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  1. Apr

    1. St. James Fire Department Annual Breakfast
      9:00 am – 12:30 pm

      St. James Fire Department Annual Breakfast will be held Sunday, April 27, at the Eagles Club, serving 9am-12:30pm. 

      Serving French toast, ham, muffins, applesauce. Free will donation. All proceeds will go towards rescue equipment upgrades and maintenance.

    2. Pork Chop Dinner, Courtland
      11:00 am – 1:00 pm

      Pork Chop Dinner will be held Sunday, April 27, serving 11am-1pm at Immanuel Lutheran Church, rural Courtland, located 3 miles east of Courtland on County Road 25.

      One chop/$9; two chops/$12; hot dog/$3. Serving pork chop(s) or hot dog, German potato salad, corn, buns, ice cream, beverages. Dine in or take out. Sponsored by the Immanuel Men’s Club and the Immanuel Lites.

    3. Fairfax American Legion Auxiliary Bingo
      1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

      Fairfax American Legion Auxiliary Bingo will be Sunday, April 27, 1:30pm, Fairfax Auditorium.

      Lunch available; 20 games $5; all ages welcome. 

    4. New Ulm Suzuki School of Music Spring Gala
      6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

      New Ulm Suzuki School of Music Spring Gala & Silent Auction will be held Sunday, April 27, 6pm, New Ulm Event Center, 301 20th Street South, New Ulm.

      $20/per person in advance; $25/per person at the door. For tickets, contact Judy at 507-276-3928 or Paula at 507-276-5874 or visit www.newulmsuzuki.org.

      Featuring wines from Morgan Creek and food from Lola’s. Live music provided by Allegro Strings and Advanced Piano Students; Silent auction items from local businesses.

  2. Apr

    1. The Aging Population Shift Community Forum
      6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      The Aging Population Shift Community Forum Wednesday, April 30, 6-8pm at the New Ulm Public Library.

      Is New Ulm prepared for: Housing Options? Health Care? Mobility and Accessibility? Care Giver Support? Civic Engagement?

      Presented by The League of Women Voters, New Ulm

  3. May

    1. Salad Luncheon for World Hunger, Winthrop
      11:00 am – 1:00 pm

       Salad Luncheon for World Hunger,  Thursday, May 1st,  11:00a.m.-1:00p.m.         

      Peace Lutheran Church, 413 West 5th St.  Winthrop

  4. May

    1. Turner Ladies Annual Bake Sale
      9:30 am – 12:00 pm

      Turner Ladies Annual Bake Sale will be held on Saturday, May 3, 9:30am at Turner Hall, 102 South State, New Ulm. Please use back entrance.

      There will be Schmierkuchen; sauerkraut; German potato salad; breads; cookies; bars; cakes and much more.

  5. May

    1. Red Cross Bloodmobile
      1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

      The Red Cross Bloodmobile is making several stops around the area this week. 

      Monday, May 5 – Tanker Bay in Winthrop, 1-7pm

      Monday, May 5 – Waseca American Legion, 12-6pm

      Tuesday, May 6 – Odeon Hall in Bellview, 2-7pm

      Wednesday, May 7 – GFW High School, 8am-1pm

      Wednesday, May 7 – Wabasso High School, 9am-2pm

      Thursday, May 8 – Red Cross Headquarters on Homestead Drive, Mankato, 12:30-5:30pm

      Friday, May 9 - Red Cross Headquarters on Homestead Drive, Mankato, 9am-1pm

      Friday, May 9 – Valley Green Square in LeSueur, 9am-3pm

      Friday, May 9 – Renville County West High School from 9:30am-2:30pm

  6. May

    1. Mobile Apps for Business Seminar, New Ulm
      1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

      We have now received a total of 9 registrations with several of you sharing that you could not make it for the April 3rd date.  In an effort to give more of you an opportunity to register and attend, the seminar has been rescheduled for Tuesday May 6th from 1:00-3:00PM in the Riverview Room at the New Ulm Country Club.


      Mobile Apps for Business, Presented by WorkSmart Seminars will be held Thursday, April 3, 1-3pm, New Ulm Country Club, Riverview Room. This is a seminar for business professionals, small business owners, sales and service professionals.

      The Mobile Apps for Business offers in in-depth look into a variety of Mobile Apps available for business professionals. Mobile Apps offer a variety of ways to streamline day to day business processes while also offering new, cutting edge business tools. Attendees can expect to leave with new Mobile Apps that they can put to use that same day.

      Seating is limited to 40 attendees so register today.

  7. May

    1. Lafayette Charter School Activities
      7:00 pm – 1:00 pm

      This week is National Charter Schools Week and students, parents, teachers and communities across the state are celebrating the many successes of public charter schools.

      To celebrate National Charter Schools Week, the Lafayette Charter Schools will be hosting a couple events this week.

      On Thursday, May 8, at 7pm is their Spring Concert titled “Express Yourself” and on Saturday, May 10, from 8am-1pm is the Plant Sale, Book and Vendor Fair at the Lafayette Charter School.

  8. May

    1. Fluff N Puff Pillow Cleaning
      7:30 am – 4:00 pm

      Fluff N Puff Pillow Cleaning will be Friday, May 9,  7:30am-4pm; New Ulm Medical Center Hospital Auditorium.

      Sponsored by the Auxiliary. Any questions, call Jan at 507-720-9657

  9. May

    1. Benefit for Julie Schmitt
      4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      Benefit for Julie Schmitt will be held on Saturday, May 10, at the Eagles Orchid Inn, Sleepy Eye, from 4-7pm.

      Free will donation: pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans, chips, pickles and bars. Silent auction 4-6:30pm. Games and activities for kids to play throughout the night. 

      Julie sought medical attention at the Sleepy Eye Medical Center after she had noticed some changes in her ability to come up with words and communicate various thoughts and ideas. After blood work and a CT scan, it was determined that she had a mass on her brain. In June of 2013, she underwent surgery at Abbott and was diagnosed with Glioblastoma.  Over the last 9 months, Julie has undergone radiation and chemotherapy.

      Throughout her treatments, she continued to be the voice on SAM 107.3 FM Community Accent Program. In late March, some of the same symptoms she experienced in June of last year were happening again and a tumor that was originally seen on the previous MRI had now grown and needed to be removed. On Friday, April 11, 2014, she had a second surgery in Rochester to have the tumor on her brain removed. Surgery went well. Additional treatments and surgeries may be needed to continue to treat tumors that may grow.

      All proceeds will help with ongoing medical bills and chemotherapy/radiation treatments for Julie.

    2. Brewster Fun Time Dance
      8:00 pm – 11:45 pm

      Fun Time Dance  at the Brewster Community Center will take place Saturday, May 10, 8pm-12am. Entertainment by Mylan Ray.

      Dance lessons before the dance, so get there early. Meet some new friends or bring some old friends.

  10. 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. 

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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. 

  15. 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.

  16. 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. 

  17. 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.

  18. 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.