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DNR certifies Minnesota River has zebra mussels, invasive carp

Local News

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

Local News

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

Local News

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 ...

Area Church Services

Communities

Assembly of God New Beginnings Pastor Lonny Carpenter 507-215-2005 Meets Sundays at Markplatz Mall. Sunday: 9 a.m. Sunday School; 10 a.m. Service. NEW LIFE Pastor Michael Franklin 507-723-5931 702 W. Central, Springfield Sunday: 10 a.m. Worship. Nursery ...

Police Logs

Police Logs

New Ulm Police • Received a fight report at the Brown County Fairgrounds, 1201 N. State St. at 8:12 p.m. Thursday. Police arrested a 46-year-old New Ulm man for an Order For Protection violation. • Received a two-vehicle crash report without injuries at 20th St. S. and Minnesota St. at ...

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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

Local News

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

Local News

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

Local News

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

Local News

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

Local News

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

Local News

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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The singing was fantastic when the Organ Historical Society members and local guests stood to join in the singing of  “Prepare the way, O Zion,” at Bernadotte.

Nearly 300 organ enthusiasts visit Bernadotte and St. George

Local News

BERNADOTTE — When six buses pull up at Bernadotte or St. George, it’s definitely something that catches people’s attention. That was the case Tuesday, August 8 when about 300 members of the Organ Historical Society stopped to see and hear the historic Vogelpohl organs that grace the ...

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Winsten Nienhaus, above, showed the champion duck in the Brown County Fair poultry show on Friday.

Poultry Show making big recovery from avian flu epidemic

Local News

NEW ULM — Two years after avian flu halted all poultry shows across the country the 4-H and FFA shows are beginning to return to their former glory. Poultry Judge Paul Merkins said this year feature a good display of birds, but with some room to grow. Both the chicken and duck divisions ...

SE FFA spreads farm safety at Farmfest

Agribusiness

Tuesday, Aug. 1, marked the beginning of the annually held Farmfest. Thirty-four members from the Sleepy Eye FFA chapter ventured out to the Gilfillan Estate to teach the youth who attend Farmfest about different aspects of farm safety. The following members attended the event: Sophie Portner, ...

Harvest Land and Co-op Country announce new cooperative name

Agribusiness

MORGAN/RENVILLE — Harvest Land Cooperative (HLC) and Co-op Country Farmers Elevator (CCFE) announced today that Farmward Cooperative will be the new name of their merged companies. The name Farmward Cooperative was approved by the Board of Directors on Aug. 8, and will take effect on their ...

Minnesota Valley Chorale auditions

Mailbag

MANKATO — The Minnesota Valley Chorale is holding auditions for new members on Tuesday, Aug. 29, from 6-8 pm at Ylvisaker Hall on the campus of Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, Minnesota. The Chorale is a group of dedicated vocalists who gather to rehearse and perform vocal works from ...

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The Ferris wheel at the Brown County Fair stands ready to receive riders on Wednesday afternoon. The rainy weather almost kept visitors from attending, but the rain stopped before the rides opened at 5 p.m.

Rain fails to dampen fair’s fun flare

Local News

NEW ULM — The 150th Brown County Fair started Wednesday under a cloud of rain. The rain started in the early morning and continued through the late afternoon. It was a damp start, but the sesquicentennial celebration continues, rain or shine. Fair activities did not officially start ...

Panel OKs preliminary plat, discusses zoning changes

Local News

NEW ULM — The Brown County Planning Commission unanimously approved a preliminary plat application for a single lot split in Section 35 of Burnstown Township Tuesday. The application by Marie Lang known as Lang’s Subdivison (five acres), includes a woodlot being platted off from the ...

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Back row, left to right, Brandan Savoy, Claire Beranek, Avery Menk, Elizabeth Pearson, Megan Beranek, Aidan Hendrickson, Nevaeh Ubl, Jocelyn Pettersen, Chloe Stueber, Maddie Burke, Graham Wilkins, Edwin Hendrickson, Emma Miller
Middle row, left to right, Michael Hames, August Radloff, Evelyn Nosbush, Grace Henn, Emma Beranek, Elissa Ries, Hannah Coudran, Lily Mathiowetz, Isabelle Miller, Collin Verzalik, Madelyn Merkel and Spencer Drill
Front row, left to right, Paige Berg, Himilaya Harrison, Elizabeth Miller and Britta Berg

Good things grow in Jefferson garden

Local News

NEW ULM — About 325 students are reaping the rewards of a gardening project underway at Jefferson Elementary School. All winter, the students were planning, identifying and researching the herbs and vegetables that would grow the best in the garden. The students came up with the idea for ...

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