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Sign up for ‘Lose It’

THUMBS UP: There is still time to sign up for the “Lose It to Win It” program offered by Hearts Beat Back: Heart of New Ulm. There are lots of good reasons to do so by Oct. 31.

First, it’s easier than signing up on the Obamacare website. Just go to and register. All you really need is an e-mail account. You’re not going to wait online for hours, or watch your computer freeze up. (Here’s a note: If you share an e-mail account with a spouse or someone else, one of you will need to set up a separate account if you both want to register. The system uses e-mail addresses to differentiate between individuals, so only one registrant is allowed per e-mail address. G-mail and hotmail provide free accounts.)

Second, it’s good for your health, offering daily tips and reminders about exercise and eating right. They don’t nag you, either. It’s up to you to follow the advice. You could win monthly prizes for collecting health points, too.

Third, you could help New Ulm qualify for the first $25,000 toward $100,000 worth of outdoor exercise equipment if you sign up by Oct. 31. The program needs 2,500 to sign up and is still several hundred short.

Industry of the Year

THUMBS UP: The New Ulm Chamber of Commerce is honoring the local graphics design industry as its Business/Industry of the year. Nine different companies are being honored at a luncheon at the New Ulm Country Club next Wednesday:?Apitz Printing, Beacon Promotions, Inc., Lime Valley Advertising, Madsen Ink, Master Graphics, Preferred Printing, Printwear Graphics, River Bend Business Products, and Sid’s Signs.

In this visual age, graphic design can make or break a business. A snappy logo is an essential for a successful business. The local graphics design industry helps develop and spread those logos.

Congratulations to all the graphics design businesses being recognized this year.

Hans Joohs Park

THUMBS UP: The City of New Ulm will hold a dedication ceremony on Monday in South German Park, behind the New Ulm Community Center at 600 N. German St. The Park is being renamed in honor of the late Hans Joohs.

Joohs was a city administrator in Ulm Germany for many years after World War II. He was a good friend of many city officials in New Ulm, and a great supporter of the Sister Cities relationship between New Ulm, Minn., and Ulm/Neu-Ulm, Germany.

This is a very fitting honor that the city is bestowing on this fine man. The Sister Cities exchange program is also named for him, but it is great to have a place in New Ulm honoring him.

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