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Editor's Mailbag, Aug. 5, 2011

August 5, 2011
The Journal

Minnesota Brain Injury Force potluck picnic planned

NEW ULM - A Minnesota Brain Injury Force Support group (for survivors, family, and friends) picnic will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9 at Sibley Park in Mankato.

Brain injury survivors are welcome to bring a friend or their family members to the potluck picnic.

Hotdogs, condiments and lemonade will be provided, but people are asked to please bring a dish of food to share. Bring your own eating utensils, plates, lawn chairs, blankets, fun games for kids and adults.

There will be no Minnesota Brain Injury Force group meeting on Aug. 13 due to the potluck picnic event.

People should look for the yellow mini school bus in the parking lot for directions to the location in the park.

This event is organized by Minnesota Brain Injury Force. For more information log on to If you need questions answered call Sharon Gieseke 228-8161.

Concert in the Park series presents Larry Mages and the Mages Family Band

NEW ULM - Concert in the Park series will present Larry Mages and the Mages Family Band at 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 8 at German Park.

In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held at the Community Center, 600 N. German St. Listen to KNUJ Radio or call the cancellation hotline at 507-359-9041. Relay for Life will be selling soda and popcorn. This event is sponsored by New Ulm Park and Recreation and KNUJ Radio.

Multi-family reunion planned at Pizza Ranch Saturday

NEW ULM - A family reunion for Zangel, Schroedl, Domeier, Bartel, Paa, and Boesch families will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6 at the Pizza Ranch, New Ulm.

For more information call Marcee at 354-2744.

Community Education Trips planned

NEW ULM - New Ulm Community Education is offering the following bus trips:

Minnesota State Fair on Thursday, Sept. 1.

The charter bus will leave at 6:30 a.m. from the District Administrative Center parking lot. Bus fee is $15 per person. Admission fees to the fair will be collected on the bus or you may purchase them ahead of time at the New Ulm Chamber of Commerce Office. Admission fees are $7 (65 and over), $12 (ages 13-64) $7 (ages 5-12).

"Hairspray" at the Chanhassen Dinner Theater Saturday, Sept. 17. Registration fee is $69 which includes the charter bus, lunch and show.

Please register by Aug. 17. The charter bus will leave from the District Administrative Center parking lot at 9:30 a.m.

To sign up for these trips call the Community Education Office at 507-359-8561.

Community Chimney Swift Sit planned

NEW ULM - The public is invited to come and experience a "Community Chimney Swift Sit" on Wednesday, Aug. 10 at the First United Methodist Church, 1 N. Broadway.

A presentation about these mysterious birds called Chimney Swifts will begin at 7 p.m. at the New Ulm Library. This presentation will be given by Ron Windingstad of Audobon Minnesota.

Refreshments will follow in the Library parking lot and discussions will continue. Then, just sit back and enjoy the show the Chimney Swifts put on at sunset as they enter the First United Methodist Church chimney just before dark.

People are encouraged to bring a chair or stand if you wish. For more information on the Sit call Penelope Purtzer at (507)-354-6344.

Music planned this weekend at the Grand Kabaret

NEW ULM - Beg for Justice returns to the Grand Kabaret at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6.

The local bluegrass and country group, Beg for Justice is a high energy string band that plays Old Time, Bluegrass and Folk music. Members include Jeremy Peterson on mandolin and vocals, Lehi Hoehn on fiddle and vocals, Justin Gehrke on banjo, guitar and vocals, Nick Burris on guitar and vocals and James Ihrke on string bass.

Music begins at 8 p.m.; doors open at 6 p.m.

Free heart health screenings planned

NEW ULM - Heart of New Ulm Project offers free heart health screenings this weekend from 6:30-10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 5 at New Ulm Medical Center Auditorium or 6:30 - 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6 at the District 88 Admin Center (former Jr. High).

Appointments are preferred and suggested, register online at or by calling 233-1945.

Take part in a unique community project and receive free cholesterol testing and more. Screening takes 20-30 minutes, a 12-hour fast prior to screening is required.

Round dancing lessons offered

NEW ULM - Round Dancing lessons sponsored by the Heart of New Ulm will be held from 6 to 6:45 pm. on Mondays, Aug. 8, 15, 22, and 29 at German Park.

Round Dancing is choreographed cued ballroom dancing. The leader tells the dancers what steps to do. Round Dancing is sometimes cued during the breaks at a Square Dance.

Woodworker's Fair scheduled Aug. 8

NEW ULM - Area woodworkers will display their handcrafted items from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8.

The public is invited to the Community Center, 600 N. German, and enjoy 'talking shop' with friends.

There is no charge for this event, sponsored by Community And Seniors Together (a United Way Agency).

Second Anniversary Open House for MVAC's Thrift and More set Aug. 5-7

NEW ULM - Minnesota Valley Action Council's (MVAC) Thrift and More store in New Ulm is holding an open house August 5-7 to celebrate its second anniversary.

The open house runs from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 5 and also Saturday, Aug. 6. The open house also runs from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 7.

Thrift & More is located at 1607 S. Broadway. The store is operated by the local non-profit agency Minnesota Valley Action Council.

The store provides low-cost clothing and household goods to the community and supports MVAC's many programs.

Masonic Fundraiser Breakfast set for New Ulm Medical Center

NEW ULM - A Masonic Fundraiser Breakfast for New Ulm Medical Center will be held from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6 in the lower level of Turner Hall.

A menu of pancakes, sausage, apple sauce, juice and coffee will be served.

Tickets are $7 each and can be purchased at the New Ulm Medical Center coffee shop, Hy-Vee, Cashwise, Bank Midwest and the New Ulm Chamber office.

This event is sponsored by the New Ulm Masons, Knights Templar, and the Shrine Club.

All proceeds will benefit the Cancer Center renovation and expansion project at the New Ulm Medical Center.



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