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  1. Aug

    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.

  2. Aug

    1. Sand Volleyball Tournament, New Ulm
      9:30 am – 11:45 pm

      Sand Volleyball Tournament with the Goosetown Roller Girls will be held on Saturday, August 30; sign in at 9:30am; play to start at 10am at Kegel Kourts, New Ulm.

      Cost is $60/team or $10/per person (no team); must be 18+ in order to play. Proceeds support the Goosetown Roller Girls. 

      Please RSVP to: goosetownfun@gmail.com or call 507-351-6047.

    2. Children’s Games & Craft Day, Fort Ridgely
      12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      On Saturday, August 30, families are invited to Fort Ridgely from 12-4pm for games on the parade grounds as well as create crafts  inside the Commissary building. There will be games such as field ball, stilts, and grades for the children to play. They will also show you how to make a hanky doll or your own catapult.

  3. Sep

    1. Carlson Pillow Cleaning Service, Fairfax
      7:00 am – 3:00 pm

      The Carlson Pillow Cleaning Service will be in Fairfax on Thursday, September 4, from 7am-3pm at the Lions Park Shelter. 

      Pillows cleaned, deodorizes and fluffed. Custom-made new pillows and comforters for sale. This event is sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary of Fairfax.

    2. Low Vision Resource Group
      1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

      Thursday, September 4, 1:30pm, Orchard Hills, 1223 Karl Drive, New Ulm – Low Vision Resource Group. Everyone welcome. Refreshment and snack served. 

      Questions, contact Monica at 354-5680.

  4. Sep

    1. Fluff N Puff Pillow Cleaning, New Ulm
      7:30 am – 3:30 pm

      Fluff N Puff Pillow Cleaning will be in New Ulm on Friday, September 5, from 7:30am-3:30pm at the New Ulm Medical Center Auditorium.

      Questions, call Jan at 507-720-9657 and leave message.

    2. Nicollet/Sibley County Plot Day
      10:00 am – 2:00 pm

      Nicollet/Sibley County’s Varietal Trials Plot Day will be held Friday, September 5. The event will be held at the Pat and Don Bentz variety plots located at 24686 621st Avenue, Gibbon, beginning at 10am.

      Speakers for the day will include U or M Extension Crops Educator David Nocolai dicussing weed control and U of M IPM Specialist Bruce Potter sharing information on insect control. Seed representatives will be on hand for discussion and to answer questions.

      A lunch of burgers, beans, chips and cookies will be provided by the Nicollet and Sibley County Corn and Soybean Growers.

  5. Sep

    1. Aluminum Can Collection/Scrip Sales, NUACS
      8:30 am – 10:30 am

      Saturday, September 6, Aluminum Can Collection and Scrip Sales from 8:30-10:30am at St. Anthony Elementary School parking lot. All proceeds go towards NUACS Technology.

    2. Eagles 5000 5K and KidsK Run
      8:30 am – 12:30 pm

      The 3rd Annual Eagles 5000 5K and Kids K Run will be held on Saturday, September 6, at 8:30am and 9:30am. You can register online at http://www.active.com.

      Also, the Friends of ISD88 are looking for any volunteers to help direct runners and/or form a cheer group along the course. If interested, contact Chris or Erin at friendsofdistrict88@gmail.com.

    3. HermannFest 2014
      10:00 am – 11:45 pm

      HermannFest 2014 will be taking place on Saturday, September 6 in New Ulm – Schell’s Beer and 1919 Root Beer on tap; German and American Foods available all day.

      Hermann Heights Park: 14 Monument Street, New Ulm
      10am – welcome

      10am-5pm – Hermann Monument open/self-directed tours

      12-1:30pm – Wendinger Band

      1:30-1:45pm – Program

      1:45-3pm – Concord Singers

      3:15-4:30pm – SE Concertina Band

      5pm – close Hermann Monument


      Harmon Park: 101 North Garden, New Ulm

      12-5:30pm – Tournament Options: co-rec kickball; co-rec sand volleyball; baggo (bean bags)

      607:30pm – Thunder in the Valley; New Ulm Battery and New Ulm Municipal Band; cannon shoot with 11 guns; bring lawn chairs

