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  1. Feb

    1. 52nd Annual High Island Lake Conservation Club Fish Fry
      11:00 am – 8:00 pm

      High Island Lake Conservation Club 52nd Annual Fish Fry, Saturday, February 22, New Auburn City Hall.

      Menu includes fish, cole slaw, potato salad, beans, beverage and all the trimmings. Serving 11am-8pm or whenever fish runs out. Served family style – all you care to eat for $11; children ages 6-10/$5 and 5 and under/free. Take out orders available for $11 until 6pm.

  2. Feb

    1. Lafayette Charter School PROS Auctions & Barbeque Dinner
      11:00 am – 3:00 pm

      Lafayette Charter School PROS Live and Silent Auctions and Barbeque Dinner Fundraiser will be held Sunday, February 23, Lafayette Charter School Gym. Silent Auction 11am until end of Live Auction; Live Auction starts at 1pm; dinner served from 11am-1pm.

      Menu: barbeque, hot dog or vegetarian option; potato chips or German potato salad; baked beans; fresh veggies; beverage and homemade dessert. Tickets $6/payable at the door.

      Auctioneering donated by Mages Land and Auction Service. Fundraiser to update LCS Technology.

  3. Feb

    1. Library Hosts Gallimaufry Concert, New Ulm
      6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      Gallimaufry will share a kids’ music extravaganza on Tuesday, February 25, at 6pm at the New Ulm Public Libary.

      Gallimaufry is an interactive children-focused concert performed by Mankato musicians Ron Arsenault and Dave Pengra. All are welcome to join in an evening of music, education and fun. Registration is not required. For more info, call  507-359-8336.

      The event is made possible by a grant provided by the Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative and was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

  4. Feb

    1. Family Style Turkey Supper, Buffalo Lake
      4:30 pm – 7:30 pm


      Family Style Turkey Supper will be held on Thursday, February 27, 4:30-7:30pm at Zion United Methodist Church, 306 2nd St SW, Buffalo Lake.

      Eat in and take out’s; advance tickets available at CenBank; Main Street Market; Buffalo Lake Insurance in Buffalo Lake; News Mirror in Hector; Zion UMC Members. Advance tickets/$8.50; at the door/$10; 5-11 years old/$4; preschool/free.

  5. Feb

    1. Sleepy Eye Area Fastpitch Pork Chop Dinner
      4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      Sleepy Eye Area Fastpitch Association Annual Pork Chop Dinner will be held Friday, February 28, at the Serviceman’s Club from 4-8pm. Tickets available from any ASA player. Tickets/$10 in advance; $11/at the door.

    2. Murder, To Kill for Dandelion Beer!
      5:30 pm – 10:00 pm

      A tradition of ‘WhoDunit’ dinner theatre returns to The Grand Kabaret during New Ulm’s Bock Fest Festival on Friday, February 28 and Saturday, March 1. NUACT proudly presents “Murder at BockFest II: To Kill for Dandelion Beer”, a humorous murder mystery written and hosted by Paul Warshauer.

      Audience members listen for clues and are allowed upstairs to watch some scenes in the newly remodeled Grand Center for the Arts. At the end of the evening, they vote for their ‘WhoDunit”! The ending is revealed and a prize is given to the winning table.

      Doors open at 5:30pm; dinner/show at 6:30pm. The Kabaret is located at 210 North Minnesota Street, New Ulm.

      Seating is extremely limited. Tickets sold online at www.newulmact.com or by calling NUACT’s office at 507-359-9990. For special needs to groups, call Keara at 507-995-6589. A three course meal will be served during the murder mystery.

    3. New Ulm Figure Skating Presents ‘Back to the 80′s’
      7:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      New Ulm Figure Skating Club presents ‘Back to the 80′s’ at the New Ulm Civic Center on Friday, February 28, 7pm; Saturday, March 1 at 1 & 7pm; Sunday, March 2, 1pm.

      Come enjoy the featured skaters Katrina Bjorkstrand from New Ulm; Emily Vogel of Springfield and McKayla Stumm of Arlington. Tickets available at Cash Wise, HyVee;  Tauer’s in Springfield at the the door.

  6. Mar

    1. Bock Fest, New Ulm
      11:00 am – 4:30 pm

      August Schell Brewing Company, the second-oldest family-owned brewery in the country, will be hosting its 28th Annual Bock Fest to celebrate this frigid winter away! This will be held on Saturday, March 1, from 11am-4:30pm at Schell’s Brewery in New Ulm.

