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Walz proclaims Oct. 6 German American Day

MINNESOTA — Gov. Tim Walz will formally proclaim Tuesday, Oct. 6, as German American Day.

Oct. 6 was first proclaimed German American Day by President Ronald Reagan in 1987. Oct. 6 was chosen as it commemorated the arrival of the first group of German immigrants to America on Oct. 6, 1683.

Walz’ proclamation acknowledged the large percentage of Minnesotans with German ancestry. Approximately 38% of the state is of German descent. The proclamation also recognizes two New Ulm institutions: the Hermann Monument as a symbol of the many contributions of Americans of German descent, and the German Bohemian Heritage Society that actively promotes German heritage and culture.

Due to the ongoing COVID pandemic, the German Bohemian Heritage Society is unable to hold a formal celebration of the proclamation, but member Patrick Kretsch said the society has tentatively planned an open house event next February at its new location on the 3rd floor of The Grand.

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