Good luck, Ali
THUMBS UP: The 2012 Olympics are underway, and we are all proud of New Ulm Olympian Ali Bernard, who is competing in the Women's Wrestling.
Bernard appears to be relishing this chance to finish her wrestling career on a big high note, after finishing second in the Olympic Trials. She was added to the team after the first place finisher tested positive for marijuana. In interviews and reports, she has said she plans to make the most of this second chance.
We hope that means she will be standing on the medal platform when the competition finishes.
National Night Out
THUMBS UP: National Night Out will be celebrated in New Ulm on Monday, with a city-wide program at the Fairgrounds on Monday.
NNO has its origins as an anti-crime program. People who know their neighbors are more likely to look out for each other, to notice strangers and to report suspicious activities in their neighborhoods.
But it is also a friendly time when neighbors get together. There are usually block parties organized throughout the city, where people really get to know each other.
This is a good way and a fun way to build community.
THUMBS UP: The 2012 Bavarian Blast went very well this year, according to organizers. The final figures are being added up, but it was evident that the crowds were much larger than last year when torrid heat made staying outside for any length of time unbearable.
There was great entertainment throughout the weekend, from the opening on Friday to the post-Blast party on Sunday.
We would like to specially mention the Herborn Seelbach Band, a German group that has played in many a Blast and Heritagefest, who made a special effort to be in New Ulm Sunday. They drew a large, enthusiastic crowd on Sunday afternoon.
Prospects are good that Bavarian Blast will be around next year. The organizers are to be commended for gambling on another Blast this year and making it work.