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Haunts, horror films and other wacky events this Halloween

For those looking to get into the Halloween spirit this October, there are several spooky activities and events in Brown County this year. Whether that means going to a haunted house, checking out a movie or exploring a “Wacky World” of fun and horror, there promises to be plenty to keep ...

New Ulm woman achieves goal: Kilimanjaro

NEW ULM — For Lori Howard, climbing some of the world’s highest mountains is just the type of challenge she’s looking for. In August, Howard climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro with her two daughters — completing one of her life goals. “I had always said that when I turned 40 I was going to ...

Miniature Maker

NEW ULM — The Aerial Lift Bridge in Duluth has a height of 226 feet and length of 501 feet. Over the last month, local lobbyist Jerome Sellner has been working on shrinking it down to fit on a coffee table. Sellner did not have a specific scale in mind when he began designing a miniature of ...

New Ulm Film Society brings 1st ever film festival to New Ulm

NEW ULM — Grab your popcorn, pull up a chair and strap in for two days of films and fun as the first ever New Ulm Film Festival (NUFF) takes place Friday, Sept. 27, and Saturday, Sept. 28, at The Grand Center for Arts & Culture and State Street Theater. Concocted by the New Ulm Film ...

Springfield wrestling program gets a new start

SPRINGFIELD — As a longtime wrestling coach, Springfield’s Todd Bertram had a vision one day of breaking away from the co-operatives that Springfield had been paired with and starting a program of its own. So Bertram looked at the wrestling numbers at the younger levels and started a plan ...

Sleepy Eye Del Monte plant has distinguished history

Warren Cook of Sleepy Eye still remembers working cleanup with his twin brother Warren at the Del Monte plant during the summer of his high school and college years. “That was 50 years ago last summer. I was thankful (human resources employee) Gerald “Boomer” Plahn gave me the chance to ...

Wu telling MLC’s story through the video lens

NEW ULM — For Michael Wu, a videographer on Martin Luther College’s public relations student photography team, connecting people through a visual narrative is a chief reason why he lives behind the lens. “One of the advantages of being a student photographer is my job is to capture ...

Big plans for German Park Amphitheater

NEW ULM—The German Park Amphitheater has been a part of the New Ulm community for over 20 years, but its future is uncertain. The amphitheater was first constructed in the mid-1990s following the closure of the municipal swimming pool in German Park. In June 1991, the New Ulm City Council ...

Busse tours Brazil with USA DII Women’s Basketball Team

WINTHROP — Former Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop standout girls’ basketball player Halley Busse recently returned from a trip to Brazil with the 2019 USA Division 2 Women’s Basketball Team. While there, she picked up memories, wins and continued to improve her game while taking in a different ...

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 ...