Council will change rules on alcohol sales at amateur sporting events

NEW ULM – Amateur athletic events with teams whose participants are at least age 18 will soon be able to serve alcohol at their events in New Ulm because the City Council approved a motion Tuesday to change City Code.

Current City Code prohibits the sale of alcohol at amateur athletic events. The New Ulm code is more restrictive than the state’s prohibition of not allowing alcohol at youth amateur athletic events. Councilors and city officials were unsure why the City Code was stricter than the state, but they believed it was an effort to prevent the sale at youth events and simply had too broad a definition.

The request for changing the rules came from the Goosetown Roller Girls, who found New Ulm to be the only city in their league that did not allow serving alcohol at their events. Representatives from the team, who are all age 21 and up, said they want to serve alcohol at their events to grow their fan base and generate more funds, which they donate to local organizations as a not-for-profit organization.

The Council approved the request and briefly debated whether to set the criteria for a non-youth amateur team as being age 21 or older. However, the Council ultimately decided to defer to the state’s criteria of the participants being age 18 and older in order to avoid limiting the options of the teams.

The change will be brought to the Council at the next meeting. It is expected to be in effect by mid-May.

Frontier Labs

The Council also approved the development agreement with Frontier Labs MN for the previously approved tax abatement program. The program is intended to assist Frontier in setting up operations in New Ulm by rebating set portions of taxes paid by the property. The rebate will be $4,114 per year, with terms of not exceeding 15 years and not exceeding $59,392. Frontier Labs will be required to create four full-time jobs at a minimum of $14 per hour plus benefits.


The Council approved an easement for the proposed 22-unit upscale apartment project across from Hy-Vee. The easement allows the utility lines to be relocated, the sanitary sewer lines to be relocated at the owner’s cost and the current utilities to vacated.

Kiesling House

The Council approved a $7,980 building analysis of Kiesling House by Claybaugh Preservation Architect, Inc. The project will determine the condition of the Kieisling House and any work needed to preserve the structure, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. The project is funded by a $7,000 grant from the Minnesota Historical Society, which was received last year, and $1,000 in matching funds reserved by the local Historical Preservation Commission.

(Josh Moniz can be e-mailed at

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