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Gavel to fall on Brown County Teen Court

—————— Due to declining numbers of adolescents in the program, Brown County Teen Court will be converted to a traditional juvenile diversion program in January 2020. One of the longest-running programs in Southern Minnesota, Brown County Teen Court has handled more than 1,000 ...

New Ulm High School Presents… The Wizard of Oz

NEW ULM — Make sure your ruby slippers and a bucket of water are by your side because the Wicked Witch of the West is on the prowl. New Ulm High School will present its latest play, “The Wizard of Oz,” opening Thursday, Nov. 14 in the high school’s auditorium. ...

NUACS presents: Guys & Dolls

NEW ULM — Next weekend Cathedral High School’s theatre department will be all about dice and dames as they perform “Guys and Dolls.” “Guys and Dolls” is a Tony Award-winning Broadway play, based on short stories by Damon Runyon about the street characters in New York. It was first ...

New Ulm Park and Rec offers plenty of Winter options

NEW ULM — With winter season coming up, now is the time to start planning for exercise classes at the New Ulm Recreation Center. Most of the winter sessions begin their sign-up soon and Sandy Bromley, who is the Aquatic and Fitness Coordinator, said that it’s important to set small goals ...

Haunts, horror films and other wacky events this Halloween

For those looking to get into the Halloween spirit this October, there are several spooky activities and events in Brown County this year. Whether that means going to a haunted house, checking out a movie or exploring a “Wacky World” of fun and horror, there promises to be plenty to keep ...

New Ulm woman achieves goal: Kilimanjaro

NEW ULM — For Lori Howard, climbing some of the world’s highest mountains is just the type of challenge she’s looking for. In August, Howard climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro with her two daughters — completing one of her life goals. “I had always said that when I turned 40 I was going to ...

Miniature Maker

NEW ULM — The Aerial Lift Bridge in Duluth has a height of 226 feet and length of 501 feet. Over the last month, local lobbyist Jerome Sellner has been working on shrinking it down to fit on a coffee table. Sellner did not have a specific scale in mind when he began designing a miniature of ...

New Ulm Film Society brings 1st ever film festival to New Ulm

NEW ULM — Grab your popcorn, pull up a chair and strap in for two days of films and fun as the first ever New Ulm Film Festival (NUFF) takes place Friday, Sept. 27, and Saturday, Sept. 28, at The Grand Center for Arts & Culture and State Street Theater. Concocted by the New Ulm Film ...

Springfield wrestling program gets a new start

SPRINGFIELD — As a longtime wrestling coach, Springfield’s Todd Bertram had a vision one day of breaking away from the co-operatives that Springfield had been paired with and starting a program of its own. So Bertram looked at the wrestling numbers at the younger levels and started a plan ...

Sleepy Eye Del Monte plant has distinguished history

Warren Cook of Sleepy Eye still remembers working cleanup with his twin brother Warren at the Del Monte plant during the summer of his high school and college years. “That was 50 years ago last summer. I was thankful (human resources employee) Gerald “Boomer” Plahn gave me the chance to ...

Wu telling MLC’s story through the video lens

NEW ULM — For Michael Wu, a videographer on Martin Luther College’s public relations student photography team, connecting people through a visual narrative is a chief reason why he lives behind the lens. “One of the advantages of being a student photographer is my job is to capture ...

Big plans for German Park Amphitheater

NEW ULM—The German Park Amphitheater has been a part of the New Ulm community for over 20 years, but its future is uncertain. The amphitheater was first constructed in the mid-1990s following the closure of the municipal swimming pool in German Park. In June 1991, the New Ulm City Council ...

Busse tours Brazil with USA DII Women’s Basketball Team

WINTHROP — Former Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop standout girls’ basketball player Halley Busse recently returned from a trip to Brazil with the 2019 USA Division 2 Women’s Basketball Team. While there, she picked up memories, wins and continued to improve her game while taking in a different ...

Summit Avenue Music Series continues at MLC

NEW ULM — Bethel Balge has always had a passion for performing music. As a long-time piano player, she’s figured out how to turn that passion into something that unites music lovers all over the City of New Ulm. Balge, who teaches music history and gives piano lessons at both Martin ...

Volunteerism, donations power Sleepy Eye Food Shelf

A steady stream of clients walked in and out of the Sleepy Eye Area Food Shelf on a late Monday afternoon. In the basement of the municipal building on Second Avenue Northwest, where the Sleepy Eye Police Station was formerly located, the food shelf shelves were looking a little bare as the ...

It’s a wrap! Sid’s Signs puts decorative wrapper on big rigs

NEW ULM — Sid’s Signs On Broadway completed and sent off one of its largest projects to date on July 17, but this time, it has wheels. Sid De Leo, owner of Sid’s Signs, said the Peterbilt tanker truck is one of the largest vehicles they’ve spruced up with a vinyl graphics-job, and ...

For the past 30 years, Narren have been growing in New Ulm

NEW ULM—Visitors to Bavarian Blast this year likely saw many familiar faces—especially the wooden kind. The Narren of New Ulm are repeating visitors to Bavarian Blast. The group has attended the event back when it was still called Heritage Fest. In fact, the Narren are celebrating their ...

Amateur baseball’s return to Wabasso

WABASSO — After beginning their inaugural amateur baseball season earlier this spring, the Wabasso Jaxx became the first amateur baseball team in Wabasso since 1972. The Jaxx are one of eight teams to play in the Corn Belt League, which consists of teams like the Willmar Rails, the Sacred ...

Windmill Classic continues to thrive in New Ulm

NEW ULM — A couple of weeks ago, the New Ulm Girls’ Fastpitch Association hosted the Windmill Class in New Ulm, a tournament drawing teams from all over the southern half of Minnesota at various age levels The Windmill Classic celebrated its 30th year of existence this year and the ...