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Crazy Days

July 27, 2013

Staff photo by Fritz Busch Shoppers browse sales at Crazy Days in New Ulm Friday. The event continues today....

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Jul-30-13 1:34 AM

Unless all the insurance agents, lawyers, financial advisers, banks, bars, telecommunications businesses, restaurants, etc. on Minnesota Street have something to put on clearance, I suspect that we will not have the volume of merchandise that we once had at Crazy Days. The business model on Minnesota Street has changed significantly over the past 30 years. It really is too bad that more retailers don't move into refurbished downtown buildings. Many big cities have turned downtown buildings into modern day strip malls.

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Jul-29-13 2:34 PM

Get the facts and twinkles-How do suggest that the city do this? New Ulm is fighting the same fight every small town is dealing with. Online shopping, big box retailers, house-holds with two working parents that make shopping a chore instead of a social event, have all changed the environment of shopping. If it would have been advantageous to have more product out and roads blocked off I am sure that it would have happened. You cater to what is demanded and you can’t create demand out of nostalgia. No amount of hoopala would have gotten me to attend Crazy Days instead of my easy Amazon shopping.

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Jul-28-13 9:37 AM

Kinda like a trailer park garage sale.

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Jul-28-13 12:55 AM

Two days where you don't have to drive 30 miles to find reasonably priced merchandise... that IS crazy.

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Jul-27-13 11:14 AM

Minnesota Street. I remember in the far distant past, like 1952, when my grandmother and I would come in from the farm. We would park at Aunt’s Bess’s house on Minnesota Street and 3rd South. Grandmother did not like to park down town, too much traffic. We would walk from 3rd South to 4th North, both sides of the street to shop. Grandmother stopped often to speak to friend’s, as we shopped I would not hear a word of English. Are last stop was the meat market on the corner of Minnesota and Center , on the walk back to aunt’s Bess’s house. Grandmother and Aunt Bess would have coffee I would have Kool Aid and cookies. Today I only remember a few words in German. What was will never be again. Today’ Grandchildren ask what’s walking.

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Jul-27-13 10:18 AM

Yes!! I am always telling my kids I remember when or New Ulm use to... You would think the city would remember how it was and see what is not working?

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Jul-27-13 12:29 AM

Driving down Minnesota Street was sad Friday. I guess I know what crazy days in New Ulm used to be. The streets blocked off, people sitting on top of ladders as watch outs and it packed for all the downtown businesses! Venders, food and activities as well as ping pong fall. Our town has dwindled in all areas. No matter how much commercials and towns people say shop your hometown, or shop New Ulm, it seems the town has set itself up to fail. There is no reason the streets can't be blocked off and way more participation and inventory from what businesses we do have be out there. Excuses, excuses, excuses, I'm sure the city has mastered them all. We need more businesses and enticing environment to make this a grand event like it should be!

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