Save Our Downtown Flowers
Flowers Downtown New Ulm

Wow! New Ulm has stepped up!  We’ve raised $7,000 to cover the cost of the downtown flowers!

You know those beautiful flowers that brighten our downtown, welcoming locals and tourists alike?  They don’t just happen. The Chamber of Commerce pays for the flowers each spring, and pays for the 128 hanging baskets to be hung; a group of volunteers clean and plant the 120 pots that line Minnesota Street and Broadway Street; and another group of volunteers water the flowers daily in the summer months.  And it’s all worth it!  We hear compliments about the flowers downtown all summer long!

The COVID-19 Pandemic has affected so many of New Ulm’s businesses, and the Chamber is no exception.  Most significantly, NUBRA (New Ulm Business & Retail Association, a committee of the Chamber) had to cancel the 2020 New Ulm Home & Health Show. Between that show and a variety of other events and programs that are unable to take place, we have lost a substantial portion of revenue.  We are re-evaluating our budgets, cutting back on many things, and trying to be creative with expenses.  Which brings us to this blog post…  

The total cost of the flowers downtown is $7,000.  We asked for people/businesses/organizations to sponsor a hanging basket or planter at $50 each, ensuring that this tradition of beautification will continue.  All sponsors will be recognized three ways: listed on this site (with website link, if applicable), recognized on social media, and published in The Journal.

Thanks to the generosity of many sponsors, we met our goal! 

THANK YOU to these sponsors:

Sponsor a planter or hanging basket and get your name or the name of your business listed here!

Jeff & Wendy Bertrang (10)

Nuvera (10)

August Schell Brewing (10)

Jayne Maday-Hulke (5)

Ted & Jodi Marti (5)

Minnesota Valley Funeral Homes (4)

Martin Luther College (4)

Furth-Meile Insurance (4)

Joel Albrecht Family (4)

Gertie Goose & Herr Herbie Hedgehog (4)

Inspired (2)

Diane Rolloff (2)

Cliff & Sheryl Vath (2)

Anne Makepeace/The Grand Center for Arts & Culture (2)

Dayne & Naomi Stewart (2)

Kraus Tree Service (2)

Al & Renee Schmit (2)

Glenn Hokenson (2)

In memory of Janet Dempsey from Dallas & Theresa Bock (2)

United Prairie Bank (2)

In memory of Donna Soehren from the Schreyers (2)

Paul’s Electric (2)

In memory of Janet Dempsey from Bob & Gayle Ranweiler (2)

Ruth Koelpin (2)

Concordia Lanes/Kegel Klub (2)

Ruth McCrea Simpson (2)

Florian & Rosemary Dittrich (2)

Brown County Master Gardeners (2)

Heidi Tanley

Woodstone Senior Living

JS Repair, LLC (Le Center, MN)

Kris Manderfeld

Rod Karnitz

Lisa Schiller

George & Sharon Glotzbach

Rob & Lori Pietz

Karl & Amy Boesch

Laraway Roofing

Denny Warta

Harold & Maxine Remme

Kevin & Julie Derksen

Lisa Besemer, Realtor

NU Surface

Ruth Klossner

John & Sheila Brownfield

Gene Brand

Don & Michele Wendel

Jeff & Lisa Gulden

Denny & Jen Waloch

Janet Senst

Steve & Lorri Koenig

Sharon Heck

Deb Irmiter

Kim Hanson

Lee & Yvonne Weber

In memory of Gary Current from the Current Family

Pat & Sue Bruggeman

Les Schultz

James & Janet Allerson

Mignon Fraizer & Kay Olsen

Carol Ackerson

Katina Rademaker

Jim & Jayne Hulke

New Ulm Garden Club

Darnelle Mammen

Thomas Green

Duane & Cleo Bohne

Linda Tongate

Dr. Charles & Roberta Hintz

Kate Bockenstedt

Joann Christiansen

Darrell & Mary Jean Hinsman

Janet Roeder

Dave & Linda Weldy

Emery & Betty Haus

Nyle & Mary Mills

Mary Roufs

Doug & Maggie Schwab

Wilburette Osgood

Ken & Vicki Rolloff


Besides financial donations, we are also looking for volunteers to help clean and plant the planters (a one time commitment) and more people to join the volunteer watering crew.  For more information, or to sign up, contact the New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce at 507-233-4300 or  We will pass along names to the watering crew.  Reach out to the Chamber with any questions or concerns about the flowers in downtown New Ulm.