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  1. Jul

    1. Fireworks July 3rd – Celebration/events July 4 – Cambria (all-day)
      Jul 3 – Jul 4

      Cambria, MN – Members of the Cambria Community Township will celebrate the Fourth of July with a variety of programs and special events on Saturday, July 4th.

      Fireworks are scheduled for dusk – Friday, July 3 at the Cambria Town Hall.

      On Saturday, July 4th, a variety of outdoor games for young and old will kick-off the day at 11:00 am in the Cambria Park. Everyone is invited to bring a dish to share at the community pot luck picnic at the Park shelter at noon; followed by the unorganized and impromptu Annual Parade beginning on the west end of town at 1:00 pm. The Annual Patriotic Program, held in the Cambria Town Hall, will begin at 2:00 pm. Music in the Park will conclude the day’s activities at 4:00 pm. This year’s Fourth of July Program entitled, “Take Me ‘Back’ to the Ball Game,” is a one of several historic themes developed as a part of the new Cambria History Project that will highlight community activities bridging the years between elders and youngsters. This year the program will look back at the roots and historic moments of Cambria Softball. The Program will also include pre-program music, readings, performances, and will conclude with the traditional roofraising community sing-a-long, and annual Fancy Cake Auction. Funds from the program free-will-donation and Fancy Cake Auction each year support the Cambria 4th of July Program Committee Activities that continue to support the annual event and various projects that preserve the history of Cambria.

    2. NEW AUBURN (all-day)
      Jul 3 – Jul 4

      NEW AUBURN – On Friday (July 3rd) at the City Hall in New Auburn the Fire Department Relief Association will host a smoked pork chop dinner. Also on Friday the High Island Lake conservation Club and Immanuel Lutheran Church will host Bingo from 7 until 9 at the High Island Lake conservation building. Hamburgers and pop will be available.

      Starting at 10 a.m. Saturday a car/truck/bike show will be held with judging at 3 p.m. A dinner serving chicken or fish will be served from 11 until 2 and 4 to 7. Games for kids and bingo will also take place. This will all be held at the New Auburn City Hall. Fireworks will take place at dusk. 

    3. NEW ULM Patriotic Concerts (all-day)
      Jul 3 – Jul 4

      NEW ULM – The Legion Post 132 presents a 3rd of July at New Ulm’s Riverside Park from 5 to 8:15. Patriotic Concerts, Abraham Lincoln Speech, Cannon Firing and white doves release. Bryce Stenzel will deliver the memorable and shortest inaugural address at 6:30 p.m. Patrotic music will play during the dove release and Cannon echoes will follow from the valley.

      On Saturday Turner Hall will be open for live music and a beer garden from 11 until 6:30. Entertainment will begin at 11 with the Concord Singers. The Tuner Ladies pie social will take place from 11:30 until 7. The festivities will be moved inside in case of inclement weather. 

    4. REDWOOD FALLS – Areas Largest Fireworks Display (all-day)
      Jul 3

      REDWOOD FALLS – Redwood Falls will be having the area’s largest fireworks display on Friday, July 3rd. The fireworks will be synchronized to music. Activities begin at five including a bubble party DJ, pony rides, a petting zoo and more. 

  2. Jul

    1. VERNON CENTER (all-day)
      Jul 4

      VERNON CENTER – Vernon Center will be celebrating the 4th of July the old fashioned way. There will be live music, bingo, a kids’ petting zoo, fireworks, a parade and more.

    2. MORTON
      8:00 am – 9:00 am

      MORTON – The city of Morton will be having the 9th Annual Morton Firecracker fun/run walk on the 4th of July at Morton City Park. The run/walk will being at 8 a.m. at the Brent Koch Memorial Shelter. 

    3. HANSKA
      10:00 am – 11:00 pm

      HANSKA – On Saturday The 5th annual Uff-Da 5K starts at 10 a.m. in the ball park. Tournaments and games throughout the day. Fireworks will begin at dusk at the ball park. 

    4. ST. PETER
      10:00 am – 10:00 pm

      ST. PETER – The 45th Old-Fashioned 4th of July celebration includes an 8K and 5K walk event, 90-unit parade on Washington Avenue beginning at 10 a.m. Food vendors, music, art fair, children’s activities will take place in Minnesota Square Park. Fireworks will take place at Nicollet County Fairgrounds at 10 p.m. 

    5. CAMBRIA
      11:00 am – 6:00 pm

      CAMBRIA – Saturday Outdoor games start at 11 a.m. A community potluck will be held at noon at the park shelter. A parade will take place at 1 p.m. followed by a patriotic program at 2 p.m. Music in the park will begin at 4. 

