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  1. Jun

    1. Dairy Day at Harkin Store
      1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      The Harkin Store will be honoring the dairy industry by serving homemade ice cream made by Sylvia Reinhardt from 1-4pm on Sunday, June 1. They will be having other dairy products for sampling.

  2. Jun

    1. Brown County Outstanding Seniors
      1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

      Nominations are now being accepted through the month of June for the Brown County Outstanding Senior Citizen Recognition for 2014. 

      Seniors who have reached the age of 70 by June 1 of this year can be nominated. Recognition will be based largely and how the nominee has touched the lives of other people in their community, the scope of volunteer involvement in various community organizations, as well as the variety, quality and quantity of community service performed after age 65. Nominees must currently do a volunteer activity that is unpaid and demonstrates commitment to their local community.

      Nominees will be recognized for their community service at the Brown County Fair in August. Those wishing to make nominations can obtain official nomination forms by contacting their local Senior Citizen group or Bob Apitz at Brown County Family Service, PO Box 788, New Ulm, MN 56073.

    2. German Park Concert in the Park Series
      7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

      German Park Concert in the Park Series 2014

      June 2 – The Concord Singers

      June 9 – The Original German Band of New Ulm

      June 16 – Cletus Goblirsch

      June 23 – Molly and Sonny Boy

      June 30 – The Ken and Ken Show

      July 7 – The Afterwhile

      July 14 – Wendinger Band

      July 21 – The Little Prairie Pickers

      July 28 – No Concert, National Night Out

      August 4 – Sleepy Eye Area Concertina Club

      August 11 – The Singing Cowgirl

      August 18 – Larry Mages and the Mages Family Band

      August 25 – The Concord Singers

      Monday Night Concerts start at 7pm at German Park. In case of inclement weather, the performances will be held at the New Ulm Civic Center (1212 North Franklin). Listen to KNUJ for weather related updates. Relay for Life will be selling popcorn and soda.

      Concert Series Co-Sponsored by New Ulm Park and Recreation and KNUJ.

  3. Jun

    1. Bernadotte’s Lutheran’s Pie and Ice Cream Social
      5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

      Bernadotte Lutheran’s Annual WELCA Pie and Ice Cream Social, Bake Sale and Fun will be Wednesday, June 4, 5:30-8pm at Bernadotte Lutheran Church.

      Serving cold ham sandwiches; hot turkey sandwiches; homemade pie and cake; ice cream; coffee; lemonade and milk. Featuring music from the Lafayette City Band. Homemade “Bake Sale” specialties of the Bernadotte Ladies.

  4. Jun

    1. New Ulm Cathedral Softball Send Off
      8:15 am – 11:00 am

      Let’s cheer on and support the New Ulm Cathedral Girls Softball Team.

      Thursday, June 5,  there will be a Mass for the softball team at 8:15am at Cathedral Church. Following the Mass, there will be a send off for the softball team at 9am in the Cathedral High School parking lot. First game at Caswell Park in Mankato at 11am.

  5. Jun

    1. Take a Kid Fishing
      8:00 am – 7:00 pm

      Take a Kid Fishing and Fish Free June 6-8. Minnesotas 16 or older do not need a fishing license while taking a child age 15 or younger fishing from Friday, June 6 – Sunday, June 8, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. 

      Questions, call 651-259-5193.

  6. Jun

    1. Deacon Samuel Wagner Ordained to Priesthood, New Ulm
      10:00 am – 12:00 pm

      Deacon Samuel Wagner, 37, will be ordained to the priesthood for the Catholic Diocese of New Ulm by Bishop John M. LeVoir on Saturday, June 7, at 10am at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm. 

    2. Kaylie and Tyler’s 5K Rainbow Color Run
      3:30 pm – 9:00 pm

      Kaylie and Tyler’s 5K Rainbow Color Run will be taking place on Saturday, June 7, at Allison Park in Sleepy Eye. 3:30-5:30pm/check in and registration; 3:30-8pm/silent auction; 5pm/meal of pulled pork sandwiches, beans, chips, cookies; 6pm/5K Color Run and Walk begins; 7pm/guest speakers Jerry Kill, U of Mn Gophers Football Coach and Kaylie and Ty’s family; 7:30-9pm/Music and Performance by Jason Gray, Christian Music Artist.

      For more information, please visit: kayliecares.eventbrite.com.

      Kaylie Hogue, daughter of Jeff and Shelly Hogue of New Ulm and Scott and Deb Hadley of Sleepy Eye, passed away unexpectedly on June 5, 2013, of an epileptic seizuer. Kaylie’s brother, Tyler Hadley, son of Scott and Deb Hadley, passed away 9 months and 2 days later on March 7, 2014, as the result of an automobile accident.

