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Ready, Set, Saw!

March 12, 2013

Staff photo by Josh Moniz Mayor Bob Beussman performed the ceremonial ‘cutting of the board’ with the assistance of Menards store manager Skot Danielson, right, on Monday at the New Ulm Menard....

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Mar-13-13 7:57 PM

Menards will overall be good for New Ulm. I am glad to see them here.

Just be careful on what you buy. The previous owners of my house purchased Mastercrap doors from Menards and they were horrible. The bath tubs that I looked at in the Mankato Menards were less sturdy than Home Depot's. The bottom line is that you get what you pay for, so shop carefully. The lumber yards will be fine. Maybe their suppliers will finally be more competitive.

I, for one, am looking forward to having a store open past 5 on Sundays and a lumberyard open past noon on Saturdays.

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Mar-13-13 7:44 PM

Good luck cutting anything with Menards power tools. Do they have Milwaukee? No. DeWalt? No.

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Mar-13-13 11:33 AM

Dont blame Menards, someone at some time sold all that land out there, and that was their right, as if that is going to cause food to get short, there are plenty of people who would say that Ethanol takes food out of the mouths of hungry people too. It is what it is, its called progress, if you want small then move to lafayette Searles or Hanska. I for one like that New Ulm is getting more of the stores that people flock to Mankato for. Now some people are going to chime in about what New Ulm Doesnt have, thats true, but give it time, we are finally starting to see the fruits of getting dead weight off the city council, anyone remember Bill Gafford? he had a few disciples who carried his torch after he retired, but they are too gone. Without big box stores you have a nice little community that has high prices, old people and very few young people who return here after school.

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Mar-13-13 9:49 AM

you can call me a dolt, you can call me backwards and yet i'm likely the youngest and most modern poster on here. It's pretty sad to see prime farm land used to feed you commenting self utilized instead for another big box store. And I'm pretty certain that if a new hog barn or cattle barn were built next to somsen slough, it wouldn't have been allowed that close to the wetland. But somehow the menard's parking lot with oil and salt will be just fine. The only cosolation is that NONE of the lumber yards in town sound as if they are worried one bit about their business when all their contractors and customers already say they won't shop there.

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Mar-13-13 8:36 AM

Hey DOLT on any given day Targets lot is next to empty, get over your backwards ways

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Mar-12-13 4:23 PM

Wait I hear something coming from around the Running's area. It sounds like people changing prices (lowering)on the shelves.

Growth is so good for a community!

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Mar-12-13 2:44 PM

guess69... guess it was a Menards ghost who helped ring up my sale today then if you say "job opportunities make a town grow, not a big box store" I fail to understand where you say no job opportunities are here with this store... about 200 hired, yes many part-time but many full time. I didn't see one employee in the store today that I didn't know, must mean they came from somewhere. Do you look down on those who drive to Sleepy Eye, Mankato, Springfield etc to work, just because their job is there and not here in New Ulm?

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Mar-12-13 1:58 PM

this dolt has checked out the wal mart parking lot especially compared to other stores and other wal marts. this is by far the emptiest retail parking lot by size in town often beat by cash wise, hy-vee and target. but i'm sure all those cars are customers parking in the back and not the employees. guess the employees must walk in or just live there.

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Mar-12-13 12:45 PM

Check out the walmart lot youDOLT, usually half full and many times much more than that

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Mar-12-13 11:59 AM

Am I the only one that chuckled at the mayor using a saw to cut a piece of wood instead of a big scissors and a ribbon?

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Mar-12-13 11:36 AM

A new business opening is such a bad thing for a community. I'm sure all of those newly hired employess at Menards (around 200) all get in their cars and leave town at the end of their shifts. Of course none of them will live in New Ulm, purchase any local products when they get their pay checks, and will ever invest in our community by purchasing a home.

I'm sure none of those people who foolishly decide to navigate the round-a-bout and stop in at Menards will ever decide to do any other shopping in New Ulm, or gas up their cars, or get a bite to eat.

And, we consumers should never have a choice where we shop. I'm sure no "real" New Ulm resident has ever shopped in Mankato.

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Mar-12-13 10:35 AM

"after all this is what we need to make this town grow"...last I checked job opportunities make a town grow, not a big box store.

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Mar-12-13 10:21 AM

I doubt that this parking lot will be empty keepNUsmall.... after all this is what we need to make this town grow. You will see me at Menards before you ever see me at Wal Mart. Menards sells many "made in the USA" products.

Be not afraid of growing slowly; be afraid only of standing still. Chinese Proverb

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Mar-12-13 9:12 AM

Just what New Ulm needed....another empty parking lot like Wal Mart

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