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  1. Jun
    25
    Sat

    1. Open House 50th Wedding Aniversary – John and Stachia Schumacher
      2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

      Open House 50th Wedding Aniversary

      John and Stachia Schumacher

      Saturday June 25th
      2:00-5:00 pm
      Comfrey Community Center 

    2. Arlington Raceway – Jam the Stands and Jam the Trailer
      4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      Arlington Raceway presents

      Jam the Stands and Jam the Trailer
      Salute to Agriculture

      Saturday, June 25th

      Arlington Raceway, Sibley County Fairgrounds, Arlington, MN

      $1 off grandstand admission for each item donated to the Sibley County Foodshare, up to $10

      Grandstand  & Pit Gates Open at 4pm
      Racing at 7pm

       

      More information at www.ARLINGTONRACEWAY.com

  2. Jul
    4
    Mon

    1. July 4th Celebration in Turner Hall Park (all-day)
      Jul 4

      July 4th Celebration in Turner Hall Park

      No need to leave town to have a Fantastic Fourth of July!  Come to Turner Hall for live music and beer garden.

      102 S. State St

      You are invited to bring lawn chairs & blankets.

      Burgers & Good Ole German Food
      Turner Ladies Pie Social, 11:30 – 7:00
      Bean Bags & Volleyball available

      Entertainment from 11 – 6:15 pm
      11 ~ Concord Singer (Stage 1)
      12:20 Dain’s Dutchmen (Stage 2)
      1:40 Schell’s Hobo Band (Stage 1)
      2:50 Adam’s Jammers (Stage 2)
      4:00  Schell’s Hobo Band (Stage 1)
      5:00 Wendinger Band (Stage 2)

      Will move inside for inclement weather.  No coolers please 

  3. Jul
    7
    Thu

    1. St. James Blood Drive
      1:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      St. James Blood Drive

      Location:  St. James Catholic Church – Marian Hall
      (707) 4th Street South, St. James)

      Thursday, July 7, 1 – 7 pm
      Friday, July 8, 8 am – 12 pm

      For appointments call
      1-800-733-2767
      or www.redcrossblood.org enter sponsor code:  STJAMESMN 

  4. Jul
    12
    Tue

    1. Stroke Support Group – New Ulm Medical Center
      10:00 am – 11:30 am

      The Stroke Support Group meets the second Tuesday of each month from 10-11:30 am in the New Ulm Medical Center clinic lower level meeting room. Enter through the clinic and follow the signs. For more information, call 507.217.5173.

  5. Jul
    14
    Thu

    1. Riverbend Chapter of Minnesota Federation of the Blind – Mankato
      6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

      The Riverbend Chapter of Minnesota Federation of the Blind is now meeting on the 2nd Thurs of every month at the American Legion Club #11 – 223 East Walnut Street – Mankato MN from 6:30-8:30 pm in the basement meeting room.

      For more information call Jack Rupert President 507.276.4640 or email jerupert@outlook.com

  6. Jul
    20
    Wed

    1. Glencoe Lions Club “Music In The Park”
      6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      The Glencoe Lions Club “Music In The Park” series continues on Wednesday, July 20 at Oak Leaf Park, Shelter #2. 

      Free live music, sponsored by McBride Chapel, features Jim and Mike Wendolek with their Old-Time favorites.  They are returning for the fifth season.  

      The Glencoe Lions will be serving a meal with a shredded beef or a pulled pork sandwich, chips, pickles, dessert and beverage at a nominal fee from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., with the music beginning at 6:30 p.m.

      Bring your lawn chair and Bring a Friend!  Collection boxes for used eyeglasses and hearing aids will also be available.

  7. Jul
    21
    Thu

    1. Truman Days Celebration (all-day)
      Jul 21 – Jul 24

      Truman Days Celebration

      July 21st – 24th

       

      City wide garage sale with over 57 sales….there will be something for everyone!

       

      Truman Days vintage tractor ride

       

      Farmers Market! Softball and bean bag tournaments!

