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  1. May

    1. Dahms and Torkelson Town Meetings
      9:00 am – 7:00 pm

      State Senator Gary Dahms and State Representative Paul Torkelson invite are residents to attend their joint town meetings on Thursday, May 22 in Wabasso, Franklin, Redwood Falls, Springfield, Sleepy Eye and New Ulm.

      The following town meetings will be held Thursday, May 22:
      Wabasso – 9-10am at the Community Center Council Meeting Room, 1429 Front Street

      Franklin – 10:45-11:45am at the Fire Hall Meeting Room, 291 3rd Avenue East

      Redwood Falls – 12:30-1:30pm at the Library, 509 South Lincoln Street

      Springfield – 2:30-3:30pm at the Community Building, 33 South Cass Avenue

      Sleepy Eye – 4-5pm at the Community Center

      New Ulm – 6-7pm at the Pizza Ranch, 1927 South Broadway

      For for information, contact Senator Dahm’s Assistant, Wendy at 651-296-8138. 

    2. New Ulm Sertoma Club Annual Service to Mankind Banquet
      6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

      The New Ulm Sertoma Club’s Annual Service to Mankind Banquet honoring Chris Rosenhammer will be held Thursday, May 22, at the New Ulm Country Club. Social hour begins at 6pm, with dinner and the banquet at 6:45pm. 

      Tickets are available for purchase at the New Ulm Chamber of Commerce.

  2. May

    1. 25 Year Reception at Gag House
      6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

      The Wanda Gag Association, New Ulm, will host the Opening Reception of ‘Celebrating 25 Years of Art, History and Restoration’ exhibit on Friday, May 23, from 6:30-8:30pm. The reception is free and open to the public. A program will take place at 7pm.

      The exhibit will honor the 25th Anniversary of the restoration, which began in 1989 following the purchase of the historic house. The exhibit includes restoration highlights, recovered artifacts, and original art by Anton, Wanda and Flavia Gag. The exhibit will run through the summer.

  3. May

    1. Mankato Opry Jamboree
      5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

      Mankato Opry Jamboree will be held May 24 at 7pm and May 25 at 2pm at the New Ulm Event Center. Dinner and show.

      An Opry-Style Country Music  Show Featuring Mankato Opry All Star Band and 15 guest singers. 

      The New Ulm Event Center will be serving a country-style buffet for only $10.95 at 5pm.

      Purchase tickets at Rhapsody Music, Mankato; New Ulm Event Center; New Ulm NAPA; Habitat Office; Zarn’s Garage, Sleepy Eye; KNUJ Radio, New Ulm; Waseca Music; Janesville Service Center

      Portion of proceeds to support Habitat for Humanity.

  4. May

    1. Music for all Ages at the Harkin Store
      1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      Musician Bill Cagley, who plays ‘music for all ages’ will be performing at the Harkin Store on Sunday, May 25, from 1-4pm. Cagley sings and plays guitar, mandolin, banjo and harmonica. He has performed many years at the Harkin Store and at many other historical sites in Minnesota. He and his musical friend will be a delight to the young and young at heart. He will bring along his daughter to do some dances for us while he is playing. Come and listen to him from our porch or bring a lawn chair.

      The admission will include the program and the tour of the store. The gift shop will be open the same hours as the store and has many books, toys, unique and hand crafted items. The Harkin Store will be open Saturday and Sundays and Memorial Day and Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am-5pm in June, July and August. 

      The 1870′s Harkin Store is located nine miles northwest of New Ulm on Nicollet County 21 or the bottom road, or nine miles east of Fort Ridgely. The store is operated by Nicollet County Historical Society. For information, call 507-354-8666 or Nicollet County 507-934-2160.

  5. May

    1. Gibbon Memorial Day Service
      9:00 am – 1:00 pm

      A Memorial Day Service will be held in Gibbon on Monday, May 26, at GFW Elementary School gym beginning at 9am. This year marks the 200th Anniversary of  ’The Star Spangled Banner.” Please join us in commemorating our national anthem while we honor those who have served our country and who fought to keep us a free nation.

