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Chris Ingebritson, right, explains how mechatronics is used to build machines to siblings Emma Fliszar, 18, left, and Nate Fliszar, 14, middle, during the Big Ideas, Inc., kickoff event Tuesday evening in Riverside Park.

A taste of a trade

NEW ULM — Tradespeople gathered in Riverside Park Tuesday to introduce visitors to the trades and Big Ideas, Inc. Big Ideas hosted the kickoff event to begin generating interest in the trades as the organization’s first class approaches. On Monday, June 26, there will be the level-zero ...

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Allan Foss of the Vandin Co., Ettrick, Wis. does planned maintenance on the Glockenspiel at Schonlau Park, downtown New Ulm, Tuesday afternoon.

‘Glockwork’

Allan Foss of the Vandin Co., Ettrick, Wis. does planned maintenance on the Glockenspiel at Schonlau Park, downtown New Ulm, Tuesday afternoon.

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Firefighters battled a fire north of Sanborn Monday night.

Truck catches fire inside garage

SANBORN—Fire departments from Sanborn, Lamberton and Wanda responded to a fire at the Brake Away garage on Highway 14 north of Sanborn. The Fire Department was called shortly after 9 p.m. Once on the scene it determined a truck inside the garage was on fire. The two fire crews removed the ...

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The New Ulm Human Rights Commission sponsors a poster contest every year to highlight current issues and seeks to educate and promote the exchange of opinions and ideas in our community.  This year’s theme was “What does immigration look like to you?”  Entries ranged from kindergarten to 12th grade, and prizes were awarded in four categories depending on the age of the student.  This year’s winners are:  Kindergarten to Third grade: Brady Melzer -First Place(tie), Sophie Berger and Isabelle Longtin – First Place(tie), Aubrey Correa – Second Place(tie) and Grace Barie – Second Place(tie), Natalie Fischer- Third Place(tie) and Lauren Schmiesing – Third Place (tie). Fourth to Sixth Grade: Dain Barie-First Place, Josie Ringhofer-Second Place, Addie Ringhofer, Third Place. Seventh to Ninth Grade: Macarious Amoah – First Place. Tenth to Twelfth Grade: Mathias Amoah – First Place, Natasha Neville, Second Place and Esmeralda Uribe- Third Place. 
The Commission also sponsors an essay contest every year.  The theme for this contest was:  “What does Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day mean to you and how did Dr. King’s movement impact international human rights?” This year´s winners are: Sixth to Eighth Grade: Magdalyn Spike – First Place, Zoe Scharf – Second Place.  Ninth to Twelfth Grade:  Kendra Lyimo – First Place, Kyle Goblirsch – Second Place.
The New Ulm Human Rights Commission invites the public to come and see the students’ works. The posters will be displayed at the New Ulm Public Library through the summer.  Sage Lehman, a youth volunteer, helped put up the exhibit.

Human Rights panel sponsors poster, essay contests

The New Ulm Human Rights Commission sponsors a poster contest every year to highlight current issues and seeks to educate and promote the exchange of opinions and ideas in our community. This year’s theme was “What does immigration look like to you?” Entries ranged from kindergarten to ...

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The New Ulm Human Rights Commission sponsors a poster contest every year to highlight current issues and seeks to educate and promote the exchange of opinions and ideas in our community.  This year’s theme was “What does immigration look like to you?”  Entries ranged from kindergarten to 12th grade, and prizes were awarded in four categories depending on the age of the student.  This year’s winners are:  Kindergarten to Third grade: Brady Melzer -First Place(tie), Sophie Berger and Isabelle Longtin – First Place(tie), Aubrey Correa – Second Place(tie) and Grace Barie – Second Place(tie), Natalie Fischer- Third Place(tie) and Lauren Schmiesing – Third Place (tie). Fourth to Sixth Grade: Dain Barie-First Place, Josie Ringhofer-Second Place, Addie Ringhofer, Third Place. Seventh to Ninth Grade: Macarious Amoah – First Place. Tenth to Twelfth Grade: Mathias Amoah – First Place, Natasha Neville, Second Place and Esmeralda Uribe- Third Place. 
The Commission also sponsors an essay contest every year.  The theme for this contest was:  “What does Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day mean to you and how did Dr. King’s movement impact international human rights?” This year´s winners are: Sixth to Eighth Grade: Magdalyn Spike – First Place, Zoe Scharf – Second Place.  Ninth to Twelfth Grade:  Kendra Lyimo – First Place, Kyle Goblirsch – Second Place.
The New Ulm Human Rights Commission invites the public to come and see the students’ works. The posters will be displayed at the New Ulm Public Library through the summer.  Sage Lehman, a youth volunteer, helped put up the exhibit.

American Ambulance Association honors New Ulm native Jarret

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Angie Jarrett, Assistant Supervisor, Gold Cross Operations and Plainview Ambulance, recently was honored by the American Ambulance Association as one of its 2017 Stars of Life. Jarrett was selected for the Star of Life honor based on her service to patients, leadership ...

Storden teen dies in rollover

STORDEN — A 17-year-old Storden male died in a one-vehicle rollover crash on State Highway 30 in the City of Storden reported at 7:34 a.m. Friday. Jonathon E. Lopez was westbound in a 2004 Chrysler Sebring LXI on Highway 30 in Storden when tire marks indicated the vehicle went off the north ...

GFW board, audience mull referendum options

Board may act on Nov. 7 referendum on June 26 By Fritz Busch Staff Writer FAIRFAX — Several dozen people attended a Gibbon Fairfax Winthrop (GFW) School Board workshop in the school auditorium Monday night, to talk about a potential $39.3 million school bond referendum that would ...

