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Birthday surprise for living legend

Several of the vehicles in George Glotzbach’s birthday parade feature German themed decorations, which reflected Glotzbach’s love for German heritage.

NEW ULM — The New Ulm community showed up in full force to celebrate George Glotzbach’s 89th birthday.

The surprise celebration was held for him in front of his home on Cottonwood Street. A parade of over 20 cars passed by with special German themed signs honoring Glotzbach. A band consisting of Dan Moldan, Adam Munsterman, and Lee Weber played “Happy Birthday” in his driveway.

The celebration came as a shock to Glotzbach. He did not expect anything until he walked out the door and saw the gathering, but was delighted with the effort. He soon took part in singing German polka songs as the band played.

“Could a man be any happier?” He asked. “I doubt it.”

Glotzbach is well known in New Ulm and has always been one of the city’s greatest promoters. In his years he has made many friends and acquaintances, many of whom were able to show up to wish him a happy birthday.

Over 20 vehicles drove past George Glotzbach’s home to wish him a Happy Brithday Tuesday while a polka band played for him on the sidewalk.

Glotzbach said in his 89 years his words of wisdom were to live life to the fullest.

“With all my health problems, as long as I can, I will live to the fullest and take pride in what I am still able to do.”

George Glotzbach doffs his hat to the procession of cars wishing him a happy birthday as his granddaughter Sadie holds up a birthday sign.

Over 20 vehicles drove past George Glotzbach’s home to wish him a Happy Brithday Tuesday while a polka band played for him on the sidewalk.

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