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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 ...

And Miss Nicollet is…

Royalty crowned at the Miss Nicollet coronation Friday night, from left, Princess Hailey Stoecker, Miss Nicollet Kassidi Gomez and Princess Samantha Rist.

Dist. 84 board discusses, OKs future gym video boards

SLEEPY EYE — The District 84 Board of Education discussed adding LED video display screens in gymnasiums June 12. Board member Joleen Dittbenner said two of the six feet tall, 10 feet wide Daktronics video displays that cost close up to $200,000. They would be would be placed in the high ...

Nicollet County board OKs contract

NICOLLET COUNTY — The Nicollet County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a professional services contract with Gale-Tech Engineering June 11. A motion by Commissioner John Luepke, seconded by Commissioner Terry Morrow, authorized Nicollet County Public Works Director Seth Greenwood ...

Key to city

Ruth Klossner receives a plaque that reads Key to the City of Nicollet at Nicollet Friendship Days Friday. She worked at the Lafayette-Nicollet Ledger for 26 years and continues to take photos in the area.

Planting the seeds of sewing

NEW ULM — This week, Sewing Seeds Quilt Company planted the seeds of sewing into the fertile minds of youth as part of the annual youth day camp. Each morning for the last four days, Sewing Seeds’ basement was filled with young people crafting of their individual quilt projects. The goal ...

Medical center hailed as top workplace

NEW ULM — Allina Health’s New Ulm Medical Center was named Best Minnesota Hospital Workplace by the Minnesota Hospital Association. Allina Health has also been named one of the Top Workplaces in Minnesota by the Star Tribune. “Providing outstanding care to all those who come to our ...

School board hears about family facilitators

NEW ULM — The New Ulm School Board held a study session on the family facilitator program. The family facilitator program operates in Brown and Watonwan counties. Brown County has four facilitators, two of whom work in New Ulm. Supervisor and Program Director Jamie Rieser said the ...

US stocks notch gains, snap short losing streak

By DAMIAN J. TROISE and ALEX VEIGA AP Business Writers Gains in energy and internet companies helped drive stocks broadly higher on Wall Street Thursday, snapping a two-day losing streak for the market in an otherwise choppy week of trading. The gains were initially fueled by rising oil ...

Christensen Farms donates $15,000 to food banks throughout the Midwest

SLEEPY EYE – During the week of June 10, Christensen Farms, one of the largest family-owned pork producers in the country, donated a total of $15,000 to food banks across the Midwest. The organization collaborated with local food banks in 15 communities in which it operates, to provide pork ...

An animal affair

NEW ULM — On a typical day, the New Ulm Regional Veterinary Center is expected to see a lot of animals, but Wednesday really went to the dogs. The vet center hosted a special open house, Animal Affair. The community was invited to bring their pets to the clinic to tour the facility. ...

Benches speak

NEW ULM—Soon the benches in downtown New Ulm will be informative as well as convenient. Wednesday, Sid and Jane DeLeo (above) of Sid’s Signs began installing historic plaques on benches in the district. The signs gave information about historic places throughout the community. These ...

Tussle with police leads to charges

NEW ULM — A May 29 confrontation with New Ulm police in the Hy-Vee Food Store parking lot that included threats and derogatory comments to officers led to six charges filed Wednesday against a 33-year-old Sleepy Eye woman. Cassey L. Mertz, 21337 County Road 10, Sleepy Eye, was charged with ...

‘Ballrooms of Brown County’ exhibit at MMHF

NEW ULM — Music and dance lovers who enjoy reliving and sharing memories of the 1930s to 1990s or enjoy hearing stories about those days, are invited to visit the “Ballrooms of Brown County” exhibit at the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame this summer. The traveling exhibit was coordinated ...

Planning panel OKs permit

NEW ULM — The Brown County Planning Commission unanimously approved a Conditional Use Permit Application Tuesday by Jeremy Hogen on property he owns described as the Lamonte Helget Subdivision in Section 26, Leavenworth Township. The action to allow a feedlot expansion to a maximum of 100 ...

Robotics team members honored for academics

The Minnesota Robotics Coaches Association recognized students from FIRST Robotics Competition team 3122, The Alluminators at New Ulm High School, and Cathedral High School, as a 2019 all-state academic winner. To be recognized for this award, a student must have been nominated by a coach or ...