Editor’s Mailbag

Ballroom Classes offered this summer at State Street Theater Co.

NEW ULM — State Street Theater Co. announces the return of Ballroom Dance Classes this summer. Classes will take place on Thursdays, starting May 23, from 7-9 p.m and run each Thursday through Aug. 29. Those interested in joining the “Ballroom Dance for Beginners” class are welcome to come to one class, a few, or all.

Ballroom dancing for beginners will be taught by Gerhard Christ and offered at the State Street Theater. Classes will include introductions to the Foxtrot, English Waltz, Rumba, and Waltz. All dancers are asked to wear shoes with smooth (or leather) soles.

All ages are welcome, from 10 and up. Cost is $15 per class per couple or $10 for individuals. Classes will take place at State Street Theater Co., 1 North State Street, New Ulm, MN. Those interested can sign up online at statestreetNEWULM.org or show-up to the class with payment in hand. For further information, please contact us at statestreettheater@gmail.com or 507-359-9990.

Donations sought for veteran golf fundraiser at Le Sueur June 21

ST. PETER — The 4th annual Vietnam-era Last Man Club Golf Classis is being held June 21 at LeSueur Country Club, and organizers are looking for participants and for donations to the event.

St. Peter resident Bruce Frey understands the importance of honoring America’s sacred obligation to its’ veterans. He also understands the popularity of golf. Linking the two only made sense, Frey said.

“A few years ago, we thought why not help uphold our country’s promise to always take care of our wartime veterans and have fun doing it,” said Bruce Frey of St. Peter, one of the founders of the event. “The idea quickly took off and the result was the Vietnam-era Last Man Club’s (LMC) annual Golf Classic fundraiser, now in its fourth year.”

The 329-member LMC, based in St. Peter, is open to any veteran who served in active duty in the armed services during the Vietnam War era (1961 – 1975). LMC member Frey is co-chair of the annual golf classic fundraiser.

The first Golf Classic, at Le Sueur Country Club (LSCC) in 2016, raised $8,688.34. Funds raised in 2017 and 2018 at Shoreland Country Club in St. Peter were $19,065.00 and $22,777.18, respectively. The event now alternates annually between Shoreland and the LSCC. All net proceeds are dedicated to veteran projects and to assist area veterans in need.

Although the golf tournament is filled, donations for tournament sponsorships and raffles are still needed. “I read somewhere,” Frey said, “that a veteran is someone who at one point in his life wrote a blank check made payable to the United States of America for the amount of up to and including my life. I think that’s something we all might want to remember.”

Nathan Tish, Nicollet County Veterans Service Officer (VSO), said that while the Veterans Administration (VA) is responsible for providing vital services to qualifying veterans, “there are veterans who have emergency needs that do not qualify for VA care and there are no other programs they can turn to,” Tish said. “That’s where an organization such as the Last Man Club can step in and help fill the gap.”

(Visit www.lmcclassic.com for additional information.)