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  1. Jun
    27
    Thu

    1. Dakota Language Programs
      3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      Dakota Language Programs, Thursday, June 27, New Ulm Public Library Meeting Room.

      3pm is the children’s programs. Discover the Dakota language through songs and activities. Program geared to children ages 5-12, but all ages welcome.

      6pm – adult program. Information session about the Dakota Wicohan project.

      Call 507-359-8336 for more information.

    2. Celebrate Life in Redwood Falls
      5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

      Redwood Area Hospital invites all community cancer survivors to join in celebrating life at the 20th Annual Cancer Survivors Picnic. The event will be held Thursday, June 27, from 5:30-7:30pm in the Redwood Area Hospital Education Room.

      The picnic will include Subway sandwiches, beverages and utensils furnished by the hospital. Guest are invited to bring a dish to share. Entertainment at the event will feature the Cornerstone Worship Team.

      The picnic is for cancer survivors, caregivers, family, family members, friends and healthcare professionals to join together and show that life after a cancer diagnosis can be meaningful and productive.

      For more information, call Cindy at 507-637-4512.

  2. Jun
    28
    Fri

    1. Henderson Sauerkraut Days (all-day)
      Jun 28 – Jun 30

      Henderson Sauerkraut Days will be Friday, June 28, through Sunday, June 30. There is free kraut and free music all weekend. The events are taking place at Bender Park.

      Friday: Kraut Car Cruise, 7pm; Miss Henderson Coronation, 8pm; Live Music – Rum Runner’s, 9pm

      Saturday: Softball tourney begins at 8am; 5K Run/Walk 8am; bingo 11am-2pm; Czech Area Concertina Club 1-3pm; Kiddie Parade 1:30pm; Kids Pedal Pull 2pm; Owl Parade 8:30pm; live music 4-9pm

      Sunday: Grand Parade 12pm; Drum Corp Performance, following parade; Larry Novotny One Man Band 3:30-6pm; Live music Jared Graff 1:30-3pm; Kraut Eating Contest 3pm; prize drawings 4pm

  3. Jun
    29
    Sat

    1. Springfield Riverside Days Car Show
      10:00 am – 3:00 pm

      Springfield Riverside Days will be having a Car Show on Saturday, June 29, 10am-3pm at Schwanke’s Engines, US Hwy 14, East edge of Springfield. Celebrating 60 years of Corvettes from 1953-2013.

      Free registration and admission. Food and refreshments. Bring your car (even if it is not a Corvette), truck, motorcycle or tractor to show.

      For more info, call Gil at 507-648-3663.

    2. Swedefest
      6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

      19th Annual Swedefest at Bernadotte Lutheran Church Park will be taking place Saturday, June 29, 4-8pm. The Church is 6 miles east of Lafayette.

      There will be a Swedish smorgasbord served with Swedish meatballs, pork loins and all the fixings. Adults/$10; 6-12 years/$5; 5 and under/free.

      There will be a Kingery Family concert at 6pm; The Little Prairie Pickers at 4:30pm; silent auction; horse-drawn wagon rides; kids coloring contest; t-shirt making.

      In case of inclement weather, all events will be held in the church.

  4. Jun
    30
    Sun

    1. Autofest in New Ulm
      10:00 am – 4:00 pm

      13th Annual Autofest is taking place on Sunday, June 30, 10am-4pm for the Car and Motorcycle Show, located at Maday Motors Jeep and Joe’s Campers, 2403 South Broadway, New Ulm.

      Free registration and admission; free drawing all day; food and refreshments; South Central Modelers of Minnesota Model Car Contest; Music provided by Crystal Entertainment all day.

      More than 300 registered vehicles displayed each year. See them on the web at: www.autofest.org.

      Free car calendar and can cooler for the first 250 participants.

    2. Independence Celebration at the Harkin Store
      12:45 pm – 1:45 pm

      On Sunday, June 30, the historical Harkin Store will celebrate our great nation earlier this year with a firing of a cannon. The New Ulm Battery will start off the firing of the old 1862 cannon every half hour on the hour. The New Ulm Battery is celebrating their 150th Year Anniversary.

      Enjoy cold treats while listening about the 1870′s riverboat town of West Newton and the Harkin Store. Bring a lawn chair of blanket or sit on the porch for a relaxing afternoon.

  5. Jul
    1
    Mon

    1. Monday Night Concerts in German Park
      7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

       

      Enjoy complimentary music with friends and family every Monday evening during the summer!

