−No Heartland Express Service on New Year’s Day12:00 pm – 11:45 pm
The Brown County Heartland Express will not be operating and the office will be closed on New Year’s Day, Wednesday, January 1. Service will resume on Thursday, January 2, as usual.
Please note that the Heartland Express will only be operating until 3pm on New Year’s Eve Day, Tuesday, December 31.
Those needing transportation on Thursday, January 2, are asked to call the Heartland Express Office no later than 3pm on Tuesday, December 31, to make arrangements for your rides. Call 359-2717 or countywide toll free at 800-707-2717.+12:00 pmNo Heartland Express Service on New Year’s Day
−American Red Cross Bloodmobiles1:30 pm – 5:30 pm
January is National Blood Donor Month and the American Red Cross is inviting you to join the millions of donors across the country who Give the Gift of Life.
January 6 – Salem Lutheran Church, Madelia, 1:30-6:30pm
January 6 – Redwood Falls National Guard Armory, 1-7pm
January 6 – Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Bird Island, 1-7pm
January 7 – Comfrey Community Center, 1-7pm
January 7 – Redwood Falls Armory, 1-7pm
January 7 – Montgomery American Legion, 1-7pm
January 8 – Buffalo Lake Community Center, 1-7pm
January 8 – Wabasso Community Center, 1-7pm
January 8 – Springfield High School, 9am-3pm
January 9 – Cactus Jack’s in Stewart, 2-7pm
January 9 – Mankato Red Cross Headquarters on Homestead Drive, 12:30-5:30pm
January 10 – Mankato Red Cross Headquarters on Homestead Drive, 9am-1pm
To learn more about giving blood and National Blood Donor Month, go online at redcrossblood.org.+1:30 pmAmerican Red Cross Bloodmobiles
−U of M Extension to Offer The Buzz of Bees5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Make plans now to attend “The Buzz of Bees”, an educational evening on Tuesday, January 7, at the Ney Nature Center in Henderson offered through the University of Minnesota Extension in Nicollet, Sibley and LeSueur Counties.
Come and learn about Minnesota’s bee population and what you can do to help it thrive. The evening will begin with a food/drink reception at 5:30pm. Beginning at 6pm, Becky Mastermann and Elaine Evans from the U of M’s Bee Squad, will present on topics including native bees, colony collapse disorder, bee friendly plants, honey and beekeeping. The evening will conclude by 9pm. There will be time for questions and discussion.
Preregistration is encouraged, but not required. For more info, contact Extension Educator Christian Lilienthal at 507-934-0363.+5:30 pmU of M Extension to Offer The Buzz of Bees
−Youth Snowmobile Safety Training, Olivia9:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Renville County Sheriff’s Office in cooperation with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will be hosting a Youth Snowmobile Safety Training course on January 11, beginning at 9am, at the Renville County Office Building, 105 5th Street South, Room 117-lower level, Olivia.
You can register with the Renville County Dispatch Center by calling 320-523-1161. Contact Deputy Karla Koplin or Deputy Tom Sywter at 320-523-3776 or 320-523-3774.
Pre-registration is required and students must meet the following requirements:
-be at least 12 years of age
-be accompanied by parent or guardian
-have your own snowmobile and proper safety gear
-successful completion of the Minnesota DNR Safety CD and printout of the Certificate of Completion. The Safety CD can be obtained by calling 888-646-6367 or 651-296-6157.+9:00 amYouth Snowmobile Safety Training, Olivia
−MN Music Hall of Fame Parade of Bands, New Prague12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, Inc. Parade of Bands Fundraiser & Concertina Jamboree will be held Sunday, January 12, 12-6pm, Park Ballroom, New Prague.
Food and beverages available. Entertainment: 12-1pm Czech Area Concertina Club; 1:10-2:40pm Charlie Sticha Band; 2:50-4:20pm The Revival Band; 4:30-6pm Wendinger Band. Bands are subject to change.
Concertina Jamboree 1pm in the Ballroom Meeting Room. Nancy Buckentine, Master of Ceremonies & Nancy Brooks, registrations. Featuring Bob Pexa and Steve Moran and friends on drums and tuba.
For more information, contact Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, 27 N Broadway, PO Box 1, New Ulm, MN 56073; 507-359-9014.
