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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 ...

Rep. Brand endorsed for re-election in District House 19A

ST. PETER — Representative Jeff Brand, a small business owner and former City Councilmember from Saint Peter, won the endorsement Thursday of the Minnesota Democratic Labor (DFL) Party for State Representative in District 19A. “We’re at a crossroads in Minnesota and across the nation ...

Turner Ladies to host 2nd drive up bake sale

NEW ULM — Due to the overwhelming response, the Turner Ladies are planning their second Bake Sale this month. The date of the sale is Saturday, May 30th; and sales will be by pre-order only. Place orders between May 11th and May 22nd by calling one of the following numbers: Jeanne – ...

Stuck truck

A semi truck and trailer became lodged under the Marktplatz Mall Thursday afternoon. The vehicle was traveling west on 1st North Minnesota Street when it became caught. The accident caused major damage to the top of the vehicle. Police blocked the road access until the vehicle was dislodged ...

Floral shops report brisk business

NEW ULM — Floral shops reported a busy week due to Mother's Day and other appreciation events for several vocations. "We slowed down for a while lately until this week. We're busy," said Hy-Vee Foods floral shop manager Carrie Kittler. "It's interesting this week. It seems there was stuff ...

New president at Artstone

NEW ULM — American Artstone Company of New Ulm has appointed Nick Meyer the company’s new president. Meyer is originally from rural Fairfax and he attended GFW High School. In high school he developed a fondness for architectural drafting and he took further drafting courses at South ...

SE man accused of assaulting police

Officer called to medical center Wednesday By Fritz Busch Staff Writer SLEEPY EYE — A 72-year-old Sleepy Eye man faces gross misdemeanor charges of 4th-degree assault, obstructing the legal process-interfering with a peace officer and misdemeanor obstructing the legal process after a ...

New Ulm man faces 7 charges

Stem from Broadway crash By Fritz Busch Staff Writer NEW ULM — A 42-year-old New Ulm man faces three felony counts and four other charges stemming from a May 3 crash with injuries near Broadway and 4th Street North. Charges filed Thursday in Brown County District Court against Ryan ...

Diersen receives Anderson scholarship

For area students going into teaching NEW ULM — The New Ulm Area Foundation, Inc., has selected Kincaid Diersen to be the 2020 recipient of the Charlotte Raymond Anderson Teaching Scholarship. This competitive scholarship provides $5,000 to help defray the costs of tuition, books, and ...

Wacky on a Wednesday

Teachers from Washington Learning Center got a little wacky Wednesday. Jill McGraw, Mary Niehoff, Holly Syverson and Marisa Klimek visited Minnecon Park to create a video for kindergarten students. The theme of the video was the letter "w". The quartet dressed as waders and wore wacky wigs ...

Walleye, Northern season to open

NEW ULM — Fishing enthusiasts taking to the water for the walleye, northern and sauger fishing opener on Saturday, May 9, should pack some cool weather gear with an early morning temperature forecast in the 30s. Bring some rain gear too. Afternoon temperatures could reach the high 50s with ...

Fire chief reminds everyone to stay fire-safe

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Fire Department is urging everyone remember fire safety as they deal with the “new normal.” As people find themselves spending extended time at home for work, self-isolation, physical distancing, please remember the importance of preventing home fires. Along with ...