Editor’s Mailbag

CAST offers ‘Hang Up on Fraud’ seminar

NEW ULM — Fraud happens daily and it seems that it is reported weekly to the New Ulm Police Department. Most often, it’s a money scam where good people send their hard-earned money at the request of someone they don’t know who claims they have won something.

“Hang Up on Fraud!” – a financial fraud prevention seminar for older adults and their caregivers will be held Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 10 a.m. with facilitator Officer Eric Gramentz at the New Ulm Community Center, 600 N. German Street, Room 112. Everyone is welcome to come and learn how to protect their financial information, protect themselves online, to spot scams, and what to do ifvictimized.

A representative of the Hang Up on Fraud initiative from the MN Commerce Department will assist with the presentation. It will be hosted by Community and Seniors Together (CAST), in partnership with the New Ulm Police Department. This is a statewide public information and outreach campaign to promote the availability of a new financial fraud prevention toolkit for older Minnesotans and their families. Toolkits will be available for those attending.

Citizens Academy being planned

NEW ULM — The Brown County Sheriff’s Office is in the process of planning the 2018 Citizen’s Academy. As in previous years the Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with other local and state law enforcement agencies will provide a glimpse into the duties and responsibilities of the Law Enforcement and the Criminal Justice Systems.

Attendees will learn and observe aspects of Law the origin of a call in the 911 Dispatch center to the various services and recourses available to Officers for handling such calls, and making arrests. Previous academies have included presenters from The Brown County Sheriff’s Office, the New Ulm Police Department, and representatives from our regional Drug Task Force, and SWAT team.

Attendees will also see the functions of the Criminal Justice System and what happens once an arrest has been made. Previous presenters have included Honorable Judge Robert Docherty as well as Brown County Attorney Chuck Hanson. Other previous presentations have included the Minnesota Highway Patrol, Brown County Boat and Rescue, and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

The public is invite to attend our Academy. Special encouragement is extended to couples and to young adults who have an interest in a law enforcement career. Advance notice for is appreciated — attendance will be limited to the first 25 people who register. The Academy will be held weekly on Sunday’s beginning Feb. 11 and run until March 25. Each night will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the sessions will last between two and three hours.

Registration forms should be filled out and returned by Feb. 5. Applications are available by calling 507-233-6742.

Scholarships available for students interested in healthcare careers or nursing careers

NEW ULM — Scholarships are available for the 2018-19 school year for students who are interested in nursing and medical fields or are currently pursuing their nursing degree..

The following nursing scholarships are available through the New Ulm Medical Center Foundation. Go to www.allinahealth.org/newulm and select the Foundation page link for more information and to download the scholarship applications. If you should have questions please call the Foundation office at 507-217-5180. Nursing scholarship applications are due March 30, 2018.

The Mary E. Paquay Scholarship is available to a resident in the New Ulm, St. George or West Newton area who has been accepted and will be entering an accredited nursing degree program this fall at a post-secondary institution and intends to pursue a career at New Ulm Medical Center. A $5,000 scholarship will be given to one recipient entering a nursing program.

The Carol L. Ryberg Nursing Scholarship is available for students who have been accepted into an accredited BA or BSN nursing program at a post-secondary institution. The annual $4,500 scholarship will be awarded to one recipient entering a nursing program.

The Ozias Scholarship Fund is available to students who are entering their second year into an accredited nursing degree program this fall at a post-secondary institution. One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded.

The Kay Witt Scholarship Program is made in honor of all nurses who dedicate their lives to caring for others. A $2,500 scholarship will be given to one recipient pursuing a nursing degree for the 2018-19 school year.

Medical scholarships are also available through the Physicians Group of New Ulm to graduating seniors from New Ulm High School, Cathedral High School or Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School. Five $500 scholarships will be awarded. Applications can be received at local high school guidance offices or by calling Anna Bastian at 507-217-5400. Physician Group of New Ulm scholarship applications are due March 1, 2018.