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  1. Jan

    1. Chili Supper & Silent Auction, New Ulm
      4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

      Chili Supper and Silent Auction on Friday, January 18, from 4:30-7:30pm at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 1400 South State Street, New Ulm to benefit the New Ulm Swim Club Eagle Rays.

      Adults/$7; children under 11/$4 at the door. Take out orders available. For tickets or information, call 359-4149.

  2. Jan

    1. 1st Annual High Island Lake Fishing Contest, New Auburn
      11:00 am – 3:00 pm

      The Friends of High Island Sponsor 1st Annual High Island Lake Fishing Contest in New Auburn on Saturday, January 19, 11am-3pm. Food available on site/shelters allowed.

      $5/entry fee/cash payouts/door prizes (must be present to win). Advance tickets at High Island Hide Away and Dicky Bobs.

      The will also be a youth contest with prizes for ages 12 and under and they are free with paid adult.

  3. Jan

    1. Nicollet County Historical Society Annual Meeting
      1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

      The Nicollet County Historical Society’s annual meeting will be Sunday, January 20, at Gustavus Adolphus’ Jackson Student Union banquet hall. The dinner service will begin at 1pm, business meeting at 2pm and program at 2:30pm.

      Independent historian Curt Kahlin will discuss the US Dakota War of 1862 and the roles played by Fort Ridgely and St. Peter.

      Cost for the dinner and program is $15/for members; $20/non members and $5 for those wishing to only attend the program. For details and registration, call Ben or Kris at 507-934-2160. Reservations with payment are due by January 14.

    2. COF Super Sausage Supper, Turner Hall
      4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      The Catholic Order of Foresters will be having their Super Sausage Supper at Turner Hall in New Ulm on Sunday, January 20. Serving from 4-7:30pm and take out orders available. Tickets are $8.50 in advance or $9 at the door.

      Proceeds going to First Choice Pregnancy.

  4. Jan

    1. Brown County Congress of Elected and Appointed Officials Meeting
      7:30 am – 9:00 am

      The public is cordially invited to participate in the meeting of the Brown County Congress of Elected and Appointed Officials on Friday, January 25, from 7:30-9am at the Brown County REA Building in Sleepy Eye. Rolls, coffee and juice will be provided.

      This quarter forum will be Impacts and Issues of the upcoming Legislative Session. Representative Torkelson and Senator Dahms will be in attendance. Representatives from the Federal levels have been invited to join us.

      This event is sponsored by Bridging Brown County, an organization created to develop a greater awareness of community throughout the county. Please call Clarice at 507-794-4733 with any questions regarding this meeting.

  5. Jan

    1. Snowmobile Youth Safety Class
      8:00 am – 5:00 pm

      Snowmobile Youth Safety Class will be Saturday, January 26, from 8am-5pm at Watonwan County Human Services, 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 January 26 by calling 507-375-2579. Class size is limited so register early.

      For more information, contact Sgt. Barry Gulden at 507-375-2579 or  barry.gulden@co.watonwan.mn.us.

    2. Youth Snowmobile Safety Training
      9:00 am – 10:00 am

      The Renville County Sheriff’s Office in cooperation with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will be hosting a Youth Snowmobile Training course on January 26, beginning at 9am at the Renville County Office Building, 105 5th Street South, room 117-lower level in Olivia. You can register by calling the Renville County Dispatcher Center at 320-523-1161.

      The registration fee will be provided by the Renville County Sheriff’s Office Driver Awareness Program, therefore the training will be no cost to the student.

      Pre-registration is required and students must meet the following requirements: Be at least 12 years of age; be accompanied by an parent or guardian; have your own snowmobile and proper safety gear; successful completion of the Minnesota DNR Safety CD and printout of the Certification of Completion. The safety cd can be obtained by calling 888-646-6367 or 651-296-6157.

    3. Third Annual Youth in Harmony Festival
      12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

      The Minnesota Valley Sweet Adelines in conjunction with the Mankato Riverblenders present their Third Annual Youth in Harmony Festival will be Saturday, January 26, at Crossview Covenant Church in North Mankato.

