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Cellar Press celebrating five years

The Cellar Press Studio in the lower levels of The Grand is celebrating five years today and that is an impressive achievement. It contains a unique collection of letterpress and printmaking machines has brought dozens of artists to New Ulm. The letterpress and printmaking equipment also offers a fun history lesson on how far printing has come over the years. The Cellar Press also offers an important reminder of the news media’s origin. At one time, all newspapers were printed using similar letterpress equipment. The term “press” is still used to describe members of the news media whether they are television, online or newspaper. 

It is wonderful to see another local institute is still dedicated to freedom of the press.


Opening up on mental health awareness

May is Mental Health Awareness month and this year it seems like more people are taking the subject seriously. Sleepy Eye recently hosted the South Central Minnesota Mental Health Conference with guest speakers on a variety of topics; including kids and farmer mental health. Saturday, Sleepy Eye hosts “Walk for Hope” Saturday at Allison Park. The event is intended to shine a light on mental health and suicide awareness.

For years, the stigma around mental health kept many from getting the help they need. It is inspiring to see mental health finally being talked about openly and honestly in the community.


Making a difference with ditch cleanup

Last week, the world celebrated Earth Day (April 22)  and Arbor Day (April 26). The community responded with multiple ditch cleanup efforts. Izaak Walton League, Knights of Columbus, New Ulm Bicycle Group, Rotary Club and Lion’s Club held special cleanup events. The clubs and organizations collected dozens of bags of trash and other litter along community roads and walking paths. While it is unfortunate, these groups were able to collect so much litter, their efforts are worth celebrating.


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