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Wabasso/Red Rock Central co-head coaches Brett Bartholomaus (left) and Gary Hindt coach Mason Irlbeck during his 106-pound match in a dual meet against Adrian Area at the Wabasso Invitational on Jan. 14 at the Wabasso Activity Center. Hindt has been the head coach of Wabasso wrestling since 1968.

Shacking up: Hindt, Zimmer recall unforgettable year

WABASSO — Heading into his senior year, Dan Zimmer was faced with an unusual choice: Either move with his parents to Litchfield, or finish the 1975-76 athletic season at Wabasso. Zimmer chose the former, going on to become Wabasso’s first-ever state champion in wrestling. He capped off ...

Journal file photo.
Wabasso head coach Neil Dolan (center with         clipboard)
speaks to his team during a timeout at a section 3A Championship game at Southwest State University in 
Marshall.

Building a successful program

WABASSO — Tucked away in southwest Minnesota and with a population of less than 700, Wabasso isn’t a community at first glance that seems like it would produce so much talent on the girls’ basketball side. The high school itself has an enrollment of 131 and the community is ...

Alan Koenig wrote a book “Mars Gets New Chariots, The Iron Horse in Combat, 1861-65,” published in 2006 by iUniverse, Inc.

Koenig brothers continue their passions on the farm

A retired U.S. Army Reservist, Lt. Col. Alan R. Koenig taught World War II and Russian/Soviet History, and Western Civilization at the University of Nebraska, Omaha. In the Army Reserve, he is an armorer (weapons maker or repairer), linguist, artillery and historical officer. Koenig’s ...

Photo submitted by Anne Makepeace
The Union Hotel, built in 1860, was the second iteration of the hotel owned and run by Phillipp Gross. When it burned down it would become the Grand Hotel.

The Grand

NEW ULM — In the late 19th century the Union Hotel in New Ulm temporarily housed travelers. Today, as The Grand, it temporarily houses artists and their works for the benefit of New Ulm. The first structure built on the site in 1856 by German immigrant Phillipp Gross was called the ...

M’Kayla Mike (25) is from St. Thomas (U.S.Virgin Islands) and plays basketball for Sleepy Eye High School. 
Above: Mike high fives teammates after exiting a recent game at New Ulm Cathedral.

From tropic to tundra: M’Kayla Mike’s journey to Minnesota

SLEEPY EYE — Most people would consider M’Kayla Mike to be crazy for coming from the tropical island of St. Thomas to the freezing cold of Minnesota. However, Mike made the transition from her home in the U.S. Virgin Islands to Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, to improve her chances of ...

New Ulm Fire Chief Paul Macho stands next to the 1958 Pirsch fire truck the NUFD uses in parades.

Over 100 years of firefighting history

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Fire Department (NUFD) has been around for nearly 150 years and in that time it has amassed an impressive collection of artifacts. Due to space limitations and problems with preservation, few of these items have been on display to the public. However, this could ...

Ron Kelsey displays some of his favorite seed sacks.

Lamberton man of many hats has vast seed sack collection

A man of many passions, Ron Kelsey began noticing cloth seed sacks he liked at auctions and antique shops near his home and began collecting them. Some of the more interesting sacks featured faces of small children and a person who won the World Corn Husking Championship. Another sack ...

The giving season

NEW ULM — The holiday season is often marked as a season of excess and materialism, but it is also the season for giving. In the New Ulm area there are several organizations and charities working to help those in need. For over 30 years the New Ulm Sertoma Club has been seeking donations ...

Area hoopsters commit to Division II schools

Anyone familiar with girl's basketball within the New Ulm area knows of the sport's high talent level and competitiveness.For some, it is probably no surprise that the New Ulm area has three girl's basketball players who have committed to playing collegiately at the Division II level next year. ...

New Ulm High School presents: Sunrise Boulevard

A humorous twist on the 1950 drama film "Sunset Boulevard," the New Ulm High School Fall Play will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday, and at 1 and 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 18 & 19 in the new high school auditorium. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for students."Leave It to Daddy" is the most ...

New Ulm Area Catholic Schools present: Robin Hood Tale of Ye Merry Woode

NEW ULM - Laugh along with Robin Hood and his merry band as they outwit Prince Richard and his guards during New Ulm Area Catholic Schools' (NUACS) performance of "Robin Hood Tale of Ye Merry Woode."This musical comedy will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday with a 2 p.m. matinee ...

The Sound of Music to be heard and seen at MLC

NEW ULM-The 1959 play "The Sound of Music" has it all: romance, music, adorable children, nuns, the Austrian Alps and the Nazi occupation of Austria. Beginning Friday, Nov. 4 New Ulm audiences will be able to attend a live performance of the play at Martian Luther College.Set in Austria before ...

After more than 150 years, New Ulm Battery still one-of-a-kind

By Jake CalhounJournal Sports WriterNEW ULM - Established in 1863, the New Ulm Battery remains the only town-based Civil War-era militia in the country that is still in existence.The New Ulm Battery formed to protect the town in the aftermath of the U.S. Dakota War of 1862 (also known as the ...

NU Park and Recreation offers several options for the fall and winter seasons

NEW ULM - With the winter months fast approaching and people making the transition from being outside to indoors, now is the time to start planning ahead to stay in shape during the fall and winter months.The New Ulm Park and Recreation Department has plenty of options for people of all ages to ...

Radon—the silent, invisible, odorless killer

A few years ago, Ron Anderson of New Ulm saw a Brown County Public Health newspaper advertisement in The Journal about radon test kits available in the public health office. He got one, noticed an action level reading and wound up buying an active radon mitigation system for his home.Radon is a ...

An Austrian architect discovers New Ulm

Judith Eiblmayr is a practicing architect, architectural critic and teacher, and was the Fulbright Visiting Professor at the University of Minnesota in the Fall of 2015. She studied at Vienna University of Technology, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and for one semester in Venice, Italy. ...

Springfield native Tyler Marz adjusts to life on the Titans practice squad

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - It seems like Tyler Marz can finally relax after a busy spring and summer that had him auditioning for a spot in the NFL, a lifelong dream for so many but realized by so few.The Springfield native was recently signed to the Tennessee Titans' practice squad, where he's one of ...

Meatless Bolognese

By Wendy MonroMany of my friends and family believe that by cutting some of the meat out of their diets, they will become healthier and lose weight in the process. I know that I personally shed twenty-five pounds since I changed my diet to include very little animal products and almost no oil. ...

Minute meals for your kitchen

By Laura Schmidt RD, LDWe have all been there. You get home from a long day and you are hungry! You don't want to take the time to make dinner, so you just end up ordering food to go. And while that idea may be fine every once in a while, if it becomes a daily routine, it may cost you and your ...

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