choking woman

NEW ULM — A 37-year-old New Ulm man accused of choking a woman several times and nailing a door shut faces two felony charges in Brown County District Court. Two felony domestic assault charges, one by strangulation, plus interfering with an emergency phone, call were filed in court Monday ...

Morgan man faces charges for SE incident

SLEEPY EYE — A 32-year-old Morgan man faces six misdemeanor charges following a Sept. 20 incident in Sleepy Eye. Two counts of fifth-degree assault and disorderly conduct, fourth-degree damage to property and giving a peace officer a false name were filed in Brown County District Court ...

New Ulm Area Wedding Show this Sunday

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Business and Retail Association an will host the New Ulm Area Wedding Show 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, September 29, at the New Ulm Civic Center, 1212 N. Franklin St. Come see the variety of unique reception venues, florists, caterers, bridal shops and more, for a ...

New Ulm Diabetes Walk being held Saturday

NEW ULM — The Fifth Annual New Ulm Diabetes Walk will take place at the New Ulm Civic Center, 1212 North Franklin St. on Saturday, Sept. 28. This is a Strides, Lions for Diabetes Awareness Event and is a collaboration of the Lions Club of New Ulm and the Lafayette Area Lions Club. The walk ...

Railroad repairs

An excavator removes asphalt from the railroad crossing at the intersection of 17th North Street and North Minnesota Street Monday. The intersection is closed as old wooden railroad ties are removed and replaced with concrete. Street Superintendent Curt Curry said the city is working with ...

Commissioners mull starting ballroom demolition process

NEW ULM — Brown County commissioners will consider authorizing the auditor-treasurer to begin the demolition process for the George’s Ballroom property Tuesday. The county auditor may take a variety of actions, including demolition, pertaining to any buildings located on a tax forfeited ...

GFW holds special board meeting Oct. 1

GIBBON — The Gibbon Fairfax Winthrop (GFW) school board will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, in the primary school gym in Gibbon. The board will discuss the Minnesota Commissioner of Education’s review and comment on the proposed building bonds. The school district ...

Cathedral High marks 100 years

NEW ULM — It was a full weekend of celebrating for Cathedral High School (CHS), which marked its centennial this year. Saturday, the New Ulm Area Catholic Schools (NUACS) were open to the public for tours. NUACS alumni attended to see what had changed in the building and what remained ...

Afternoon tea aims to help oncology unit

NEW ULM — Afternoon tea was held at the New Ulm Country Club Sunday to raise money for the New Ulm Medical Center Oncology Department. The event was called Tea for Ta-Ta’s, supporting all cancer. Nearly 200 women and a few men attended the party in their best Sunday dresses and most ...

Fall festival filled with fun

NEW ULM — The Church of St. Mary held its annual Fall Festival Sunday. The event filled St. Mary’s parking lot with carnival games for kids and adults and live music. Msgr. Douglas Grams said the goal of the festival is to have something for every age group. Grams said this year ...

A wild cast of characters hobnob at museum gala

NEW ULM — A wild cast of characters was spotted hobnobbing at the Brown County Historical Society Saturday. This year’s museum gala featured former Schell’s president George Marti and his wife Emma Marti, mingling with officer Joseph Tauer and a probation judge. Meanwhile, Al Capone was ...