      Children of all ages will be given American flags and are invited to participate in the annual Children’s March at the close of the service. The service will be followed by a potluck lunch at the Gibbon Community Center at 11am.

    2. Plato American Legion Memorial Day Service
      9:00 am – 11:00 am

      Everyone is welcome to the Plato American Legion Memorial Day Service on Monday, May 26, 9am at the Plato Community Hall. Speaker will be Captain Dennis Darnell.

  6. May

    1. New Ulm American Legion & Lions Supper
      5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      The American Legion and the Lions Club of New Ulm will be serving sauerkraut, landjaegers or pork  and dumpling or mashed potatoes on Wednesday, May 28, 5-7pm.

      The price of the meal is $6.75, which includes coffee and water.

  7. May

    1. CAST Presentation ‘Agriculture in Indonesia’
      10:00 am – 12:00 pm

      Thursday, May 29, at 10am, Community and Seniors together (CAST) invites everyone to a free presentation on ‘Agriculture in Indonesia’ with Dennis and Claire Streng Broste. It will be held at the Community Center, Room 112, 600 North German, New Ulm.

      Brostes will dicuss their January trip to Indonesia, showing slides of Singapore, Kuala Lumper, Bali and Cambodia. They will comment on rural Indonesian farm life and answer questions.

    2. Sibley East Elementary School Carnival
      4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

      The Sibley East Elementary School Carnival is Thursday, May 29, at the Arlington campus from 4:30-7pm. Admission to the carnival is free. There’s a large variety of games and a number of delicious food items. A silent auction will be starting at 4:30pm and ending at 6:30pm. You don’t have to be present to win.

      The funds raised will be used to enrich their reading series, manipulatives for science and a Lego Curriculum.

    3. Shakespeare in the Parking Lot
      6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      Shakespeare in the Parking Lot is a free event taking place Thursday, May 29, North Mankato City Hall parking lot at 6pm; Friday, May 30, New Ulm’s German Park, 6pm; Saturday, May 31, City Center Place ramp/Atwood ramp, 6pm.

      4 original short plays “To Die or Not To Die”, Skakespearean game shows with prizes and more. 

  8. May

    1. NUACT’s Auditions for Fiddler on the Roof
      10:00 am – 7:00 pm

      NUACT’s auditions for Fiddler on the Roof will be:

      Saturday, May 31, 10am for children under 16
      Saturady, May 31, 11am for adults over 16
      Sunday, June 1, 5:30pm – all cast and crew meeting

      Auditions will be held at the former middle school on Center and State Streets in New Ulm. Please enter via Washington Street parking lot and go in door #7.

      There are great lead roles in the play and great chorus numbers. There is a full description of parts on the NUACT website: www.newulmact.com/productions-auditions/

      Call Paul Warshauer, the director, at 507-359-9990 with questions. 

  9. Jun

    1. Immanuel Lutheran School Sesquicentennial Celebration
      9:30 am – 1:00 pm

      You are invited to a Sesquicentennial Celebration Service of Praise on Sunday, June 1, 9:30am at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Courtland. Lunch and fellowship to follow at the school. 

      Immanuel Lutheran School 1864-2014 – Built on a Rock – 150 Years of Growing Faithful Disciples

      RSVP’s for the lunch are appreciated, but not required. Please contact Mark and Kathy at 507-359-2691 or mkfitzner@hotmail.com. A free will offering will be taken.

      A cookbook with history and memories is being compiled. If you, a friend or a family member have ties to Immanuel Lutheran School, please contact Jodi at rjrubes@newulmtel.net or 507-276-4322 for more information. Recipes, stories and memories can be brought to the celebration on June 1.

      Immanuel Lutheran School and Church in located 3 miles east of Courtland on Nicollet County Road 25.

    2. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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. 

  16. 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


  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.