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Richert combines two passions into one business

SPRINGFIELD — Growing up, baseball was always Jevan Richert’s favorite sport. So the Springfield graduate decided to take his passion and use it as a hobby and he’s starting to make a name for his brand. Richert launched JRichertbats.com and he makes custom wood bats for baseball ...

Detox plays critical role after drug/alcohol arrests

In case you’ve ever wondered what the concrete building is at 510 N. Front St. is, it’s the Brown County Evaluation Center Drug Detox Division. The licensed, privately-owned, non-profit, 24-hour facility is governed by a board of directors comprised of county commissioners from Blue ...

An incredible era at Cathedral

NEW ULM — Looking back 27 years later, former New Ulm Cathedral softball coach Bob Mertz still remembers in great detail his greatest three-year stretch as a head coach, which began in the spring of 1993. That year, Mertz and the Greyhounds won their first-ever state championship in ...

New Ulm residents saving the Monarchs one butterfly at a time

There’s been a lot of bad news for monarch butterflies in recent years. Their numbers have been dropping in recent years, due to a lot of factors, including the loss of habitat, including their favorite food, the milkweed plant. The good news is, there are things people can do to help ...

Krav Maga combines fitness, self defense

NEW ULM — Alpha Krav Maga International self-defense training class has been available in Mankato for a number of years and is now coming to New Ulm. The class is 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Mead Martial Arts Center, 319 N. Front Street. The class is open to anyone older ...

Fischer loves old tractors

Perhaps the rarest antique tractor in area parades and other old tractor events like the Butterfield Threshing Bee, is Steve Fischer’s 1937 Allis Chalmers A tractor. The bright, orange color may be the first thing you recognize. The big fenders that cover about half of the rear tires. ...

Historic preservation applies to Brown County Historical Society Museum, too

NEW ULM — The Brown County Historical Society (BCHS) Museum is undergoing repairs to the exterior of the building. This is one of several physical changes through the building’s 110-year history and since the building belongs to the BCHS, its history is well documented. The building began ...

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 ...