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  1. Nov

    1. Winthrop Area Coat Drive, Nov. 5th
      4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      Winthrop Area Coat Drive, Nov. 5th from 4-8 PM at First Lutheran Church (213 Hennepin) in Winthrop hosted by Winthrop Volunteer Fire Department and the Women’s Auxiliary 

      Please bring your clean, gently used coats and outerwear to one of our convient drop-off locations. In Winthrop you may bring your donations to : the Winthrop News Office, First Lutheran Church, Peace Lutheran Church, St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church, St. John’s Lutheran Church (Bismarck), Zion Lutheran Church or GFW High School. Donations may also be dropped off at the GFW Elementary and Middle school sites. 

      Donations will be collected from Oct. 11th- Nov. 1st

      Open to all individuals or families in need!

    2. 27th Annual Turkey Dinner at Springfield United Methodist Church
      4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

      27th Annual Turkey Dinner at Springfield United Methodist Church on wed. Nov. 5th, 2014

      Location- 205 N. Marshall Ave., Springfield

      Serving from 4:30-7:00 PM

      Meal- Turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberries, corn, cole slaw, relishes, rolls, dessert, beverage

      Adults $10, Children under 12 $5, Preschool $2, Tickets available at Thrifty White Drug and at Tauer’s Super Value courtesy counter


      Local Deliveries to shut-ins only. Take out meals at front door only. (Deliveries and take-out orders close at 6:30pm)

  2. Nov

    1. Wine, Beer & Hors D’oeuvres Tasting Gala
      6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

      Wine, Beer & Hors D’oeuvres Tasting Gala

      New Ulm Country Club

      Thursday November 6th, 2014 @ 6-8:30 PM 

      Silent Auction 6-8 PM

      Engraved Wine Glass with Purchase of Ticket

      Tickets $20 in advance $25 at the door

      Entertainment by Ken & Ken Show

      Must be 21 or older to attend


      Tickets available at the following businesses:

      Pampered Pets (NU) & Tauer’s Supervalu (Springfield)

      New Ulm Regional Veterinary Center

      Hy-Vee Foods & Hy-Vee Wine and Spirits

      Brown County Humane Society

      New Ulm Chamber & Pups Playland

      Gislason and Hunter 

      Riverside Animal Clinic (Sleepy Eye)

  3. Nov

    1. New Ulm Holiday Shopping Opener
      9:00 am – 6:30 pm

      The Christmas season will be soon upon us! Join us in New Ulm, MN for the annual Holiday Shopping Opener! Planned to coincide with deer hunting opener, we’re kicking off the holiday shopping season with events and programs planned over two weekends: Nov. 7-9 and Nov. 14-16. 

      Many of the specialty shops in downtown New Ulm and around the area are also hosting holiday open houses, and will offer free gifts and food samples for shoppers. Stop by the New Ulm Visitors Center for a list of Participating stores. 

    2. Minnesota Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Banquet
      5:00 pm – 2:00 pm

      26th Annual Minnesota Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Banquet

       Friday Nov. 7,2014  at Turner Hall, New Ulm, MN

      This gala dress-up evening includes an elegant white linen dinner, entertainment and induction Ceremony.

      2014 Inductees- 
      Gene Eiden- Conductor, Teacher & Musician
      Tony Jambor- Musician & Ballroom Operator
      Whitesidewalls -Rock
      Irv Williams- Jazz Musician
      Rochester Symphony Orchestra
      Steve Murphy- Rock

      Social Hour- 5PM
      Banquet Dinner -6PM
      Dinner music by Donna Donahue
      Induction Ceremony-7:30PM

      Tickets $45 per person
      Members $40 per person
      Mail your check or money order to MMHF, PO Box 1, New Ulm, MN 56073
      Phone 507-354-7305 or 507-359-9014
      Email mmhf@newulmtel.net
      Website www.mnmusichalloffame.org 


      2014 Inductee Showcase
      Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 from 10AM-2PM

      27 North Broadway, New Ulm (next to the library)

      Free Admission to the Inductee Showcase

  4. Nov

    1. St.John’s Catholic United Financial Fundraiser
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm

      St.John’s Catholic United Financial Fundraiser

      St.John’s Auditorium, Searles

      Sunday, November 9th, 2014

      The event will begin with a breakfast along with a bake sale and raffle after 9 AM Mass. 

      Bingo will begin at 1:30 followed by the raffle drawing.

    2. New Ulm Area Girl Scout Spaghetti Dinner
      11:00 am – 1:00 pm

      New Ulm Area Girl Scout Spaghetti Dinner

      Nov. 9th, 2014 at 11AM to 1 PM at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church , 1400 South State

      $8 for Adults, $5 for Children 10 and under

      take out available

      Fundraiser to support local Girl Scout Activity.

