THUMBS UP: The New Ulm City Council this week appointed Lisa Fischer to fill the vacancy on the council left by Second Ward Councilor Todd Olson, who is moving to LaCrosse, Wis.
Fischer worked for a long time with the New Ulm Public Utilities Commission, working with energy efficiency programs and communications. The ins and outs of city government should be a quick study for her.
We wish Councilor Fischer well as she assumes her new duties.
See a play outside
THUMBS UP: Back in the days when Aeschylus and Euripides and other ancient Greek dramatists were writing plays dripping with drama and hubris, people watched them in outdoor amphitheaters.
William Shakespeare's Avon Theater was an open-air building, all the better to waft away the aroma of the groundlings.
In New Ulm this weekend, you can carry on the tradition of seeing actors out in the open air when the MLC?Forum presents its annual Shakespeare in German Park production. This year they are doing Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar." Productions are being presented at 6 p.m. tonight and 2 p.m. on Sunday.
We think this is a grand gift that MLC?students give to the community every year, and we hope people will take full advantage of the opportunity.
A stadium vote
THUMBS UP: The Minnesota Legislature is set to take a vote on Monday on the Minnesota Vikings Stadium bill that has been working its way through the thicket this past week.
Republicans have pulled their last-minute plan for a "roof ready" stadium, with the state bonding to pay for infrastucture related to the stadium. Back on the table is the full roofed stadium on the Metrodome site in downtown Minneapolis, with the state's share coming out of expanded electronic pulltab gambling proceeds.
There is time to send a message to area legislators and let them know your wishes. We hope people do. We have included the legislators' contact information below to help you.
Sen. Gary H. Dahms, Redwood Falls, (R-21), 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., St. Paul MN 55155. e-mail:?email@example.com.
Rep. Paul Torkelson, St. James, (R-21B), 371 State Office Building, 100 Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155, (651)296-9303 e-mail: rep.paul.torkelson@ house.mn
Sen. Kathy Sheran, Mankato, (DFL), Room G-4, State Capitol, St. Paul, MN 55155, (651)296-6153. e-mail:?firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rep. Terry Morrow, St. Peter, (DFL-23A), 415 State Office Building, Saint Paul, MN 55155, (651) 296-8634, E-mail: email@example.com
Rep. Kathy Brynaert, Mankato (DFL-23B), 421 State Office Building, St. Paul MN 55155, (651) 296-3248; E-mail: rep.kathy.brynaert@ house. mn.
Office of Governor
Mark Dayton, 130 State Capitol, 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155. Telephone: (651) 201-3400, Toll Free: (800) 657-3717
Email: mark.dayton@ state.mn.us