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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. Oct

    1. DAV Mobile Service Officer
      9:00 am – 4:00 pm

      So many veterans feel confused about benefits and services they’ve earned. There’s so much to know and so many changes from one year to the next. That’s why the nonprofit Disabled American Veterans offers help. The DAV Mobile Service Office will be at the following locations to personally provide the best counseling and claim filing assistance available.

      October 18, 9am-4pm, Renville County Veterans Service Office, 105 South 5th Street, Olivia and October 19, 9am-4pm, McLeod County Veterans Service Office, 2381 Hennepin Avenue North, Glencoe.

      For further information regarding these events, contact NSO Jon N. Retzer at 612-970-5665.

    2. Oakwood United Methodist Church Supper and Bake Sale
      4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

      Oakwood United Methodist Church, 1630 Oakwood Avenue, New Ulm invites you to their Annual Fall Supper and Bake Sale on Thursday, October 18, 4-6:30pm.

      Serving BBQ’s or hot turkey sandwiches, German and American potato salad, baked beans, coleslaw, pie and dessert. Adults/$8; children ages 3-12/$3. Take home some baked goods.


  8. Oct

    1. Soup and Sandwich Luncheon, Cambria
      11:00 am – 1:00 pm

      Soup and Sandwich Luncheon, Bake Sale and Fundraiser at the Cambria Presbyterian Church on Saturday, October 20, 11am-1pm.

      Drawing for prizes at 1:30pm.

    2. Turner Hall Gala 2012
      4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

      Turner Hall Gala 2012 – A Diamond Affair on Saturday, October 20. Pre-party at Turner Hall at 4pm; all cocktails included.

      Gala to follow featuring 5 course meal; Neil Diamond tribute band and a live auction. Serving: beet and feta cheese salad; pumpkin bisque w/smoked gouda; bacon wrapped pineapple shrimp; smoked chops w/spiced apple compote; apple ice cream with brandy caramel.

      $75 tickets. Get your tickets from Virginia or Dan. Only 300 tickets available.

    3. Hanska Women of Today Taco Feed
      4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

      The Hanska Women of Today will be having a Taco Feed on Saturday, October 20, 4:30-7:30pm in the basement of the Hanska Community Center.

      All proceeds from taco feed will be used for Christmas in Hanska and the Easter Egg Hunt.

      There will also be a raffle with great prizes!

    4. St. Mary’s Church Spaghetti Supper, New Ulm
      5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

      Join them for Dinner and Entertainment on Saturday, October 20, St. Mary’s Church in New Ulm.

      Spaghetti Supper served 5:30-7:30pm. Adults/$7; youth 5-10/$4. Tickets can be purchased at the parish offices of St. Mary’s Church or Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, from the youth who will be attending WYD, Cash Wise or HyVee.

      Free Columbian Music and Dance Program at 7:30pm. Desserts and beverages available for purchase. Proceeds will help to send youth to World Youth Day 2013.

  9. Oct

    1. Catholic United Financial Matching Grant Fundraiser Breakfast
      8:30 am – 12:30 pm

      Catholic United Financial Matching Grant Fundraiser Breakfast, sponsored by Sts. Joseph & Elizabeth Council on Sunday, October 21, from 8:30am-12:30pm at Leifeld Hall, Cathedral of the Holy Trinity.

      Serving eggs, smokies, hash browns, cinnamon rolls, coffee, juice, milk. Crafts, baked items and garden produce will also be on sale.

      Proceeds will be matched by Catholic United Financial up to $1,000 to help support New Ulm Area Catholic Schools.

    2. Mission Brunch and Bake Sale, Sleepy Eye
      10:30 am – 12:30 pm

      Mission Brunch and Bake Sale, St. Mary’s CCW, Sleepy Eye School Cafeteria on Sunday, October 21, 10:30am-12:30pm. Smearkuchen and rolls bake sale 8am.

      Serving pork chops, sauerkraut, dumpling, dessert and beverage. Adult meal/$9; children 10 and under/$4. Takeouts available.

  10. Oct

    1. Big Book Blitz II, New Ulm
      4:00 pm – 7:30 pm

      The 2nd Annual Fall Fundraiser, Big Book Blitz II, on Monday, October 22, 4-7:30pm.

      There will be a silent auction, door prizes, a haunted house, a scholastic book fair, good eats and live music by ALC staff and students. Also, it is Clifford the Big Red Dog’s 50th Birthday, so he will be there to read to the kids and pose for photos.

      Money raised will go toward development of their one year old library and for student activities. Sponsored by River Bend Education Building, 1315 South Broadway, New Ulm.

  11. Oct

    1. 55 Alive Safety Driving Course
      8:15 am – 9:15 am

      Community and Seniors Together and ISD 88 Community Education sponsor a refresher 55 Alive Safety Driving Course each month.

      The next 4 hour session is Wednesday, October 24 at 8:15am at the Community Center, 600 North German, New Ulm. Call the CAST office and leave a message to register. The fee is $16.

  12. Oct

    1. Haunted House, Rognlie Manor, Franklin
      12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

      Scariest Haunted House in southern Minnesota – The Haunted Rognlie Manor.

      Every fall the doors of the Rognlie Manor are opened for those daring enough to venture through its halls. Are you fearless enough to challenge the Rognlie?

      Dates are October 26 or 27; doors open at 6pm; trails open at dark; admission $7/take $1 off if you bring food shelf donation.

      For more info: 507-430-4046. Located 4 miles east of Franklin and/or 4 miles west of Fairfax on Highway 19, then one mile south on 430th St – the Rognlie Manor is located to the west of the second church on the road. 63839 430th Street, Franklin

    2. Haunted Halloween Village, Cleveland
      6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      Haunted Halloween Village, October 26 & 27, 6-8pm in Cleveland.

      Ghosts and Goblins of all ages! Bobbing for Apples; Brew, Treats and Food; Carve your own pumpkin contest; Little Monster Games; Spooktacular Maze. Admission/$2; Haunted Hayride/$2; food shelf donations optional.

    3. Haunted House, New Ulm
      6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

      It’s Haunted House Time!! The 4th Annual Haunted House is being run by the Youth Council of New Ulm at 125 South Broadway, New Ulm.

      It will be Friday, October 26, from 6:30-9pm for 1st – 5th graders and Saturday, October 27, 6:30-9pm for 6th – 12th graders. Admission is FREE, but please bring a canned goods for the food shelf if you can.

      This event is sponsored by Healthy Communities/Healthy Youth of Brown County. For more information, call 507-354-8632 or ypc@newulmtel.net