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  1. Apr

    1. Winthrop’s 30th Annual Grackle Days
      6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

      Winthrop’s 30th Annual Grackle Days Salutes Our Hometown Military Heroes will be held April 3-6, 2014.

      Thursday, April 3 – Boot Camp Family Movie Night

      Friday, April 4 at Mages Mess Hall. KNUJ will be doing live broadcasts; 6am-9am Free Breakfast on the Farm, located 1/2 mile west of Winthrop on Hwy 19.

      Cannonball Spaghetti Supper will be held 4:30-7pm at GFW Cafeteria on Saturday, April 5; PX Vendor/Craft Mall 10am-2pm at Hahn’s Dining and Lounge; there are still opening for vendors to participate. Contact Amy at amyb@magesland.com; 5K Camouflage Run; Easter Kids Activities and Story Time; Military Display; Battle of the Beanbags; Officer’s Ball

      Sunday, April 6, Winthrop Queen Coronation, 1:30pm at GFW High School Auditorium; Men of Honor Omelet Breafkast; Retreat Polka Dance

      View the poster at www.winthropminnesota.com

  2. Apr

    1. Forage Day for Area Farmers
      10:00 am – 2:00 pm

      The Nicollet County Extension office invites area forage producers to attend “Forage Day” to learn about exciting developments and management practices being developed for optimum yield and quality. The event will highlight the work being done by the newly hired University State Forage Specialist Scotty Wells and Regional Agronomist Jim Paulson.

      The program will begin at 10am on Friday, April 4, at the Lafayette Community Center and take a brief break over lunch to eat at Dave’s Place. The program will end before 2pm. There is no registration necessary and questions can be directed to Christian Lilienthal at the Nicollet County Extension Office at 507-934-0360.

  3. Apr

    1. Brown County Humane Society Garage Sales
      8:00 am – 5:00 pm

      The Brown County Humane Society is holding their annual Garage Sale on the first two weekends in April. The sale will be held on Friday and Saturday, April 4 & 5 and Friday and Saturday, April 11 & 12. The sale will be held from 8am-5pm all four days on the main floor of the Marktplatz Mall in New Ulm.

      Donations of items can be dropped off at the Mall on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 1 & 2, from 4:30-7:30pm or by appointment by calling 507-359-2312 or Gerald at 507-276-5888. If possible, please price items before donation. Cash donations will also be accepted.

      100% of the net proceeds from the garage sale will benefit the homeless animals in the care of the Brown County Human Society. The Humane Society is run entirely by volunteers and depends on the generous support of their friends.

    2. Gruenhagen Announces Town Hall Meetings
      9:00 am – 2:30 pm

      Representative Glenn Gruenhagen, R-Glencoe, announced a series of town hall meetings that will take place on Saturday, April 5, and Saturday, April 12. Representative Gruenhagen will give constituents an update on the 2014 sessions so far, field questions and listen to comments, feedback and other concerns.

      The meetings are open to the public and free of charge.

      Saturday, April 5
      9am-10am; Henderson Library, 110 S 6th Street, Henderson

      10:30am-11:30am; Arlington Library, 321 West Main Street, Arlington 

      11:45am-12:45pm – Green Isle City Council Chambers, 310 McGrann Street, Green Isle

      Saturday, April 12

      10:30am-11:30am; Gaylord Community Room, 428 Main Avenue, Gaylord

      12pm-1pm; Sisters Coffeehouse and Restaurant, 112 East 2nd Street, Winthrop

      1:30pm-2:30pm; High Island Hideway Restaurant, 7540 5th Avenue, New Auburn 

    3. Help Wanted at Food Shelf
      9:00 am – 5:00 pm

      The New Ulm Food Shelf will have phrase three of the wood shelf replacement project at 9am Saturday, April 5. In the first two phases, half of the wood shelves in the building were replaced by heavy duty steel shelves.

