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Summit Avenue Music Series continues at MLC

NEW ULM — Bethel Balge has always had a passion for performing music. As a long-time piano player, she’s figured out how to turn that passion into something that unites music lovers all over the City of New Ulm. Balge, who teaches music history and gives piano lessons at both Martin ...

Volunteerism, donations power Sleepy Eye Food Shelf

A steady stream of clients walked in and out of the Sleepy Eye Area Food Shelf on a late Monday afternoon. In the basement of the municipal building on Second Avenue Northwest, where the Sleepy Eye Police Station was formerly located, the food shelf shelves were looking a little bare as the ...

It’s a wrap! Sid’s Signs puts decorative wrapper on big rigs

NEW ULM — Sid’s Signs On Broadway completed and sent off one of its largest projects to date on July 17, but this time, it has wheels. Sid De Leo, owner of Sid’s Signs, said the Peterbilt tanker truck is one of the largest vehicles they’ve spruced up with a vinyl graphics-job, and ...

For the past 30 years, Narren have been growing in New Ulm

NEW ULM—Visitors to Bavarian Blast this year likely saw many familiar faces—especially the wooden kind. The Narren of New Ulm are repeating visitors to Bavarian Blast. The group has attended the event back when it was still called Heritage Fest. In fact, the Narren are celebrating their ...

Amateur baseball’s return to Wabasso

WABASSO — After beginning their inaugural amateur baseball season earlier this spring, the Wabasso Jaxx became the first amateur baseball team in Wabasso since 1972. The Jaxx are one of eight teams to play in the Corn Belt League, which consists of teams like the Willmar Rails, the Sacred ...

Windmill Classic continues to thrive in New Ulm

NEW ULM — A couple of weeks ago, the New Ulm Girls’ Fastpitch Association hosted the Windmill Class in New Ulm, a tournament drawing teams from all over the southern half of Minnesota at various age levels The Windmill Classic celebrated its 30th year of existence this year and the ...

Hall of Famer

Harry Wojahn of Fairfax was inducted in April into the World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame in Merrill, Wis. A self-taught musician, Wojahn is still playing in his 80s, entertaining at nursing homes and assisted living center, playing for church services and other events throughout the ...

Brown County Master Gardener Garden Tour: How does their garden grow?

NEW ULM — Late June is the perfect time for gardeners. The weather is cooperating and everything is in bloom. That makes it the perfect time for the annual Brown County Master Gardener Tour. The Master Gardener tour is held the same week each year. In late June, the gardens have time to ...

Samuelson reflects after bringing American football talents to Italy

COMFREY — When Comfrey’s Eli Samuelson got an email for an opportunity to take a trip to not only enjoy the sights and sounds of Italy but also compete against an Italian national 19U team in a football game in Varese, the decision he had to make wasn’t exactly a tough one. Samuelson, a ...

Summer programs a hit for Park and Rec Department

NEW ULM — With summer rapidly approaching, the New Ulm Park and Recreation Department is in full swing for its summer activities list. Like usual, there are the traditional popular events that include Concerts in the Park, swimming lessons, soccer, baseball, T-ball and softball. The Puppet ...

A home where the buffalo roam

In fall 2013, Elizabeth and Craig Fischer got an unusual wedding gift, a bison cow, with an agreement they would buy another bison from their mentors at the Big Shaggy Buffalo Farm near Byron. A few weeks later, two days after Thanksgiving, the Fischers bought more bison at the Annual ...

A Blooming Success

NEW ULM — For Heather Hacker-Hammer, a florist at A to Zinnia, working with flowers wasn’t always seeded in her mind. “When I went to college I was like ‘I am never going to do this ever, ever!’ ” she said. “But then I ended up taking a few horticulture classes and I really ...

Parks for All Purposes

NEW ULM — Summer is around the corner and that means outdoor activities and days at the local park. But which type of park? The word “park” conjures images of the classic neighborhood park with playgrounds, picnic tables, and other outdoor amenities. The neighborhood park might be the ...

Christensen: ‘It’s cool to play golf now’

SLEEPY EYE — He’s been passionate about golf for quite some time, and now he’s running his own golf academy at just 20 years of age. Opening his door on 140 1st Avenue North in Sleepy Eye, 2017 Sleepy Eye high school graduate Caleb Christensen welcomes people of all ages to improve ...

Milbrath’s Mission: Miami

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — In a sense, the 2019 baseball season could be the most important season for Jordan Milbrath. Milbrath, a 2010 Springfield High School graduate, is entering the final year of his seven-year minor league contract and he’s not entirely sure where the unpredictable world ...

Every day’s a good day for a walk with Chance

If you’ve ever driven through Sleepy Eye on State Highway 4 or about a mile south of town in the middle of the morning or afternoon over the past few decades, you’ve probably seen a woman walking a German Shepherd dog at a pretty rapid pace. The lady is Laurie Zuhlsdorf of Sleepy Eye. ...

T a i C h i

NEW ULM – Pam Krzmarzick, a certified tai chi and qi gong instructor at the New Ulm Wellness Collective, said she sees herself as more of a facilitator than a teacher. “I call myself a student too,” she said. “More so than a teacher.” Krzmarzick teaches tai chi and qi gong ...

Sugar Shanty   Couple keeps maple syrup tradition alive

NEW ULM — If you’re traveling down the KC Road in early spring and the temperatures just right, your olfactory senses might be treated to one of the best scents ever: maple syrup. Tyler Zollner and Lori Moldan have been producing their own brand of syrup known as “Sugar Shanty” syrup ...

State Street Theater presents… “Drinking Habits”

NEW ULM — Silliness, secrets and plot twists are promised this coming Friday, Saturday and Sunday as the State Street Theater Company presents Tom Smith’s “Drinking Habits”. Showtime will be 7 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday, with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Sunday. General ...

NUHS presents: “Newsies”

NEW ULM — New Ulm High School will present “Newsies” from March 29-31 at the High School Auditorium. The musical is based on a strike by newspaper boys who have to go on strike because of Joseph Pulitzer, who set up rules that made it more difficult for the newsies to make ...