Editor’s Mailbag

Old Time Games Day

at the Harkin Store

WEST NEWTON — The Harkin Store will have old time games, such as pick up sticks, tic-tac-toe, checkers, dominoes, graces, rolling hoops this Sunday. Children can enjoy some time old time games, such as pick up sticks, tic-tac-toe, checkers, dominoes, graces and rolling hoops this Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Harkin Store.

The 1870’s store which has 40 percent original merchandise on the shelves is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10 to 4 p.m. with programs on Sundays afternoons from 1 to 4 pm. Admission to the programs is included with admission to the store.

The gift shop is open the same hours as the store and has these types of games for purchase, also books, toys, unique and hand crafted items and 10 cent candy.

The store is located nine miles northwest of New Ulm on Nicollet County Road 21, or the bottom road, or nine miles east of Fort Ridgely. Nicollet County Road 21 is under construction so follow the detour signs or call the store when open at 1-507-354-8666, or call Nicollet County Historical Society which operates the store at 1-507-934-2160.

Brown County United Way Pledges $2,000 to Minnesota Reading Corps

NEW ULM – Brown County United Way has pledged $2,000 to the Minnesota Reading Corps program serving New Ulm and Springfield schools.

For the 2018-19 school year, Reading Corps and partner program Math Corps plan to place eight literacy and math tutors in New Ulm area schools, including Jefferson Elementary, New Ulm Middle School, and Washington Elementary. Three tutors are needed in Springfield at Springfield Elementary and Tiger Cubs Preschool. Tutors are still needed to begin in the fall.

Minnesota Reading Corps is AmeriCorps’ largest statewide tutoring program and will place more than 1,000 tutors in Minnesota schools this year. Minnesota Math Corps will also place tutors in various schools across the state.

Reading Corps and Math Corps Managing Director Sadie O’Connor said, “We are very grateful for United Way’s generous support of our program. By the end of this year, Reading Corps and Math Corps will have served a quarter of a million Minnesota children. We couldn’t do that without funding from wonderful partners like the United Way.”

Minnesota Reading Corps and Minnesota Math Corps are statewide, research-based initiatives to help every Minnesota student become a successful reader by the end of third grade or become proficient in math by the end of eighth grade. Tutors will reach an estimated 30,000 students throughout Minnesota during the school year.

Anyone interested in learning more about Reading Corps or Math Corps, or who would like to apply to serve, should visit readingandmath.net or contact 866-859-2825.

Relay for Life this Friday

at Fairgrounds

NEW ULM — Tbe Brown County Relay for Life will be held on Friday and Saturday this weekend, from 5 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday.

Relay for Life teams will set up booths and exhibits to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. A special event is the lighting of luminaria, which will line a track at the fairgrounds and will burn through the night. Teams will be walking the track through the night.

The public is invited to join the fun and walk the track as well.

A pork supper will be served from 5 to 6:30 p.m., and a program will be held at 7 p.m.

A silent auction will be held under the grandstand from 5 to 9 p.m. Items must be paid for and picked up by 9:30 p.m.

Popcorn Wagon operating

Friday, Saturday

NEW ULM — The Brown County Historical Society will have its historic Popcorn Wagon out on Friday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in conjunction with the Downtown Crazy Days.

A part of local history since 1914, the popcorn wagon was purchased by the Brown County Historical Society in 2002 and restored to its original appearance. It is now operated by a team of volunteers with all sales of fresh popped popcorn and soft drinks benefitting the Historical Society’s programs.