      Some of the high schools invited to the festival are: Madelia; Mankato West; Minnesota Valley Lutheran; Sibley East; Immanuel Lutheran; LCWM; Loyola; Mankato East; Nicollet; St. Peter. The students will start at 9am, learn two songs in their respective choruses and one song together, along with choreography. The day will culminate with a free concert at 4pm, featuring the Festival Choruses, as well as the Sweet Adelines, Riverblenders and their quartets.

      The public is invited to the free concert. For more information, please contact Jeffrey Grimmer at 507-947-3183.

    4. Community Family Fun Night, NUACS
      4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

      Community Family Fun Night, Saturday, January 26 at the former Holy Trinity Middle School Building, 515 North State, New Ulm; enter at the corner of 6th N & State Street.

      Family Fun Night runs from 4:30-7pm and food will be available in the cafeteria. They will be serving taco in a bag, bbq pork sandwiches, Happy Joe’s pizza, chicken strips, bars, cookies and more. A family friendly menu and prices!

      Carnival activities include: face painting; craft table; bean bag toss; cherry tree; kid’s raffle; popcorn; plunk-it; bingo; fish pond; surprise door game and more!

    5. Arlington Fire Department’s Annual Dinner & Dance
      5:30 pm – 11:30 pm

      You are invited to Arlington Fire Department’s Annual Fire Fighter’s Dinner and Dance on Saturday, January 26. Dinner from 5:30-7pm and dance 8pm -midnight at the Arlington Community Center. Music by Eagle River.

  6. Jan

    1. Cancer Benefit & Silent Auction, St. James
      10:00 am – 2:00 pm

      There will be a Cancer Benefit and Silent Auction for Jon “Trashy” Smith on Sunday, January 27, 10am-2pm at the American Legion, 620 1st Avenue South, St. James.

      They will be serving scrambled eggs, scalloped potatoes with ham, rolls, milk, juice, coffee. Free will donation.

      Supplemental funds provided by Watonwan County Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Chapter 31214.

    2. St. Peter’s Lutheran Dinner
      11:30 am – 5:00 pm

      St. Peter’s Lutheran 52nd Annual Pancake and Bratwurst Dinner on Sunday, January 27, 11:30am-5pm. All you can eat pancakes, bratwurst, applesauce, cheese, cookies and bars. Free will donation.

      St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Moltke Township, 63924 240th Street, County Road 10, Gibbon.

    3. Bingo Blitz, Sleepy Eye
      12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

      Catholic United Financial St. Mary’s Catholic School Bingo Blitz, St. Mary’s School Hall, Madelia on Sunday, January 27, 12:30-Early Bifd and 1:30pm-Bingo.

      $2,000 payout. Tickets available at 507-642-3324. Lunch and snacks start at 11am. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

      All proceeds go to St. Mary’s School for Religious Education. Catholic United Financial Matching Grant #61. United Financial Representatives and Information available that day.

  7. Feb

    1. Gaylord American Legion Fish Fry
      3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      The Gaylord American Legion is having their annual All You Care to Eat Fish Fry on Friday, February 1, starting at 3pm and serving until fish is gone at the Gaylord Legion Auditorium.

      Menu is deep fried fish, potato salad, cole slaw, bread and beverage. Cost is: $10/adults; $5/children 6-12; 5 and under/free; take out orders $10/containers will be provided.

  8. Feb

    1. German-Bohemian Heritage Society
      10:00 am – 4:00 pm

      Research Library Open House on Saturday, February 2, 10am-4pm, 1200 S Broadway, New Ulm. Please use rear entrance.

      Video about Father Sommereisn at 1:15pm, then Wade Olsen talks about upcoming trips to Germany and 2012 trip. Refreshments and cookies served. Open to the public and this is a free event.