      8:30pm – Fireworks over Hermann Monument

      8:45-9:30pm – Time Machine – ‘Pop Starz’ – music of the 80′s

      9:30-10:30am – Time Machine – “Hair Force” – rock of the 80′s

      10:30-11:30pm – Time Machine – ‘Whiskey River’ – country music 

    4. Windom Wetland Management District Hunting Rendezvous
      10:00 am – 2:00 pm

      Windom Wetland Management District will be hosting a Youth Hunting Rendezvous from 10am-2pm on Saturday, September 6. The event will include several activities that will be fun for the whole family including a Duck Calling Seminar and Youth Calling Contest with Pay Doyscher, where each child will receive a free duck call and prizes will be awarded.

      There will also be demonstrations of both pointing and retrieving dogs at work with local dog handlers Chad Klassen, Wendy Krueger and Jim Sehl. Leif Hanson will be doing a demonstration on the field dressing and cooking techniques of game birds.

      A free lunch will be provided by the Friends of the Windom Wetland Management District. 

      For more information, visit http://midwest.fws.gov/windom; 507-831-2220 or 1-800-577-2875.

    5. German-Bohemian Heritage Society Picnic
      11:00 am – 2:00 pm

      The German-Bohemian Heritage Society Picnic will be Saturday, September 6, at Hermann Heights Park, shelter number one. Social begins at 11am, with potluck at 12pm.

      Enjoy delicious American and German food. Coffee and juice will be provided. Bring a dish to pass, your own eating utensils and lawn chairs.

    6. Hanska Fire Department Pork Chop Supper
      4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      Hanska Fire Department Pork Chop Supper will be held Saturday, September 6, from 4-8pm at the Hanska City Park. 

      They will be serving pork chops, baked potato, baked beans, coleslaw, bread and hamburgers and hot dogs from children. Take out and delivery available in town by calling 507-439-6276. 

      All proceeds will go for training and equipment.

    7. Pro Auto N.Y.A. Bull Riding Event
      6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

      Pro Auto N.Y.A. Bull Riding Event on Saturday, September 6, at the Sibley County Fairgrounds in Arlington; benefiting Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors.

      Live auction items benefiting the charity include: autographed Jared Allen’s helmet; jersey; custom belt buckle; custom laser cut Jared Allen fire pit and more. $2 from every adult ticket goes towards charity. Adults/$15; kids/$5; kids 3 and under are free. No advance ticket discounts.

  6. Sep

    1. Lions Club of New Ulm Fly-In Breakfast
      7:00 am – 12:30 pm

      Lions Club of New Ulm 41st Annual Fly-In Breakfast will be held Sunday, September 7, 7am-12:3pm at the New Ulm Municipal Airport in New Ulm.

      Tickets available at New Ulm Chamber; Cash Wise Foods; HyVee Food Store and any Lion member. Ticket prices: adult advance/$7; at the door/$7.50; children 4-12/$3; children 3 and under/free. Free breakfast for all fly-in pilots.

      Helicopter rides available. New this year….visit the Kirby Puckett Eye Mobile for free vision screening, presented by Phillips Eye Institute, part of Allina Health.

      The Lions Club of New Ulm supports the Sight/Hearing/Diabetes impaired and other local humanitarian needs.

    2. Minnesota Driffters Cycle Club
      12:00 pm – 11:45 pm

      Minnesota Driffters Cycle Club presents a Bike and Car Road Run on Sunday, September 7, at 12:30pm; registration 12-1:30pm; back by 5pm. Run starts at Cobden at the park and ends in Cobden.

      Trophies for the winners; they will hand out trophies approximately 5:30pm along with other door prizes; plenty of burgers, chili and nachos and cheese before and after the run; free beverages at the end of the run

    3. Benefit for Rich Rush
      12:30 pm – 6:30 pm

      Benefit for Rich Rush will be held Sunday, September 7, at Searles Community Center and Searles Bar and Grill from 12:30-6:30pm.

      There will be a Bike/Car Run, register 11:30am-12:30pm); food; entertainment; silent auction; t-shirts and bracelets. Pork sandwich meal and refreshments available.

