Local News

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 ...

SDSU graduate receives Young Botanist Award

BROOKINGS, S.D. — South Dakota State University alumnus Mallory Malecek, who graduated in May, is one of 14 students chosen nationwide to receive the Young Botanist Award from the Botanical Society of America. The competitive national award recognizes top students in the plant sciences based ...

CAST holds fundraiser at George’s

NEW ULM — Just before storm clouds broke over New Ulm, residents could breakfast at a local restaurant and raise money for community programming. George’s Fine Steaks & Spirits served 130 breakfasts Saturday morning, a large turnout for the CAST (Community and Seniors Together) ...

Kiesling House spruced up, ready for programs next weekend

NEW ULM — With the completion of construction, summer programing is expected to start again at the Kiesling House next Saturday. The Historic Kiesling House underwent a face lift over the spring. The wood siding and windows of the 157 year old building were replaced with new wood material. ...

Search for Sleepy Eye man hampered by heavy rains

NEW ULM — The fifth day in the search for a missing 73-year-old Sleepy Eye was called off early Friday due to heavy rains. Vincent Hugo Mathiowetz was reported missing by his family around noon Sunday, June 3. His vehicle was located about 3 miles south of Sleepy Eye at a boat landing on ...

Film Society offers ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Film Society is kicking off its ’80s films series with one the greatest action films of all time “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” The screening begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Public Library. “Raider of the Lost Ark” was released in 1981, but it was inspired by ...

Technology provides advanced congestion warning information to travelers

MANKATO – Construction is scheduled to begin Monday, June 11, on Highway 14 from Mankato to North Mankato, which has the highest volume of traffic in southcentral Minnesota. Because of the more than 43,000 vehicles on Highway 14 on an average day, coupled with segmented lane and ramp ...

Poker Walk gets people walking in New Ulm

NEW ULM — The 4th Annual Poker Walk, sponsored by New Ulm Ameriprise Financial, the New Ulm Chamber of Commerce, and Hearts Beat Back: The Heart of New Ulm Project, took place on Fridays throughout the month of May. The walking routes included 20 local businesses and a total of 74 ...

DNR auction in New Ulm on June 16

NEW ULM — Pick-ups, boats, UTVs (Utility Task Vehicles, also known as ‘side-by-sides’) and other items will be for sale during a public auction of surplus equipment held by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 16, in New Ulm. Approximately 175 lots of ...

Brown County DFL to hold Picnic on June 18

NEW ULM — The Brown County DFL will hold its annual picnic on Monday, June 18 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Hermann Heights Park in New Ulm. This year’s featured guests are Dan Feehan of Mankato, the endorsed candidate in Congressional District 1, and Mindy Kimmel of New Ulm who is the DFL ...