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Polka Party warms up dancers

NEW ULM — Despite the early winter weather, close to 200 polka enthusiasts attended KNUJ’s fall Polka Party at Turner Hall. The Polka Party is a twice-a-year tradition. Jim Bartels said they sponsor a spring dance in April and a fall dance the Sunday before Thanksgiving. The Leon Olsen ...

Skaters hitting the ice in New Ulm Fall Festival

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Figure Skating Club hosted the 22nd annual Fall Festival Competition, Saturday. The two day figure skating event featured around 180 skaters from eight skating clubs in Minnesota and South Dakota. In addition to New Ulm, clubs from Brookings, Hutchinson, Sioux Falls, ...

MVL honors “Spirit of MVL” award winners

NEW ULM—The Spirit of Minnesota Valley Lutheran Recognition Reception and Fundraising Gala was held Saturday at the New Ulm Convention Center. Each year since 2008 MVL has honored people associated with the school. This year in honor of MVL’s 40th school year, the school chose to honor ...

Workshop shares ideas for decorating for holidays

NEW ULM — With Thanksgiving less than a week away and the holiday season in full swing, Inspired held a series of decorating workshops this week. In the Brown County Museum Annex, Inspired employees Sharon Hubly and Rita Schugel gave simple do it yourself instruction for decorating space ...

SE woman charged with false crime report

SLEEPY EYE — A 38-year-old Sleepy Eye woman faces a misdemeanor falsely reporting a crime charge after initially telling police she was robbed by a man in a look-alike police car Oct. 28. The charge was filed in Brown County District Court Thursday against Nicole M. Domeier, 713 Maple St. ...

Peyton Blickem wins Lions Peace Poster Contest

NEW ULM — Peyton Blickem, a 6th grade student at New Ulm Public Middle School, has won 1st place in the local competition of the Lions International Peace Poster Contest sponsored by the Lions Club of New Ulm. Peyton received $50 in Chamber Dollars for her first place entry. Addison Hage ...

MnDOT gives update on road construction

NEW ULM — Road construction was the hot topic at the New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce’s Hot Topic Lunch. MnDOT representative Todd Kjolstad gave an update on the Hwy 14/15 interchange construction and answered questions from the public. Kjolstad began his talk by explaining some of the ...

Randy and Carol Schroeder to receive Service to Ag Award

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Farm City Hub Club is presenting its Services to Agriculture award this year to Randy and Carol Schroeder of rural Morgan. Five past award recipients informed the Schroeders of the honor when they visited Frandsen Bank where Randy is a vice president on Tuesday this ...

UP pledges to State Street Theater

Staff photo by Clay Schuldt United Prairie Bank (UPB) of New Ulm has pledged $5,000 to the capital campaign of the State Street Theater Co. UPB President Mark Petersen said the bank is “grateful to the theater volunteers for staying the course and making the effort to steward not only ...

Iowa man gets 120 days in jail for bar assault

NEW ULM — A 56-year-old Sioux City, Iowa man accused of hitting a New Ulm man in the head with a beer stein at the B&L Bar in early 2017, was sentenced to five years probation and 120 days in jail Friday. Jeffrey L. Martindale was originally charged with two counts of felony assault ...

Jaycees collecting for Christmas Baskets

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Jaycees are now collecting for their annual Christmas Basket Fund Drive. The Jaycees will be assembling and delivering baskets of food for over 100 local families. Monetary donations can be sent to: New Ulm Jaycees, P.O. Box 331, New Ulm, MN 56073

Panel recommends amphitheater updates

NEW ULM — The Park and Recreation Commission is recommending the city start the design phase for the German Park amphitheater update. During the Nov. 6 City Council meeting, Park and Recreation Director Tom Schmitz informed the city that private donors are threatening to withdraw donations ...

School Board affirms results of District 88 election

NEW ULM — The votes cast in the 2018 District 88 election were canvassed and approved Thursday by the New Ulm School Board. The results of the vote in the race for three school board seats showed voters selected Steven M. Gag with 5,408 votes, Amanda Groebner with 5,336 votes, Melissa ...

Ribbon cutting for Kemske’s/River Bend

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce Willkommen Committee held a ribbon cutting ceremony for Kemske’s, A River Bend Business Product Company. The two local business supply companies formally merged earlier this year, and the business is now located at 203 N. Minnesota St. ...

Echo man arrested on drug, weapons possession charges

RENVILLE COUNTY — The Brown/Lyon/Redwood/Renville Drug Task Force ended an investigation that led to the arrest of Donald Jay Braaten, 37, from Echo, this week. Braaten was wanted on a felony arrest warrant out of Lyon County. Information led Agents to the City of Granite Falls, where they ...

Outgoing city manager saw many changes

NEW ULM — After over 17 years as New Ulm’s City manager, Brian Gramentz is leaving the position. His final day as city manager is Thursday, Nov. 15. Gramentz worked in four cities before becoming New Ulm’s city manager. Gramentz was born in Brown County and the position here brought ...

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 ...