Editor’s Mailbag

Winner has yet to claim prize

ROSEVILLE — The winner of a $1 million lottery ticket sold in New Ulm has yet to claim their prize.

A ticket sold at the Casey’s General Store in New Ulm was one of two winners for the Minnesota Millionaire Raffle of New Year’s Day. The other ticket, sold at Forest Lake Moto Mart in Forest Lake, was claimed Jan. 2.

Tickets are valid for one year after the date of drawing. Ticket numbers can be checked at mnlottery.com by following the unclaimed prizes link under the games tab.

Due to federal and state laws 32.25 percent of taxes are witheld on lottery prizes of $5,000. That means the winner should walk away with about $677,500.

Two $100,000 prizes sold in Stillwater and Plymouth have yet to be claimed as well.

To claim the prize contact the lottery headquarters in Roseville by calling (651) 635-8273 and scheduling a time.

Nicollet County board sets minimum sheriff, recorder, attorney salaries

ST. PETER — Nicollet County Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution for County Sheriff, County Recorder and County Attorney minimum salaries Jan. 2.

The County Sheriff minimum annual salary (2018 County Compensation Plan) was set at $87,313.24. The County Recorder minimum annual salary (2018 County Compensation Plan) was set at $57,752.39. The County Attorney minimum annual salary (statutory minimum) was set at $7,000.

Commissioners unanimously approved:

• A Lafayette Township Mail Ballot Authorization starting in 2018. The Lafayette Township Board passed a resolution Dec. 11 to become a mail ballot precinct on Jan. 1 as determined by law for 2018 and all subsequent elections.

• A service agreement for Point & Pay, a credit card provider and vendor that will allow Public Services, Property Services and the Recorder’s Office to accept credit cards at the counter for property taxes, permits, recording fees and all other miscellaneous expenses. The credit card use fee is 2.5% with a $1.50 minimum.

SE City Council to discuss

snow parking tickets

SLEEPY EYE — The Sleepy Eye City Council will discuss snow parking tickets as part of a police report Jan. 9.

Other agenda items include a police department awad and equipment presentation by the Southern Minnesota Law Enforcement Liaison. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the council chambers.

Take a Kid Ice Fishing Weekend is Jan. 13-15

MINNESOTA — During the weekend, Minnesota residents age 16 or older can fish or dark-house spear without an angling or spearing license if they take a child younger than 16 fishing or spearing.

“Ice fishing is a fun way to get outdoors in the winter,” said Jeff Ledermann, angler recruitment and retention supervisor with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “This weekend is a way to encourage anglers to get out and take a kid fishing.”

Before heading out, anglers or spearers should check ice conditions locally. Visit http://bit.ly/TakeaKidIceFishingWeekend for ice thickness guidelines and more information about taking kids fishing.

Vietnam War documentary screening,

discussion at library

NEW ULM — Brown County Veterans Services and New Ulm Public Library will continue screening The Vietnam War, a documentary by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, on Wednesday, January 10 at 6 p.m. Screenings, followed by discussion moderated by Greg Peterson of Brown County Veterans Services, continue in succession on January 11, 24, and 25 and February 7 and 8, starting at 6 p.m. Each session lasts between one and two hours. Patrons may attend sessions as they are able; it is not necessary to attend all sessions to participate. Call 507-359-8334 for more information.

Author Kirstin Cronn-Mills

to kick off Life Living Series

NEW ULM — The 2018 Life Living Speaker Series begins Monday, January 15 at 7 p.m. with Kirstin Cronn-Mills, who will present “Beautiful Music for Ugly Children: Reaching Tweens and Teens Who Feel Like Outsiders.” Cronn-Mills is the author of Beautiful Music for Ugly Children, which won the American Library Association’s Stonewall Award as well as an IPPY (Independent Publishing) silver medal for Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Trans Fiction. Cronn-Mills teaches English and Humanities at South Central College in North Mankato.

The 2018 Life Living Speaker Series, “The Challenge of Children,” is sponsored by New Ulm Public Library, United Way of the Brown County Area, New Ulm Medical Center, New Ulm Area Community Education, and New Ulm Park and Recreation. The series continues on Monday, January 22 with parenting coach Toni Schutta and concludes Monday, January 29 with author and 2014 Minnesota Teacher of the Year Tom Rademacher, both at 7 p.m.

All programs will be presented at New Ulm Community Center, 600 N German. Seating is first come, first served. These programs are made possible in part by a grant provided by the Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative with funding from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Contact the library at 507-359-8334 with questions.

Minnesota Valley Civil War Round

Table to discuss 1860 election

NEW ULM — Local historian Dave Martinka will present “The Election of 1860” at the Minnesota Valley Civil War Round Table on Tuesday, January 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the library. The Minnesota Valley Civil War Round Table series is presented the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at New Ulm Public Library and is free and open to the public. Please call 507-359-8334 for more information.