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Chancery project necessary, cost effective

May 2, 2014

To the editor: Reference is made to Monday’s Letter to the editor from Lynn Guggisberg regarding the new Chancery office, “being embarrassed to be a Catholic, wasting all that money and what would......

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May-13-14 8:44 AM

I see once again comments have gone astray from the original intent of the letter.

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May-09-14 1:59 PM

Nice to see Dana that you have become the spokesperson for the anti-Catholic you are a shining example for the group!!

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May-06-14 9:05 AM

Out of curiosity I drove by the chancery. It is big, but as I kept driving out past the new houses built out that way I was amazed at the size of some of those homes! So, in comparison, some of those single family homes and 25-30 offices in that big building doesn't seem so extreme! I see that some people are complaining that the cost of renovating the old chancery would have been less than building a new chancery. It reminds me of the middle school conversations of the past. People did not want to spend the millions of dollars upgrading the old middle school and now those same people are probably the ones complaining that they don't want to build a new school. I think some people should take a look at the bones of these schools. They need help! Osteoporosis is setting in people, take care of it now!

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May-05-14 9:35 PM

gopher: you are absolutely correct. I don't live in NU but I support you and your community in getting new public high school. I graduated from NU public many years ago (after 8 years at Cathedral). I know the town well.. I have seen some impressive new schools in other districts built over the years. New Ulm should be excited about a new school being built.

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May-04-14 4:04 PM

We need to continue improving all our facilities and schools in this community or it will die. School upgrades, highway 14 project, and keeping our downtown businesses alive are key to keeping this community vibrant and growing.

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May-03-14 11:15 AM

To put it all into perspective, I bet that St. Anthony's school didn't cost that much. It is certainly better built, and looks nice--not over the top.

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May-03-14 11:10 AM

A $47 million high school (that number includes the cost of doing some improvements and deferred maintenance to the other 3 buildings, too) will serve hundreds of kids for many decades.

I don't think you can compare the two.

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May-02-14 9:02 PM

Wonder what people are going to say when a 47 million dollar public high school is built.

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May-02-14 8:44 PM

I don't doubt that remodeling their own building wasn't feasible. This building looks gaudy and out of place, though. I wonder how well that building will handle the wind load and what the shear strength is against the wind at the edge of the hill and being mostly made of wood, which moves. I predict lots of cracks in the years to come.

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May-02-14 8:27 PM

Lynn, Thank you for your letter to the editor- everyone has a right to voice their opinion!

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May-02-14 7:37 PM

Hey Dulka, you call someone ignorant you better have the facts to back it up. You are a business man? Remind me to go elsewhere when the time comes. As for Lynn..let's meet for coffee..Gibbon is a nice town to visit.

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May-02-14 1:32 PM

the intelligence in this section is really showing up today

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May-02-14 1:20 PM

Remember there are two heavens one for Catholics and one for every body else so I heard.

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May-02-14 12:09 PM

Agitprop, are there actual cracks in the foundation , I heard a rumor that was the case.

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May-02-14 11:57 AM

Catholic castle on the hill, i hope they give tours

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May-02-14 9:07 AM

Eric's letter is off base in another assumption , Lynn never stated that she didn't think a new chancery shouldn't be built , I think she was pointing out the excessiveness (lavishness) of the manner in which it was built. It does seem like bragging the way it was positioned on the property as compared to the old chancery. Building is a little dangerous on a hillside ,could have cracks develop in the foundation .

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May-02-14 8:59 AM

I have no problem with Eric giving his view of the chancery , but calling Lynn ignorant doesn't seem to follow what he is preaching. Everyone is entitled to their viewpoint,$7,000,000 for 25-30 offices ,does seem rather high priced . That would be about $250,000 per office. You could have done a lot of retrofitting of the old building for that , it's a shame to rip down a building that is 50-60 years old, seems like somebody did poor planning the last time they built. Hope they haven't repeated that this time around.

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