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  1. May

    1. Mother’s Day at Harkin Store
      1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      The Harkin Store is open for the season on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-5pm in May with programs on Sundays from 1-4pm. 

      The Mother’s Day program will be on May 11 from 1-4pm. Ladies had many chores to do but they take time to do creative work. One item they made was made out of necessity. They made aprons to cover their clothes so they would not get damaged.

      We will have a large display of aprons hanging the store. We will also have aprons made by Janet Massopust, Alexander Harkin’s granddaughter. The gift shop will be open with aprons for purchase also. The gift shop has many books, toys and hand crafted and unique items and $.10 candy.

      Admission to this program is included with the admission to the store. 

  2. May

    1. Tri-County Household Hazardous Waste Collection
      10:00 am – 4:00 pm

      Tri-County Household Hazardous Waste Collection will be at the Sibley County Highway Garage in Winthop on Thursday, May 15, from 10am-4pm.

      Drop off your old paints, stains, light bulbs, batteries and household or garden chemicals. This is for residents in Sibley, LeSueur and Nicollet Counties only.

      For more information or details, call Tri-County Solid Waste at 507-381-9196.

    2. Tri-County Waste Collection, Sibley County
      10:00 am – 4:00 pm

      Tri-County Household Hazardous Waste Collection will be at the Sibley County Highway Garage in Winthrop on Thursday, May 15, from 10am-4pm. 

      Drop off your old paints, stains, light bulbs, batteries and household or garden chemicals. This is for residents in Sibley, LeSueur and Nicollet only!

      For more information or details, call 507-381-9196.

  3. May

    1. Men’s Wooden Bat Slow Pitch Softball Tournament, Sigel Ballpark
      8:00 am – 10:00 pm

      Men’s Wooden Bat Slow Pitch Softball Tournament is being held at the Sigel Ballpark on Friday and Saturday, May 16 & 17. They are still looking for teams. Entry fee is $100. Call Andy Klinkner at 507-276-9060 to sign up your team.

      Everyone is invited to come out and enjoy the tournament; delicious food including sauerkraut, hot dogs, pizza and more.

    2. Hanska’s Syttende Mai, Hanska
      3:00 pm – 6:30 pm

      “Home is Where the Heart Is” will be a Hanska’s Syttende Mai Show of Comedy and Song. This will take place on Friday, May 16 and Saturday, May 17, 3pm and 7pm. Reserve your tickets now by calling 507-439-6213.

      Visit Hanska on Sunday, May 18, for the parade and enjoy the music and food in the park.

  4. May

    1. Hanska’s 4th Annual Uff Da 5K Walk/Run
      8:00 am – 12:00 pm

      Hanska’s 4th Annual UFF DA Just for Fun 5K Walk/Run will be held Saturday, May 17, Hanska City Park, registration 8-9am; Race time 9am

      Pre-register by May 2 for $18; entry fee includes t-shirt, water and fruit. (Late registrations will be accepted after May 2 at the cost of $10 and does not guarantee a t-shirt)

      All proceeds will benefit Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute Expansion Campaign in New Ulm.

      There will also be a Kids Walk/Run taking place at 10:30am; registration 10am.  Activities and games to follow run. Register by May 2 for $10; ages 12 and under. Late registration does not guarantee a t-shirt.

      Contact Rhonda for more information at 507-439-6453. All walkers/runners are eligible for door prizes. 

      We are also adding a team event. If you sign up as a team (4 or more people) put your team captain or team name on the entry form – for every person on your team after 4 will be entered in a separate drawing for a gift certificate.

    2. Dance Conservatory Presents “It’s Our Party!”
      4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      Dance Conservatory of So. MN Presents: “It’s Our Party!” Come celebrate with us on Saturday, May 17, 4pm, New Ulm Middle School Auditorium.

      Tickets are available at the door or by calling 507-625-2005. Adults/$10; Seniors/Students/Children/$7

  5. May

    1. Annual Oakwood Methodist Choir Concert, New Ulm
      9:30 am – 11:00 am

      All are welcome at the free Annual Oakwood Methodist Choir Concert on Sunday, May 18, at 9:30am at 1630 Oakwood Avenue, New Ulm.

      The choir will perform several joy-filled musical numbers, under the direction of Marv Peterson.