      About 15 volunteers are needed for these tasks: remove food boxes from the shelves; dismantle the wood shelves; assemble the steel shelves and put the food boxes back in place.

      There is a special need for a half dozen men with cordless drills to take apart the wood shelves. Also, teenagers in need of service hours are sought to move all the boxes.

    4. Fairfax United Methodist Church ‘Spring Fling’
      11:00 am – 1:00 pm

      Fairfax United Methodist Church ‘Spring Fling’ Food and Craft Sale, Salad and Sandwich Luncheon will be held Saturday, April 5, 11am-1pm at Fairfax United Methodist Church basement, which is handicapped accessible.

      Take outs and deliveries in town are available by calling 426-7329.

    5. Morgan Fire Dept. Relief Association Easter Bingo
      11:00 am – 4:00 pm

      Easter Bingo, April 5, 11am start and ends 3pm or later. Lunch at noon at City and Country Tavern.

      Prizes given out include ham, turkeys and cash.

    6. Winthrop Fire Department Relief Association Dinner
      4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

      Winthrop Fire Department Relief Association Grilled Pork Chop Dinner will take place Saturday, April 5, Winthrop Fire Hall, 4:30-7pm.

      Serving pork chops, mashed potatoes with gravy, corn, dessert. Cost per meal/$9 advance; $10/door. Advance tickets available at Winthrop State Bank and MidCountry Bank. $3/extra pork chop. Take outs available.

    7. New Ulm Club Banquet
      6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

      The New Ulm Club, a service organization supporting high school interscholastic sports programs in New Ulm, is hosting its annual Athletic Appreciation Banquet at the gymnasium of Martin Luther College on Saturday, April 5, at 6pm.

      The New Ulm Club honors all senior athletes who earn a varsity letter in their senior year of high school. An Outstanding Senior Male and Female from each of the three high schools will be awarded.

      Tickets are available through your Athletic Director’s office or Nicklasson Athletic in New Ulm for $15.

  4. Apr

    1. 10th Annual “Uplifting Celebration”, Gaylord
      9:00 am – 1:00 pm

      10th Annual ‘Uplifting Celebration’ will be held on Sunday, April 6, at St. Paul’s Lutheran, 513 Main Avenue, Gaylord.

      9am Worship With the Basics and Holy Communion; 10am-1pm Turkey Buffet Dinner and Craft and Bake Sale. Dinners tickets: adults/$9; 7-10 years old/$6; 6 & under/free.

    2. Men’s Sausage Dinner, Springfield
      9:30 am – 1:00 pm

      The Church of St. Raphael in Springfield invite you to their ‘Annual Men’s Sausage Dinner’ on Sunday, April 6, from 9:30am-1pm in the school auditorium.

      Serving sausage, homemade sauerkraut, mashed potatoes and gravy, applesauce, ice cream, beverage. Adults/$10; students 5-12/$4; preschool/$2. Take outs available.

    3. Salad & Dessert Luncheon, Madelia
      11:00 am – 12:30 pm

      Salad and Dessert Luncheon will be held Sunday, April 6, 11am-12:30pm at Salem Lutheran Church in Madelia.

      Menu includes sandwiches, salads, desserts and beverages. Free will offering.

    4. Barn Dance, New Ulm
      1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

       There will be a Barn Dance on Sunday, April 6, at the Flying Dutchmen Motorcycle Clubhouse in New Ulm. Kris and the Riverbend Dutchmen will play from 1-5pm. Doors open at 12pm; music starts at 1pm. 

      This event is free and is open to the public. Lunch and refreshments available.

    5. Perfect Pairings, Turner Hall
      5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

      United Way of Brown County Area & Schell’s Brewing Company present Perfect Pairings on Sunday, April 6, Turner Hall, 102 South State Street, New Ulm. 5:30pm social time with dinner beginning promptly at 6:15pm. This is a 4-course dinner with beer pairings and live auction.

