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  1. Jul

    1. Fort Ridgely Children’s Games and Craft Day
      12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      On July 5, we invite families to join us to play games on the Parade grounds as well as create crafts inside the Commissary building. We will have games such as field ball, stilts and graces for the children to play. We will also show you how to make a hanky doll or your own catapult.

      Join us from 12-4pm for this event on Saturday, July 5. Admission if $5/adults; $3/seniors, students with ID and children 6-17; MNHS and NCHS members are free.

      Fort Ridgely is located within the State Park, seven miles south of Fairfax and eleven miles north of Sleepy Eye on Minnesota Highway 4.

    2. Fort Ridgely John LaBatte Program and Battlefield Tour
      1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

      The causes of the US Dakota War in 1862 were many and complicated Independent Historian John LaBatte will examine these. At least nine of John’s Dakota and white ancestors were involved in the US Dakota War of 1862. 

      Join John LaBatte for the 1pm program and again for the 2:30pm battlefield tour. 

      Join us from 12-4pm for this event on Saturday, July 5. Admission if $5/adults; $3/seniors, students with ID and children 6-17; MNHS and NCHS members are free.

      Fort Ridgely is located within the State Park, seven miles south of Fairfax and eleven miles north of Sleepy Eye on Minnesota Highway 4.

  2. Jul

    1. Bernadotte Lutheran Summer Outdoor Service Schedule
      9:30 am – 12:30 pm

      Bernadotte Lutheran Summer Outdoor Service Schedule – relaxed atmosphere…devotion…music with a message and more!

      Sunday, July 6, at 9:30am, music by Wendinger Band

      Wednesday, July 16, at 7pm, music by Monson Band

      Sunday, August 3, at 11am, music by Dick Kimmel

      Wednesday, August 14, at 7pm, music by Allen Carlson and Son

      Sunday, August 24, at 11am, music by Larry Mages

      Bernadotte Lutheran Church is located at 34122 515th Avenue, Lafayette (just 5 miles east of Lafayette on Cty Rd 1 and Cty Rd 4)

    2. Mayo House Artwork Tour
      12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      The historic W.W. Mayo House will be open for tours from 12-4pm on Sunday, July 6, with a special interpretation of the artwork on display and relating to the W.W. Mayo House. This collection includes portraits of Dr. Mayo and Louisa Mayo, Green Giant Marketing Art, the Mothers Statue and folk art from the mid-1800′s.

      The W. W. Mayo House is located at 118 N Main Street in LeSueur. 

    3. Independence Celebration at the Harkin Store
      1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      On Sunday, July 6, the historical Harkin Store will celebrate our great nation with the firing of a cannon. The New Ulm Battery will start at 1pm with the firing of the old 1852 cannon every half hour and on the hour. 

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

      The program is included with the admission to the store. We are open on July 4 from 10am-5pm. We are open everyday except Mondays.

  3. Jul

    1. Puppet Wagon Schedule, New Ulm
      6:15 pm – 1:00 pm

      Puppet Wagon, sponsored by New Ulm Park and Recreation and Healthy Communities/Healthy Youth

      2014 Schedule:

      Mondays, German Park, 6:15pm – July 7, 14, 21 and 28

      Tuesdays, Harmon Park, 9:30am – July 8, 15, 23 and 30

      Tuesdays, Lincoln Park, 11am – July 8, 15, 23 and 30

      Thursdays, Washington Park, 9:30am – July 10, 17, 24 and 31

      Thursdays, Hermann Heights Park, 11am – July 10, 17, 24 and 31

      In case of inclement weather, Puppet Wagon may be canceled. Cancellation line: 507-354-9041; New Ulm Park and Recreation: 507-359-8344

  4. Jul

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

      Senior Dance Tuesday, July 8, 1-4pm. Music provided by Lyndon Peterson at the American Legion, 229 W. Nassau in St. Peter. There will be an admission charge for this event. 

