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Now is a good time to get “cool-season” plants like lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts and onions planted for a good start on Minnesota’s short growing season, according to Brown County Master Gardeners. Warm weather plants like tomatoes and peppers can be started inside and planted closer to the end of May when the soil and weather warms up.

Get ready for Gardening

NEW ULM — As summer nears, now is as good a time as any to get that summer vegetable garden planted while there’s still time left in the planting season. Because Minnesota has a shorter gardening season than states to the south, it’s usually best to start a majority of the plants in May ...

Staff photo by Connor Cummiskey
Board Chair Jeanie Hinsman (left) and Treasurer Vicki Sieve (right) stand in front of the fair-trade market’s sign that customers will see upon entering Nadel Kunst’s store front.

A Fair Trade Store in New Ulm? Why Not Here?

NEW ULM — A new shop is hoping to use shopping to facilitate being a responsible global citizen in New Ulm. Fair-trade market New Ulm’s Own is opening at 212 N. Minnesota St. Friday, May 12, the day before World Fair Trade Day. The shop will sell fair-trade products from around the world ...

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Model, actress and musician Natalie Sperl grew up in New Ulm.

New Ulm natives Rysdahl, Sperl succeeding in entertainment

EW ULM—Success in the film and television industry is a challenge. Few who seek it manage a successful career, but New Ulm is fortunate enough to have a few successful natives. Two weeks ago residents of New Ulm were delighted to see native David Rysdahl make his second appearance as ...

A team of shooters takes turns shooting at clay targets at the Sioux Valley Gun Club in New Ulm.

MVL, NUC combine for joint clay target team

NEW ULM — In what is touted as the fastest-growing sport in Minnesota, clay target shooting has had new teams popping up throughout the state. Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School and New Ulm Cathedral High School are teaming up to form a brand-new clay target team, which will compete in ...

Photos courtesy of New Ulm Park and Recreation
The Hermann Swim Club will focus on training         swimmers to improve their skills.

New Ulm Park and Rec gears up for a new spring/summer season

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Park and Recreation department is gearing up for another spring/summer season filled with new activities aimed at both youth and adults. The department will feature the normal events geared toward younger participants this year along with new events designed to bring in ...

Photo courtesy of Mark Spencer
Bentz using a Porta-sub underwater propulsion unit at the Sea Hunt Forever event.

Bentz swims in the shadow of Lloyd Bridges at Sea Hunt Forever

Brown County Deputy Sheriff Ron Bentz has a flair for excitement. He’s drag raced at eighth-mile strips. In more recent days, he went scuba diving much as Lloyd Bridges did decades ago in his television series filmed at what is now Sea Hunt Forever in Silver Springs, Fla. Due to its crystal ...

Elaine Domeier (left) hugs Dale Witt (right) who delivers her meal for the day. Domeier was previously a Meals on Wheels driver for several years
after retiring and is now a recipient. Witt and his wife Mickey have volunteered as drivers for three years.

Delivering meals and more

NEW ULM – Monday through Friday, Lutheran Social Services (LSS) operates the Senior Dining and Meals on Wheels program in Brown County. The program operates out of New Ulm Community Center. Persons 60 or over and their spouses are eligible to participate. LSS has no set charge for the meal. ...

Staff photo by Jake ATC Scott Mangen tapes an ankle in the athletic training room at New Ulm High School. Mangen is one of four full-time athletic trainers contracted through the Courage Kenny Rehab Institute at the New Ulm Medical Center.

Area athletic trainers covering all bases

NEW ULM — When people think of athletic trainers, they typically only think of them as the people who provide bags of ice or tape ankles during athletic events. And even though those are part of their daily routine, there is a much more important role that athletic trainers fill as educators ...

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Above: Kent Menzel (left) plays Felix and David Holmes (seated) is Oscar in the State Street Theater Company’s performance of The Odd Couple.

The State Street Theater Company presents: The Odd Couple

NEW ULM — The State Street Theater Company will present “The Odd Couple” beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 24. Additional shows are at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 25 7:30 p.m., and at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 26. Tickets are $15 at the door, $10 in advance. The play is based on the ...

The Alpha/Beta group will skate to Chubby Checker’s “Let’s Twist Again” in reference to the party game “Twister.” Pictured from left to right: Amelia Holmberg, Natalia Frederickson, Kylie Berdan, Evalyn Altmann, Mollie Berdan, Ellie Hoffman and Chloe Beranek.

The New Ulm Figure Skating Club presents: Skate Games!

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Figure Skating Club presents this year’s annual ice show “Skate Games!” Performances are Friday March 3 through Sunday March 5, starting at 7 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, all at the New Ulm Civic Center. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for ...

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 ...

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