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  1. Aug

    1. Blue Earth County Fair
      12:30 pm – 10:00 pm

      The Blue Earth County Fair will be held in Garden City on August 1 – 3.

      Everyday at the fair includes: petting zoo; chain saw artist; silent auction for his works; beer garden; free state entertainment; exhibits; 4-H demonstrations; carnival rides; National Guard climbing wall; animal fest with camel rides and parakeet interaction.

  2. Aug

    1. Causes of the US Dakota War & Battlefield Tour
      1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      The causes of the US/Dakota War in 1862 were many and complicated. Independent Historian John LaBatte will examine why some Dakota Indians wanted war while others opposed war. At least nine of John’s Dakota and while ancestors were involved in the US/Dakota War in 1862. Historic Fort Ridgely is recognized by the National Park Service as a National Battlefield and is listed twice on the National Register of Historic Places. Join LaBatte for a 1pm program and again for a 2:30pm walking tour on August 18 at Fort Ridgely.

  3. Aug

    1. Lafayette Lions Hog/Corn Roast
      4:30 pm – 12:30 am

      Saturday, August 24, 4:30-7:30pm will be the Lafayette Lions Hog/Corn Roast at the Lafayette Fire Station. 

      Along with the corn, the menu features pork chops, grilled to perfection by the Nicollet County Pork Producers. There will be dinner music with the Lafayette Band presenting a concert at 6:30pm and other local musicians entertaining also. 

      The Lafayette Fire Department Relief Association will hold its street dance at the fire hall from 8:30pm-12:30am, with music by ‘Bad Romance’. 

  4. Aug

    1. New Ulm Cemetery Memorial Service for Victims of Dakota War
      1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

      Junior Pioneers of New Ulm and Vicinity and the Brown County Historical Society will be having a Memorial Service for Victims of the Dakota War at the New Ulm City Cemetery on Sunday, August 25, at 1pm.

      Welcome: Darla Gebhard, Junior Pioneers; Remarks by New Ulm Mayor Bob Beussman; Keynote Speaker is Jeffery Juni; Music by Dick Kimmel and Jerilyn Kjelberg. Guided tours of Pioneer Section of City Cemetery to follow.

      This event is open to the public. 

  5. Sep

    1. Free Health Clinic for Older Adults, New Ulm
      10:00 am – 12:00 pm

      New Ulm area older adults will have the opportunity to participate in a free health clinic on Friday, September 6, from 10am-12pm at St. Michael’s Apartments, 500 North State Street, New Ulm.

      Various health services will be provided by Rasmussen College Nursing faculty and students, New Ulm Medical Center pharmacy and VINE Faith in Action. Services include:
      *medication reviews – please bring current prescription and over the counter medications, plus any supplements
      *blood pressure checks
      *blood sugar checks
      *non-fasting cholesterol screening
      *foot soaks/massages (no toenail trimming)
      *health information and refreshments

      No appointment necessary. Come enjoy free health services and enjoy a snack. Contact Karen at VINE Faith in Action at 507-345-5262 for more information. This program is provided through funding from the Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging. 

  6. Sep

    1. St. Mary’s Catholic School Celebrating 130 Years
      9:30 am – 8:00 pm

      St. Mary’s Catholic School is Sleepy Eye is celebrating 130 years of Catholic education. The celebration will be held on September 14.

      The day will begin with a four-person best ball golf tournament at 9:30am; tours of the school at 2pm and 3pm and then following the 5:30pm Mass, there will be a banquet in the social room. Our guests will be entertained by performances of present and former students and testimonials from a few alumni.

      Please contact Chris at 794-4171 if you are interested in attending.

  7. Sep

    1. Hillstrom Museum of Art
      9:00 am – 4:00 pm

      The Hillstrom Museum of Art presents three concurrent exhibitions.

      Associated American Artists: Art by Subscription; Recent Acquisitions and Debuts of the Hillstrom Museum of Art and String Theory and the Superconducting Super Collider Series: Paintings by Lucinda Mason on view September 9 through November 10, with an opening reception during Gustavus Adolphus College’s Nobel Conference on Tuesday, October 1, 6-8pm.

