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  1. Oct

    1. ATV Youth Safety Class
      8:00 am – 4:00 pm

      ATV Youth Safety Class will be held October 6 from 8am-4pm at the Watonwan County Human Services Building, 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 stopping by the Watonwan County Sheriff’s Office at 715 3td Avenue South, St. James and obtaining a study cd or by calling Sgt. Gulden at 507-375-2579 .

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

    2. Aluminum Can Collection, New Ulm
      8:30 am – 10:30 am

      Saturday, October 6, Aluminum Can Collection and SCRIP Sales, 8:30-10:30am at St. Anthony Elementary School parking lot – all proceeds go towards New Ulm Area Catholic Schools Technology Fund.

    3. German-American Day Parade, New Ulm
      11:00 am – 12:00 pm

      Teh Prinzenpaar of the German-American Mardi Gras Association will serve as Grand Marshals of New Ulm’s German-American Day Parade, a feature of Oktoberfest 2012. Prinz Darrel I and Prinzessin Patricia I, national GAMGA royalty, will lead the parade.

      The parade will form at New Ulm’s Glockenspiel at 10:30am on Saturday, October 6, and march off at 11am. It will proceed south along Minnesota Street to Center Street. The parade is sponsored by the German-Bohemian Heritage Society. The public is invited to participate on foot, on horseback or on wheels. Families and urged to make a sign with family name, add the year in which the family arrived in America and/or New Ulm and join the parade. Participants are encouraged to wear their German costume is possible and carry American and German flags. Musical units and floats are invited to add to the festivities.

      No pre-registration is necessary. For additional information, contact Pat at 507-359-2333 or George at 507-354-2097 .

    4. Minnesota Deer Hunters Association Annual Banquet
      12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

      Minnesota Deer Hunters Association Annual Banquet 27th Annual Sioux Trails Chapter – Saturday, October 6, at the National Guard Armory, New Ulm. 5:30pm/social hour; 7pm/dinner; 8pm/program. There will be door prizes, raffle and auction.

      For advance tickets only, call Mike at 359-9349; Hoffman Construction 359-4444; Gary 359-9358 or Scott 276-2717


  2. Oct

    1. Pancake Breakfast, Leavenworth
      9:00 am – 12:00 pm

      The Church of the Japanese Martyrs in Leavenworth is having a Cathoic United Financial Matching Grant Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, October 7, serving 9am-12pm in the church hall.

      Serving pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, applesauce, coffee, chocolate milk and juice. Cost adults/$6; ages 6-12/$5; preshool/$1.50.

    2. Norwegian Smorgasbord and Country Store
      11:00 am – 1:30 pm

      Nora Unitarian Universalist Church, Hanska, Norwegian Smorgasbord and Country Store on Sunday, October 7, serving 11am-1:30pm. Coffee at 10am; Church Service at 10:30am; Country Store 10am. Adults/$14; children 10 and under/$4; 6 and under/free.

      Appetizers: tongue, deviled eggs, herring. Menu includes: meatballs, ham, turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, glazed carrots, sot supe, rommegrot, rice pudding, lefse, flatbread, Norwegian cookies including rosettes, krum kake, sandbakkels and more.

      Drive-up take-outs available. Nora Church is handicapped accessible and is located one mile east of Hanska, just off Highway 257.


    3. Becky Keute Benefit
      11:00 am – 4:00 pm

      Becky Kuete Benefit (life long partner of Dave Epper) will be held on Sunday, October 7, from 11am-4pm at the Courtland Community Center, 300 Railroad Street, Courtland. Adults/$7; kids 4-12/$4; 3 and under/free. Silent auction ends at 3pm.

      Becky Keute fought a long, hard battle with lung and brain cancer for over a year. A benefit was in the works when Becky left us for heaven on September 10, 2012. With the help of her family and friends, there will be a benefit for Becky to help the family with expenses occurred during Becky’s long, hard fight with cancer.