       

      Lots of Food and Craft venders

       

      Concord singers at noon and again at 2:00 pm

      The Schell’s Hobo band and

      Cash Owens will entertain you at the park

       

       

      5k run/walk! Engine Blow! Carriage Rides!

      Petting zoo, Inflatable’s, kids tractor pull! Face painting

       

      And the Grand parade with 130 units on Saturday night including Su FuDu drum line, and Groove SummerLine.

       

      Street dance Saturday night featuring Tub Boat Rampage.

       

       

      Truman Days Celebration

       

       

      July 21st – 24th

  8. Aug
    9
    Tue

    1. Stroke Support Group – New Ulm Medical Center
      10:00 am – 11:30 am

      The Stroke Support Group meets the second Tuesday of each month from 10-11:30 am in the New Ulm Medical Center clinic lower level meeting room. Enter through the clinic and follow the signs. For more information, call 507.217.5173.

  9. Aug
    10
    Wed

    1. Minnesota Twins Game Night
      7:00 pm – 10:30 pm

      Minnesota Twins Game Night

      The Sibley County Chapter of Thrivent Financial is pleased to again announce this annual event.   
        
                       Wed. August 10 - the Twins play the Houston Astros.  Game time 7:10 p.m.
                       Cost is $27/ticket including AC coach buses for the ride to and from the game!

      We have secured seats in Sections 137 and 138.  These are in Right Field just below the flag pole and will not require a lot of steps.  

                                                                         Bus Schedule:

                                              4:00  p.m.      Winthrop – GFW High School (West side) 
                                               4:15 p.m.       Gaylord – Immanuel Lutheran Church Parking Lot
                                               4:30 p.m.       Arlington – Main Street Parking Lot

      Please contact Joyce Bauer at (507-237-5562) to request ticket information. 

  10. Aug
    11
    Thu

    1. Riverbend Chapter of Minnesota Federation of the Blind – Mankato
      6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

      The Riverbend Chapter of Minnesota Federation of the Blind is now meeting on the 2nd Thurs of every month at the American Legion Club #11 – 223 East Walnut Street – Mankato MN from 6:30-8:30 pm in the basement meeting room.

      For more information call Jack Rupert President 507.276.4640 or email jerupert@outlook.com

  11. Aug
    14
    Sun

    1. Heritage Acres Threshing Bee – Fairmont
      9:00 am – 4:00 pm

      Heritage Acres Threshing Bee in Fairmont

      Sunday August 14th from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

      507 West Lake Ave., just south of the fairgrounds

      FREE ADMISSION to the Threshing Bee 

      All the building will be open to the public

      Blacksmith, straw bailing and corn shelling demos

      Antique tractor pull 9:00 – 4:00 PM

      Wagon rides, kiddy train rides , food and beverages are available all day. 

  12. Aug
    22
    Mon

    1. CONCERT IN THE PARK SERIES 2016 – GERMAN PARK NEW ULM
      7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      August 22- DD & Rosco

      August 29- TBD

      Listen to KNUJ and look on Facebook for weather related updates. Call New Ulm Park and Rec Weather Line for cancellations @ 354.9041.

      Relay for Life will be selling popcorn and soda.

  13. Sep
    2
    Fri

    1. FALL PROGRAM REGISTRATION
      4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

      PARK & REC PROGRAM REGISTRATION

      Open with programs such as flag football, youth volleyball, pottery, swim lessons, and much more. You can register online at www.ci.new-ulm.mn.us or stop in at the Recreation Center

  14. Sep
    5
    Mon

    1. 61st Annual Godahl Day
      9:30 am – 5:00 pm

      61st Annual Godahl Day

      Labor Day Celebration

      Monday September 5th 2016

       

      Bingo, Dancing Messy Bessy a Bounce Castle

       

      12:30 pm -Parade and Queen Coronation

       

      Lunch available all day!

       

      9:30 am-Live Entertainment -Andrew Springer and the Nate Frederickson Band 

       Wally Pikal, Mike Lang and Tank

       

      Enjoy the biggest, small town parade, in Minnesota

       

  15. Sep
    8
    Thu

    1. Riverbend Chapter of Minnesota Federation of the Blind – Mankato
      6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

      The Riverbend Chapter of Minnesota Federation of the Blind is now meeting on the 2nd Thurs of every month at the American Legion Club #11 – 223 East Walnut Street – Mankato MN from 6:30-8:30 pm in the basement meeting room.