Council to consider leash law amendment

NEW ULM — The City of New Ulm is considering an amendment to the dog and cat leash law. The amendment would require pets to be on a leash in city parks, with the exception of the dog park. Since 2004, a leash law required pets to be on leashes on recreational trails, but the requirement ...

Board considers doubling wheelage tax

NEW ULM — Brown County commissioners will consider raising the wheelage tax from $10 per vehicle to $20 as of Jan 1, 2018, Tuesday. Commissioners approved a $10 wheelage tax by resolution on June 25, 2013. The rate was restricted to $10 per vehicle starting in January 2014. The tax applied ...

Shakopee man faces four felony sex charges

NEW ULM — A 26-year-old Shakopee man was charged with four felony criminal sexual conduct charges including criminal sexual predatory conduct and a gross misdemeanor fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct charge in Brown County District Court June 15. According to court documents, a New Ulm ...

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Dan Cochran of Logos Leather Craft visited the historic Harkin General Store Sunday to demonstrate his leatherwork trade, in a Father’s Day tradition.

Cochran demonstrates craft

NEW ULM — Sunday was Father’s Day, and Dan Cochran of Logos Leather Craft visited the historic Harkin General Store to demonstrate his leatherwork trade. Cochran’s visits to the Harkin Store are a Father’s Day tradition. His work is extremely popular with dads of all ages. One of ...

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Hermann Heights Park was packed with motorcycle enthusiasts Sunday.

Motorcycle fans gather by Hermann

NEW ULM — Hermann Heights Park was packed with motorcycle enthusiasts Sunday. Members of the local chapter of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association (GWRRA) met at the park for their annual fundraising event. Two rows of Gold Wing bikes flanked the sides of Monument Drive. Most of the riders ...

Jane Baker turned a backyard lacking any shrubbery or trees into a large, serene garden, including these brightly flowering cacti.

Brown County Master Gardeners’ 2017 garden tour

NEW ULM — Join the Brown County Master Gardeners on their annual tour of of beautiful and interesting gardens. Thursday, June 22, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. the master gardeners will be touring six gardens for their 2017 Gardenfest Tour. Tickets are $10 a piece and can be purchased at the HyVee ...

Staff photos by Clay Schuldt
Parker Kuehn was one of the first to try out the new water slide at the Springfield Municipal Pool on Saturday.

Springfield pool opens new giant slide

SPRINGFIELD — This week the Springfield municipal pool opened its a new water slide feature. The new slide replaces the old slide and features more twists and turns. Construction crews finished installing the slide early last week. Friday was the first day kids could try the slide; however ...

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Matt Senjem and Reynold Phillipsek performed at the “Été é Paris: An Evening in Paris” fundraiser at the Grand Center for Arts & Culture on Saturday.

Grand gala raises funds for art center endowment

NEW ULM — For one night New Ulm got a taste of the city of lights. The Grand Center for Arts and Culture began its endowment campaign with Paris themed fundraiser “Été é Paris: An Evening in Paris.” Over 60 guests attending the fundraiser in the best formal wear to support the ...

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Holy Trinity High School Class of  1954 had a 63rd reunion on June 7, 2017 at Turner Hall in New Ulm. Pictured in the first row, left to right are : Shirley (Fleck) Phillips, Marcus Faerber, Loraine (Portner) Guggisberg, Marian (Traurig) Petterson, Jean (Kunz) Ramsdell, Madlyn (Schneider) Halvorson, Shirley (Hauser) Carrier. In the second row, from left, are: Joe Wech, Helen (Fleck) Engelking, Arlene (Fleck) Nibbe, Joan (Palmer) Gleisner, LaVonne (Forst) Ebert, Joleen (Reinarts) Greene, Harriet (Braunreiter) Reiser, Louella (Klinkner) Heiling.Back row: Bernard Baumann, Leo Schlumpberger, John Henle.

Holy Trinity Class of 1954

Submitted photo Holy Trinity High School Class of 1954 had a 63rd reunion on June 7, 2017 at Turner Hall in New Ulm. Pictured in the first row, left to right are : Shirley (Fleck) Phillips, Marcus Faerber, Loraine (Portner) Guggisberg, Marian (Traurig) Petterson, Jean (Kunz) Ramsdell, Madlyn ...

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Rick Jensen, center, of Jensen Motors in New Ulm, Chair of the Minnesota Auto Dealers Association (MADA), presented a $500 check to Julie Baumgartner and Pat Herzog of the New Ulm Area Foundation from the National Auto Dealers Association (NADA) Foundation.

New Ulm Foundation donation

Submitted photo Rick Jensen, center, of Jensen Motors in New Ulm, Chair of the Minnesota Auto Dealers Association (MADA), presented a $500 check to Julie Baumgartner and Pat Herzog of the New Ulm Area Foundation from the National Auto Dealers Association (NADA) Foundation.

Staff photo by Clay Schuldt
Area youth learn the basics of playing baseball. In groups of five kids 6 through 9 practice catching pop flies using the two-hand catch method. See more photos on page 10B, and on The Journal’s CU site (cu.nujournal.com).

Kids have fun, learn fundamentals at Twins baseball clinic

NEW ULM — Over a hundred area kid took part in the Twins Free Baseball Clinic in North Park on Friday. Instructors Donnie Geng, Jay Brown and Steve Hucke from the Minnesota Twins coached the kids in the basic fundamentals of baseball, including hitting, throwing and fielding. Around 35 ...

Tammy Sellner pets the kitten named Red Velvet during the Brown County Humane Society’s Kitten Shower Friday at Runnings Farm & Fleet store in New Ulm.

Hello, Kitty

Tammy Sellner pets the kitten named Red Velvet during the Brown County Humane Society’s Kitten Shower Friday at Runnings Farm & Fleet store in New Ulm.

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