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-Renville County Historical Society Museum closed to the public until May 1.
-Watonwan County Library asks patrons to hold on to their items until April 13 (no drop box available)
-The New Ulm Police Department and Brown County Sheriff’s Office have received
several calls and inquiries about enforcement procedures involving Executive Order 20-20 that
has been recently issued by Governor Walz on March 25 and is effective from March 27, 2020 at
11:59 pm through Friday, April 10, 2020 at 5:00 pm. The Executive Order’s primary focus is
consistent with a growing nationwide effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 by strongly
encouraging Minnesota residents to “Stay at Home” and practice social distancing with other
All law enforcement agencies within Minnesota are required to enforce the Executive
Order and violations are considered a misdemeanor. Our goals as law enforcement remains the
same, to deter crime, attempt to deter motor vehicle crashes and keep our roadways and public
safe. This Executive Order is certainly part of our responsibilities and will be diligently
enforced; however, law enforcement will be following the same enforcement procedures as in
the past, which requires meeting certain levels of proof to execute action
To address three of the most common questions that have been presented to law
enforcement concerning the Executive Order:
1. Can I travel? Answer: Yes. The order permits people to travel for many reason to include
“drive for pleasure”.
2. Do we need documentation of being an essential / critical employee? Answer: No. This
is not required, but having some type of form or business Identification Card might be
helpful for employees to better define their job responsibility. We recommend that there
is some type of contact information for the officer to follow up on. Usually, most
employers have been recommending employees use their supervisor or a representative
from Human Resources for contact inquires.
3. Can we be outside? Answer: Yes. Governor Walz encouraged people to be active and
his order allows residents to go for a walk, go jogging, ride their bicycle, visit public
parks / public recreation lands, go for a car ride or go hunting and fishing, just observe
six foot social distancing rule while doing so.
For details and exceptions please visit
-Weelborg Chevrolet in New Ulm hours:
Service Monday thru Friday 8am to 5pm and Saturday 9am-3pm
Sales Monday thru Friday 8am-5pm(by appointment only)
Saturdays 9am-3pm(by apppointment only)
-Frandsen Bank & Trust lobbies are closed.
-The New Ulm Chamber Office will closed thru Friday, April 10th.
-New Ulm DAV Chapter 15 has temporarily suspended the clothing collection program due to the Coronavirus. The DAV collection bins have been locked and the Wednesday morning receiving at the DAV building on Valley St. is suspended until further notice.
-First United Methodist Church would like you to listen to their live services you can find all that info at www.firstumcnewulm.org Service times are Sunday at 9:30am and Wednesday at 6:15 pm
– Diocese of New Ulm is extending the suspension of all public masses through April 13
– Brown County Landfill is closed for self-hauling until further notice.
– Brown County closed all its buildings until April 27. The Law Enforcement Center lobby will remain open for limited contact to the Sheriff’s Office and NUPD. Even though face-to-face visits have been eliminated for the near future, county employees will still be available to help the public via email, phone and virtual
visits. Brown County is currently working on developing additional ways to deliver services to residents that do not require person-to-person contact during this challenging time. Check the county website,www.brown.mn.us, for updates and for county department contact information.
-Other Counties Offices closed:
-Blue Earth: phone and internet communication only
-Carver until April 12
-Cottonwood until further notice
-Le Sueur: contact by phone or internet only
-McLeod until April 13th
-Nicollet until further notice
-Redwood until further notice
-Renville open only by appointment
-Sibley until further notice
-Watonwan until further notice
-The United Way of the Brown County Area’s offices are temporarily closed to the public, but staff is still working and can be reached via email at: email@example.com or calling: 507-354-6512. United Way’s Project Lunchbox weekend food program will still be delivering weekend food packages to New Ulm District schools. Meals can be picked up on Thursday or Friday of each week at the school your child attends.
If your child is facing food sensitivity in your home, please go to the link below, print off the Project Lunch box signup, mail or email it to the United Way, (PO BOX 476, New Ulm, MN 56073) or drop off at your child’s school. During this emergency, the United Way is waiving the income restrictions for this program and anyone who feels they need it can sign up.
