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Habitat for Humanity

THUMBS UP: Brown County Habitat for Humanity is getting ready to dedicate its latest house, built to give a deserving family a home.

In a letter on this page, Habitat Executive Director Sarah Rotering invites people to their dedication and open house this Tuesday, starting at 6:15 p.m. It’s a great opportunity for people to get a look at a Habitat house, and to find out more about the program.

It’s also a great opportunity to thank Habitat for Humanity for the work it does in our community.

Massage licensing

THUMBS DOWN: It was a bit disturbing this week to learn that New Ulm Police have charged the owner of Day Therapy Massage in New Ulm with practicing prostitution.

Without commenting on the charges themselves, which will work through the judicial system, we were surprised to learn that neither the City of New Ulm nor Brown County licenses this kind of business. So it is free to remain in operation while the judicial process unfolds.

The city and county license the sale of tobacco and liquor, to make sure no minors buying them, and are even concerned with the possibility someone might be using e-cigarettes indoors.

Perhaps it might be a good idea to start licensing and regulating massage businesses so that possible misuses and violations might be dealt with in a more timely manner.

Bike Expo today

THUMBS UP: Biking is not just for kids anymore, though it is still a great pastime for youngsters.

To help encourage kids and adults to partake in this beneficial, healthy activity, the Heart of New Ulm is holding a Bike Expo today at the New Ulm Civic Center.

The expo will let kids test their skills and give everyone a refresher on the rules for safe biking.

If you’re interested in biking, this is a good place to be today.

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