      Sponsored by: St. Peter Senior Center

  5. Jul

    1. Comfrey Lions Supper
      5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

      The Comfrey Lions will jump start the Comfrey Annual Celebration by serving a BBQ or hot dog meal on Thursday from 5-7pm. Their Ice Cream Social will be served during the Little Miss Pageant at 7pm and the Variety Show at 7:30pm.

      The Lions will also be collecting unused glasses, hearing aids and footwear.

    2. Catholic Order of Foresters July Meeting
      6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

      The COF July meeting/family picnic will be held at Hermann Heights on Thursday, July 10, at 6:30pm in shelter #1. Members, spouses and families are invited. A lunch will be served of hot dogs, beans, potato salad and chips. Beverages and utensils will be provided.

  6. Jul

    1. Hot Topics Event, New Ulm
      7:30 am – 9:00 am

      Hot  Topics event on Friday, July 11, the New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a presentation on the ISD 88 referendum, which proposes the building of a new high school complex and other facility improvements. The presentation will take place in the lunchroom at the current high school at 414 S Payne with complimentary coffee and muffins available for those attending.

      The public is invited to attend the presentation by Jeff Bertrang, ISD 88 Superintendent. To RSVP for the event, call the Chamber at 507-233-4300 or email chamber@newulm.com. The presentation begins at 7:30am and will conclude around 8:30am. This event is open to the public. Attendees will need to use Payne Street to enter the high school parking lot adn then follow the signs.

    2. Winthrop Farm City Fun Fest
      12:00 pm – 11:45 pm

      Winthrop Farm City Fun Fest July 11-13

      Friday – Pork Chop Feed and the Bar Olympics

      Saturday – Kids Pedal Pull; Bean Bag tournament; street dance

      Sunday – Annual Car Show; parade; chicken dinner

      Free entertainment in the park by Eagle River Band

    3. Lafayette Legion Pork Chop Supper
      5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

      The Lafayette American Legion Post 300 and the American Legion Auxiliary will host a Pork Chop Supper on Friday, July 11. The supper will be served from 5-7:30pm at the Lafayette Community Center. 

      The meal will include grilled pork chops, baked beans, potato salad, beverage and cupcake. There will also be a hot dog plate available. The chops will be prepared by Nicollet County Pork Producers. Join them for supper and stay to hear the Lafayette City Band perform.

    4. Gibbon Area Uncommon Band of Renown Concert
      6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

      The Gibbon Area Uncommon Band of Renown continues its 2014 season with a concert on Friday, July 11, beginning at 7:15pm. A picturesque park, timeless music and a playground for the kids. 

      Members of Augustana Church begin serving old-fashioned fare at 6pm, including BBQ’s, root beer floats and pies and brownie sundaes.  Come rain or shine.

    5. Songs of Hope Concert, New Ulm
      7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

      Songs of Hope, a concert by young artists from countries worldwide, will be Friday, July 11, 7pm, United Church of Christ of New Ulm, 301 S Minnesota, New Ulm. Admission is free thanks to the sponsors. For more info, visit www.soundsofhope.org.

  7. Jul

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

      Nicollet County Farm Bureau and KNUJ AM 860 invite everyone to Breakfast on the Farm at the Marvin and Laurie Krohn farm, 43527 County Road 4 in Nicollet on Saturday, July 12, 7-10am.

      Serving sausage, eggs, pancakes, milk, coffee and cheese; free parking; free-will donation collected; machinery and ag displays.

      Directions: 2-1/2 miles of Nicollet on Highway 111, then west on Co. 4, first farm

    2. 3rd Annual Madelia River 5K Run/Walk
      7:15 am – 12:00 pm

      3rd Annual Madelia River 5K Run/Walk Saturday, July 12 – 5K starts at 9am; kids fun run at 10am (kids fun run for children up to age 12)

      Race begins at Madelia Town Hall; on-site registration and check-in: July 11 from 4:30-6pm and July 12 from 7:30-8:45am. Questions, contact the Madelia Community Hospital Foundation at 507-642-5224 or email staciocoo@mchospital.org.

