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  1. Jul

    1. Ag Water Quality Meeting, Sleepy Eye
      4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

      All area farmers and residents with a vested interest in agriculture and water quality are invited to an important presentation on Thursday, July 24, from 4-5:30pm at the Sleepy Eye Community Center, 115 2nd Avenue NE, Sleepy Eye.

      Dr. Satish Gupta, professor of soil, water and climate at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and Steve Commerford, independent agriculture and environmental consultant, New Ulm, will join forces in addressing proposed regulations from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency that will impact farming, fertilizer and manure management practices.

      The meeting is sponsored by Brown County Farm Bureau and is open to the public. There is no cost to attend.

    2. Fiddler on the Roof, NUACT Production
      6:00 pm – 6:00 pm

      Under its new roof, the New Ulm Actors Community Theater (NUACT) will open its annual summer musical ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ on Thursday, July 24, for four shows in the State Street Theater located at 15 North State Street, New Ulm.

      Shows are July 24, 25, 25, 26 at 7:30pm and a Sunday matinee on July 27 at 2pm. All seats are reserved and are available online at www.newulmact.com or by calling 507-359-9990,

      The new box office located inside Door 7 of the theater (on the Washington Street side) is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 11:30am-1:30pm. Tickets are also available at the door prior to the performance. Tickets prices are $15/main floor center section, which have the only blue padded seats. Side sections on the main floor and first balcony are $12.50. Side sections in the balcony are $10 and upper balcony seats are $7.50.

  2. Jul

    1. Mission of Mercy, Minnesota Dental Foundation
      5:30 am – 8:00 pm

      July 25-26 – The Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato – the Minnesota Mission of Mercy is a community service project that will provide free dental care for the many people in Minnesota facing barriers to dental care. The event is hosted by the Minnesota Dental Association and the Minnesota Dental Foundation.

      Doors open at 5:30am; first come-first served. Dental services provided: cleanings; fillings; root canals on select teeth; a limited number of temporary partial dental appliances; extractions; oral hygiene instructions. Dental services NOT provided: full dentures; root canals on molars; crowns on molars; extractions of unexposed wisdom teeth; dental implants.

      Visit mnmom.org. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 

    2. Social Media Breakfast, New Ulm
      7:30 am – 8:30 am

      Social Media Breakfast will be held Friday, July 25, 7:30-8:30am at the New Ulm Country Club

      How to Use Video to Enhance Your Website & Social Media Outlets – why video is important and how it can be utilized creatively will be discussed. They will also outline methods on how to create your own video content as well as how to find and work with a professional production company. Presented by Jack Beranek & John Guggisberg, Flying Buttress Media.

      Free to attend, but pre-registration is required. Register at www.smbnewulm.com.

    3. Frontier Fun Kids Activities at the Mayo House
      11:00 am – 6:00 pm

      Bring the kids for some frontier fun at the W.W. Mayo House on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 25, 26 and 27. Through games and activities, family will be introduced first-hand to daily life 150 years ago. 

      Tour the Mayo House for an interactive experience that has special emphasis on the life of frontier children – their chores, toys and games. In the parlor, challenge a family member to a game of Ninepins or various other 1800′s period games and make a whizzing whirlgig to take home; in the kitchen, try your hand at household chores; in the family room, practice your letters and numbers assigned as schoolwork.

      The W.W. Mayo House is located at 118 N. Main Street in LeSueur. Questions, contact 507-665-3250.

    4. Gibbon Area Uncommon Band of Renown
      7:15 pm – 10:00 pm

      The Gibbon Area Uncommon Band of Renown concludes its 2014 summer season with a farewell community concert in Gibbon City Park on Friday, July 25, beginning at 7:15pm.

      Young and old alike are invited to listen to an eclectic mix of music from big band and old-time to marches to rock and movie themes. Members of the Gibbon Book Buddies will be serving hot food, beverages and their delicious pies.

  3. Jul

    1. 11th Annual Lafayette Tractor Pull
      8:30 am – 9:00 pm

      11th Annual Lafayette Tractor Pull will be Saturday, July 26; weigh-in 8:30-10:30am; start 11am sharp at Main Street Lafayette by UFC Co-op

      Entry is $20 per class day of event; entry is $15 per class pre-registration by July 23.

