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  1. Nov

    1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Nov

    1. American Red Cross Blood Drives
      8:00 am – 6:00 pm

      American Red Cross Blood Drives

      Wednesday, November 20 – GFW High School in Winthrop, 8am-1pm

      Thursday, November 21 – Faith Lutheran Church in Janesville, 1-7pm

      Friday, November 22 – St. Peter Regional Treatment Center’s Tomlinson Hall, 8am-1pm

      Friday, November 22 – Hutchinson Mall from 1-6pm

      For more information on giving blood, log onto redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-red-cross.

  9. Nov

    1. New Ulm High School Presents ‘Footloose’
      6:00 pm – 6:00 pm

      New Ulm High School Presents ‘Footloose The Musical’ on Friday, November 22, 7pm; Saturday, November 23, 7pm; Sunday, November 24, 3pm, at the District Administrative Center in New Ulm.

      Assigned seating tickets on sale now for $12, $10 and $8. Available at: Community Education Office, 359-8561. Also available at the door one hour before each show. Call 359-8561 for more information.

    2. Poultry Party, Plato
      7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

      Plato Baseball Club’s Annual Poultry Party will be held on Friday, November 22, 7pm at the Plato Hall in Plato.

      Sponsored by Plato Baseball Club.

  10. Nov

    1. Fall Classic Poultry Show, New Ulm
      8:00 am – 5:00 pm

      Saturday, November 23 – New Fall Classic Poultry Show will be held at the Brown County Fairgrounds from 8am-5pm. Free admission to the public. 

      On display will be heritage breeds of poultry and miniature Bantams in many beautiful colors and breeds. Show sponsored by Brown County Poultry and Pigeon Association.

    2. Fine Arts Expo & Craft Fair, Howard Lake
      9:00 am – 2:00 pm

      The 35th Annual Fine Arts Expo and 33rd Annual Creative Crafts Fair will be held Saturday, November 23, 9am-2pm at the Middle School in Howard Lake.

      There will be 100+ artists and craft persons exhibiting their works for sale. No admission fee. There will be food stand, bake sale and prizes.

    3. Bake Sale & Luncheon, Sleepy Eye
      10:00 am – 1:00 pm

      A Season of Giving – Bake Sale, Candy Shoppe and Sandwich Luncheon will be held at Faith United Methodist Church in Sleepy Eye on Saturday, November 23, 10am-1pm

      Proceeds will be shared by the Sleepy Eye Fire Department; The Sleepy Eye Ambulance and Faith United Methodist Church Projects.

    4. Hector United Methodist Church Christmas Bazaar
      2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

      Hector United Methodist Church Annual Christmas Bazaar will be held Saturday, November 23, starting at 2pm.

      There will be candy, country store, bake sale, layer cakes, coffee & cider and much more.

    5. Lafayette Turkey Bingo
      7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

      The Lafayette American Legion Post 300 will host a Turkey Bingo on Saturday, November 23, starting at 7pm at the Lafayette Community Center. Children are welcome.

  11. Nov

    1. Grace Lutheran Church Closing Service, Ormsby
      2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

      Grace Lutheran Church of Ormsby closing Service will be Sunday, November 24, 2pm. All former members and others interested are invited to attend. Meal served following service.

  12. Nov

    1. Commissioner Charlie Zelle presents Minnesota Go, New Ulm
      9:00 am – 10:00 am

      Commissioner Charlie Zelle presents Minnesota Go at the New Ulm Community Center, 600 N German, New Ulm, on Monday, November 25, from 9-10am. Enjoy free continental breakfast.

      Join them for this important presentation and have an opportunity to take part in a Q & A session. Charles Zelle is the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Transportation. He will talk about our 50-year vision to help us see how transportation will connect people, natural resources and businesses to each other and to the world beyond. It’s a great vision, but it will take a serious investment.

      This event is sponsored by the New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce. Questions, call the New Ulm Chamber 507-233-4300.

  13. Dec

    1. Breakfast with Santa, New Ulm
      7:30 am – 12:30 pm

      Join Santa and help a deserving children – Breakfast with Santa will be held Sunday, December 1, St. Mary’s Church, New Ulm, from 7:30am-12:30pm. Proceeds to benefit Santa’s Closet.

      Bring your camera to take photos with Santa, bring an unwrapped gift to donate or start shopping early by participating in our silent auction. Silent auction ends at 12:30pm. Menu includes pancakes, sausages and applesauce.

      Ticket sales: New Ulm Chamber of Commerce, Cash Wise, Sleepy Eye Chamber, HyVee, Alliance Bank, Bank Midwest, Citizens Bank, Southpoint Federal and United Prairie Bank. Cost is $6/presale; $7/at door; $3/children 10 and under presale and at the door.

