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CHS at state

THUMBS UP: The Cathedral Greyhounds took fifth place Friday with a win in the consolation round of the Minnesota State High School League Class A Softball Tournament. The Greyhounds lost their opening round game, 6-2 to Edgerton/Southwest Minnesota Christian, but stormed back with wins over Isle on Thursday, and Waterville-Elysian-Morristown on Friday.

Congratulations on a fine season to the Greyhounds.

Christmas tradition

THUMBS UP: New Ulm’s traditional downtown decorations will shine another year, at least, after the New Ulm City Council agreed to an easement for another year to allow the garlands crossing Minnesota Street to stay in place, while the city, the New Ulm Chamber of Commerce and others involved decide questions of safety and liability.

The garlands, which feature real evergreens, have been part of the downtown decor for decades of Christmases, but after a worn wire started a minor rooftop fire on one building a couple of years ago, the question has been debated as to whether the city should continue the tradition.

One more year to decide the question is a good compromise.

Hazuka at CHS

THUMBS UP: Congratulations to Paul Hazuka, who was named last week as the new principal at Cathedral High school. His long history as a teacher and coach at the school has earned him the respect of staff, parents and students.

We think he’ll do a fine job as the leader of the New Ulm Area Catholic School’s high school.