      A portion of proceeds will go to Rich’s medical treatment and also to the New Ulm Medical Oncology Department. 

      Donations to: Bank Midwest or website: ruchfamilybenefit.com.

  7. Sep

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

      Senior Dance, Tuesday, September 9, 1-4pm at the American Legion, 229 W Nassau, St. Peter.

      Music provided by Don Klossner. There will be an admission charge for this event. Questions, call Sylvia at 934-7227. Sponsored by the St. Peter Senior Center.

  8. Sep

    1. SouthPoint’s Kickin’ it for Kids 5K
      5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

      Sign up today for SouthPoint’s Kickin’ it for Kids 5K on Thursday, September 11; race begins at 6:30pm at Allison Park, Sleepy Eye; bike trail 3.1 miles. 

      Proceeds from this event with help benefit CU for Kids – Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare. Participants will be timed; prizes to top two male and female runners; both runners and walkers are welcome; children under the age of 12 may ride their bikes if their parents are walking; race day registration begins at 5:30pm. 

      Entry fee 5K Run/Walk = $25; 2+ family member = $20 each

      5K Bike (for children 12 and under) = $10/each

      Register online at www.southpointfed.com or stop into any of our 3 locations, Sleepy Eye, Springfield or New Ulm or call 877-794-6712.

  9. Sep

    1. Brown County Pheasants Forever Mentored Youth Hunt
      8:00 am – 2:30 pm

      Brown County Pheasants Forever Mentored Youth Hunt will be September 13 at 8am and will wrap up sometime early afternoon.

      Any youth age 11-15. Youth need to have a Firearm’s Safety Certificate, blaze orange clothing and gun (guns will be provided if needed). Each youth have one mentor with dog. Two birds will be planted per youth. Only youth will carry a gun.

      They will be to hunt pheasants and shoot on the sporting clay course. There will be instructors on hand to help and give shooting tips. Parents are encouraged to participate. Lunch will be served. There is no charge for this event.

      Hunting will be at River Ridge Gun Club in Courtland. The hunt is being assisted and sponsored by Sioux Trails Deer Hunters; Izaak Walton League and Der Deutsche Long Beards (NWTF).

      To sign up, contact Scott Zeig at 507-276-2717 or contact a committee member.

    2. Fall Blast Shooting Match, New Ulm
      10:00 am – 4:00 pm

      Fall Blast Shooting Match, open to the public, Saturday, September 13, 10am-4pm; sponsored by New Ulm Izaak Walton League. Shoot will be held at the Isaak Walton League Shooting Range.

      Events for men; women and youth. Refreshments and lunch available. Poker Shoot; Deer Target Shoot; Shooting Gallery; Vaporizing Varmint Shoot. Izaak Walton Gun Raffle Drawing at 4pm. 50/50 Split Cash Prizes; bring your own guns; $5/entry fee, per event.

      Directions to Range: south our of New Ulm on County Road 13 (Center Street); turn right on County Road 25; after 2 miles, turn right onto 180th Avenue; then left on 215th Street.

    3. New Ulm Area “Day of Play”
      10:00 am – 2:00 pm

      Martin Luther College, in partnership with Hearts Beat Back, Heart of New Ulm, New Ulm Medical Center and New Ulm Park and Rec…..present the 2014 New Ulm Area Day of Play on Saturday, September 13, from 10am-2pm at the New Ulm Civic Center. 

      This is a FREE event! Bring the whole family! There will be a variety of play experiences; games for all ages; open ice skating. This is a day you won’t want to miss!!

    4. Riding for the Love of Kristin Ann Gluth
      10:30 am – 5:00 pm

      Riding for the Love of Kristin Ann Gluth, 6th Annual Car and Bike Memorial Ride will be held Saturday, September 13; registration 10:30-11:45am; ride begins at 12pm.

      Entry fee is $15/driver; $10/additional passenger/s; meal and raffle ticket included. Ride begin and ends at Ridin’ High Saloon in Cobden.

      Donations can be sent to: T. Bertrand, 24293 Co. Rd. 29, Sleepy Eye, MN 56085. Proceeds will go towards scholarships for individuals pursuing a cosmetology career.

