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  1. Mar
    29
    Sat

    1. Breaking the Ice 5K/10K, Sleepy Eye
      8:45 am – 1:00 pm

      3rd Annual Breaking the Ice Run With the Troops 5K/10K Run/Walk will be held Saturday, March 29, at Allison Park, Sleepy Eye.

      Race time/10am; packet pick-up/same day registration starts at 8:45am. Cost $15/military & students 18 and under; $25/adults 19 and older.

      All proceeds benefit the Brown County Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program, INC.

    2. Benefit for Jessica Zanke
      11:00 am – 3:00 pm

      Jessica Zanke Benefit will be held Saturday, March 29, from 11am-3pm at the Courtland Rec Center, Courtland. 

      On November 13, Jessica was involved in a car accident on her way to work. She is expected to return to work in July 2014. To date, she has undergone eight surgeries from a broken hip, thigh, shattered ankle, broken nose and eye socket. Her expenses include: air lift transport to North Memorial where she spent four weeks. Three weeks in Oak Hills Living Center, purchase of a handicap accessible van to transport Jessica and they have had to remodel their home to accommodate her needs.

      The benefit includes a free will offering for a spaghetti dinner, a silent auction and bake sale. All funds raised will be used to help with these expenses. 

      To make a donation, cash or check donations can be mailed to: Frandsen Bank and Trust, c/o Jessica Zanke Account, PO Box 189, New Ulm, MN  56073. Please include the account information 8986 when you send your donation.

      Tim Reinke and the New Ulm Chapter of Thrivent Financial will be helping sponsor this event.

    3. Boogie Event, Lake Crystal
      4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      Boogie, Saturday, March 29, 4-7pm at the LCWM Secondary School.

      Cost is $5/person. Calling all monkeys! Grandparents, parents, friends and family bring your kids – 6 months to 6 years. Raffle prizes: 10 cash prizes awarded.

      Your tickets includes dancing at the “Hippo Hop” to the DJ sounds of Extreme Entertainment, feasting at the ‘Crocodile Crunch’, reading in the ‘Zebra Zone’; enjoying crafts for kids at the “Leopard Spot’; and much more.  Dairy Queen will be available for a reasonable fee. There will be numerous non-profits set up to share information regarding health and fitness and home safety and education.

      All proceeds will go to benefit Little Knights Preschool.

    4. Taco Feed Benefit Jodie Aspelund
      4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      There will be a Taco Feed Benefit for Jodie Aspelund on Saturday, March 29, at the Hanska Community Center, 4-8pm. 

      Free will donation; silent auction will be held upstairs. Supplemental funds provided by Brown County Chapter of Thrivent for Lutherans.

      On January 14, 2014, Jodie found out she had breast cancer. Currently she is undergoing radiation treatments at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. This fundraiser is to help defray expenses incurred.

  2. Mar
    30
    Sun

    1. Trinity Lutheran Church Service & Dinner, Gaylord
      9:30 am – 2:30 pm

      Trinity Lutheran Church Country Western/Blue Grass Worship Service & Potato Pancake Dinner will be held Sunday, March 30 at the Gaylord Legion; 9:30am Worship Service atn 10:30am-2:30pm Pancake Dinner.

      Music by: Woehler Family Singers from Arlington; Willie Nelson returns to give a special Western Sermon. 

      Serving potato pancakes, pancakes, ham and more. Adults/$8; children 6-12/$3; children 0-5/free.

  3. Apr
    1
    Tue

    1. Brown County Historical Society Book Sale
      9:00 am – 5:00 pm

      The Brown County Historical Society is accepting book donations for their Annual Book Sale.

      If you have books you would like to donate, you can drop off books, audio and video tapes and puzzles prior to the sale at the back door of the Brown County Museum, 2 North Broadway, New Ulm or bring them to the drop boxes at HyVee or Cash Wise in New Ulm.

      The Book Sale will be Friday and Saturday, April 11 & 12, starting at 9am.

  4. Apr
    2
    Wed

    1. New Ulm SAL Fundraiser
      5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

      The New Ulm Sons of the American Legion are cooking up supper at the New Ulm Legion Clubroom on Wednesday, April 2.

