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September 29, 2012
The Journal

Go out and play today

THUMBS UP: Martin Luther College, the Heart of New Ulm Project, and New Ulm Medical Center are inviting you to get outside and play today up on the Martin Luther College campus during the New Ulm Community Day of Play.

A day full of activities has been organized, to help kids and adults learn new kinds of fun activities to do outside. And while you are having fun, you would be getting some exercise and fresh air, and getting a little healthier.

A special guest, U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, will be visiting the Day of Play and giving a short talk at 10 a.m., when the day begins. The day continues on through 4 p.m. We hope lots of people will take advantage of the opportunity.

Welcome back, refs

THUMBS UP: The NFL's experiment with replacement referees ended this week, when the league and referees' union agreed to a contract. The outrage of NFL fans over frequent blown calls led to the hastened agreement, and the regular refs were back for the Cleveland Browns-Baltimore Ravens game Thursday. In an NFL?first, fans gave the officiating crew a standing ovation.

They may get more Standing O's around the league Sunday, but we suspect after Monday night's game, the refs will go back to being unnoticed at best. Which is the way they like it.

We have to give credit to Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder, who on Wednesday expressed sympathy for the replacement refs. "They're doing the best they can, and you can't blame them for anything," Ponder said. "They're busting their butts to do it. Even when the regular guys come back, they're going to make mistakes as well. So I feel bad for them. I appreciate what they're doing."

He's right. Don't blame the replacements. Blame the poor judgment of the NFL owners and commissioner Roger Goodell.

Legacy grant

THUMBS UP: Turner Hall received notice of another grant from the Minnesota Legacy Fund this week. The Legacy Fund is the special fund set up by a special state sales tax to finance outdoor and environmental projects, cultural and historic legacy projects.

Turner Hall is receiving $23,140 to help with the restoration and stabilization of hand-painted, historic murals on the wall of Turner Hall's rathskeller.

This is indeed a worthy project for the state's Cultural Legacy funds.



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