      For more information call Jack Rupert President 507.276.4640 or email jerupert@outlook.com

  16. Sep
    10
    Sat

    1. RENVILLE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S PANCAKE BREAKFAST
      9:00 am – 11:00 am

      Renville County Historical Society’s 2nd Annual Patriotic Pancake Breakfast

      Sat., September 10, 2016 9 AM – 11 AM

      Located in the Heritage Building on Museum Grounds 441 N. Park Dr. Morton, MN 56270

      FREE WILL DONATIONS

      Proceeds go to the Renville County Historical Society and Beyond the Yellow Ribbon of Renville County

      Museum Open House Sat. Sept. 10, 2016

      FREE Admission 10 AM – 4 PM

      www.renvillecountyhistory.com

      507.697.6147

  17. Sep
    12
    Mon

    1. HEART OF NEW ULM
      4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

      Heart of New Ulm Project Featured at National Healthcare Analytics Summit

      Feature-length documentary premiered at Summit

      Hearts Beat Back®: The Heart of New Ulm Project (HONU), a 10-year project to reduce heart attacks in New Ulm, Minn., was featured this year at the Health Catalyst Annual Summit in Salt Lake City, Utah.  A 20-minute documentary was premiered at the event, highlighting the importance of the project from a national healthcare perspective. New Ulm Medical Center (NUMC) President Toby Freier was a keynote speaker at the event, outlining how analytics helped steer the project as well as providing vital outcome data. 

      The full documentary will be released to the public in late September. In advance of the Summit, Health Catalyst released a three-minute trailer that can be viewed at heartsbeatback.org or allinahealth.org/newulm. 

  18. Sep
    13
    Tue

    1. Stroke Support Group – New Ulm Medical Center
      10:00 am – 11:30 am

      The Stroke Support Group meets the second Tuesday of each month from 10-11:30 am in the New Ulm Medical Center clinic lower level meeting room. Enter through the clinic and follow the signs. For more information, call 507.217.5173.

  19. Sep
    17
    Sat

    1. NATIONAL PASSPORT DAY EVENT
      10:00 am – 11:00 am

      In recognition of National Passport Month, the Minneapolis Passport Agency is hosting a special Passport Day event on Sat., Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Old Federal Building located at 212 3rd Avenue S. in Minneapolis.  This is the only Saturday throughout the year that the Minneapolis Passport Agency will be open to accept routine and expedite applications.  Appointments are required for the Minneapolis Agency; call 1 (877) 487-2778.

       For more information regarding passports, visit www.blueearthcountymn.gov/passports or call Blue Earth County Taxpayer Services at (507) 304-4251.

  20. Sep
    18
    Sun

    1. FALL FESTIVAL – GIBBON, MN
      10:30 am – 3:00 pm

      FALL FESTIVAL – ST. WILLIBRORD CHURCH, Gibbon, MN

      Sunday, September 18, 2016

      Mass at 9:45 am

      MEATBALL & HAM DINNER

      Serving: 10:30 am to 1:30 pm

      Adults: $10.00

      Ages 6 – 12: $5.00

      Pre-School: $2.00

      Take Outs Available

      Adult & Children’s Raffle; Prizes; Bingo; Games; Music on Grounds

      Raffle Drawing at 3:00 pm

      (Winners need not be present)

      Event Rain or Shine

  21. Sep
    19
    Mon

    1. RED CROSS NEEDS DONORS OF ALL BLOOD TYPES TO MAINTAIN A DIVERSE SUPPLY
      10:30 am – 11:30 am

      RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE 

      (Sept. 7, 2016) — During National Sickle Cell Awareness Month, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood to help ensure a stable and diverse blood supply for patients in need

       

      Blood donors may be helping patients like 11-year-old Martin Mwita who has sickle cell disease. His body doesn’t produce enough healthy red cells to carry adequate oxygen through his body, so he relies on monthly transfusions to stabilize his health.

