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NU man convicted of theft-by-swindle

NEW ULM — A 44-year-old New Ulm man who placed expensive items in his cart at Menards and had an employee charge him for much cheaper items, was sentenced for gross misdemeanor theft-by-swindle in Brown County District Court Dec. 14. Two counts of misdemeanor theft-by-swindle were dismissed ...

24 new cases of COVID in Brown County over weekend

BROWN COUNTY — Brown County Public Health reported 1,981 cumulative cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, nine more than its previous report on Saturday. The figure is a discrepancy of one with the State Department of Health, which reported 1,982 cases on Sunday. The number is 24 more cases than ...

Luminaria lead the way

Staff photo by Fritz Busch Visitors followed the glow of luminaria to the August Schell Brewery Mansion Friday. Visitors took selfies in front of the Christmas tree and enjoyed the long-standing tradition of the brewery’s owners to light luminaria along the pathways of the brewery gardens ...

Brown County reports 3 new COVID-19 deaths

BROWN COUNTY — Brown County Public Health reported three additional deaths due to COVID-19 on Thursday, Dec. 24. Public Health also recorded 13 new laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases. New cases ranged in age from under age four to individuals in their 60s. Brown County residents that died ...

Winter hits hard

NEW ULM — Those dreaming of a white Christmas got their holiday wish Wednesday — an then some! A harsh snowstorm hit south central Minnesota Wednesday. The blizzard was predicted to hit in the early morning but did not hit with full force until the noon hour. Wednesday’s storm was a ...

Brown Co. confirms 11 new COVID cases

BROWN COUNTY — COVID-19 has claimed the life of another Brown County resident, a person in their late 60s, according to Brown County Public Health. The death was reported Wednesday, along with 11 new laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19, ranging in age from under 4 to in their 60s. That ...

NUMC begins vaccinating staff against COVID-19

NEW ULM — At approximately 10:18 a.m. Connie Grams, a registered nurse at New Ulm Medical Center (NUMC), became the first person in Brown County to receive the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19. NUMC scheduled 55 vaccines to be administered to frontline staff Tuesday. The medical center plans to ...

Commissioners grant salary hikes

NEW ULM — Brown County Commissioners established 2021 salaries for county officials and their own salaries and per diem Tuesday. Commissioners approved raising their annual salaries 2% to $26,705 in 2021, plus $1,500 additional for the board chair and $500 for the vice chair. Commissioner ...

Hearings continue in SE horse confiscation case

BROWN COUNTY — A civil case hearing involving the owner of a rural Sleepy Eye farm where seven horses and three donkeys were seized Nov. 23 continued on Tuesday using remote technology in Brown County District Court. The Brown County Sheriff’s Office seized the animals from Sapphire ...

Commissioners to set salaries

BROWN COUNTY — Brown County Commissioners will establish 2021 salaries for county officials, plus their own salaries and per diem on Tuesday. The county board meeting begins at 9 a.m., Tuesday in the Law Enforcement Center Training Room. Call 507-233-6600 for Zoom access. Commissioners ...

Card request brings flood of Christmas joy

NEW ULM — A local man has received over 150 Christmas Cards this season thanks to the willingness of others to spread holiday cheer. Richard Franz is 82 years old and is a big fan of Christmas and loves to receive holiday cards. His sister, Rosie Geer, is his caregiver and recently she ...

Lighting up for Christmas cheer

NEW ULM — It was a nearly hour-and-a-half wait to get into the Santa Claus and Grinch drive-through Christmas display at the Brown County Fairgrounds Saturday, but no one in line complained. The first Christmas event ever held at the Brown County Fairground was a huge success. Members of ...

County holds drive-thru flu clinic

NEW ULM — Forty-five Brown County residents took part in Public Health’s drive-thru flu vaccine clinic Saturday. Anyone who made an appointment was able to drive up to Public Health’s Community Service building at 1117 Center Street and receive a free flu vaccination. Public Health ...

Farmers to Families giveaway makes holiday brighter

NEW ULM — A free food giveaway at the Brown County Fairgrounds Saturday showed the need for assistance this year is matched by the generosity of others. A line of vehicles, stretching from the center of the fairgrounds all the way to Franklin Street, formed early Saturday to collect food ...

Santa joins Legion at pork chop dinner

Submitted photo The New Ulm Legion hosted its Broasted Pork Chop dinner on Saturday and were joined by Santa Claus, who met with the kitchen crew. It was a great turnout. Cars were waiting two blocks down Minnesota Street. Santa handed out candy canes to all the cars. The dinner was 4 to 7.

NUMC gets first shipment of vaccine

NEW ULM — New Ulm Medical Center (NUMC) received its first shipment of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday. The shipment was stored in the medical center’s sub-zero freezer. NUMC is a regional hub for the vaccine, storing it at the recommended -70 degrees Celsius for several regional ...

Drive through Christmas

NEW ULM — Volunteers worked Friday to set up the free drive-thru Santa event at the Brown County Fairgrounds. The event is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Fairgrounds. Anyone is welcome to drive through a see the winter wonderland display that will feature Santa Claus, live ...

Mini castles in a Mini Museum

NEW ULM — Minnesota’s Smallest Museum held a grand opening for the “Enchanted Castles of Europe” series Friday. The Smallest Museum is located in front of the Grand Center of Arts and Culture. For the next two months, a collection of nine miniature castles will be on display. The ...

State reports 36 new COVID cases in Brown Co.

BROWN COUNTY — The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) reported 36 new probable COVID-19 cases in Brown County on Dec. 18. No new deaths were reported in Brown County Friday, leaving the total number of COVID-19 related deaths at 26. There have been 1,883 total cases in Brown County. On ...

New Ulm Real Estate fundraiser

Submitted photo New Ulm Real Estate LLC recently ran a two-week fundraiser for the New Ulm Area Food Shelf. They were able to raise 152 pounds of food and $815 in that time. Anyone who donated could take a picture in front of their office, with some of the blow-up Christmas decorations, ...