      All evens are free and open to the public. Regular museum hours are weekdays, 9am-4pma nd weekends 1-5pm. Each of these exhibits is accompanied by an illustrated checklist/brochure available to visitors free of charge.

  8. Oct

    1. Holiday Mail for Heroes
      9:00 am – 5:00 pm

      The American Red Cross kicks off its annual Holiday Mail for Heroes program today and invites everyone to show their gratitude and best wishes for those who serve our country. Now through December 6, you can create and send holiday cards to service members, veterans and their families across the country and around the world.

      Red Cross volunteers sort and deliver cards throughout the holiday season. More than 6.5 million cards have been distributed since the program began in 2006. The cards must be postmarked by December 6 to ensure that they are delivered in time for the holidays. You are asked to refrain from sending letters, monetary donations or any other kinds of inserts with the cards.

      More information can be found at redcross.org/holidaymail or the cards can be mailed directly to: Holiday Mail for Heroes, PO Box 5456, Capital Heights, Maryland 20791.

  9. Nov

    1. Mitten Trees in New Ulm
      12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

      New Ulm Women’s Literary Club is sponsoring the Mitten Trees. One will be located at the New Ulm Chamber and the other in Frandsen Bank and Trust, at their downtown location.

      Donors may bring mittens, gloves, scarves or head gear starting on Tuesday, November 5. Sertoma Club members will pick up items on December 13. Please leave items by December 11 at one of the locations.

  10. Nov

    1. Friends of New Ulm Public Library Book Sale
      5:30 pm – 1:00 pm

      Friends of the New Ulm Public Library will be having a book sale in the lower level of the library on Thursday, Nov. 7, 5:30-7:30pm for members of the Friends of the Library; Friday, Nov. 8, 9:30am-4:30pm; Saturday, Nov. 9, 9:30am-1pm.

      Books, cd’s, and tapes may be donated to the sale at any time. This sale helps fund many programs at the library.

    2. Brown County Humane Society Gala
      6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

      Brown County Humane Society Wine, Beer & Hors D’oeuvres Tasting Gala will be Thursday, November 7, at the New Ulm Country Club from 6-8:30pm.

      Silent auction from 6-8pm and door prizes; engraved wine glass with purchase of ticket; tickets are $15/advance and $20/at door; entertainment by The Ken and Ken Show; must be 21 or older to attend.

      Tickets available: Pampered Pets; New Ulm Regional Veterinary Center; Hy-Vee; Brown County Humane Society; New Ulm and Sleepy Eye Chambers; Gislason and Hunter; Pups Playland

  11. Nov

    1. GnomeMade Shows, New Ulm
      4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

      GnomeMade Shows is an annual art and folk art market exhibited in private homes and in historic New Ulm locations. 

      GnomeMade Artisan Markets will be held on November 8-10. Visit www.gnomemadeshows.com for a map of locations.

    2. The Legend of Sleeping Beauty, Cathedral High School
      7:00 pm – 5:00 pm

      Cathedral High School presents The Legend of Sleeping Beauty on November 8 & 9 at 7pm and November 10 at 2pm at Historic Holy Trinity Auditorium, 515 North State, New Ulm.

      Adults/$7; K-12/$5. Advanced reserved tickets may be purchased at CHS and will be available at the door.

  12. Nov

    1. Craft & Bake Sale, St. John’s Catholic Church, Hector
      8:00 am – 1:00 pm

      The women of St. John’s Catholic Church in Hector are having their Craft and Bake Sale on Saturday, November 9, 8am-1pm, at the BLHS High School, Hector Campus, small gym.

      Cinnamon rolls, caramel rolls, coffee and juice will be served throughout the sale. Both seasonal and general, hand-made craft items will be sold, as well as a variety of homemade baked goods. Craft items from the San Lucas mission in Guatemala will also be available, with proceeds from the sale of those items going to the people at the mission.

