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Our first responders

THUMBS UP: It is always at the most trying times that we learn to appreciate the quality of our first responders. Two tragic incidents this week again bring us a glimpse of the dedication and heroism that our police, fire and ambulance crews possess.

Saturday evening, the report of a missing kayaker on the Minnesota River called Nicollet County and Brown County law enforcement and Courtland Fire Department personnel into action. The search for Steve?Fritze has continued throughout the week, with searchers braving the high water, the heat and the mosquitos. They vow to continue until he is found.

On Wedensday, a motorcycle crash claimed the life of a New Ulm man, Kurt Winkler. Again, police and ambulance crews responded as they always do for these worst kinds of accidents with professionalism and expertise.

We are fortunate to have them when we need them most.

Birthing Center

THUMBS UP: Last Sunday, the Associated Press had a report on the growing primary care doctor gap in the country, due to the number of newly insured people under Obamacare.

Attracting new doctors is a challenge for all hospitals and clinics, especially those in rural areas. New Ulm Medical Center, however, seems to be doing an excellent job of not only maintaining, but expanding and improving its care for people of the area.

The latest case in point is the newly expanded and remodeled birthing center at the hospital. It’s been open for a few weeks, but the hospital dedicated it with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday. It increases the number of birthing rooms, and improves the amenities and comforts afforded to new mothers, their babies and their families.

New Ulm is fortunate to have a medical care facility so dedicated to staying on top of the challenge of providing excellent medical care to the area.

More apartments

THUMBS UP: Eagle Development is proposing to build a 38-unit apartment complex on South Minnesota Street, on the block that once held Dannheim’s Kuhstall. The block has been ripe for development ever since the Kuhstall closed, and if the artist’s drawing of the complex is an indication, this should be an attractive addition.

New Ulm has a real shortage of rental properties and apartments. This development and others that area going on, up on Sunset Avenue and on South Broadway, will help ease that shortage.

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