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ScaritageFest opens

ScaritageFest opens

ScaritageFest offered terrifying ghouls, winding hallways and spooky, dark corners at the State Street Theater Saturday night. The haunted school and haunted door maze continues next weekend, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 27-28 and on Halloween, Oct. 31. Above, a family encounters a wicked witch in ...

Staff photo by Fritz Busch
St. Olaf College Professor of German LaVern Rippley chronicles the legacy of Richard Sallet at the German Bohemian Heritage Society Fall Meeting at the New Ulm Country Club Saturday.

St. Olaf professor chronicles Sallet, Dakota Free Press

NEW ULM — A St. Olaf College professor of German presented the legacy of journalist Richard Sallet at the German-Bohemian Heritage Society Fall Meeting at the New Ulm Country Club Saturday night. LaVern Rippley, who specializes in the study of those who transferred from the German-speaking ...

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NU woman faces felony assault charges

NEW ULM — A 27-year-old New Ulm woman was charged with felony second-degree assault, two counts of felony fourth-degree assault of a peace officer and felony domestic assault in Brown County District Court Friday. Anna R. Kuehl, 708 S. Payne St., New Ulm, was also charged with gross ...

Park & Rec Report

Last chance to climb Hermann Monument TODAY for your beautiful view of the Minnesota River and the fall colors! The monument will close for the season today at 7 p.m. Admission is $2.75 per person; ages 5 and under free with paying adult. ECFE Halloween Party Friday, Oct. 27 from 5:30-7:30 ...

United Prairie Bank team shows their support for Breast Cancer Awareness month Friday by releasing pink and white balloons in memory of those who have lost their battle with breast cancer and to “show support to those currently fighting a courageous battle,” the bank said. “For the fourth quarter, the United Prairie Bank team wil be raising donations through their Denim 4 Dollars program where employees pay to wear jeans on Friday. The money will then be donated to help with breast cancer research.” Pictured from left to right: Julie Wilson, Becky Hulke, Jessica Durand, Tim Schultz, Mark Petersen, Alex Arends, Luke Northagen, Cherie Furth, Kari Steele and Jennifer Konakowitz. Not pictured: Katie Nosbush and Susannah Setterholm.

Breast Cancer Awareness

United Prairie Bank team shows their support for Breast Cancer Awareness month Friday by releasing pink and white balloons in memory of those who have lost their battle with breast cancer and to “show support to those currently fighting a courageous battle,” the bank said. “For the fourth ...

Editor’s Mailbag

‘Hunor for Heroes’ tour coming to New Ulm NEW ULM — The “Humor For Heroes” Tour, a Rat Pack style comedy tour that is doing a 30 dates in 30 days fundraiser across the entire state, is coming to New Ulm today. The show will be held at the Seifert-Bianchi American Legion Post, 13 ...

Shoe Sensation to hold Grand Opening

NEW ULM — Shoe Sensation, a regional chain of name brand family shoes stores, is holding its grand opening and ribbon cutting in New Ulm on Oct. 26 at 9 a.m. The first 100 customers will receive a free gift courtesy of Shoe Sensation. Customers will also able to register to win a free pair of ...

Off the Shelf: ‘Before We Were Yours’: Fiction base on history

Stolen children, abuse, secrets, and lies that affected families for generations is the story told in “Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate. It’s an unbelievable story, so it has to be fictional, right? Although “Before We Were Yours” actually is fiction, the story is based on the ...

Editor’s Mailbag

MN Music Hall of Fame to recognize Scheid NEW ULM — To recognize Elmer Scheid’s recent induction into the International Polka Association Hall of Fame, the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame will celebrate “Elmer Scheid Day” on Saturday, Oct. 28, with an open house at the museum, 27 North ...

Staff photo by Clay Schuldt
The Wendinger Band were the opening band for the Center Street Oktoberfest celebration. The festival was visited by guests young and old and from as far away as Kentucky and Alaska.

Rain hardly matters at Oktoberfest

NEW ULM — Rain was not enough to dampen German spirits. New Ulm’s Oktoberfest continued Saturday despite the rain. The morning events went off without a hitch and it appeared as if the storm might wait until after the celebration, but unfortunately the rain started to fall shortly after ...

Staff photo by Clay Schuldt
Dillon Solomon crosses the finish line for the Hermann 5K. Solomon finished with a time of 18 minutes 34 seconds. This is the second time he has finished first in the Hermann 5K.

Hermann 5K attracts young and old

NEW ULM — Before the Oktoberfest celebration continued Saturday, over a hundred of New Ulm’s most athletic took part in the Hermann 5k Run/Walk. An estimated 170 runners lined up on Garden Street in front of the Recreation Center. After the New Ulm Battery fired their cannon the runners ...