      July 1: Ken and Ken Show

      July 8: Dick Kimmel & Co.

      Popcorn and soda for sale by Relay for Life. In case of inclement weather, the performance will be held at the New Ulm Community Center, 600 N. German St., or the New Ulm Civic Center, 1212 N. Franklin St. Listen to KNUJ or call the cancellation line at 507-354-9041 for updates.

  6. Jul
    3
    Wed

    1. 150th Commemoration of Gettysburg and the Civil War
      4:00 pm – 8:30 pm

      A Commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Gettysburg, the Civil War, and New Ulm will be held Wednesday, July 3 at Riverside Park from 4pm-8:30pm. Governor Mark Dayton will be the guest speaker at 4:15pm. Other events include concerts, speeches, a delivery of the Gettysburg Address, and canon and rifle salutes.

       
      For more info, visit nucivilwar150.com
  7. Jul
    4
    Thu

    1. Heartland Express holiday observance (all-day)
      Jul 4

      In observance of the July 4th holiday, the Brown County Heartland Express will not be operating on Thursday, July 4th. The transit office will also be closed that day.

      Regular transit services will resume on Friday, July 5th. To schedule rides for July 5th, patrons are requested to call the transit office no later than 3pm on Wednesday, July 3rd at 359-2717 or county-wide at 800-707-2717.

    2. Brown County Offices
      10:30 am – 11:30 am

      All Brown County Offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4th, for the observance of Independence Day.

    3. Habitat for Humanity charity auction
      4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

      Habitat for Humanity of South Central Minnesota will hold a charity bid auction for a garden shed built by the Habitat for Humanity – Gustavus Adolphus Campus Chapter. Bid slips will be handed out during the St. Peter 4th of July Parade. The highest bidder will be announced on July 4th at 4:30pm at the Arby’s parking lot in Minnesota Ave. Bidders do not need to be in attendance to win. All proceeds will help support the building of a new Habitat home in St. Peter.

      For further information, please contact Habitat for Humanity at 507-388-2081, ext. 4.

  8. Jul
    5
    Fri

    1. 32nd Annual Polka Fest (all-day)
      Jul 5 – Jul 7

      The 32nd Annual Polka Fest will be held at the Island Ballroom in Bird Island, MN on July 5-7. Dinner will be served Saturday from 5pm-7pm. Hot beef on wheat sandwiches and bratwurst served any time.

       

      July 5 performers: Wee Willie, Top Notchman

      July 6 performers: Top Notchman, Leon Olsen, Dale Dahmen & the Polka Beats

      July 7 performers: Chuck Thiel and The Jolly Ramblers, Larry Olsen

       

      For more information, call 320-365-9997

       

      Also, Sunday Polka Services will be held at 10am at Our Saviors Lutheran Church and at 10:30am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

  9. Jul
    10
    Wed

    1. Danube Fun Days
      12:45 pm – 1:45 pm

      Danube Fun Days taking place July 10-14

      There will be homemade ice cream social; treasure hunt; Dad’s Belgian Waffle feed; volleyball tournament; free watermelon; Lion’s Club BBQ Pork supper; street dance; kids street dance

      Danube Fun Days tickets available at local businesses and also during Danube Fun Days. Many activities taking place during the week and weekend.

  10. Jul
    11
    Thu

    1. Fairfax Area Parkinson Group Meeting
      11:30 am – 12:30 pm

      The Fairfax Area Parkinson’s Support Group will meet on Thursday, July 11, at 11:30am at Peichel’s Hill.

  11. Jul
    12
    Fri

    1. Sigel Men’s Slow Pitch Softball Tournament (all-day)
      Jul 12 – Jul 14

      Friday night, July 12, through Sunday, July 14, it’s the Sigel Men’s Slow Pitch Softball Tournament. If you have a team that would like to participate, call Andy at 276-9060. Everyone is invited out to enjoy great food – hot dogs, hamburgers, sauerkraut, refreshments and more! The Blue Ringers will perform Friday night.

    2. Winthrop Farm City Fun Fest (all-day)
      Jul 12 – Jul 14

      Winthrop Farm City Fun Fest taking place Friday, July 12 – Sunday, July 14 in Winthrop

      All three days in the Winthrop Park with squealing beer specials and softball tournament

      Saturday and Sunday in the Park: home business/craft fair; giant slide; pony rides; kids games; food and beer stands; bounce house; petting zoo; free kids keg train rides

      There will be a Great Parade Sunday at 2pm; along with a 5K; kids pedal pull; chess tournament; car show; children’s bike giveaway; street dance with Cherry Gun; Hug or Kiss a Pig and many, many other activities taking place throughout the weekend.

