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  1. Sep
    2
    Fri

    1. FALL PROGRAM REGISTRATION
      4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

      PARK & REC PROGRAM REGISTRATION

      Open with programs such as flag football, youth volleyball, pottery, swim lessons, and much more. You can register online at www.ci.new-ulm.mn.us or stop in at the Recreation Center

  2. Sep
    19
    Mon

    1. RED CROSS NEEDS DONORS OF ALL BLOOD TYPES TO MAINTAIN A DIVERSE SUPPLY
      10:30 am – 11:30 am

      RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE 

      (Sept. 7, 2016) — During National Sickle Cell Awareness Month, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood to help ensure a stable and diverse blood supply for patients in need

       

      Blood donors may be helping patients like 11-year-old Martin Mwita who has sickle cell disease. His body doesn’t produce enough healthy red cells to carry adequate oxygen through his body, so he relies on monthly transfusions to stabilize his health.

       

      A diverse blood supply is important to ensure the needs of all patients are met. Red blood cells carry markers that determine one’s blood type, and some blood types are unique to certain racial and ethnic groups. Because blood from donors of the same ethnic background as the recipient is less likely to cause complications, the Red Cross must maintain a diverse blood supply to meet these diverse patient needs.

       

      Whether blood is needed for a chronic condition such as sickle cell disease, a surgical procedure or a large-scale emergency, it’s the blood already on the shelves that helps save lives. Donors of all blood types are needed.

      To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/rapidpass to help reduce wait times. 

      Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

       

      Blue Earth

       

      Mankato

      9/26/2016: 12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Christ the King Lutheran Church, 222 Pfau St.

      9/27/2016: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Bethany College Meyer Hall, 700 Luther Drive

      9/28/2016: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Minnesota State University, 200 C Centennial Student Union

      9/28/2016: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., National Guard Training & Community Center, 100 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive

      9/30/2016: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Blue Earth County Library, 100 E. Main St.

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      Brown

       

      Comfrey

      9/19/2016: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Community Center, 120 Brown St.

       

      New Ulm

      9/22/2016: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Redeemer Lutheran Church, 700 S. Broadway

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      Carver

       

      Chanhassen

      9/27/2016: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., American Legion, 290 Lake Drive E.

       

      Chaska

      9/21/2016: 2:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., St John’s Lutheran Church, 300 Fourth St. E.

  3. Sep
    23
    Fri

    1. ABSENTEE BALLOT VOTING BEGINS SEPTEMBER 23, 2016
      8:00 am – 5:00 pm

      Absentee Ballot Voting Begins September 23

      BLUE EARTH COUNTY INFORMATION

      Absentee Ballots for the General Election on Nov. 8, 2016, will be available starting Sept. 23.  More information and ballots may be requested online at www.blueearthcountymn.gov/absenteevoting or www.mnvotes.org by clicking on “Other Ways to Vote.”

       Absentee ballot voters may also visit the Blue Earth County Elections Office in the lower level of the Blue Earth County Government Center, located at 410 S. 5th Street, Mankato. Hours for absentee ballot voting are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.  The office will also be open on Sat., Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and until 5 p.m. Mon., Nov. 7.

       Minnesota State law allows any eligible voter to cast an absentee ballot.  Voters no longer need an “excuse” to be allowed to vote absentee. Military and overseas voters may also visit www.mnvotes.org to learn about how they may be eligible to vote.

       For more information about elections, please visit www.blueearthcountymn.gov/elections or call (507) 304-4341.A

    2. THE GRAND’S 4 PILLARS GALLERY: BROOKE MAKELA, “nON CONFORMARE”
      10:00 am – 11:00 am

      The Grand’s 4 Pillars Gallery: Brooke Makela, “Non Conformare”

      “This series is an exploration of culture and the human spirit through abstract expression. My concept for this series was to create a meaningful display of bold, vibrant, modern work depicting my understanding of culture and society today: mankind strives to be unique and ‘non-conforming’ to find realization of self; but on this journey, we discover that we are in fact united by our common search for individuality… This idea is reflected in each piece and in my series as a whole.” – Brooke Makela

      The exhibit will be on display from September 23rd through October 21st. 

