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Good news for patients, too

THUMBS UP: New Ulm Medical Center has earned another honor, this time from the Minnesota Hospital Association which named NUMC the Best Minnesota Hospital Workplace. That says a lot about the administration and the workers, who have created this good culture.

This is good news for patients as well. Hospital workers who are happy to go to work, who are engaged in making their workplace a good place, who are excited about doing their jobs are going to provide good care for their patients.

Congratulations to New Ulm Medical Center, and to Allina Health, NUMC’s parent company which was recognized by the Star Tribune as one of the Top Workplaces in Minnesota.

Heymann closing

THUMBS DOWN: It is hard to see a business like Heymann Construcion announce, as it did Friday, that it is closing down. Economic reasons were cited, and it is not hard to understand in a business where success is dependent on your next big project. Even a company with the reputation of Heymann Construction has to keep generating business to stay successful.

In its day Heymann Construction had many big projects. There is hardly a major business, an important institution or government building in New Ulm that hasn’t been built by Heymann Construction: New Ulm Medical Center Hospital and Clinic; Washington, Jefferson and the New Ulm Middle Schools; AMPI; Kraft; the buildings at Martin Luther College; Oak Hills Living Center, the New Ulm Fire Station… the list goes on and on. Schools, churches and nursing homes around the area were also built by Heymann.

The decision to shut down was a difficult one, the statement from Heymann said Friday, and we can believe it. We are sorry for this loss.

State golfers

THUMBS UP: Area golfers earned a lot of respect in the Minnesota State High School League Golf Tournament this past week.

The Springfield High School Golf Team finished second in the Class A team competition, after holding a five stroke lead after the first day. We’re sure they would have preferred to hold that lead, but their second place trophy speaks well of their efforts this year.

Glavine Schugel of New Ulm High School finished tied for fourth overall in the Class AA tournament.

Congratulations to all the area golfers who competed at state this year.