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  1. Jul

    1. Hector Corn Chaff Days
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm

      Hector Corn Chaff Days, Tuesday, July 9 to Sunday, July 14 – Celebrating Hector’s 135th Anniversary


      July 9 – 7pm Family Bingo


      July 10 – 5-9pm Family Pizza Night at American Bar and Grill; 5pm Close Show Your Ride at The Other Place


      July 11 – 7pm Ms. Corn Chaff Pageant, American Bar and Grill; 6:30-9pm Pool Appreciation Party


      July 12 – 8:30am-2pm Main Street Bazaar; 9am-3pm Hector Area Quilt Show; 5pm Co-ed Volleyball tournament; 5-8pm Pork sandwiches/chips/beans/bars, BLHS After Prom Fundraiser; 6pm Kiddie Parade; 9pm ‘Chopper’ at American Bar and Grill; 9pm ‘Tasz” at The Other Place


      July 13 – 8am 5K Run/Walk; 8am Softball Slow-pitch tourney; 9am Children’s Fun Run; 9am-3pm Craft Bazaar; 12pm Grand Parade; 1:15pm Sleepy Eye Concertina Band; 4pm Mini Rod Competition; 6:30pm All School Reunion at Island Ballroom, Bird Island; 9:30pm Fireworks


      July 14 – 8am-12pm Hector Firemen’s Pancake Breakfast; 10:30am Community Worship Service at Prairie View Senior Living; 12pm Adult Bean Bag tourney; 2pm Firemen water ball fight and many other activities taking place all week long

    2. Gibbon Area Uncommon Band of Renown
      7:15 pm – 8:15 pm

      The Gibbon Area Uncommon Band of Renown continues it summer season with a Community Concert in Gibbon City Park on Friday, July 12 beginning at 7:15pm.

      Young and old are invited to listen to eclectic mix of music from big band and old time to marches, rock and movie themes.

      Supporters of St. Peter’s Church VBS program will be serving food, beverages and delicious homemade pies beginning at 6pm.

  2. Jul

    1. Breakfast on the Farm
      7:00 am – 10:00 am

      Brown County Farm Bureau and the New Ulm Farm-City Hub Club Breakfast on the Farm at Perry & LouAnn Meyer and Jason & Jody Enter on Saturday, July 13, from 7-10am.

      Serving sausage, eggs, pancakes, milk, coffee and cheese; parking at Finstad’s Oak Haven Campground; free shuttle to farm; free will donation collected; petting zoo; machinery, ag and safety displays.

    2. 2nd Annual Madelia River 5K Run/Walk
      9:00 am – 10:00 am

      2nd Annual Madelia River 5K Run/Walk will be held Saturday, July 13; 5K starts at 9am; kids Fun Run starts at 10am (for children up to age 12)

      Race begins at Madelia Town Hall, 519 Dill Ave SW in Madelia

      On site registration is July 12 from 4:30-6pm and July 13 from 8-8:45am

      Additional information available at: www.andersonraces.com or www.mchospital.org

      Questions, call Stacie at 507-642-3255

    3. Benefit for Jamie Grams-Petzel
      10:30 am – 3:00 pm

      A benefit to honor Jamie Grams-Petzel as she continues her fight against breast cancer, daughter of Mark and Deb Grams of Gaylord, will be Saturday, July 13, 10:30am-3pm at the American Legion Club in Gaylord.

      Serving pulled pork sandwiches, beans, pickles, cookie and beverage; bake sale; games for the kids; silent auction; prize drawings.

    4. Ride for the Red, American Red Cross
      11:00 am – 6:00 pm

      The 9th Annual Ride for the Red will be on Saturday, July 13. The Brown-West Nicollet, Redwood Renville Chapter will be hosting a classic car and motorcycle ride benefiting the American Red Cross.

      Begin the journey at Searles Bar and Grill traveling through Brown County and surrounding areas. Ride for Red registration is from 11am-12pm; ride begins at 12pm; post ride celebration is from 5-6pm at Searles Bar and Grill; Silent Auction and raffle drawing at 6pm.

      Tickets for raffle available at: American Red Cross office in New Ulm; Searles Bar and Grill; First Security Agency in Sleepy Eye; New Ulm Chamber; All Chapter Board Members. Only 800 tickets sold and tickets are $20/each.

    5. Tea Party at the Cox House
      11:00 am – 1:00 pm

      Children aged 5-10 are invited to bring their American Girl doll or other favorite doll and an adult friend to a tea party at the Cox House. The tea party will be held on Saturday, July 13, 11am-1pm. Tea and sandwiches will be served.

      Guests will listen to historical American Girl stories and participate in crafts. Children will learn about the role that tea played in the culture of earlier St. Peter residents.

      The Cox House is located at 500 N Washington Avenue in St. Peter. The event is sponsored by the Nicollet County Historical Society.

  3. Jul

    1. White Squirrel Festival
      8:30 am – 1:00 pm

      The White Squirrel Festival will be Sunday, July 14 in Plato City Park in Plato.

      8:30am Omelet brunch; 9:30am Community Church Service; 8:30am-12pm St. Paul’s UCC Silent Auction; 10:30am Hutch Clown Club; 1pm Duck Races; 2pm Plato Blue Jays vs Winsted; 9am-1pm Hamburgers/hotdots

      Proceeds help fund local projects. Sponsored by the Plato Lions Club.

    2. Benefit for Pat Carlson
      9:00 am – 1:00 pm

      ‘Care in Community’ Cooperative Benefit for Pat Carlson, St. James High School Class of 1983. Son of Richard and Janice Carlson, Father of Jamison, Jakob and Rianna.