    3. 8th Annual Murray County Classic Draft Horse Show
      9:00 am – 8:00 pm

      Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13 – Murray County Fairgrounds, 8th Annual Murray County Classic Horse Draft Show in Slayton

      Show times Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 12:30pm; gates open at 9am both days

      Farm Team Demonstrations-Saturday 10am, south of horse arena. Farming demonstrations on Saturday include stationary rake, plowing, discing, seeding, manure spreading and there will be rope making and corn shellling for all ages.

      Admission is $7/per person and 10 and under/free. Children’s Barn Saturday and Sunday. Farm Teams compete both days of show.

      Visit www.mcdrafthorseshow.com. For more information, contact Joe at 507-227-7845 or email jr_biren@yahoo.com. For Farm Team information, contact Travis at 507-227-9336.

    4. ‘Best of the Wurst’ Band at Harkin Store
      1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      For the afternoon of July 20 from 1-4pm, the 1870′s Harkin Store will have old time music by the ‘Best of the Wurst’ band. Marv and Vern and Garfield will play a variety of old time tunes. Come bring a lawn chair or blanket or enjoy the porch for the afternoon.

  8. Jul

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

      White Squirrel Festival, Sunday, July 13, Plato City Park, Plato

      8:30am-12pm – Omelet Brunch

      8:30am-12pm – St. Paul’s UCC Silent Auction

      9:30am – Community Church Service – with the MN Adult and Teen Challenge Choir

      10:30am – Hutch Clown Club; Juvenile Fire Safety with Plato Fire Department

      1pm – Duck Races

      9am-1pm – Hamburgers/Hot dogs available

      Proceeds help fund local projects.

    2. 10th Annual Cycle Sunday, Lamberton
      9:30 am – 2:00 pm

      The 10th Annual Cycle Sunday motorcycle gathering will be held at the Lamberton City Park Sunday, July 13. The event will begin with coffee and juice, cookies and rolls at 9:30am with time to visit with other riders and scope out the bikes. The non-denominational outdoor service will begin at 10am. This years event will be in Lamberton’s downtown park, just 3 blocks south of Highway 14 and 1 block west on Main Street.

      A free picnic lunch will be served following the worship service, compliments of the Lamberton Church of Christ. A short area ride will follow for anyone who would like to participate.

    3. Summer Get Together Salad Luncheon, Green Isle
      10:30 am – 1:00 pm

      Summer Get Together Salad Luncheon will be held Sunday, July 13, 10:30am-1pm at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Green Isle. 

      Menu: salads, bbq’s, desserts, lemonade, coffee. Free will offering. Sponsored by LWML. Proceeds for mission projects.

  9. Jul

    1. Brown County’s Annual Twilight Meeting
      7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

      Brown County’s Annual Twilight Meeting will be held Tuesday, July 15, at 7pm, hosted at the Farm of the Portners’…Tom and Mary and Mark and Lisa, located on 29042 240th Street. 

      Featuring Dairy Knowledge Bowl, hosted by KNUJ’s Brian Filzen; hay rides; judging; free lunch; door prizes; dairy princesses.

      Directions: Co. 27 West of Sleepy Eye, turn north on 285th Street, continue 1.5 miles, then it is on 240th Street

  10. Jul

    1. Watonwan County Fair
      9:00 am – 11:45 pm

      Watonwan County Fair will be held Wednesday, July 16, through Sunday, July 20

      Come and enjoy a traditional county fair at the Watonwan County Fairgrounds in St. James. There will be food and show vendors. Bingo every day and J&K Amusements will provide a carnival atmosphere on the midway.

      There will be a tractor pull in the grandstand on Friday and an off road enduro race on Saturday; entertainment at the beer gardens every night; fireworks on Saturday after 10pm.

      The Watonwan County Fair will host horse events all weekend long, including Ranch Rodeo; donkey races; mutton busting and everyone’s favorite the Horse Pull is on Saturday at 6:30pm. 

      Senior Citizen’s Day is Sunday with free music in the entertainment tent featuring the county sounds of Bee Kays. Bluegrass music with Barton’s Hallow on Saturday in the free entertainment tent starting at 5:30pm.

      There will be children’s games and activities throughout the fair.

