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Editor's Mailbag, Dec. 9, 2011

December 9, 2011
The Journal

New Ledger editor is Glencoe native

LAFAYETTE - New Lafayette Nicollet Ledger Editor Jessica Grams is a Glencoe native who lived on Los Angeles for several years before moving back to Minnesota.

In her first column, she wrote about being able to trust people more in rural Minnesota than she could in Southern California, where she said she was constantly on guard against possible threats.

Mrs. Claus to visits library

NEW ULM - Mrs. Claus will be at the New Ulm Public Library at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 12 and Thursday, Dec. 15.

She will join the children's storytime for stories, songs, treats, and photos. All are welcome to enjoy the holiday fun. Registration is not required. For more information, call the library at 507-359-8336.

HCHY offers trip to see 'Cinderella'

NEW ULM - Healthy Communities/Healthy Youth still has tickets available for it's Dec. 28 grade school trip to see the holiday production of 'Cinderella' at the Old Log Theatre in Excelsior. This opportunity is open to all Brown County 3rd-6th grade students and a limited number of adults.

The show is scheduled for 10 a.m. and a bus will leave from Springfield at 7 a.m. with stops in at Sleepy Eye High School at 7:15 a.m. and New Ulm High School at 7:30 a.m.. Buses will return to these locations between 1:30 and 2 p.m. and everyone who participates must ride the bus to and from the event.

Cost for the trip is $20 per participant, which includes show ticket and transportation. Participants should also pack a lunch which can be eaten on the way home. Tickets will be reserved on a first come first serve basis.

To reserve your tickets mail $20 for each person (limit of two tickets per household) by Wednesday Dec. 21 to 'Cinderella Trip', Healthy Communities/Healthy Youth, 125 South Broadway, New Ulm, MN 56073. Parents should include a parental permission note with students name, current grade, address and phone number plus email address so that we can confirm your reservation.

For more information call Healthy Communities/Healthy Youth of Brown County at 354-8632 or 276-8628 or email

Nicollet County Dairy Princess and Ambassador candidates Sought

NEW ULM - The Nicollet County Dairy Association is seeking candidates for Nicollet County Dairy Princess and Ambassador Program for the 2012 year.

Candidates for dairy princess must be a high school graduate by July 1, 2012 and not yet 24 years old by July 1, 2012. She, her parents, or her family must be actively engaged in the production of milk for sale to a licensed plant during the current year. A candidate also qualifies if she or her parents are employed on a dairy farm in a dairy-related capacity. Candidates for dairy ambassador are eligible according to the same rules as listed above, but they must be a sophomore or junior in high school.

Candidates seeking to be a dairy princess or ambassador must attend an interview and judging at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in New Ulm on the morning of Saturday, Jan. 28, with the coronation and an afternoon banquet to follow starting at Noon. Candidates will be judged on their communication skills, personality, enthusiasm for dairy promotion, and general knowledge of the dairy industry.

For complete rules, brochure, and application form, contact Michele Schroeder, Nicollet County Princess Coordinator at 507-354-1829 by Sunday, Dec. 18.

Santa McFundraiser for First Choice

NEW ULM - Santa Claus is coming from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 14 to the McDonald's in New Ulm for the First Choice Pregnancy Services Family Night McFundraiser.

In addition to Santa Claus, there will be coloring pages, a craft project, and holiday movies to watch fun for the whole family. FCPS volunteers will be there, too, to share in the fun, clear tables, and answer questions.

First Choice Pregnancy Services is a non-profit organization that provides valuable services and practical resources to women and families before, during, and after pregnancy, including pregnancy testing, limited obstetrical ultrasounds, lay counseling, emergency supplies of diapers and formula, parenting classes, opportunities for earning baby items, information, and professional referrals. All services are provided free of charge.

Since FCPS receives no government funding, it is dependent upon income provided by fundraising and private donations. McDonalds will donate 10 percent of sales between 4 and 7 p.m. on Dec. 14 to the pregnancy resource center. McDonald's also has a giving tree in the lobby with information on services provided by FCPS and the cost to provided them. This holiday season give a gift of hope, caring, or education by supporting FCPS.

Benefit set for Madelia man in cycle crash

MADELIA - A benefit supper and silent auction for a 29-year-old Madelia man critically injured in a hit-and-run accident while riding his motorcycle Oct. 27 near Gaylord has been set for 5-10 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 17 at the Madelia American Legion & VFW.

A free will donation supper with cheesy chicken, hot beef sandwiches, potato salad, baked beans and cookies will be held from 5-8 p.m.