      The SAL is serving Kaesseler or sauerkraut and smoked pork chops, with mashed potatoes. The price is $7.75, with the proceeds benefiting numerous community activities and organizations. The supper will be served 5-7:30pm in New Ulm.

  5. Apr
    3
    Thu

    1. Powerful Tools for Caregivers Course, Springfield
      6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

      Powerful Tools for Caregivers Course will be held Thursday evenings April 3 – May 15 (no class on Thursday, April 17), 6-7:30pm at The Maples of St. John, Springfield.

      This six-week course offers you, the Caregiver, ideas and actions you can take to reduce stress; communicate your concerns to physicians and family members; ways to deal with anger, guilt and depression; relaxation and positive self-talk and more. 

      Register by calling Claire at 507-723-3244. Must register by March 28. This is free.

    2. Winthrop’s 30th Annual Grackle Days
      6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

      Winthrop’s 30th Annual Grackle Days Salutes Our Hometown Military Heroes will be held April 3-6, 2014.

      Thursday, April 3 – Boot Camp Family Movie Night

      Friday, April 4 at Mages Mess Hall. KNUJ will be doing live broadcasts; 6am-9am Free Breakfast on the Farm, located 1/2 mile west of Winthrop on Hwy 19.

      Cannonball Spaghetti Supper will be held 4:30-7pm at GFW Cafeteria on Saturday, April 5; PX Vendor/Craft Mall 10am-2pm at Hahn’s Dining and Lounge; there are still opening for vendors to participate. Contact Amy at amyb@magesland.com; 5K Camouflage Run; Easter Kids Activities and Story Time; Military Display; Battle of the Beanbags; Officer’s Ball

      Sunday, April 6, Winthrop Queen Coronation, 1:30pm at GFW High School Auditorium; Men of Honor Omelet Breafkast; Retreat Polka Dance

      View the poster at www.winthropminnesota.com

  6. Apr
    4
    Fri

    1. Forage Day for Area Farmers
      10:00 am – 2:00 pm

      The Nicollet County Extension office invites area forage producers to attend “Forage Day” to learn about exciting developments and management practices being developed for optimum yield and quality. The event will highlight the work being done by the newly hired University State Forage Specialist Scotty Wells and Regional Agronomist Jim Paulson.

      The program will begin at 10am on Friday, April 4, at the Lafayette Community Center and take a brief break over lunch to eat at Dave’s Place. The program will end before 2pm. There is no registration necessary and questions can be directed to Christian Lilienthal at the Nicollet County Extension Office at 507-934-0360.

  7. Apr
    5
    Sat

    1. Brown County Humane Society Garage Sales
      8:00 am – 5:00 pm

      The Brown County Humane Society is holding their annual Garage Sale on the first two weekends in April. The sale will be held on Friday and Saturday, April 4 & 5 and Friday and Saturday, April 11 & 12. The sale will be held from 8am-5pm all four days on the main floor of the Marktplatz Mall in New Ulm.

      Donations of items can be dropped off at the Mall on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 1 & 2, from 4:30-7:30pm or by appointment by calling 507-359-2312 or Gerald at 507-276-5888. If possible, please price items before donation. Cash donations will also be accepted.

      100% of the net proceeds from the garage sale will benefit the homeless animals in the care of the Brown County Human Society. The Humane Society is run entirely by volunteers and depends on the generous support of their friends.

    2. Gruenhagen Announces Town Hall Meetings
      9:00 am – 2:30 pm

      Representative Glenn Gruenhagen, R-Glencoe, announced a series of town hall meetings that will take place on Saturday, April 5, and Saturday, April 12. Representative Gruenhagen will give constituents an update on the 2014 sessions so far, field questions and listen to comments, feedback and other concerns.

      The meetings are open to the public and free of charge.

