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‘Excited for baseball’

Like many others have done before him, Mason Cox could have left town to continue his schooling and athletic career upon graduation from Minnesota Valley Lutheran in 2020. But the opportunity to achieve his goals in a city he’s called home since he was 8 years old was too ...

Wars, hurricanes and floods

Story by Fritz Busch / Photos by Fritz Busch and submitted by Randy Melby Fairfax native Randy Melby has seen a good share of the world with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. After four decades of service, the Montevideo resident has retired from the organization but continues working on the ...

Learning to ride

It is a universal truth that once you learn to ride a bicycle, you never forget. Learning to ride a bicycle is a hard-wired skill, but over the last decade, the method of how we learned to ride bicycles has changed. For generations, young children were taught to ride a bike one of two ways. ...

Trusting his swing

Years of patience, learning and a drive to play baseball has led outfielder Carter Brinkman to becoming one of the Winona State University baseball team’s most formidable hitters. Brinkman, a two-time All-Journal baseball player and 2018 Sleepy Eye High School graduate, came ...

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Senior Meals

MONDAY Chicken chow mein, brown rice, Oriental vegetables, Mandarin oranges, dessert, milk. TUESDAY Cheese ravioli, romaine salad/dressing, apple, bread/margarine, dessert, milk. WEDNESDAY Sausage egg bake, broccoli, cinnamon apple sause, muffin/coffee cake, milk. THURSDAY Roast ...

Sure, throw hot dogs on the grill. But don’t forget bananas

In this pandemic summer, who doesn't want to eat and cook outdoors? And if you're firing up the grill, don't forget dessert. I am bananas for grilled bananas. Fast and easy, they become instant favorites and remind you of classic desserts. And there are so many variations: You can make ...

Support your immune system with grapes

(Family Features) Boosting immune function through a healthy diet has become an important new focus for many people these days. One key dietary recommendation is to eat more fruits and vegetables each day to improve immune function and prevent heart disease and diabetes. When looking to guide ...

Turn homemade ice cream into tasty sandwiches

Ice cream and hot days are a perfect match. Ice cream can be served in many different ways — from sundaes to cakes to sandwiches. Ice cream sandwiches are comprised of a favorite ice cream flavor nestled between wafer-type cakes or cookies. They’re available pre-made in a grocer’s ...

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Tomato Glossary of Terms

Determinate or indeterminate? Hybrid or heirloom? Here is a tomato glossary to help you understand terms related to growing tomatoes. The list is in alphabetical order. AAS (All-American selections): New varieties which are annually voted to be most superior. Beefsteak: A term used to ...

Antiques and Collecting

Who knew a zipper could be high fashion? At least, it is when it’s made of 18K white gold and 13.50 carats of diamonds! It sold for $18,450 at Morphy Auctions of Denver, Pennsylvania. It is really a necklace, not a zipper, although the pull is functional. It is described as ...

Off the Shelf

New Ulm Public Library’s summer reading program, “An Ocean of Possibilities” begins Monday, June 6, and runs through July 31. The summer reading program is open to ages birth through high school. This year reading logs will be available for pickup in the library starting May ...

Off the Shelf: Great library events for May

Spring is here! There’s a lightness in my step; even though we’ve had some lingering blustery weather, I know that days of warmth and sunshine will soon be the norm. At the library we’re busy preparing for the Summer Reading Program and all the fun we’ll have during June and July. Until ...

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Katelyn Berens and Kirk Hartmann

Douglas and Brenda Berens of Prior Lake announce the engagement of their daughter, Katelyn Berens to Kirk Hartmann, son of Otto and Bonnie Hartmann of Gibbon. Katelyn is a 2014 graduate of Augsburg College. She received her Master’s in Athletic Training in 2016 from the College of St. ...

Kati Erb and Michael Schlottman

Kati Erb and Michael Schlottman announce their engagement. Kati is the daughter of Karen and Larry Erb of Lakeville, Minn. Michael is the son of Dale and Amy Schlottman of New Ulm. Kati is a 2012 high school graduate of Apple Valley High School. She completed her teaching degree at the ...

