Ali going to London
THUMBS UP: The Ali Kats can get their T-shirts ready. Ali Bernard, the New Ulm woman who wrestled her way to the Beijing Olympics in 2008, will be representing the USA in the London Olympics this summer.
Bernard placed second in the Olympic Trials back in April, but Stephany Lee, who beat Bernard in the trials, has been disqualified after a positive drug test. Bernard will be taking her place.
Bernard finished fifth in the Beijing Olympics, and was third in the 2011 World Championships.
We're sure all of New Ulm will be pulling for Bernard this summer.
THUMBS DOWN: Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie is responsible for overseeing and enforcing elections in the state. We don't know that it is in his job description to campaign against constitutional amendments that are on the ballot this year.
Ritchie visited with the Brown County Board of Commissioners this week to discuss the voter ID?amendment that is on the ballot this November. He was quite negative about the amendment, speaking about the cost it would entail and the lack of voter fraud to justify it.
Later in the week, Ritchie caught flack for retitling the state marriage amendment as and amendment to "Limit the Status of Marriage to Opposite Sex Couples." The original title proposed by amendment supporters was "Recognition of Marriage Solely Between One Man and One Woman." Amendment supporter think Ritchie is trying to influence voters with a negative title that focuses on government "limiting" something.
We think voters will see through that pretty easily. But we wish the Secretary of State would stick to telling people where to vote, not how to vote.
THUMBS UP: You can always tell when things are going well at the Schell's Brewery in New Ulm. They add another fermentation tank or two.
Schell's put in two new 50-foot tall tanks, each capable of holding 750 barrels. It's never an easy project. Just getting the semis hauling the tanks down the narrow Schell Road is a challenge. Then they have to be lifted by crane and dropped through a hole cut into the brew house roof.
It's getting harder, too, to shoehorn these big tanks into the brewhouse, which isn't getting any bigger.
It's a good sign, however, that New Ulm's oldest business is doing well when it has to add more tanks to meet production demands.