      To pre-register or other questions, call Mike Haas at 507-228-8375 or 507-317-2487.

    2. Forest Lawn Holsteins’ Open House
      10:00 am – 2:00 pm

      Forest Lawn Holsteins’ Open House, owned by Paul, Cindy and Ashley Swenson, will be held Saturday, July 26, 10am-2pm. Address: 45672 380th Street, Nicollet, MN. Watch for signs.

      Take a robotics tour and see how it all works; say hello to a Nicollet County Dairy Princess and enjoy an ice cream bar.

  4. Jul

    1. Church of the Japanese Martyrs Dinner & Festival
      9:30 am – 6:00 pm

      The Church of the Japanese Martyrs in Leavenworth is holding their annual Parish and Harvest Festival on Sunday, July 27. They are located 10 miles southwest of Sleepy Eye on County Highway 24.

      The day will begin with a 9:30am mass, followed by a buffet style chicken and ham dinner. Dinner is served 11am-1:30pm. Take out orders available.  Menu: chicken, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, coleslaw, beverage, ice cream. Tickets prices: adults/$9; ages 6-12/$5; ages 5 & under/$1.

      There will be live music, raffles, games for all ages, bingo, a country store, kids pedal pull at 2:30pm and food stand and refreshments. A softball tournament  takes place the entire weekend.

    2. Shopping with Laura Ingalls at the Harkin Store
      1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      On your way to the Little House on the Prairie reunion at Walnut Grove on Sunday, July 27, stop in at the Harkin Store and see what Laura and her family would have purchased at the Oleson Mercantile. This will be taking place from 1-4pm on Sunday.

      The Harkin Store, which was open during the 1870′s when Laura lived in Walnut Grove, has 40% original merchandise still on the shelves. A costumed tour of the store and story of the unique bit of history told. Enjoy old-fashioned homemade egg coffee, lemonade and samples of store goods. Extra checker boards will be available for you to challenge your friends and family.

      The store is located nine miles northwest of New Ulm on Nicollet County Road 21 or the bottom road or nine miles east of Fort Ridgely. For more information, call the Harkin Store at 507-354-8666 or Nicollet County at 507-934-2160.

  5. Jul

    1. Courtland Fire Department/Rec. Association Night Out
      5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

      Courtland Fire Department/Rec. Association Night Out will take place Tuesday, July 29, from 5:30-8:30pm  at the Courtland Ballpark.

      See the firetrucks; Mayo Helicopter lands at 6pm; safety hopper (bouncy house); texting and driving course with golf carts; kids games with the Courtland 4-H; dunk tank; meet the Nicollet County Dairy Princesses.

      Hot dogs/chips/cookie/lemonade available by the Rec Association

  6. Jul

    1. Swan Lake Lutheran Church Ice Cream Social
      5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      Swan Lake Lutheran Church Ice Cream Social will be Wednesday, July 30, 5-7pm.

      On the menu: $6/plate and includes sandwich; dessert; beverage and ice cream. Additional items: BBQ sandwich; egg salad sandwich; dessert; ice cream; coffee/lemonade.

  7. Jul

    1. Music in the Park at Winthrop
      7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

      Music in the Park at Winthrop on Thursday, July 31, from 7-8:30pm. 

      Old time music with Concertina Jamboree featuring Dan Witeicki and other local musicians. Refreshments provided by the Winthop Senior Citizens. Bring your own lawn chair.

  8. Aug

    1. ‘Giant Story’ Mayo House Tour
      9:00 am – 5:00 pm

      ‘Giant Story’ Mayo House Tour will take place August 1, 2 3. Find out how the Green Giant Company and Cosgrove Family relate to the historic W.W. Mayo House through a ‘Giant Story’ Tour of the 1859 Mayo Home. The tour features a collection of Green Giant Memorabilia along with an interpretation display about the Cosgrove Family and the Green Giant Connection, which explores the link between the Mayo Home and Green Giant Company. 

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

    2. New Pastoral Center Dedication and Open House
      1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      After nine years of planning and fundraising and a little over a year of construction, the Catholic Diocese of New Ulm’s new Pastoral Center has reached completion.

