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  1. Aug
    10
    Sun

    1. Czech Heritage Festival, Bechyn
      10:00 am – 7:00 pm

      Czech Heritage Festival in Bechyn, Sunday, August 10, located 10 miles northeast of Redwood Falls

      10am Polka Mass; 11am-2pm Pork Dinner; afternoon entertainment provided by Wendinger Band; Matt Hodek and the Dakota Dutchmen featuring Larry Rysavy and the Out of Town Czecks; Sleepy Eye Area Concertina Club and Bechyn Czech Folk Dancers

      Farmers’ market; children’s games; large benefit raffle; silent auction; souvenirs; ethnic foods; beer garden; free admission; quilt raffle; children’s ‘Housenka’ rides

      More info 320-826-2531

    2. St. Gregory the Great Harvest Festival
      10:30 am – 5:00 pm

      St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church Harvest Festival will be held Sunday, August 10, in Lafayette; 7 miles south of Winthrop in Hwy 15 or 11 miles north of New Ulm on Hwy 15.

      Mass at 10:30am; family style ham and meatball dinner 10:30-1:30pm; adults/$11; kids 6-12/$4; kids 5 and under/$1.

      There will be adult & kids bingo; games; silent auction; raffles; country store; bake sale; live entertainment; food stands; big ticket drawing at 4:30pm; fun for the whole family

    3. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church WELCA Luncheon, Hector
      12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

      St. Paul’s Lutheran Church WELCA of Hector invites all to their Salad Luncheon on Wednesday, August 6, serving at 12pm in St. Paul’s Fellowship Hall. Following lunch, guest speaker Marge Lundeen with “A Time to Dance” from Ecclesiastes 3:1-8.

    4. First Baptist Church Vacation Bible School, New Ulm
      5:45 pm – 8:15 pm

      Kids of the New Ulm area-put on your hard hats and your tool belts on August 10-14 and come on down to First Baptist Church in New Ulm for a great week of Vacation Bible School.

      This year’s program is “The Hard Hat Zone” for boys and girls 4 years through 6th grade. There will be silly skits, exciting Bible stories, games, snacks and daily prizes. The Hard Hat Zone will be from 5:45-8:15pm. Admission is free. Be there early at First Baptist Church, 3rd and South Payne at 5:45pm.

  2. Aug
    11
    Mon

    1. Martin County Fair
      10:00 am – 10:00 pm

      Martin County Fair, August 11-17

      Something for everyone, including kids pedal pull; dog sled shows; wood carvers; teen talent show; 3 on 3 basketball; auto races; bean bag tournament; modified tractor pull; entertainment; some of the best 4-H showings of sheep, beef, swine, rabbits, horses, mules and poultry

      Tuesday – Johnny Holm
      Wednesday – Brett Eldredge
      Thursday – modified tractor pull
      Friday – Sandra Lee and the Velvets; auto racing
      Saturday – Jo Dee Messina
      Sunday – Tonic Sol Fa 

  3. Aug
    12
    Tue

    1. Senior Dance, St. Peter
      1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      Senior Dance will be held Tuesday, August 12, 1-4pm at the American Legion, 229 W Nassau, St. Peter; music provided by Luverne Wanous.

      There will be an admission charge for this event; call Syliva with questions at 507-934-7227

  4. Aug
    13
    Wed

    1. Get Hooked on Fishing
      4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      17th Annual Free Youth Fishing Contest, sponsored by the New Ulm Area Sport Fishermen will be Wednesday, August 13, 4-7pm at Riverside Park in New Ulm. For children up to 18 years old; fishing; food; fun and prizes.

      Entry is free and prizes $50/first; $20/second; $10/third; $5/fourth; $5/fifth; $5/sixth; $5/seventh

  5. Aug
    15
    Fri

    1. Sleepy Eye’s Merriam Midway Carnival
      1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

      The Sleepy Eye Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the Merriam’s Midway Carnival and Concession Stands on Friday, August 15, 1-10pm; Saturday, August 16, 1-10pm; Sunday, August 17, 1-6pm.