    6. Sleepy Eye
      11:00 am – 7:00 pm

      SLEEPY EYE – A fourth of July celebration will be held at Allison Park Saturday. Sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Eagles this festival features burgers, music, kids activities and fireworks at dusk. The event at Allison Park takes place from 11 until 7. 

    7. Turner Hall – New Ulm
      11:00 am – 7:00 pm

      Come to Turner Hall
      for live music & beer garden
      102 South State St – New Ulm 

      Sat., July 4th •
      11:00 am-7:00 pm
      Burgers & Good Ole German Food Turner Ladies Pie Social 11:30-7:00
      Bean Bags & Volleyball available

      Entertainment from 11 am – 6:15 pm
      11:00 am – Concord Singers – Stage 1
      12:20 pm – Dain’s Dutchemen – Stage 2 
      1:40 pm  - Schell’s Hobo Band – Stage 1
      2:50 pm – Adam’s Jammers – Stage 2
      4:00 pm – Schell’s Hobo Band – Stage 1
      5:00 pm – Wendinger Band – Stage 2

      Will move inside for inclement weather – No coolers please 

    8. American Indian Survival Skills Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site, Comfrey MN
      1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

      Explore some of the survival skills used by early American Indians. Throughout the afternoon visitors can try to start a fire using primitive methods and view a display of atlatls (spear thrower); from 1 to 3 pm they can make an atlatl and then learn how to throw a spear at a bison target; and from 3 to 5 pm they can observe a flintknapper demonstrate how to create stone projectile points (arrowheads) and then try making one themselves. For more information visit http://sites.mnhs.org/historic-sites/jeffers-petroglyphs/american-indian-survival-skills.

  3. Jul

      1:00 pm – 5:00 pm


      On Sunday, July 5th, the historical Harkin Store will celebrate our great nation with the
      firing of a cannon.  The New Ulm Battery will start at 1:00 with the firing of the old 
      1862 cannon every half hour and on the hour.  Enjoy cold treats while listening about
      the 1870′s riverboat town of West Newton and the Harkin Store.  Bring a lawn chair 
      or blanket or sit on the porch for a relaxing afternoon.

      The program is included with the admission to the store. 

      The store is located nine miles northwest of New Ulm on Nicollet County Road 21, or  the
      bottom road, or nine miles east of Fort Ridgely. 

  4. Jul

    1. GERMAN PARK CONCERT IN THE PARK– Sands Summertime Fun Show
      7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      July 6 – Sands Summertime Fun Show


      Monday Night Concerts start at 7:00 p.m. at German Park.
      In case of inclement weather, the performances will be held at the New
      Ulm Civic Center (1212 N. Franklin). Listen to KNUJ and look on
      Facebook for weather related updates. Call the New Ulm Park and Rec.
      Weather Line for cancellations @ 354-9041
      Relay for Life will be selling popcorn and soda.

  5. Jul

    1. Music in the Park – Lester Prairie
      6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

      The Lester Prairie Lion and American Legion and Auxiliary, are hosting “Music in the Park.” It will be held on June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and July 7. This event will be held at the Park on 2nd Ave South near the swimming pool and ball fields. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy an evening of fun. The evening activities being at 6 pm with a light lunch, which is being put on by different local businesses or group each week for a small charge per person. Music begins at 7 pm and goes until 8:30 pm

      June 2 – Georges’ Concertina Band
      June 9 – Lowell Schubert and Nancy Buckentine
      June 16- Phyllis Hummel and Swinging Country Band
      June 23 – Cindy concertina Band
      June 30- Blake Klaustermier
      July 7- One More Time Band 

  6. Jul

    1. Nominations Sought for Brown County Outstanding Seniors
      8:00 am – 10:00 am

      Nominations Sought forBrownCountyOutstanding Seniors


      Nominations are now being accepted until July 10th for the Brown County Outstanding Senior Citizen Recognition for 2015.


      Seniors who have reached the age of 70 by June 1st of this year can be nominated.  Recognition will be based largely and how the nominee has touched the lives of other people in their community, the scope of volunteer involvement in various community organizations, as well as the variety, quality and quantity of community service performed after age 65.  Nominees must currently do a volunteer activity that is unpaid and demonstrates commitment to their local community.


      Nominees will be recognized for their community service at the Brown County Fair in August.  Both a man and a woman can be selected to represent Brown County on Senior Day at the 2015 Minnesota State Fair in late August.


      Those wishing to make nominations can obtain official nomination forms by contacting their local Senior Citizen group or Bob Apitz at Brown County Family Service, PO Box 788, New Ulm, MN  56073 or call 507-354-8246.