    3. St. Mary’s Fall Festival Bingo
      11:30 am – 12:30 pm

      St. Mary’s Fall Festival Bingo

      Sunday, Nov. 9th, 2014

      Regular Bingo starts at 1:30 PM

      Early Bird Bingo at 12:30PM

      St.Mary’s Church Hall Madelia, MN

      $2,00 total pay out

      cost $20.00 on or before Nov. 7th or $22.00 at the door Lunch available starting at 11:00 AM

      Proceeds going to the St. Mary’s CCW

  5. Nov

    1. Veteran’s Day Program
      10:00 am – 11:00 am

      Veteran’s Day Program

      Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 at the New Ulm High School Gymnasium


      10 AM- Musical selections by the New Ulm High School Band under the Directions of Patricia Nelson

      10:10 AM- Welcome- Nina Hendel, Student Coucil President, Introduction of Program Master of ceremonies, Linda Sherry, Commander New Ulm Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1648

      10:13 AM- Advancement of the colors (please rise) by the New Ulm Area Veterans Color Guard, under the command of Les Wiltscheck

      10:16 AM- National Anthem by the Concord Singers, band and audience

      10:20 AM- Moment of Silence followed by taps played by Sam Asers

      10:23 AM- Choral Selections by the Concord Singers, New Ulm’s Ambassadors of Good Will under the direction of Patrick Sonnek

      10:28 AM- Introduction of guest speakers, John Jenniges and Brian Krosch, Members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1648

      10:43 AM- Announcements by Linda Sherry

                              I wish to express a warm and sincere appreaciation to all the Program participants, to the listening audience and to the New Ulm Public High                               School for making this facility available for our Program, which is dedicated to the living veterans. Noon lunch for all veterans and participants                           at the Legion Club. 

      10:45 AM- Retirement of the Colors (Please rise)

  6. Nov

    1. KNUJ 860 AM/ Hy-Vee Homemade Pie Contest, New Ulm
      6:00 am – 9:00 am

      KNUJ 860 AM/ Hy-Vee Homemade Pie Contest on November 14th at 6am-9am

      Apple pies…Cherry pies…Lemon or Pecan… Who makes the best Homemade Pie???? Enter your homemade pie in the KNUJ 860 AM/ Hy-Vee contest. 

      Deliver your pie before 8:00 AM on November 14th to the booth at the Farm City Day Breakfast, at the Youth Coliseum, Brown County Fairgrounds in  New Ulm.

  7. Nov

    1. First Lutheran Church of Lafayette Annual Fall Festival
      9:30 am – 1:00 pm

      First Lutheran Church of Lafayette Annual Fall Festival —Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

      Coffee Hour from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Free Samples of Lefse and Krumkaka

      Kids Activities & Meal Bingo, craft, movie, popcorn, hot dog, chips, pop! $2.50

      Dinner 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Bone-in Ham and Swedish Meatballs Real Mashed Potatoes, Corn, Cole Slaw, Buns and Desserts, $10.00 pre-sale, $11.00 at the door

      Drawing for Quilt and Various other prizes!

      • Bake Sale • Crafts

      • Next to New Items

      • Cards • Napkins

      • Egg Coffee

      1020 Lafayette Street • Lafayette, MN 56054 * Phone 507-228-8906

  8. Nov

    1. Duffle Bag Holiday Drive
      12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

      3rd Annual Duffle Bag Holiday Drive


      Items needed for the Troops:

      Books, Magazines, Local Newspapers, Beef Jerky, Ground Coffee, Powdered Drink Mix, Herbal Teas, Sunflower/Pumpkin Seeds, Hot Chocolate, Trail Mix

      Gum/Hard Candy, Dried Fruit, Peanuts, Xbox games, Other games, Stationary/Envelopes.


      Drop off Points

      Schutz Family Foods Day Time Hours

      SE Servicemen’s Club Evening Hours

      Contact: Sandi Nydam 321-626-8687

      Items to be dropped off between Nov 27-Dec 4, 2014

  9. Nov

    1. NUACT Announces Auditions
      12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

      NUACT Announces Auditions for the roles of 12 year old George Glotzbach and 23 year old Lorraine Oswald. 


      NUACT is looking for two performers to play local citizens when they were, “younger” in 1943. Age range for the parts would be for an 11-14 year old boy and a 19-25 year old woman. No memorization is needed as the reading will be during the NUACT’s productions on December 5, 6, & 7 of “A Christmas Story: 1943 in New Ulm.” Two rehearsals and the show are all the appearances necessary. NUACT will provide the costumes and training. George and Lorraine have great stories to tell of their lives in New Ulm during World War II. Please call NUACT’s office at (507)-359-9990 for an easy audition. 