    2. 10th Annual Women’s Expo & Craft Fair, New Ulm
      9:00 am – 2:00 pm

      10th Annual New Ulm Women’s Expo and Craft Fair, Saturday, November 9, 9am-2pm, Jefferson Elementary School, 318 South Payne, New Ulm.

      Crafters; Health and Wellness; Home Businesses; Retail; Kids Play Area; Lunch on site; free admission.

      Sponsored by New Ulm Early Childhood Family Education.

    3. Fall Bazaar, Gibbon
      9:00 am – 1:00 pm

      St. Willibrord’s CCW Fall Bazaar in Gibbon will be Saturday, Nov. 9, from 9am-1pm.

      Join in the raffle, bake sale, quilt raffle, Grandma’s Attic or luncheon serving cinnamon and caramel rolls, coffee, juice and milk from 9-10:30am and potato soup, chicken wild rice soup, roast beef sandwiches, ham sandwiches, German potato salad, American potato salad, various desserts, coffee, milk and pop from 10:30am-1pm. Take outs available.

    4. History of Beer, Part II
      6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

      The History of Beer, Part II opens Saturday, November 9, at Turner Hall, 102 South State, New Ulm.

      Doors open at 6pm and the dinner and show begins at 6:30pm. Reserved tickets are $25/per person and available at New Ulm Chamber, Turner Hall or online at www.newulmact.com. Tickets include the performance and a three course dinner with beer pairings throughout the evening. 

  13. Nov

    1. Church of St. George CCW Brunch & Bake Sale
      10:00 am – 1:30 pm

      Church of St. George CCW Brunch and Bake Sale on Sunday, November 10, 10am-12:30pm at the St. George Parish Center, West Newton Township.

      Menu: ham, sausage, scrambled eggs, German potato salad, sauerkraut, hamburger spaetzle soup, desserts and more.

    2. St. Mary’s Fall Festival Bingo, Madelia
      1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

      St. Mary’s Fall Festival Bingo, Sunday, November 10, 1:30pm; 12:30pm will be Early Bird Bingo at St. Mary’s Church Hall in Madelia.

      $2,000 total payout; cost is $20 on or before November 8 or $22/at door. Lunch available starting at 11am. Proceeds go to St. Mary’s CCW.

    3. Turkey Bingo, Fairfax
      3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

      Fairfax American Legion Auxiliary Turkey Bingo, Sunday, November 10, 3pm at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 406 1st St SE, Fairfax.

      BBQ lunch available; $6.50 a card for 20 games.

  14. Nov

    1. St. John’s the Baptist Church Cookie Sale
      10:00 am – 5:00 pm

      St. John’s the Baptist Church in Searles 24th Annual Cookie Sale.

      The cookie and bake sale will be held on December 7 & 8 at the Church of St. John’s the Baptist in Searles, but orders must be placed by Sunday, December 1.

      You may google ‘St. John’s Searles’ to get an order sheet online or call Carol 359-4339; Sherry at 354-8029 or Lester and Linda at 354-4234.

      19 varieties available including Peanut Blossoms; triple chocolate caramel; cherry shortbread and new this year, Sugar Crunches and much more. All cookies are just $4 a dozen with gift packs available.

    2. Senior Dance, St. Peter
      1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      Senior Dance, Tuesday, November 12, 1-4pm, American Legion, 229 W Nassau, St. Peter. Music provided by Lyndon Peterson.

      There will be an admission charge for this event. Questions, call Sylvia 507-934-0484.

    3. Cancer Support Group, New Ulm
      7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

      Virginia Piper Cancer Institute – New Ulm is sponsoring a monthly cancer support group to help cancer patients and their family members. There is no cost to attend.

      The next support group is Tuesday, November 12, 7-8:30pm at VPCI Conference Room (lower level of New Ulm Medical Center clinic. Enter through the clinic doors). Questions, call 507-217-5562

  15. Nov

    1. Turkey Supper, Bird Island
      5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      The public is invited to a Turkey Supper at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Bird Island on Wednesday, November 13, 5pm.