The Oktoberfest Promenade Parade was lead by Bank Midwest staff. The parade route began at the Glockenspiel and ended on Center Street located next to the new Bank Midwest building.

New Ulm Celebrates

The final day of the New Ulm Oktoberfest Celebration continued the good times that started last weekend. With a parade down Minnesota Street, music, food and dancing at the Best Western Plus, the Center and Minnesota Street location in downtown New Ulm, and the celebration at the August Schell ...

The New Ulm Fire Department responded to an apartment fire Saturday night at 509 Center Street, in the apartments above Kemske’s Printing and Office Supply. The fire call came in around 9:45 p.m. Within 10 minutes the fire trucks blocked access to the section of Center Street in front of the building. This section of street had been blocked off only a few hours earlier for the Oktoberfest celebration. Many onlookers were unaware a fire had started until fire crews appeared on the scene. Smoke was seen billowing out a second floor apartment window above Kemske Business Solution. Firefighters were able to access the apartment from alley that led to both the apartment stairwell and the rear entrance to Rodney’s. After contacting the owners of Kemske’s firefighter were able to access the ground floor and inspect the rest of the building. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time, but no injuries were reported. Firefighters’ lights can be seen through the apartment window at right.

Apartment fire

The New Ulm Fire Department responded to an apartment fire Saturday night at 509 Center Street, in the apartments above Kemske’s Printing and Office Supply. The fire call came in around 9:45 p.m. Within 10 minutes the fire trucks blocked access to the section of Center Street in front of the ...

Staff photo by Clay Schuldt
The Concord Singers instruct the audience in German vocabulary so they can sing along with the Schnitzelbank song.

Oktoberfest hits its second wind

NEW ULM — After a few days of rest, New Ulm was ready to continue the Oktoberfest celebration Friday at the Best Western Plus. Inside the Best Western the Concord Singers kicked off Oktoberfest music with old fashioned German music in the ballroom. Outside in the Best Western parking lot, ...

The City Center Apartments project has finished clearing the property at 123 S. Minnesota Street and has now begun to dig the foundation. Minnesota Street was closed Friday morning to allow construction crews to begin digging.  The crews will work through the winter to finish the apartment project by June. The goal is to place the foundation and wall in as soon as possible before the first freeze.

Big dig begins

The City Center Apartments project has finished clearing the property at 123 S. Minnesota Street and has now begun to dig the foundation. Minnesota Street was closed Friday morning to allow construction crews to begin digging. The crews will work through the winter to finish the apartment ...

A public open house was held for the new Bank Midwest building. The Bank Midwest building broke ground 11 months ago. At the time it was predicted the building would be completed by Oktoberfest. In honor of the open a house a special burger/hotdog lunch was hosted in the parking lot for the public. Hy-Vee catering served the food free to the public. The event drew a large crowd. Bank Midwest will also sponsor the today’s Oktoberfest Parade which starts at 10:30 a.m.

Bank Midwest Open House

A public open house was held for the new Bank Midwest building. The Bank Midwest building broke ground 11 months ago. At the time it was predicted the building would be completed by Oktoberfest. In honor of the open a house a special burger/hotdog lunch was hosted in the parking lot for the ...

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On Saturday, Oct. 7, Century 21 Koeckeritz Realty held its annual pumpkin giveaway in exchange for a free-will offering for the local food shelf. Century 21 Koeckeritz Realty would like to thank everyone who made this event a success, 460 pounds of food and $85 was donated. Thanks to all who participated. Pictured are Diane Debban, Brenda Nosbush, and Tim Woods.

Food Shelf Donation

Submitted photo On Saturday, Oct. 7, Century 21 Koeckeritz Realty held its annual pumpkin giveaway in exchange for a free-will offering for the local food shelf. Century 21 Koeckeritz Realty would like to thank everyone who made this event a success, 460 pounds of food and $85 was donated. ...

MnDOT seeks public comment regarding mowing/haying on state rights of way

ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Department of Transportation is seeking public comment regarding mowing and haying in ditches and other rights of way along state roadways. The agency today announced it will conduct a series of listening sessions across the state to hear from Minnesotans about ...

Oak Hills Foundation to hold annual meeting

NEW ULM — Oak Hills Memorial Foundation announces the Annual Meeting Luncheon on Friday, Nov. 3 at 11:45 a.m. in the Hillside Haven Conference room at Oak Hills Living Center, New Ulm. Highlights of the annual report will be noted, a brief presentation of the financial report will be ...

Water main flushing

NEW ULM — The Water Department will be flushing the water mains October 16th from 10th Street to the NU Golf Course on Summit to include Southridge Street and all the side streets along these routes. Flushing will be from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. While flushing in your area, avoid doing ...

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