    3. Hector Corn Chaff Days
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm

      Hector Corn Chaff Days, Tuesday, July 9 to Sunday, July 14 – Celebrating Hector’s 135th Anniversary

       

      July 9 – 7pm Family Bingo

       

      July 10 – 5-9pm Family Pizza Night at American Bar and Grill; 5pm Close Show Your Ride at The Other Place

       

      July 11 – 7pm Ms. Corn Chaff Pageant, American Bar and Grill; 6:30-9pm Pool Appreciation Party

       

      July 12 – 8:30am-2pm Main Street Bazaar; 9am-3pm Hector Area Quilt Show; 5pm Co-ed Volleyball tournament; 5-8pm Pork sandwiches/chips/beans/bars, BLHS After Prom Fundraiser; 6pm Kiddie Parade; 9pm ‘Chopper’ at American Bar and Grill; 9pm ‘Tasz” at The Other Place

       

      July 13 – 8am 5K Run/Walk; 8am Softball Slow-pitch tourney; 9am Children’s Fun Run; 9am-3pm Craft Bazaar; 12pm Grand Parade; 1:15pm Sleepy Eye Concertina Band; 4pm Mini Rod Competition; 6:30pm All School Reunion at Island Ballroom, Bird Island; 9:30pm Fireworks

       

      July 14 – 8am-12pm Hector Firemen’s Pancake Breakfast; 10:30am Community Worship Service at Prairie View Senior Living; 12pm Adult Bean Bag tourney; 2pm Firemen water ball fight and many other activities taking place all week long

    4. Gibbon Area Uncommon Band of Renown
      7:15 pm – 8:15 pm

      The Gibbon Area Uncommon Band of Renown continues it summer season with a Community Concert in Gibbon City Park on Friday, July 12 beginning at 7:15pm.

      Young and old are invited to listen to eclectic mix of music from big band and old time to marches, rock and movie themes.

      Supporters of St. Peter’s Church VBS program will be serving food, beverages and delicious homemade pies beginning at 6pm.

  12. Jul
    13
    Sat

    1. Breakfast on the Farm
      7:00 am – 10:00 am

      Brown County Farm Bureau and the New Ulm Farm-City Hub Club Breakfast on the Farm at Perry & LouAnn Meyer and Jason & Jody Enter on Saturday, July 13, from 7-10am.

      Serving sausage, eggs, pancakes, milk, coffee and cheese; parking at Finstad’s Oak Haven Campground; free shuttle to farm; free will donation collected; petting zoo; machinery, ag and safety displays.

    2. 2nd Annual Madelia River 5K Run/Walk
      9:00 am – 10:00 am

      2nd Annual Madelia River 5K Run/Walk will be held Saturday, July 13; 5K starts at 9am; kids Fun Run starts at 10am (for children up to age 12)

      Race begins at Madelia Town Hall, 519 Dill Ave SW in Madelia

      On site registration is July 12 from 4:30-6pm and July 13 from 8-8:45am

      Additional information available at: www.andersonraces.com or www.mchospital.org

      Questions, call Stacie at 507-642-3255

    3. Benefit for Jamie Grams-Petzel
      10:30 am – 3:00 pm

      A benefit to honor Jamie Grams-Petzel as she continues her fight against breast cancer, daughter of Mark and Deb Grams of Gaylord, will be Saturday, July 13, 10:30am-3pm at the American Legion Club in Gaylord.

      Serving pulled pork sandwiches, beans, pickles, cookie and beverage; bake sale; games for the kids; silent auction; prize drawings.

    4. Ride for the Red, American Red Cross
      11:00 am – 6:00 pm

      The 9th Annual Ride for the Red will be on Saturday, July 13. The Brown-West Nicollet, Redwood Renville Chapter will be hosting a classic car and motorcycle ride benefiting the American Red Cross.

      Begin the journey at Searles Bar and Grill traveling through Brown County and surrounding areas. Ride for Red registration is from 11am-12pm; ride begins at 12pm; post ride celebration is from 5-6pm at Searles Bar and Grill; Silent Auction and raffle drawing at 6pm.

