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George’s Ballroom sign will be preserved

The historic George’s Ballroom is expected to be demolished as part of a redevelopment plan in September, but at least one part of the building will be preserved. The iconic sign hanging off Center Street will be preserved and incorporated into the new building.

Members of The Coldwell Banker Commercial (CBC) Fisher Group that is redeveloping the site confirmed the sign will be saved during a recent Chamber of Commerce event. The Fisher Group has been seeking public input about how the site should be developed and one of the top comments is the need to preserve the sign. The Fisher Group has decided to take this suggestion to heart. How the sign will be incorporated into the new building is still to be determined, but a piece of George’s Ballroom will remain in the community.

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Return of downtown flowers

Downtown New Ulm is in full bloom again thanks to the New Ulm Area Chamber and dozens of volunteers who filled over 100 ground pots and planters Wednesday. The downtown flowers have been a New Ulm tradition since the 1990s and it is a wonderful addition to the community. Planting the flowers is only the start of the volunteer work. The flowers will need to be watered throughout the summer, requiring even more volunteer hours. It is impressive to see so many groups come together to beautify the downtown.

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Demolition and

reconstruction of pickleball courts

The demolition and reconstruction of the Lincoln Park pickleball court has begun. Wednesday construction crews began taking out the poles and nets from Lincoln Park with the promise of new courts by mid-August if not late July. This does mean the premier outdoor pickleball location will be out of commission for nearly two months, but The Journal is looking on the bright side. Pickleball is an extremely popular sport in New Ulm and this rebuild to the worn courts will ensure a bright future for the sport.

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