      Every day will have a wristband special; price will be determined closer to the weekend as they need to look at space to know how many rides they can have. Carnival will be located by Schutz Family Foods parking lot, 900 Main Street East. 

      Questions, call Sleepy Eye Chamber at 507-794-4731 or email chamberdir@sleepyeyetel.net

  6. Aug
    16
    Sat

    1. Luck of the Draw Co-Ed Softball Tournament, Glencoe
      8:30 am – 8:00 pm

      Saturday, August 16, 8:30am at Oak Leaf Park in Glencoe there will be a benefit for Joyce Teubert who is battling cancer and proceeds to help pay medical bills. 

      Cost is $10 per person. All registrants will be put in a hat and randomly drawn and placed on a team. Silent Auction and bake sale during the day. Contact Lisa at 320-420-2622 or Sandie at 320-469-4405.

    2. Butterfield Thresherman’s Steam & Gas Engine Show 2014
      10:00 am – 8:00 pm

      48th Annual Butterfield Thresherman’s Steam & Gas Engine Show will be held August 16 & 17

      Equipment parade each day at 2:15pm; music on stage Friday night until Sunday; Bluegrass Music on the stage both days; over 300 restored antique tractors; pioneer houses and buildings; crafts and antiques; wind powered grist mill; hundreds of restored gas engines; fun for the entire family; free parking; camping facilities.

    3. Causes of U.S. Dakota War and Battlefield Tour, Fort Ridgely
      1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

      Fort Ridgely, August 16, 1pm program and 2:30pm battlefield tour

      The causes of the U.S. Dakota War in 1862 were many and complicated. Independent Historian John LaBatte will examine these. At least nine of John’s Dakota and white ancestors were involved in the U.S. Dakota War of 1862. 

      The New Ulm Battery will be here to assist John in his Battlefield Tour to give visitors a feeling of what it would have been like to hear canon fire on the parade grounds.

      Dan Cochran will be there to demonstrate and sell his handmade leather work.

      Join John LaBatte, the New Ulm Battery and Dan Cochran for the 1pm program and again for the 2:30pm battlefield tour. 

    4. Rakstar Fusion Belly Dancers
      7:00 pm – 11:45 pm

      Rakstar Fusion Belly Dancers at the Grand Kabaret, 210 North Minnesota, New Ulm, will be held Saturday, August 16, 8pm.

      $8 members; $12/non-members; purchase advance tickets at the Chamber or the Grand; limited number of tickets available at the door starting at 7pm; call 507-359-9222

  7. Aug
    17
    Sun

    1. LeSueur Tigers Tour at W.W. Mayo House
      12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      The historic W.W. Mayo House will be open for tours from 12-4pm on Sunday, August 17, with a special interpretation about the LeSueur Tigers. View the marker honoring the LeSueur Tigers placed in Louise Park adjacent to the Mayo Home.

      Hear how the Tigers had willingly left their families and the safety of their area to assist their fellow citizens in New Ulm during the US/Dakota War of 1862. Learn more about Dr. W.W. Mayo’s involvement with the LeSueur Tigers and what his family was doing while he was away in New Ulm with the Tigers. 

      The W.W. Mayo House is located at 118 North Main Street in LeSueur.

  8. Aug
    19
    Tue

    1. Triad Meeting at Searles Bar & Grill
      10:00 am – 12:00 pm

      Triad Meeting will be held Tuesday, August 19, 10am at Searles Bar and Grill; coffee and rolls

      Guest speaker will be Gary Johnson from Better Business Bureau to talk about scam alerts and better business reviews.

    2. Clothing Depot Tip Night at Pizza Ranch
      5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      Tuesday, August 19, Clothing Depot Tip Night at Pizza Ranch from 5-8pm

    3. New Ulm Women of Today Kids’ Week
      6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

      New Ulm Women of Today celebrated Kids’ Week on Tuesday, August 19, from 6-7:30pm in Washington Park. Join them for games in the park.