All proceeds will be used for the MMHF Museum located at 27 North Broadway, New Ulm, MN.+12:00 pmMN Music Hall of Fame Parade of Bands, New Prague
−UCare Informational Meetings9:30 am – 3:30 pm
UCare to offer informational meetings on its Medicare plan options. To register for a meeting or to obtain more information, call 1-877-523-1518.
Tuesday, January 14 – 9:30am, Mankato Best Western Plus Hotel, 1111 Range Street, North Mankato, MN 56003
Tuesday, January 14 – 1:30pm, New Ulm Community Center, lower level, 600 North German, New Ulm, MN 56073
UCare is an independent, nonprofit health plan providing health care and administrative services to more than 300,000 members. Visit www.ucare.org.+9:30 amUCare Informational Meetings
−Senior Dance, St. Peter1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
There will be a Senior Dance on Tuesday, January 14, from 1-4pm at the American Legion, 229 W Nassau in St. Peter. Music provided by “Jolly Woodchopper”. There will be an admission charge for this event. Questions, call Sylvia 507-934-0484. Sponsored by St. Peter Senior Center.+1:00 pmSenior Dance, St. Peter
−Pancake Breakfast, St. John’s Catholic Church, Hector9:00 am – 1:00 pm
St. John’s Catholic Church in Hector is having their annual Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, January 19. The men of our parish will be serving at the American Bar and Grill (formerly the American Legion) in Hector from 9am-1pm.
The menu includes pancakes, French toast, ham and eggs, applesauce and beverage. Cost is $6/adults; $3/children 5-10; and free for children 4 and under.+9:00 amPancake Breakfast, St. John’s Catholic Church, Hector
−Minnesota Beer and Brewing History7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Presented by the MN Historical Society and Schell’s Brewing Co. Minnesota Beer and Brewing History on Tuesday, January 21, 7pm at the Gaylord Library.
Learn about MN’s rich brewing tradition and enjoy free beer sampling provided by Schell’s. Remember to sign up for the Winter Reading Program starting January 21.+7:00 pmMinnesota Beer and Brewing History
−New Ulm Sons of American Legion Supper5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
The New Ulm Sons of American Legion are presenting Homemade Roast Beef or Turkey Commercials on Wednesday, January 22, from 5-7:30pm or until gone at the New Ulm American Legion Clubroom.
Full or half orders will be available, as well as milk, coffee or water. The cost is $6.75 for a full order and $4.25 for a half order.+5:00 pmNew Ulm Sons of American Legion Supper
−Winter Blast, New Ulm1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Friday, January 24, from 1-4pm at the New Ulm Vogel Arena. $10/fee admits participants for all activities: inflatable action, swimming and gym games. Punch cards and memberships do not apply.
Co-sponsored by Optimist Club, Jaycees, RS Electric, Inc. and United Prairie Bank.+1:00 pmWinter Blast, New Ulm
−Snowmobile Safety Class, St. James8:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Watonwan County Sheriff’s Office is sponsoring the following Snowmobile Safety Class on January 25, from 8am-4pm at the Watonwan Public Library, 125 5th Street South, St. James.
Youth 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 1-25-14 by calling 507-375-2579. Class size is limited, so register early.
For more information, contact Sgt. Barry Gulden at 507-375-2579 or firstname.lastname@example.org.+8:00 amSnowmobile Safety Class, St. James
−Community Family Fun Night, New Ulm4:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Community Family Fun Night – Escape the Winter Blues on Saturday, January 25, at Holy Trinity Gym, 515 North State, New Ulm for Food, Games and Talent Show. Food served 4:30-6:45pm; Games from 5-6:45pm; Talent Show 6:30pm. Admission for the talent show is $5/adults; $3/students with a family cap of $15.
There will be a Carnival of Games including Kid’s Raffle; Surprise Door Game; Plunk-It; Fish Pond; Bean Bag Toss; Cherry Tree; Face Painting; Bingo; Food featuring tacos in a bag, chicken strips, bbq pork, Happy Joe’s pizza and more.
Call 233-0751 for more information on Family Fun Night. This event is sponsored by New Ulm Area Catholic Schools; all proceeds to assist with educational expenses.+4:30 pmCommunity Family Fun Night, New Ulm
−Ducks Unlimited Banquet, Winthrop5:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Ducks Unlimited 9th Annual Arhart’s Mallards Banquet will be held Saturday, January 25, at Tanker Bay Sports Bar in Winthrop.
