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New Ulm, Minnesota is located on a triangle of land formed by the confluence of the Minnesota River and the Cottonwood River, in the lower central part of the state. The chief routes through the city are US Highway 14 and Minnesota Highways 15 and 68. Nearby communities include Bernadotte, Butternut, Cambria, Cobden, Courtland, Essig, Gibbon, Godahl, Hanska, Judson, Klossner, Lafayette, Leavenworth, Linden, Madelia, Nicollet, Perth, Searles, Sleepy Eye, St. George, and Winthrop. Mankato is about thirty miles southeast of New Ulm. The city was founded by the German Land Company of Chicago in 1854. In 1856, the Settlement Association of the Socialist Turner Society, which had originated in Germany, formed the nucleus of the early settlement of the city, with the intention of establishing a town with a defined philosophical, economic and social character. During the Dakota War of 1862, the city was attacked twice by the Dakotas. Retreating behind barricades protecting the city center, they fought back but much of the town outside the barricades was burned. During World War I, New Ulm opposed American involvement in the war against Germany 466 to 19, and the federal government organized an active campaign to suppress antiwar fervor within the city, an issue that was to sharply divide the community, with prominent local businessmen fearing repercussions. During World War II, German POWs were housed in a camp southeast of New Ulm, and a local family was fined for removing a prisoner from the camp and taking him to church. Tippi Hedren, who was the star of Alfred Hitchcock’s movie, The Birds, was born in New Ulm. The city has experienced slight population declines in recent decades, but its population has remained above thirteen thousand since 1970. New Ulm is the county seat for Brown County.


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