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  1. Jun

    1. American Red Cross Blood Drives (all-day)
      Jun 3 – Jun 7

      The American Red Cross has blood drives taking place around the area over the next few days.


      June 3 – Minnesota Valley Health Center, LeSueur from 1-7pm

      June 4 – Amboy Presbyterian Church from 1:30-6:30pm

      June 4 – Waldorf Community Center from 1-7pm

      June 5 – New Ulm Recreation Center Vogel Fieldhouse from 1-7pm

      June 6 – New Ulm Recreation Center Vogel Fieldhouse from 1-7pm

      June 7 – New Ulm Recreation Center Vogel Fieldhouse from 8am-1pm


      For more information on giving the gift of life, check out redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

    2. Concerts in the Park
      7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      The Concerts in the Park will be held Mondays at 7pm at German Park in New Ulm.


      June 3 – The Concord Singers

      June 10 – The Little Prairie Pickers

      June 17 – Barton’s Hollow

      June 24 – Molly and Sonny Boy

      July 1 – Ken and Ken Show

      July 8 – Dick Kimmer and Co.

      July 15 – The Wendinger Band

      July 22 – The Original German Band

      July 29 – National Night Out – No Concert

      August 5 – Sleepy Area Concertina Club

      August 12 – Larry Mages and the Mages Family Band

      August 19 – Polka and Native American Dancers


      Popcorn and soda for sale by Relay for Life. In case of inclement weather, the concerts will be held at the Community Center, 600 North German, New Ulm or the Civic Center, 1212 North Franklin in New Ulm. Please listen to KNUJ or call the cancellation line at 507-354-9041.


      Co-sponsored by New Ulm Park and Rec and KNUJ.

  2. Jun

    1. Bernadotte Lutheran’s Annual WELCA Pie & Ice Cream Social
      5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

      Bernadotte Lutheran’s Annual WELCA Pie and Ice Cream Social, Bake Sale and Fun will be held on Wednesday, June 5, 5:30-8pm at Bernadotte Lutheran Church.

      Pie Social Menu: cold ham sandwiches; hot turkey sandwiches; homemade pie and cake; ice cream; coffee; lemonade; milk.

      Featuring music from the Lafayette City Band. Homemade ‘Bake Sale’ specialties of the Bernadotte Ladies.

    2. ‘A Night of Christian Music for Missions IV’ at MLC
      7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      ‘A Night of Christian Music for Missions IV’ will be held on Wednesday, June 5, in the Martin Luther College Auditorium at 7pm, sponsored by MN Valley Chapter of Kingdom Workers.

      Performers include the Branches Band ( a Christian vocal group from Milwaukee), the Mankato Area Chorale and area youth instrumentalists.

      Light refreshments will follow and a free will offering will be gathered to be used toward Kingdom Worker projects. Supplemental funding provided through a partnership with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans New Ulm Chapter.

    3. New Ulm Municipal Band
      7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      New Ulm Municipal Band will play in German Park in New Ulm for an Outdoor Concert this summer. They play marches, old standards, Broadway melodies, patriotic songs, music from Germany and more.


      June 5 – 7-8pm

      June 12 – 7-8pm

      June 19 – 7-8pm

      June 26 – 7-8pm

      July 17 – 7-8pm

      July 24 – 7-8pm

      July 31 – 7-8pm


      In case of inclement weather for any of the concerts, the concert will be held in the New Ulm Civic Center. People should tune to KNUJ for the announcement.

  3. Jun

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

      The Fairfax Area Parkinson’s Support Group will meet on Thursday, June 6, at 2pm in the Activities Room located at the Fairfax Community Home.

    2. Documentary Film Series at Treaty Site Center
      7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      Please join us for this month’s documentary film, Garbo the Spy, at 7pm Thursday, June 6, at the Treaty Site History Center in St. Peter.

      In this documentary thriller, director Edmon Roch artfully interweaves propaganda footage, interviews with intelligence experts and key players in Garbo’s life and clips from Hollywood films to conjure forgotten and living memories, heroes and spies, secrets and lies.

      Admission to the film series is free. The Treaty Site History Center is located one mile north of downtown St. Peter at Highways 169 and 22, across from the Mankato Clinic.

  4. Jun

    1. Stations and Mass at Way of the Cross
      5:15 pm – 6:15 pm

      There will be Stations and Mass at the Way of the Cross and Chapel on Friday, June 7, at 5:15pm. Intentions are for Religious vocations, end to abortions and for religious freedom. Sponsored by Knights of Columbus. Everyone is welcome.

