NEW ULM - Elena Kretschmer, the 2014 Hans Joohs Exchange intern from Germany, arrived in New Ulm this week and will be joining the staff of The Journal as a reporter for the three months.
Kretschmer, 26, lives in Gnzburg, Germany, a town about 25 minutes from Ulm, Germany. She is a freelance reporter for several papers, including the Sdwest Presse, Ulm's major newspaper, and works in the public relations department of another company.
In 2013, Kretschmer met Michelle Malecha, the Hans Joohs intern from Minnesota to Germany.
Staff photo by Kevin Sweeney
Elena Kretschmer, the 2014 Hans Joohs Exchange Program intern from Ulm, Germany, poses with Journal Publisher and Sister Cities Commission Chairman Bruce Fenske near the Glockenspiel on Wednesday.
"She was one of the nicest people I ever met," Kretschmer said. "I asked the Sdwest Presse if I could do a story about her and about the Hans Joohs program. That's when I heard about the program, and decided to apply."
The Hans Joohs Exchange Program is named for Hans Joohs, an Ulm city official who was instrumental in building the Sister City relationship between New Ulm and Ulm-Neu Ulm in Germany.
Through the program, young post-college workers from the New Ulm area and from Ulm-Neu Ulm travel to their sister city each year for a three-month internship with a company in a field related to their profession.
During her stay in New Ulm, Kretschmer will be writing a variety of articles and features, getting to know the community and getting to learn how a local American newspaper operates.
Kretschmer arrived on Monday and after a day to get settled and get a tour of New Ulm, she went on a trip with her host family, Bob and Jesilda Webb, to the Wisconsin Dells. She will be back on Tuesday, and will be welcomed by the Sister Cities Commission with at a reception at the Kegel Club.
During her stay, Kretschmer will also be spending a month with Brian and Mary Lou Serbus, and Carol and Marty Smith.