      Menu: served family style turkey, dressing, potatoes, gravy, corn, coleslaw, rolls, pumpkin pie. Tickets: adults 13 & over/$9; children 5-12/$5.50; children under 5/free. All take out males are $1 extra; children’s take out is $2. 

      Advance tickets can be purchased at the Broaster, Home Town Bank in Olivia and Pete’s Grill in Hector. You may specify time you wish to eat, please state time when buying tickets.

  16. Nov

    1. Prairie Piecemakers Quilt Guild
      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 at 201 North State Street, New Ulm, on Thursday, November 14, at 7pm. They will have a business meeting, show and tell and a speaker, Susan Tuma, who teaches and works at Quilting by the Hearth in Lonsdale, MN.

  17. Nov

    1. Nicollet County Public Health Flu Clinics
      9:00 am – 1:15 pm

      Nicollet County Public Health will be having Flu Shot Clinics on Friday, November 15, at :

      –Lafayette Community Center from 9-10am

      –Church of St. Paul in Nicollet from 10:45-11:45am

      –Courtland Rec Hall from 12:15-1:15pm

      Bring your insurance or Medicare cards. Shots are $25 if you don’t have insurance.

      Questions, call 507-934-0495.

    2. Springfield Theatre Presents “Beauty and the Beast”
      7:30 pm – 5:00 pm

      Springfield Public School Community Education and Springfield Community Theatre Present Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’. The production will take place in the Springfield Public School Auditorium on Friday, November 15, at 7pm; Saturday, November 16, 7:30pm and Sunday, November 17, 2pm.

      Tickets available in advance at Springfield Advance-Press at 723-4225 and also available at the door. Advance adults/$10; adults at door/$12; students/$6.

  18. Nov

    1. Second Chances Fundraiser
      7:30 pm – 11:45 pm

      Second Chances Fundraiser, non-profit group home for boys in Martin County – Come to the Kato Ballroom in Mankato on Saturday, November 16. Enjoy an evening of dancing with Sandra Lee & the Velvets from 7:30-10pm and Powerhouse from 10pm-midnight.

      Help troubled young boys ages 12-18 from our area have a second chance through individual programs, including dog training. The purpose of Second Chances is to provide young residents the opportunity to learn responsibility, kindness and insight into others’ needs, education and a good work ethic in a safe and caring environment resulting in positive self-esteem and necessary skills to have a successful future. 

      Tickets $10. Proceeds will benefit the Second Chances group home and dog rescue center. Sponsors include: KNUJ Radio; Westman Freightliner; Sandra Lee & the Velvets; Powerhouse and the Kato Ballroom.

  19. Nov

    1. Soup and Salad Luncheon, Winthrop
      10:00 am – 1:00 pm

      Soup and Sandwich Luncheon and Bake Sale at Peace Lutheran Church, 413 West 5th Street, Winthrop, on Sunday, November 17, 10am-1pm.

      There will be crafts and baked goods.

    2. Food for Kidz, Sleepy Eye
      11:15 am – 3:00 pm

      Food for Kidz – 10th Annual will be held Sunday, November 17. The community is invited to package food for the hungry. It will be held at the Eagles Orchid Inn in Sleepy Eye with two choices of shifts to help.

      Come as a family and encourage the kids to being a ‘buddy’ along to help. The 1st shift is from 11:15am-1:15pm and the 2nd shift is 1-3pm. Help us package a nutritious meal of rice, soy, vitamins and vegetables that is fed to hungry children around the world. 

      In the past nine years, our community has packaged 639,350 meals and fundraised nearly $75,000

      Questions, call Rick at 320-583-7442 or Deb at 507-240-0546.

      Sponsored by Divine Mercy Area Faith Communities in Sleepy Eye, Leavenworth, Comfrey and Morgan, plus all the Sleepy Eye Area Churches and Schools.