Editor’s Mailbag

Scott Hansen show postponed

NEW ULM — The Scott Hansen comedy show at the New Ulm Country Club has been postponed. It is being rescheduled for sometime in April.

The History of “Decoration Day”

NEW ULM — May 2018 will mark the 150th anniversary of “Decoration Day” or “Memorial Day,” which had its origins in the aftermath of our nation’s deadliest conflict — the American Civil War. In four years of fighting, 750,000 American lives were lost on both sides.

In the wake of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, freed slaves in Charleston, South Carolina had the idea to memorialize all of the Union dead by placing flowers on their graves. Eventually, the idea was picked up by the Grand Army of the Republic, a Civil War veterans’ organization, and culminated in the creation of “Decoration Day,” on May 30, 1868.

Bryce Stenzel, presenter for this month’s Civil War Round Table discussion, is a local historian, author and costumed historical interpreter. Join us at the New Ulm Public Library on Tuesday March 20 at 6:30 p.m. for this interesting presentation. All Minnesota Valley Civil War Round Table meetings are open to the public at no charge.

Youth Wind Ensemble Spring Concert

MANKATO — The Mankato Area Youth Wind Ensemble will host ITS Spring Concert on Sunday, March 18 from 3-4 p.m. at Trinity Chapel, Mankato, featuring local musicians from Garden City, Le Sueur, Mankato, New Ulm, and Nicollet.

Tickets are $10 per person and are available at the door. Grant funding for the Youth Wind Ensemble comes from the Carl and Verna Schmidt Foundation, the Mankato Area Foundation, and the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council.

First Choice Pregnancy Services fundraiser

NEW ULM — Join First Choice Pregnancy Services for a Fundraiser at McDonald’s in New Ulm on Wednesday, March 14, from 4 to 7 p.m.

A portion of the food sales at McDonald’s will be donated to First Choice, and First Choice staff will be on hand to answer questions about their services.