  14. Dec

    1. St. James Winter Carnival
      11:00 am – 5:30 pm

      St. James Winter Carnival will be December 6-8. 

      Many activities taking place throughout the week

      Monday – Medallion hunt begins

      Tuesday – First National Bank Holiday Open House 9am-4pm

      Thursday – Business After House at Pioneer Bank 5-6:30pm

      Friday – Cocoa and Cider stands open at 5pm at Encore and Stray Cat; lighted parade at 5:30pm though downtown St. James; Village Walk 6-7pm; 

      Saturday – Women’s Morning Out; Kiddie Games in Park 11am-1pm; trolley rides; Home Vendor Show; wine tasting at St. James Liquor

      Sunday – Holiday Brunch at Encore 10am-1pm; Free community movie at 3:30pm at the Princess Theater; free trolley rides

    2. American Red Cross Blood Drives
      12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

      December 2 – Truman Community Center, 12-6pm

      December 3 – Waldorf Community Center, 1-7pm

      December 5 – Town and Country Leisure Hall, Mapleton, 1-7pm

      December 6 – Hanska Community Center, 1-6pm

      To learn more about giving blood, go online to redcrossblood.org.

  15. Dec

    1. MNsure Informational Session, New Ulm
      6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

      Join us for a FREE informational session about MNsure, the new marketplace where Minnesotans can find, compare and purchase quality health care coverage.  This will be Tuesday, December 3, 6:30pm at NUMC third floor Auditorium.

      Speakers include MNsure Southwest Region Community Outreach Liaison Ellen De la torre and New Ulm Medical Center President Toby Freier. Come learn how to sign up for health insurance through MNsure and how to determine which plan fits you and your family best. This session is free and open to the public. No registration is required. Co-sponsored by the New Ulm Chamber of Commerce.

  16. Dec

    1. New Ulm SAL Dinner
      5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

      The New Ulm Sons of the American Legion Squad is sponsoring a Schnitzel Dinner on December 4, from 5-7:30pm at the American Legion in downtown New Ulm and cost is $7.50.

      Dinner includes pork schnitzel, spaetzle or French fries, mushroom gravy or pepper gravy and red cabbage.

    2. Introducing the MENding Project, Gaylord
      7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

      Introducing the MENding Project, Wednesday, December 4, 7pm, United Church of Christ, 318 4th Street, Gaylord. 

      Featured speaker will be Cara Bishop, Henderson. Cara will bravely speak from the heart, telling the story of how her daughter, Josselyn, was murdered by her ex-boyfriend on July 8, 2011. Here a mother’s perspective on how domestic violence can change the lives of many forever. Learn from this very powerful message some of the warning signs of control and violence. Parents note – this speech contains graphic descriptions of the incident. Not suitable for younger children.

      Everyone is invited to attend. Please bring your spouses, children, friends, neighbors. Light refreshments available after the presentations.

      Domestic violence does exist in Sibley County. It plagues schools, work places, communities and homes. Please come to learn more about a new project: The MENding Project, which acknowledges men’s unique opportunity to end men’s violence against women and our collective responsibility to do so. 

      Sponsored by: Sibley Lodge No. 209 of Winthrop/MENding Project. Questions, contact Steve Johnson at 507-647-2648.

  17. Dec

    1. Nicollet-Sibley Corn and Soybean Growers Breakfast Meeting
      8:00 am – 11:00 am

      Corn and Soybean Farmers invited to Nicollet-Sibley Corn and Soybean Growers Breakfast Meeting on Friday, December 6, at the Lafayette Community Center. No charge and no pre-registration needed.

      Enjoy free breakfast at 8am; followed by the meeting from 9-11am.

      Learn results of seed variety plot trials; Mark “Y” from farm business management will discuss crop budgets for next year; Dave Nicolai and Doug Munson will give presentations; Bob Cook, Extension Soybean Entomologist will discuss progress of soybean invasive species; seed reps will be on hand.

      Brought to you by Nicollet-Sibley County Corn and Soybean Growers and the Soybean Checkoff.

    2. Annual Cookie Sale, New Ulm
      10:30 am – 1:00 pm

      Annual Cookie Sale and Bazaar will be Friday, December 6, from 10:30am-1pm at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 700 South Broadway, New Ulm.

      Lunch, cookies, crafts, baked goods, candies, etc.

  18. Dec

    1. Christmas in the Country, GFW High School
      8:30 am – 1:30 pm

      Christmas in the Country will be celebrated by the Winthrop General Foundation of Women’s Clubs on Saturday, December 7, at the GFW High School.

      Christmas cookies at $4/dozen from 8:30am-1:30pm; refreshments, coffee cake servings and muffins available for purchase; crafts by local crafters.