The Free Press, Mankato, MN


March 29, 2014

Our View: New Ulm group preserves historic art

Thumbs up to the group working to save historic murals in New Ulm.

The three large murals were commissioned during the New Deal as part of the Works Progress Administration. Hanging in the former high school, the murals became at risk as the school district looked to sell the building.

George Glotzbach, whose father was the state administrator for the WPA, led an effort to protect the art by having them kept in public ownership. The group has signed a deal with the school district to buy the building with the intent of turning part of it into apartments while maintaining the auditorium containing the murals. The hope is for the county historical society take responsibility for protecting the murals and keeping them in the public domain.

New Ulm has a strong record of protecting its unique history. The effort to protect the murals for future generations is another preservation effort to be proud of.

Brynaert served thoughtfully

Thumbs up to Rep. Kathy Brynaert, DFL-Mankato, for her service of eight years in the Minnesota House. Brynaert says she will serve out her term and not seek re-election in November.

She used her knowledge of school issues from her time on the Mankato school board to bring overall positive changes on many education issues. She was always willing to listen to constituents whether they agreed with her or not.

She served during a very contentious time in the state Legislature when there was a lot of partisan posturing and, at times, we didn’t always agree with her. But Brynaert always kept a level head, was civil in discussions with her fellow legislators and took a thoughtful approach.

Connect event offers support

Thumbs up to Project Community Connect organizers and volunteers as the event celebrated its fourth year of helping connect people in need to services that can make their lives better.

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