      This 5K Rainbow Color Walk/Run is in remembrance of both Kaylie and Tyler. We will also be recognizing the other three boys that passed away in the same accident: John Mangen, Payton Adams and Caleb Quesenberry.

      It is our goal that this day be filled with love, hope and fellowship. Even if you do not want to participate in the race, we ask that you come and share a free will offering meal with us, listen to Coach Kill and enjoy the music of Christian Artist, Jason Gray. Please bring a lawn chair or blanket if you are staying for the program and concert.

      All proceeds go toward the following: Scholarships at Martin County West, Sleepy Eye Public and Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s, along with the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota. 

    3. Benefit for Teresa (Wallace) Block
      4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      There will be a benefit for Teresa (Wallace) Block on Saturday, June 7, at the New Ulm Armory, 205 North Broadway, New Ulm from 4-8pm.

      There will be a silent auction. Meal is $5/children and $8/adult and includes cheesy chicken sandwich, potato salad, baked beans, pop and water. Kids’ Corner free coloring and face painting; $2 root beer float.

      Teresa Block was recently diagnosed with lung cancer.  Come share your thoughts, prayers and encouragement for Teresa.

  7. Jun

    1. St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Franklin
      9:00 am – 1:00 pm

      Come to St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Franklin on Sunday, June 8, at 9am for Bluegrass Gospel Ministry of the Jorgensen Family from Howard Lake. Fellowship and lunch following the service. There will also be a going away party for Jan Rodvik.

    2. Flag Day at the Harkin Store
      1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      On Sunday, June 8, is our Flag Day program from 1-4pm at the Harkin Store.

       They will be having information about our nations’ flag…How did the flag start? How was the flag evolved? What does the design of the flag mean? What did the flag of the 1870′s look like? The program will answer the questions.

      The gift shop will have flag items for sale. The shop has many different and unique items, books, toys and many hand crafted items. The gift shop is open the same hours as the store. The Harkin Store hours are from 10am-5pm on Tuesdays to Sundays in June, July and August. The store is closed Mondays. There is an admission to the store which includes the program. 

  8. Jun

    1. Blood Drives
      1:00 pm – 1:00 pm

      The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be making several stops around the area this week. 

      Monday, June 9 – Our Savior’s Church, Bird Island, 1-7pm
                                           Assembly of God Worship Center, Sherburn, 1-7pm 
                                           Truman Community Center, 1-7pm
                                           St. Peter Regional Treatment Center Tomlinson Hall, 8am-1pm

      Tuesday, June 10 – Fairmont Holiday Inn, 12-6pm

      Wednesday, June 11 – Fairmont Holiday Inn, 1-7pm
                                                   Buffalo Lake Community Center, 1-7pm 

      Thursday, June 12 – Fairmont Holiday Inn, 9am-2pm 
                                                Cedar Mountain School, Franklin, 1-7pm
                                                American Red Cross Headquarters, Mankato, 12:30-5:30pm 

      Friday, June 13 – American Red Cross Headquarters, Mankato, 9am-1pm


  9. Jun

    1. Mankato Area Community Band
      7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

      Mankato Area Community Band, free outdoor concerts in Mankato are Tuesdays at 7:30pm at Sibley Park on June 10, 17, 24 and July 8, 15 and 22 – Leas Schwickert Bandshell by the red barn. July 1 will be at Lincoln Park.

      Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy happy music for the whole family. Sibley Park is shaded after 7pm. Rain cancels.

  10. Jun

    1. New Ulm Municipal Band Schedule
      7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      The New Ulm Municipal Band has been in existence for over 65 years and plays marches, old standards, Broadway melodies, patriotic songs, German music and much more, all in beautiful German Park. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held in the New Ulm Civic Center. People should listen to KNUJ AM 860 for the announcement.

      June 11; June 18; June 25; July 16; July 23; July 30 – all at German Park, New Ulm from 7-8pm

  11. Jun

    1. Ice Cream Social, Bird Island
      4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

      The public is invited to an Ice Cream Social at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, Bird Island on Thursday, June 12, 4:30-7pm.

      Menu: bbq’s; turkey sandwiches; potato salad; homemade baked beans; ice cream; pie; cake; lemonade; coffee.

      Sponsored by Our Savior’s WELCA. Proceeds this year are going to Renville County Heartland Express. Free will offering. Ecumenical worship service in the park at 7pm.