-United Church of Christ in New Ulm is closed for all activities/services until further notice.
-Trinity Lutheran Church in Nicollet – on-line services only
-Sleepy Eye City Hall is closed until further notice
-All New Ulm St. Paul Lutheran Church worship services are online only
-Immanuel Lutheran Church in Courtland is cancelling services t – check their Facebook page for updates.
-New Ulm on site Senior Dining is closed, but they are still cooking and preparing meals. Seniors 60 plus who normally come in and eat are able to call 507-359-2243 and order a meal to be picked up, they will do curb site delivery from 11 am-12 noon, if you prefer they can deliver their meals with their regular “Meals on Wheels” routes. Also available, frozen meals. Questions or to volunteer to help deliver call New Ulm Senior Dining site at 507-359-2243.
-United Prairie banks with lobbies – closed (call 507-359-2001 to schedule an appointment)
-New Ulm City Hall and Public Utilities Offices are closed to the public
-Carlson Tillish is closing their New Ulm office for the time being. If you need immediate assistance call their Mankato office
-Bank Midwest: until further notice, lobbies will be closed to walk-in visitors without an appointment. Use our Drive-Up/Video Tellers (ITM) or call 888.902.5662 to make an appointment
-Saint John Immanuel Lutheran Churches in Fairfax is temporarily closed – Live Stream is available on their Facebook page
-Renville-Sibley Co-op Power; The March board meeting and the annual meeting are both canceled. The annual meeting will be rescheduled for a later date. Renville-Sibley encourages members to mail in their ballots or put them in the drop box at the office as the election of directors will still take place. When mailed, it must be received by March 26, 2020. Please watch the newsletter and the website for more information on the annual meeting and to see the election results. Until further notice, Renville-Sibley’s office will be closed to the public
-Jackpot Junction Casino and Hotel is closed until further notice
-Madelia Presbyterian Church cancelling all activities thru April 10.
-Redeemer Lutheran Church in New Ulm has suspended all church services and other scheduled events/activities until further notice.
-All St George’s Plays are rescheduled to May 16th.
-Alliance Bank all lobbies are closed but drive-ups are still open
-Go with the green Bingo promotion in Springfield is canceled.
-All Fransen Bank Lobbies closed….. drive-thrus will remain open regular hours call for in-person appointments 233-4700
-Zion Lutheran Church in Winthrop all regularly scheduled activities are canceled until further notice.
-American Legion Bingo is canceled until further notice
-Fields of Grace Lutheran Churches (Bernadotte, First Lutheran, and Swan Lake) has canceled all activities through April 9
-All DNR Deer Meetings have been postponed
-First United Methodist Church New Ulm all events canceled
-Arlington Community Center is closed. You can reach employees by calling 507-964-2378 and email firstname.lastname@example.org. Utility bills can be paid online or at the dropbox outside the Arlington Community Center.
-All Minnesota Department of Transportation public meetings and open houses are postponed for at least the next 30 days(issued March 16).
-Chanhassen Dinner Theater has suspended all performances through April 12.
– All MLC sponsored and hosted events on and off campus will be canceled until April 13.
– August Schell Brewery Visitors Center, Starkeller closed and no tours at the brewery until further notice
-Lower Sioux Early Headstart & Headstart school closed now until March 27 (per Terry McGuire)
Free Tax Preparation Program is postponed through the rest of March if you have questions call 1-507-276-3186
Wednesday, April 1
-Hector United Methodist Church Soup and Salad Luncheon canceled
Thursday, April 2
-“History of the Grocery Stores in New Ulm” presented by Terry Sveine, is postponed.
-Grackle Days in Winthrop April 2 – April 5, is canceled (shirts were still printed and will be available soon).
Saturday, April 4
-Rush River Maples Pancake Breakfast in Gibbon has been canceled
Tuesday, April 7
-New Ulm Christian Mother’s Society Meeting canceled
Saturday, April 11
-Sleepy Eye Medical Center / South Point Financial Credit Union Easter Egg Hunt is canceled