Bring your spouse or significant other for an evening of fun and entertainment. Doors open at 5:30pm and dinner to follow at 7pm.
Questions, call Isaac 320-583-9839+5:30 pmDucks Unlimited Banquet, Winthrop
−Knights of Columbus Breakfast, New Ulm8:30 am – 12:30 pm
The Knights of Columbus are having Annual Pancake Breakfast at St. Mary’s Church Basement in New Ulm on Sunday, January 26, from 8:30am-12:30pm.
Take outs available. Serving pancakes, eggs, applesauce, sausage, coffee and milk.+8:30 amKnights of Columbus Breakfast, New Ulm
−Pancake & Bratwurst Dinner, Gibbon11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Pancake and Bratwurst Dinner will be served on Sunday, January 26, 11am-5pm, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Moltke Township, 63924 240th Street, County Road 10, Gibbon.
Supplemental funds provided by the Sibley County Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. There will be all you can eat pancake, bratwurst, cookies, bars, cheese and applesauce. Free will offering. Sven and Ole Book Fair. Sponsored by St. Peter’s Lutheran School, PTL.+11:00 amPancake & Bratwurst Dinner, Gibbon
−Barn Dance, New Ulm1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Barn Dance, January 26, 1-5pm at the Flying Dutchmen Motorcycle Club Clubhouse. Entertainment provided by Kris and the Riverbend Dutchmen.
From the south edge of New Ulm, at the junctions of Hwys 15 & 68, go east 2 miles, then left on 110th Avenue for 1/2 mile. Watch for signs. Sponsored by Flying Dutchmen Motorcycle Club, New Ulm.+1:00 pmBarn Dance, New Ulm
−Formal Wear Extravaganza, Redwood Falls9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Formal Wear Extravaganza – Prom Dress Sale will be held Saturday, February 1, 9am-2pm at the Redwood Valley High School.
Find a great deal on a gently used or almost new prom dress.+9:00 amFormal Wear Extravaganza, Redwood Falls
−American Red Cross Blood Drives1:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Tuesday, January 28 – Faith Lutheran Church in Janesville, 1-7pm
Tuesday, January 28 – Amboy Presbyterian Church, 1:30-6:30pm
Wednesday, January 29 – South Central College, North Mankato, 10am-3pm
Thursday, January 30 – St. James American Legion, 1-7pm
Friday, January 31 – St. James American Legion, 8am-12pm
Friday, January 31 – Bethany College in Mankato, 12-6pm+1:00 pmAmerican Red Cross Blood Drives
−New Ulm Swim Club’s Chili Supper4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
New Ulm Swim Club’s Chili Supper and Silent Auction will be held Friday, January 31, from 4:30-7:30pm at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 1400 South State in New Ulm.
Adults/$7; take out orders available+4:30 pmNew Ulm Swim Club’s Chili Supper
−New Ulm Classic Pigeon Show7:00 am – 2:00 pm
Saturday, February 1, New Ulm Classic Program Show Youth Coliseum Brown County Fairgrounds, New Ulm. Doors open at 7am and will last until 2pm.
See breeds of pigeons as a few ounces to breeds of several pounds. Or as small as a few inches to 20 inches tall.
Show sponsored by Brown County Poultry and Pigeon Association. For more info, call 507-375-4716+7:00 amNew Ulm Classic Pigeon Show
−Emmet County Ikes Gun Show, Estherville, IA9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Emmet County Ikes Gun Show will be held February 1, 9am-5pm and February 2, 9am-3pm at Elks Club, Estherville, IA.
Admission is $5; under 12/free. For more information or to reserve a table, contact Cliff at 712-362-2897 or Rick at 712-380-5360+9:00 amEmmet County Ikes Gun Show, Estherville, IA
−GBHS Library Open House, New Ulm10:00 am – 4:00 pm
GBHS Library Open will be Saturday, February 1, 10am-4pm at 1200 South Broadway, New Ulm, rear entrance only.
This is a great opportunity to stop in and find out more about the resources we have to offer in our library. Get started on your family history or meet others who may be able to help you overcome any research roadblocks.
11am – Wade Olsen will present a slide show on the historic Kladbury Monastery.
1:30pm – Wade will present a review of the 2013 June tour and outline the plan for the Fall Tour.
