New director of Bridging Brown County

In the photo are: Ron Alger, MBW Company; Ashley Aukes, Bridging Brown County; Pam Kitzberger, Oak Hills Living Center; and Jess Gieseke, Maday Motors

NEW ULM — The Willkommen Committee of the New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed Ashley Aukes as the new director for Bridging Brown County. Bridging Brown County is a non-profit organization focused on strengthening Brown County by bridging relationships of understanding and communication in the communities. It is funded by the cities of New Ulm & Sleepy Eye, Lake Hanska Township, and by their fundraising efforts. Ashley and her husband Chad have lived in New Ulm for 6 years, and have 3 children with one on the way. She was formerly the Communications Specialist for the Region 9 Development Commission for the last 5 years. She is replacing Clarice Platz, who was the BBC Director for the past 10 years and is helping Ashley with the transition.