A ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday evening opened the new New Ulm Event Center which is the former Hope and Healing Center. Mankato realtor Rich Draheim finalized the purchase of the building last Friday. All existing tenant contracts will be maintained and all events planned under the previous owner Cindy Christensen will be kept on schedule. The only major change to the facility is the departure of the Kids Against Hunger facility, which is moving to a new location in Courtland. A full staff has already been hired including a full-time site manager. The center is taking phone calls as the New Ulm Event Center. If you’d like to contact the center, you can call 507-354-4673 .