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Bavarian Blast

THUMBS UP: It’s Bavarian Blast time again. The festival survived some rocky financial patches the last couple of years with a solid attendance last year, and is back again at the Brown County fairgrounds. The weather promises to be a bit nicer this weekend, which should help attendees have a good time.

We hope all New Ulmites will take the opportunity to spend some time at the festgrounds this weekend and have a Blast.

Girls Nation attendee

THUMBS UP: It’s always a nice honor for local boys and girls to be selected to attend the American Legion Auxiliary’s Boys State or Girls State. This year a New Ulm girl went even farther, being selected to attend the ALA’s Girls Nation in Washington, D.C. this weekend.

Myra Soukup of New Ulm is attending the event after being selected as one of two girls from the Minnesota Girls State for the honor.

Congratulations to Myra.

Comfrey compassion

THUMBS UP: The Comfrey community dedicated a memorial last weekend to the flight crew that died 50 years ago when a U.S. Air Force B-47 bomber crashed in a field nearby. It was Feb. 20, 1963, when the big plane crashed, but Comfrey residents who were there remembered the event, and held a wonderful dedication, including the surviving family members of those who were lost in the crash.

It was a stirring event, and the memorial is a fine, permanent reminder that those who were lost in the service of their country are not forgotten.

Bikers’ rest

THUMBS UP: It’s seems like an unusual coincidence, but area has been a kind of biker’s rest for some long-distance two-wheel pedallers. A group of bikers travelling across the country stopped here last Saturday, on a ride to raise money for the American Lung Association. Another group, riding for pleasure down the length of Minnesota stopped in Winthrop, passing through New Ulm, taking a break in Searles as they headed south for Iowa and the RAGBRAI. And a group of five that is skateboarding across the country to raise awareness for Alzheimers was scheduled to stop overnight in New Ulm last night.

The RAGBRAI bikers pointed out that there are a lot of recreational bikers looking for trails where they can take off on paved paths and see the country without dodging a lot of traffic. They tend to stop a lot, spending a little money when they do.

We know there are efforts to connect up a lot of the shorter trails in this part of the state. It would certainly benefit a lot of communities if those efforts are successful.

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