    4. Pumpkinfest, New Ulm
      11:00 am – 4:00 pm

      New Ulm Area Catholic Schools Pumpkinfest will be Sunday, October 7 from 11am-4pm at the Ron and Karen Domeier Farm, 3 miles west of New Ulm on County Road 27.

      There will be pumpkins, gourds, corn maze, petting zoo, haunted hair, live music, food stand, Happy Joe’s Pizza, country store, rolling pumpkin contest and Culver’s build your own sundae.

  3. Oct

    1. Sertoma Club – Santa’s Closet
      11:30 am – 12:30 pm

      For the past 26 years, the New Ulm Sertoma Club has sponsored Santa’s Closet. This is a program designed to provide Christmas gifts for children in the New Ulm and Sleepy Eye area who, because of financial difficulties, may not otherwise receive Christmas gifts.

      They expect the project to serve approximately 500 children this year. In addition, the New Ulm Sertoma Club provides contributions for other community needs, e.g. services for the hearing impaired, camp scholarships, etc. To continue to meet these needs, they need your help. Your tax-deductible cash contribution will help the New Ulm Sertoma Club continue Santa’s Closet and provide financial support for other community needs.

      You may send contributions to: Sertoma Club – Santa’s Closet, PO Box 692, New Ulm, MN 56073.

  4. Oct

    1. Veteran’s Day Program, New Ulm
      7:30 am – 8:30 am

      Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School is pleased to invite you to the celebration of Veterans’ Day on Friday, November 9.

      7:30am Veterans’ Breakfast; 9am Recognition Program; Welcome and Allegiance; Armed Forces Salute; Keynote Address: David Koester; Musical Selections; “The Price of Courage” video presentation; TAPS; Retiring of the Colors; Recession of Honor and Thanks.

      To participate in the Veterans’ breakfast, please RSVP by November 7, to Mae at mtacke@mvlhs.org or 507-233-8662 .

    2. Five Guys Burgers and Fries Benefit Night
      4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      Five Guys Benefit Night will be Tuesday, October 9, 4-8pm (dine in or carry out). 10% of all sales go to the Brown County Humane Society.

      Five Guys Burgers and Fries, 1920 Adams Street, Mankato, 507-385-1848.

    3. Domino’s Pizza and NPFA Partner with NU Fire Dept.
      5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      Domino’s Pizza, the National Fire Protection Association and the New Ulm Fire Department are joining forces to promote fire prevention during Fire Prevention Week.

      On Tuesday, October 9, from 5-7pm, anyone who orders a Domino’s Pizza may be randomly selected and surprised at the door when their pizza arrives aboard a fire engine. If all the smoke alarms in the home are working, the pizza is FREE. If the smoke alarm is not working, the firefighters will replace the batteries or install a fully functioning alarm.

  5. Oct

    1. New Ulm Fire Department Open House
      10:00 am – 8:00 pm

      New Ulm Fire Department Open House on Wednesday, October 10, 10am-2pm and 4-8pm

  6. Oct

    1. The Odin Craft Mill Fall Shows (all-day)
      Oct 11 – Oct 14

      The Odin Craft Mill Fall Shows in Odin on October 11-14; 18-21; 25-28. Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10am-7pm; Sunday 12-5pm.

      Come visit and walk through the old grinding and mixing rooms with the original equipment. See the old drive through with the overhead hoist and old warehouse. Then see the original 1917 Montgomery Ward Home and Gordon Van Tine Barn with original floors, wallpaper and woodwork. All spaces top to bottom are full of handcrafted gifts and one of a kind items from over 150 artisans form 5 states. Stop and have lunch at the dining warehouse.

      Email: odincraftmill@fontier.com; find them on Facebook. All Roads Lead to Odin.

    2. Fall Harvest Windsor Pork Chop Dinner, Gaylord
      11:00 am – 1:00 pm

      St. John’s Lutheran Church, Mountville and Gaylord – Fall Harvest Windsor Pork Chop Dinner, Country Store and Usbourne Books Fundraiser on Sunday, October 7, at the Gaylord American Legion Club, 11am-1pm. Price Adults/$9.50; children 5-10/$5.50 and 4 and under/free. Tickets available in advance or at the door. Take outs available.