      Tickets for raffle available at: American Red Cross office in New Ulm; Searles Bar and Grill; First Security Agency in Sleepy Eye; New Ulm Chamber; All Chapter Board Members. Only 800 tickets sold and tickets are $20/each.

    5. Tea Party at the Cox House
      11:00 am – 1:00 pm

      Children aged 5-10 are invited to bring their American Girl doll or other favorite doll and an adult friend to a tea party at the Cox House. The tea party will be held on Saturday, July 13, 11am-1pm. Tea and sandwiches will be served.

      Guests will listen to historical American Girl stories and participate in crafts. Children will learn about the role that tea played in the culture of earlier St. Peter residents.

      The Cox House is located at 500 N Washington Avenue in St. Peter. The event is sponsored by the Nicollet County Historical Society.

  13. Jul
    14
    Sun

    1. White Squirrel Festival
      8:30 am – 1:00 pm

      The White Squirrel Festival will be Sunday, July 14 in Plato City Park in Plato.

      8:30am Omelet brunch; 9:30am Community Church Service; 8:30am-12pm St. Paul’s UCC Silent Auction; 10:30am Hutch Clown Club; 1pm Duck Races; 2pm Plato Blue Jays vs Winsted; 9am-1pm Hamburgers/hotdots

      Proceeds help fund local projects. Sponsored by the Plato Lions Club.

    2. Benefit for Pat Carlson
      9:00 am – 1:00 pm

      ‘Care in Community’ Cooperative Benefit for Pat Carlson, St. James High School Class of 1983. Son of Richard and Janice Carlson, Father of Jamison, Jakob and Rianna.

      The benefit will be held Sunday, July 14, 9am-1pm at Eagles Club in St. James, 701 1st Avenue South.

      Serving pancakes, ham, breakfast pastries, fruit cup, juice, milk and coffee; free will donation. Supplemental funds provided by Watonwan County Thrivent Chapter 31214. Benefit to assist with medical expenses incurred with lung cancer and brain cancer surgery.

    3. Afternoon of Leisure at Harkin Store
      1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      Sunday afternoons in the 1870′s were family time or time to relax, visit friends or maybe do a bit of fancywork. There will be a showing of some of their work in tatting, hardanger, knitting and other types of work on Sunday, July 14, from 1-4pm.

      Visitors will be able to tour the store, have a game of checkers or visit on the porch while also seeing the displays of work. Refreshments will be served.

    4. Dedication of B-47 Crash Memorial, Comfrey
      1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

      The Dedication of B-47 Crash Memorial will take place on Sunday, July 14 at 1pm in North Park in Comfrey, 200 Brown Street East.

      The memorial area is dedicated to the 4 Man Air Force Crew that lost their lives 50 years ago on February 20, 1963 when their B-47 Bomber crashed during a training mission from Lincoln Air Force Base in Lincoln, NE. The actual crash site is 3 miles north and 3/4 mile west of Comfrey.

      Ceremony includes participants from the MN Patriot Guards, Civil Air Patrol, Color Guards from Area Legion Posts and Air Force Dignitaries.

    5. Special Olympics Fundraiser, New Ulm
      1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

      There is a fundraiser for Special Olympics on Sunday, July 14, at the MLC Softball Fields in New Ulm.

      Homerun Derby from 1:30-2:30pm, $5 entry fee

      The New Ulm Women of Today will be having a taco feed from 1:30-4pm and other refreshments will be served throughout the day.

      There will be a softball scrimmage with special athletes at 3pm

      Proceeds will be used for new uniforms

      Questions, call Pat at 507-217-9351

  14. Jul
    17
    Wed

    1. Watonwan County Fair (all-day)
      Jul 17 – Jul 21

      Watonwan County Fair, Wednesday, July 17 – Sunday, July 21 

      There will be lots of food and show vendors, bingo every day and Royal West Amusement will provide a carnival atmosphere on the midway.
       
      There will be tractor pulls in the grandstand on Friday and Saturday; entertainment on the beer gardens every night; fireworks on Saturday after 10pm and rabbit, swine, beef, goat, llama and sheep judging throughout the fair. The Horse Show is on Thursday  and the crown favorite Horse Pull is on Saturday at 6:30pm.
       
      Senior citizens day is Saturday with free admission for folks 62 and older and DC & Hawk Stage Show and Oldies but Goodies country music in the entertainment building.
       
      There will be turtle races and lots of children’s games and activities throughout the fair.