  9. Aug
    20
    Wed

    1. Pro Kinship for Kids Fundraiser
      4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      Come to enjoy a Back to School themed Family Fun Night at McDonald’s in New Ulm on Wednesday, August 20, 4-7pm.

      We need everyone to come dine-in or take-out food on this night for 10 percent of all the business from 4-7pm will go to Pro Kinship for Kids programming. McDonald’s will be holding a coloring contest that night and running a movie for families to enjoy.

      Pro Kinship for Kids volunteers will also be running games like Hole in One; Ring Toss; and Peanut Toss for prizes. There will be fun back to school activities to enjoy as well as face painting. Drawing will be held for adults and kids as well as materials available on Pro Kinship for Kids.

  10. Aug
    21
    Thu

    1. 10th Annual ‘Treasure Trek’
      8:00 am – 5:00 pm

      10th Annual ‘Treasure Trek’ along Highway 212 West, August 21, 22, 23, 8am-5pm

      Chaska; Carver; Norwood/Young America; Bongards; New Germany; Hamburg; Green Isle; Plato; Glencoe – follow the yellow (signs) brick road and get your kicks on Route 22 where you will find: occasional sales; garage sales; antique/vintage shop sales; flea market/craft sale; garden center sales; church sales; coffee shop/ice cream/restaurant specials; 152nd Stiftungsfest in NYA.

      Do not miss the fun – maps available at stops along the way; interested in participating in this event; need a map, call Saundra at 320-238-2579.

    2. New Ulm Sertoma’s Santa in the Summer
      4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      New Ulm Sertoma Club’s Santa in the Summer will be Thursday, August 21, 4-7pm at the Brown County Fairgrounds in New Ulm. 

      Rain or shine. Choice of hamburger, hot dog, chicken or bratwurst, chips, beverage and all the sweet corn you can eat (if available). All this for only $8. Pre-sale discount for $7 available at the Chamber or from New Ulm Sertoma Member; Kid’s hot dog meal only $3 for 6 and under.

      Bring in your unused hearing aids and receive a free meal. 1919 Rootbeer floats available. Proceeds help support Santa’s Closet and local education hearing equipment. Live entertainment and special appearance by Santa Claus.  Free will donations will be accepted.

  11. Aug
    23
    Sat

    1. 2nd Annual Immanuel Lutheran School’s ‘Strides for Souls’ 5K
      8:00 am – 1:00 pm

      Register for the 2nd Annual Immanuel Lutheran School’s ‘Strides for Souls’ Family Fun 5K Walk/Run by August 1 and receive a t-shirt. You can register by stopping at Immanuel Lutheran School or call Sue at 507-359-4575.

      All proceeds will go to the ‘Strides for Souls’ fund that will help with tuition assistance and other students needs at Immanuel Lutheran School. The Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, August 23, at the school. Registration starts at 8am and the race starts at 8:45am.

    2. Glencoe’s Annual Sweet Corn and Brat Fly/In-Drive/In
      10:00 am – 2:00 pm

      Glencoe’s Annual Sweet Corn and Brat Fly/In-Drive/In at Glencoe Municipal Airport on Saturday, August 23, from 10am-2pm

    3. Fort Ridgely Program
      1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

      Saturday, August 23, 1:30pm – Independent Historian Curtis Dahlin grew up on a farm near Sisseton, South Dakota, on the Sisseton-Wahpeton Indian Reservation. He graduated from South Dakota State in 1964 with a degree in history, spent two years in the army and worked for the Department of Transportation as a traffic analyst for 35 years. Since retiring in 2002, he has spent time researching and writing on US Dakota Uprising of 1862 in Minnesota. He has published two books and three shorter booklets on the US Dakota War. His talk will deal with various aspects of the Uprising. 

      Come to Fort Ridgely at 1:30pm for this fascinating program. 

    4. End-of-Summer Potluck Picnic
      3:00 pm – 11:45 pm

      End-of-Summer Potluck Picnic will be held Saturday, August 23, 3pm at 1220 S Minnesota, New Ulm

      Bring your own table service, a dish to pass and chairs – this is a free event. Come listen to the Schell’s Hobo Band and enjoy a Schell’s Beer or 1919 Root Beer.