      The Bishop of New Ulm, the Most Reverend John M. LeVoir, and his staff will host an open house on Friday, August 1, from 1-4pm at the new Pastoral Center, located off the north corner of 5th Street North and Highland Avenue in New Ulm. The event will include group tours and refreshments. All are welcome to attend. 

  9. Aug

    1. Brown County Humane Society 23rd Annual Dog Walk
      9:00 am – 12:00 pm

      Brown County Humane Society 23rd Annual Dog Walk will take place on Saturday, August 2. Registration is from 9-10am and walk begins immediately after registering at the Humane Society Shelter, 1301 South Valley Street, New Ulm. Walk with or without a pet for 1 or 2 miles.

      Hosted by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans New Ulm Chapter and Tim Reinke, Financial Representative. Free t-shirts for anyone who gets sponsored with $35 or more; pet portraits; face painting; Juneau (New Ulm Canine Cop) Demonstration at 11am; prizes and gifts.

    2. Gag House Plaque Dedication
      9:00 am – 4:00 pm

      The unveiling of a plaque celebrating the history of the Gag House will occur at 9am on Saturday, August 2, on the lawn of the house located at 226 North Washington Street, New Ulm. 

      Following the unveiling, the house will be open for visitors until 4pm. A special exhibit “Celebrating 25 Years of Art, History and Restoration’ is currently on display. Entrance is free and all are welcome. For more information, call Sharon at 507-354-2097.

  10. Aug

    1. St. Mary’s Summer Festival, Sleepy Eye
      9:30 am – 6:00 pm

      St. Mary’s Summer Festival will be Sunday, August 3, in Sleepy Eye.

      Mass at 9:30am Sunday morning; festival follows from 10:30am-5pm. Roast beef dinner in the church social room served 10:30am-1:30pm; carry outs available; adults/$10; children 4-12/$5; under 4/free.

      Quilt and Variety Auction at 1:30pm in front of the church steps; big ticket raffle drawing at 4:30pm. Live music; theme basket/silent auction; treasure alley; crafts; baked goods; fresh produce; pie/ice cream; beer; 1919 Root Beer floats; Mexican foods; hamburgers and hot dogs; games including bean bags, bingo, face painting, buggy rides; cotton candy; cake walk and a Castle Bounce plus more.

    2. 35th Annual West Newton Day
      1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      On Sunday, August 3, from 1-4pm at the Harkin Store celebrates the heritage of the Minnesota settlement of West Newton that existed halfway between New Ulm and Fort Ridgely from 1856-1901. Historical photographs from Bob and Agnes Gleisner will be on display, as well as the history of the Alexander Harkin family. He was the founder of the 1870′s Harkin Store.

  11. Aug

    1. Brown County Free Fair, August 6-10
      10:00 am – 10:00 pm

      Brown County Free Fair will be held August 6-10 in New Ulm at the Brown County Fairgrounds.

      Wednesday – exhibits and animal exhibits; Demolition Derby at 7pm; 7:30-11:30pm/Cold Blooded Whiskey, rock band in entertainment hall

      Thursday – Senior Day; 1-3pm/The Singing Cowgirl; 1-5pm/Chmielewski Funtime Band; 5:30pm/Amateur Talent Contest; 7pm Mikeschair; 7:30-11:30pm/PopROCKS in entertainment hall

      Friday – Kids Day; 11am-1pm/various activities for young children; 11am & 1pm/U of M Raptor Center; 11am/New Ulm Puppet Wagon; 12-6pm/Dock Dogs; 1pm/Kids Pedal Pull for ages 4-11; 1:30-5:30pm/Andy’s Acoustic Show in entertainment hall; 2:30pm/4-H Livestock Auction; 8pm-12am/Rhino, rock band in entertainment hall

      Saturday – 10:30am-6pm/Dock Dogs; 12-5pm/Mandi’s Snakes; 1pm/FFA, 4-H Open Class Goat Shows; 1pm, 3pm, 5pm/The Amazing Hoopsters; 2:30-5pm/Wendinger Band; 7pm/Demolition Derby; 8pm-12am/Dirlee Circus, rock band in entertainment hall; 9:30pm/The Amazing Hoopsters