There will be coffee and cookies served.+10:00 amGBHS Library Open House, New Ulm
−Am. Legion Fish Fry, Nicollet11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Annual Post 510 American Legion, Nicollet, Fish Fry will be held Saturday, February 1, 11am-7pm at the American Legion Friendship Hall in Nicollet.
Serving German and American potato salad; cole slaw; coffee; milk. Adults/$12; children under 12/$6+11:00 amAm. Legion Fish Fry, Nicollet
−Annual Post 510 American Legion Fish Fry, Nicollet11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Annual Post 510 American Legion Fish Fry in Nicollet will be taking place Saturday, February 1, 11am-7pm, at American Legion Friendship Hall in Nicollet.
Serving German and American potato salad; cole slaw; coffee; milk. Adults/$12; children under 12/$6.+11:00 amAnnual Post 510 American Legion Fish Fry, Nicollet
−Hamburge Hunting and Fishing Club11:00 am – 7:00 pm
The Hamburg Hunting and Fishing Club is having their 35th Annual Fish Fry on Saturday, February 1, at the Hamburg Community Hall. It’s all you can eat from 11am-7pm.
Adults/$10; kids 5-12/$6; and 5 and under/free. Take out orders available and they’re selling their sportsman’s calendars.+11:00 amHamburge Hunting and Fishing Club
−Fasching and MN Music Hall of Fame Fundraiser, New Ulm12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Come for a fun filled weekend in New Ulm!
Fasching will be held on Saturday, March 1, noon – 10pm at Turner Hall. Entertainment includes: 12pm Concord Singers; 1-3pm Dain’s Dutchmen; 3-4pm Concord Singers; 4-5:30pm Wendinger Band; 5:30-7pm Dain’s Dutchmen; Parade of Costumes at 7pm; 7:30-8:30am Concord Singers; 8:30-10pm Wendinger Band. Food and beverage available.
Fasching advance tickets available at HyVee; Cash Wise; New Ulm Chamber 507-354-8850 or check out www.newulm.com.
MN Music Hall of Fame Fundraiser will be Sunday, March 2, noon-6pm at Turner Hall. 12pm Dain’s Dutchmen; 1:35pm Wally Pikal featuring Harvey Becker; 3:10pm Leon Helget; 4:40pm Bockfest Boys. Lower Level is the Concertina Jamboree. For more info, call 507-354-7305. Food and beverage available.+12:00 pmFasching and MN Music Hall of Fame Fundraiser, New Ulm
−Snow Day in the Park, New Ulm12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Snow Day in the Park will be held Saturday, February 1, 12-4pm at Harmon Park, 101 North Garden Street, New Ulm.
Horse-drawn sleigh rides; S’mores over a fire and hot cocoa; 3 skating rinks and warming house; sliding hill (bring your own sled).
Winter fun for the whole family!
Questions, contact New Ulm Park and Recreation at 359-8347.+12:00 pmSnow Day in the Park, New Ulm
−Snowfest, New Ulm5:30 pm – 11:45 pm
Snowfest 2014 will be a night to remember! Come to Snowfest on Saturday, February 1, at New Ulm Area Catholic Schools.
Come to Snowfest and have the opportunity to bid on one of the largest silent auctions in the area; try your luck on games of chance; dine on delicious food and socialize with friends. All proceeds from the event benefit NUACS.
Dinner will be served from 5:30-7pm in the Holy Trinity Cafeteria. Bingo will be held from 7-8:30pm. There will also be multiple raffles, pull-tabs, a bake sale, games of chance and both a Live and Silent Auction. The Live Auction begins around 9pm, with the Big Ticket drawing following.
This event is open to the public.+5:30 pmSnowfest, New Ulm
−Super Sunday Benefit Brunch5:30 pm – 12:30 pm
Super Sunday Benefit Brunch will be held Sunday, February 2, from 8:15am-12:30pm at St. Mary’s School Cafeteria, Sleepy Eye.
Adults/$6; ages 5-12/$3; under 5/free. Serving scrambled eggs with smoked ham; golden potatoes; famous KC donuts; milk; coffee; juice sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council #3134.
Proceeds benefit Divine Providence Auxiliary.
There will also be a CCW Scholarship Bake Sale Saturday after 5:30pm Mass and Sunday 7:30am-12:30pm at St. Mary’s School Cafeteria. Serving Schmierkuchen; caramel rolls; cinnamon rolls.+5:30 pmSuper Sunday Benefit Brunch