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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 ...

What’s blight? City Council takes no action on blight rules

NEW ULM — What constitutes a blight in the City of New Ulm? This was the topic of discussion at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. The councilors accepted a report from the blight committee, which included a few potential changes to the ordinance. The blight committee was appointed ...

Board tables gravel mine requests

NEW ULM — Brown County commissioners unanimously approved resolutions to table conditional use permit (CUP) applications to renew existing gravel mine operation permits in sections 29 and 32 in North Star Township, Tuesday. The resolution to table action to the May 22 meeting, came after ...

Earth moving continues

A light afternoon rain falls as heavy earth-moving equipment moves up and down the eastern Minnesota River Valley bluff, east of Third North Street, May 14. New Ulm Gateway construction including replacing the Minnesota River and Front Street bridges, plus building an interchange at the Y ...

Park & Rec Commission selects oversight panel reps

NEW ULM — Two members of the Park and Recreation Commission were recommended for appointment to the Reinvest in New Ulm (RENU) Oversight Committee Tuesday. The commissioners selected Toby Freier and Chris Vorwerk to serve on the Oversight Committee. The Oversight Committee will include the ...

Revised blight ordinance before council

NEW ULM — A revised blight ordinance comes before the City Council Tuesday. A Blight Committee was appointed earlier in the year consisting of Councilors Larry Mack and Dave Christian, Police Chief Myron Wieland, Fire Chief Paul Macho, Community Development Director Dave Schnobrich and ...

CHS Industrial Art Show

Eleventh-grader Heidi Hoffman, left, stands next to her storage cabinet and Nathan Hauser, 12th grade, stands behind his table coffee during the Cathedral High School Industrial Art Show Monday in the gym.

Authorities search for New Ulm man

NEW ULM — Law enforcement is searching for a 33-year-old New Ulm man facing charges of felony identity theft, financial transaction card fraud and obtaining telecommunications services for personal use by fraud. An arrest warrant was issued after charges were filed in Brown County District ...

Mother’s Day yoga

Prenatal and Mindful Mamas Yoga instructor Kinzie Eckstein, left, New Ulm, and Kelly Kral of New Ulm practice yoga at the New Ulm Wellness Collective, 15 S. Minnesota St. May 13. The class is designed to support, nurture and challenge the body and spirit for women on their journey of motherhood.

Dempseys receive Sertoma Service to Mankind award

NEW ULM — A local couple is being honored for their dedication to the community and opening their home to children. Terry and Janet Dempsey have been awarded the Sertoma Club’s Service to Mankind Award. They will be honored during an annual banquet Tuesday, May 22, at the New Ulm Country ...

County Board considers ‘recapture bags’

NEW ULM — Brown County commissioners will consider the purchase of “recapture” bags May 15 using SCORE recycling bunds from Blue Lakes Plastics to start an agricultural plastic recycling program. Brown County Recycling has been in contact with livestock producers and other producers of ...

Nicollet County seeking input

ST. PETER — Nicollet County is embarking on a planning process to update its comprehensive plan. The plan will lay out goals and policies that will be used to guide future actions and decision making on land use, transportation, natural resources, and parks. A community survey provides ...

Niemann Memorial Tribute ends with blast

NEW ULM — Two U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter jets could be heard faintly flying high over the New Ulm City Cemetery at the 1st Lt. Robert F. Niemann Memorial Tribute May 12. Suddenly the jets approached from the north at high speed. A whoosh was heard, followed by a loud roar as they flew low ...