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Fort Ridgely State Park loaded with history

Staff WriterFORT RIDGELY - The removal of Fort Ridgely's golf course is at the center of much controversy recently. However, the fort is far more than a sporting location. The history of the fort-turned-park reserves it a special place in many locals' hearts.The story of Fort Ridgely begins ...

Celebrating 37 years of coaching New Ulm Cathedral Softball

By Jeremy BehnkeJournal Sports EditorNEW ULM - It's not easy to get one by New Ulm Cathedral softball coach Bob Mertz. But over the course of several months, his wife Linda and a few others managed to do just that.Last Sunday, the coach was honored by about 75 or so of his former players ...

Pokémon Go

NEW ULM-The wild, Charmander, Rattata, Drowzee and Zubat have all been spotted in New Ulm over the last few weeks by those who know where to look.These bizarre animals are collectively called Pokmon and thanks to a popular game app Pokmon Go, the number of sightings is expected to ...

Strike!: Area umpires share love, struggles of game

NEW ULM - With call after call constantly under the potential for scrutiny, the job of being an umpire can often be a thankless one."Call it both ways, blue!" "Are you blind?" "You didn't call that a strike for us, blue!" - the chants and heckles from parents and fans in the stands are ...

Volunteer assistant coach has impact on players throughout career

NEW ULM - Sometimes walking away from a position or job that you love can be one of the toughest decisions in life.Sam Clyne knew at some point he'd have to give up coaching. However, the impact and life lessons that he was a part of on countless former New Ulm Cathedral baseball players will ...

The State Street Theatre Company presents: Lights Up!

NEW ULM - State Street Theatre Company (SSTC) is bringing a little Broadway to the New Ulm Community Center with a Broadway style musical revue."Lights Up!" will be on stage at 600 N. German St. July 22-24, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. All tickets are $10 for adults ...

Sandhoefners pass 75-year mark

Delbert and Eunice Sandhoefner met when they were Sleepy Eye High School students in 1939. He was a year older than she was, but they knew they wanted to be married, so he waited a year for her to graduate before they tied the knot.He was the captain of the Indians football team. She was ...

Nicollet’s Kayla Wenner leaves mark on U of M softball program

MINNEAPOLIS - In becoming one of the leaders of a highly successful University of Minnesota softball team, Kayla Wenner had come a long way from her humble roots in Nicollet, Minnesota.Wenner, a 2012 graduate of Nicollet High School, just wrapped up her senior year at Minnesota as part of a ...

Flandrau State Park participating of DNR 125th state park anniversary

NEW ULM - Without question, one of the more popular summer attractions state-wide are the Minnesota State Parks. Celebrating 125 years this summer, the state park system has all kinds of celebrations state-wide at the 67 parks spread all across the state.New Ulm is, of course, home to Flandrau ...

Gardenfest Tour set for Saturday, June 18

Take pleasure in viewing five unique gardens selected by the Brown County Master Gardeners.The tour will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, June 18, rain or shine. Tickets and garden site information are $10 and available at Hy-Vee Foods, New Ulm.This year's tourincludes:The ...

And the New Ulm Municipal Band plays on

By Clay SchuldtStaff WriterNEW ULM-Music is an intricate part of New Ulm. It has been part of the community since the founding days of the community when small bands formed and continued for generations. So it comes as no surprise that for the last 71 years the City of New Ulm has provided ...

Park and Rec summer activities

NEW ULM - The summer vacation has started or will start soon for area schools. This means parents will have to find activities for their children and the New Ulm Park and Recreation Department is offering activities for both children and adults all summer long.Bryce Bachman and Joseph Schugel ...

Foster parents follow family tradition to serve needs of others

Toby and Amanda Freier of New Ulm have three small children of their own, but that doesn't keep them from becoming foster parents when the needs of children arise."The need is great. We've been foster parents for nearly two years," Amanda Freier said. "Toby's brother's family became foster ...

Long-time assistants love to teach and learn

NEW ULM - With Bob Mertz in charge for 37 years, the New Ulm Cathedral softball program has been a model for teams across Minnesota.However, in this day and age with coaching changes happening frequently, it's very rare for a coaching staff to stay together for any length of time.That's where ...

If this house could talk…

NEW ULM - The programming that Kathleen Backer is planning for the historic Kiesling House is conceptually different from other heritage preservation programming in New Ulm.Instead of focusing solely on the historic structure - interesting in and of itself - Backer, whose lease of the ...

Holy Sap!

NEW ULM-Maple syrup is perhaps one of the most important staples of the Sunday breakfast table. Without maple syrup, eating pancakes or waffles loses much its appeal. In North America consumers often look to Canada or Vermont for a steady supply of the delicious sugary treat, but maple syrup is ...

New Ulm Country Club welcomes early spring

NEW ULM - Spring is tentative in Minnesota, where the winter snow usually sticks around until April or even May in rare occasions.But because this past winter was a mild one, spring has arrived early to southern Minnesota, which is good news to the New Ulm Country Club.Last weekend the NUCC ...

Piecing together a quilt show

NEW ULM - Joleen Koch admits that her passion for quilting is one that has lasted about 20 years. In that time, she's produced countless quilts and she has no plans of slowing down."My mom was a quilter. I have a sister that was a quilter, and I had met some of the people involved with quilting ...

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