      Saturday, April 5
      9am-10am; Henderson Library, 110 S 6th Street, Henderson

      10:30am-11:30am; Arlington Library, 321 West Main Street, Arlington 

      11:45am-12:45pm – Green Isle City Council Chambers, 310 McGrann Street, Green Isle

      Saturday, April 12

      10:30am-11:30am; Gaylord Community Room, 428 Main Avenue, Gaylord

      12pm-1pm; Sisters Coffeehouse and Restaurant, 112 East 2nd Street, Winthrop

      1:30pm-2:30pm; High Island Hideway Restaurant, 7540 5th Avenue, New Auburn 

    3. Help Wanted at Food Shelf
      9:00 am – 5:00 pm

      The New Ulm Food Shelf will have phrase three of the wood shelf replacement project at 9am Saturday, April 5. In the first two phases, half of the wood shelves in the building were replaced by heavy duty steel shelves.

      About 15 volunteers are needed for these tasks: remove food boxes from the shelves; dismantle the wood shelves; assemble the steel shelves and put the food boxes back in place.

      There is a special need for a half dozen men with cordless drills to take apart the wood shelves. Also, teenagers in need of service hours are sought to move all the boxes.

    4. Fairfax United Methodist Church ‘Spring Fling’
      11:00 am – 1:00 pm

      Fairfax United Methodist Church ‘Spring Fling’ Food and Craft Sale, Salad and Sandwich Luncheon will be held Saturday, April 5, 11am-1pm at Fairfax United Methodist Church basement, which is handicapped accessible.

      Take outs and deliveries in town are available by calling 426-7329.

    5. Morgan Fire Dept. Relief Association Easter Bingo
      11:00 am – 4:00 pm

      Easter Bingo, April 5, 11am start and ends 3pm or later. Lunch at noon at City and Country Tavern.

      Prizes given out include ham, turkeys and cash.

    6. Winthrop Fire Department Relief Association Dinner
      4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

      Winthrop Fire Department Relief Association Grilled Pork Chop Dinner will take place Saturday, April 5, Winthrop Fire Hall, 4:30-7pm.

      Serving pork chops, mashed potatoes with gravy, corn, dessert. Cost per meal/$9 advance; $10/door. Advance tickets available at Winthrop State Bank and MidCountry Bank. $3/extra pork chop. Take outs available.

    7. New Ulm Club Banquet
      6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

      The New Ulm Club, a service organization supporting high school interscholastic sports programs in New Ulm, is hosting its annual Athletic Appreciation Banquet at the gymnasium of Martin Luther College on Saturday, April 5, at 6pm.

      The New Ulm Club honors all senior athletes who earn a varsity letter in their senior year of high school. An Outstanding Senior Male and Female from each of the three high schools will be awarded.

      Tickets are available through your Athletic Director’s office or Nicklasson Athletic in New Ulm for $15.

  8. Apr
    6
    Sun

    1. 10th Annual “Uplifting Celebration”, Gaylord
      9:00 am – 1:00 pm

      10th Annual ‘Uplifting Celebration’ will be held on Sunday, April 6, at St. Paul’s Lutheran, 513 Main Avenue, Gaylord.

      9am Worship With the Basics and Holy Communion; 10am-1pm Turkey Buffet Dinner and Craft and Bake Sale. Dinners tickets: adults/$9; 7-10 years old/$6; 6 & under/free.

    2. Men’s Sausage Dinner, Springfield
      9:30 am – 1:00 pm

      The Church of St. Raphael in Springfield invite you to their ‘Annual Men’s Sausage Dinner’ on Sunday, April 6, from 9:30am-1pm in the school auditorium.

      Serving sausage, homemade sauerkraut, mashed potatoes and gravy, applesauce, ice cream, beverage. Adults/$10; students 5-12/$4; preschool/$2. Take outs available.

    3. Salad & Dessert Luncheon, Madelia
      11:00 am – 12:30 pm

      Salad and Dessert Luncheon will be held Sunday, April 6, 11am-12:30pm at Salem Lutheran Church in Madelia.

      Menu includes sandwiches, salads, desserts and beverages. Free will offering.

    4. Barn Dance, New Ulm
      1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

       There will be a Barn Dance on Sunday, April 6, at the Flying Dutchmen Motorcycle Clubhouse in New Ulm. Kris and the Riverbend Dutchmen will play from 1-5pm. Doors open at 12pm; music starts at 1pm. 

