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Walz to retire, run for governor in 2018

ST. PAUL — Minnesota First District Rep. Tim Walz will run for governor in 2018. In an interview with the Rochester Post Bulletin, Waltz announced his plans to file the paperwork Monday to start his bid for governor. Walz said his campaign will focus on bringing Minnesotans together. “I ...

Special ed has big local impact

Editor’s note: This is the first part of a two-part series highlighting the work of special education teachers in ISD 88. NEW ULM — Special education in New Ulm Public Schools serves a small percentage of the population, but it is significant in impact. Just under 14 percent of students ...

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Paula Humbard, who is organizing a park run, stands in front of the Lincoln Park shelter where the run and walk will start and end.

Woman hopes to start monthly park run

NEW ULM — One woman hopes to start a monthly park run and walk this week, to encourage healthy activity. Saturday, April 1, starting at 10 a.m. at Lincoln Park, participants will be able to run three miles or walk two miles. Afterward, musical duo DD & Roscoe are anticipated to perform ...

Township interested in mail-in ballots; Haala wins

BROWN COUNTY — Prairieville Township board members voiced interest in mail-in election ballots, but did not fully approve the issue, earlier this month. “Township officers will initiate mail-in ballots. We can act on it later,” Prairieville Township Clerk Tom Hirsch said. All 11 ...

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Pictured, left to right, front row, Sara Guymon, Jordan Rummel and Nick Schultz; back row, Sam Dobie, Emma Maudal and Rachel Dauer.

NUHS finalists at home tournament

NEW ULM — New Ulm High School (NUHS) hosted its annual speech invitational on Saturday, March 25, for 28 area schools and 350 competitors. Nick Schultz took 3rd place in varsity humorous, and Sam Dobie earned a red ribbon in varsity prose. Novice finalists included Jordan Rummel (1st ...

Cocktails at the Governor’s with Jerrid Sebesta

NEW ULM — The public is invited to attend Cocktails at the Governor’s at the historic Governor John Lind House in New Ulm 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 7. The guest of honor will be Jerrid Sebesta, a former award-winning meteorologist at KARE 11 TV in Minneapolis. Guests will enjoy a ...

Bayler, left, and Brendley Nordby of New Ulm spin the wheel at the Allina Health booth at the New Ulm Health & Home Show Sunday.

NUPU offers rebates, resources

NEW ULM — Traffic was heavy again in and around the New Ulm Civic Center, as the New Ulm Home and Health Show concluded Sunday. Children continued to enjoy spinning wheels at exhibitor booths, winning prizes. Other people filled out registration cards in hopes of winning a variety of ...

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Cheryl and Tom MacFarland host a soft opening of their new restaurant, Mac’s Smokehouse at the former Fairfax Auto Clinic building on west Highway 19 Saturday. The bar/restaurant holds a grand opening from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on April 1.

Fairfax couple opens Mac’s Smokehouse

FAIRFAX — After months of preparation, a former Twin Cities and South Florida sous-chef and his wife will open Mac’s Smokehouse restaurant/bar in the former Auto Clinic on west Highway 19 on April 1. Tom MacFarland and his wife Cheryl moved from the Twin Cities to a farm northeast of ...

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Minnesota Democratic Rep. Walz to retire, run for governor

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Tim Walz, a five-term Democrat, says he is running for governor of his home state of Minnesota. Walz is seeking to replace Gov. Mark Dayton, a fellow Democrat. A spokesman for Walz' gubernatorial campaign confirmed his decision. Walz is the top Democrat on the ...

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Suzuki School of Music Gala

The New Ulm Suzuki School of Music Spring Gala took place Sunday at Lola's Bistro in New Ulm.

MVL Speech Team successful in meet

NEW ULM — On Saturday, March 25, MVL speech team competed in the New Ulm Eagles Speech Invitational. In the novice division, Rachel Ruschmeyer placed 3rd in Poetry. On the varsity team, Abigail Pleiss placed 4th in Extemporaneous Reading. Ari Selvey received an honorable mention award in the ...

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The three third-grade girls behind the “Feel Better” postcards at Jefferson Elementary School sit in front of a “Bee Kind” mural with their drop boxes and postcards. Pictured from left to right: Kelsey Grosam, Grace Bregel and Maarit Mattson.

