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NU Area Foundation grants to Turner Hall for roof repair

Bottom Row: Carol Steinhaus (Turner Hall), Lauri Stark (NUAF), Kortney Peterson (Turner Hall), Pat Herzog (NUAF) . Top Row: Shannon Hillesheim (NUAF), Lori Pickell-Stangel (Turner Hall), David Hirth (Turner Hall), Terry Sveine (Turner Hall), Rick Jensen (NUAF), Dan Kalk (Turner Hall)

NEW ULM — New Ulm Area Foundation recently presented a grant of $2,500 to Turner Hall in support of their project to repair the roof above the gymnasium. Following some of the heavy rains in August and resultant flooding in the building, several tears in the roof were identified. Turner Hall applied for and received this grant to assist with the roofing repairs.

Following a bid process, a local contractor was awarded the repair work, and the gym roof has been patched. Recreational gymnastics classes were able to resume on Oct. 19.

New Ulm Turner Hall has been a cornerstone of New Ulm History since its inception in 1856. The original Turner Hall location was within downtown New Ulm. Following the Dakota Conflict which resulted in a total loss for the original Turner Hall, the Turners rebuilt in 1868 at the current location on South State Street. New Ulm Turner Hall has been listed on the National Registry of Historic Places since 1979 and remains a treasured piece of our community’s history. New Ulm Turner Hall is also the largest and most active Turner Hall within the United States, and is a desired location for local events, private celebrations, and tourists from across the globe who come to see our historic hand painted murals, enjoy the camaraderie of the Rathskeller, and learn of the history of the Turners. New Ulm Turner Hall is also home to the oldest continuous gymnastics program in Minnesota and currently serves nearly 450 unique youth participants each year.

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