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New Ulm man charged with felony stalking

A New Ulm man with a history of criminal convictions is facing felony stalking charges. A criminal complaint says Joseph Thomas Rewitzer, 31, parked across the street from the victim’s rural Nicollet County home last week and began screaming profanities. The victim was outside with her children when the incident occurred. Police say the victim had multiple recordings of Rewitzer acting similarly.
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Sleepy Eye man charged for punching woman and teen boy

A Sleepy Eye man allegedly repeatedly punched a teen boy and struck the boy’s mother several times in Watonwan County. Michael Louis Ream, 38, is charged with two felony counts of felony domestic assault in Watonwan County Court. Court documents say Ream became intoxicated and aggressive during a bonfire...
SLEEPY EYE, MN
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Charges: Sleepy Eye man repeatedly punched teen & struck woman

A Sleepy Eye man allegedly repeatedly punched a teen boy and struck the boy’s mother several times. Michael Louis Ream, 38, is charged with two felony counts of felony domestic assault in Watonwan County Court. Court documents say Ream became intoxicated and aggressive during a bonfire when the female...
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Carol Ann (Jeppesen) Houghton

Carol Ann (Jeppesen) Houghton, age 84, of Olivia, MN died on Sunday, June 26, 2022 at RenVilla Healthcare Center in Renville. Funeral services will be on Wednesday, June 29th, at 11:00 a.m. at Faith United Methodist Church in Olivia with Rev. Matt Hausken officiating. Burial will be in the Olivia Cemetery. Visitation will be on Tuesday, June 28th, from 4-7 p.m. at Dirks-Blem Funeral Home in Olivia and will continue for one hour prior to the service on Wednesday at the church. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred and will be donated to charities that are dear to Carol’s heart.
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Detour for Hwy 19 Redwood Falls bridge project extended

A temporary detour for the Highway 19 bridge project in Redwood Falls has been extended until Tuesday, June 28 as the strength outcome wasn’t reached by this morning. The bridge is closed to allow concrete to cure. Allowing the bridge to cure without vibrations from traffic prevents cracking of the new concrete, adding years to the bridge’s lifespan.
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The History of Pioneer Brewer August Schell (1828 - 1891)

NEW ULM, MN - August Schell came to newly established New Ulm, Minnesota, to help prop up a struggling German-American immigrant community. He began a brewery while living there. Despite having to navigate several pioneer-era challenges, he prospered. A self-made man, his generosity and thoughtfulness, as well as his love of the outdoors, shone through during his lifetime.
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Ceylon man injured in collision near Sleepy Eye Friday afternoon

A Ceylon man was injured in a collision in Brown County Friday afternoon. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, at about 4:38 p.m., an unidentified 18 year old female from New Ulm was driving a Subaru Outback northbound on Highway 4 when she stopped for the stop light at the intersection with Highway 14. A Hyundai Elantra driven by Kenneth Conrad Sanz, age 59, of Ceylon, MN, collided with her at the intersection.
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Carol Houghton

Carol Ann (Jeppesen) Houghton, age 84, of Olivia, MN died on Sunday, June 26, 2022 at RenVilla Healthcare Center in Renville. Funeral services will be on Wednesday, June 29th, at 11:00 a.m. at Faith United Methodist Church in Olivia with Rev. Matt Hausken officiating. Burial will be in the Olivia Cemetery. Visitation will be on Tuesday, June 28th, from 4-7 p.m. at Dirks-Blem Funeral Home in Olivia and will continue for one hour prior to the service on Wednesday at the church. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred and will be donated to charities that are dear to Carol’s heart.
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Winifred “Winnie” B. Balkenol

Winifred “Winnie” B. Balkenol, age 95 of Redwood Falls formerly of Lismore, passed away Thursday, June 23, 2022 at River Valley Nursing Home in Redwood Falls. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Redwood Falls with a livestream on St. Catherine’s Catholic Church YouTube page. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at church on Wednesday. Interment will be in the St. Catherine’s Catholic Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service – Redwood Valley Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
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MNDoT completes old Highway 19 bridge removal project between Redwood and Morton

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has finished removing 1920s-era bridge on old Highway 19 over Sulphur Lake between Morton and Redwood Falls. The bridge, closed to traffic since 2010, was removed for the public’s safety. The bridge removal project started in Oct. 2021 and continued into December. The project...
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