      Fall Gallery Hours: Mon – Fri, 10am – 4pm 

      Gallery admission is free and open to the public – donations welcome. 

  4. Sep
    26
    Mon

    1. 24th Annual Prairie Lakes Regional Juried Art Exhibition (all-day)
      Sep 26 – Oct 30

      Prairie Lakes Regional Juried Art Exhibition

      Entry Date: September 26, 2016

      3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

      Arts Center of Saint Peter

      315 S. Minnesota Avenue

      Exhibit on Display: October 4 – 30, 2016

      www.plrac.org

      1.800.298.1254

    2. BROWN COUNTY LOCAL ADVISORY COUNCIL ON MENTAL HEALTH
      6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Now is a great time to bring awareness and understanding to mental health issues.

      9/26 at 6-7 PM      Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention:

      To erase the stigma of mental illness and suicide, we need to understand the complexity of how suicide can become an option for a person who has lost hope. This presentation focuses on how to Ask-4-Help and Be-A-Link to help prevent suicide. Learn how to identify possible risk factors and warning signs while building a safety net for yourself and those you love. Presented by Emily Reding, Certified Yellow Ribbon Trainer.

       

      9/29 at 6-7 PM        Making it OK:

      Each year, one in four Americans experiences a mental Illness. Most will wait an average of ten years before seeking treatment, largely due to stigma.  September is Suicide Prevention Month, which makes it the perfect time to start talking about mental illness and what we can do to Make it OK.  Presented by Bonnie Timm, PHN, Brown County Public Health. 

      Resources to Call:
      South Central Crisis Center: 507.344.0621
      National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1.800.273.8255

  5. Sep
    29
    Thu

    1. 60th Annual Sauerkraut Supper – Turner Ladies – New Ulm
      4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      Turner Ladies
      60th Annual Sauerkraut Supper

      Thursday, Septmeber 29, 2016
      Turner Hall
      102 S State St

      Sauerkraut, landjaegers, potatoes,
      Rye bread, dessert, beverage 

      Dine In or Take Outs available
      (Washington St Entrance)

      Deliveries:
      Please call 507.276.5798 Before Sept 26
      to place your order

      $10.00 – Adults
      $5.00 – Children 12 and under 

    2. TURNER LADIES 60th ANNUAL SAUERKRAUT SUPPER
      4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      TURNER LADIES
      60th ANNUAL SAUERKRAUT SUPPER

      Thursday, September 29, 2016
      Turner Hall
      102 S State St.
      4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

      Sauerkraut, Landjaegers, Potatoes,
      Rye Bread, Dessert, Beverage

      Dine In or
      Take outs available (Washington St. Entrance)

      Deliveries:
      Please call 507-276-5798 before Sept 26th
      to place your order

      Adults $10                   Children 12  and under $5

    3. Turner Ladies Annual Sauerkraut Supper – New Ulm
      4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      Turner Ladies Annual Sauerkraut Supper

      Tuner Hall – New Ulm
      Thursday, September 29
      Serving 4:00 pm-7:00 pm 

      Sauerkraut, landjaegers, potatoes, rye bread,
      dessert and beverage

      $10 – Adults
      $5 – Children 

      Take outs available

    4. BINGO – NU AMERICAN LEGION
      7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

      BINGO

      New Ulm American Legion

      Thursday, September 29, 2016

      7 pm

      www.nuamericanlegion.com

  6. Sep
    30
    Fri

    1. GRAND KABARET – BILLY & THE BANGERS
      7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

      LIVE at The Grand Kabaret this Friday, September 30th @ 7:30pm: Billy & The Bangers

      Billy & The Bangers is a four-piece band that covers the music of classic blues artists like Albert, B.B. and Freddie King. From the harmonica and guitar Chicago blues of Junior Wells and Buddy Guy to the Texas blues of T-Bone Walker, Johnny Winter and Stevie Ray Vaughan, the band presents a cross section of classic blues music.

