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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

“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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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