  12. Jun

    1. Hot Topics Breakfast, New Ulm
      7:30 am – 8:30 am

      Join us on Friday, June 13, 7:30am at the New Ulm Country Club for Coalition for Active, Safe and Healthy Streets (CASHS), presentation by Cindy Walters, Heart of New Ulm Project Manager

      The mission statement for the CASHS group is promoting health by improving pedestrian and bicycle safety. The Walkable and Livable Communities report highlights six areas for improvement in New Ulm: create a school arrival and departure process; redesign Garden Street behind the school; build a mid-block crossing on Garden Street ; revitalize downtown; build trail connection; transform the intersection of Center and Garden Street.

      Sponsored by New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce. Cost is $7/Chamber members or $9/general admission.

    2. 80th Anniversary Pow Wow, Mountain Lake
      10:00 am – 7:00 pm

      80th Anniversary Pow Wow in Mountain Lake Friday, June 13, through Tuesday, June 17.

      The Pow Wow kicks off on Friday night with the Miss Mountain Lake Pageant. Lots of tournaments throughout the weekend.  Enjoy the 41st Annual Mountain Lake Road Race, basketball tournaments, antique cars and tractor parade and show. The Kiddie Parade is Sunday and the Mountain Lake Teen Ministerial Association event will be held at 7pm Sunday night at the band shelter.

      Grand Parade featuring the Wendinger Band is on Monday at 7pm. Bob and the Beachcombers free concert in the city park at 9pm.

    3. Lake Crystal City Celebration
      10:00 am – 11:30 pm

      The Lake Crystal City Celebration will be June 13-14. 

      There will be many activities taking place, including Battle of the Bands; fireworks; beer garden; food vendors; track and field day; bean bag tournament; turtle races; pedal pull; kids crafts; J & K Amusements; carnival; concessions; canoe/kayak rides and much more. Kids Bean Bag Tourney will be held in Marston Park.

    4. Pie and Ice Cream Social, Lafayette
      5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

      St. Gregory’s Catholic Church in Lafayette is hosting a Pie and Ice Cream Social on Friday, June 13, from 5:30-7:30pm at the Lafayette Community Center in Lafayette.

      Menu: pulled pork sandwiches; hot dogs; baked beans; coleslaw; pies; desserts; ice cream; coffee; lemonade. A community band concert starts at 7:30pm.

    5. Solstice, Mankato
      9:00 pm – 9:00 pm

      Solstice, outdoor music festival will be held June 14 & 15 at Riverfront Park, Mankato. Gates open at 11am both days.

      Pre-Solstice Party with Copperhead Creek will be held Friday, June 13, 9pm. $5/cover; presented by Buster’s Sports Bar and Grill.

      Saturday: 11:30am-12pm/Hard Luck Revue; 12:30-2pm/Black River Revue; 2:30-4pm/Ian Hilmer; 4:30-6pm/Charlie Parr; 6:30-8pm/White Iron Band; 8:30-10pm/Useful Jenkins.

      Sunday: 11:30am-12:30pm/Electric Sky; 1-2pm/DW3; 2:30-3:30pm/The Reckless; 4-5pm/Shakedown City; 5:30-6:30pm/Mayberry Riot; 7-8pm/Angry Waters. 

      Tickets: $5/kids 8-14; kids 7/under are free; $15/Saturday; $10/Sunday; $20/weeekend. Presale: Cub East and West; Park Lane Liquor; Busters

      Visit mankatosolstice.com

  13. Jun

    1. Glencoe’s EAA Chapter 92 Airplane Rides
      8:30 am – 12:30 pm

      Glencoe’s EAA Chapter 92 is again sponsoring free airplane rides for youth ages 8-17 as part of the EAA’s Young Eagles program.

      The airplane rides will take place at the Glencoe Municipal airport on Saturday, June 14, from 8:30am-12:30pm. The rain date would be the following Saturday, June 21, the same time.

      Sign up and registration will begin at 8am and need to be accompanied by parent or guardian. For more information, call 320-238-2376 or 320-864-5257,

    2. 122nd Annual Bazaar, St. James
      12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      The Albion Lutheran Church, rural St. James, will be holding their 122nd Annual Bazaar on Saturday, June 14. 

      Serving of food and craft table items begins at 12pm. The auction of quilts, homemade rugs and hand-crafted items begins at 1:30pm. Albion Lutheran Church is located 2 miles west of Godahl on Hwy 4 and then one-quarted mile north.

    3. Ceremony for the Dignified Disposal of American Flags
      7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

      The community is invited to join in a Ceremony for the Dignified Disposal of American Flags which will be held on Flag Day on Saturday, June 14, at 7:39pm at the Nicollet County Fairgrounds in St. Peter.

      The William R. Witty American Legion Post #37 will conduct this solemn ceremony honoring the American Flag in front of the grandstand at the Nicollet County Fairgrounds located at 400 West Union Street in St. Peter. Members of the American Legion Post, American Legion Auxiliary, Sons of American Legion and the Last Man’s Club of the Viet Nam War Era of St. Peter will also be a participating in the ceremony.

