It's a busy weekend for beer happenings across the state: Fun runs, Oktoberfest, and new taprooms top the bill. Friday marks the opening of NorthGate's new taproom in their new building. It's modeled after an English pub and there will be a food truck and lots of beers flowing from their new taplin ... More >>
Father Michael Skoblik is suspected of abusing children at all six of the parishes where he served between 1940 and 1989, the year of his death. You've probably never heard of him, and there's a good reason for that. He finished his career in New Ulm -- the only diocese in Minnesota that refuses ... More >>
Sure it's rainy, but is that going to stop you from hitting the first day of the Great Minnesota Get-Together? We certainly hope not, especially since August Schell Brewing of New Ulm announced they will be selling their limited edition Grain Belt Blu exclusively at this year's state fair. See als ... More >>
Minnetonka Beach resident David Meder has been hit with a criminal vehicular homicide charge for accidentally running over his wife, Diane Meder, as he pulled into their driveway sometime around 8:30 p.m. last Thursday, killing her.David Meder, 57, had slurred speech and a strong odor of alcohol ema ... More >>
On June 27, Liam Kelly, a 22-year-old veteran who had been awarded the Army Achievement Medal and National Defense Service Medal (among other honors) for his service in Kuwait, was charged with four felony counts of criminal vehicular homicide in connection with a February 15 one-car wreck that kill ... More >>
Remember a time before weekly brew updates and brewery crawls? A time before Minnesota passed the Surly Bill and opened up a world of taprooms and destination breweries? It feels like a distant memory, but it was really just a few years ago, in 2011, the same year local filmmaker Dave Okar set out t ... More >>
Descendants of Dakota Indians are suing southern Minnesota property owners to set up a new reservation on land that was once promised by the federal government. A class-action lawsuit filed Tuesday seeks to evict the current inhabitants of 12 square miles northwest of New Ulm and asks for monetary d ... More >>
Eight simple words: "Good music lives here. So does great beer." It's a mission statement and the simple idea behind the new limited beer from 89.3 the Current and August Schell's Brewery in New Ulm. The Current beer is set for release in bars and liquor stores on May 16 and is a joint effort betw ... More >>
From Duluth to New Ulm, here are our picks for the best outstate suds
Spring is in the air somewhere, which means that Bock Fest is back for the 28th time in New Ulm. August Schell Brewing is hosting the outdoor festival complete with live polka, German food, and their own beers, marking the alleged turning of the seasons. Anyone with a good winter coat and a dedicati ... More >>
This year's Schell's Snowstorm beer, a Belgian Strong Golden Ale and recent Hot Dish Beer of the Week, won a gold medal from the Beverage Tasting Institute on January 15. Scoring 90 points on their rating scale, the Belgian Style Specialty Ale won points for its color, complexity, and elegant aromas ... More >>
This Saturday, Indeed Brewing hosts its second annual Hullabaloo, a one-day, all-day celebration of craft beer. Among the many beers they'll be pouring that day, Indeed is releasing two special brews: Haywire double American black ale and Mosaic fresh hop. There will also be live music and food from ... More >>
The New Ulm Actors Community Theater has decided to cancel their planned production of "Inherit the Wind" thanks to pressure from local evangelicals who object to the way the play portrays the evolution/creationism debate.SEE ALSO: Matt Birk refused White House trip because President Obama is pro-ch ... More >>
On Tuesday the folks over at Surly Brewing Co. took the time to issue their response to the proposed tax increase on Minnesota-made alcohol. In a lengthy blog post that details their multiple issues with the proposed excise tax increase, Surly makes it clear that this legislation can only hurt Minne ... More >>
An inside look at the brains behind all the zombies
August-Schell Brewery is Minnesota's oldest operating brewery and the second-oldest family-run brewery in the United States (Yuengling in Pennsylvania is first). The New Ulm-based brewery has seen a lot of hard times, surviving the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, Prohibition, and a number of other historic ... More >>
SEE ALSO:-- Issac Aguigui, alleged leader of Army plot to assassinate Obama, was a page at 2008 RNC-- Longfellow Park Obama threat: Is murdered cat a message for the president?In May, Ron Larsen was visited by the Secret Service after sending a what-the-hell-was-he-thinking letter to President Obama ... More >>
Reviews of two new casual eateries
On the heels of the release of Surly's Bandwagon, a new West Coast-style Indian Pale Ale that will be exclusively available at Target Field, Schell's Brewery, the company that gave the world Grain Belt Premium and more recently Grain Belt Nordeast, announced the launch of a new, limited release brew ... More >>
A group of New Ulm elementary school students were busted playing "rape tag" on the playground earlier this month. The game is similar to freeze tag, a child's game where someone tags you and you have to freeze until one of your teammates unfreezes you with a tag. Except in "rape tag," you unfr ... More >>
Flax USAA local alternative to soy or rice milk.Health nuts like to sprinkle a little flax seed into granola, smoothies, and the like, to give their diet a boost of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, with the hopes of reducing cholesterol and helping their hearts, among other things. Historically ... More >>
Chris Blakes family is battered and bruised. The deer? We're not sure.Stories about drivers hitting deer on Minnesota highways at this time of year are fairly common. But when a cloven-hoofed beast crashes through the front windshield of a car and keeps on going through the rear window, wel ... More >>
My husband didn't grow up in Minnesota and has never been to the state fair. (The horror, I know!) I'm taking him there to experience it for the first time this weekend. What are the foods he must try?
It won't even be a dry heat. Paging Mr. Gore ... Paging Mr. Gore ...
Photo: aturkus/FlickrMore 420 dope news: Christopher Sean Prodoehl was arrested on Tuesday, and could face felony charges, after Mankato police figured out that the brownies, bread and butter in his possession at Land of Memories Park were laced with pot. That stuff about dope fiends sufferi ... More >>
Schell's isn't wasting any time getting going on its 150th birthday celebrating. It all starts with a pub crawl ...
Doctors said his chest tumor is gone and Hauser appears to be regaining strength and energy.
This photo from New Ulm in 1974 shows us what Lutherans looked like back then: exactly the same as they do today. Wonderful!
A warm summer's night filled with wine, food and song-- New Ulm's Winedown the Weekend
Blind taste a flight to see how Morgan Creek Vineyard's new Ten Thousand Vines stacks up against a French Pinot Noir and a Spanish Grenache blend.
A New Ulm vineyard introduces a wine made with a grape developed by the folks who brought you Honeycrisp apples.
If you weren't in New Ulm this weekend, you missed Bock Fest at Schell's Brewery.
The new movie, set in New Ulm, Minn., is so bad that USA Today said it might be the worst flick ever.
The diocese of New Ulm knew Father David Roney was a pedophile when it sent him to live among orphan schoolchildren in Guatemala
You think winter in Minnesota sucks? Friend, you don't know anything about winter in Minnesota.
Drawing a larger, more luminous map of the world
Also of note: A selective listing of honorable mentions
The Business of Blood
Betting on horses or commodities trades is tame stuff compared to managing the blood supply.