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Several members of the Gag family help plant the Goosetown Memorial Tree in Riverside Park. Ashley Gag (left) hands Audrey Gag (center) the shovel to add dirt while Dan Gag (right) holds the tree in place.

Gemutlichkeit in Goosetown

NEW ULM — The second annual Gemutlichkeit in Goosetown was held Sunday. Despite threats of rain, the event attracted a fair crowd. Gemutlichkeit translates into friendliness or welcoming. The Friends of Goosetown organize the event as a neighborhood celebration similar to a block ...

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MVLHS builds garage; invites public to reception Aug. 30

NEW ULM — A new storage/bus maintenance facility was constructed this summer on the campus of Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School (MVLHS). The facility, built in partnership with Palmer Bus Service, will equip the school with a better area to maintain the buses during the winter season, ...

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The Grandstands were full for the Brown County Demolition Derby. The 80s Stock division was one of the most popular classes and divided into two heats. Brad Wiltscheck in the #342 car took first prize in the second heat.

Fans flock to Demolition Derby

NEW ULM—A rough estimate from ticket takers place as many of 3,000 demo fans in the grandstands Saturday night. The Saturday demo derby was a long awaited event. It marks the 50th anniversary of the Demolition Derby at the Brown County Fair. Saturday was intended to be the second night ...

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Jordan Kieper showed a hog in the Brown County 4-H swine show Saturday at the fairgrounds.

Good turnout for 4-H swine show at Brown County Fair

NEW ULM — The 4-H Swine Show had strong showing this year. There was a wide variety of swine spread across 23 classes. Ag Society Director Alisa Mangen said in recent year Brown County 4-H has seen more pure breed entries like Duroc, Hampshires and Yorkshire pigs. This has expanded the ...

Brown County Fair Results

Truck and Tractor Pull Friday, Aug. 11 Hobby Stock 4500 LBS 1-Eric Oslund, Mankato 2-Paul Hanson, Lake Crysta 3-Matt Petersen, Sprinqfield Impoved Stock 4500LBS 1-Paul Gregor, Kilkenny 2-Ben Michels, Mankato 6000 LBS Pure Stock-Gas Trucks 1-Doug Citrowske, New Ulm 2-John ...

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Noah and Samantha Richert took top honors in the Brown County Fair’s 4-H goat show on Saturday.

Richerts do well in goat show

NEW ULM—The 4-H Goat Show is one of the smaller animal competitions at the State Fair, but the 2017 show saw increased interest from last year. The 4-H volunteers believe Brown County Goat producers are working with breeds they like and that has made all the difference. As with last year, ...

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Mckenzie Cselovszki completes the most difficult part of the llama obstacle course. The last stretch requires the handler to either walk the llama while bouncing a basketball on grass or walk the llama while hulu-hooping. Cselovszki chose the basketball.

Llama drama at the Fair

NEW ULM—The 4-H animal shows concluded on Saturday with the most unusual competition saved for last. The 4-H Llama show consisted of only two 4-H member. Cassidy Hacker and McKenzie Cselovszki worked with the six llamas provided by the Hacker family. The two girls lead the llamas through ...

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The Minnesota Gladiolus Society return to the Brown County Fair. The theme of this year’s show was “The County Fair.” Judges reviewed hundreds of flowers in a variety of category. A people’s choice category was also open to public voting on Saturday.

Brown County Fair

Photos by Clay Schuldt The Minnesota Gladiolus Society return to the Brown County Fair. The theme of this year’s show was “The County Fair.” Judges reviewed hundreds of flowers in a variety of category. A people’s choice category was also open to public voting on Saturday.

Marlin Portner, a primary organizer behind the Tractor Pull, pulls with his tractor in one of the earlier heats. He said he was happy with this year’s turnout as it was the first year in a few to not be rained out. About 50 people competed across 24 weight and vehicle categories for the top three spots in each.

Pulling at the County Fair

Marlin Portner, a primary organizer behind the Tractor Pull, pulls with his tractor in one of the earlier heats. He said he was happy with this year’s turnout as it was the first year in a few to not be rained out. About 50 people competed across 24 weight and vehicle categories for the top ...

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Bob Schabert of Courtland  received the Nicollet County Outstanding Senior Citizen Award at the Nicollet County Fair Friday.

Schabert named Nicollet County Outstanding Senior

ST. PETER — Former Courtland mayor and civic leader Bob Schabert received the Nicollet County Outstanding Senior Citizen Award at the Nicollet County Fair Friday. The award is given to a person age 70 or older who continues to do voluntary service after age 65 and remains active in such ...