      Call 507-354-3731 with questions or visit http://oakwoodumcnewulm.org

    2. Winthrop Ambulance Service Fundraiser
      10:30 am – 1:30 pm

      Help celebrate National EMS Week by supporting the Winthrop Ambulance for their Annual Pork Chop Fundraiser on Sunday, May 18., 10:30am-1:30pm at the Ambulance Barn.

      Menu: pork sandwiches; baked beans; dessert; potato salad; sauerkraut; beverages. Adults/$8; children 4-10/$4; children 3 and under/free.

    3. Benefit for Carson Davis Verzalik
      11:00 am – 3:00 pm

      There will be a fundraiser for Carson Davis Verzalik on Sunday, May 18, 11am-3pm at the New Ulm Event Center, 301 20th Street South, New Ulm.

      Free will offering; roasted pork dinner; take outs available; silent auction; live auction at 12pm; games; activities; bake sale. All proceeds to benefit A Cure for Carson!

      To volunteer or donate items to the auctions, contact Jasmine at 507-240-2288 or Laura at 507-276-9805. Items may be dropped off at : Citizen’s Bank or Oak Hills Living Center in New Ulm or Americana Bank or McCabe’s Ace Hardware in Sleepy Eye. Tax deductible donations may be made payable to: Thrivent Financial Chapter 31200 and mailed to: Flocks of Love – A Cure for Carson, PO Box 161, New Ulm, MN  56073.

      Carson, one year old son of Paul and Jen (Johnson) Verzalik, brother of Collin, was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma (a childhood cancer) on January 23, 2014. He has endured numerous medical procedures and surgeries.  Carson will eventually have surgery to remove the primary tumor on the adrenal gland located above his right kidney.

    4. Minnesota Riverboats, Harkin Store
      1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      Join us at the Harkin Store on Sunday, May 18, 1-4pm

      West Newton, the village where Alexander Harkin started his general store in the 1870′s will be having a Sunday program about riverboats that went up and down the Minnesota River. There will be displays and information on the boats. 

      The Harkin Store is open Saturdays and Sundays in May from 10am-5pm, with programs on Sundays from 1-4pm. The programs are included with the price of admission to the store. 

  6. May

    1. Dairy Queen Blizzard Day
      4:00 pm – 7:30 pm

      Dairy Queen Blizzard Day Plus a Real Feel for What Pro Kinship for Kids is all About.

      May 20 all day Blizzard sales; crafts; games; and silent auction from 4-7:30pm at the New Ulm Dairy Queen.

      Come buy a Blizzard any time on Tuesday, May 20, at the New Ulm Dairy Queen and a portion of the amount you pay will go to fund Pro Kinship for Kids activities. Other activities from 4-7:30pm include decorate a pot and plant bulbs; design your own frisbee; fish bowl toss; tic-tac-toe toss; face painting; bean bag, ring and peanut toss games

      Questions, call 507-359-2445

    2. MN Valley Civil War Round Table May Meeting
      6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

      Minnesota Valley Civil War Round Table May 30 – Women Soldiers in the Civil War

      How many women served as soldiers in the Civil War? To find out, come to the May 20 meeting. The answer will surprise you. Dr. Tara Harl owns the largest documented database of women soldiers from both the North and South and will be the guest speaker. Her talk will cover the Victorian view of these women, how it affected their lives during and after the war, and the reactions of the men they served with. 

      The meeting is at 6:30pm and is open to all.

  7. May

    1. Braun & Borth Electronics & Appliance Recycling Day
      12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

      Braun & Borth Sponsored Electronics & Appliance Recycling Day will be held Wednesday, May 21, 12-6pm at the Sleepy Eye Baseball parking lot.

      Electronics $5
      computer CPU; computer monitors; battery backups; printers; VCR’s; copiers’ scanners; televisions; stereos

      FREE items
      keyboards; speakers; mouse; cell phones; land line phones; Ipods

      Appliance FREE items 
      air conditioners; dehumidifiers; humidifiers; freezers; refrigerators; dishwashers; microwaves; stoves; washers; dryers; hot water heaters; furnaces; water softeners; trash compactors; garbage disposals; water coolers; vending machines 

      Fluorescent lamps 8′ and under/$1
      Ballast – PCB/$1.00/lb 
      PCB Capacitors/$2/lb
      RV Appliances/$50.00
      Car batteries/free

      Small appliances such as blenders, toasters and irons will be accepted free. 

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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. 

  15. 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. 

  16. 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.

  17. 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.