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Since Riverside History & Learning Center Curator Ron Bolduan is recovering from back surgery at Oak Hills Living Center, a number of river critter mounts and pelts are on display outside his room. Above, Bolduan holds one of his friends, a mink outside his room at Oak Hills.

River critter mounts, pelts brought to Oak Hills Living Center

Not even Macie the therapy cat can stay away from the river critter collection in the hallway outside room 318 in Deer Haven Hallway at Oak Hills Living Center. Riverside History & Nature Learning Center Curator Ron Bolduan recently underwent back surgery for the sixth time but is on the ...

Staff photo by Connor Cummiskey
Executive Director Kathleen Backer wears a traditional hat and holds two knives and a hatchet that traders would have given to the Native Americans in exchange for pelts.

Museum packing up history

NEW ULM — An old program is becoming new this year at the Brown County Historical Society (BCHS) Museum. The museum’s outreach program is getting revamped as a two-part system involving traveling trunks and a more robust station in the building due to flagging popularity. “We are ...

Photos taken at Gander, Newfoundland were provided by Susie and Jeff Pelzel of Sleepy Eye who visited the site earlier this year. Above, a plaque carries the names of all who were killed in the crash.

Gander air disaster nears 32nd anniversary

An airplane crash with the highest death toll on Canadian soil and the second-highest of any crash involving a DC-8 claimed the life of a Sleepy Eye soldier Dec. 12, 1985. All 248 passengers and all eight crew members on Arrow Air Flight 1285 died when the aircraft stalled, crashed, and burned ...

Staff photo by Connor Cummiskey
Executive Director Brad Kirk stands next to the Food Shelf sign at 1305 S. Valley Street. The New Ulm Area Emergency Food Shelf offers low-income families monthly rations of staple foods to help make ends meet.

Need for Food Shelf knows no season

NEW ULM — During the giving season The New Ulm Emergency Food Shelf receives a lot of support to help families feed themselves. The food shelf serves roughly 175 families per month, a recent increase since August. That demand can make it hard to keep the shelves well stocked. “They may ...

Staff photos by Clay Schuldt
The 2017 Menzel Village is layout in the style of mountain community complete with skiers, frozen waterfall and sledders.

Menzel Village continues to delight visitors at BCHS Museum

NEW ULM — The Menzel Village has returned to the Brown County Historical Society (BCHS) this weekend. On Friday the public was invited to see the miniature village as part of the open house weekend. The tiny town will remain on display through Christmas. The Menzel Village is a re-occurring ...

Photo by Travis Rosenau
Hornick poses with her camera in her new studio located at 526 South Minnesota Street in New Ulm. My Eye Photography had its grand opening Saturday.

Shamara Hornick has an eye for detail… and a new studio to boot

NEW ULM — Shamara Hornick’s love of art started at a very young age as she watched her mother draw. Hornick’s mother was an artist and a big inspiration for Shamara when it came to branching out and becoming more artistic. Hornick, a New Ulm native, is a professional photographer now ...

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Top from left: Bethany Janssen, Abigail Allen, Emma Maudal, Nick Schultz, Ellie Wilker, Miles Irwin, and Sam Nesje are the golden ticket winners along with their family members.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

NEW ULM — New Ulm High School will perform “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” with three shows beginning on Friday, Nov. 17 at New Ulm High School. The directors of the musical are Kim Horning and Sarah Thursby. The musical is put on by students in grades 9-12 at NUHS and it will ...

Princess Whatshername (Samantha Guldan), suffering from amnesia, stumbles upon Rumpelstiltskin (Noah Thompson) in the Misty Forest in the New Ulm Area Catholic Schools production of “Princess Whatshername.”

Once upon a time… Princess Whatshername?

The New Ulm Area Catholic Schools fall play begins in the Misty Forest, where a girl is sleeping all alone. When she wakes, nothing looks familiar to her. She can’t remember anything — not where she’s from, how she got there or even her own name. She embarks on a journey to discover her ...

Staff photo by Clay Schuldt
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 ...

Photo courtesty of MLC Athletic Department
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 ...

Staff photo by Connor Cummiskey
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 ...

Staff photo by Clay Schuldt
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 ...

File photo by Steve Muscatello
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 ...

Staff photo by Connor Cummiskey
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 ...

Staff photo by Clay Schuldt
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 ...

Photo courtesy of Terry Helget
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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