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Cool new addition
THUMBS UP: North Park’s new wading pool should be a welcome addition to the New Ulm Park & Rec facilities this weekend, as temperatures are expected to soar in the ’90s. Splash pads are games of water that don’t have a pool, just a flat surface where kids can run around and get wet.
The playground opened last year, thanks to a generous donation from Barb Haroldson. It opened last June and has been heavily used. He should keep a lot of kids cool this summer.
Ready for the party?
THUMBS UP: The COVID-19 pandemic made 2020 a terrible year last year. It forced us to give up a lot for the sake of safety. Among them were some of New Ulm’s favorite festivals.
This year they are starting to come back. The first big one to even make a comeback is Bavarian Blast. Closed last year, it will be back this year, July 15, 16, 17 and 18 at Brown County Fairgrounds.
As we get back to normal, what could be more normal in New Ulm than taking out the lederhosen and dirndls and heading to the fair grounds for music, dancing, great food and drink and Gemütlichkeit?
Here is an incentive
THUMBS DOWN: Minnesota has joined with other states in offering incentives and prizes to people who get vaccinated against COVID-19. Do people really need a promise of Twins tickets or Valleyfair admissions before they get vaccinated?
We think the chance to be protected from a disease that has killed nearly 600,000 Americans in the past year would be a big incentive.
If incentives are what it takes to protect more people as we move towards collective immunity, we believe it should be done.