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A Blooming Success

NEW ULM — For Heather Hacker-Hammer, a florist at A to Zinnia, working with flowers wasn’t always seeded in her mind. “When I went to college I was like ‘I am never going to do this ever, ever!’ ” she said. “But then I ended up taking a few horticulture classes and I really ...

Parks for All Purposes

NEW ULM — Summer is around the corner and that means outdoor activities and days at the local park. But which type of park? The word “park” conjures images of the classic neighborhood park with playgrounds, picnic tables, and other outdoor amenities. The neighborhood park might be the ...

Christensen: ‘It’s cool to play golf now’

SLEEPY EYE — He’s been passionate about golf for quite some time, and now he’s running his own golf academy at just 20 years of age. Opening his door on 140 1st Avenue North in Sleepy Eye, 2017 Sleepy Eye high school graduate Caleb Christensen welcomes people of all ages to improve ...

Milbrath’s Mission: Miami

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — In a sense, the 2019 baseball season could be the most important season for Jordan Milbrath. Milbrath, a 2010 Springfield High School graduate, is entering the final year of his seven-year minor league contract and he’s not entirely sure where the unpredictable world ...

Every day’s a good day for a walk with Chance

If you’ve ever driven through Sleepy Eye on State Highway 4 or about a mile south of town in the middle of the morning or afternoon over the past few decades, you’ve probably seen a woman walking a German Shepherd dog at a pretty rapid pace. The lady is Laurie Zuhlsdorf of Sleepy Eye. ...

T a i C h i

NEW ULM – Pam Krzmarzick, a certified tai chi and qi gong instructor at the New Ulm Wellness Collective, said she sees herself as more of a facilitator than a teacher. “I call myself a student too,” she said. “More so than a teacher.” Krzmarzick teaches tai chi and qi gong ...

Sugar Shanty   Couple keeps maple syrup tradition alive

NEW ULM — If you’re traveling down the KC Road in early spring and the temperatures just right, your olfactory senses might be treated to one of the best scents ever: maple syrup. Tyler Zollner and Lori Moldan have been producing their own brand of syrup known as “Sugar Shanty” syrup ...

State Street Theater presents… “Drinking Habits”

NEW ULM — Silliness, secrets and plot twists are promised this coming Friday, Saturday and Sunday as the State Street Theater Company presents Tom Smith’s “Drinking Habits”. Showtime will be 7 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday, with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Sunday. General ...

NUHS presents: “Newsies”

NEW ULM — New Ulm High School will present “Newsies” from March 29-31 at the High School Auditorium. The musical is based on a strike by newspaper boys who have to go on strike because of Joseph Pulitzer, who set up rules that made it more difficult for the newsies to make ...

Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s Presents… Newsies

Photos by Susan Marie Studio In 1899, New York City got its news from an army of ragged orphans and runaways called newsies. One homeless New York City newsboy Jack Kelly (Joseph Goedtke) befriends two newcomers to his trade, Davey (Kyle McKeown) and Les (Addie Hoffmann), who also dream ...

Mason creates art from bits of glass

SLEEPY EYE — Walking into Sleepy Eye Stained Glass, a visitor’s gaze is greeted by dozens of stained glass windows and hundreds of other colorful creations. Mike Mason, owner of the business and workshop, has been at it for over 40 years repairing or constructing hundreds of windows and ...

Time to think of Community Gardening

NEW ULM — The snow may still be three feet deep, but New Ulm Community Garden is already preparing for the green season. The Community Garden is located at 1915 S. Valley St. near the former Putting Green site and has been in operation for six years. The Community Garden has continued to ...

Sleepy Eye men build their own ice fishing house

Mike Schauman has participated in just about every Sleepy Eye Sportsman’s Club Fishing Derby over more than three decades. A retired 3M employee, Schauman said he would ice fish the lake during the day when just about nobody else was on the lake. “It’s a lot better fishing when there ...

The New Ulm Figure Skating Club presents… ‘Blades on Broadway’

NEW ULM — ‘Blades on Broadway’, the New Ulm Figure Skating Club’s (NUFSC) 2019 ice show, will slide into the New Ulm Civic Center (NUCC) this coming Saturday and Sunday. Performance times will be at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday and also at 1 p.m. next Sunday. Tickets are $10 for ...

New Ulm CrossFit hosts Granites Games

NEW ULM — Shortly after his wife Brandy joined CrossFit, Jeff Toomer knew that he too wanted to see what all the hype was about. So Toomer joined seven years ago in Mankato, and now he’s the co-owner/head coach at the New Ulm CrossFit location, a job that has enabled him to gain friends ...

NUPU has been keeping the lights on for a long time in New Ulm

NEW ULM — The Electric Distribution plant of the New Ulm Public Utilities Commission has kept the lights on in the community for decades. Providing electricity and power to over 7,200 customers, the plant produces about 5,000 megawatts of electricity every year. The plant has pumped out ...

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 ...