    2. New Ulm Actors Community Theatre
      7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

      New Ulm Actors Community Theatre Presents ‘The Front Page’ – a classic comedy set in 1928 Chicago. Fast paced, wise-talking newspaper reports do anything to get a story.

      Come enjoy this comedy at the newspaper business. Martin Luther College Auditorium, Friday and Saturday, June 7 and 8 at 7:30pm and Sunday, June 9 at 2pm.

      Tickets are just $7/adults; $5/students and children. Get your tickets from New Ulm Chamber or online at newulm-act.com.

  5. Jun

    1. New Ulm Actors Community Theatre
      7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

      New Ulm Actors Community Theatre Presents ‘The Front Page’ – a classic comedy set in 1928 Chicago. Fast paced, wise-talking newspaper reports do anything to get a story.

      Come enjoy this comedy at the newspaper business. Martin Luther College Auditorium, Friday and Saturday, June 7 and 8 at 7:30pm and Sunday, June 9 at 2pm.

      Tickets are just $7/adults; $5/students and children. Get your tickets from New Ulm Chamber or online at newulm-act.com.

  6. Jun

    1. St. Paul’s Parish Festival, Nicollet
      10:00 am – 1:00 pm

      St. Paul’s Parish Festival, Nicollet, will be held on Sunday, June 9. Pass at 10am; Hog Roast and BBQ Chicken Dinner 10:30am-1pm. Adults/$11; children 5-12/$5; under 5/free.

      There will be a Curiosity Shpo, bingo, kids games, bucket raffle, perennial plant sale, hay wagon rides and much more. Grand raffle drawing at 2pm.

    2. Sigel Benefit
      12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

      Sigel Benefit Day is Sunday, June 9. Come watch girls softball and boys baseball throughout the day. Games start at 12pm.

      Enjoy great food: hot dogs, sauerkraut, hamburgers and a chance to win door prizes. All proceeds benefit Sigel Athletics. Come to the Original Field of Dreams on Sunday on Brown County Road 24.

    3. Flag Day at Harkin Store
      1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      On Sunday, June 9, is our Flag Day Program from 1-4pm at the Harkin Store. The Harkin Store will be having information about our nation’s flag. How did the flag start? How has the flag evolved? What does the design of the flag mean? What did the flag of the 1870′s look like? Our program will answer these questions.

      The gift shop will have flag items for sale. The Harkin Store hours are from 10am-5pm on Tuesdays to Sundays in June, July and August. The store is closed on Mondays. There is an admission to teh store, which includes the program.

      The 1870′s Harkin Store is nine miles northwest of New Ulm on Nicollet County Road 21 or the bottom road, or nine miles east of Fort Ridgely. The store is operated by the Nicollet County Historical Society. For more information, call 507-354-8666 or Nicollet County 507-934-2160.

    4. New Ulm Actors Community Theatre
      7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

      New Ulm Actors Community Theatre Presents ‘The Front Page’ – a classic comedy set in 1928 Chicago. Fast paced, wise-talking newspaper reports do anything to get a story.

      Come enjoy this comedy at the newspaper business. Martin Luther College Auditorium, Friday and Saturday, June 7 and 8 at 7:30pm and Sunday, June 9 at 2pm.

      Tickets are just $7/adults; $5/students and children. Get your tickets from New Ulm Chamber or online at newulm-act.com.

  7. Jun

    1. Volunteer Appreciation BBQ and Potluck, St. James
      5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

      Habitat for Humanity is hosting a Volunteer Appreciation event at 5:30pm at Memorial Park, north end shelter, in St. James on Monday, June 10. Join us in celebration of all the contributions in building a home and changing the lives of two new homeowners in 2013.

      Hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided. We encourage everyone to bring a dish to share. Anyone who is interested in learning more about volunteering opportunities at Habitat for Humanity is invited to attend.

    2. NUACT Auditions ‘South Pacific”
      7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      We are looking for young people 18-35 who want to play sailors and nurses on a South Pacific Island and who want to have fun!

      The New Ulm Actors Community Theatre, NUACT, continues the audition process. Three audition dates for 18 or more adults roles and 12 children’s roles (age 6-18) will be held Monday, June 10, at 7pm; Wednesday, June 12, at 7pm and June 15 at 1pm at the Martin Luther College. Callbacks, if necessary, will occur after regular auditions on June 15.

      Four performances are planned at 7:30pm on Thursday, July 25; Friday, July 26; and Saturday, July 28 and 2pm on Sunday, July 28. All shows will be in the 900 seat DAC (former Middle School) auditorium, which is air conditioned. Reserved seating will go on sale after June 15.