‘Feel Better’ postcard writers want to help students feeling sad

By Connor Cummiskey Staff Writer NEW ULM — Three girls at Jefferson Elementary are taking it upon themselves to be the change they want to see in the world. Third-graders Grace Bregel, Maarit Mattson and Kelsey Grosam are writing “Feel Better” postcards to unhappy students. “We ...

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Rosalie Koch, New Ulm, gets a number of balloons including a twisted balloon from Jamison Douglas, right, of Mankato at the 37th Annual New Ulm Health & Home Show at the New Ulm Civic Center Saturday. The show continues 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Home & Health Show continues

NEW ULM — Parking was tight in the New Ulm Civic Center parking lot as the 37th Annual Home & Health show rolled on Saturday. Inside, small children and their parents lined up for colored balloon animals and hats inflated and twisted by Jamison Douglas of Mankato at the Bank Midwest ...

Team Keep Calm and Leprechaun On, 5th graders from New Ulm Middle School, took first place Saturday in the Northern Regional Destination Imagination tournament at Blaine High School and will be competing in the state tournament in April. They were one of 18 teams competing at the Elementary Level in the Vanished! Fine Arts challenge. In front, (L-R) are Megan Hames, Peyton Kveno and Emmie Stangel. In back (L-R) Abigail Rathmann, Alex Groebner, Isabelle Fuhr, Alyssa Rainwater The Destination Imagination program is a fun, hands-on system of learning that fosters students’ creativity, courage and curiosity through open-ended academic challenges in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), fine arts and service learning. Participants learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas, and the collaborative problem solving process.

Destination Imagination champs

Submitted Photo Team Keep Calm and Leprechaun On, 5th graders from New Ulm Middle School, took first place Saturday in the Northern Regional Destination Imagination tournament at Blaine High School and will be competing in the state tournament in April. They were one of 18 teams competing at ...

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New Ulm Purple: (L-R) Jacob Todd, Nori Ness, Peter Spengler, Daniel Lindquist, and Rodrigo Tojo Garcia

Three New Ulm teams heading to State Knowledge Bowl

NEW ULM — Three teams from two local schools will be advancing to the knowledge bowl state competition next month. April 6 and 7, Minnesota Valley Lutheran’s (MVL) team Cobalt and New Ulm Public School’s Purple and White teams will be testing their knowledge at Cragun’s Conference ...

Commissioners to consider TH 4 detour to CSAH 29

NEW ULM — Brown County commissioners will consider a resolution supporting a Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) TH 4 detour agreement for CSAH 29 Tuesday. The state highway department requested the use of 12.73 miles of Brown County CSAH 29 as a detour for TH 4, from TH 4 to TH ...

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Historian Dan Hoisington examines a World War I era German helmet that will be part of the exhibit the Brown County Historical Society is preparing on the history of World War I and New Ulm’s experience during that time.

Museum preparing WWI exhibit

NEW ULM — There are Civil War Buffs and there are World War II experts, but few people know much about the First World War or New Ulm’s unique history with the war. The Brown County Historical Society and Museum has decided to shine a light on this forgotten past with a new exhibit ...

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A big line of new automobiles from local dealers fills the center aisles at the Home and Health show. For more photos from the show, go to page 8A.

New Ulm Home & Health Show gets underway

NEW ULM — The 37th Annual Home & Health Show got underway Friday at the New Ulm Civic Center with more than 150 vendors offering a variety of products and services to help improve your home and your health. Pro Kinship For Kids offered some of the healthiest food with cups of raw carrots ...

Fort Ridgely Golf Course Senate bill continues to evolve

ST. PAUL — Legislation supporting golf course operation by a non-state entity at Fort Ridgely State Park continues to evolve at the Minnesota Legislature. On Tuesday, Fairfax Golf Course Committee members and their attorney met with Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Parks ...

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Summit Avenue Music Series presents Peter McGuire and Friends on Sunday

NEW ULM — The Summit Avenue Music Series (SAMS) Season Finale presents Peter McGuire and Friends on Sunday, March 26 at 3 p.m. at the Chapel of the Christ on the campus of Martin Luther College in New Ulm. The SAMS final concert of the season features violinist Peter McGuire, a native of ...

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