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Back to the movies

The 80-year-old theater at the west end of downtown Madelia was extensively remodeled while it was closed due to COVID restrictions last spring and summer. “We were shut down like everybody else last March (due to initial COVID restrictions), so I went to my dad (the late Everett ...

A look back

NEW ULM — Dave Biedenbender’s career coaching girls’ basketball at Minnesota Valley Lutheran will always be considered one of the more successful runs in New Ulm sports history. Biedenbender coached for 15 years at the school and had a career record of 316-99. During that time, he took ...

Looking Back at 2020

In a year dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic, a look back at 2020 should mention all the things that did NOT happen. There was no Bavarian Blast, no Hermannfest. The State Amateur Baseball tournament that was supposed to have been held in New Ulm was moved after the New Ulm City Council decided ...

Off the Shelf: My Best Books of 2020

Happy New Year one and all! I don’t know about you but I have been looking forward to the end of this year since March. I know that many people enjoy year end reviews, but I don’t. The only thing I like about looking back at the previous year is the many lists of “Best Books” produced ...

Construction Zone

Winter is not usually the season for new house construction, but for years Chris and Sue Blake have made a tradition of constructing gingerbread houses for the holidays. The couple said they have been making the sweet little houses on and off since they first married, but over the last five ...

Tour of lights

If there’s anything that can brighten up the year of 2020 even a little bit, it’s Christmas lights. And lots of them. And there’s no better way to get in on all of the holiday lights than hopping in your vehicle and taking a drive around at night. This year there’s something that ...

College recruiters adjust to changes at MLC

While the COVID-19 pandemic has altered everyone’s way of life in 2020, recruiters at Martin Luther College have remained positive in the toughest of times in their careers at the college. Currently students are off campus, but there’s hope that they will be able to return in January, and ...

‘It’s been a heck of a ride and I’m not done yet’

Growing up on a farm between Winthrop and Brownton, Jim Bartels has fond memories of how he became interested in a radio career. “In my senior year in (Brownton) high school, our English teacher said she’d be gone on Friday. We asked her why, and she said a good friend was getting ...

NUMAS Haus expanding program to help homeless

NEW ULM — Four years ago, the New Ulm Ministerial Association (NUMAS) opened a shelter to provide emergency shelter and support for homeless women and children in Brown County called NUMAS Haus. The shelter is now expanding its service to include transitional housing. NUMAS Haus Board ...

State Street Theater Co. presents: Charlotte’s Web

Editor's Note: Because of Gov. Tim Walz's new COVID-19 restrictions, the production of "CHARLOTTE'S WEB" has been canceled. This article was published before the restrictions were announced. NEW ULM — State Street Theater will present Charlotte’s Web this weekend. The play opened Friday, ...

There’s no snowmobile like an old snowmobile

You may have noticed the signs in Kurt Wurtzberger’s yard on State Highway 68, several miles southeast of New Ulm. “Wanted: 1960s - 1990s snowmobiles.” What’s so great about older snowmobiles? “They’re easier to work on. They’re simpler than newer snowmobiles,” said ...

Election workers make democracy happen

BROWN COUNTY — Tuesday was another historic election night in the United States and the reason these elections can happen at all is thanks to the hard work of Election Judges. Every polling place in Minnesota is managed by a team of poll workers and election judges. In the General Election, ...

WABASSO FOOTBALL: A LOOK BACK

WABASSO — Joe Kemp took over as the head coach of the Wabasso football program in 2005 after being an assistant for the program since 1999. It didn’t take him long to become one of the more successful coaches in southwest Minnesota, leading the program to winning seasons year after year and ...

Runners, walkers, riders raise $50k for breast cancer survivors

New Ulm and area breast cancer survivors and their supporters raised $50,000 for the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes 2020 breast cancer fundraiser Oct. 1-8. The virtual event included teams of people, individuals and members of New Ulm Crossfit and Power Haus Yoga who even did fundraisers on their ...

Spooky activities

BROWN COUNTY — Halloween will be significantly different this year with extra precautions around COVID-19, but spooky activities are still plentiful in the Brown County Area. NEW ULM NIGHTMARES FUNERAL HOME New Ulm Nightmares is continuing the haunted house tradition with its sixth annual ...

A look back at 2004: The year of the Rabbits

WABASSO — Wabasso girls’ basketball coach Neil Dolan knew that his 2003-04 team was stacked with veterans who had played in big games before, but there was one thing missing from that group — a state tournament trip. The previous two years, Wabasso made it to the Section 3A championship ...

150 years of fighting fires

Established in 1870, the New Ulm Fire Department (NUFD) celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2020. Since the health and safety of its guests, volunteers, and community is the department’s top priority, celebration events have been postponed to 2021. A 5k walk/run is scheduled for Saturday, ...

For 160 years, Schell’s has kept it All in the Family

NEW ULM — he August Schell’s Brewing Company is celebrating its 160th anniversary this year. The brewing company has seen many shifts in the industry and as Schell’s reaches this latest milestone, the company prepares to shift to the next generation. Schell’s Brewery is the second ...

Park and Rec sees big changes ahead

NEW ULM — Construction projects around the City of New Ulm have been ongoing for quite some time, with a few of them nearly 100% complete. The Amphitheater at German Park nearly finished. The placement of all the structure is complete and the only remaining items of the project involve ...