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  1. Jun
    21
    Sat

    1. Swedefest, Bernadotte Lutheran Church
      4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      20th Annual Swedefest Family Fun Festival, Bernadotte Lutheran Church Park, 6 miles east of Lafayette at 34122 515th Avenue, Co Rd 10 on Saturday, June 21, 4-8pm.

      Great entertainment 4-5:30pm Little Prairie Pickers; 5:30-7:30pm The Ken and Ken Show; quilt raffle; silent auction; Swedish Smorgasbord; refreshments; horse-drawn wagon rides; kids activities.

      Closing Devotions conclude the evening. In case of inclement weather, all events will be held in the church. Visit www.fields-of-grace.org for more information.

    2. Cathedral of the Holy Trinity Summer Festival (all-day)
      Jun 21 – Jun 22

      Cathedral of the Holy Trinity Summer Festival will be held Sunday, June 22, 9am-5pm, 605 N State, New Ulm.

      Curiosity Shop opens at 9am; roast pork dinner 10:30am-1:30pm; live entertainment 10:30am-5pm. Food stand; book sale; crafts; games. Big ticket drawing Sunday at 5pm.

      Saturday, June 21, 5pm Family Night; Mass & Corpus Christi Procession; scavenger hunt and refreshments; family-friendly movie

  2. Jun
    22
    Sun

    1. Augustana Lutheran Church Midsummer Worship, Gibbon
      9:00 am – 1:00 pm

      The Augustana Lutheran Church of Gibbon will hold its annual Midsummer Worship Service on Sunday, June 22, at the Clear Lake Lutheran Church, located on Sibley County Road 8, between Lafayette and Gibbon.

      Following the service at Clear Lake, there will be a dinner at the Augustana Church in Gibbon. Dinner includes: grilled chicken breasts, potato salad, beans, dinner rolls, beverage and assorted desserts. Dinner will be served from 11am-1pm, with a free will offering being taken.

    2. Team-C FUNdraising Event
      12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

      Team-C FUNdraising Event will be held at St. Francis Catholic Church, Winthrop, on Sunday, June 22, from 12-5pm for Corrine (Sloot) Fierkens.

      Food – roast hog and bison; free will offering; games and prizes for all ages; face painting; live music; matching grant by Thrivent Financial – Nicollet and Sibley Chapters. 

      Some of the auction items include: one week stay at cabin in NW Wisconsin on Trade Lake and signed book by cabinologist Dale Mulfinger; sports memorabilia; 3 hours of professional house cleaning; fur coat; gift baskets; 1 Drone flight of 100 acres with pictures; 3 hours of home design or remodel consulting by architect and much more.

      Corrine (Sloot) Fierkens, daughter of John and Minnie Sloot is a Winthrop native. She is battling Stage 4 Breast Cancer.

  3. Jun
    24
    Tue

    1. Brown County Heartland Express
      10:00 am – 9:00 pm

      In observance of the July 4th holiday and holiday weekend, the Brown County Heartland Express will not be operating on Friday, July 4 or Sunday, July 6. The transit office will also be closed on Friday, July 4.

      Regular transit services will resume on Monday, July 7. To schedule rides for Monday, July 7, patrons are requested to call the transit office no later than 3pm on Thursday, July 3 at 359-2717 or countywide at 1-800-707-2717.

    2. Blood Drives This Week
      2:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      The American Red Cross Blood Drives will be around the area this week.

      Tuesday, June 24 – Courtland Community Center, 2-7pm
                                              Salem Lutheran Church, Madelia, 1:30-6:30pm

      Wednesday, June 25 – Trinity Lutheran Church, St. Peter, 1-7pm

      Thursday, June 26 – Altona Colony, Henderson, 1-7pm
                                                St. Ann’s Parish Center, Janesville, 1-7pm

      For more information on giving blood or to make an appointment, go online to redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-red-cross.
                                                  

    3. Railroad Days 2014
      6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

      Railroad Days 2014, St. James, Sunday, June 22 – Sunday, June 29

      Sunday, June 22 – 6:30pm Triathlon St. James Pool; 4pm & 7pm Cannon Ball Paul Show, Eagles’ Club

      Tuesday, June 24 – Taste of St. James; Button and Souvenir Stand

      Thursday, June 26 – Friends of the Library book sale; Children’s Theatre; Railrun; Pork Chop Dinner

      Friday, June 27 – Golf Invitational; bean bag tournament; Iron Horse entertainment; lawn mower races

      Saturday, June 28 – Rotary pancake breakfast; softball tournament; train rides; turtle race; walleye supper; Schell’s Hobo Band; Beer Garden

      Sunday, June 29 – Softball; tennis tournament; Firemen’s chicken dinner; Midwest Outlaw Truck and Tractor Pull; Beer garden and food stand

      Many activities taking place throughout the week.