      The Great Bock Hunt will take place shortly after the festival begins and clues are given out at the loading dock at 11am.

    2. Fasching & MN Music Hall of Fame Fundraiser, New Ulm
      12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

      Come for a fun filled weekend in New Ulm!

      Fasching will be held on Saturday, March 1, noon – 10pm at Turner Hall. Entertainment includes: 12pm Concord Singers; 1-3pm Dale Dahmen & the Polka Beats; 3-4pm Concord Singers; 4-5:30pm Wendinger Band; 5:30-7pm Dale Dahmen & the Polka Beats; Parade of Costumes at 7pm; 7:30-8:30am Concord Singers; 8:30-10pm Wendinger Band. Food and beverage available.

      Fasching advance tickets available at HyVee; Cash Wise; New Ulm Chamber 507-354-8850 or check out www.newulm.com.

      MN Music Hall of Fame Fundraiser will be Sunday, March 2, noon-6pm at Turner Hall. 12pm Dain’s Dutchmen; 1:35pm Wally Pikal featuring Harvey Becker; 3:10pm Leon Helget; 4:40pm Bockfest Boys. Lower Level is the Concertina Jamboree. For more info, call 507-354-7305. Food and beverage available.

    3. Luxembourg Movie, Sleepy Eye
      1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

      On Saturday, March 1, at 1:30pm at the Orchid Inn, Sleepy Eye, the Luxembourg Heritage Society of Southern Minnesota will premiere a new movie about Luxembourg.

      The movie is free and lasts 60 minutes. Membership information will be available, but come enjoy an hour learning about a fascinating part of our region’s heritage, whether you have Luxembourgish heritage or not. The public is welcome to attend.

      For details, call Terry at 507-354-1123 or tesss@newulmtel.net

  7. Mar

    1. Pre-School/Kindergarten Round-Up, Lafayette Charter School
      4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      The Lafayette Charter School Pre-School and Kindergarten Round-up will be held on Thursday, March 6, from 4-7pm.

      It is a come-and-go. Pre-School classes are available morning or afternoons or full days on each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Kindergarten is all day Monday though Friday.  You may enroll your child at Open House/Round-Up or phone 507-228-2894.

  8. Mar

    1. 33rd Annual New Ulm Farm City Hub Club Farm Show
      1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

      33rd Annual New Ulm Farm City Hub Club Farm Show will be held March 7 & 8, New Ulm Civic Center, Fairgrounds on Friday from 1-8pm and Saturday from 10am-5pm.

      Handouts; door prizes; farm show market emergency flashers; SMV Emblems at reduced prices. Free admission!

      Farm Show Seminars:

      Friday, March 7
      4 pm – Estate Planning 101
      6:30pm – Early Season Gardening

      Saturday, March 8
      11am – SBA Livestock Facility Loans
      1pm – Estate Planning 101 

  9. Mar

    1. Carrie Rocha Coming to New Ulm
      8:30 am – 12:00 pm

      Carrie Rocha, published author and creator of the Pocket Your Dollers website, is coming to New Ulm on Saturday, March 8, for a ladies only event hosted by Grace Community Church. This event is from 8:30am-12pm at the New Ulm Community Center.

      Carrie will be presenting the principles she and her family applied to eliminate $50,000 of debt in 2.5 years and will have copies of her book, “Pocket Your Dollars” available for purchase. The $10 ticket include breakfast and the presentation and are available at Jacobs and Meidl, HyVee and Cash Wise. Tickets are required for this event.

      For more information or to order tickets  over the phone, contact Christine at 507-276-8897.

    2. Brown County Humane Society Caged 4 Critters
      9:00 am – 4:00 pm

      The Brown County Humane Society will be holding their annual “Caged 4 Critters” fundraising event on Saturday, March 8, from 9am-4pm.

      Supporters and friends of the Brown County Humane Society are invited to come  to the Humane Society at 1301 South Valley Street in New Ulm and be a ‘Jail Bird’ to help raise funds for the shelter.  Volunteers will make telephone calls to family and friends to raise money to ‘get out of jail’. 100% of dollars raised during the event will go directly to assist the pets at the shelter. 

      Please bring a cell phone to make your telephone calls. Pizza will be available over the lunch hour. 

