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  1. Jun

    1. Rockin’ by the River Free Concert, Mankato
      5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

      Mankato Symphony Orchestra Presents Rockin’ by the River Free Concert on Saturday, June 28, Riverfront Park.

      5:30-7:30 pm Barefoot Winos, Blues with an attitude and 7:30-9pm Mankato Symphony Orchestra, the full symphony performing the pops music you love under the stars.

  2. Jun

    1. 14th Annual New Ulm Autofest
      10:00 am – 4:00 pm

      14th Annual New Ulm Autofest will be held Sunday, June 29, 10am-4pm, located at Maday Motors and Joe’s Campers, 2403 South Broadway, Hwy 15 South, New Ulm.

      Car and Motorcycle Show – more than 300 registered vehicles displayed each year. See them at www.autofest.org.

      Free registration and admission; free drawings all day; food and refreshments; South Central Modelers of Minnesota Model Car Contest; Music provided by Crystal Entertainment all day; Swap Meet – automotive items only, limited space $20. Free car calendar and can cooler, plus more to the first 250 participants.

    2. Outdoor Worship, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Sleepy Eye
      10:00 am – 1:00 pm

      On Sunday, June 29, St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sleepy Eye is having a 10am outdoor worship service at Allison Park in Sleepy Eye. A potluck picnic and games will follow the service. The public is invited.

    3. Afternoon of Leisure, 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. Anyone that does that type of work and would like to show their fancywork are is welcome to come and visit with our visitors.

      Visitors will be able to tour the store, having a game of checkers, or visit on the porch while also seeing the displays of work. Refreshments will be served. Please join them on Sunday, June 29, 1-4pm at the Harkin Store.

    4. Palmyra Swedish Methodist Church
      2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      The Palmyra Swedish Methodist Church will hold their annual commemorative service at historic Palmyra Swedish Methodist Church on Sunday, June 29, 2pm. A potluck luncheon will be served after the service.

      The church is located southwest of Hector and southeast of Bird Island at 41200 730th Avenue. It is two miles south of the intersection on Renville County Roads 3 & 4 and 1-3/4 miles west. The public is invited.

  3. Jun

    1. Senior Surf Class
      9:00 am – 11:00 am

      The Minnesota River Area on Aging, Inc. and the Senior LinkAge Line will be offering two classes for beginning internet users. The classes will be held in New Ulm at the Senior High School room 229 on June 30 or August 14 from 9am-11am.

      These are free classes for seniors who would like to learn the basics of operating a computer, learn how to use the internet to find answers to questions and how to use email to stay connected with friends and family. Information is also provided on how to use www.medicare.gov to compare health plans and check your Medicare Summary Notice for accuracy.

      For questions or to register, call Julie at 1-507-276-7376.

  4. Jul

    1. The Psalm King, Winthrop
      6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

      First Lutheran of Winthrop proudly sponsors a Theater for the Thirsty Production: The Psalm King, a musical based on the life of Psalms of King David. David’s psalms set to original music are woven through stories from the dynamic life of the passionate King who, in the midst of his humanity, captured the heart of God.

      This will take place on Wedneday, July 2, 6pm dinner; 7pm show at First Lutheran Church in Winthrop. All are welcome for this fun, FREE family night. Come for dinner (free will offering) and stay for the show.

  5. Jul

    1. 4th of July Events Around the Area
      12:00 pm – 11:45 pm

      4th of July Events Around the Area

      Butterfield will be having fireworks on July 5th in the city park.

      Cambria will be celebrating the 4th of July starting Thursday,with fireworks on the ball diamond starting at dusk. A parade will be held on Friday at 1pm.

      Gibbon invites everyone to enjoy an old-fashioned Independence Day celebration. Patriotic activities of all kinds will be happening including a special patriotic concert by The Gibbon Area Uncommon Band of Renown. 

      Hanska is having a day full of excitement for their 4th of July celebration. Rookies youth baseball, bean bag and bocce tournaments hightlight the day, with fireworks at dusk.

      Lamberton will at having fireworks at dusk on the 4th of July.

      Mankato will be having fireworks at Riverfront Park at dusk.

      Morton’s Independence Day celebration starts with a kickball tournament on Thursday, with activities Friday, followed by fireworks at dusk.

      New Auburn’s 4th of July celebration will start today with the Firemen pork chop feed. Tomorrow, they will have a picnic, softball tournament and other activities, along with fireworks at dusk courtesy of the VFW.

      New Ulm will be having a concert performed by the Original German Band of New Ulm at Riverside Park at 5pm, followed by the New Ulm Municipal Band, salutes by New Ulm Battery and a reading of the Gettysburg Address all today. On Friday, there will be a free concert at Turner Hall starting at 11am.

      Sleepy Eye will be dedicating Veterans Park at 7pm and having fireworks at dusk on the lake on Friday for Independence Day.

      St. James will be having fireworks to celebrate Independence Day on Friday on the lake starting at dusk.

      St. Peter is celebrating the 4th of July with a parade at 1oam, followed with a concert performed by The Divers from 1-4pm. Fireworks at 10pm at the Nicollet County Fairgrounds.



    2. Mankato Riverblenders Barbership Chorus Concert
      7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

      At 7pm on Thursday, July 3, at Church of St. Peter, 1801 West Broadway, St. Peter, the Mankato Riverblenders Barbership Chorus will present a free concert featuring patriotic music as a salute to America and its veterans. A free will offering will be taken.

  6. Jul

    1. 44th Annual Old-Fashioned 4th of July, St. Peter
      7:00 am – 11:30 pm

      44th Annual Old-Fashioned 4th of July will take place Friday, July 4, in Minnesota Square Park in St. Peter. 

      Entertainment provided by the Divers from 1-4pm; Activities include the Kiddie Express, Donna’s Pony Rides, 1945 Hook and Ladder Truck; Minnesota Army National Guard Slip and Slide, Hot Dog Eating Contest; Freedom Fun Run; Parade at 10am; Fireworks at 10pm; Food and Refreshments served 12-4pm; Saint Peter’s Famous Barbequed Chicken; over 35 food and drink items to choose from.

      Advance tickets for chicken dinner available at St. Peter Chamber of Commerce Office, 101 South Front Street.

      No animals or fireworks allowed in park by city ordinance.

    2. Celebrate Independence Day in Gibbon
      6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

      The Gibbon Area Uncommon Band of Renown invites you to an old-fashioned Independence Day Celebration on Friday, July 4, in Gibbon City Park.

      Activities include patriotic crafts at 6pm; a family-friendly, all-ages kickball game at 7pm; a special patriotic concert at 7:15pm; and a children’s march at break. Special food and homemade pie will be provided by the Immanuel Lutheran Church Pioneers beginninga t 6pm. Wear your patriotic colors and spend the evening in beautiful downtown Gibbon as we celebrate America’s heritage.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.