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Santa’s Closet donation

Corey Dehn, manager at Wal-Mart, presents LaNaye Kral, Sertoma Club of New Ulm, a $500 donation for Sertoma’s Santa’s Closet project. Sertoma provides toys, books, hats and mittens to children in Brown County at Christmas time. Submitted photo

Former Sleepy Eye student receives awards

DODGE CENTER — A former Sleepy Eye High School student who suffered a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) in a 1999 vehicle crash recently received awards for her weekly newspaper column about living with TBI. Emily Steffens, 37, received the Special Recognition Award from the Minnesota ...

Former Sleepy Eye superintendent is state winner

FARMINGTON — Former Sleepy Eye Public school superintendent Jay Haugen was named the 2019 Minnesota Association of School Administrators Minnesota Superintendent of the Year recently. State candidates were evaluated on their accomplishments, communication skills, professionalism, community ...

Dozens take part in mass casualty drill

SLEEPY EYE — To an uninformed onlooker, the sirens, flashing emergency vehicle lights — and what looked like blood and exposed guts on patients as they were carried to ambulances at Sleepy Eye Public School — looked real Wednesday night. Police, firefighters, first responders, nurses ...

Dist. 84 Board OKs long-term maintenance plan

SLEEPY EYE — The District 84 Board of Education unanimously approved a 10-year long-term maintenance plan and facility maintenance revenue projections for fiscal years 2019-2028 Wednesday. Maintenance consultant Tim Harbo said plans call for replacing the HVAC (heating, ventilation and air ...

New Ulm Middle School marks Veterans Day

The New Ulm Middle School hosted a Veterans Day program on Monday. The American Legion Color Guard presented the colors. The pops choir sang the National Anthem and Sgt. Allen (name as submitted) from the National Guard was the guest speaker. A video was shared featuring pictures of veterans ...

EDA reviews homebuyer assistance loan program

NEW ULM — The Economic Development Authority (EDA) reviewed the Homebuyer Assistance Loan Program, Tuesday. The loan program was first introduced to the EDA in July. It is intended to provide assistance to first-time homebuyers in New Ulm. The EDA-funded program would offer zero-percent, ...

Wanda Gág awarded Original Art Lifetime Achievement Award

NEW ULM — New Ulm native Wanda Gág was posthumously awarded the 2018 Original Art Lifetime Achievement Award. Each year, the Museum of Illustration at the Society of Illustrators hosts The Original Art exhibit, a celebration of the art of children’s books. The Original Art exhibit ...

Sleepy Eye Council changes downtown parking regulations

SLEEPY EYE — Following discussion Tuesday, the Sleepy Eye City Council unanimously approved a new downtown corner parking regulation making it illegal to park within 30 feet of any Main Street corner between Third Avenue East and Third Avenue West. Sleepy Eye Ambulance Coordinator Shari ...

Gibbon man faces felony domestic assault charges

NEW ULM — A 23-year-old rural Gibbon man was charged with two counts of felony domestic assault by strangulation and misdemeanor domestic assault in Brown County District Court Tuesday. Ryan James N. Davey, 32345 611th Ave., Gibbon, was released from the Brown County Jail on $15,000 bail ...

Planning panel OKs plat applications

NEW ULM — The Brown County Planning Commission unanimously approved preliminary plat applications in Cottonwood and Leavenworth Townships and final plat applications in Leavenworth and Prairieville Townships Tuesday. Final plat applications approved were filed by Joleen Dittbenner on ...

Sleepy Eye firefighters answer two calls

SLEEPY EYE — Sleepy Eye Firefighters answered calls for a ditch fire a mile north of town Monday night and a false alarm at Sleepy Eye Public School Tuesday morning. A passerby reported a small brush fire in a ditch near Windsor Road and 245th Street at 9:44 p.m. Firefighters spent about 15 ...

Hot Topics: Road Construction Update

NEW ULM — New Ulm is in a 3-year period of road construction that includes a new gateway into New Ulm, significant economic impact on businesses and residents and detour challenges for visitors, schools, etc. On Friday, Nov. 16, the New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Hot Topics ...

Solemn tribute

Members of the New Ulm Battery John Fritsche (left) and Joe Hoffmann honored veterans in the New Ulm Cemetery next to the WWI Memorial. Veterans Day, formally known as Armistice Day, marked the end of the First World War, which ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. ...

New Ulm is among top small town destinations

NEW ULM — It was recently determined New Ulm is one of the top 10 “bleisure” travel destinations in the United States. The term “bleisure” describes business travelers visiting business destinations like nearby Minneapolis who extend their trip to enjoy some vacation days. Six of ten ...

Dist. 84 to hear of FFA nationals, long-term maintenance plan

SLEEPY EYE — The District 84 Board of Education will hear Future Farmers of America (FFA) National Convention and a long-term maintenance plan at its Nov. 14 meeting. Mary Hoffmann, FFA Advisor and students will present the report. Consultant Tim Harbo will talk about long-term maintenance. ...

Armistice Day Centennial

The Brown County Museum displayed its World War I exhibit “Loyalty & Dissent: Brown County and World War I” from Sunday. The exhibit has been recognized by the Minnesota Alliance of State and Local History on how the people of Brown County resisted and supported the war effort.

WELS Choral Festival

Choirs from 11 area Lutheran High Schools and prep schools from Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Nebraska, Florida, Arizona, and Washington participate in a Sacred Concert as part of the 2018 WELS West Regional Choral Festival at Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School Sunday afternoon.

BCHS 88th Annual Meeting includes ballroom history lecture

Daniel Groebner presents information NEW ULM — Dan Groebner will present “History of Brown County Ballrooms” at the 88th Annual Meeting of Brown County Historical Society Tuesday, Nov. 13 at Turner Hall. Groebner will lecture on ballrooms, dance halls and bands of Brown County’s ...