Editor’s Mailbag

Nicollet Blood Drive

NICOLLET – The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive in Nicollet on Tuesday, Aug, 19, from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Nicollet Legion Hall

To make an appointment, please call Darlene at 507-359-2816.

Free root beer floats will be served to all donors.

Buckthorn challenge

NEW ULM- This event is sponsored by the New Ulm Park and Recreation Department. A total of $1,200 cash is available through a grant from the Neighborhood Health Connection of Allina Health for the purpose of bringing community members together for camaraderie and healthy eco-exercise. (Eco-exercise is burning calories while improving the environment)In this case, the exercise will be to learn to identify buckthorn, observe the effect of invasive species on our native woods, and reduce the burden of berry-bearing trees in the city.

A team can enter one to six events over a 6 week period, beginning Saturday Aug. 16 to Sept 27. A total of $1,200 will be awarded, $200 for the winning team of each of six events, winner take all. Each event last two hours, or $100/hour of eco-exercise. The six sessions run Aug 16-22, Aug 23-29, Aug 30-Sept 5, Sept 6-12, Sept 13-19, Sept 20-26.

Registration packets with the information are available at the front desk of the Recreation Center. As soon as possible, contact Ellen Vancura, call or text 612-718-9775, or 354-8744 and leave message, or email newulmbuckthorn@gmail.com to set up a date/s to participate.

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