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Seniors, from left, Aliana Hippert, Crystal Ostermann, Josie Groebner, Elise Webb, Kaiya Gieseke, Amy Harris, Barbrielle Rolloff, and Kjerstin Drugan.

‘Happily Ever After’

Boys, girls, young and old, there is something for everyone to enjoy in “Happily Ever After.” The New Ulm Figure Skating Club’s annual ice show features classic princesses, “Cinderella,” “Snow White” and “Beauty and the Beast” to the more modern favorites “Princess and The ...

Staff photo by Connor Cummiskey
Second-graders Jacob Pornter, left, and Brenton Nachreiner, right, use snap circuits to manipulate electrical flows and connect a switch to a spinning fan blade to shut it off.

STEM learning comes from trying, trying again

NEW ULM — Out of chaos comes learning, creativity and collaboration in the Jefferson Elementary STEM Lab. An acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, the STEM class presents students with one hour every seven days of problem solving and collaboration. “The goal is to have ...

Staff photo by Connor Cummiskey
Hundreds of ice fishermen gathered on Lake Hanska last Sunday for the annual ice fishing competition.

Winter’s most popular destination… A City on the Ice

BROWN COUNTY — Ice fishing season is in full force. There is no better time to get out on the ice and land a record-breaking walleye. The ice fishing fever is especially contagious around this time year, thanks to several ice fishing contest. Last Sunday the Hanska Firemen’s Relief ...

Staff photo by Travis Rosenau
Brooke Knisley stands next to a row of apple trees trained to a trellis in Alternative Roots Farm’s new acre of land, purchased a year ago. The Knisleys’ apple operation has been growing lately.

Alternative Roots Farm: Living as stewards of the land

MADELIA — Brooke and John Knisley are the owners of Alternative Roots Farm, which sits on five acres in rural Madelia. The Knisleys also manage an orchard of two acres offsite that is just outside of New Ulm. Alternative Roots Farm is a certified (as of Aug. 6, 2014) organic family farm ...


How the cauliflower can morph into movie night snack

By MELISSA D'ARABIAN Associated Press Years ago, I was attempting to reverse my daughter Valentine's disdain for cauliflower. She was always my veggie-loving kiddo, so I was stumped by her dislike of one my favorites. Who doesn't love roasted cauliflower florets, with those crispy ...

Healthy snacks can prevent you from overeating

By Laura Schmidt RD, LD 5 things you should know about Hy-Vee’s Dietitian Energy Bites, plus a few healthier snack ideas to get you through the week. You may have seen them on display in your local Hy-Vee. They’re the cookie dough-shaped balls that look too good to be healthy. So, what ...

Making health the new holiday tradition

We all love the holidays. It’s a special time of year to create our own traditions and make memories with our families. But they also offer great opportunities to add a few extra pounds, with all the extra food, holiday parties and get-togethers. The problem is, when the Christmas tree is ...

7 things to appreciate about pears

Let’s just take a second and talk about pears. While everyone else is buzzing about apples and oranges, pears are often cast aside as the hard fruit in the produce section. And that’s too bad, for many reasons! 1. Pears are loaded with fiber—more so than apples—which is something ...

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Off the Shelf: Conversations From the Cubicles: The End?

Narrator: As with all good things, a catastrophic disagreement has brought this column to its knees. Kris: All I am saying is that I loved it. Betty: Nope. K: I can love it enough for both of us. B: I really don’t think that’s possible. K: Can we at least talk about it? B: ...

Antiques & Collecting: Brooms popular icon in pre-radio political campaigns

Before the days of radio, television and computers, political candidates spread their vote-seeking messages with reports in newspapers, printed literature, banners, stickpins, bandanas, ribbons and even cigar boxes, ceramic figurines and tableware, sewing supplies and more. Metal buttons were ...

College News

South Dakota State University announces the Fall 2017 Dean’s List. To earn dean’s list distinctions in SDSU’s colleges, students must have completed a minimum of 12 credits and must have earned at least a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Students with an asterisk received a perfect 4.0 GPA. Area ...

Public Health Corner: Are you taking care of your heart?

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. The good news? It is also one of the most preventable. Read on to learn more about what you can do to reduce your risk. Get active. Daily physical activity increases your length and quality of life. Aim ...

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Amber DeSaer
and Ryan Pool

Amber DeSaer and Ryan Pool

Don and Phyllis DeSaer of New Ulm announce the engagement of their daughter, Amber DeSaer, to Ryan Pool, son of Geri Pool and Kevin and Charlotte Pool. Amber graduated in 2004 from New Ulm Public High School and in 2008 from University of Minnesota Mankato with a Marketing Degree. Amber is ...

Erin Kober and
Eli Biesanz

Erin Kober and Eli Biesanz

Francis and Rebecca Biesanz of Sleepy Eye announce the engagement of their son, Eli Biesanz, to Erin Kober, daughter of Sheila and Neil Rame of Alden, and Mark Kober and Carrie O’Neil of Minneapolis. Erin, the Marketing Director of Aeration Industries International, holds a Master of ...

Tori Zanke and 
Bradly Hagberg

Tori Zanke and Bradly Hagberg

Alan and Kris Hagberg of Lafayette announce the engagement of their son, Brad, to Tori Zanke. Tori is the daughter of Carrie Thomas and Greg Thomas, and Darin and Jessica Zanke, all of New Ulm. An Oct. 28 wedding is planned.

Jessica Brandel and Andrew Gleisner

Jessica Brandel and Andrew Gleisner

Peter and Sharon Brandel of New Ulm announce the engagement of their daughter, Jessica, to Andrew Gleisner, son of Mark and Claudia Gleisner of New Ulm. Jessica is a 2008 graduate of Cathedral High School, New Ulm, and a 2014 graduate of South Dakota State University, Brookings. She is ...

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