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Staff photo by Clay Schuldt A giant squirrel proved to be a novel and successful method of attracting visitors to Bud’s Nuisance Wildlife Removal booth. The Home Show continues today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. See more photos on page 8A.

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Civic Center saw as steady crowd tour through dozens of vendor booths and attend the special seminars at the New Ulm Home & Health Show Saturday.

One of the more popular stops in the Civic Center was the Mending Spirits Animal Rescue (MSAR) booth, where visitors could meet chihuahua-rat terrier mix named “Hermann.” Hermann was one of the many rescue dogs currently being fostered by the group. MSAR was founded as a non-profit in 2013. Events Coordinator Gerald Woodley said MSAR has no shelter, but is a network of foster volunteers. Hermann is one of the 30 dogs currently being fostered by MSAR. The group also fosters cats and a variety of other surrender animals. MSAR offers several volunteer opportunities for interesting in helping four-legged friends.

The Home and Health Show was exciting for all age groups. The youth attending the show gravitated toward the National Guard attractions, which included a hoop-toss and an electronic punching bag.

With the young kids distracted, parents were free to listen to the guest speakers. New Ulm Medical Center’s endocrinologist Dr. Nour Sabha gave a talk on diabetes prevention and management.

Sabha said in Minnesota, 10.5 percent of the adult population has diabetes. Roughly a fourth of the adults with diabetes, don’t know they have it. Every year 15,000 Minnesotans will be diagnosed with the condition.