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Spread the word about New Ulm

May 7, 2013

This week is National Tourism Week, and it’s a good time to ponder the impact of tourism on New Ulm. This city has a lot going for it when it comes to tourism....

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yunosmart

May-07-13 1:33 AM

My experience with the people of this town is that they do not like outsiders and are close minded. On these very boards I was told that "New Ulm is a special place, and is not for everyone". I was born and raised in this town and have been made to feel that way. if you aren't an Old German, then you don't belong.

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badger

May-07-13 8:09 AM

You have to be kidding me! New Ulm is not a tourist town. It is nothing more than a quick stop to drink some beer and head north to lake country. New Ulm better start looking to the future and stop promoting our past. This is a dying town. p.s. a tourist town is someplace like Duluth!

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mnsotn

May-07-13 8:50 AM

Heritagefest is no more and Bavarian Blast does not draw large crowds. The last time I brought out-of-town friends to Bavarian Blast (who previously enjoyed Heritagefest) I was embarrassed. We left and went downtown. Never again.

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OldJournalCarrier

May-08-13 8:19 AM

New Ulm clearly has been clinging to the past for far too long, and look what it got. It has a huge, empty, ugly box in the middle of the downtown called a "mall". In a typical town, such a mall would have been built on the outskirts of town. It's okay to remember the past to a certain degree, but not to the point that it impedes the future. Hopefully its not too late....

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caring1

May-08-13 4:47 PM

I am sorry this town is just not what it use to be 12 years ago. Even our young people don't want to return here for their futures because there is nothing here. I live here and I see nothing to do what could tourist ever see do people ever look from side to side when they are driving down broadway at the empty stores and houses that need to be painted grass that needs to be cut and down town is not like it use to be they closed the xmas house Ben franklin is a eye sore. Tell your tour friends to go to Mankato or Duluth.

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middleclassworker

May-09-13 1:08 AM

Mankato has their share of dumpy houses, and it is hardly a tourist attraction. While Duluth has its share of dumpy houses, too, there certainly is a lot to do on a vacation!

Yes, much of New Ulm is looking quite run down. Drive down the street sometime in the middle of summer and notice how many people don't plant flowers, don't spruce up their houses, etc.

As for houses falling into disrepair, it would help if the county assessor wasn't knocking at your door every time you try to make your house look better. They sure don't offer to lower your taxes when your house starts falling into disrepair.

Many years ago, the county had a program where any improvements you made to your house wouldn't raise your taxes for 10 years. Maybe we need a program like that again to get people fixing up their houses.

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Avoice

May-09-13 9:34 AM

My goodness, I have to agree with MCW and do so heartily. As to the rest of the previous commenters, what have you done to better your town? What have you done as a solution to your complaints? The old Germans kept neat houses, lawns and gardens and were proud of New Ulm and, might add, told their friends why they were proud. Apparently, you tell your out of town friends and relatives a different view of why you live in this dump according to your comments.

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cottoneyejoe

May-10-13 4:22 PM

Maybe it's time to let Mankato,North mankato or Hutch City Council run New Ulm,I bet it would get a lot better.

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mnsotn

May-10-13 10:42 PM

Mankato is also very democratic. Maybe the Republicans of our district should take notes on creating economic growth.

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mnsotn

May-11-13 7:49 PM

LOL! Two disagreed so far with my last comment. New Ulm and Brown County gave been declining and aging in population for the last 30 years. Good luck paying for the city's and county's expenses when half our population is retired. Those Republicans you keep sending to Saint Paul sure are serving us well, huh?

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GrandmaD

May-12-13 10:23 AM

mnsotn - From my observations, all parties lack in serving us well, both in St. Paul & in Washington.

However, Democrats have complete control of Minnesota legislation, both in the Senate & House chambers & Governorship. With that control, you should get what you want.

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