    2. Snowmobile Safety Class
      12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

      The Watonwan County Sheriff’s Office is sponsoring a snowmobile safety class on December 20th from 8am-4pm at the Watonwan Human Services Building at 715 2nd Avenue South in St. James. You must be 11 years of age before the class start date in order to be eligible to take the class. Pre-registration is required by obtaining a study CD before 12-20-14 by calling 507-375-2579. Class size is limited so register early. For more information contact Sgt. Barry Gulden (507-375-2579) or barry.gulden@co.watonwan.mn.us.

  10. Dec

    1. Family Fun Night at McDonald’s
      4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      Come one come all to McDonald’s to support pro kinship for kids with a Christmas themed family fun night at McDonald’s in New Ulm on Wednesday, December 3rd from 4-7pm. 

      We need everyone to come dine-in or take-out food on this night for 10 percent of all the business of all the business from 4-7pm that night will go to support Pro Kinship for Kids programming. There will be a special appearance by Santa Claus this night, so bring your cameras for a chance to get your picture taken with the jolly guy himself. Pro Kinship for Kids Volunteers will also be running some games like Hole in One, Ring Toss, and Peanut Toss for prizes. There will be some fun Christmas activities to enjoy as well with face painting available. McDonald’s will be running a movie for families to enjoy. Drawing will be held for adults and kids as well as materials available on Pro Kinship for Kids. 

  11. Dec

    1. Masquerade!
      10:00 am – 5:00 pm

      $5 Jewelry and Accessories Sale

      Thursday Dec. 4th 

      10AM to 5PM

       New Ulm Medical Center Auditorium

      Proceeds benefit Virginia Piper Institute

      Sponsored by New Ulm Medical Center Auxiliary

      Cash & Credit/Debit Cards Accepted 

  12. Dec

    1. Annual Cookie Sale and Bazaar
      10:30 am – 1:00 pm

      Annual Cookie Sale and Bazaar is Friday, December 5th from 10:30am-1pm at Redeemer Lutheran Church at 700 South Broadway St. They will have lunch, cookies, crafts, baked goods, candies and much more.

    2. Campfire Stories
      7:30 pm – 2:00 pm

      MLC presents Campfire Stories on December 5th at 7:30pm and December 6th at 2pm at MLC. Tickets are $2.00 at the door. It is based on the classic tales “The Boarded Window” by Ambrose Bierce; “The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacobs; and “The Telltale Heart” by Edger Allan Poe. For more information call the box office at (507)-233-9114.

  13. Dec

    1. Jingle Bell Jam
      7:45 am – 10:00 am

      The Jingle Bell Jam (5K Run/Walk) is Saturday December 6th. Pre-registration is still available until December 5th at 5pm for $25. Same day registration is $30. Race time is 10am at the New Ulm Recreation Center (122 South Garden). Check in and same day registration begins at 7:45am. Register at http://jinglebelljam.zapevent.com or visit our website for mail in form www.browncomnyellowribbon.co. Holiday themed costumes encouraged and prizes awarded. Proceeds benefit Brown County Yellow Ribbon Suicide prevention Program.

    2. A Morning with Santa
      9:00 am – 11:00 am

      Enjoy a donut or roll, hot chocolate, or milk with SANTA! Tell Santa your Christmas wishes! Receive a goodies bags (some will have peanuts). Register for prizes. Purchase come baked goods. 


      Saturday, Dec. 6th from 9am -11am at the Courtland Community Center


      They will have baked goods for sale. You can also register for a prize and don’t forget to bring your camera for a picture with Santa. 


      Share the spirit of giving! Bring a nonperishable item for the local food shelf. 

      Sponsored by The Courtland Lions 

    3. Arli-Dazzle Parade
      5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

      The 6th Annual Arli-Dazzle is December 6th in Arlington. The day starts with Breakfast with the Claus’ from 9-10am followed by Santa Day from 10am-1pm. They also have the Dash Through The Snow 5K starting at 12:30pm.

      The AFD Blacktop Fishing Derby and the Horse Drawn Sleigh starts at 1pm.

      Snowball Baseball Game 2:30pm

      Santa’s Reindeer 3:30pm

      Bethlehem Express at St. Paul’s Lutheran 12-3:30pm

      The Amazing Hoopsters 4pm

      Parade down Main St. 5:30pm

      They will also have Interactive Sled Dogs at 2pm, Music on Main Street with the Schell’s Hobo Christmas Quartet and the Sibley East Carolers. A Quilt Show starting at 9am. 