      For further information, call 359-2312 or Gerald at 507-276-5888.

    3. Courtland Rec Center’s 63rd Annual Fish Fry, Courtland
      11:00 am – 10:00 pm

      Courtland Rec Center 63rd Annual Fish Fry, Saturday, March 8, 11am-8pm.

      Featuring beer battered fish, German or American potato salad, cole slaw, coffee, milk. Tickets $12/adults; $6/children under 12. Take out window is et up.

    4. Celebrate Wanda Gag’s Birthday Party
      1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

      Celebrate Wanda Gag’s Snippy and Snappy Birthday Party

      Snippy and Snappy are celebrating Wanda’s 121st birthday with games, singing, crafts and treats. Come join us for a little ‘mouse’ fun on Saturday, March 9, 1-3pm at the Brown County Historical Museum Annex, 2 North Broadway, New Ulm.

  10. Mar

    1. Wabasso Lions Club Spring Breakfast
      9:30 am – 12:30 pm

      Wabasso Lions Club Spring Breakfast, Sunday, March 9, 9:30am-12:30pm at the Wabasso Community Center.

      Menu: eggs, sausage, rolls, toast, coffee, milk and juice. Adults/$7; students/$4; preschool/free.

      Proceeds are used for community projects.

    2. 26th Annual Men’s Ham Dinner, New Ulm
      10:30 am – 1:00 pm

      26th Annual Men’s Ham Dinner, Sunday, March 9, 10:30am-1pm at the Church of St. Mary

      Prepared by the men of St. Mary’s Parish. Menu: ham, potatoes, corn, cole slaw, ice cream, beverages. Hams prepared at The Backerei with special rye dough.

      Adults/$10; children ages 12 and under/$5. Take outs available. Don’t forget to check out the bake sale and raffle.

    3. Gibbon Fire and Rescue Grilled Chicken Dinner
      11:00 am – 6:00 pm

      Gibbon Fire and Rescue is holding their annual Grilled Chicken Dinner on Sunday, March 9, from 11am-6pm at the Gibbon Community Ceneter.

      Enjoy grilled chicken, potato salad, cole slaw, baked beans, dinner roll and beverage for $10/adult and $4/kids 4-12. 

    4. Pasta with the Padres, Mankato
      4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      “Pasta with the Padres”, a dinner and silent auction to benefit ECHO Food Shelf and sponsored by the four Mankato Catholic Churches, will be held on Sunday, March 9, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church; Blue Earth and Hubbell Streets, Mankato.

      Serving will be from 4-7pm. Priests from the Mankato/North Mankato parishes will be there to help. Singers/guitarists Brian Kvebak and Tracy Buckle will provide entertainment. The event is open to the public. A free will offering will be taken.

  11. Mar

    1. American Red Cross Blood Drives
      1:00 pm – 1:00 pm

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

      Tuesday, March 11 – Arlington Community Center, 1-7pm

      Tuesday, March 11 – LeCenter American Legion, 1-7pm

      Tuesday, March 11 – Peace Lutheran Church, Hutchinson, 12-6pm

      Thursday, March 13 – American Red Cross Headquarters on Homestead Drive, Mankato, 12:30-5:30pm

      Friday, March 14 - American Red Cross Headquarters on Homestead Drive, Mankato, 9am-1pm

      To learn more about giving blood, go to redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-red-cross.

  12. Mar

    1. North American Farm & Power Show, Owatonna
      9:00 am – 4:00 pm

      North American Farm and Power Show at the Steele County Fairgrounds in Owatonna, Thursday thru Saturday, March 13-15; Thursday and Friday 9am-5pm; Saturday 9am-4pm; free admission; free parking.

      Extensive farm, ranch, dairy equipment displays; the latest in technology  and new product introduction; alternative energy displays; free ag seminars by the University of Minnesota

      Register for the grand prize, courtesy of Ag Power, a John Deere D110 Lawn Tractor, valued at $1700.

      For more information, visit trade-x-p-o-s.com

    2. Prairie Piecemakers Quilt Guild Meeting
      7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

      Prairie Piecemakers Quilt Guild is an organization of quilt lovers, novices and experts alike who share their love of fabric, design, color and the finished product.

      Prairie Piecemakers will be meeting at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church located 201 North State Street in New Ulm on Thursday, March 13.  They will have a short business meeting and get ready for the Quilt Show. 