    2. St. James Blood Drive
      1:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      St. James Blood Drive

      First Presbyterian Church
      706 3rd Avenue
      St. James

      Thursday, July 9, 1-7 pm
      Friday, July 10, 8 am – 12 pm

      For appointments call 1-800-733-2767
      Or sign up online at www.redcrossblood.org
      enter sponsor code: STJAMESMN

      Blood is especially needed this time of year. Please schedule your donation today. 

    3. Car Hop & Shop Classic Car Cruise-In – NU Chamber
      5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      The “Car Hop & Shop” Classic Car Cruise-In

      will be Thursday, July 9th from 5:00 to 8:00 PM.

      Our next Car Hop & Shops will be August 6th and September 10th.

       East side of North Minnesota Street beginning at Center and Minnesota (by Ashlee’s Bridal, across from the Chamber), to 4th North and Minnesota


      please contact the Chamber at 507-233-4300 or chamber@newulm.com
      with any questions

    4. Riverbend Chapter of Minnesota Federation of the Blind – Mankato
      6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

      The Riverbend Chapter of Minnesota Federation of the Blind is now meeting on the 2nd Thurs of every month at the American Legion Club #11 – 223 East Walnut Street – Mankato MN from 6:30-8:30 pm in the basement meeting room.

      For more information call Jack Rupert President 507.276.4640 or email jerupert@outlook.com

  7. Jul

    1. Winthrop’s Farm City Fun Fest (all-day)
      Jul 10 – Jul 12
      Farm City Fun Fest 2015
      July 10-12, 2015!

      This year’s event is starting to take shape on tap this year:
      Softball Tournament, Craft and Food Vendors, Kids Games.
      FRIDAY Night:
      5k run, BINGO under the big tent,
      Kids Pedal Pull, Mini Tractor Pull, Street Dance downtown music by EAGLE RIVER
      14th Annual Car Show, The Great Parade at 2:00 pm,
      Best BBQ Chicken meal,
      Exotic Animal Petting zoo 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
      Live Music
    2. St. James Blood Drive
      8:00 am – 12:00 pm

      St. James Blood Drive

      First Presbyterian Church
      706 3rd Avenue
      St. James

      Thursday, July 9, 1-7 pm
      Friday, July 10, 8 am – 12 pm

      For appointments call 1-800-733-2767
      Or sign up online at www.redcrossblood.org
      enter sponsor code: STJAMESMN

      Blood is especially needed this time of year. Please schedule your donation today. 

    3. Community Concert in Gibbon City Park
      6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

      Come for the Pie…Stay for the Music…And Visit with Old Friends!

      The Greater Gibbon Area Uncommon Band of Renown continues its 2015 Summer Season with a Community Concert in Gibbon City Park on Friday, July 10th, beginning at 7:15 pm. 
      A picturesque park, timeless music, and a playground for the kids—what a great way to spend a Friday evening. Members of Augustana WELCA begin serving old-fashioned fare at 6pm, including BBQ’s, root beer floats, and their delicious pies and brownie sundaes! Come rain or shine and enjoy great music, friendly folk, and tasty food in beautiful downtown Gibbon!

  8. Jul

    1. Madelia Scrub Run/Walk 5K at Park Days
      9:00 am – 10:00 am

      Madelia Scrub Run/Walk 5K at Park Days


      Madelia, Minn. – The Madelia Community Hospital Foundation is excited to announce that they will again be collaborating with Anderson Race Management to host a 5K Run/Walk in conjunction with the Park Days activities. Race time is at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 11th.

      The Madelia Scrub/Run Walk 5K, formerly known as the Madelia River Run, starts at the Madelia Town Hall and winds through the beautiful Watonwan River valley. The name and theme were changed this year to draw attention to our health care focus and to help raise money for an important local cause, to purchase cardiac automated external defibrillators (AED) for the Madelia Police Department.

      The Scrub Run/Walk 5K is a fun family event with a twist…. racers are encouraged to wear scrubs or dress up like a favorite medical character from real life or television, like Dr. Grey, “Hot Lips” Houlihan, Doogie Howser, M.D., etc. Participants who choose to dress up will be entered into a Best Dressed Scrubs contest. While organizers are hoping entrants will dress in medial attire, it is certainly not mandatory to do so. Scrub tops will be given to entrants that sign up for the race by June 1st.

      Registration costs for the Scrub Run/Walk 5K are as follows:

      Preregistration (before 6/1): $20, Registration (after 6/1): $25, Race Day: $30

      Sign In and Onsite Registration will take place on July 11th from 7:45 – 8:45 a.m.

