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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 ...

Staff photo by Jake Calhoun
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 ...

Staff photo by Connor Cummiskey
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.


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 ...

Photo courtesy of Brent Kucera
Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s head football coach Brent Kucera helps survey the land for the readjustment of the team’s field. St. Mary’s is moving down to 9-man, which requires the field to be narrowed almost 14 yards total.

Area teams making transition to 9-man football

Even though summer is just around the corner, preparations have already begun for a few area high school football teams’ transition to the 9-man class this fall. Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s and Red Rock Central are 9-man’s newest full members in the area, while Cedar Mountain/Comfrey is ...

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 ...

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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 ...

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