       

      A diverse blood supply is important to ensure the needs of all patients are met. Red blood cells carry markers that determine one’s blood type, and some blood types are unique to certain racial and ethnic groups. Because blood from donors of the same ethnic background as the recipient is less likely to cause complications, the Red Cross must maintain a diverse blood supply to meet these diverse patient needs.

       

      Whether blood is needed for a chronic condition such as sickle cell disease, a surgical procedure or a large-scale emergency, it’s the blood already on the shelves that helps save lives. Donors of all blood types are needed.

      To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/rapidpass to help reduce wait times. 

      Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

       

      Blue Earth

       

      Mankato

      9/26/2016: 12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Christ the King Lutheran Church, 222 Pfau St.

      9/27/2016: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Bethany College Meyer Hall, 700 Luther Drive

      9/28/2016: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Minnesota State University, 200 C Centennial Student Union

      9/28/2016: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., National Guard Training & Community Center, 100 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive

      9/30/2016: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Blue Earth County Library, 100 E. Main St.

      _______________

       

      Brown

       

      Comfrey

      9/19/2016: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Community Center, 120 Brown St.

       

      New Ulm

      9/22/2016: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Redeemer Lutheran Church, 700 S. Broadway

      _______________

       

      Carver

       

      Chanhassen

      9/27/2016: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., American Legion, 290 Lake Drive E.

       

      Chaska

      9/21/2016: 2:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., St John’s Lutheran Church, 300 Fourth St. E.

  22. Sep
    23
    Fri

    1. ABSENTEE BALLOT VOTING BEGINS SEPTEMBER 23, 2016
      8:00 am – 5:00 pm

      Absentee Ballot Voting Begins September 23

      BLUE EARTH COUNTY INFORMATION

      Absentee Ballots for the General Election on Nov. 8, 2016, will be available starting Sept. 23.  More information and ballots may be requested online at www.blueearthcountymn.gov/absenteevoting or www.mnvotes.org by clicking on “Other Ways to Vote.”

       Absentee ballot voters may also visit the Blue Earth County Elections Office in the lower level of the Blue Earth County Government Center, located at 410 S. 5th Street, Mankato. Hours for absentee ballot voting are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.  The office will also be open on Sat., Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and until 5 p.m. Mon., Nov. 7.

       Minnesota State law allows any eligible voter to cast an absentee ballot.  Voters no longer need an “excuse” to be allowed to vote absentee. Military and overseas voters may also visit www.mnvotes.org to learn about how they may be eligible to vote.

       For more information about elections, please visit www.blueearthcountymn.gov/elections or call (507) 304-4341.A

    2. THE GRAND’S 4 PILLARS GALLERY: BROOKE MAKELA, “nON CONFORMARE”
      10:00 am – 11:00 am

      The Grand’s 4 Pillars Gallery: Brooke Makela, “Non Conformare”

      “This series is an exploration of culture and the human spirit through abstract expression. My concept for this series was to create a meaningful display of bold, vibrant, modern work depicting my understanding of culture and society today: mankind strives to be unique and ‘non-conforming’ to find realization of self; but on this journey, we discover that we are in fact united by our common search for individuality… This idea is reflected in each piece and in my series as a whole.” – Brooke Makela

      The exhibit will be on display from September 23rd through October 21st. 

      Fall Gallery Hours: Mon – Fri, 10am – 4pm 

      Gallery admission is free and open to the public – donations welcome. 

  23. Sep
    24
    Sat

    1. HARVEST FESTIVAL – CHURCH OF ST. PETER
      3:00 pm – 12:15 pm

      Harvest Festival – Saturday, September 24, 2016 & Sunday, September 25, 2016

      CHURCH OF ST. PETER

      1801 W. Broadway, St. Peter, MN

      Saturday: Silent Auction (3:00 – 7:00 pm); Bake Sale & Produce Sale (3:00 – 7:00 pm); MASS – 5:00 pm; Café – Hot Pork Sandwiches, Beans, Chips, Pie & Ice Cream (6:00 – 8:00 pm); Supervised Play (6:00 – 8:00 pm); Youth Booth (3:00 – 8:00 pm); Wine/Beer Garden/Live Music (6:00 – 8:00 pm)

