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Lifestyle Feature

Gary Schafer loves those Falcons, drag racing

Gary Schafer of Gibbon is 81, 82 this fall. But don’t him that. He still drag races a 1961 Ford Falcon and a 1970 Ford Maverick. Gary and his wife Judy stay young in other ways too, dancing and hosting an annual Labor Day party. ————— You could call Gary Schafer of Gibbon an old ...

Daycare – you gotta love it

NEW ULM — As Minnesota continues to struggle through a daycare shortage it is more important than ever to focus on those who continue to make a career of watching over the next generation. Amy Apitz has worked as a daycare provider in New Ulm for 22 years and has no intention of stopping. ...

Penner started his family farm with small loan from his dad

Married in 1972, Joel and Bernice Penner lived in Omaha, NE until they saved enough money to make a down payment on 200 acres near Butterfield. In 1973, Butterfield farmer Joel Penner borrowed $500 and borrowed a planter from his father and planted his first crop. He paid his father back ...

Off the Shelf: Upcoming May releases

Get your hold lists ready; we’ve got some great new releases on order for May! If you can handle more virus talk in your life, check out The End of October by Lawrence Wright. Wright’s novel is strangely prescient and follows the path of a virus that starts in Asia and quickly spreads ...

People find ways to keep busy, have fun while social distancing

How do you pass the time when certain activities are restricted by social distancing? For the last two months, this has been a question on the minds of many Americans as most the United States has operated under social distancing measures or stay-at-home orders. The COVID-19 pandemic has left ...

Baier set to return for Augustana

SPRINGFIELD — Augustana University senior and 2016 Springfield High School graduate Sam Baier has quite the athletic resume. From a state championship in both wrestling and baseball his senior year of high school to an NCAA Division II national championship in 2018 as a sophomore in ...

Going, going, … not gone! Sleepy Eye Auction Market weathering coronavirus

Despite challenging times for us all, one thing you can count on is a cattle auction beginning at 10:30 a.m. each Wednesday at the Sleepy Eye Auction Market. It should be noted that only active cattle buyers are allowed in the auction ring, due to coronavirus public health guidelines causing ...

Friends in Need

NEW ULM — There is a famous quote that in scary times, look for the helpers. Even in the worst of times you will find people helping. The coronavirus pandemic is a frightening time but there are people helping through volunteering and donations. In the local community people are stepping up ...

NUHS’s “Clue” canceled: The culprit? COVID-19

NEW ULM — A clever, funny whodunnit play called “Clue” will not be taking place at New Ulm High School (NUHS) on March 27 and 28 as originally scheduled after it was unfortunately canceled this past week due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As the coronavirus continues to spread across the ...

St. Mary’s, Sleepy Eye presents ‘High School Musical!’

Excitement and high energy from start to finish, “High School Musical,” will be presented in the St. Mary’s auditorium by Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s High School at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, March 20, 21 and at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 22. It is the story of two high school students, ...

Twin Rivers Community Orchestra is a home-grown music ensemble

NEW ULM — A new regional musical ensemble — the Two Rivers Community Orchestra (TRCO) — will soon make its debut in New Ulm. The vision of the TRCO is to establish an ensemble of area musicians. The group features some of the region’s best musicians from southern Minnesota including ...

The New Ulm Figure Skating Club presents… “Legends and Divas”

NEW ULM — From Madonna to Prince, Beyoncé to The Beatles, the New Ulm Figure Skating Club’s (NUFSC) 2020 ice show entitled “Legends and Divas” will have those in attendance singing along as the area’s top skaters impress and pay tribute to musical legends and divas. “Legends and ...

Church Lady

NEW ULM — St. Peter’s Episcopal Church at 125 S. Broadway no longer has a congregation, but it remains in good hands. In October, Kathleen Backer purchased the property and over the last three months she, with the help of family, has been working to fix up the 115-year-old ...

Rising in the college ranks

MARSHALL — As a freshman at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, New Ulm High School graduate Meleah Reinhart was amazed of the caliber of athletes at the Division II level. So she worked even harder on her game over the years. She got stronger, faster, fine-tuned some parts, ...

Restarting and rebuilding

MARSHALL — When former New Ulm Area wrestler Sean Howk finished his senior year of prep wrestling in 2019, he went out with his hand raised, a state medal and the most career wins in New Ulm High School history. Now a Division II freshman wrestler at Southwest Minnesota State University, ...

Rare fossils turn up along Cottonwood

William Eibner of New Ulm was looking for agates and petrified wood along the Cottonwood River banks last year when he came across Ice Age fossils, many of them, including mammoth molars, horse teeth, and bone fragments exposed on sandbars. Turns out the finds from tens of thousands of years ...