THUMBS UP: It's Oktoberfest time in New Ulm, time to polka and party one more time before winter sets in.
A variety of music, activities and entertainment are going on today, from the Grape Crush at the Morgan Creek Vineyards in Cambria to the Hermann's 5KL Run/Walk in New Ulm, to the German/American Parade down Minnesota Street. There is music, food and ethnic beverage at the Holiday Inn and in downtown New Ulm.
We hope everyone has a good time, and celebrates responsibly.
Junior Pioneers 100
THUMBS UP: The Junior Pioneers of New Ulm turn 100 today. The group, descendants of the original settlers of New Ulm, got their start 100 years ago to plan the observance of the 50th anniversary of the US-Dakota War.
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Over the years the Junior Pioneers have been instrumental in preserving the German heritage and interest in German-American history that makes the city of New Ulm what it is today.
Happy 100th to the Junior Pioneers.
THUMBS UP: Political junkies love to watch the presidential debates, but equally as important for local elections are the candidate forums sponsored by the League of Women Voters.
The forums start this Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the New Ulm City Hall. Candidates for state Senate District 16, Gary Dahms and Ted Suss, and House District 16B, Paul Torkelson, James Kanne and Jerry "Pike" Pagel, will have a chance to answer questions on issues submitted by members of the audience and by people calling in.
The League of Women Voters has been providing this service to local voters for a long time, and we appreciate the work they do to help educate the voters of New Ulm.
Heart of Brown Co.
THUMBS UP: It is only natural, we suppose, that the Heart of New Ulm program should spread to nearby areas. This week the Minnesota Heart Institute Foundation awarded a grant of $204,275 for a new Heart of Brown County program.
Brown County Public Health will be working closely with the Heart of New?Ulm project to expand elements of the program elsewhere in the county. The project will push for street projects to make them more accessible to pedestrians, promote the SWAP IT to DROP IT program, and promote freedom from smoking.