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New Ulm

Brad Finstad leaving CRPD for state USDA job

MANKATO — Brad Finstad, longtime president and CEO of the Center for Rural Policy and Development, has announced his resignation effective Nov. 24 to receive a presidential appointment as the Minnesota State Director of USDA Rural Development. Finstad has been the president and CEO at CRPD ...

Council to consider dissolution of Board of Zoning Adjustment

NEW ULM — A formal recommendation will come before the New Ulm City Council tonight to transfer the duties and responsibilities of the Board of Zoning Adjustment to the Planning Commission. The Board of Zoning Adjustment unanimously approved the motion at its last meeting to dissolve ...

Wintry hike

Only three people braved the early November snow Monday evening to go hiking with Anytime Fitness. Pictured left to right: Drew Aufderheide, Whitney Jensen and Lisa Compton pause for a moment to watch a doe and her fawns at Flandrau State Park.

St. Mary’s dedicates organ

NEW ULM — St. Mary’s Catholic Church held a dedication concert for its restored Holtkamp Organ Sunday afternoon. In order to celebrate the restoration process, Cathedral Director of Sacred Music, Nathan Knutson played a selection of compositions written for the organ from a variety of ...

Shops enjoyed heavy traffic during ‘Opener’

NEW ULM — Downtown businesses looked back Sunday afternoon on the aftermath of this year’s shopping opener. For the last two decades at least, the first weekend in November has served as the seasonal shopping opener in New Ulm. Often before Halloween is even over the Christmas decorations ...

Commissioners to consider request from Auditor-Treasurer

NEW ULM — Brown County commissioners will consider a $23,347.06 request from the Brown County Auditor-Treasurer (AT) for more office/storage space and budget call-back items Nov. 7. Commissioners meet today at the Brown County Courthouse, starting at 9 a.m. The AT office has been working ...

School tests limited in what they can measure, experts say

Editor’s note: This is the final article in a three-part series about standardized testing in District 88. NEW ULM — Every year each state in the U.S. assesses students via standardized tests as required by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The tests are purportedly used to measure ...

Expo, opener draw shoppers

NEW ULM — The official start of the shopping season began this weekend and the Women’s Expo and Craft Sale at Jefferson Elementary is one of the top stops for shoppers. The Women’s Expo is celebrating 14 years at the Jefferson. Event Coordinator Betty Uehling said there were about 100 ...

Showcase continues Minnesota Music Hall of Fame celebration

NEW ULM — The Minnesota Music Hall of Fame museum welcomed large crowd Saturday for the hall’s annual Inductee Showcase. On Friday, six new inductees were added to the hall including the Apollo Club, John Denver, Jim McGuire, Jim Johnson & the Underbeats, The Meire Grove City Band and ...

NUACS honors donors at annual Berghold dinner

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Area Catholic Schools held their annual Alexander Berghold Socity Appeal dinner at the New Ulm Country Club on Saturday. The event honors donors who have contributed $250 or more to the annual appeal. The dinner opened with a prayer from Bishop John M. LeVoir. Colonel ...

Park & Rec Report

Rec Center winter hours start today! – We will be open until 9 p.m. on Sundays starting today, Nov. 5. Additional Fall/Winter Open Pickleball Scheduled! Sundays in November from 6-8 p.m. and Saturdays in December through March from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Please note: there will NOT be ...

Minnesota Music HOF inductees include Denver, McGuire

NEW ULM — The 40-member Apollo Club male chorus celebrated their induction into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame Friday, singing “Hail! Minnesota,” a tribute song to John Denver, and his hit “Sunshine On My Shoulders” at the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame 2017 Banquet and Induction ...

St. Mary’s to dedicate new organ with concert this Sunday

NEW ULM — The Church of St. Mary’s refurbished organ will be celebrated with a dedication concert this Sunday. The concert starts at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5. at St. Mary’s Catholic church on South Minnesota Street. The instrument will be played by Holy Trinity Cathedral Director of Sacred ...

Farm City Breakfast

Staff photo by Clay Schuldt Hundreds of people turned out for a free breakfast at the Brown County Fairgrounds Friday morning. KNUJ hosted the annual Farm-City Day Breakfast along with the Brown County Pork Producers, Brown County Farm Bureau, New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce and New Um ...

St. John’s 28th Annual Cookie Bake underway

SEARLES — Order forms are available for the 28th Annual St. John’s Cookie Bake. There are 19 varieties of cookies to choose from, including traditional and family favorites. Gift packs of assorted cookies are also available. All varieties are $4.25 per dozen. Gift packs are $1 each. ...

Candy collectors for the troops

Jefferson Elementary won the $250 prize from Allina Health for donating the most candy to soldiers overseas. Jefferson students donated 212.6 pounds of candy out of the total 249.4 pounds collected between Jefferson and the Washington Learning Center. Allina also will donate $249.40 to the ...

Browsing for Books

The Friends of the New Ulm Public Library opened their used book sale to the public Friday morning. The basement levels of the library are filled with thousands of used books. The sale began Friday but will continue Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Hall of Fame Performance

Members of the Apollo Men’s Chorus sing during their performance at the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony Friday night in Turner Hall. The 40-member coir was one of the groups and performers inducted into the Hall of Fame this year.

Anne Earl honored at BCHS annual meeting

NEW ULM — Anne Earl, a Brown County Historical Society Board Member, was surprised Thursday night with a plaque and proclamation from Mayor Bob Beussman declaring it Anne Earl Day for her work with the historical society. The presentation was made at the Historical Society’s annual ...

Experts: Many factors impact a school’s quality

Editor’s note: This is the second article in a three-part series about standardized testing in District 88. NEW ULM — When it comes to really understanding a school’s quality, it takes a lot more than test scores. Because much of a student’s ability to succeed is determined in home ...