EE 2020 Update

Due to Mn Dept. of Health and CDC guidelines on large gatherings we have made the decision to cancel EE at this time. We will reschedule at a future date if we can. We appreciate your patience and understanding in this uncertain time.
We will be issuing ticket refunds and we ask for your patience with that process. 
Event sponsors, we will also be in contact with you. 
We thank everyone for their continued support of the Foundation and the students and staff of ISD 88! #NUEaglePride

New Director! Joan Ristuccia

The ISD 88 Foundation is proud to announce the hiring of our new director! We are very excited to have Joanie on board.

More about Joan in her own words: “I was originally born and raised in Minnesota, in the Minneapolis area. I moved to Washington State. After working in law firms as a paralegal for many years, I decided to go back to school and after graduating began working in the nonprofit area. I ended up starting my own grant-writing business where I worked with Food Banks, Choral Groups, and Art Centers. When I had the opportunity to work with the ISD 88 Foundations I jumped at the chance to work with such a wonderful organization as well as be much closer to my family.”

Welcome Joanie Ristuccia, New ISD #88 Foundation Director!

2020 Eagles Extravaganza

Join us in an evening of food, fun, friends, and entertainment to support the ISD 88 Foundation and New Ulm Public Schools! It’s for the kids!

Last year we raised over $40,000 and funds supported Eagle Enterprises in the Career and Technical Education Department at New Ulm High School.

Please visit our website at for more information on this and past events!

2019 ISD 88 Hall of Fame Banquet – Tickets On Sale Now

Tickets for the 2019 ISD 88 Hall of Fame are on sale now! Get yours at the Chamber of Commerce, online at Online Tickets, or by contacting the Foundation at
Tickets are $35 and include a meal, dessert, and program.
Ticket sales end 9/25 so get yours now!

We’re Hiring! – Executive Director

Executive Director | ISD 88 Foundation

The ISD 88 Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, seeks a part-time (20 hours per week, flexible schedule) Executive Director to work in partnership with a volunteer board of directors to achieve the foundation’s mission to enhance the quality of education in New Ulm Public Schools while creating partnerships between our school, our community, and alumni. The Executive Director is directly involved in fund development, administration, finances, planning, marketing, database management, fundraising, and grant writing. Starting salary $20/hour. No benefits.

Click below for a Job Description:

To Apply:


  • Send resume and cover letter to: 

Tim Knaak, Board President at or mail to ISD 88 Foundation, PO Box 572, New Ulm, MN 56073

Golf Cart Raffle

ISD 88 Raffles Off Golf Cart

Frank Kral of New Ulm was the lucky winner of a custom golf cart raffled off on July 22 by the ISD 88 Foundation. Thank you everyone who purchased a raffle ticket in support of the ISD 88 Foundation’s work. Raffle proceeds support student success and excellence. Thank you for investing in our children and the future of our community. The ISD 88 Foundation was formed to enhance the quality of education in New Ulm Public Schools while creating partnerships between the school, community, and alumni.

2019 Eagles Extravaganza

The 2019 Eagles Extravaganza held on Friday, April 5th, 2019 was a success. Thank you everyone who supported our event. Check back soon for a full list of donors and volunteers who made this event such a huge success.

2018 ISD 88 Hall of Fame Inductees

The ISD 88 Foundation and its Alumni Committee are pleased to announce the selection of five individuals for the 2018 ISD 88 Hall of Fame. This is the Hall of Fame’s fifth year of induction. The Hall of Fame seeks to honor individuals who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their lives or vocation and who have made a difference in the communities in which they live, or lived.

The ISD 88 Hall of Fame allows current students an opportunity to understand the value of their education and the possibilities to which it may lead. The Hall of Fame is a way for the school and the community to honor exceptional individuals who, through example, inspire a new generation of students and staff.

The 2018 inductees are:

Clifton Anderson (deceased) – A teacher, coach, athletic director and director of community education in New Ulm from 1959 to 1999, Cliff had a strong passion for education and that was evident in every aspect of his long and exceptional career. He said “all kids want to learn: it is our job as educators to fulfill that desire.” He worked tirelessly to promote gender equity in athletics. He was an educator but he also dedicated his time to various organizations in the community. From serving on the Wanda Gag board to being election judge chairman to the numerous boards he was a part of at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Cliff consistently gave of himself to help others.