Kathleen Kini and Jack Schwartz

Kathleen Kini and Jack Schwartz wish to announce their upcoming wedding on September 11, 2021. Parents of the couple are Mike and Karen Kini of De Pere, WI and Mike and Michelle Schwartz of New Ulm. Kathleen is a 2016 graduate of De Pere High School and a 2020 graduate of the University of ...

Anna Mohr and Michael Skillings

Anna Mohr and Michael Skillings wish to announce their upcoming wedding on August 28, 2021. Parents of the couple are Sandy and Marty Mohr and Colleen and Bob Skillings. Anna and Michael are 2016 graduates of Cathedral High School. Anna is currently completing a Doctorate of Pharmacy at South ...

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Dennis and Arlene Sperl

Dennis and Arlene Sperl of New Ulm celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on April 29 with their family. Dennis Sperl and Arlene Kurkowski were married at the Chapel at the Way of the Cross in New Ulm on April 29, 1972, with the Rev. Richard Gross officiating.

Merrill and Lila Ellies

Merrill and Lila Ellies of Lafayette will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on March 17. Merrill Ellies and Lila Carlson were married at First Lutheran Church in Lafayette on March 17, 1962.

Greg and Dianne Merkel

Greg and Dianne Merkel of New Ulm celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, Nov. 27 with their family. Greg Merkel and Dianne Hillesheim were married at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Sanborn, MN on Nov. 26th, 1971.

Michael and Lillian Fruhwirth

Michael and Lillian Fruhwirth of New Ulm will celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary on Oct. 9 with family. Michael Fruhwirth and Lillian Havemeier were married at Brighton Church on Oct. 9, 1946.

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Jill Biden, Selena Gomez lead talk on youth mental health

WASHINGTON (AP) — Selena Gomez joined first lady Jill Biden and U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy at the White House on Wednesday for a conversation about youth mental health. The singer/actor has been public about her struggles and revealed in 2020 that she had been diagnosed with bipolar ...

Parents alerted to watch children for hepatitis symptoms

MDH press release Prompted by a cluster of hepatitis cases of unknown origin among children in multiple states and countries, state health officials are asking parents to watch for signs of liver inflammation in their children — especially after bouts with either upper respiratory or ...

Resolve to self-care to improve mental health

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, established in 1949 to increase awareness of the importance of mental health and wellness in Americans’ lives and to celebrate recovery from mental illness. Despite this bold campaign that began 73 years ago, there is still difficulty in talking about and ...

FDA issues plan to ban menthol in cigarettes, cigars

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government on Thursday released its long-awaited plan to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars, citing the toll on Black smokers and young people. "The proposed rules would help prevent children from becoming the next generation of smokers and help adult ...

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Bernier-Stein Wedding

Stephanie Bernier and Jake Stein were united in marriage on Saturday, August 7, 2021, at German Park in New Ulm. Parents of the bride are Jerry and Lori Bernier of Hanska and Sue Bernier of Madison, MN. Parents of the groom are Dan and Kelly Stein of rural Courtland. Stephanie is a 2012 high ...

Jenny Baldwin David Luepke

Jenny Baldwin and David Luepke were united in marriage on May 2, 2020 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church of Wartburg in Waterloo, IL. The bride is the daughter of Stephen and Carleen Baldwin of Waterloo, IL. The groom is the son of John and Lorna Luepke of Courtland. The bride is a 2010 graduate ...

Josie Mikosch, Jason Shaul

Josie Mikosch and Jason Shaul were married September 12, 2020 at Ashery Lane Farm in Mayer, MN. Parents of the bride are Donna and Michael Stamer and Jeff Mikosch of Willmar. Parents of the groom are Mike and Angie Shaul of New Ulm. Logan Henrich and Katie Bobb were maids of honor. ...

Brenna Sievert and Austin Bushman

Brenna Sievert and Austin Bushman were married January 25, 2020, at The Edward Anne Estate at Bavaria Downs in Chaska. The bride is the daughter of Craig and Laura Sievert of New Ulm, and the bridegroom is the son of Rich and Julie Bushman of Stillwater. The ceremony was officiated by ...