      Sunday – 9am/4-H Horse Fun Show; 10:30am-11:15a/Allen Carlson, religious and quite-time music; 12pm/Minn-E-Rods and Tractor Pull, $5 admission; 12-4pm/Minnesota Gladiolus Society State Show; 1-5pm/Bockfest Boys, Schell’s Brewery Specials; 2:30pm/County Fair Award Program; 3:30pm/Chainsaw art auction

      Midwest Monster Motorsports will be coming to the fair. Be prepared to a high flying, safe and family friendly event for all ages. They will deliver Monster Truck performances, Tough Truck Racking, Quad Cars and Remote Control Truck exhibit. Plan to enjoy all the excitement of this new and exciting grandstand event on Friday, August 8, at 7pm.

      Carnival will be Midway Carnival – come for more rides for all to enjoy

    2. Nicollet County Fair, August 6-10
      11:00 am – 5:00 pm

      Nicollet County Fair, St. Peter, August 6-10

      Wednesday – 6pm Midway opens; grandstand event, harness racing 1pm; grandstand event ATV Pull at 6pm; grandstand event Catching Fire movie at 8:30pm

      Thursday – 5pm Midway opens; grandstand event Truck and Tractor Pull at 6:30pm; Music Under the Tent 12-2pm/Krissy Marie; 4-7:30pm/Jim Jam; 8-midnight/Black Rose Production

      Friday – Senior Day; 1pm Senior Citizens Program; 3pm Midway opens; Music Under the Tent 12-1pm/Jay Hanson; 2-5pm Wendinger Band; 5:30-7:30pm/Johnny Forst (Elvis); Grandstand event/Demolition Derby at 7pm

      Saturday – Kids Day; 10am-9pm Horse Trolley Rides; 11am Kids’ Pedal Pull; 12pm Midway opens; Events Under the Tent 12-5pm/Exotic Animal Exhibit; 1-3pm/Shifters; 2:30pm/K9 Unit, Paul Biederman; 3-5pm/Gary Tyson Magic Show; 4-7pm Lollipop the Clown; 9-11pm Gary Tyson Band; Grandstand event/Demolition Derby 6:30pm

      Sunday – 11am Classic Car and Motorcycle Roll-In; 12pm Midway opens; Music Under the Tent/1-4pm Kim’s Karaoke

  12. Aug

    1. Senior Citizens Day at Brown County Fair
      10:30 am – 1:00 pm

      Senior Citizens Day at the Brown County Fair is scheduled for Thursday, August 7. A special program has been planned starting at 10:30am in the climate controlled New Ulm Civic Center building located at the Brown County Fairgrounds. Admission is free.

      This year the event will highlight the return performance of Tuey Wilson, a tremendously talented comic stunt juggler. Tuey Wilson has traveled the country appearing at festivals, fairs, corporate functions and many other special celebrations. The event will also include pre-program music by the New Ulm Polka Band starting at 10am, as well as special Outstanding Senior Recognition and the presentation of the 2014 Brown County Century Farm recipients. Brown County Public Health will also be providing free blood pressure checks from 10-10:30am.

      There will be juice, coffee and cookies, compliments of the Brown County Fair Board.

    2. BBQ and Vet Service Event, Olivia
      11:00 am – 6:00 pm

      Brooklyn Park Vet Center BBQ and Vet Service Event in Olivia for Veterans at the county parking lot across from the Courthouse on Hwy 212 will be held Thursday, August 7, from 11am-6pm.

      Join them for great food, sun and fun. The services being offered to Veterans include: blood pressure checks; dietary counseling; health care screening; eligibility/enrollment and County CVSO Services.

      For more information, contact Molly or Tyrone at 763-503-2220

    3. Eggstravaganza in Gaylord
      6:30 pm – 1:00 pm

      Eggstravaganza “Dancing ’til the Chicken’s Come Home!’ in Gaylord August 7-10

      Thursday – 6:30pm Gaylord Pool Show

      Friday – EGGceptional Breakfast at the Gaylord American Legion 6am-9am; 11am-2pm UCC Pie Social; 2-3pm The Zoo Man at the Gaylord Library; 5pm registration for Classic Car Cruise; 5-8pm The Fire Fighters Chicken Dinner at the Gaylord Firehall; 7-8pm David Harris Comdeian at Neisen’s parking lot; 8:30pm-1am, dance featuring the Shaw Band at Neisen’s parking lot