      Admission is FREE and open to the public – donations welcome.
  7. Oct
    1
    Sat

    1. HARVEST BREAKFAST – BENEFIT
      6:00 am – 8:30 am

      Benefit Breakfast for Heather Giefer (of Swan Lake)

      Daughter of Tim and Lori Giefer

      Saturday, October 1, 2016

      6 am – 9:30 am

      Swan Lake Lutheran Church – on the Fort Road

      Pancakes, Compart ham, Scrambled Eggs, Toast, Beverages

      Free Will Donation

    2. FALL BAZAAR and BAKE SALE – GIBBON
      9:00 am – 1:00 pm

      AUGUSTANA LUTHERAN CHURCH – GIBBON, MN

      FALL BAZAAR & BAKE SALE

      Saturday, October 1, 2016
      9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

      Morning Coffee 9 to 10:30 a.m.

      Cinnamon Rolls, Muffins & Coffee Cakes

      Lunch served 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

      Hot Turkey & Beef Sandwiches American & German Potato Salad & Desserts

      Raffle – Quilt/Rug/Fall Wreath,

      Crafts, Rugs, Produce, Lefse, Pecans, Greeting Cards,

      Featuring a display of pin cushions

      Join us for food and fun!

    3. HENDERSON HERITAGE DAYS
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm

      Oct. 1-2  

      Henderson Heritage Days,

       9  & 10 a.m. and 1 & 2 pm - Oct. 1: demonstrations of handmade items used in the late 1880s to early 1900s and music by Charlie More and Depot Creek, at the Community Square on Main St.

      11:15 am - Oct 2: Church Service with entrance of actors portraying Bishop Whipple and his wife at 11:15 a.m. at Bender Park. 

       507. 248. 3818.  

    4. FALL FESTIVAL AND TRAIL RUN
      10:30 am – 5:00 pm

      October  1, 2016

      10:30 AM – 5 PM

      Come celebrate the Fall season at the Ney Nature Center with trail runs, a pancake lunch featuring maple syrup produced on site, and activities for the whole family.     

      Schedule of Events

      10:30 am—6k Trail Run/Walk

      11:45 am—1k Kids Dash

      12:00 pm—Pancake Lunch (featuring NNC Maple Syrup)

      1:30 pm—Bee Keeping presentation by Pete Hamlin

      2:30-5:00 pm—Activities

      Activities include butter churning, tours of the Ney homestead, cider press demonstrations, pumpkin painting, family scavenger hunt, people mover rides, and more!  As an added treat, children can enjoy the animals found in the petting zoo.

      Register for Trail Runs and Lunch by September 23 www.neycenter.org/events-programs/fall-festival

      The Fall Festival gives members an opportunity to renew their membership and non-members an opportunity to become a member for the coming year. New memberships begin immediately and go through December of the following year. 

      More information and registration available at http://neycenter.org/events-programs/fall-festival/

      Questions? 507.248.3474

      NEY NATURE CENTER – A LE SUEUR COUNTY PARK

    5. PUB CRAWL – NEW ULM
      1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

      PUB CRAWL & BAR GAMES

      Saturday, October 1, 2016

      1 pm – 5 pm

      At: Pub & Patio – Turner Hall – Mowan’ Bar – B&L Bar – Kegel Klub – Lamplighter – Rodney’s Tavern – The Pantry

      $1,500 in Cash Prizes

    6. JUNIOR PIONEERS ANNUAL MEETING
      6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      The Junior Pioneers of New Ulm & Vicinity will be having their annual meeting on Saturday, October 1st at Turner Hall at 6:00.  A delicious meal will be followed by a business meeting.  It will conclude with Lori Pickell-Stangl speaking on the “Townsite and Land Companies of the 1850s–Build it and They Will Come.  Call Lisa at 766.1991 for ticket reservations.

    7. Nicholas David and the Feelin’ Band – Fairmont Opera House
      7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

      Nicholas David and the Feelin’ Band

      Saturday, October 1 at 7:30 p.m.

