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Sleepy Eye wins 4-1; to play for State Title Saturday.

JORDAN — Sleepy Eye High School defeated South Ridge 4-1 Friday afternoon in the Minnesota State High School League Class A Baseball semifinals. The Indians will play Heritage Christian Academy on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Target Field for the state Class A title.

Aukes is new director of Bridging Brown County

SLEEPY EYE — Bridging Brown County, a non-profit organization that strengthens Brown County by bridging relationships of understanding and communication, announces the appointment of its new director, Ashley Aukes of New Ulm. Aukes has a passion for helping rural communities and ...

Google workshop to help small businesses succeed on the web

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce is helping small businesses grow their presence online with a Your Business Online workshop, which will feature a lesson about Getting Found on Google Search and Maps, as well as a presentation about business listings at www.newulm.com. The ...

‘Germans Have More Fun’

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is installing 16 foot “Germans Have More Fun” decals on the sides of a Minnesota Valley Transport semi-truck trailer as part of a marketing campaign. Randy Horejsi of Horejsi Graphics installed the decals Wednesday afternoon. ...

Rising river

Keian Klinger of Waseca and his grandfather Jeff Fluegge of New Ulm take a look at the rising Minnesota River in the Minnecon Park June 12. The parking lot that is now partially submerged. The river’s latest observed value was 795.92 feet at 10:45 a.m. June 12, according to the National ...

Mathiowetz’ wife thankful for search

SLEEPY EYE — The wife of a missing 73-year-old Sleepy Eye man expressed gratitude to everyone who has been looking for her husband since he was reported missing June 3. “A big thank you to everybody that’s looking for him (Vincent). I truly appreciate it,” Pat Mathiowetz said June ...

EDA OKs bid for lot

NEW ULM — The Economic Development Authority (EDA) approved a bid of $12,103 for a lot in Block 4 in Milford Heights, Phase One, June 12. The covenant for the lot requires a home be constructed on the lot within 18 months, but the EDA granted an extension to the bidder to allow three years ...

Accident on Garden Street

NEW ULM — Minor injuries were reported in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday at 2:56 p.m. at the intersection of 13th North Street and Garden Street. John Davis, 52, was driving a 2012 Ford F-150 south on Garden Street, with Jesus Rodriguez, 20, behind him in a 2000 Ford Mustang. Davis attempted ...

Red Dragon Gaming has soft opening

NEW ULM — Red Dragon Gaming, LLC., invited players to participate in board games with like-minded hobbyists Tuesday during a soft opening. The game shop is currently awaiting a gap loan from the city to afford its inventory to be officially open. However, sales play second-fiddle to a place ...

Kober to retire in early 2019

SLEEPY EYE — The Sleepy Eye City Council approved a retirement letter from City Manager Mark Kober, Tuesday. "It's with regret that we acknowledge this letter," said Mayor Wayne Pelzel. Kober said he plans to step down as city manager in early 2019 after nearly 18 years on the job, but ...

Cottonwood tops 12 feet

Waters impact low-lying areas NEW ULM — The rain-swollen Cottonwood River raced through Adams Park and under the Cottonwood Street bridge June 11. The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a flood warning until Friday, June 15, for the Cottonwood River at New Ulm, affecting Brown County ...

Search for missing man suspended because of high waters

NEW ULM — The Brown County Sheriff’s Office is suspending the search-and-recovery efforts for Vincent Mathiowetz, 73, of Sleepy Eye, who went missing on the Cottonwood River south of Sleepy Eye on June 3. This decision is due to the amount of rain that has been recorded in the area in ...

Park & Rec receives report on RENU oversight

NEW ULM — The Park and Recreation Commission received a report on Monday from Park and Recreation Director Tom Schmitz on last week’s RENU Oversight Committee meeting. RENU stands for Reinvest in New Ulm, an effort to fund park improvements and other projects with a local sales tax. The ...

Intrepid golfers

Despite inclement weather, 93 golfers braved the rain to participate in Martin Luther College’s 26th Annual Golf Classic. Each year the event raises between $35,000 and $42,000, $20,000 of which is dedicated to student scholarships.

Find Karl and win money

NEW ULM — Monday the New Ulm Area Business and Retail Association (NUBRA) kicked off its new “Gnome on the Road” campaign. To help encourage supporting local businesses during road construction projects, Karl the Konstruction Gnome will be hiding at a different Chamber of Commerce ...

Harkin Store explores Flag Day

WEST NEWTON TOWNSHIP — Ahead of Flag Day, Thursday June 14, the Harkin Store held a small presentation Sunday on the American Flag. The display gave a brief history of the flag, from its creation to the addition of the final star in 1960 as well as some flag etiquette instructions. In ...

Biergarten tunes

The Biergarten Boys entertained guests Sunday in Schell’s Biergarten. Visitors could relax with a cold brew and eat bread and cheese baskets while listening to live music.

Grand Center for Arts & Culture fundraiser

Kit Kildahl and Josh Gravelin were the opening act Sunday for the Grand Center for Arts and Culture’s Summer Fundraiser on the back deck. Guests could eat, drink and listen to music all afternoon.

High water on Cottonwood River

The Cottonwood River approaches the underside of the Cottonwood St. bridge near Adams Park Saturday afternoon. With another day of heavy rain, the river is expected to reach 11.6 feet today, putting it over the flood stage of 11 feet.

Geocaching a high-tech treasure hunt in park

NEW ULM — No guests found their way to a geocaching presentation at Flandrau State Park Saturday. Despite the fact that weather made every registered participant a no show, Minneopa Area Naturalist Scott Kudelka was willing to talk about what geocaching is. “Geocaching is learning how ...