      The benefit will be held Sunday, July 14, 9am-1pm at Eagles Club in St. James, 701 1st Avenue South.

      Serving pancakes, ham, breakfast pastries, fruit cup, juice, milk and coffee; free will donation. Supplemental funds provided by Watonwan County Thrivent Chapter 31214. Benefit to assist with medical expenses incurred with lung cancer and brain cancer surgery.

    3. Afternoon of Leisure at Harkin Store
      1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      Sunday afternoons in the 1870′s were family time or time to relax, visit friends or maybe do a bit of fancywork. There will be a showing of some of their work in tatting, hardanger, knitting and other types of work on Sunday, July 14, from 1-4pm.

      Visitors will be able to tour the store, have a game of checkers or visit on the porch while also seeing the displays of work. Refreshments will be served.

    4. Dedication of B-47 Crash Memorial, Comfrey
      1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

      The Dedication of B-47 Crash Memorial will take place on Sunday, July 14 at 1pm in North Park in Comfrey, 200 Brown Street East.

      The memorial area is dedicated to the 4 Man Air Force Crew that lost their lives 50 years ago on February 20, 1963 when their B-47 Bomber crashed during a training mission from Lincoln Air Force Base in Lincoln, NE. The actual crash site is 3 miles north and 3/4 mile west of Comfrey.

      Ceremony includes participants from the MN Patriot Guards, Civil Air Patrol, Color Guards from Area Legion Posts and Air Force Dignitaries.

    5. Special Olympics Fundraiser, New Ulm
      1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

      There is a fundraiser for Special Olympics on Sunday, July 14, at the MLC Softball Fields in New Ulm.

      Homerun Derby from 1:30-2:30pm, $5 entry fee

      The New Ulm Women of Today will be having a taco feed from 1:30-4pm and other refreshments will be served throughout the day.

      There will be a softball scrimmage with special athletes at 3pm

      Proceeds will be used for new uniforms

      Questions, call Pat at 507-217-9351

  4. Jul

    1. Watonwan County Fair (all-day)
      Jul 17 – Jul 21

      Watonwan County Fair, Wednesday, July 17 – Sunday, July 21 

      There will be lots of food and show vendors, bingo every day and Royal West Amusement will provide a carnival atmosphere on the midway.
      There will be tractor pulls in the grandstand on Friday and Saturday; entertainment on the beer gardens every night; fireworks on Saturday after 10pm and rabbit, swine, beef, goat, llama and sheep judging throughout the fair. The Horse Show is on Thursday  and the crown favorite Horse Pull is on Saturday at 6:30pm.
      Senior citizens day is Saturday with free admission for folks 62 and older and DC & Hawk Stage Show and Oldies but Goodies country music in the entertainment building.
      There will be turtle races and lots of children’s games and activities throughout the fair.
  5. Jul

    1. Bavarian Blast Pre-Show (all-day)
      Jul 18

      The Bavarian Blast Pre-Show is taking place on Thursday, July 18 at the Brown County Fairgrounds. Admission is $10

      Church of Cash from 6-9pm; Chris Brooks & the Silver City Boys from 9pm-12am

      Advance tickets available at New Ulm Chamber; HyVee; Cash Wise or any board member

  6. Jul

    1. Bavarian Blast (all-day)
      Jul 19 – Jul 21

      New Ulm’s Bavarian Blast, Friday – Sunday, July 19-21 – Come and dance your lederhosen off!!

      There will be beer gardens; three stages of entertainment for all ages; authentic German food; craft fair; kraut eating contest; Kinderfest

      Music, Music, Music includiing Mollie B, Alex Meisner Band, Alpensterne, Wendinger Band, Concord Singers and more. Polka…..Rock……Country.

      Grand parade is Sunday at 12:30pm.

      Bavarian Blast….where the music and beer flows like the Minnesota River. Visit  bavarianblast.com or newulm.com.

  7. Jul

    1. Minnesota Brain Injury Force Fundraiser
      8:00 am – 11:00 am

      George’s Fine Steaks and Spirits of New Ulm is hosting a fundraiser for the Minnesota Brain Injury Force on Saturday, July 20, from 8-11am. 

      Enjoy a cheese omelet, sausage, gravy, biscuits, brain boosting muffins with juice and coffee. Tickets are just $5.
      Show your true colors; wear red, white and blue and you will win a prize.
  8. Jul

    1. Trinity Lutheran Ladies Guild Ice Cream Social
      4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

      Trinity Lutheran Ladies Guild Ice Cream Social at Trinity Lutheran Church in Nicollet is Wednesday, July 24, 4:30-7pm.

      Serving barbeques, baked beans, ham and egg sandwiches, pie, cake, ice cream, root beer floats, pop and coffee.
  9. Jul

    1. Lafayette American Legion Pork Chop Supper
      5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

      The Lafayette American Legion Post 300 will host a Pork Chop Supper on Friday, July 26 at the Lafayette Community Center. Food will be served from 5-7:30pm.

      Menu: pork chop, potato salad, beans, cupcake and a beverage and also a hot dog plate available. The chops will be prepared by the Nicollet County Pork Producers

  10. Jul

    1. Courtland Fire Department/Rec. Association Night Out
      5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

      Courtland Fire Department/Rec. Association Night Out will be held Tuesday, July 30, from 5:30-8:30pm at the Courtland Ballpark.

      See the firetrucks; Live grease fire simulator, demo times 6pm & 7pm; watch the Jaws of Life in action; safety hopper; rock climbing wall; K9 Unit Demonstrations; texting and driving course with go-karts; kids games; blood pressure checks. There will be food and ice cream available.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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’. 

  14. 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. 

  15. 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. 

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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