    2. 9th Annual Shoot Out
      1:30 pm – 9:30 pm

      The Shoot Out will be at the River Ridge Gun Club, located west of Courtland on Highway 14, on Wednesday, July 16. Rain date will be Thursday, July 17.

      It begins with registration at 1:30pm and a shotgun start at 2pm. Following the Shoot Out, there will be a pork dinner and brief program at the gun club. Dinner will be served at 5:30pm.

    3. Music in the Park, Glencoe Lions Club
      6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

      Wednesday, July 16, Glencoe Lions Club Music in the Park, Oak Leaf Park, shelter #2. Free live music performed by George’s Concertina Band from 6:30-8pm.

      A pulled pork sandwich meal with chips, pickles, dessert and beverage is available, serving from 6-7pm. Proceeds go to community projects. Bring a chair and bring your friends.

  11. Jul

    1. Ice Cream Social and Bake Sale, Cambria
      5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

      Ice Cream Social and Bake Sale at Cambria Presbyterian Church will be Thursday, July 17, 5pm.

      Menu: bbq’s; ham sandwiches; egg salad sandwiches; potato salad; baked beans; pie; ice cream; lemonade; iced tea; coffee. Hosted by Cambrian Presbyterian Women

    2. Bavarian Blast, New Ulm
      6:00 pm – 11:45 pm

      Bavarian Blast, July 18-20, New Ulm at the Brown County Fairgrounds; www.bavarianblast.com.

      Entertainment provided by Alpensterne; Spitze; Squeezebox with Molly B; Alex Meixner; Concord Singers; Gary’s Ridgeland Dutchmen; Larry Olsen Band; Wendinger Band; Music Connection; Leon Olsen Show; Brian and the Mississippi Valley Dutchmen

      Three stages of entertainment; fun for all ages; craft fair; food and beverage; barrel rolling competition; kraut eating contest and children’s entertainment. Camping available onsite. 

      Thursday, July 17 – Pre-fest party with Arch Allies and Transit Authority at the Brown County Fairgrounds.

  12. Jul

    1. New Ulm Dog Days of Summer Crazy Days
      8:00 am – 5:00 pm

      New Ulm Dog Days of Summer Crazy Days

      Friday, July 18

      8am-5pm – Sidewalk Sales

      8-10am – Free cookies and lemonade at Frandsen Bank

      8-11am – Bake Sale by Humane Society at Kiesling Park

      9-11am – Free Dog Photos by Drea at Schonlau Park

      11am-1pm – Free Hot Dogs by Citizens Bank

      1-3pm – Free Popcorn at Alliance Bank

      2-4pm – Free demonstration by K-9 officer Juneau at Schonlau Park

      Saturday, July 19

      9am-5pm – Sidewalk Sales

      KNUJ AM 860 roving reporter and barking contest.

      Sponsored by New Ulm Business and Retail Association; newulm.com

    2. Gibbon Area Uncommon Band of Renown Concert
      6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

      The Gibbon Area Uncommon Band of Renown Concert will be held at the Gibbon City Park on Friday, July 18, beginning at 7:15pm.

      Members of Saint Peter’s Church will serve hot food, cool beverages and homemade pies beginning at 6pm.

  13. Jul

    1. Bavarian Blast 5K Run/Walk
      8:00 am – 1:00 pm

      The New Ulm American Legion and KNUJ/SAM are the primary sponsors for this year’s Bavarian Blast 5K Walk/Run to be held Saturday, July 19. The race will begin at 9am from the New Ulm Civic Center.

      Pre-registration can be found online at www.itsyourrace.com. Pre-registration participate fee is $25 and if done prior to July 5, a run/walk t-shirt is guaranteed. Registration can also be done beginning at 8am the day of the event for a $30 fee.

      Teams of five or more are encouraged, and if registered by July 5, they will get their own personal color team shirt. 

      Proceeds from this event will go towards New Ulm American Legion Community Youth projects.

      Other participating sponsors include: Nicklasson Athletic; McDonald’s; Anytime Fitness; Menards; Heart of New Ulm; New Ulm Park and Rec. Question, please call 507-276-6212.