      This event is free and is open to the public. Lunch and refreshments available.

    5. Perfect Pairings, Turner Hall
      5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

      United Way of Brown County Area & Schell’s Brewing Company present Perfect Pairings on Sunday, April 6, Turner Hall, 102 South State Street, New Ulm. 5:30pm social time with dinner beginning promptly at 6:15pm. This is a 4-course dinner with beer pairings and live auction.

      Serving Mini Brat Slider; Kale Citrus Salad; Coffee Crusted Pork Loin; Berry Fruit Tart. $40 per guest. Reserve your seat by calling 507-354-6512 or stop at the United Way Office at 622 Center Street. Tickets also available at New Ulm Chamber. Proceeds will benefit Imagination Library, a program of the United Way of the Brown County Area.

  9. Apr
    7
    Mon

    1. Annual Book Sale, New Ulm
      12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

      The Annual Book Sale for the Brown County Historical Society will be Friday, April 11, from 9am-6pm and Saturday, April 12, from 9am-2pm at the Brown County Museum Annex in New Ulm; located behind the main Museum Building.

      Browse through hundreds of authors and thousands of books from historical, biographies and science books, to how to books and novels of every kind….you are sure to find a great read.

    2. Fairfax Cardinals Baseball Fundraiser
      4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

      Fairfax Cardinal’s Jackpot Junction Fundraiser will be held Monday, April 7, 4:30-7:30pm. 

      Tickets are $15 ($30 value) and includes: free buffet; $5 in silver; $3 off a beverage; $5 ‘Be Back’ and more!

  10. Apr
    8
    Tue

    1. New Ulm Food Shelf Surplus Distribution
      2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

      New Ulm Food Shelf Surplus Distribution will be held April 8, 3-7pm at 1305 South Valley, New Ulm.

      Bring your own boxes or bags. Anyone in need is eligible. Spread the word. It doesn’t matter where you live; does not count as a monthly visit. Updates can be found on the New Ulm Emergency Food Shelf Facebook page. 

      Registration starts at 2:30pm; no need to come before then; it is not a first-come first-serve basis.

  11. Apr
    9
    Wed

    1. Hector United Methodist Church Luncheon
      11:00 am – 1:30 pm

      Hector United Methodist Church, 300 2nd St W, Soup and Salad Luncheon and Boutique will be Wednesday, April 9, starting at 11am.

      Adults/$8; preschool/free.

    2. Salad Luncheon, St. Peter
      11:00 am – 1:00 pm

      Salad Luncheon will be held Wednesday, April 9, 11am-1pm, Church of St. Peter, 1801 W Broadway, St. Peter.

      Salads, hot dish, deviled eggs, sweet breads, bars, beverage – all you can eat. Adults/$8; ages 5-12/$5; carry outs available; craft items for salt.

      Sponsored by Catholic Daughters Court St. Peter #1601. More parking; more seating.

  12. Apr
    10
    Thu

    1. Home Stretch Workshop, New Ulm
      8:30 am – 5:30 pm

      Home Stretch Workshop is a One-Day Workshop that will be held on Thursday, April 10, 8:30am-5:30pm at District Administrative Center, 15 South State Street, New Ulm. Find our if home ownership is right for you!

      Register today at www.swmhp.org; 507-836-1605 or email alij@swmhp.org.

  13. Apr
    11
    Fri

    1. Plato Area Garage Sales
      8:00 am – 4:00 pm

      Plato Area Garage Sales will be held Friday and Saturday, April 11 & 12, starting at 8am.

      Great quality locations; watch for balloons and signs.

    2. Rummage Sale, Springfield
      4:00 pm – 12:00 pm

      Catholic United Financial Matching Grant  Rummage Sale will be held Friday, April 11, 4-7pm ($.50 cent per item unless otherwise marked) and Saturday, April 12, 8am-12pm ($2 bag sale) at the St. Raphael Auditorium, Springfield.

      Sponsored by St. Boniface Catholic United Countil #035. Proceeds benefit St. Raphael School & Faith Formation Program.