      Menu: Windsor pork chops, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables, applesauce, bread, bars and beverages

    3. The Prairie Peacemakers
      7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      The Prairie Peacemakers is an organization of quilt lovers, novices and experts alike who share their love of fabric, design, color and the finished product.

      Thursday, October 11, Bonnie Lundorff from Willowwood Quilt Designs, Bemidji, will do an afternoon workshop and an evening trunk show. The workshop will be a wool applique kit “Holiday Wishes” – with a choice of either a Christmas or a Fall theme.

      They meet monthly September through May on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7pm at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 201 North State Street, New Ulm.

  7. Oct

    1. Second Annual First Choice Pregnancy Services Banquet
      5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

      The Second Annual First Choice Pregnancy Services Banquet and Fundraiser will be held at the Eagles Club in Sleepy Eye on Friday, October 12. Social hour/5:30pm; banquet/6:30pm.

      First Choice Pregnancy Services exists to offer life affirming choices and resources to women and families who seek help before, during and after pregnancy. Please help this great cause.

      Tickets are $25/person and can be purchased at HyVee and Cash Wise in New Ulm and Randy’s Drug in Sleepy Eye. Please call 359-9800 with questions.

    2. Haunted Corn Maze
      7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

      Haunted Corn Maze on Friday, October 12, 7-9pm at the Ron and Karen Domeier Farm, 3 miles west of New Ulm on County Road 27.

      Come for scares! Come for food! Come for fun! Remember your flashlight. Proceeds to benefit NUACS Technology. Thanks to Happy Joe’s Pizza.

  8. Oct

    1. 1st Annual Angel Walk
      8:45 am – 9:45 am

      1st Annual Angel Walk on Saturday, October 13, at Benson Park in North Mankato.

      Walk to Honor the Memory of Loved Ones. Registration accepted up to day of event, cash only $20. Proceeds from walk go to: OurGATE (Our Grief and Tears Released) to provide resources, support and scholarships for those struggling in grief.

      8:45-9:30am – registration t-shirt pick up; 9:30am – walk starts; 11am-11:45am – beverages, photo opportunities, visiting. For info call, 507-382-4554 or RememberingOurLovedOnes.org.

    2. Bike Donations for Free Bikes 4 Kidz
      9:00 am – 2:00 pm

      New Ulm Medical Center, part of Allina Health, and Free Bikes 4 Kidz are teaming up to collect donated bicycles for kids in need throughout the region. Kids will also receive free bicycle helmets and concussion prevention information.

      People can bring new or gently used bikes to New Ulm Medical Center or Winthrop Area Clinic on October 13 from 9am-2pm. The first 50 people to donate a bike at each location will receive a free, long sleeved t-shirt. For more information, go to www.newulmmedicalcenter.com.

    3. Silent Auction & Bake Sale Benefiting the STILL Project
      1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

      Silent Auction and Bake Sale Benefiting the STILL Project at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 201 North State, New Ulm on Saturday, October 13, 1:30-5pm. Crafts and other fabulous items up for auction. Cash and carry bake sale.

      Show your support for families who have experiences infant/child loss. The STILL Project in memory of Kora Ruth Shrum and Avery Joy Wolff, two loved daughters who left his world for Heaven.

    4. Fish Fry – Courtland
      3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      Fish Fry served by Courtland Fire Department will take place Saturday, October 13, 3-8pm or until gone at the Courtland Community Center.

      Serving: beer battered fish; German potato salad; coleslaw; milk; coffee; bread; pickle. Adults/$10; kids 5-12/$5; under 5/free. Sponsored by Courtland Relief Association.

    5. ‘Reconciling Samuel’ Play
      7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      People First of New Ulm and the United We Stand Players Present ‘Reconciling Samuel’ on Saturday, October 13, 7pm and Sunday, October 14, 2pm at the New Ulm Community Center, 600 North German Street, New Ulm.

