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New historical bench plaques part of revitalizing downtown

NEW ULM — Residents and visitors to downtown New Ulm now have a few more places to sit and relax, meet for coffee and conversation, have lunch, work on their devices and just enjoy being outdoors in the downtown atmosphere, thanks to a project created and implemented by the Heart of New Ulm ...

Red Cross collects 113 units of blood

NEW ULM — The Red Cross Bloodmobile collected 113 units of blood Thursday, exceeding its goal of 101. Pins: Karen Budenski 4 gallons, Tom Kuehn, 13 gallons. The blood drive continues today 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p,m. at the Civic Center.

Construction season in full swing

NEW ULM — Construction season is in full swing. It is not hard to find a section of New Ulm in the midst of construction. The work started last year on the New Ulm Gateway 14/15 project continues. Concrete paving work was scheduled to begin last month for the roundabouts underneath the ...

Special city council meeting to deal with Shaneman appointment

NEW ULM — The appointment of Audra Shaneman as economic development director/assistant city manager will be considered at a special New Ulm City Council meeting at 8 a.m. Monday, June 24. Shaneman’s appointment came before the council during their regular meeting Tuesday, June 18, but it ...

Springfield farmer to chair Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council

MANKATO — Brown County farmer Cole Trebesch was elected chair of the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council (MSR&PC) Monday during the Council’s quarterly meeting. Trebesch, 36, farms near Springfield on the family farm with his wife, Miranda, and their two children, ...

Shaneman’s appointment as assistant city manager tabled

NEW ULM — Audra Shaneman’s appointment as New Ulm’s economic development director/assistant city manager was tabled Tuesday after a 2-2 vote by the city council. Shaneman’s appointment was recommended by the city’s personnel committee. Shaneman served as the New Ulm Area Chamber of ...

NUPD adds two new officers

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Police Department added two new police officers Chris Lee and Patrick Fay to its staff earlier this month, bringing itself to a full staff. The hires follow the appointments of former New Ulm Police Commander Dave Borchert to police chief and police sergeant Dean ...

Henderson resigns after 46 years with Brown County

NEW ULM — Brown County commissioners unanimously accepted Brown County Human Services Director Tom Henderson’s resignation effective July 31, 2019, after 46 years with Brown County Tuesday. With a motion by Commissioner Tony Berg, seconded by Commissioner Dean Simonsen, an ad hoc ...

BCHS presents: ‘Reminiscing About Prohibition’ with Warta

NEW ULM — The public is invited to the program “Reminiscing about the Prohibition Era with Denny Warta” on, Thursday, June 27t, in the Museum Annex at 7 p.m. (The museum annex is located just north of the museum.) This program complements the exhibit “Wet Stills and Dry Agents: Brown ...

Invisible entertainment

Louis and Dan (& The Invisible Band) perform in German Park Monday night. They use their voices to imitate other band sounds like trombones. The program is made possible by Minnesota voters through a grant to the Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative., thanks to a legislative appropriation ...

Shaneman recommended as assistant city manager

NEW ULM — The New Ulm City Council will vote Tuesday on whether to approve the appointment of Audra Shaneman to the position of economic development director/assistant city manager. Shaneman’s appointment was recommended by the city’s Personnel Committee. Shaneman served as the New Ulm ...

Bandow gets four years in prison

NEW ULM — A 31-year-old New Ulm man originally charged with 14 felonies in four burglaries and an arson case was sentenced to four years in the St. Cloud Correctional Facility in Brown County District Court Monday. Cotey J. Bandow, 308 Front St. S. was convicted of felony 2nd-degree ...

GFW to hold referendum

GIBBON — After an hour’s debate, the GFW School Board voted to move forward on a referendum for a one-building pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade option, in the Gibbon area. Earlier this year, a school district task force looked at existing school conditions, enrollment trends and survey ...

Farmfest 2019 features hemp experts, demo plot

GILFILLAN ESTATE — Three hemp varieties, one fiber and two grain, are growing on 7,200 square feet of land at Gilfillan Estate in preparation for Farmfest 2019 Aug. 6-8. “We are excited for farmers to come to Farmfest to learn about hemp production,” said IDEAg Group Event Sales ...

Board of Equalization cuts a few values

NEW ULM — The Brown County Board of Equalization reduced a few property values, but not by much Monday. Commissioners unanimously agreed with Brown County Assessor Anne Grunert’s recommendations in each review. As he has most years, farmer Jerome Graff asked for a number of value ...

Commissioners consider deputy registrar grant

NEW ULM — Brown County commissioners will consider approving a $$76,977.60 Deputy Registrar Reimbursement Agreement Tuesday, June 18. Legislation was passed and signed by Gov. Tim Walz during the 2019 session to reimburse Deputy Registrar offices for the effects the implementation of MNLARS ...

‘Piano’ is how they spelled ‘relief’

NEW ULM — “Everyone knows music is good for you. It cheers you up,” said Eastern Michigan University piano professor Dr. Garik Pedersen at his concert and lecture at First United Methodist Church Saturday night. During World War II, a number of pianos were airdropped to battlefields to ...

Hail reported in St. James, Truman

WATONWAN COUNTY — The thunderstorm that blew through south central Minnesota late Saturday afternoon included hail reported in many cities including St. James, Truman, Windom, Winnebago, Fairmont, Granada, Heron Lake and Jackson. The National Weather Service (NWS) reported four to five ...

Heymann Construction Co. closes

NEW ULM — Rumors of Heymann Construction Company’s imminent closing were confirmed Friday. In a press release, company president Jerry O’Brien said: “After serving New Ulm and the surrounding area for over 100 years, we have made the difficult decision to cease operations at ...