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Visitors to the State Street Theater’s “ScaritageFest” will be greeted by this spooky figure.

Get ready for Fright in the Night

NEW ULM — Halloween is right around the corner and everyone is entitled to one good scare during the holiday. Fortunately, there is no haunted house shortage in New Ulm. State Street is the most popular haunt for ghouls and goblins during Halloween. Both State Street Theater and Turner Hall ...

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Martin Luther College third-year coach Mark Stein (center, red shirt) talks to his players during a game. Stein has the Knights off to a quick start and the program is seeing a rise in numbers. Stein went 2-18 in his first two seasons but is hoping that he can lead the program to better days ahead.

Rebuilding the MLC football program

NEW ULM — In just a matter of one August day two summers ago, Mark Stein’s professional life at Martin Luther College changed without much warning. That August day in 2015, Stein was working in his office when he was approached by Martin Luther College President Mark Zarling about taking ...

With a little help from her family and friends, 109-year-old New Ulm resident Erna Zahn got up close and personal with some horses earlier this week. The horses were trained and owned by Veleda Cordes at a corral near Courtland, owned by Veleda and Wade Cordes.

For the love of horses

\Erna Zahn enjoyed spending some quality time doing one of her favorite things last Tuesday at the Veleda and Wade Cordes horse corral and barn near Courtland. Zahn turned 109 years old in April and is among the oldest living people in Minnesota, the United States and is among the oldest ...

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Local vintner Duane Laffrenzen won the sweepstakes for amateur wine making at the Minnesota State Fair this year.

State Fair Sweepstakes award makes winemaking all the sweeter

NEW ULM — Local vintner Duane Laffrenzen won some might big bragging rights at the Minnesota State Fair, winning the 2017 Minnesota State Fair Amateur wine making sweepstakes. The sweepstakes winner is the vintner who wins the most points for placing wines in the 22 categories. Laffrenzen ...

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Bill Wolf sits in his 2002 Model EZ GO golf cart. Wolf has the distinctions of being the first person to receive a Special Vehicle permit to operate a cart in New Ulm.

Vehicles that are now Street Legal

NEW ULM — Since Labor Day, residents of New Ulm are more likely than ever to see golf carts, ATVs, UTVs and mini-trucks driving the streets. This is because Tuesday, Sept. 5 was the first day it was legal to drive these special vehicles in New Ulm. This summer the city council approved a ...

The Hermann 5K walk/run will take place on October 14 and it is one of the Park and Recreation department’s more popular events.

Fitness doesn’t stop in the fall

NEW ULM — While summer is coming to an end, that doesn’t mean it’s time to push aside any fitness plans you may have started this spring. In fact, the New Ulm Park and Recreation department has many fall activities planned this year to keep people of all ages active while the temperatures ...

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The Hermann Monument makes a dramatic setting for the fireworks display that is part of the HermannFest.

HermannFest 2017 to honor Germanic hero, unveil bust of architect

NEW ULM — HermannFest will rise again on Satursday, Sept. 9, this year as a celebration of Hermann the German and the monument of him that was built in New Ulm. The festival is meant to honor Arminius — as Hermann was called by the Romans — who successfully rid Germania from Roman forces ...

Patricia Windschitl Schieffert holds a rough draft of her book “The Three Leavenworths Minnesota.”

NU woman digs into Leavenworth’s early history

With help from her son Paul, Patricia Windschitl Schieffert of New Ulm recently published “The Three Leavenworths.” Patricia Schieffert did extensive research and calls her book “a short synopsis of Leavenworth’s history.” The book includes photos, original sketches and writings ...

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Molly Hennig (left) and Peter Michael von der Nahmer (right) rehearse the song “It’s a World of Repetition” at The Grand Center for Arts and Culture.

“Growing Young, Growing Wise” to premiere in New Ulm

NEW ULM — New Ulm’s visiting composer will be showing off the culmination of the time he spent here on Saturday, Aug. 26. Peter Michael von der Nahmer’s “Musical Tales Concerto: Growing Young, Growing Wise” is slated to start at 7 p.m. at the State Street Theater. Tickets are $5 and ...

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Holy Trinity Cathedral Music Director Nathan Knutson stands next to a row of organ pipes in the loft of the Cathedral. The parish is completing a two-year program to replace its old organ, and will be dedicating it with a special mass celebrated by Bishop John M. LeVoir today at 10 a.m.

Making a Joyful Noise

NEW ULM — The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity is ready to “make a joyful noise unto the Lord” with the completion of a two-year project to install a new pipe organ. Its previous organ, built in the 1980s by Dan Jaeckel of Duluth, was relatively young. But structural issues made the ...

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Terry Helget takes a swing during an amateur baseball game as part of the Essig Bluejays.