      People who audition will read material from the script, learn then sing musical numbers from the show and practice a simple dance routine. Nothing to prepare. Everyone who loves musical theatre is strongly encouraged to participate on stage as performers or off stage working with costumes, sets, properties, publicity. The show is still seeking a choreographer.

      Call Paul at 507-359-9990 or email execdir@newulmact.com or visit www.newulmact.com for more information.

  8. Jun

    1. Springfield Garden and Hobby Club Convention
      7:30 am – 9:00 am

      The Springfield Garden and Hobby Club and the Springfield Garden and Study Club are hosting The 58th Annual Convention of the Minnesota State Horticultural Society Fourth District “Prairie Gardeners” to be held on Tuesday, June 11 from 8am-3pm at the Springfield Community Center, 33 South Cass Ave, Springfield.

      The convention will feature a flower show and flower show entries are to be brought in from 7:30-9am – enter at the NE doors. Participation in the flower show is open to the public and is free. Judging of the entries is at 9am.

      Registration and coffee from 8-9am. The meeting will begin at 9am, with a welcome from Springfield’s Mayor, Mark Brown. The program will feature three speakers: Jan Dittbenner, Master Gardener, will speak on Companion Gardening; Lucy Hunt from St. Paul will speak on Gypsy Moths and Lynn Hacker from Hacker’s Nursery and Greenhouse will speak on Therapeutic Horticulture Healing Garden.

      A noon luncheon will be served and throughout the meeting, there will be drawings for many door prizes to guest attendees.

  9. Jun

    1. Classic Car & Bike Nights, Lafayette
      1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

      Classic Car and Bike Nights at Dave’s Place in Lafayette. Door prize drawings each night throughout evening. Free t-shirt when you come to 5 nights or more. Burgers, Specials and more! Co-sponsored by KNUJ AM 860 & SAM 107.3 FM.

      Bike Wednesdays: May 29; June 12; 26; July 10; 24; August 7; 21; September 4 and Finale September 13.

      Classic Car Fridays: June 7; 21; July 5; 19; August 2; 16; 30; Finale September 13

  10. Jun

    1. Flandrau Camping Class (all-day)
      Jun 15

      Families are invited to come to Flandrau State Park in New Ulm on Saturday, June 15, to learn all the skills they need to camp outdoors.

      The one-night ‘I Can Camp” program takes place Saturday. Experienced instructors from Conservation Corps Minnesota will teach participants basic camping and outdoor skills, including how to set up a tent, start a campfire and prepare simple and delicious meals.

      All camping equipment is provided. Participants just bring their own food and clothing. There is a $40 fee for a tent that accommodates up to six people. Advance registration is required by calling 866-857-2757.

  11. Jun

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

      Come buy a Blizzard any time on Tuesday, June 18, at the New Ulm Dairy Queen and a portion of the amount you pay for your blizzard will go to fund Pro Kinship for Kids activities.

      You can also bring your children and neighborhood children down to Dairy Queen on Tuesday, June 18, for a real feel for what it is like to be part of Pro Kinship for Kids. Staff and volunteers will be available to answer questions and tell you about the program.

      From 4-7:30pm, there will be: create with fabric markers; 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

  12. Jun

    1. UCare Informational Meeting, New Ulm
      9:30 am – 10:30 am

      Wednesday, June 19, 9am at the New Ulm Community Center, upper level, 600 North German, New Ulm, UCare will hold an informational meeting about its UCAre for Seniors health care options.

      Questions, call 1-877-523-1518.

    2. Swedlanda Lutheran Midsummer Event
      4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

      Swedlanda Lutheran Midsummer Event on Wednesday, June 19, 4:30-7pm. There will be an Ice Cream Social and Supper menu consists of: pulled pork sandwiches, potato salad, beans, pie, cake and homemade ice cream, coffee and lemonade.

      The Paul Knapper Family from Renville will be performing. Be ready to rock with a variety of songs ranging from piano and violin to vocals. Midsummer begins at 4:30pm with food and fellowship. The program begins at 7pm.

      All are invited for fun, food and entertainment.

  13. Jun

    1. Fairfax Lawn Mower Days (all-day)
      Jun 20 – Jun 23

      Fairfax Lawn Mower Days, June 20, 21, 22 & 23

      Many events taking place Thursday through Sunday. Thursday is the Fairfax Royalty Coronation at Squirrel’s Bar and Grill at 7pm.

