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New Ulm

Commissioners chisel tax levy increase to 3.75%

BROWN COUNTY — After brief discussion Tuesday, Brown County Commissioners unanimously approved a 3.75% 2020 county levy hike Tuesday. A bit lower than the maximum levy allowed, action came on a motion by Commissioner Tony Berg, seconded by Commissioner Dean Simonsen to certify a $13,194,398 ...

School Board set to certify 2020 tax levy

NEW ULM — The New Ulm School Board of Education is set to certify the levy of taxes payable at Wednesday’s board meeting. The maximum levy limitation is $8,398,991.77. This is a $289,012.55 increase from last year’s levy, or 3.56% increase. By law, the school board cannot further ...

NU Purple first in Mankato Knowledge Bowl

Submitted photo The New Ulm High School teams competed and placed at Knowledge Bowl Invitational in Mankato on Tuesday. Twenty-seven teams from Blue Earth, New Richland, Jordan, Mankato East, Truman, GHEC, Norwood Young America (Central H.S.) and New Ulm competed in their first tournament of ...

Police warn of scam involving priest imposter

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Police Department has received a report of a scam involving an imposter posing as Monsignor Douglas Grams of the Holy Trinity Cathedral Church in New Ulm. The imposter is texting parishioners of the church and requesting them to purchase gift cards. The imposter is ...

Hans Joohs intern hopes to return to New Ulm

NEW ULM — “This is not a good-bye, this is seen you later,” Annika Hanrieder said during her farewell reception, Monday, hosted by the New Ulm Sister Cities Commission. Hanrieder is the latest intern in the Hans Joohs program to visit New Ulm from Ulm, Germany. She came to New Ulm Oct. ...

Council to adopt 2020 NU budget

NEW ULM — The New Ulm City Council will vote to formally adopt the final 2020 budget Tuesday. The budget is $24,001,621 with a total property tax levy of $7,896,725. During the budget public hearing on Dec. 3, the council made a change to the building renovation fund to reduce the tax levy ...

Sun Dog Sunrise

This photo of sun dogs was taken by Jeff Isberner at 8:30 a.m. Saturday from the New Ulm High School parking lot. Sun dogs are rainbow-like spots on either side of the sun when it is low on the horizon, caused by light refracting through ice crystals in the atmosphere. Isberner is visiting his ...

Birders gather to hold Christmas Bird Count

NEW ULM — Not every bird travels south for the winter. As long as food is available some birds will remain in south-central Minnesota and a dedicated group of Audubon enthusiasts will count them. Over a dozen local bird watchers gathered at the Hy-Vee Deli Saturday morning to coordinate the ...

Metro municipal liquor stores profits up

ST. PAUL — Combined net profits of all Minnesota municipal liquor stores were $29 million in 2018, an increase of $5.9 million, (25.6%), over the 2017 amount, according to a Minnesota Office of the State Auditor report. On-sale operations net profits were $3.5 million in 2018, a $1.2 ...

Yager to retire from Citizens Bank

NEW ULM — After 27 years, Kevin Yager, Senior Vice President of Citizens Bank Minnesota, Lafayette Branch, will retire on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019. Yager joined Citizens, Lafayette Branch, in December 1992 as a Vice President, Agricultural Lender. He was a graduate of the Graduate School of ...

Santa’s Closet set up, ready to serve

NEW ULM—The New Ulm Steel Hockey team served as Santa’s helpers Friday morning with the setup of Santa’s Closet in the New Ulm Armory. For over 20 years the Sertoma Club of Brown County has organized Santa’s Closet to serves children in Brown County in need of a happy ...

MVL announces accreditation renewed

NEW ULM – The Minnesota Nonpublic School Accrediting Association (MNSAA) has renewed the accreditation of Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School in New Ulm for the eligibility period of 2020 to 2027. Accreditation is a voluntary method of quality assurance with a goal to evaluate, validate, ...

FCCLA students give to Santa’s Closet

Members of the FCCLA dropped off a load of toys for Sertoma’s Santa’s Closet on Friday, after doing their shopping at Walmart. The group, which numbers 16 members this year, raises funds every year for Santa’s Closet, and this year raised its highest total — $4,352.73. Members dropping ...

Stimpert’s stealth fighter on display at Reagan Library

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Scott Stimpert used to fly his F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter undetected into enemy airspace over Iraq. No one was supposed to know about the top-secret aircraft. Now, his stealth fighter is out in the open for all to see, on permanent ...

County Board to adopt 2020 budget, levy

BROWN COUNTY — Brown County commissioners will consider adopting the proposed 2020 budget and levy on Tuesday, Dec. 17. The board meeting starts at 9 a.m. in the courthouse second-floor commissioner’s room. The proposed $13,873,499 levy is 4.63% ($613,782) above the certified 2019 levy ...

Farm Crisis meeting at St. Mary’s

NEW ULM — Farmers and other members of the community will have an opportunity to gather and discuss how the farm crisis is affecting them and what action they can take together during a special “Pulling Together, Moving Forward” meeting Thursday, Dec. 19, from 6:20 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at ...

Robo Hounds show their stuff

The 2019 Robo Hounds Robotics Club at St. Anthony Elementary hosted an open house on Wednesday, Dec. 11, for family and friends. The nine robotics teams demonstrated the skills they’ve learned on the mission field, showed off their robot designs, and explained the programs they created. Above ...

New Ulm man charged in fatal Memorial Day crash

OLIVIA — A New Ulm man has been charged with causing a fatal traffic wreck during the Memorial Day weekend. According to Radio Station KROC in Rochester, the Minnesota State Patrol has filed a citation charging 61-year-old Steven Grussendorf with careless driving and crossing the ...

Our Savior’s Cantata this Sunday

NEW ULM — Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Adult Choir will be presenting a Christmas Cantate by Joseph Martin, “A Ceremony of Candles,” during the church’s 9 a.m. service on Sunday.

Lions Donate to Food Shelf

Submitted photo The Lions Club of New Ulm donated $1,000 to the New Ulm Area Emergency Food Shelf. Executive Director Brad Kirk (center) is shown accepting the donation from Lions Treasurer, John Micheel, left, and Lion Bob Schirlinger. Donations of food or money are always needed. Food ...