THUMBS UP: The Community Friends Thanksgiving Dinner in New Ulm continues to grow, serving a thousand turkey dinners with all the trimmings this past Thursday.
It is wonderful how the dinner continues to grow, serving more people every year. There always seems to be enough volunteers to prepare and serve the meal, and enough money from free will donations to cover the costs.
Everyone is welcome to the meal. The Community Friends make it easy for everyone, delivering meals to people who can't get out, and providing rides for those in need of transportation.
Congratulations to Jim Thomas and his crew who get up early and spend so much of their holiday working for others.
THUMBS UP: Each year the New Ulm Medical Center recognizes "Legends of Medicine," people who have made a difference in health care in the area.
This year NUMC recognized Harold Fenske, who was the Union Hospital adminitrator who helped plan and oversee the merger of Union and Loretto hospitals in New Ulm into a single health care center. Sioux Valley Hospital, later renamed the New Ulm Medical Center when the New Ulm clinic was brought onto the campus, has become a regional health care provider in partnership with Allina Hospitals and Clinics.
It couldn't have been an easy task to bring two hospitals and the various doctors with their own private practices and clinics together in one organization, but Fenske helped make it work, and we are enjoying the benefits today.
Thank you, Harold.
Working on the rail
THUMBS UP: There was a time when railroad lines criss-crossed the country. Today, highways have taken much of the transportation burden away from railroads, but there are still times when nothing beats a railroad for transporting big loads efficiently.
The Minnesota Prairie Line is a cooperative partntership that is working to preserve a short section of line, from Winthrop to Norwood-Young America, serving communities and shippers along the route. The organization has been working to rehab the line, originally built by the Minneapolis &?St. Louis Railroad around 1880.
The group announced this week the completion of a rehabilitation that will allow faster speeds along the route, from 10 miles per hour to 25 mph. It's a big step to improve service along the line, and we congratulate the Minnesota Prairie Line for its progress.