October 1, 2014

Three exchange students at Cedar Mountain

The Cedar Mountain exchange students stand in front of a painted American flag. From left: Suvi Kortesalmi from Finland, Oliver Hurni from Switzerland, and Jannes Engelbrecht from Germany. (Staff photo by Amy Berg)

By Amy Berg, Staff Writer

Fresh off the fun of Homecoming Week, three exchange students at Cedar Mountain High School are enjoying the American way of school and life.


For complete story see print edition

German students at GFW

Clemens Zumdick (left) and Christin Timpe (right) both are here from Germany. They are from different parts of Germany and did not know each other before they came to GFW. (Staff photo by Amy Berg)

By Amy Berg, Staff Writer

GFW is happy to welcome two German exchange students for the 2014-2015 school year.


For complete story see print edition

September 24, 2014

Gibbon’s own Hometown Heroes

Tom Matray (left) and Tony Weber were named the September Hometown Heroes by KNUJ and the New Ulm Hy-Vee for their quick action in the Hartmann house fire on August 11. (Staff photo by Amy Berg)

By Amy Berg, Staff Writer

“They always look out for us and we help them out when they need it,” Tony Weber said.

Weber, along with Tom Matray are the duo that saved Mary and Otto Hartmann Sr. from a house fire on August 11. Matray lives two houses down from the Hartmanns and Weber lives across the street from them in Gibbon.

For this good deed and brave feat, Matray and Weber were named the September Hometown Heroes by KNUJ and the New Ulm Hy-Vee. They were also honored at the Gibbon Firemen’s Dance on September 13 along with Weber’s sister, Natalie.

During the early evening hours, a little before 5:30 p.m. on August 11, Matray was wheeling out his grill to get supper going. He saw Butch Weber, Tony’s father, across the street with the grill already going.

The next series of events unfolded quickly and intensely, with Matray and Weber acting on instinct.


For complete story see print edition

Prairie Lutheran School puzzled by missing letters

By Amy Berg, Staff Writer

The Prairie Lutheran School in Fairfax is dealing with the same problem for the third time. A vandal has removed two letters from the school’s name on the east wall.

Prairie Lutheran Vice Principal Randy Ristow has reported that the “A” out of Prairie and the “H” out of Lutheran have been removed. This happened sometime during the evening hours of Monday, September 8.

The previous two times the letters had been taken down they were left on the school’s property. But this time that was not the case.

The first time this happened was about six years ago, according to Ristow. The letters were broken off for a second time about a year and a half ago.

The letters are attached to the brick wall by three anchor points. The last time the letters were removed, the vandals broke the anchors. This time around, the vandals took the time to pull the anchors out in order to get the letters.

“It would take a lot of work to get those anchors loose,” Ristow said.


For complete story see print edition