      Serving Mini Brat Slider; Kale Citrus Salad; Coffee Crusted Pork Loin; Berry Fruit Tart. $40 per guest. Reserve your seat by calling 507-354-6512 or stop at the United Way Office at 622 Center Street. Tickets also available at New Ulm Chamber. Proceeds will benefit Imagination Library, a program of the United Way of the Brown County Area.

  5. Apr

    1. Annual Book Sale, New Ulm
      12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

      The Annual Book Sale for the Brown County Historical Society will be Friday, April 11, from 9am-6pm and Saturday, April 12, from 9am-2pm at the Brown County Museum Annex in New Ulm; located behind the main Museum Building.

      Browse through hundreds of authors and thousands of books from historical, biographies and science books, to how to books and novels of every kind….you are sure to find a great read.

    2. Fairfax Cardinals Baseball Fundraiser
      4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

      Fairfax Cardinal’s Jackpot Junction Fundraiser will be held Monday, April 7, 4:30-7:30pm. 

      Tickets are $15 ($30 value) and includes: free buffet; $5 in silver; $3 off a beverage; $5 ‘Be Back’ and more!

  6. Apr

    1. New Ulm Food Shelf Surplus Distribution
      2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

      New Ulm Food Shelf Surplus Distribution will be held April 8, 3-7pm at 1305 South Valley, New Ulm.

      Bring your own boxes or bags. Anyone in need is eligible. Spread the word. It doesn’t matter where you live; does not count as a monthly visit. Updates can be found on the New Ulm Emergency Food Shelf Facebook page. 

      Registration starts at 2:30pm; no need to come before then; it is not a first-come first-serve basis.

  7. Apr

    1. Hector United Methodist Church Luncheon
      11:00 am – 1:30 pm

      Hector United Methodist Church, 300 2nd St W, Soup and Salad Luncheon and Boutique will be Wednesday, April 9, starting at 11am.

      Adults/$8; preschool/free.

    2. Salad Luncheon, St. Peter
      11:00 am – 1:00 pm

      Salad Luncheon will be held Wednesday, April 9, 11am-1pm, Church of St. Peter, 1801 W Broadway, St. Peter.

      Salads, hot dish, deviled eggs, sweet breads, bars, beverage – all you can eat. Adults/$8; ages 5-12/$5; carry outs available; craft items for salt.

      Sponsored by Catholic Daughters Court St. Peter #1601. More parking; more seating.

  8. Apr

    1. Home Stretch Workshop, New Ulm
      8:30 am – 5:30 pm

      Home Stretch Workshop is a One-Day Workshop that will be held on Thursday, April 10, 8:30am-5:30pm at District Administrative Center, 15 South State Street, New Ulm. Find our if home ownership is right for you!

      Register today at www.swmhp.org; 507-836-1605 or email alij@swmhp.org.

  9. Apr

    1. Plato Area Garage Sales
      8:00 am – 4:00 pm

      Plato Area Garage Sales will be held Friday and Saturday, April 11 & 12, starting at 8am.

      Great quality locations; watch for balloons and signs.

    2. Rummage Sale, Springfield
      4:00 pm – 12:00 pm

      Catholic United Financial Matching Grant  Rummage Sale will be held Friday, April 11, 4-7pm ($.50 cent per item unless otherwise marked) and Saturday, April 12, 8am-12pm ($2 bag sale) at the St. Raphael Auditorium, Springfield.

      Sponsored by St. Boniface Catholic United Countil #035. Proceeds benefit St. Raphael School & Faith Formation Program.

    3. Habitat for Humanity, Mankato
      6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

      Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore Expansion Capital Campaign will be one of the beneficiaries of the Grand Old Opry Mankato show on April 11 & 12 at the Kato Ballroom.

      The doors will open at 6pm and the show starts at 7pm. The show will be about 2-1/2 hours with an intermission featuring cloggers and square dancers. The Opry Band will also do a post opry show performance for dancing. Ticket prices are $20. 

