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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 ...

Little Dresses, Big Smiles

(Photos courtesy of Little Dresses Workshop) NEW ULM — For nearly a decade, Little Dresses Workshop of New Ulm has been one of the most widespread charity organizations in the area in terms of its impact and membership. Since 2011, the workshop has distributed over 13,000 pieces of ...

Batt is making an early impact

MANKATO — As a freshman on the Minnesota State University, Mankato women’s basketball team, Joey Batt wanted to make an impact right away. And through the first 10 games of the season, Batt has done just that. By no means has it been easy for her, but the 5-foot-5 graduate from New Ulm ...

Panning Brothers are The old tractor and combine parts guys

It’s not too hard to find Panning Brothers Tractor Parts. It’s located 6 miles northwest of Gibbon on Sibley County Road 22. Traveling north of State Highway 19 west of Gibbon on CR 22, you can spot the place before you see the mailbox number. There’s a very high ARMER radio system ...

New Ulm Masonic Temple/Lodge closes after 147 years

On Aug 20, 2019, after 147 years, the New Ulm Masonic Temple/Lodge locked the doors for the last time to the Lodge Hall located on the 3rd floor of the Masonic Building, 13 ¬Ω North Minnesota Street… closing another chapter in New Ulm’s history. Freemasonry remains the world’s oldest ...

Decked out for Christmas one last time

NEW ULM – The downtown Christmas decorations on Minnesota Street have been a part of the city’s history for decades. The current garland decoration began in 1933, but downtown New Ulm was celebrating the Christmas season from much earlier. In November 1914, the New Ulm Review newspaper ...

From underdogs to champs: The rise of the MLC football team

NEW ULM — Martin Luther College football coach Mark Stein has it pretty good these days. The head coach just wrapped up another successful season, leading the Knights to a 9-2 record overall and a second straight NCAA Division III tournament football appearance after winning the Upper Midwest ...

State Street Theater Co. presents… “A Charlie Brown Christmas”

NEW ULM — One of the most well-known, classic animated television specials comes to life on Nov. 29 and Nov. 30 as “A Charlie Brown Christmas” hits the State Street Theater Co. (SSTC) stage in New Ulm. The first showing will take place at 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 29. There will then be a ...

Gavel to fall on Brown County Teen Court

—————— Due to declining numbers of adolescents in the program, Brown County Teen Court will be converted to a traditional juvenile diversion program in January 2020. One of the longest-running programs in Southern Minnesota, Brown County Teen Court has handled more than 1,000 ...

New Ulm High School Presents… The Wizard of Oz

NEW ULM — Make sure your ruby slippers and a bucket of water are by your side because the Wicked Witch of the West is on the prowl. New Ulm High School will present its latest play, “The Wizard of Oz,” opening Thursday, Nov. 14 in the high school’s auditorium. ...

NUACS presents: Guys & Dolls

NEW ULM — Next weekend Cathedral High School’s theatre department will be all about dice and dames as they perform “Guys and Dolls.” “Guys and Dolls” is a Tony Award-winning Broadway play, based on short stories by Damon Runyon about the street characters in New York. It was first ...

New Ulm Park and Rec offers plenty of Winter options

NEW ULM — With winter season coming up, now is the time to start planning for exercise classes at the New Ulm Recreation Center. Most of the winter sessions begin their sign-up soon and Sandy Bromley, who is the Aquatic and Fitness Coordinator, said that it’s important to set small goals ...

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 ...