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Dist. 84 Board discusses track team pairing

SLEEPY EYE — The District 84 Board of Education discussed future track team pairing options May 10. Superintendent and Sleepy Eye United track coach John Cselovszki said he was contacted about pairing with the Comfrey-Cedar Mountain-Springfield track team at some point in the future. He ...

Advocates buoyed by inclusion of Highway 14 funding in Senate proposal

MANKATO — Advocates were buoyed Thursday by the inclusion of Highway 14 funding in Senate proposal and other funding opportunities. “We are thrilled to see funding for Highway 14 expansion from Owatonna to Dodge Center included in the Minnesota Senate’s bonding proposal,” said Karen ...

Auditions for Night of One-Acts May 16

NEW ULM — Auditions for Night of One-Acts will be held Wednesday, May 16, at 7 p.m. at St Peter’s Episcopal Church, 125 S. Broadway, New Ulm. They are open to all students in grades 9-12 and everyone who auditions will get a part. If you can not make these auditions or if you have ...

Brown County honors employees

NEW ULM — Brown County held its annual Employee Recognition Dinner on April 19, recognizing years of service milestones: 5 Years: Cynthia Rueckert, Helen Reiser, Kayla Jore, Leah Peterson, Ruth Schaefer, Stephanie Lingle. 10 Years: Brenda Hawkins, Dennis Potter, Diane Groebner, Eric ...

Garden-in-a-box at Jefferson school

NEW ULM — Jefferson Elementary received new materials to expand its outdoor garden Wednesday. Garden-in-a-box, a program of the Minnesota Horticultural Society (MHS), delivered dirt, raised-bed kits, plants and seeds to Jefferson Wednesday afternoon. “When it comes to gardening, the ...

Forum about race focuses on building inclusive community

NEW ULM — About a dozen people attended a forum on race at the New Ulm Middle School District Conference Room Wednesday. The event was in response to last fall’s gathering of community members to discuss their personal experiences with race in “It’s Time to Talk: Forum on Race.” ...

Vehicle theft, high-speed chase leads to teen’s arrest

GFW school van reported stolen RENVILLE COUNTY — A 17-year-old male suspect was arrested following a high-speed chase that led law enforcement from Fairfax to Franklin in the early-morning hours of May 5. According to a Renville County Sheriff’s Office news release, a deputy was ...

St. Paul’s preK students present spring show

St. Paul’s Lutheran School preschool students sang “God Bless America” by Irving Berlin Wednesday during the PreK Spring Show. Pictured left to right, back row, Hattie Scharf, Erika Strackbein, Dylan Hanevik, Zoey Larson, Jack Homan, Carlila Schlumpberger, Brandt Krambeer and Calvin ...

CHS Spring Concert

Members of the Cathedral seventh and eighth-grade combined choir perform during the Cathedral High School Spring Concert. The choir is directed by Thomas Bierer.

Local law firms merge

NEW ULM — The merging of a local law firm with another in Mankato should fly under the radar for its clients in both cities. As of July 1 Berens, Rodenberg & O’Connor, Chtd. (BRO) of New Ulm will merge with Blethen Gage & Krause PLLP (BGK) of Mankato. “One of the things that ...

Join a walking school bus

The Heart of New Ulm Project and the Safe Routes to School Action Team organized walking buses and encouraged students to bike on their own Wednesday in observance of National Bike to School Day. A group of students and volunteers from Jefferson Elementary and St. Paul’s walked to school in ...

Springing into spring

Members of the St. Anthony 5th Grade Choir dance the Horah to an Israeli folk song during the St. Atnhony Elementary Spring Concert Tuesday evening in the Cathedral High School gym. Band and vocal groups from 4th to 6th grade performed in the concert. The Cathedral High School Band and Choir ...

Students sell fruits of their labor

NEW ULM — Agriculture students at New Ulm High School are selling the fruits of their labor this week. At the high school greenhouse Friday, 1-6 p.m., the public is welcome to come and purchase seedlings of produce and flowers. “If they are looking for something they can put into their ...

Late mayor Arn Koelpin is Tourism Person of the Year

NEW ULM — Arnold “Arn” Koelpin was posthumously awarded the 2018 Tourism Person of the Year award Tuesday afternoon. His wife Ruth Koelpin and family were presented the award at Martin Luther College (MLC). The presentation of the award was a kept as a surprise for Ruth, who was ...

Hohensee plans to run for sheriff

NEW ULM — New Ulm Police Department (NUPD) Senior Investigator Jeff Hohensee said he plans to run for Brown County sheriff this fall. The candidate filing period for federal, state, county and soil and water conservation districts, and cities or school districts with a primary, is May 22 ...

Landfill fire cause still unknown

NEW ULM — The cause of the Brown County Landfill fire Sunday night is still under investigation, according to the New Ulm Fire Department. Assistant Fire Chief Aaron Wilfahrt said there are a few theories about how the fire began but nothing definitive. The county landfill is located a ...

EDA OKs vouchers to support apartment project

NEW ULM — Tuesday morning the Economic Development Authority authorized staff to solicit proposals for participation in the project-based voucher program. Recently the EDA approved converting four Section 8 housing choice vouchers to Section 8 project-based vouchers at the request of the ...

Sleepy Eye Council approves grant application

SLEEPY EYE — The Sleepy Eye City Council unanimously approved a Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) business development infrastructure application (BDIA) and resolution for a 12th Avenue railroad crossing, May 8. In the resolution, $1,300,626 of non-BDIA fund sources ...

County Panel OKs mining, hog operations

NEW ULM — The Brown County Planning & Zoning Commission unanimously approved resolutions to continue to allow gravel mine operations in North Star Township, renewing an existing hog operation in Stark Township and a new hog finishing operation in Burns town Township May 8. Conditional ...

Hot Topics lunch this Friday to focus on RENU topics

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Hot Topics Lunch: RENU Update this Friday. The City of New Ulm has obtained Minnesota State authorization to spend up to an additional $14,800,000 of its half-percent local option sales tax revenue on seven projects: indoor ...