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Busy Saturday in New Ulm

There was plenty going on in New Ulm on Saturday, from flat track racing to Pokémon Go hunting. Here are a few scenes from the events of the day.

Racing on the flat track

Contestants roar away from the starting line in a heat at the Flying Dutchmen Motorcycle Club’s flat track racing Saturday at the club grounds. The racing continues today at noon at the clubgrounds. Take Hwy 15 South of New Ulm, go east on Hwy 68 for 2 miles, then left on 110th Ave for 1/2 ...

Pokémon Go hunters

Over 100 fans turned out Saturday for a Pokémon Go Community Day event. After a photo with the character Charmander, Pokémon Go players had a chance to capture rare characters at German Park.

Steam engine afficionados gather for local steam testing

NEW ULM — Hobbyist gathered south of New Ulm Saturday to let off some steam. During a meeting of the Minnesota Steam Engine Association (MNSEA) Saturday at Lund Machine Works engineers put their machines through their paces. Onlookers and engineers took shelter from the brisk wind by ...

Commissioners consider funds for Sleepy Eye Lake sediment core

NEW ULM — Brown County commissioners will consider spending up to $1,800 of water planning funds for taking an additional sediment core from Sleepy Eye Lake for the Cottonwood River Watershed Restoration and Protection Program on May 22. Brown County Water Planning has been involved in the ...

Lamberton man dies in grain bin accident

LAMBERTON — Mark Arkell, 46, of Lamberton died Friday after being trapped in a grain bin. The Redwood County Sheriff’s Office, Lamberton Fire Department and the Lamberton Ambulance responded to a call for a man trapped in a grain bin at 5:28 p.m. Upon arrival Arkell was completely ...

Winthrop Reserve unit recalls Vietnam 50 years after callup

NEW ULM — Retired Worthington High School science teacher Bob Emary may have summarized it best at the Winthrop-based 452nd General Supply Company 50th Anniversary Reunion at the Best Western Plus Friday. “I don’t think we were truly honored when we returned (home). I think it’s time ...

School year ends

Sleepy Eye Public School teachers and administrators wave good-bye to students as they leave the school grounds Friday. School ended Friday for the Sleepy Eye School District.

NUHS 2018 Scholarship Awards

NEW ULM — New Ulm High School presented its senior scholarships and awards at a program this week. Awards and recipients are: Presidential Fitness Award: Ashley Mehlhop, Sarah Longtin Daniel Runck Memorial: Hunter Kral, Nicholas Syverson Lowell Liedman Social Studies Scholarship: ...

Catch a charming charizard

NEW ULM — This Saturday, May 19, Pokémon Go enthusiasts are invited to celebrate the Community Day in German Park. The community day is themed around the Pokémon Charmander. Players can expect to see a massive increase in the number of charmander wandering around in Pokémon Go. This ...

Resident reports bear near Sleepy Eye Lake

SLEEPY EYE — Police say a small black bear was seen near a residence north of Sleepy Eye Lake around noon, May 15. “A resident on North Lake Road, (just north of Sleepy Eye Sportsmen’s Park) spotted a bear near a residence, yelled at it, and it ran off,” said Sleepy Eye Police ...

Change to Chill aims to relieve stress for students

NEW ULM — As spring heats up, Allina Health and New Ulm Public Schools are planning ways to chill out. Allina Health’s Change to Chill program is partnering with nine schools to help students deal with stress from classes, activities and social pressures. “New Ulm High School is one ...

Bridging Brown County class

On Tuesday, May 15, the Bridging Brown County Leadership Group celebrated their accomplishments and completion of their nine-month leadership training. The 17 participants from this year’s program spent one day each month touring the county, learning new skills and meeting new people. Seven ...

NUHS seniors awarded scholarships

Submitted photo Fifty-four seniors from New Ulm High School received a total of $54,600 in college scholarships. Pictured, left to right, front row, Grace Nelson, Kendra VanDeest, Sarah Preisinger, Hannah Altmann, Alexandra Bidwell, Michelle Gruber, Jessica Petersen, Josie Groebner, Lauren ...

New playground at German Park

NEW ULM — The new inclusive playground is on the rise at German Park. Crews have been at work installing the new playground equipment for the last few days. The new playground will incorporate the castle theme of the previous playground, but will also include inclusive items similar to the ...

District 88 asks outside group for safety ideas

NEW ULM — Magnets and mirrors were two suggestions for improving school safety in District 88 in a letter from the School Safety Center (SSC). Representatives from SSC, part of the state’s Department of Public Safety, walked through buildings April 30 and reviewed the schools’ emergency ...

Mankato man gets stay in 2013 drug case

NEW ULM — A 48-year-old Mankato man found guilty of two counts of an eight-count drug sale case by a Brown County District Court jury last month received a stay of imposition May 15. After nearly five hours of deliberation in April, a jury found Joel A. Wortman, 50 Teton Lane, Mankato, ...

Highway 14 construction in Sleepy Eye starts May 21

MANKATO — Construction on Highway 14 (Main Street) through Sleepy Eye will begin on Monday, May 21. The project will be done under traffic, with the exception of a one-week closure of Main Street East at 12th Avenue for city utility work towards the end of the project. A detour will be put in ...

Housing concerns voiced at forum

NEW ULM — The task of articulating regional concerns on the housing crisis was the focus of a forum Tuesday evening. Representing a myriad of housing interests, people from around the region gathered in the Sleepy Eye Event Center for the seventh and final Regional Housing Forum of the ...

Sons of American Legion celebrate

NEW ULM — Members of the Sons of American Legion held their annual recognition of 30 year members Tuesday night at the Brown County Veteran’s Memorial. This year Paul Rewitzer and Early LaPlante were recognized for 30 consecutive years with the Sons of American Legion. The Sons of ...