      The Fairmont Opera House continues its 2016-2017 season this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with Nicholas David. Tickets are currently still available for purchase at the Fairmont Opera House by phone at 507.238.4900 or online atfairmontoperahouse.org. Nicholas David merchandise will be available for purchase in the lobby the night of the show.

      A donation drive benefiting Heaven’s Table Food Shelf is being held in conjunction with this event. Donations will be accepted by volunteers for Heaven’s Table Food Shelf and Nicholas David’s team in front of the Fairmont Opera House during the hour prior to the show. Donations may also be brought to the Fairmont Opera House weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Items most needed including types of food, household, and personal care items are posted on the Fairmont Opera House Inc. Facebook page @fmtoperahouse, or you may call 507.238.4900 for details. Heaven’s Table Food Shelf also provides a free book shelf for children, and children’s book donations are always welcome.

    8. The Grand Kabaret The Lost Walleye Orchestra
      7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
      LIVE at The Grand Kabaret this Saturday, October 1st @ 7:30pm: The Lost Walleye Orchestra
       This group hails from Mankato and St. Peter and you’ve likely heard these guys perform before since each member plays in a number of other bands, including Pengra & Arsenault, City Mouse and the Blitz Boys. But together, The Lost Walleye Orchestra plays a variety of good-time music including classic rock, Americana, blues, and folk. Come on out because you just may find yourself havin’ a grand time with the Lost! Members include Billy Steiner, Ron Arsenault, Dale Haefner, and Dave Pengra.

      Admission is FREE and open to the public – donations welcome.
  8. Oct
    2
    Sun

    1. DAD’S BELGIAN WAFFLES – MVL
      9:00 am – 12:30 pm

      DAD’S BELGIAN WAFFLES

      Sunday, October 2, 2016

      Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School

      9:00 am – 12:30 pm

      Tickets available at the MVL office

      Serving: Waffles, sausages, flavored syrup, beverages

      Adults: $7.00 advance / $8.00 @ door

      Kids 6-12 : %5.00 advance / %6.00 @ door

      5 & Younger – Free

    2. FALL HARVEST WINDSOR PORK CHOP DINNER – GAYLORD, MN
      9:00 am – 1:00 pm

      Fall Harvest Windsor Pork Chop Dinner, Country Store and USBORNE Books Fundraiser

      Sunday, October 2, 2016

      Gaylord American Legion

      Church Service at 9:00 am

      Dinner served from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

      Menu: Windsor Pork Chops, Mashed potatoes & gravy, vegetable, apple sauce, bread, bars and beverages

      Adults: $10.00

      Children 5 – 10: $5.00

      4 and under Free

      Tickets available at the door

      Take outs are available

    3. MATCHING GRANT PANCAKE BREAKFAST – JAPANESE MARTYRS, LEAVENWORTH
      9:00 am – 12:00 pm

      The Church of the Japanese Martyrs in Leavenworth

      A Catholic United Financial Matching Grant Pancake Breakfast 

      Sunday, October 2nd, 2016,

      Serving from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the church hall. 

      On the menu will be Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Applesauce, Coffee, Chocolate Milk and Juice. 

      Cost is $7.00 for adults;  $5.00 ages 6-12;  $1.50 Preschool. 

      Everyone is welcome.

    4. NORWEGIAN SMORGASBORD – HANSKA
      10:30 am – 1:45 pm

      NORA UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH

      NORWEGIAN SMORGASBORD

      Sunday, October 2, 2016

      Church Service : 10:30 am – All are Welcome!

      Serving: 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

      Featuring: Meatballs, Ham, Turkey, Deviled Eggs, Herring, Tongue, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Glazed Carrots, Sot Suppe, Romme Grot, Rice Pudding, Lefse, Flatbread, Norwegian Cookies – Rosettes, Krumkake, Sandbakkels & more

      Country Store : 10:00 am – 1:30 pm

      (Meatballs, Lefse, Baked Goods & Handicrafts for sale)

      Adults: $16.00

      Children (6 – 12 years: $7.00

      5 and Under : Free

      Drive – up take outs available

      One mile East of Hanska, off Highway 257

    5. 2016 Pumpkinfest
      11:00 am – 3:00 pm

      Pumpkinfest

      11 am – 3 pm

      Church of St. George
      63105 Fort Road

      Family Fun ~ Caramel Apples ~ Bingo ~ Games ~ Country Store ~ Culver’s Ice Cream ~ Bake Sale ~ Bounce House ~ 50/50 Raffle ~ Pumpkins! 