      Everyone is invited – runners, walkers, families with strollers, and spectators. Entries may be individual or team. Business can sponsor a team, and some businesses even have team shirts (or maybe scrubs?) made for participants. In addition to the Best Dressed Scrubs Contest, race medals will also be awarded for: 1st, 2nd and 3rd place (by age group), Team with the Most Participants, Fastest Team.

      We are also looking for Race Sponsors for the Madelia Scrub Run/Walk 5K. Sponsorships offset the expense of having the race, and will help us raise funds for the AEDs that the Madelia Police Department is hoping to purchase. Donations of $200 or more will be recognized at the event. 

  9. Jul

    1. George Olson Benefit – St James American Legion
      9:00 am – 1:00 pm

      George Olson Benefit

      Sunday July 12, 2015
      9 am – 1 pm

      American Legion
      620 1st Ave
      St James MN


      On September 8, 2014, George was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, a very aggressive type of cancer. After many rounds of chemo, he received a bone marrow transplant in February 2015. Not only does cancer attack your health, it attacks you financially.

      Please join us for a tasty brunch and a great silent auction to raise funds for medical and living expenses.

      If you would like to make a donation to the auction or in any other way please drop off or mail to: 
      George Olson
      115 2nd Ave. S.
      St. James MN 56081 

    2. Salad Luncheon – St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Green Isle MN
      10:30 am – 1:00 pm

      Summer Fun Time Get Together
      Salad Luncheon

      Sunday, July 12, 2015
      10:30 am – 1:00 pm

      St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
      Green Isle MN

      A variety of salads, BBQ’s, Desserts,
      Lemonade & Coffee

      Free Will Offering
      Sponsored by LWML

      Please join us for some summer fun!

      Proceeds for Mission Projects 

  10. Jul

    1. GERMAN PARK CONCERT IN THE PARK – The Wendinger Band
      7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      July 13 – The Wendinger Band

      Monday Night Concerts start at 7:00 p.m. at German Park.
      In case of inclement weather, the performances will be held at the New
      Ulm Civic Center (1212 N. Franklin). Listen to KNUJ and look on
      Facebook for weather related updates. Call the New Ulm Park and Rec.
      Weather Line for cancellations @ 354-9041
      Relay for Life will be selling popcorn and soda.

  11. Jul

      Jul 14

      Come buy a Blizzard any time on Tuesday, July 14 2015 at the New Ulm Dairy Queen and a portion of the amount you pay for your blizzard will go to fund Pro Kinship for Kids activities.  You will be able to enjoy a great treat and support Pro Kinship at the same time.  Bring your friends, family, or your whole neighborhood for fun!!!

      You can also bring your children or neighborhood children down to Dairy Queen this day for a real feel for what it is like to be part of Pro Kinship for Kids.  Staff and volunteers of Pro Kinship will be available to answer questions, and tell you about the program.  You can experience Pro Kinship activities from 4 – 7:30.  For donations to Pro Kinship for Kids children or any one who is a child at heart can make different craft items to take home with them and play games with us.  Here are just a few things you can do this day:

      *Decorate your own Foam Art Picture Frame                *Get your Face Painted                 *Play Ring Toss, Bean Bag Toss & Fish Bowl To

        *Decorate with Fabric Markers your own Puppet or CD Case



    2. Stroke Support Group – New Ulm Medical Center
      10:00 am – 11:30 am

      The Stroke Support Group meets the second Tuesday of each month from 10-11:30 am in the New Ulm Medical Center clinic lower level meeting room. Enter through the clinic and follow the signs. For more information, call 507.217.5173.

    3. Senior Dance – St. Peter
      1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      Senior Dance

      Tuesday, July 14
      1 – 4 pm

      Music provided by
      “Lydon Peterson”

      American Legion
      229 W. Nassau
      St. Peter

      There will be an admission charge for this event

      Questions? Call Sylvia @ 934.7227
      Sponsored by the St. Peter Senior Center 

  12. Jul

    1. V-Esta Days – Vesta MN
      5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

      Come and Enjoy Vesta’s

      Served in Air-conditioned Hall
      5 – 8 pm
      Wednesday Evening, July 15, 2015

      MEAL cost: $10 per Half and $8 per Quarter
      Includes chicken, potato salad, beans, bun,
      pickles and beverage


      All proceeds from dinner go to the
      Vesta Commercial Club for projects

      5 – 9 pm
      Picnic tables available in the area

      By Larry Donner & Allan Panitzke
      5:30-8:30 pm