James Hoffmann – A 1951 graduate of New Ulm High School, Jim participated in basketball and baseball.  After high school, Jim served in the United States Army in Germany. Upon his return to New Ulm he founded his own insurance agency in 1959 and still operates that agency today. He continued his love of baseball by participating in American Legion baseball for two years then played amateur baseball for 10 years. He has been involved in numerous organizations in New Ulm including the Knights of Columbus, New Ulm Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame and Community and Seniors Together. His unwavering dedication to this community led to Jim being honored as the 2017 Outstanding Senior Citizen of Brown County.

Dan Loose – A 1964 graduate of New Ulm High School, Dan was a student leader and athlete. He was named all-conference in football, basketball and baseball. He went on to play football for North Dakota State University where he was part of the national championship team. He also played baseball for NDSU where he led the team in stolen bases for two years. After graduating from NDSU he served in the army. He received an honorable discharge in 1971; he then began a long and distinguished career at Kraft Foods. His involvement in the community is extensive as he has served in many capacities from the city of New Ulm zoning board to the Alliance Bank board of directors.

James Senske – Jim was a teacher and coach at New Ulm High School from 1964 to 2003. He served as not only an outstanding educator but a no-nonsense coach that cared deeply about his players. As baseball coach, he led the eagles to over 700 wins, including a state championship. It was that success that put New Ulm on the map for baseball in the state. He also coached basketball and holds the title for most victories in that sport at NUHS. Time spent coaching and teaching was important to Jim but he continues to give back to the community through his memberships in the New Ulm Jaycees and Sertoma Club as well as serving on various boards at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and on the ISD 88 Foundation board.

David Silcox – A 1959 graduate of New Ulm High School, David excelled in the classroom and out in the playing field during his high school years. He went on the St. Olaf college where he earned his degree in chemistry, furthered his education with a masters degree in chemistry from Purdue University and a PhD in leadership administration from Arizona State University. He began his teaching career in La Crosse, Wisc. then went on to teach, coach and be become a principal in Phoenix, Ariz. His career in education is a long and illustrious one, filled with opportunity to use his leadership abilities to help shape the students in the schools he served.

2018 EE Recap – THANK YOU!

 2018 Eagles Extravaganza

The proceeds of this sold-out event are over $44,000, and together we funded a Children’s Indoor Stage at the Washington Learning Center and an Inviting Environment Initiative for Small Communities of Learning at New Ulm Middle School!

More photos of the event can be found on our Facebook page, or by clicking here.


A big thank you to all that donated, attended, sponsored, or volunteered!


Alliance Bank
Archery Trade Association
Citizens Bank Minnesota
Drs. Akre & Clark, LTD.
Gag Sheet Metal, Inc.
Jensen Motors
Kohls-Weelborg Chevrolet
MR Paving & Excavating
Mike’s Collision & Repair Center
Schell’s Brewery

A.R.R. Construction
Bank Midwest
Furth-Meile Insurance
Kraus-Anderson Construction
Paul’s Electric

Ahrens Heating & Air Conditioning
Auto Value
CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
Design Home Center
Frandsen Bank & Trust
Gallery 512 Boutique
Horace Mann
ISG Group
JP Plumbing
Laraway Roofing
Maday Motors
NAPA Auto Parts
New Ulm Bus Lines
Nosbush Glass Co.
Plaza Garibaldi
River View Sanitation
SouthPoint Financial Credit Union
Taco John’s
Woodview Dental Clinic

DLC Manufacturing and Fabrication, Inc.
Gutes Essen Deli & Catering

B & L Bar
New Ulm Turner Hall

Kellie & Chris Newman

Century 21 Koeckeritz Realty
Fischer Law PA
Heine Law PA
Minnesota Valley Funeral Homes
Saron Hurley & Dave Linn
Stifel Nicolaus 


2018 Eagles Extravaganza Tickets On Sale Now!

2018 Eagles Extravaganza

Friday, April 6th • New Ulm Event Center

Tickets for the 2018 Eagles Extravaganza are now on sale! Buy them early for a discount. Tickets can be purchased at HyVee, Cashwise, the Chamber, and online.

District Staff, check your mailboxes for even bigger discounts! Purchase your tickets at your building’s office.