New Ulm

Editor’s Mailbag

Outstanding Brown County Senior nominees sought NEW ULM — Do you know an outstanding Senior Volunteer in your community? Let the Brown county Free Fair recognize them for their accomplishments. Individuals must be over the age of 70, reside in Brown County, and show outstanding volunteer ...

“Beauty and the Beast” on stage at State Street Theater Co.

NEW ULM — “Be Our Guest!” when the Academy Award-winning film comes to life on stage at State Street Theater Co. This magical performance will take place over the course of two weekends. Dates and times are Friday, July 26 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, July 27 at 7 p.m.; Sunday, July 28 at 2 p.m.; ...

Prairie Fire Children’s Theater ready with ‘Dream’

NEW ULM — What fools these mortals be to attempt a production of “A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream” with less than a week of rehearsal. But that is exactly how The Prairie Fire Children’s Theater (PFCT) operates. The PFCT began auditions and rehearsal for “A Mid-Summer Night’s ...

Students try living their history lesson

NEW ULM — It’s not everyday you get to do it old-school. That’s what Zander Larson, 9, said as he scrubbed lye soap-soaked cloth against a tin washboard. As part of an ongoing community engagement program, the Brown County Historical Society hosted a pioneer-themed history day camp ...

Off the Shelf: Summer at the Library

Summertime has finally arrived. I thought I would take this time to remind you of some of the services available at the library that will help get you through the remainder of summer. If you have visited the library in the past month you have noticed a dramatic increase in the activity level. ...

Co. Board tables adding deputy

NEW ULM — Brown County commissioners tabled the question of adding an extra deputy position in 2020 on Tuesday. The added position is needed due to increased calls for service. Transport times increased since the New Ulm juvenile detention center closed and the next closest facility is in ...

3 Girl Scouts earn Silver Award

NEW ULM — Three Girl Scout members of Troop #34112, New Ulm, Amber Kretsch, Laura Schmitt, and Emma Miller, were recognized at the Girl Scout Highest Award Ceremony in St Paul recently for earning their Silver Award. The Silver Award is the highest award that a Girl Scout can earn at the ...

Bavarian Blast in New Ulm set for July 18-21

NEW ULM — Bavarian Blast, now in its 14th year, takes place July 18-21, 2019. A German and American Music Festival, it features all sorts of music, including German-style bands, old-time, and rock music.  Nationally-known musicians as well as local favorites take the stages all weekend ...

Map depicts cemetery layout

Staff photo by Clay Schuldt The New Ulm City Monuments / Cemetery Commission recently approved the installation of a large city cemetery map which is centrally located in the New Ulm City Cemetery. The map was installed to help visitors / relatives / friends / researchers find burial ...

Park & Rec board authorizes bids for German Park amphitheater

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Park and Recreation Commission recommended the plans, specifications and authorized the bidding process for the German Park Amphitheater at its meeting Monday. This project has been discussed for a decade. The earthen and grass seating terraces have slumped and ...

Former Commissioner Charlie Griebel dies at 93

BROWN COUNTY — Former Brown County commissioners fondly recalled their memories of former District 2 commissioner Charlie Griebel on Monday. Griebel, 93, died Sunday, July 7 at Oak Hills Living Center. Mass of Christian Burial is 11 a.m., Saturday, July 13 at St. John the Baptist Catholic ...

NU man brushes off taser wire, later found at home

NEW ULM — A 28-year-old New Ulm man faces two charges after running away from police, then pushing a taser wire away in an alley near the B&J Laundromat June 30. Misdemeanor charges of evading a peace officer and driving after revocation were filed in Brown County District Court Monday ...

Chris & Chris in concert

Chris & Chris of Sleepy Eye (Chris Steffen, right, and Chris Ames) perform at the German Park Concert in the Park Series Monday night. The Concord Singers will perform next week in German Park at 7 p.m., Monday, July 15.

Harkin Store explores fashions of the past

WEST NEWTON — The Harkin Store explored the clothing and fashion trends of the 1870s during its Sunday programming at the historic site in West Newton Sunday. On display was a collection of mid- to late-1800s style dresses, including the clothing belonging to Elizabeth Harkin Russell, the ...

Off the Shelf: Summer cookbook roundup

Summer has sprung up the last few days. When it’s too hot to cook, I like to grab a quick crockpot, sheet pan, or grilling recipe. Reference Librarian Leasa Sieve purchases most of the library’s non-fiction collection and the new books section in cookery (641) is a treat to browse.  The ...

Autofest revs up car enthusiasts

NEW ULM — The 19th annual Autofest had a strong showing with over 300 registered vehicles on display at the Brown County Fairgrounds. The variety of cars of display range from big to small, old to new and came in every color of the rainbow. On the small end, Mike Holland of Blue Earth ...

Battery has a blast at Harkin Store Independence Day festivities

WEST NEWTON — The New Ulm Battery paid its annual visit to Harkin Store, Sunday. The battery has a tradition of visiting the former general store on Sunday before or after the Fourth of July. The Battery was originally formed in January of 1863 in the wake of the U.S. Dakota War of 1862 ...

Jim Hoffmann retiring after 60 years with Principal Mutual

NEW ULM — Jim Hoffmann looks like he could continue selling insurance for another 10 years or so, but after 60 years with Principal Insurance, Hoffmann has decided it’s time to retire. His retirement is official today, July 1. Hoffmann has sold his Blue Cross/Blue Shield business to ...

Checking out the quilts along the Way

NEW ULM — A series of familiar, decorative patterns were on the rise Saturday in New Ulm. Sites all over town were displaying quilts as part of the bi-annual Quiltistry event. The first Quiltistry was held in 2011, but since the event is only held every other year this is the fifth ...