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Woman dies in ATV rollover

NICOLLET COUNTY — An unidentified wonan died in an ATV rollover crash near Judson on Thursday evening, according to the Nicollet County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office received a call about an unwitnessed, single ATV rollover crash on the Judson Bottom Road, rural North Mankato ...

Cottonwood crests at nearly 20 feet in NU

NEW ULM — The Cottonwood River crested in New Ulm at 19.64 feet late Thursday, the second-highest crest in recorded history, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). The historic crest was 20.86 feet on April 8, 1965, according to the NWS. The second-highest crest was 19.15 feet on ...

Dayton surveys flood damage in SW Minnesota

Special to The Journal He traveled through areas affected by the swollen Des Moines River and Lake Shetek, and saw damage to fields and roads. As he was speaking to Lyon County officials and residents at the Balaton fire station, Gov. Mark Dayton summed it all up. "We've seen a lot of water ...

Esther Radke turns 100

NEW ULM — Esther Radke turned 100 years old on July 5 but if you didn’t know her age, you would probably think she’s much younger. She is still quite active. She hears well and enjoys engaging in conversation. Radke lived by herself until age 95 when she moved to Ridgeway on 23rd. One ...

Authorities searching for missing Buffalo Lake man

HECTOR — Buffalo Lake Police are looking for a Buffalo Lake man who has not been seen since July 2, and whose car has been found submerged in a flooded drainage ditch near Hector. Police were notified at 6:07 p.m. Thursday, July 5 that 24-year-old Adam M. Rein of Buffalo Lake was missing. ...

Pokémon Go event will raise funds for Relay for Life

NEW ULM — Pokémon Go players have a chance to raise money for a good cause Sunday, July 8. Local Pokémon enthusiasts will be in German Park from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday for the latest community day event, but they will also be working with Hy-Vee to raise money for Relay for Life. The ...

Buffalo Lake man’s body found

HECTOR — The Renville County Sheriff's office has recovered the body of a man believed to be Adam Michael Rein, 24, of Hector, who had been missing since late July 3. The body was found at about 12:12 p.m. on Saturday in a drainage ditch about a mile downstream from Rein's car, which had been ...

Cottonwood River engulfs Springfield park

SPRINGFIELD — The Cottonwood River approached a record high water level where it is measured above Springfield on July 4. The floodwater engulfed Riverside and Rothenburg Parks in Springfield, and forced the evacuation of the River Bluff Apartments in town. The river was measured at ...

Musical Tales Concerto gives rise to “Growing Wise” Day Camp

NEW ULM — A new day camp has grown out of the ongoing work of the Musical Tales Concerto project. Kids ages 10-18 will have a chance to learn about nature and storytelling this August. For $45 they can participate in the Growing Wise science and music theater day camp. “The goal would ...

After 123 year, New Ulm officer’s murder remains a mystery

NEW ULM — Thursday morning, the official New Ulm Police Department twitter posted a photo of Officer Albert Winkelmann to remember him on the anniversary of his murder. Winkelmann was a Night Watch Officer for the city who was murdered 123 years ago this week. His murder remains officially ...

MnDOT reports

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has issued reports on area weather-related traffic problems. Hwy 68 Highway 68 west of Blue Earth County Road 45 near Courtland (approximately five miles southeast of New Ulm) reopened Thursday. The road was closed on July 1 due to a ...

School supplies needed for Backpack Program

NEW ULM — School bells seem like a long way off but United Way of Brown County is already working to help families get their kids backpacks filled for school. It takes a lot of money to fill a backpack and United Way knows that some families struggle to get this done. New Ulm’s ...

July Fourth celebrations

NEW ULM — New Ulm began celebrating Independence Day on July 3 in Riverside Park. Music, food and thunderous reports drew a small crowd to the partially flooded park. The Original German Band started off the music with a few polkas. Partway through their set, an unusual sight at the park ...

Flash flooding closes highways

BROWN COUNTY — Flash-flood warnings and an evacuation were reported in the area July 3 and 4, after historic rainfall filled road ditches and spilled onto highways and roads. Around 1:30 p.m. on July 4, Brown County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Fairbairn received a call from the National ...

Christmas on city’s mind

NEW ULM — The City Council on Tuesday discussed the downtown Christmas decorations. The New Ulm Chamber’s Retail Service Specialist Cara Knauf gave an update on the holiday garlands. The downtown holiday decorations have been an annual tradition in New Ulm for decades, but following a ...

Anderson seeks to oust Smith in Senate race

NEW ULM — Bob Anderson figures he’s a natural to be elected to the U.S. Senate. He has no experience in public office, outside of an unsuccessful run for Congress as an independent in the 6th District. He’s had 42 years experience working in the private sector, half of that time as an ...

Library landscaping

The Wanda Gag Monument Committee, River Creek Nursery and volunteers plant a variety of flowers around the Wanda Gag monument in front of the New Ulm Public Library. The work was funded by a New Ulm Area Foundation grant for around $2,300.

Franklin man faces manslaughter, vehicular homicide charges

OLIVIA — A settlement conference is set Aug. 20 for a 38-year-old rural Franklin man facing charges of felony second-degree manslaughter and two counts of felony criminal vehicular homicide in Renville County District Court. Russel A. Doucette, 62657 430th St., Franklin, was charged with ...

Rural Fairfax man faces felony drug sale charge

NEW ULM — Felony first-degree drug sale charges were filed against a 34-year-old rural Fairfax man in Brown County District Court July 3. Logan M. Bellon, 67798 Fort Road, Fairfax is accused of unlawfully selling one or more mixtures of 17 grams or more containing cocaine or methamphetamine ...

Giving blood

Mae Tacke, right, finishes up giving blood with the aid of phlebotomist Bobby Baxter Tuesday at the St. Paul’s Parish Center.