Motorists are advised that Highway 15 from New Ulm to Searles will be detoured to county roads after 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 17 to accommodate bridge work at the Cottonwood and Little Cottonwood river crossings.
The detour will consist of Brown County Roads 13 and 24.
Traffic traveling through the city has been detoured to 20th Street/Nicollet County Road 37 and Highway 14 to accommodate work in the city of New Ulm since May 1, but local traffic is able to use Highway 15/Broadway during construction. City travelers can continue to expect intermittent block closures to accommodate underground and signal work and outside lane closures for work on pedestrian ramps and sidewalks.
The city of New Ulm is posting weekly updates at www.ci.new-ulm.mn.us/ .
Central Specialties, Inc., of Alexandria was awarded the project with a bid of $7,067,108.
For more information www.dot.state.mn.us/d7/projects/hwy15newulm/ .
For updated road condition information, call 511 or visit www.511mn.org.
Sleepy Eye Blood Drive
at Sleepy Eye Arena
Pin Awards: Jean Knutson 10 gallons; Terry Hauser 6 gallons; Anna Sellner First Time
Minnesota’s Severe Weather Awareness Week is April 17-21, 2017 with two statewide tornado drills (including Sleepy Eye ) on Thursday, April 20 at 1:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.
This annual public education event is designed to remind individuals, families, businesses, schools, and institutions that it’s essential to plan ahead for Minnesota’s severe spring and summer weather. An informed, involved community is more resilient to disaster, and being prepared helps reduce the risks and costs of hazardous weather events.
An easy way to get prepared is by participating in Severe Weather Awareness Week. The statewide tornado drills on Thursday, April 20 provide an excellent opportunity for citizens to prepare their homes, families, neighborhoods, and communities!
Local businesses in the community is invited to partcipate in a one-hour presentation Emergency Preparedness for Businesses on April 19th (Noon-1 p.m.) at the Sleepy Eye Community Center. The training will help facilities prepare for crisis situations as well as response to disasters. Registration for the class can be made by contacting the Sleepy Eye Chamber of Commerce.
The Brown County Heartland Express buses will not be running on Easter Sunday, April 16. Service will resume on Monday, April 17.
–The Minnesota Department of Transportation will end spring weight restrictions in the southeast, south and metro frost zones April 14. Spring weight restrictions will end April 17 in the central zone.
Spring load restrictions are still in effect in the north-central and north frost zones.
Road restriction maps indicating the locations of weight restricted routes and those state highways open to maximum 10-ton axle weights are listed on the MnDOT Seasonal Load Limits website at www.mndot.gov/loadlimits. Click on “Spring Load Restrictions.” Also available is a text list of the restricted segments along with exceptions to the map.
Permits for over 80,000 pound gross vehicle weight will continue and new permits will be issued if all axle and group weights are legal.
Up to full-summer overweight permits can be issued during the spring load restriction period only on interstate through movements.
Middle-range overweight permits become available within each frost zone when spring load restrictions are lifted.
Full-summer overweight permits become available within each frost zone starting two to three weeks after spring load restrictions are lifted. For questions about the legal weight and size heavy haul trucking call MnDOT’s Freight and Commercial Vehicle Operations department at 651-296-6000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For enforcement questions, call the State Patrol’s Commercial Vehicle Enforcement at 651-405-6196 and select option 3 and then option 3.
The SEPD has received several calls from concerned citizens regarding an IRS phone scam .
According to the police, the calls from the IRS state that an arrest warrant will be issued if a tax fine is not paid.
The IRS does not send out arrest warrants. Residents are advised to give no information to the caller and to hang up. This is a scam and does not come from the government.