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Steve Sherman, who won the 18-and over round, takes his first bite during the Pie Eating Contest Friday at the Brown County Free Fair.

Contestants clean up in pie eating contest

NEW ULM — Competitors stuffed their faces with apple pies Friday at the Brown County Free Fair Pie Eating Contest. Contestants lined up next to a long table and waited for the “Go” to rip open the cardboard boxes containing the pies and pig out. There were three age-based rounds. ...

DNR certifies Minnesota River has zebra mussels, invasive carp

ST. PAUL — Surveys by the Department of Natural Resources have confirmed zebra mussels in a western stretch of the Minnesota River. Because there is no significant natural or human-made barrier that could prevent downstream spread, the entire Minnesota River, to its confluence with the ...

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Dairy Show judge Emily Pieper looks over the line of cows entered in the Brown County 4-H Dairy Show on Friday.

Quality shows at Brown County Fair Dairy Show

NEW ULM — At the Brown County 4-H Dairy Show, judge Emily Pieper praised the number of high quality dairy cows. In addition to the quality of animals the competition was not just limited to Holsteins. There were a variety of different cows including Jersey and Brown Swiss. ...

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Drake Girls: The three Drake sisters pose with all the trophies and ribbons won during Friday’s Open Class Swine Show. Each sister took first in their respective class. Mallory (center) took the Senior Showmanship award, Mady (left) took Overall Market Swine and Makely (right) was the reserve champion in Market Barrow.

Drake family dominates in Open Class Swine Show

NEW ULM — The animal shows continued Friday morning at the Brown County Fair with the Swine Show, Poultry Show and Dairy Show. The Open Class Swine Show was dominated by the Drake family. Mallory, Mady and Makenly Drake all took first place ribbons in their respective classes. Mady took the ...

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Aubree Schmidt, champion of the breeding heifer category in the 4-H Beef Show, leads her animal around the outside arena where they competed at the Brown County Free Fair Thursday.

No beef with the rain, at beef show

NEW ULM — While infrequent showers caused a pause in the middle of the 4-H Beef Show, they could not stop it. 4-H members competed in breeding heifers and market cattle during the beef show at the Brown County Fair. The champion for the breeding heifers was Aubree Schmidt. Her cow ...

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Jade Jensen of Comfrey rounds barrels in the 4H Horse Show at the Brown County Fairgrounds Thursday. Jensen was Showmanship, Pleasure and Games Intermediate Grand Champion.

These kids aren’t horsing around

NEW ULM — Brown County 4-H Horse Show participants McKenzie Cselovszki of Sleepy Eye and Russell Hellendrung of New Ulm received state fair trips Thursday. In her 12th year of 4-H competition, Cselovszki was Showmanship, Horse Training, and Pleasure Grand Champion and was Games Reserve ...

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Left to right, Gloria Sellner, Ester Prahl, Opal Dewanz, Bob Apitz, Mary Ann Schlumacher, Myrtle Brand and Annie Fischer

Bob Apitz honored

NEW ULM — During Thursday’s Senior Dining event at the Community Center, members of the Brown County Committee on Aging (BCCA) honored Bob Apitz for 41 years working with the county’s senior community. Apitz recently retired, and the committee gave him a pair on brand new folding ...

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Outstanding Senior Citizen 2017 Jim Hoffmann accepts his award for his work in the Brown County community.

Hoffmann named Outstanding Senior

By Clay Schuldt Staff Writer NEW ULM — Thursday was Senior Citizen’s Day at the Brown County Fair. In celebration of the eldest citizens, the fair held its annual senior program at the Civic Center, in which Jim Hoffmann was named Outstanding Senior Citizen. Hoffmann was recognized for ...

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Andrew Hellendrung shows his sheep Jessica Rabbit during the 4-H show. He would go on to win the Champion Exhibit ribbon.

Sheep show well at fair

NEW ULM — The Brown County FFA and 4-H Sheep Show was held Thursday morning at the fairgrounds. The sheep had a strong showing in the various classes. Judge Zach Post said he was confident in the program’s future. All of the young people exhibiting sheep this year were excited to be ...

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Kaylyn Severin won champion rabbit Thursday during the 4-H Rabbit Show Thursday at the Brown County Fair.

Best rabbit hops on to state

NEW ULM — Amid the poultry at the Brown County Free Fair, 4-H members pitted their rabbits against each other Thursday. The 4-H Rabbit Show saw numerous rabbits trotted out onto a long table to be judged based on their coats, weight and more breed standards. “We had a lot of good rabbits ...

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