      Call Duane or Karen Bergemann with questions at 417-459-5007 or 417-766-1436

    5. Sigel Ballpark LA Pig Races
      4:00 pm – 10:00 pm

      Sigel Ballpark LA Pig Races, Saturday, August 23, 4pm

      Beanbag tournament to follow pig races

  12. Aug
    24
    Sun

    1. Breakfast/Vendor Fair Fundraiser, Sleepy Eye
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm

      Supplemental Match by Thrivent, New Ulm Chapter – Breakfast/Vendor Fair Fundraiser will be held Sunday, August 24, Orchid Inn, Sleepy Eye, 9am-3pm; breakfast will be served until 1pm; serving pancakes, sausages, scrambled eggs, coffee, milk, juice

      Vendor fair; silent auction; bake sale; kids activities; mini photo sessions by Amanda Petersen Photography; deluxe face painting 11am-2pm.

      Proceeds will go to a Sleepy Eye Family, Tony and Lexi Alvarez and their three little boys. 

    2. St. John’s Church Fall Festival, Searles
      10:15 am – 6:00 pm

      St. John’s Church Fall Festival, Searles, Sunday, August 24; rain or shine; everyone welcome

      Family Style Ham & Chicken Dinner, with dressing, served 10:15am-2pm; adults/$11; under 13 years/$4; preschool/$1.50; building is handicapped accessible.

      Bingo; country store; crafts; horse drawn trolley rides; games; music; refreshments; lunch stand on grounds; big ticket drawing 4:30pm; over $10,000 worth of prizes.

    3. Old School Days, Harkin Store
      1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      The Harkin Store will be having a program on old schools in Nicollet County. There will be old pictures and old school books and a picture of the old private school, the Robinson school, in the town of West Newton. The program in Sunday, August 24, from 1-4pm.

  13. Aug
    26
    Tue

    1. Rich Ruch Benefit T-Shirts & Bracelet Sales
      5:00 pm – 5:00 pm

      Fundraising t-shirts and bracelets for the Rich Ruch will be sold this Tuesday and Thursday, August 26 & 28 at the Bill and Cathy Koob residence, 110 5th Street South, New Ulm from 5-8pm.

      They will also be sold Wednesday, August 27 and Friday, August 29, at Creative Hair Company, 1106 South Broadway, from 9am-5pm

  14. Aug
    29
    Fri

    1. Heartland Express to Observe Labor Day Weekend
      8:00 am – 3:00 pm

      The Brown County Heartland Express will not be operating on Sunday, August 31, or Monday, September 1, in observance of the Labor Day Holiday Weekend. Regular service resumes on Tuesday, September 2.

      To request and schedule rides for the Tuesday following Labor Day, passengers are requested to call the Brown County Heartland Express office no later than 3pm on Friday, August 29, at 359-2717 or 1-800-707-2717.

    2. Riverblast, New Ulm
      5:00 pm – 11:45 pm

      Riverblast in New Ulm will be held on Friday & Saturday, August 29 & 30 at Riverside Park; Center Street and the Minnesota River.

      This is a free cultural event and festival at the river. Friday gala celebration starts at 5pm. Cold Blooded Whiskey from 5-8pm; Barefoot Winos 8:30pm-close. Camping in Riverside Park; one camping unit and one support vehicle, dogs must be on leash/$25 per site.

      Saturday event begins at 11am; Watershed information; afternoon horse drawn trolley rides along the river; free face painting; “Pirate Ship” playground for kids on the premises; obstacle course for canoes Saturday; get free rides in a Mankato Padding & Outings Club 28 ft canoe; Dick Kimmel and Company 12-3pm; Schell’s Hobo Band, 3:30-4:30pm; Jumbo Ya Ya 5-8pm; The Arcades from 8:30pm-12:30am.

      Food and beverages available; coffee; pop; beer; wine coolers. For more details, visit www.riverblast.net.