    5. 12th Annual Duncanfest
      12:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      12th Annual Duncanfest will be held at the Community Ballroom in Duncan, Iowa on Saturday, September 13, and Sunday, September 14. Located on Highway 18 between Garner and Britt, IA.

      Saturday , September 13
      12-2pm & 4-5:30pm ~ Malek’s Fishermen Band
      2-4pm & 5:30-7pm ~ Leo Lonnie Orchestra
      7-10pm ~ Gary Brueggen’s Ridgeland Dutchmen

      Sunday, September 14

      8am ~ Polka Mass by Malek’s Fishermen Band, St. Wenceslaus Church in Duncan IA

      9am ~ Breakfast Buffet at the Ballroom

      12-1:30pm & 3-4:30pm ~ Gary Brueggen’s Ridgeland Dutchmen
      1:30-3pm & 4:30-6pm ~ Barefoot Becky’s Ivanhoe Dutchmen

      Air conditioned ballroom; 50 x 75 ft hardwood dance floor; free booths; free car parking; full bar; full meals; camping; electricity available

      For more info call: Eric @ 641-923-9903; Bob @ 641-923-3316; Ballroom @ 641-923-3379; email: hornman77@hotmail.com; website: www.duncanballroom.com

      Admission: (18 and under free with adult admission); Saturday/$12; Sunday/$10; 2 day pass/$20. 

      Camping fees: (charging Fri/Sat nights only); electric/$15/night; non-electric/$10/night

    6. Tranquility Garden Dedication/Pie in the Park, Madelia
      1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

      Tranquility Garden Dedication and Pie in the Park will be held Saturday, September 13, 1pm at Tranquility Garden at Madelia Community Hospital and Clinic.

      Join the Madelia Community Hospital and Clinic Garden Committee for pie and ice cream to celebrate the dedication of the Tranquility Garden. Artist Greg Mueller will be visiting to give a brief summary of his work on the Prairie Cross sculpture. 

  10. Sep

    1. St. George Catholic Church Harvest Festival
      8:45 am – 6:00 pm

      The St. George Catholic Church of West Newton Township Harvest Festival, Sunday, September 14. Heritage Mass at 8:45am, with music provided by the Wendinger Band. St. George Bratwurst and Roast Beef Dinner served from 10:30am-2pm.

      Also part of the festival is a bake sale, country store, raffle items, bingo, children’s games, refreshments, short order stand and live entertainment. Winners of the Big Ticket Raffle 4pm. All events take place in the Parish Center or under tens and will be held rain or shine.

    2. Steeple Fest, Winthrop
      9:30 am – 5:30 pm

      2014 Steeple Fest St. John’s Lutheran Church, 24481 561 Avenue, Bismarck Township, Winthrop will be held Sunday, September 14.

      9:30am Polka Worship Service with the Nite Owls Band; all you can eat Ham and Meatball Dinner served 11am-1:30pm; mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, rolls, cake, coffee and milk. Adults/$10; children 4-10/$5; children 3 and under/free. Kids games.

      Women of the ELCA Bake and Garden Sale; Pie and Ice Cream Social by St. John’s Historical Society.

  11. Sep

    1. TRIAD Meeting
      10:00 am – 12:00 pm

      The monthly meeting of TRIAD will be held at the New Ulm Senior Center, 600 N German, on September 16, at 10am. 

      The speaker is from Heartland Express. Come and learn how you too can use this transportation service. 

      TRIAD, law enforcement and seniors working together, is also a good opportunity to learn how to protect yourself from scans and identity theft and what to do if these things happen to you. Everyone welcome.

      For more information, call Bert at 359-2351.

    2. Author Jacqueline West at New Ulm Public Library
      6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      Minnesota author Jacqueline West will share a family program at the New Ulm Public Library on Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 6 p.m. West will talk about her popular junior fiction series, “The Books of Elsewhere.” The series follows the adventures of 11-year-old Olive Dunwoody as she travels to Elsewhere, the world inside the antique paintings on the walls of the old stone house on Linden Street. Copies of “The Shadows,” the first book in the series, are available at the Children’s Desk upon request while supplies last. For more information, call the library at 507-359-8336.

      This event is made possible by a grant provided by the Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative and was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.