THUMBS DOWN: There is an interesting note on The Journal’s 50-year-old news page today (page 3B). In July 19, 1967 article on a meeting about Highway 15 being rated as an expressway, the article states: “REP. C.A. (Gus) Johnson of Mankato and Carl (Red) Wyczawski of New Ulm fired several questions at (Minnesota Highway Commissioner John R.) Jamieson on the proposed changes on U.S. Highway 14. Plans are for a by-pass of Mankato to be started in 1970. Wyczawski and others wanted to know if any other changes were being made in the next five years on the highway, and were disappointed to learn that no other changes, other than resurfacing of some sections, had been planned.
“Jamieson noted that Highway 14 would have expressway status in the future, WITH A FOUR LANE, DIVIDED HIGHWAY FROM ROCHESTER TO NEW ULM IN THE EARLY PLANNING STAGES. (Emphasis added.)
“However, he noted, ‘we know that we won’t be able to satisfy all of you all of the time, but we have to try to establish a unified and well planned system.'”
So, 50 years ago the Minnesota Department of Transportation was promising Highway 14 would be a four-lane expressway from Rochester to New Ulm, some day. Isn’t it about time the department kept that promise?
THUMBS UP: The United Way of Brown County is beginning its annual push to make sure all kids who start school this fall have everything they need in the way of school supplies. Each year the United Way collects pencils, notebooks, crayons, markers, highlighters, boxes of tissues, hand sanitizer and much more to fill backpacks that will be given to children whose families might struggle to provide the supplies required at school.
People can help by buying supplies and putting them in collection boxes being set up throughout the community. Only new and unused items, please. Monetary gifts can also be sent to United Way Backpack Project, PO Box 476, New Ulm, MN 56073.
For most people, a pack of pencils or a box of crayons isn’t a major expense. But they can make a big difference for kids looking to get a good jump at the start of the school year.
Relay for Life
In a couple of weeks the Brown County Relay for Life is being held. It takes place on Friday, July 28, starting at 5 p.m. and continuing throughout the night until the following morning. It is a major fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.
A highlight of the event is the rows of luminaria, the paper bags with candles inside that line the track at the Brown County Fairgrounds. They are marked with the names of cancer victims or survivors and shine throughout the night as testimony to the impact cancer has on so many of us.
Volunteers are selling the luminaria throughout the community. If you know someone who has dealt with cancer, and most of us do, please be generous and honor your friends and family with a donation to the American Cancer Society.