    2. Nicollet Fish Fry
      11:00 am – 8:00 pm

      Annual Post 510 American Legion Nicollet Fish Fry on Saturday, February 2, serving 11am-8pm at American Legion Friendship Hall.

      Serving German and American potato salad, cole slaw, coffee and milk. Adults/$11; children under 12/$6.

    3. Build Your Own Burger, Springfield
      6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

      Build Your Own Burger on Saturday, February 2, 6-7:30pm, St. Raphael Auditorium, Springfield

      Delicious homemade food, plate includes: burger or hotdog, beans, potato chips, bar and beverage $5; burger/$2.50; hotdog/$2.50; beverages/$/50; beans//$.75. Supporting our Catholic School.

  9. Feb

    1. Sleepy Eye Sportsman’s Club Fishing Derby
      12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

      Sleepy Eye Sportsman’s Club 31st Annual Fishing Derby to be held Sunday, February 3, from 12-3pm on Sleepy Eye Lake

      4 cash prizes will be awarded in 2 categories for the fishing tourney. Entry fee is $5 per person for the contest.

      This year, they will be raffling off a 500cc ATV and trailer, valued at $8,000; plus seven other cash prizes. The day’s events also include a general raffle, fish registration door prizes and a large raffle. Raffle tickets are available before and during the contest. Winners need not be present to win.

      Food and refreshments available. Proceeds go to area projects and organizations. Just be registering to fish, you will be entered to win power ice auger and many other prizes. When kids register to fish in derby, they will be given prizes until gone.

  10. Feb

    1. Fairfax Area Parkinson’s Group Meeting
      2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

      The Fairfax Area Parkinson’s Support Group will meet at the Fairfax Community Home in the activity room on Friday, February 15, at 2pm.

      The speakers this month will be sharing a very exciting experience they had.

  11. Feb

    1. New Ulm Boy Scout Breakfast
      8:30 am – 12:30 pm

      The New Ulm Boy Scout Troop 25 will be having a Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, February 17, 8:30am-12:30pm at Holy Trinity Church, 605 North State Street, New Ulm.

      $6/advanced sales; $7/adult at door; $3/children under 11; 3 years and under/free.

  12. Feb

    1. Athena Applications Accepted (all-day)
      Feb 28

      The New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce will be honoring the 23rd recipient of the prestigious Athena Award this spring. Applications are now available at the Chamber, 1 North Minnesota, New Ulm.  

      Nominees will be considered for leadership and accomplishments in three areas: their business or profession; assistance to other women and community service. Submissions need to be returned to the Chamber by February 28. Previous nominations may be updated for re-submission.

      Questions, call the Chamber at 233-4300. To receive an application electronically, please send an email to chamber@newulm.com.

  13. Mar

    1. Aluminum Can Collection & Scrip Sales, NUACS
      8:30 am – 10:00 am

      Aluminum Can Collection and Scrip Sales will be held Saturday, March 2, 8:30-10am at the St. Anthony Elementary parking lot in New Ulm.

      All proceeds go towards NUACS Technology.

  14. Mar

    1. Tobacco Cessation Program, New Ulm
      5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

      Attend a seven-week tobacco cessation program starting Monday, March 4, at 5:30pm at New Ulm Medical Center Board Room.

      The seven week, eight session class is designed to help participants develop to plan to quit and stay quit. Cost is $20. All participants who attend all sessions will receive their enrollment fee back at the end of session eight.

      Call Cindy Winters at 507-217-5548 or Melissa Hoffmann at 507-233-6815 for information or to register.

  15. Mar

    1. Red Cross Blood Drives (all-day)
      Mar 5 – Mar 8

      March is Red Cross Month and the American Red Cross is recognizing the nation’s Everyday Heroes who give of themselves and in some way help their community. Area residents have opportunities to be Red Cross lifesavers this week at:

      Tuesdaym March 5 – Truman High School, 12-5pm

      Wednesday, March 6 – Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, 12-6pm

      Thursday, March 7 – Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, 12-6pm

      Friday, March 8 – St. John’s Lutheran Home, Springfield 12-5pm

      Friday, March 8 – Janesville High School, 9am-2pm.

