With Gov. Tim Walz beginning to lift some restrictions, New Ulm businesses are starting to look to the future. Multiple New Ulm businesses were able to reopen on Monday, May 18. Restaurants and bars will be able to serve customers outside as of Today. In New Ulm, the city is developing a plan to close downtown Minnesota Street to allow restaurants and bars to use the street to serve patrons. Minnesota Street would be closed from 1st North to Center Street and 2nd North to 3rd North on the weekends of June 5 and June 12. This is subject to city council approval. Local business owners are excited about the chance to reopen. Chamber of Commerce President Michael Looft said he thinks there will be a fair number of businesses opening. The bars with minimal food sales might wait. Lamplighter is opening its back patio. Retail business owners have already seen a strong response from reopening. Bailey Creek Boutique owner Sandy Reinke said the business was great since reopening on May 18. The customers were very encouraging. She said as many customers were from out of town as were local.

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