Lifestyle Feature

New Ulm’s ‘Underground City’

New Ulm’s ‘underground city’/tunnels were commonly known as the ‘steam tunnels’ because the steam lines were placed inside the existing tunnels under the sidewalks of Minnesota Street. The tunnels, however, were not built for the steam lines. The tunnels were built long before the ...

Pinball hobby blooms into a business

NEW ULM — For over a decade it looked like it was game over for pinball machines. The classic game of arcades and bars had its heyday in the 1970s and 1980s, but by the 21st century it seemed the last silver ball had finally slipped past the flippers and gone down the drain. However, as ...

Celebrating 40 years of school at Minnesota Valley Lutheran

NEW ULM — Minnesota Valley Lutheran is currently celebrating its 40th school year since the school was established in 1979. When Martin Luther Academy, the lutheran high school that shared the Dr. Martin Luther College campus in New Ulm, moved to Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin to merge with ...

Looking back at 2018

Looking back at 2018, The Journal staff found that one recurring theme for the year was weather, from late winter/early spring blizzard, like the Friday the 13th storm in April (above and right) that buried New Ulm and its vehicles in a blanket of snow. Heavy rains later in the year kept river ...

Looking for help for above

Nora Unitarian Universalist Church was awarded a $15,000 grant in June for urgent structural needs including belfry (bell tower) and window repairs. Recognized as a significant Nordic Heritage Site by Partners for Sacred Places, a grant stipulation is that the church raise an equal or greater ...

To walk with the animals

Walking into one of Christian Lilienthal’s barns, you can see and hear a variety of animals scurry about. Some of them stare at you. Others even talk to you. “Hello, hello,” say macaws, sounding quite human-like. Then they screech rather loudly. Lemurs, native to Madagascar, appear to ...

Celebrating 75 years of Tomahawk Conference boys’ basketball

NEW ULM — The Tomahawk Conference celebrates 75 years for boys’ basketball this season, leaving plenty of memories and milestones along the way. The conference first formed in 1944 as the “Tomahawk League”, borrowing the name from the old Tomahawk baseball league. The initial seven ...

New Ulm Tennis Association has given tennis players . . .An Opportunity to play

NEW ULM — Even at the age of 70, Wills Runck finds himself busy on the tennis courts around the city of New Ulm. And even though the winter season is coming up, Runck gives tennis lessons for the New Ulm Tennis Association at the New Ulm Park and Recreation Center and various tennis courts ...

A Season for Giving

NEW ULM — The holiday season is in full force and many people are hitting the shops to find gift items, but is also the time to think of those in need. In the New Ulm area there are several opportunities to donate to worthy causes this time of year. In Brown County, Santa’s Closet it one ...

Looking a Lot Like Christmas

A yearly tradition since 1933, fresh garland with lighted bells and stars will continue to adorn downtown New Ulm this holiday season. Due to safety concerns and downtown changes over time, the City of New Ulm, with the Chamber of Commerce acting in a liaison capacity, initiated conversation ...

New Ulm High School presents… Our Town

NEW ULM — New Ulm High School will be presenting the classic play, “Our Town,” to the public on Friday and Saturday in the New Ulm High School auditorium. Both shows will begin at 7 p.m. and tickets cost $7 for adults and $5 for children. Those with an activity pass get in free. ...

New Ulm Cathedral presents . . .Fairy Tale Courtroom

NEW ULM — New Ulm Cathedral will present “Fairy Tale Courtroom,” which was written by Dana Proulx. The play is under the direction of Michael and Christina Koester. Michael is from South Bend, Indiana and graduated from MLC. Christina is a New Ulm Cathedral graduate and the two met while ...

Nissels share a passion for green

NEW ULM — Some people collect stamps other collect baseball cards, but Marv and Carol Nissel have set their sights on something bigger. For over four decades the couple has collected John Deere tractors. They started collecting 45 years ago, and now they have entire sheds full of the green ...

Rathman says farmer employees make Leavenworth Silage Co. go

For more than 30 years, Leavenworth Silage Company has specialized in sweet corn silage sales to stock growers. General Manager Jim Rathman of Sleepy Eye has been instrumental in the firm. He credits the company’s success to its employees, farmers, he says know what to do when things need ...

Heaping helping of haunts this Halloween

NEW ULM — October might be known for its cool breeze, falling leaves and playoff baseball, but it’s also famous for its month-long slate of movies, stories and activities of haunts, scares and things that go bump in the night. For those in the New Ulm area this month, the second half of ...

State Street Theater presents . . . The Butler Did It

NEW ULM — The State Street Theater Company will present Tim Kelly’s “The Butler Did It”, a comedy that spoofs English mystery plays. Performances will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12 and Saturday, Oct. 13 with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14. The performance is ...

A short flight to another country, a giant leap out of my comfort zone

Editor’s Note: Anna Koehler was the Hans Joohs Exchange Intern from Ulm, Germany to New Ulm this summer. After working at KNUJ and The Journal, she is returning to her home in Ulm, Germany, this weekend. As a European, visiting other countries is relatively easy. Three hours to Italy, ten to ...

Milford 4-H Club has plenty to celebrate

The Milford 4-H Club of Brown County is celebrating its 90th year in 2018, and to celebrate, get more involved in the community and commemorate its long heritage, the club has decided to do at least nine Community Pride projects. Nearly every club member was involved in at least one of the ...

Bee Balm Fields: Where they’ve been and where they’re going

MANKATO — Former New Ulm native and 2001 New Ulm High School graduate Laura Karels is having the time of her life doing something that she loves to do: creating and performing with her Mankato-based band, Bee Balm Fields. Bee Balm Fields was formed in the early, cold winter months of 2015. ...