      Saturday – 9am Timed 5K Run; 11am Taste of Gaylord; 1pm Parade; 2-5pm Kids activities in the park; 2-5pm roller skating in Roller Rink; 2:30-5pm Egg Games in the Park; 2:30-5pm Carriage Rides; 6-7:30pm Miss Gaylord Coronation; 8pm-12am evening dance with Outside Recess; 10pm fireworks tribute to local service men and women and Gaylord Chamber Raffle

      Sunday – 9am Fellowship hour at the pakr; 10am Ecumenical Worship Service in the park, bring lawn chairs

    4. Grace Community Church Presents Mikeschair
      7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

      Grace Community Church presents a free live concert event featuring Mikeschair on Thursday, August 7 at the Brown County Free Fair in the Grandstand. All ages are welcome to attend.

      Mikeschair is an American contemporary Christian band nominated for multiple GMA Dove Music awards over the past few years including Christian song of the year. For more information, visit www.gracemn.org.

  13. Aug

    1. Buckthorn Removal, New Ulm
      8:00 am – 7:00 pm

      The Buckthorn Removal Challenge is a fun and easy way to volunteer, improve the environment, get some exercise and earn up to $200 each week for six weeks.

      Gather a team; select a captain; pick up an application packet at front desk of the Recreation Center, this will provide the information you need to register. All events will be held initially on the bike trail. Depending on the supply of berried-trees, other sites may be used. A team can hold their event any time that is convenient for the team during the 7-day periods. The dates include: Aug 16-22; Aug 23-29; Aug 30-Sept 5; Sept 6-12; Sept 13-19; Sept 20-26. Each event will last 2 hours or $100/hour. The team that removes the most berried trees in 2 hours will receive $200 for that week, winner take all.

      For more information or questions, contact Ellen Vancura at newulmbuckthorn@gmail.com or call 507-354-8744. Registration packets must be in by August 8.

  14. Aug

    1. C.A.P.S. Event in Fairfax
      8:00 am – 1:00 pm

      The Community Awareness and Prevention of Suicide (C.A.P.S.) is hosting at 15 mile bike ride and a 5K on Saturday, August 9 in Fairfax. Beginning at the Lion’s Park at 8am for a ceremony and ends following the ride at the park with a brat feed. Cost is $10. Shirts and caps available for purchase. There will be a drawing for prizes.

  15. Aug

    1. New Ulm American Legion Omelet Breakfast
      8:00 am – 1:00 pm

      The New Ulm American Legion is having their Omelet Breakfast Sunday, August 10, from 8am-1pm.

      Breakfast includes a cooked to order in a bag omelet; muffin; applesauce or fruit cocktail; beverage. Advance tickets on sale now at the New Ulm American Legion or its members for $7.50 each or $8.25 at the door. Children 12 and under/$5.50 each. 

    2. Czech Heritage Festival, Bechyn
      10:00 am – 7:00 pm

      Czech Heritage Festival in Bechyn, Sunday, August 10, located 10 miles northeast of Redwood Falls

      10am Polka Mass; 11am-2pm Pork Dinner; afternoon entertainment provided by Wendinger Band; Matt Hodek and the Dakota Dutchmen featuring Larry Rysavy and the Out of Town Czecks; Sleepy Eye Area Concertina Club and Bechyn Czech Folk Dancers

      Farmers’ market; children’s games; large benefit raffle; silent auction; souvenirs; ethnic foods; beer garden; free admission; quilt raffle; children’s ‘Housenka’ rides

      More info 320-826-2531

    3. St. Gregory the Great Harvest Festival
      10:30 am – 5:00 pm

      St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church Harvest Festival will be held Sunday, August 10, in Lafayette; 7 miles south of Winthrop in Hwy 15 or 11 miles north of New Ulm on Hwy 15.

      Mass at 10:30am; family style ham and meatball dinner 10:30-1:30pm; adults/$11; kids 6-12/$4; kids 5 and under/$1.

      There will be adult & kids bingo; games; silent auction; raffles; country store; bake sale; live entertainment; food stands; big ticket drawing at 4:30pm; fun for the whole family