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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 ...

Sleepy Eye City Council to hear about EDA store front program

SLEEPY EYE — The Sleepy Eye City Council will be introduced to an Economic Development Authority (EDA) store front program Tuesday, Nov. 13. Other agenda items are setting procedure for 2019 employee evaluations and salaries, a 12th Avenue East railroad crossing update, 2020 street & ...

Chilly cheers

Staff photo by Steve Muscatello A group of Springfield football fans try to stay warm in the 15-degree temperatures as they cheered their Tiger football team to victory over Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity in the opening round of the Class A State Tournament Saturday in Shakopee. Springfield won ...

Bells of Peace to commemorate end of WWI today

NEW ULM — Americans across the country will toll bells at 11 a.m. today (Sunday, Nov. 11) in remembrance of those who served and sacrificed in World War I. The World War One Centennial Commission, along with The American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and other organizations ...

CCMR fundraiser

Staff photo by Fritz Busch Scott Sparlin, left, and Steve Moran, both of New Ulm, perform at the Old Time Music Jam Session at the Coalition for a Clean Minnesota River (CCMR) fundraiser at the Grand Kabaret Saturday.

SE City Council wants to study gas station property

SLEEPY EYE — The Sleepy Eye City Council decided at a special meeting Thursday to ask Brown County for six months to study property at the corner of Third Avenue East and Main Street that formerly housed a service station. City Manager Mark Kober said the City of Sleepy Eye has the legal ...

Veterans honored at program

NEW ULM — Cathedral High School hosted this year’s Veteran’s Day Program. Veterans from each branch of the arms services attended the event. Third grade students from St. Anthony’s Elementary stood out front in the cold to greet veterans as they arrived for the program. This year, ...

Flags line Sleepy Eye downtown

SLEEPY EYE — It was a cold and windy Veterans Day Friday afternoon but that didn’t prevent 115 large American flags from showing their colors, lining downtown Sleepy Eye. Flanked by the Sleepy Eye Honor Guard in Veterans Park on Main Street, First American Bank President and retired Army ...

Turners get scolding from Carry Nation

NEW ULM — Turner Hall members were severely admonished for their alcohol consumption Friday night during the Turnverein’s annual Stiftungsfest (Founders’ Day). The infamous Temperance extremist Carry Nation, played by reenactor Ellie Carlson, led a rally against the evils of ...