      This solemn ceremony will conclude with the dignified burning of unserviceable American flags. Flags can be dropped off at the American Legion during regular business hours. Flags that have been submitted to date have been properly folded and prepared for the disposal by members of Boy Scout Troop #58 of St. Peter. 

  14. Jun

    1. Church of St. Paul Parish Festival, Nicollet
      10:00 am – 4:00 pm

      Church of St. Paul, Nicollet, Parish Festival on Sunday, June 15. Mass at 10am; Hog Roast and BBQ Chicken Dinner 10:30am-1:30pm.

      Tickets: adults (age 12 and up)/$12; children (age 5-11)/$6; children 4 and under/free. There will be a silent auction, bucket raffle and plant sale. The big raffle drawing will be at 2pm.

    2. Church of St. Paul, Nicollet, Parish Festival
      10:00 am – 1:30 pm

      Church of St. Paul, Nicollet, Parish Festival on Sunday, June 15. Mass at 10am; Hog roast and BBQ chicken dinner 10:30am-1:30pm. Tickets: adults (age 12 and up)/$12; children age 50-11/$6 children 4 and under/free. 

      There will be a silent auction, bucket raffle and plant sale. The Big Raffle drawing  will be at 2pm.

  15. Jun

    1. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Vacation Bible School, New Ulm
      9:00 am – 11:30 am

      St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, located at 201 North State, New Ulm, is hosting Vacation Bible School this summer, June 16-20. It starts at 9am and runs until 11:30am.

      The theme is “Dive Into God’s Word”. Each day will include Bible lessons, crafts, snacks, music and more. Please call 507-354-3641 with any questions or to register. It is a free event and all children ages 3 and up are invited to attend.

    2. Cancer Golf Tournament
      10:30 am – 6:00 pm

      The 23rd Annual American Cancer Society Charity Golf Classic will be Monday, June 16, at the New Ulm Country Club. Registration is at 10:30am and shotgun start at 11:30am. 100% of the proceeds will go towards the American Cancer Society.

      Again this year, the tournament features major prizes on selected holes for a ‘Hole in One’. This is sponsored by Ground Zero and Chuck Spaeth Ford.

      The tournament is flighted by skill level and is open to both men and women. The tournament has raised over $220,000 since its inception. Since its start, the tournament has been sponsored by several local businesses,with KNUJ AM/FM also being the anchor sponsor.

      For more information, visit knuj.net and click on Events or call Jim at 507-359-2921 or jim@knuj.net

  16. Jun

    1. Swedlanda Lutheran Midsummer Event
      4:30 pm – 9:00 pm

      Swedlanda Lutheran Midsummer Event, Wednesday, June 16, 73950 County Road 16, 9 miles SW of Hector on Co. Rd. 16 – all are invited to join for food, fun and entertaimnent.

      4:30-7pm Ice Cream Social; supper menu includes pulled pork sandwiches, potato salad, baked beans, pie, cake, homemade ice cream, coffee and lemonade. Program at 7pm.

      The Jorgensen Family from Howard Lake will be performing at 7pm.

  17. Jun

    1. Fairfax Days of Thunder
      8:00 am – 6:00 pm

      Fairfax Days of Thunder, June 19-22

      Friday – Fairfax 5K and Kids 1 mile 6pm, register at fairfax5kfunrun.webs.com; 2nd Notion playing at Street Dance 9pm

      Saturday – softball and volleyball tournaments; family fun day; polka music; kids pedal pull; street dance featuring the band ’4 Play’ at 9pm

      Sunday – kickball and bean bag tournament

    2. Minnesota River Congress, New Ulm
      1:00 pm – 9:00 pm

      Thursday, June 19, Turner Hall, 102 S State, New Ulm – the Minnesota River Congress

      Everyone who cares about the future of a citizen led Minnesota River Improvement movement; a networking and group brainstorming meeting designed to develop a new platform for thinking and acting like a watershed where we can advance common goals shared by farmers, recreationalists, educators, conservationalists and quality of life.

      Events: 1-3pm/Tour the Minnesota River History Center; 3-5pm/Networking Fair; 5pm/Social hour and music; 5:30pm/food is served; 6:15pm/presentation by Natalie Warren and students from Wild River Academy; 6:45pm/overview, lay of the land, whey we are here; 7pm/rotating small and large group discussion; 9pm/adjourn

      To register: minnesotariverblueway.com/MNRiverCongress; cost $15 per person in advance; $20 at door. Young adults under 19 or with a college ID are free. For more information, Scott at 507-276-2282