      Watch for more information to come on the Prairie Piecemakers Quilt Show at the New Ulm Event Center on March 21 & 22.

  13. Mar

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

      The New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce’s next Hot Topics breakfast is Friday, March 14.

      Presenting will be Senator Gary Dahms and Representative Paul Torkelson who will giving an update on the busy beginning of the 2014 Legislative Session. Topics sure to be covered will be the budget surplus, school funding, minimum wage and transportation funding. 

      Event is at 7:30am at the New Ulm Country Club and includes breakfast. To rsvp, please contact the Chamber at 233-4300. Cost is $7 for Chamber Members and $9 for general admission. Please rsvp by March 12.

    2. Eagles Extravaganza, New Ulm
      5:00 pm – 11:45 pm

      Eagles Extravaganza, Friday, March 14, New Ulm Event Center, 301 20th Street South, New Ulm

      5pm social hour; 6:30-7:30pm dinner with music by the Pops Choir; 8pm-midnight entertainment by the Concord Singers and the Blue Ringers.

      Tickets are $30/meal and entertainment (tickets at HyVee, Cash Wise and Chamber of Commerce); $10/entertainment only. For 18 and older.

  14. Mar

    1. Electronics Recycling, New Ulm
      10:00 am – 2:00 pm

      Electronics Recycling will take place at the Brown County Fairgrounds coliseum this Saturday, March 15th, from 10am-2pm.  No appliances will be accepted.  Examples of items accepted include TV’s, VCR’s, computers, monitors, laptops, satellite receivers, iPods, iPads, DVD players.  

      Cost is 50 cents per pound with the proceeds going toward CHS prom. 

      Any questions please call the Cathedral High School office at 354-4511. 

    2. Mankato Area Youth Symphony Orchestra/North Star Strings Concert at New Ulm Public Schools
      3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

      The Mankato Area Youth Symphony Orchestra and North Star Strings will present their Spring Concert on Saturday, March 15, at the New Ulm Public Schools Auditorium at 1st and Broadway at 3pm and also on Sunday, March 16, at Mankato East High School Auditorium at 3pm.

      These concerts will feature 2014 Concerto Competition Winner, violist Mackenzie Lach, playing Hindemith’s ‘Trauermusik’. They are conducted by Dr. Joseph Rodgers, Aimon Dwan and Hunter Ellis.

      Admission at door adults/$8; students/seniors/$6 and families/$22.

      The Mankato Area Youth Symphony Orchestra and the younger string ensemble, North Star Strings, are regional ensembles with students participating from more than a dozen communities.

    3. 27th Annual Brown County Pheasants Forever Banquet
      5:00 pm – 11:45 pm

      27th Annual Banquet Brown County Pheasants Forever, Saturday, March 15, Eagles Orchid Inn, Sleepy Eye.

      Cackling hour begins 5pm; smorgasbord dinner 7pm. Admission is $50/includes 1 year membership; $65 member and spouse/includes 1 year membership; $15/18 and under/includes 1 year youth membership; $250 sponsorship/includes 2 admissions, 1 year membership, plaque, medallion and choice of $65 gift certificate to PF catalouge or print of the year)

      A lifetime MN Hunting and Fishing License will be awarded to one lucky youth aged 4-15 in attendance. Hunter’s Dream Raffle Winner Takes All only $25 per ticket.

      For more info, contact Ralph at 920-0435; Dan at 227-2349; Jeremy 240-0096.

  15. Mar

    1. Lions Pancake & Sausage Brunch, Sleepy Eye
      8:00 am – 1:00 pm

      Lions Pancake and Sausage Brunch, Sunday, March 16, 8am-1pm Eagles Orchid Inn.

      All the pancakes you can eat. Adults at door/$8; in advance/$7.50; children 6-12 at door/$3.50; in advance/$3; under 6/free. Tickets available at the Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch; The Eagles Orchid Inn or from any Lions Member. 

      Sponsored by the Sleepy Eye Lions Club. Proceeds go to Lions Community Projects.

    2. New Ulm Music Boosters Pancake Breakfast
      8:30 am – 1:00 pm

      New Ulm Music  Boosters Pancake Breakfast and Bake Sale will be held Sunday, March 16, 8:30am-1pm at St. Mary’s Church Basement, 417 South Minnesota, New Ulm. 

      Adults/$6; children under 9/$3. Serving pancakes, sausage, applesauce, coffee and milk.