  4. Jun
    25
    Wed

    1. Homemade Ice Cream Social, Middle Creek Methodist Church
      5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

      Homemade Ice Cream Social, Wednesday, June 25, Middle Creek Methodist Church, 11 miles north of Redwood Falls and 2-1/2 miles west. 

      Serving begins at 5pm; bbq’s, hot dogs, coney’s, pie, cake and sundaes

    2. Ice Cream Social, Hector
      5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      St. Paul’s Lutheran Church WELCA of Hector invites you Ice Cream Social, Wednesday, June 25, serving 5-7pm in St. Paul’s Fellowship Hall.

      A free will donation will be accepted. Menu: bbq’s, turkey sandwiches, baked beans, potato salad, beverages, homemade pie and ice cream. Proceeds go to WELCA projects.

    3. Monthly Community Dinner, New Ulm
      5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

      Monthly Community Dinner, United Church of Christ, 301 South Minnesota Street – 4th Wednesday of the month, 5:30-6:30pm

      June 25; July 23; August 27; September 24; October 22; November 19 (3rd Wed. of month); December 17 (3rd Wed. of month).

  5. Jun
    26
    Thu

    1. New Ulm Garden Club
      8:00 am – 6:00 pm

      The New Ulm Garden Club is sponsoring a community bus trip to Bachman’s, Tangletown and more on Thursday, June 26. The bus will leave Cash Wise parking lot at 8am and return approximately 6pm.

      Cost is $20 per person. If interested, call Deb at 507-276-9564.

    2. Fairfax Area Parkinson Group Monthly Meeting
      11:30 am – 1:30 pm

      The Fairfax Area Parkinson’s Support Group will be meeting on Thursday, June 26, at 11:30am at Carl’s Corner in Essig.

  6. Jun
    27
    Fri

    1. Lafayette American Legion Ice Cream Social
      5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

      The Lafayette American Legion Post 300 and American Legion Auxiliary are hosting a Pie and Ice Cream Social on Friday, June 27. The event will be held at the Lafayette Community Center from 5-7:30pm.

      Menu: pie and ice cream, brats, hot dogs, hamburgers, sauerkraut and beverage. Join them for supper and enjoy the Lafayette City Band.

    2. The Barbequers, Wabasso Lions Club
      5:00 pm – 11:45 pm

      The Wabasso Lions are sponsoring their 43rd Annual Pork BBQ on Friday, June 27 at the Wabasso Community Center to kick off 9th Annual All-Fest. Serving from 5-8pm; cost of an individual tickets 13 years and older/$9; ages 6-12/$5; 5 and under/free. A hot dog meal will be available for $3. Also includes music Dain’s Dutchmen; DJ Music with Chopper; many kids activities; Pedal Pull and medallion hunt. The Lions Beer and Drink stand, along with raffles, are also taking place.

      On Saturday, Bethany Lutheran Church of Wabasso hosting family fun, kids activities and food and refreshments from 1-4pm at the Bethany Lutheran Church grounds. Commercial Club sponsoring a parade beginning at 4pm; Saturday evening the Cedar St. Bar and Grill will host Bob and the Beachcombers for a street dance.

    3. Gibbon Area Uncommon Band of Renown
      6:00 pm – 9:15 pm

      The Gibbon Area Uncommon Band of Renown kicks off its 2014 Summer Season with a Community Concert in Gibbon City Park on Friday, June 27. Young and old alike are invited to enjoy an eclectic mix of music from big band and old-time to marches, rock, and movie themes.

      Fans of the Band serving hot ham sandwiches, hot dogs and pies beginning at 6pm; concert begins at 7:15pm. Come rain or shine and enjoy great music; friendly folk and tasty food.

  7. Jun
    28
    Sat

    1. ATV Safety Class, St. James
      8:00 am – 4:00 pm

      The Watonwan County Sheriff’s Office is sponsoring an ATV Safety Class on Saturday, June 28, from 8am-4pm at the Watonwan Human Services Building, 715 2nd Avenue South, St. James.

      Youth must be 11 years of age before the class start date in order to be eligible to take the class. 

      Pre-registration is required by obtaining a study cd before 6-26-14  by calling 507-375-2579. Class size is limited so register early.

      For more information contact: Sgt. Barry Gulden 507-375-2579 or barry.guldan@co.watonwan.mn.us

    2. 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.

  8. Jun
    29
    Sun

    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.

  9. Jun
    30
    Mon

    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.

  10. Jul
    2
    Wed

    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.

  11. Jul
    3
    Thu

    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.

  12. Jul
    4
    Fri

    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.

  13. Jul
    5
    Sat

    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.

  14. Jul
    6
    Sun

    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)