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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 ...

Queens of the Road

NEW ULM — There are few sensations as exhilarating as feeling the wind through your hair while taking to the open road on a motorcycle. Recently an all women group has started a club dedicated to capturing the experience. The group consists of a dozen women ages in their 30s through 70s. The ...

Bees, butterflies welcome here

NEW ULM — A little over a year after being sown, the New Ulm Pollinator Park is going strong but has some room for improvement. To help out, volunteers joined Regional Ecologist Megan Benage with the Department of Natural Resources to weed out some invasive grasses Saturday, July ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Balloon-A-Kazoo!

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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