      Friday – 6pm Kids 1 mile run at Memorial Park; 7pm 5K Fun Run at Memorial Park; 7:30pm Fairfax Cardinals baseball game; 8-9pm Street Dance for Kids; 9pm-1am Street Dance with DJ Juice Belly

      Saturday, 9am Softball Tournament in Lion’s Park; 9am Volleyball Tournament in Lion’s Park; 11am GFW Legion Baseball Tournament in Memorial Park; 1-3pm Fire Department/Kids Water Fight; 6-7:30pm D&S Kids Pedal Pull; 9pm-1am Street Dance, 1st Street SE

      Sunday – 10am Worship Service; 1-5pm open swim at Fairfax pool; 2-4pm polka music at Squirrel’s Bar & Grill; 3pm Bean Bag Tournament in Lion’s Park.

  14. Jun

    1. Quiltistry at Harkin Store (all-day)
      Jun 22

      The Harkin Store is hosting a place of view and do quilting on Saturday, June 22.

      The mixing of terms ‘quilting’ and ‘artistry’ are displayed outside on porches and clotheslines along a four-block area, viewable on your own or by trolly rides along ‘the quilting trail’. Nationally-known designers and local teachers with classes and a morning tea and trunk show are some highlights.

      The Harkin Store is located 9 miles northwest of New Ulm in Nicollet County Road 21 or the bottom road, or 9 miles east of Fort Ridgely.

    2. Quiltistry: The Art of the Quilt
      10:00 am – 5:00 pm

      Quiltistry celebrates the artistic expression and history of quilts on Saturday, June 22. The biennial event is a collaboration between the New Ulm Specialty Shops and the Prairie Piecemakers Quilt Guild with events sponsored by the Brown County Historical Society Museum and the Wanda Gag House Association.

      Over 250 quilts will be hung outdoors in German and Kiesling Park, in downtown retail locations, on porches of turn-of-the-century homes on German Street and in several art and historic venues throughout New Ulm. The free self-guided tour runs from 10am to 5pm; a map and specifics about the quilts will be available at all locations. Visitors can walk, drive, or for a bit of nostalgia, they may ride a horse-drawn carriage to view the quilts.

    3. 2nd Annual Summer Party, New Ulm
      12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

      2nd Annual Summer Party, Saturday, June 22

      Grillin’ and Chillin’ with Live Outdoor Music. Gates open at 12pm; 4pm The Organic Cowboys; 8pm-12am Everett Smithson Band; free camping on club grounds; no coolers or outside beverages allowed; bring a lawn chair; in case of rain, music will be held indoors; ages 21+; free admission

      Location – from Hwy 15 south of New Ulm, go east on Hwy 68 for 2 miles, then left on 110th Avenue, watch for signs for Flying Dutchmen Motorcycle Club, New Ulm.

  15. Jun

    1. Cathedral Summer Festival
      9:00 am – 5:00 pm

      Cathedral Summer Festival, Sunday, June 23, 9am-5pm, Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, 605 North State, New Ulm.

      Roast Pork Dinner served 10:30am-1:30pm; hamburgers, hotdogs, & tacos in a bag all day in outdoor food tent; homemade pie and ice cream; German potato salad & Smearkuchen; popcorn, smoothies and fresh fruit.

      Also, live entertainment; curiosity shop; shopping; book sale; fun; big ticket raffle at 5pm.

      Also, on Saturday, June 22, 8pm, there will be a Magic Show by Ronald McDonald; popcorn & non-alcoholic beverages; scavenger hunt; family-friendly movie shown drive-in style.

    2. Carver Creek Bluegrass, Harkin Store
      1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      Sunday, June 23, 1-4pm – Carver Creek Bluegrass (formerly known as Monson Family Bluegrass) a family band of five siblings ages 6-20, is known for delightful performances of bluegrass, old time, gospel and Irish music using a variety of instruments the typical banjo, guitar, bass and fiddle and some unusual ones, like the bodhran and musical slaw.

      The Harkin Store is glad to have the family back again for the 3rd year. Come enjoy the afternoon, bring a lawn chair or enjoy our porch. The family will have their music cds for sale.

  16. Jun

    1. Red Cross Bloodmobiles
      2:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      The American Red Cross Bloodmobile makes a few stops in the area this week.


      June 24 – Walnut Grove Community Center, 2-7pm

      June 26 – Lester Prairie City Hall from 1-7pm

      June 27 – Town and Country Leisure Hall in Mapleton from 1-7pm


      For more information on giving the gift of life, call 1-800-red-cross or log onto redcrossblood.org.


  17. Jun

    1. Dakota Language Programs
      3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      Dakota Language Programs, Thursday, June 27, New Ulm Public Library Meeting Room.

      3pm is the children’s programs. Discover the Dakota language through songs and activities. Program geared to children ages 5-12, but all ages welcome.

      6pm – adult program. Information session about the Dakota Wicohan project.

      Call 507-359-8336 for more information.