  14. Dec

    1. The Church of Japanese Martyrs Pancake Breakfast
      9:00 am – 12:00 pm

      The Church of the Japanese Martyrs in Leavenworth is having a Catholic United Financial Matching Grant Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, December 7th from 9am-12pm in the church hall. On the menu will be Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Applesauce, Coffee, Chocolate Milk and Juice. Cost is $6.00 for adults; $5.00 ages 6-12; $1.50 Preschool. Everyone is welcome. 

  15. Dec

    1. Santa’s Helpers Workshop for Christmas 2014
      8:00 am – 4:30 pm

      We are looking for donations of new toys, games, mittens, quilts, money,and wrapping paper to meet our goal to make the holidays brighter for those less fortunate. Donations will joyfully be accepted until Monday Dec. 8th 


      Donations may be dropped off at Sibley County Public Health & Human Services, 111 8th St. in Gaylord bewtween 8AM to 4:30PM

      We also need volunteers to sort, wrap gifts, and chaperone and clean up. Any donations or assistance your company can give will be greatly appreciated. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at (507)-237-4000. 

      Thank you for your generosity and have a Joyous Holiday Season.

  16. Dec

    1. Bloodmobile in Nicollet
      1:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      The Bloodmobile will be in Nicollet at the Legion Hall on Monday, December 15th from 1-7pm. The Red Cross is in great need for blood donations. To make an appointment, please call: Darlene at 507-359-2816. 

  17. Jan

    1. Christmas Tree Disposal
      12:00 am – 11:45 pm

      Christmas tree pick-up and disposal service is once again to be provided to residents of New Ulm by the city street department.

      Crews will be picking up and disposing natural Christmas trees through January. Residents are requested to remove all ribbon, wire, ornaments, tinsel, and plastic bags and then place the trees on the boulevard area of the intersection nearest to their home or business.

  18. Jan

    1. The Prairie Piecemakers Quilt Guild meeting
      7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
      The Prairie Piecemakers Quilt Guild meeting in scheduled for this 
      Thursday, January 8th at 7 pm 
      at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in New Ulm  
      We will have a short business meeting, show and tell and end the evening with three wonderful mini classes. 
      We invite all with the love of quilts to attend. All classes and speakers cost $5 for non-members, it is $15 to join the guild.
      The classes will be taught by quilt guild members…
      Kathy Lotito on making her award winning rugs
      Toni Laffrenzen on miniature quilts
      Theresa Westrup on 3 different kinds of flanges
      In case of inclement weather, please listen to KNUJ for cancellation announcement.
  19. Jan

    1. Forever Young Senior Center Membership Drive Luncheon
      11:00 am – 1:00 pm

      Forever Young Senior Center Membership Drive Luncheon

      Saturday January 10
      11:00 am-1:00 pm 

      $15 Membership fee per person
      Free lunch for  members

      425 Sibley Ave

      For more information call Judy at (507)317-5519 

  20. Jan

    1. Parade of Bands Fundraiser & Concertina Jam
      12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

      Parade of Bands Fundraiser & Concertina Jam

      Sunday, January 11,2015
      Noon – 6 PM
      Park Ballroom, New Prague, MN

      12-1:00 Czech Area Concertina Club
      1:10-2:40 Eddie Shimota Jr. Band
      2:50-4:20 Dale Pexa Band
      4:30-6:00 Kris & the Riverbend Dutchmen

      Food and Beverages Available
      Thank you to all the musicians, as they have donated their time for this event.

      Bands are subject to change

      Concertina Jamboree 1:00 pm
      in the Ballroom Meeting Room

      Nancy Buckentine, Master of Ceremonies &
      Nancy Brooks – registrations

      Featuring Bob Pexa and Steve Moran & friends
      on drums and tuba


      For more information contact:
      Minnesota Music Hall of Fame
      27 N Broadway, PO Box 1
      New Ulm, MN
      Dodie Wendinger 507.359.9014 

    2. Organ Concert
      3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

      Organ Concert
      January 11th – Sunday – 3:00pm
      Salem Lutheran Church
      109 3rd St SE – Madelia MN  56062

      Free and open to public! 

      Come hear Salem’s new Rodgers Digital Church organ!
      Organist Kraig Windschitl, principal organist of
      Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, will present
      classical organ works by Bach, Buxtehude, Widor, as well
      as other favorites including great Hymns of Faith!!!!

      Coffee and Cookies to follow.

  21. Jan

    1. Senior Dance
      1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      Happy New Year Senior Dance

      Tuesday, January 13, 2015
      1:00-4:00 pm

      Music provided by

      American Legion”229 Nassau
      St. Peter

      There will be an admission charge for this event

      Questions? Call Sylvia at (507)934-7227
      Sponsored by St. Peter Senior Center