John Byro, the son of Dave Byro, nearly died when his Harley Davidson motorcycle collided with a vehicle that left the accident scene on State Highway 5, just east of Gaylord.

Byro remains in stable condition at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) in Minneapolis as the Minnesota State Patrol offers a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the other driver involved in the accident.

The driver of the suspect vehicle, a light-colored car or SUV with rear damage, ran a stop sign, according to the State Patrol.

Byro is not able to talk, but he is able to communicate by writing words and breath with a ventilator. He recently began thumb wrestling with his dad.

A law enforcement major at Metropolitan State University in Brooklyn Park, Byro has served two tours with the U.S. Marine Corps in Iraq.

The benefit is organized by Byro's family and friends. Donations can be mailed or delivered to Nicole Stevenson, 10 1st Street S.E., Madelia, MN 56062.

Anyone with accident information is asked to call the Minnesota State Patrol, Mankato at 1-507-389-1172.

German Language Christmasfest for children offered

NEW ULM?- The New Ulm Sister Cities Commission will sponsor a Christmasfest from 9-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec.17 at Martin Luther College (MLC).

The fest is intended for children ages eight to 13 years old.

The participants will spend the morning learning about Christmas in Germany through German language activities, songs, crafts and food.

The Christmasfest is free to the public, but enrollment is limited to 25 children.

If you are interested in having your children attend, please contact Lisa Pelzel at City Hall 507.359.8233, or download the registration form at

Christmas Tree Walk being held in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD - The Springfield Area Historical Society is again hosting a Christmas Tree Walk in the Museum.

There will be over two dozen trees on display that have been decorated by various groups and organizations from the community. Each groups has chosen a different theme for decorations. Visitors may vote for their favorite tree by placing a quarter in the containers provided. The top three groups will receive prizes for their trees.

The trees may be viewed during the month of December from 2-4 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday afternoons or also from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. noon on Saturday mornings.

Groups may make special arrangements by calling Carole Young at (507)-723-5396.

Annual Advent Prayer Service scheduled

OLIVIA - An Advent Prayer Service with the Most Reverend John M. LeVoir, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of New Ulm, will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11 at the Church of St. Aloysius in Olivia.

Participants are encouraged to bring the baby Jesus figure from their home nativity set to be blessed individually by the bishop. There will also be a blessing on families and expectant mothers.

A "swaddling clothes" collection (blankets, sleepers, layette items, or a cash donation) will be taken for babies in need and given to the Diocese of New Ulm's mission parish, San Lucas Toliman in Guatemala and/or First Choice Pregnancy Services in New Ulm.

For more information contact Bryan Reising or Karla Cross at the Diocesan Pastoral Center in New Ulm, 507-359-2966.

Compassionate Friends to hold worldwide candle lighting

NEW ULM - The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting will be held at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11 at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 700 S. Broadway, New Ulm.

The gathering will begin at 6:30 p.m. with candle lighting at 7 p.m. in memory of our children who have died. The local group invites all bereaved families and friends to join in this event. You may bring a special candle and join the group. There will also be candles available. Please bring pictures and remembrances if you would like to share them with others.

The Compassionate Friends 15th Annual Worldwide Candle Lighting will unite all grieving families through an event that is far-reaching and no one knows how many gatherings will be held and how many people will participate. It is officially held at 7 p.m. local time for one hour. Last year nearly 550 gatherings open to the public were submitted to and listed on The Compassionate Friends national website at Candle lightings were held in all 50 states and in at least 15 additional countries around the world. The event is believed to be the world's largest mass candle lighting. Candles are lit at 7 p.m. local time, just west of the International Date Line. As candles burn down in one time zone, they are lighted in the next, creating a 24-hour wave of light as the observance continues around the world.

We invite you and your family and friends to join with our local group or in your home and remember our children in the glow and warmth of lighted candles.

To contact the South Central Minnesota Chapter of the Compassionate Friends, call Darlene Nelson at 507-439-6302, Judy Kastman at 507-359-2737, Rich and Karen Johnson at 507-387-7129 or Robin and Bernadette Schendel at 507-388-3126. For more information about the national organization, call toll free at 877-969-0010 or visit the national website,

With the theme, "that their light may always shine," we will gather and remember.

American Legion Auxiliary Holiday Fair

NEW ULM?-The American Legion Auxiliary Holiday Fair bake sale and luncheon will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10 at the American Legion, 13 S. Minnesota St.

Lunch will be served at 10:30 a.m. The meal features hot turkey sandwiches, BBQs, German potato salad, desserts, coffee.



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