Thumbs Up: The word came Friday that the Community Friends of New Ulm will continue to put on a Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner in town. With Jim Thomas, the founder and long-time organizer of the dinner moving to the Twin Cities, there had been some question as to whether this wonderful tradition would continue.
But the Community Friends Board of Directors, co-chaired by Les Schultz and Mary Ellen?Schanus, are determined to keep the tradition alive. There will be a dinner this year, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at St. Mary's Catholic Church Basement. Anyone and everyone is welcome, especially those who might not have someone to celebrate with this year.
The original Thanksgiving was a community celebration, and this community dinner honors that tradition.
Thumbs Up: Hearts Beat Back: The Heart of New Ulm has been working hard to make a difference in the community's health. One of the things they do is hold their annual Community Summit, where they will bring in an inspirational speaker, whether it is a trainer or contestant from "Biggest Loser," an inspirational coach and athlete like Dan Gable, or this year, Joe Piscatella, a man who has traveled the route from poor health habits to good health. Piscatella talked this week at the summit about needing heart bypass surgery at the age of 32, due to his unhealthy lifestyle.
It's nice to have a good example, someone who has walked the walk, to speak at these events. We have plenty of good local examples as well. Congratulations to all who are taking action to live a healthier life.
Thumbs Up: A lot of big games were scheduled to be played on high school football fields around the state as the state's section finals were held to set the field for the Minnesota State High School Football Championship tournament.
At least two local schools will be heading into state competition. Sleepy Eye St. Mary's and New Ulm Cathedral were playing last night for the Section 2A championship and a trip to state. Nicollet and Madelia were facing off in the Section 2 9-man finals.
As this was being written, the games had not begun. We wish the winners good luck in the tournament, congratulate the losers for an excellent season, and urge everyone to cheer their teams on.