Editor’s Mailbag

German speakers meeting Sept. 16

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Deutscher Sprachklub will meet on Sept 16, at Oak Hills Living Center, 1314 8th St. North from 1 to 3 p.m. All are welcome to join in and try your luck or just to listen and have a good time. There is no fee. The main goal is to have fun and facilitate the language and culture.

5th North closure set for Sept. 10

NEW ULM — The closure of 5th North Street from Franklin Street to Payne Street has been delayed until Sept. 10. The closure will last five days. This closure is part of the Jefferson Street utility and roadway reconstruction project from 5th North Street to 7th North Street. The closure of 5th North is needed to reconstruct utilities that are in the intersection.

Pet food drive

NEW ULM — Girl Scout Troop #34112 is working to earn their Silver Award and is doing a Pet Food Drive for the Forever Home Animal Sanctuary, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. It is a home for abused animals that cannot be adopted or go to animal shelters, including 85 cats and several other animals.

Please purchase pet food items and place in the collection barrels located at: New Ulm Regional Vet, Runnings, Frandsen Bank & Trust, Cash Wise Foods, South Point Financial Credit Union, Pet Expo (Mankato), and Alliance Bank (Courtland). Collection barrels will be available through Sept. 30.

Preserving Your Memories: Tips on Smartphones

NEW ULM — New Ulm Public Library will present Preserving Your Memories: Tips on Smartphones on Thursday, Sept. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the library.

This hands-on class will demonstrate how to transfer photos from an iPhone or Android phone to a laptop. In addition, information about backing up files and the cloud will be shared. Attendees should bring their smartphone and charging cable as well as a flash drive. They may bring a personal laptop or use one provided by Mankato Area Adult Basic Education.

This free class is part of the library’s Memory Lab Network project made possible by the Washington, DC Public Library and the Public Library Association and in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services [LG-95-17-0079-17]. No registration is required; call 507-359-8331 for more information.

Library and CASTLE offering Hamilton events

Local historian Dave Martinka and Assistant Library Director April Ide will lead a discussion of Ron Chernow’s best-selling Alexander Hamilton biography on Tuesday, September 11 at 1:30 p.m. at the library, including how the book influenced Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash Broadway hit Hamilton. Copies of the book are available at the library Service Desk; call 507-359-8331 for more information on this free program.

Join CASTLE members on Friday, September 14 at 1:30 p.m. at the New Ulm Community Center (600 N Broadway, Room 112) for a class about composer Lin-Manuel Miranda and the music of Hamilton. Vocal musician Meghan Moore will share insights about Lin-Manuel Miranda, who is a MacArthur Foundation Award recipient, won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama, earned 16 Tony Nominations and won 11 Tony Awards. Call 507-354-3212 or email castlelli@newulmtel.net to become a CASTLE member or learn more about this class.

Art Group to Meet at New Ulm Public Library

A self-directed art group will meet each Wednesday from 2-5:30 p.m. at New Ulm Public Library starting September 12 and ending November 14. Artists of all levels and abilities are welcome to join this adults-only group. Each artist should bring his/her own materials and ideas. All materials must be non-odorous. People are welcome to come and go as they see fit. For more information, please contact the library at 507-359-8331.