      For more information on helping the Red Cross, go to redcross.org.

  16. Mar

    1. Sleepy Eye Sportsmen’s Club Chili/Soup Fundraiser
      11:00 am – 6:00 pm

      Sleepy Eye Sportsmen’s Club Chili/Soup Fundraiser on Thursday, March 7, 11am-6:30pm at the Servicemen’s Club.

      $7.50/All you can eat. Serving chili, chicken soup, egg salad and ham sandwiches, beverages. Take outs available. Call day of at 794-7391.

    2. LCS Preschool Open House & Kindergarten Round-Up
      4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      LCS Preschool Open House and Kindergarten Round-Up on Thursday, March 7, 4-7pm, Come and Go.

      Come, go on a Safari and find a Treasure at Lafayette Charter School, 351 6th Street, Lafayette. There will be a scavenger hunt and cookies and juice.

      LCS Preschool offers all week programming; 2, 3, 4 or 5 day options. All Day, Everyday Kindergarten. Explore the wonderful educational experience your child will receive at LCS. Enroll your child at the Preschool Open House and Kindergarten Round-Up. Phone 507-228-8943.

      Lafayette Charter School;  www.lafayettecharter.k12.mn.us.

  17. Mar

    1. Education Funding Reform, Hot Topics Breakfast, New Ulm
      7:30 am – 8:30 am

      Friday, March 8, 7:30am, New Ulm Country Club – Hot Topics Breakfast, Education Funding Reform

      Bob Meeks, Executive Director of the Minnesota School Boards Association, will discuss recommendations for education funding reform as developed by the state Task Force on Education. Learn more about pupil weighting factors; learn more about regional cost adjustments; learn more about levy vs. aid in school funding; Is metro and outstate funding equitable?; learn about estimated education revenue increase and related tax impact; will there ever by adequate school funding?

      Sponsored by New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce, Cost $7/Chamber members; $9/general admission. RSVP to Chamber at 233-4300 or chamber@newulm.com by noon on Wednesday, March 6.

  18. Mar

    1. 18th Annual Building Bridges Conference, Gustavus, St. Peter (all-day)
      Mar 9 – Mar 10

      Gustavus Adolphus College will host its 18th Annual student-led Building Bridges Conference on Saturday, March 9. This year’s conference “Sentenced for Life: Confronting the Calamity of Mass Incarceration” will provide attendees the opportunity to engage in dialogue about the often ignored issue of injustice in the American prison system.

      This year’s keynote speakers include scholar and political activist Dr. Angela Davis and Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, activist, political commentator and one of the coutry’s leading hip-hop generation intellectuals.

      Schedule: 9am registration at C. Charles Jackson Campus Center

      The conference is open to the public, but tickets are required and may be purchased in advance at gustavustickets.com. Tickets are $10 per person, but are complimentary for college students, high school students, and Gustavus students, faculty and staff with a valid ID. Questions, call 507-933-7449.

    2. ‘Caged 4 Critters’, New Ulm
      9:00 am – 4:00 pm

      Join them for the 2013 ‘Caged 4 Critters’ Fundraising Event on Saturday, March 9, 9am-4pm. Brown County Humane Society, 1301 South Valley Street, New Ulm, 507-359-2312. Lunch will be provided.

      Come on in and be a ‘Jail Bird’ to help raise funds for the Brown County Humane Society. 100% of dollars raised goes directly to assist the pets at the shelter.

    3. Pigeon Project Workshop, St. James
      10:00 am – 11:00 am

      Saturday, March 9, 10am at Watonwan County Fairgrounds, St. James.

      Pigeon Project Workshop for 4-Her’s, Leaders and open to public. Free admission. Workshop Leader, National Pigeon Association Juniors Director Kim Bartz. Many pigeon breeds on display with all areas of the project covered.

      Information, contact Trevor Nau at 507-375-7416. Sponsored by Fieldon Rustlers 4-H Club.