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Citizens for Clean Energy meet Tuesday

Editor's Mailbag, Sept. 4, 2010

September 4, 2010
The Journal

NEW ULM - The New Ulm Citizens for Clean Energy meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 7 in the German Park shelter to discuss New Ulm's energy future.

"Everyone is welcome. We'll be setting goals and making plans for what we need to do, what resources we need and what questions we need answered to keep New Ulm coal free," Jessica Tatro of the Sierra Club's Minneapolis-based Beyond Coal Campaign wrote in an e-mail to The Journal.

The City of New Ulm plans to spend more than $23 million for a boiler upgrade project to burn coal at its power plant for the first time in more than 15 years.

On Aug. 24, the group met at German Park and created a petition for preparation of an Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) and seeking a thorough review of the project.

If it gets at least 25 signatures, the petition would be sent to the Environmental Quality Board that includes a governor's representative, nine state agency heads and five citizen members.

Food Shelf closed Monday

NEW ULM -The New Ulm Area Emergency Food Shelf will be closed Monday, Sept. 6, because of the Labor Day holiday.

The next opening for clients will be Wednesday, Sept. 8.

Because the first Monday of the month falls on the holiday, the food shelf monthlynight hours will be 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13.

Gardeners are welcome to share their excess produce with food shelf clients. Bring in your produce between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Mondays or Wednesdays.

Ice Cream Social Sept. 8

COURTLAND - An Ice Cream Social will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church, rural Courtland on Wednesday,Sept. 8, 4:30-7:30 pm. Menu is barbeques, egg salad sandwiches, baked beans, potato chips, pie, cake, ice cream and beverages. Located 3 miles east of Courtland on County Road 25 (478th Street).

River forecast to rise

NEW ULM - On Friday, the National Weather Service (NWS) in Chanhassen issued a minor flood warning for the Minnesota River at New Ulm.

Listed at 790.3 feet at 7:25 a.m. Friday, the river was forecast to rise above flood stage (797 feet) on Tuesday and to near 797.5 feet by Thursday, Sept. 9.

Heavy rainfall of 2.5 to 4 inches occurred in the Upper Minnesota, Cottonwood and Redwood River basins last Wednesday night and early Thursday morning, according to the NWS.

The Redwood River at Redwood Falls was forecast to rise above flood stage Saturday.



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