      Sunday: Brunch (8:30 am – 12:30 pm); Kids Games (11:15 am – 12:15 pm); Youth Booth (8:30 am – 12:00 pm); Silent Auction (8:30 am – 12:00 pm); Bake Sale/Produce Sale (8:30 am – 12:00 pm); MASS – 10:00 am; Raffle Drawing (12:00 pm)

       

  24. Sep
    26
    Mon

    1. 24th Annual Prairie Lakes Regional Juried Art Exhibition (all-day)
      Sep 26 – Oct 30

      Prairie Lakes Regional Juried Art Exhibition

      Entry Date: September 26, 2016

      3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

      Arts Center of Saint Peter

      315 S. Minnesota Avenue

      Exhibit on Display: October 4 – 30, 2016

      www.plrac.org

      1.800.298.1254

    2. BROWN COUNTY LOCAL ADVISORY COUNCIL ON MENTAL HEALTH
      6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Now is a great time to bring awareness and understanding to mental health issues.

      9/26 at 6-7 PM      Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention:

      To erase the stigma of mental illness and suicide, we need to understand the complexity of how suicide can become an option for a person who has lost hope. This presentation focuses on how to Ask-4-Help and Be-A-Link to help prevent suicide. Learn how to identify possible risk factors and warning signs while building a safety net for yourself and those you love. Presented by Emily Reding, Certified Yellow Ribbon Trainer.

       

      9/29 at 6-7 PM        Making it OK:

      Each year, one in four Americans experiences a mental Illness. Most will wait an average of ten years before seeking treatment, largely due to stigma.  September is Suicide Prevention Month, which makes it the perfect time to start talking about mental illness and what we can do to Make it OK.  Presented by Bonnie Timm, PHN, Brown County Public Health. 

      Resources to Call:
      South Central Crisis Center: 507.344.0621
      National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1.800.273.8255

  25. Sep
    27
    Tue

    1. ANNUAL NOBEL CONFERENCE – GUSTAVUS
      8:00 am – 9:00 am

      Annual Nobel Conference at Gustavus to Explore the Search for Economic Balance

      Gustavus Adolphus College will host the 52nd annual Nobel Conference on its Saint Peter, Minn. campus Sept. 27-28. This year’s conference will bring together economists and scholars to discuss the topic: “In Search of Economic Balance.”

      The two-day conference will feature economics experts from Duke, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Vanderbilt, Princeton, Oxford, and the University of Chicago. The opening speaker is behavioral economist Dan Ariely. Ariely is the James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and a founding member of the Center for Advanced Hindsight. The conference will be closed by Chris Farrell, economics editor for Marketplace Money from American Public Media.

      Visit gustavus.edu/nobel for the full schedule and speaker biographies.

      Tickets

      Tickets are still available for the Nobel Conference. Reserved and general admission seats are available for one or both days of the conference. Ticket prices range from $50 to $120. Tickets may also be purchased for Wednesday evening’s Nobel Conference Banquet for $30. A buffet lunch is available for $12.50 per person per day. Tickets for the conference and meals can be purchased online at gustavustickets.com or by calling the Gustavus Office of Marketing and Communication at 507-933-7520.

    2. Junior Pioneers Annual Meeting – Turner Hall, New Ulm
      6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      The Junior Pioneers of New Ulm & Vicinity will be having their annual meeting on Saturday, October 1st at Turner Hall at 6:00.  A delicious meal will be followed by a business meeting.  It will conclude with Lori Pickell-Stangl speaking on the “Townsite and Land Companies of the 1850s–Build it and They Will Come.  Call Lisa at 766-1991 for ticket reservations.

  26. Sep
    29
    Thu

    1. Annual Potato Pancake Breakfast
      9:45 am – 10:45 am

      Hoho Shrine Club

      Annual Potato Pancake Breakfast
      Sunday, October 2nd
      8:30 am – 12:30 pm

      Arlington Community Center

      Adults $8 ~  Children 12 and under $4