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Schell’s steps up

THUMBS UP: We congratulate the August Schell Brewing Co. for stepping up to preserve a historic highlight of the Minneapolis skyline.

When the Schell’s brewery bought the Grain Belt label, it also bought a stake in the future of the iconic Grain Belt neon sign that used to shine over Minneapolis. Though the sign was owned by someone else, Ted Marti owner and president of Schell’s knew that the future of the sign, which had fallen into disrepair, was part of the Grain Belt history the brewery had purchased.

A few years later, the opportunity rose to acquire the sign, and Schell’s found a way to restore it with LED technology instead of the more expensive neon and incandescent bulbs.

Tonight at 5:30, Schell’s and Minneapolis city officials will hold an official relighting ceremony on Nicollet Island.

One of Minnesota’s oldest businesses, Schell’s is well aware of the importance of preserving history, and it deserves applause for restoring this piece of the past.

Support for arts

THUMBS UP: Support for the arts has been visibly growing in New Ulm as various organizations and businesses have been making sizeable and significant donations to organizations like the State Street Theater Co. and the Grand Center for Arts & Culture. At the risk of leaving someone out, we have seen notices of large donations from Citizens Bank Minnesota, New Ulm Telecom and the New Ulm Area Foundation to these groups, which are conducting capital campaigns. State Street Theater Co. is in the midst of a campaign to raise $750,000 for needed improvements and repairs to help convert the former Middle School auditorium into a modern performing arts venue. The Grand Center for Arts and Culture is working to build its endowment fund to help make it self-sustaining.

The generosity of these and other donors should be appreciated by all who enjoy art, plays and concerts in New Ulm.

Happy retirement

THUMBS UP: Judy Gramentz, senior administrative assistant at the New Ulm Police Department, has been a constant presence in the department through the terms of four police chiefs. She retired this week after 40 years of service to the department and to New Ulm.

Congratulations, Judy, and happy retiremnt.

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