A Life in Baseball: Terry Helget’s legacy as player, umpire earn him HOF nod

SLEEPY EYE — Terry Helget lives, sleeps and breathes baseball. The 48-year-old Sleepy Eye resident has spent pretty much his entire life around the ballpark — from his days as the bat boy for the famous Stark Longhorns amateur baseball team to his All-Conference years at New Ulm Cathedral ...

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Cousins Robin Huiras and Joe Huiras together last December. Both have Dyskeratosis Congenita, a rare hereditary disease.

The fight of her life

Robin Huiras decided long ago that rather than sit and feel sorry for herself, she could do the exact opposite and raise awareness for the rare disease that she was born with. Huiras’ life changed at age 10 when she received the news that she had Dyskeratosis Congenita (DC), a disease that ...

Group picture in front of Runnings sign: (Left to right) Patricia Hartman, Shellie Kahler, Judy Schewe, Shirl Huiras, Doris Loverude, Paulette Rewitzer, Phillis Lepp Annie Albaugh, Rebecca DeMarais, Gail Holm and Mary Rewitzer all pose with their bikes before their weekly ride.

Queens of the Road

NEW ULM — There are few sensations as exhilarating as feeling the wind through your hair while taking to the open road on a motorcycle. Recently an all women group has started a club dedicated to capturing the experience. The group consists of a dozen women ages in their 30s through 70s. The ...

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The Department of Natural Resource’s Regional Ecologist Megan Benage who represented the DNR on the Pollinator Park stands next to the park’s sign.

Bees, butterflies welcome here

NEW ULM — A little over a year after being sown, the New Ulm Pollinator Park is going strong but has some room for improvement. To help out, volunteers joined Regional Ecologist Megan Benage with the Department of Natural Resources to weed out some invasive grasses Saturday, July ...

Prince Dauntless (Brendan Gaborik), left, and Winnifred the Woebegone (Bethany Seifert), ponder an issue. in the Sleepy Eye Community Theater production of “Once Upon a Mattress.”

Sleepy Eye Community Theatre presents: “Once Upon a Mattress”

The Sleepy Eye Community Theater is presenting the Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein’s “Once Upon and Mattress,” an adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, “The Princess and the Pea.” “Once Upon a Mattress” opened off-Broadway in May 1959, and then moved to ...

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Neal Hagberg shows off a Chinese ringneck pheasant in his workshop.

That’s the stuff: Hagberg finds talent, success in taxidermy

NEW ULM — Having a passion for something will allow anyone to perfect their craft. Neal Hagberg’s passion for taxidermy of waterfowl has allowed him to perfect his craft — quite literally. Hagberg took home a couple big awards at the 2017 Minnesota State Taxidermy Guild Convention and ...

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Jordan Milbrath delivers a pitch with his new sidearm motion with the Lynchburg Hillcats, a Class A team in the Cleveland Indians minor league organization. Milbrath switched his delivery style prior to the start of the season because the Indians thought it could be his fastest way to reaching the majors.

Milbrath’s switch may be fast track to big leagues

LYNCHBURG, VA — Change in the professional world is difficult for anyone. But in Jordan Milbrath’s case, that initial difficulty could have been the key for someone chasing his big league dreams. The 2016 season for Milbrath was unforgettable to say the least. Milbrath, a 2010 graduate of ...

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This recent photo was taken from a drone flying over the Sigel Ball Park fields.

Sigel Ballpark

Baseball, mom and apple pie. You can still find these things and a few other slices of Americana at Sigel Ball Park. More than 50 years ago, local farmers gathered in front of the Sigel Creamery, waiting for their milk to be dumped. They talked about the weather, grain price, told jokes and ...

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Clare Fischer, 13, and her siblings show off a collection of patterns Fischer has learned. Pictured from left to right: Clare (behind), in a viking hat; Elizabeth, 5, with a flower; Helen, 11, with a flamingo and Max, 7, with a big sword.

Balloon-A-Kazoo!

NEW ULM — Balloon Artist Clare Fischer, 13, is hoping to expand Balloon-a-kazoo! which has grown from a gift into her business. The soon-to-be eighth-grader makes balloon animals and other creations. She works at events ranging from birthday parties to library events. It all began with a ...

Staff photos by Clay Schuldt

The American Flag located less than a mile from Comfrey marks the spot where in February 1963 a B-47 bomber crashed, claiming the lives of four Air Force crew members.

B-47 crash victims not forgotten

COMFREY — Brown County loves to remember its history. Special markers identifying significant events from the county’s past can be found everywhere, which makes it surprising the five-decade-old crash site of an Air Force B-47 bomber near Comfrey has remained obscure until recently. In ...

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