      Suggested Donation: Adults/$8; students and senior citizens/$4; children under 6/free. Tickets available at the door.

      This musical drama follows the life of Samuel from escaping the restrictions of an institution to the community that worked to welcome all people to live there including Samuel. The play celebrates the Minnesota State Apology to People who lived and died in Minnesota’s State Institutions.

  9. Oct

    1. Knights of Columbus Breakfast, Green Isle
      8:00 am – 12:00 pm

      St. Arthur’s Council 10172 Knights of Columbus Annual Ham and French Toast Breakfast on Sunday, October 14, serving 8am-12pm at St Brendan’s Church Hall, Green Isle.

      Menu: ham, French toast, applesauce, coffee, milk and orange juice. Free Will offering.

    2. Benefit for Brittany Carlson for Hearing
      10:00 am – 1:00 pm

      Benefit for Brittany Carlson for Hearing on Sunday, October 14, 10am-1pm, St. James American Legion

      Serving hot chicken sandwiches, potatoes, beans, bars and beverages. Free will donation.

      Brittany is the daughter of Darwin and Sabrina (Oliver) Carlson. She is a sixth grader here in St. James. She is hearing impaired and will not be able to continue hearing without replacing her cochlear implants and hearing aids. Sponsored by St. James Sertoma Club, supported by family and friends, with supplemental funds provided by Watonwan County Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Chapter 31214.

      Donations or items for silent auction, contact Shirley at 507-375-7697 or any Sertoma Club Member.

    3. Annual Roast Beef Dinner, Morgan
      10:30 am – 1:00 pm

      Annual Roast Beef Dinner, Church of St. Michael, Morgan, Sunday, October 14, 10:30am-1pm.

      Serving roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans with cheese, coleslaw and apple and pumpkin dessert. Adults/takeouts/$8; under 12/$5; preschool/$2. Handicapped accessible.

  10. Oct

    1. Madelia Community Hospital and Clinic Pink Glove Competition (all-day)
      Oct 16 – Oct 26

      October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Madelia Community Hospital and Clinic is helping promote breast cancer awareness by competing in the Medline National Pink Glove Dance Competition.

      The Madelia Community Hospital and Clinic video is not just a video of dancing with pink gloves on, but is the story of a real fight by a real local person. The video is heartwarming and reassuring.

      You can view the video on You Tube. But your vote is needed for the Madelia Community Hospital and Clinic to win the National Competition. Log on daily through October 26 to  www.pinkglovedance.com and cast your vote for them.

    2. Candidate Forum for Redwood Falls
      7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      The Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities and the City of Redwood Falls will host a candidate forum on October 16. The forum will focus on issues important to rural communities, including property taxes, the state budget and economic development. Redwood Falls Mayor Gary Revier will serve as moderator.

      Senate District 16/House District 16B Candidate Forum on Tuesday, October 16, 7pm at the Redwood Falls City Hall, 333 South Washington Street. Senate District 16 candidates Sen. Gary Dahms and Ted Suss; House District 16B candidates Rep. Paul Torkelson and James Kanne

  11. Oct

    1. American Red Cross Blood Drives
      1:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      The American Red Cross Blood Drives schedule:

      Mountain Lake Community Center from 2-7pm on Wednesday, October 17 and Montgomery American Legion from 1-7pm on Thursday, October 19.

      Appointments are encouraged, but walk ins are welcome. For more information, you can call 1-800-RED-CROSS or log on to redcrossblood.org.

    2. Swan Lake Lutheran Church Fall Harvest Supper
      5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      The community is invited to the Swan Lake Lutheran Church Fall Harvest Supper on Wednesday, October 17, from 5-7pm.

      Menu includes hot beef and hot turkey sandwiches, cole slaw, dessert and beverage. $7.50/adults. Half plate or children/$4.

      Swan Lake Lutheran Church is located just east of Nicollet Co. Rd 10 on the Fort Road, (Nicollet Co. Rd. 5). This meal is prepared by the woman of Swan Lake Lutheran Church.