Editor’s Mailbag

Pumpkin Decorating at Library Tuesday

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Public Library is holding a pumpkin decorating event on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 6 p.m. in the Library meeting room.

Children and their parents are invited to come and decorate pumpkins (no carving). A variety of fun and spooky stickers can be used to create a face for a Halloween decoration. This event is made possible by a donation from the New Ulm Hy-Vee store. This is a free event, no registration necessary.

The library staff will also read scary stories on Halloween Night in a darkened Children’s Room, Tuesday, October 31 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. People will be reading from the book “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark!”

The stories are short – people can come and go as you please.

Mock Trial information meeting Oct. 25

NEW ULM — Several local attorneys are attempting to re-launch the Mock Trial program in New Ulm.

Mock Trial is a high school program that simulates a court trial where students participate by playing attorneys or witnesses. The facts of the case, although made up, are often based on real-life fact patterns.

Local attorneys and judges will host an information meeting with prospective student participants and parents on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 5:30 p.m. in the Commons Area of New Ulm High School to explain the program and answer questions. The meeting is open to all students in 9th through 12th grade from the three local high schools.

Most critical to the success of the new program will be a new teacher-coach. The teacher-coach is a teacher who can work with the Mock Trial team on the non-legal aspects of a trial including courtroom decorum, as well as public and persuasive speaking.

Anyone interested in participating as a teacher-coach, a student, or who just has questions about the program please join us on Oct. 25 at 5:30 in the New Ulm High School Commons Area.

Big Ideas class offerings

NEW ULM — Big Ideas, Inc., which offers introductory courses in occupational trades, is holding several classes the rest of the month. Contact: Please call 1-866-992-4443 or go to BigIdeasUSA.org for more information on this and all other classes.

Registration: NU Community Education 507-233-8307 or www.nupseagleshop.com/insight/registry/catalog.asp for availability and registration.

Location: NU Senior High School, 1600 Oak Street, Door 10Offerings include:


Sewing: Level 2 Reading & Using Patterns

Sewing: Level 2 requires successful completion of Sewing: Level 1 or instructor’s permission. In our one-night class, you will learn to read and lay out a pattern, pin your pattern and fabric, and practice your skill in stitching as you make a pair of lounge/pajama pants! Material kit and pattern are included in our fee.

Fee: $20

Class Schedule: One night, October 23 (6:30-9:00)

Carpentry: Level 1 Beginning Wood Projects

Upon successful completion of our Level 0 Orientation and Safety class, participants enter Carpentry Level 1. Through construction of a 2′ x 2′ outdoor planter or similar project, this class reinforces concepts taught in Level 0: safety rules, proper use of most power machines, and proper use of power hand tools. Students will also gain understanding of the proper selection and use of fasteners for different woods and materials. Identification of the stains and finishes for both interior and exterior projects will also be taught. Students will have a completed project to take home at the end of this class.

Fee: $40 Class price includes instructor fee and materials

Class Schedule: Two Nights, October 24 & 26 (6:30 pm – 8:30 pm)

Sewing: Level 3 Sleeves & Buttonholes

Sewing: Level 3 requires successful completion of Sewing: Level 2 or instructor’s permission. In this two-night class, you will practice pattern reading, pinning, and straight-line stitches and add both sleeve setting and button-hole making skills. All materials and pattern are included in class fee.

Fee: $25

Class Schedule: Two-night class, October 26 and October 30 (6:30-8:30)


Sewing: Level 4 – Hand & Machine Alterations

Sewing: Level 4 requires successful completion of Sewing: Level 3 or instructor’s permission. In these unique classes, you will learn to make both hand and machine alterations on clothing provided by the instructor. Each night’s class will cover a specific topic including hemming, waistbands, and bodice alterations. More than just the “how-to”, instruction will include consideration of fabric content, degree of alteration needed, and other factors necessary to make a high-quality change. For alteration of personal clothing, please ask our instructor about a Level 5 class.

Fee: $30 per class Class price includes instructor fee and materials

Session 2:

Hemming, November 2 (One night, 6:30 – 8:30);

Waistbands, November 6 (One night, 6:30 – 8:30);

Bodices, November 13 (One night, 6:30 – 8:30)


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