A judge says three people who claim they were sexually abused by priests can proceed with public nuisance claims against the Diocese of New Ulm in southern Minnesota. Brown County District Court Judge Robert Docherty dismissed some counts in the two lawsuits in a ruling dated March 27. But he ruled the public nuisance claims can go forward.
A Brown County teacher is accused of having sexual contact with a 13-year-old student and sending him inappropriate text messages. Wayne L. Makela of Hobart was charged Thursday with six felonies, including second-degree sexual assault of a child. A judge set his cash bail at $50,000.
Sleepy Eye High School will be open to students, despite a day off from classes. School district administrators will open the school from 10 a.m. to noon Monday for students to gather and deal with the deaths of four young people killed in a Friday night car crash.
Four people are dead after a two-vehicle crash on Highway 14 near Sleepy Eye. The State Patrol says Saturday morning that the victims are all male. Two were 17 years old, one was 18, and one was 20 years old. Their names and other details were expected to be released at a Saturday news conference.
A 77-year-old man is dead after a skid loader apparently trapped him on a Brown County farm. Donald Richert had been working with a skid loader near a burn pit when he apparently had gotten off to move something into the pit in rural Sleepy Eye.
An online investigation by state and local authorities in northeastern Wisconsin has resulted in 17 arrests for crimes against children.
The State Patrol is investigating a fatal crash that happened in Brown County early Thursday afternoon. According to the patrol, the crash happened at 6 a.m. along Highway 14 near 250th Avenue, just east of Sleepy Eye.
A ballpark in Essig may need to restock beer for the holiday weekend as thieves broke into the concession stand on Thursday night, stealing eight to 18 packs of Schell’s beer, police said.
A burst of strong winds has damaged dozens of vehicles at a south-central Minnesota car dealership.
If you live in Brown County and get call from the sheriff’s office asking for donations, don’t give out any money: the call is a scam, according to police.
One woman is dead after the car she was riding was backing up on a county road and was rear-ended by a vehicle traveling in the same direction.
A south-central Minnesota animal shelter is dealing with 20 sick cats that were abandoned outside its front door.
There’s heavy spring flooding in the forecast for Brown County in south-central Minnesota, so the county emergency management department is gearing up.
Some elected officials in Green Bay and Brown County are taking advantage of an offer by the Green Bay Packers to sell them highly sought-after Super Bowl tickets at face value.