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A lot is brewing
THUMBS UP: It is good to see the Schell’s brewery is doing well. The brewery, New?Ulm’s oldest business, and the oldest and largest brewery in the state, announced plans for expansion this week. A two-phase expansion plan will increase its brewing capacity from 131,000 barrels to around 230,000 barrels.
The continued growth and success of Schell’s is attributable to the leadership of Ted Marti, the fifth generation descendant of August Schell. The brewery has adapted well to the boom in craft brewing over the years, and succeeds with quality and creativity. We’re sure it will continue to be a business that makes New Ulm proud.

Keeping the K-9
THUMBS UP: The New Ulm Police Department is keeping its furriest member after all. New Ulm Police Chief Myron Wieland said this week that the department would look elsewhere to come up with the $30,000 in cuts it needs to make this year. Cutting Juneau, the police dog, would have saved about $10,000.
The public, however, howled at the idea of cutting the K-9 program, and with the support of the City Council, Juneau will stay.

Menards opening
THUMBS UP: Menards is opening its New Ulm store on Tuesday, a happy conclusion to the many rumors over the years that the store was coming, it wasn’t coming, or that it was going here or there.
We know Menards has been a big draw for New Ulm shoppers heading to Mankato. Having a Menards here will give people more reason to shop locally, and should draw some business from neighboring communities.
Menards will be a welcome addition to the New Ulm retail community.

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