      Call Howard at 507-387-2562 for questions.

    4. Steak Fry Breast Cancer Fundraiser, Lafayette
      6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

      Come one, come all to the Annual Steak Fry Breast Cancer Fundraiser at Dave’s Place in Lafayette on Friday, April 11, 6-8:30pm.

      Serving rib eye steak, hamburger steak, chicken, windsor chops, butterfly shrimp; shrimp scampi and all you eat fish, salad and potato bar. 

      All tips and a portion of the meal will be donated to breast cancer research.

  10. Apr

    1. Earth Day, Blue Earth County Library
      10:00 am – 12:00 pm

      Earth Day, Saturday, April 12, Blue Earth County Library, 10am-12pm; kids storytime at 10:30am

      Make crafts from recycled materials: bug bands; create a bug; cd insects; butterflies; rock buddies; rain sticks; plant a seed; face painting; tube trees; environmental games; airbrushed tattoo artist; meet Stomper

    2. Ditties and Desserts, New Ulm (all-day)
      Apr 12 – Apr 13

      Ditties and Desserts Musical Variety Show will be held on Saturday, April 12, 6pm; Saturday, April 12, 9pm; Sunday, April 13, 3pm at the New Ulm Event Center.

      Adults/$10; students/$5. Tickets available at the door 60 minutes before each performance. Dessert and beverage served; Silent Auction.

      Sponsored by the New Ulm Music Boosters.

  11. Apr

    1. Palm Sunday Brunch, Springfield
      8:00 am – 12:00 pm

      Catholic United Matching Grant Palm Sunday Brunch, Sunday, April 13, 8am-12pm, St. Raphael Auditorium, Springfield.

      Serving egg bake, cinnamon and caramel rolls, assorted muffins, fruit, beverage. Adults/$8; 6-10/$4; preschool/$1.

      Sponsored by St. Boniface Catholic United Council #035. Proceeds benefit St. Raphael School and Faith Formation Program.

    2. Glencoe Lions Club Spring Brunch
      9:00 am – 12:30 pm

      Glencoe Lions Club Annual Spring Brunch will be held Sunday, April 13, at the Pla-Mor Ballroom, Glencoe, from 9am-12:30pm, with take outs available.

      Menu: pancakes, Lions sausage, ham, eggs, fruit, juice, toast, coffee and milk. Advance adult tickets/$9 and available at Hite Hardware & Paint; Franklin Printing and from Lions Club members. Prices at door adults/$10; children 4-10/$5 and children age three and under/free. Proceeds will be used toward community projects.

      Collection boxes will also be available for your used eyeglasses, sunglasses and hearing aids. 

  12. Apr

    1. Pro Kinship for Kids Fundraiser
      4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      Come to enjoy an Easter Day themed Family Fun Night at McDonald’s in New Ulm on Wednesday, April 16, from 4-7pm.

      Everyone who dines in or takes out food on this night – 10% of the business from 4-7pm will go to support Pro Kinship for Kids programming.  There will be a special appearance by the Easter Bunny, so bring your camera.

      Pro Kinship for Kids Volunteers will also be running games, such as Hole in One; Ring Toss; Peanut Toss for prizes. There will be some Easter activities to enjoy as well as face painting. Drawing will be held for adults and kids, as well as materials available on Pro Kinship for kids.

  13. Apr

    1. Brown County Heartland Express
      6:30 am – 3:00 pm

      The Brown County Heartland Express buses will not be running in New Ulm this coming Easter Sunday, April 20. Services resume on Monday, April 21. 

      For your upcoming transportation needs, call Brown County Heartland Express at 359-2717 or countywide at 1-800-707-2717. One day advance reservation is needed. Same day requests for medical appointments will be considered on a space available basis. Monday ride requests need to be made by 3pm the previous Friday. Calls are taken from 8am-3pm, Monday through Friday.