    6. FALL DINNER – WINTHROP, MN
      11:00 am – 1:00 pm

      FALL DINNER

      Peace Lutheran Church

      413 W. 5th Street, Winthrop, MN

      Sunday, October 2, 2016

      Dinner: 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

      Bake Sale & Silent Auction: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

      Quilt Raffle Drawing: 1:00 pm

      Menu: Chicken & Meatballs, Potatoes, Carrots, Coleslaw, Buns, Dessert & Beverages

      Adults: $10.00

      Children (3 to 10): $5.00

      Children (2 & under): Free

      Call 647-5374 for Take-Out Orders

    7. NEW ULM AREA WEDDING SHOW
      11:00 am – 2:00 pm

      New Ulm Area Wedding Show

      The New Ulm Business & Retail Association announces The New Ulm Area Wedding Show

      Sunday, October 2, 2016. 

      New Ulm Civic Center, 1212 N Franklin Street,

      11am-2pm. 

      A Fashion Show will take place at 12:45pm showing the latest trends in formal wear, and $2,000 in prizes will be given away at 2pm.  Come see the variety of unique reception venues, florists, caterers, bridal shops and more for your one-of-a-kind wedding in Southern Minnesota.

       The first 100 brides to register at the show on Sunday will receive a swag bag full of goodies, coupons, and much more.  Green Mill of New Ulm will have food and beverages available for purchase. The Fashion Show at 12:45 will feature designer dresses carried by these local bridal shops: Ashlee Boutique & Bridal, MN Wedding Shop, Sister’s Bridal & Tux, and Seams to Fit & Tuxes 2.  Brides are encouraged to stay after the Fashion Show for the Grand Prize Giveaway when $2,000 in prizes will be given away. Brides must be present to win.

       The exhibitors at the Wedding Show are listed on the website: www.newulmweddings.com.  This website is designed to serve as a year-round wedding planning resource for brides throughout Southern Minnesota.  Photos, contact information, social media links and more are provided for each exhibitor on the website.  Contact the Chamber of Commerce at 507. 233.4300 or chamber@newulm.com if your business would like to be included on the website.

       

       

    8. HORSES-HORSESHOES-LEATHER-ROPES – HARKIN STORE
      1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      HORSES-HORSESHOES-LEATHER-ROPES

      SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2016 1-4 PM 

      The 1870′s Harkin Store was a busy place with different kinds of transportation coming
      to the store for supplies. The program will be information and a picture display of the
      different types of transportation.

      Leather worker, Dan Cochran, will have a display of his wares and talk about his work.
      You can make a purchase or do ordering for special items. Rope maker, Thane French,
      will be making rope with you, and you are able to take it along. The program will be
      from 1 to 4 pm on Sunday, October 2nd. Come and see the store and hear about the
      riverboat town of West Newton.

      The admission to the program is included with the admission to the store. We are open
      MEA week on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday until October 23rd.

      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. For more information contact the store
      when open at 1-507-354-8666 or Nicollet County Historical Society which operates the
      store at 1-507-934-2160.

    9. “TOP THE POTATO” BENEFIT FOR JAINE FIRSTBROOK, ST. JAMES
      4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      “TOP THE POTATO”

      A Thrivent Action Team Event

      Ms. Firstbrook, along with her husband pastor Clint Firstbrook of United Methodist Church in St.  James are survivors of several health setbacks.

      Sunday, October 2nd from 4:00 to 7:00 PM

      At the American Legion in St. James.

       Menu will consist of Potatoes with many choices of toppings, Dessert Bars and Beverage.

       The Silent Auction will conclude at 6:30 PM

       Contact Thrivent Financial at 507-375 3370 about Silent Auction donations, or drop them off at Thrivent Financial Office 520 1st South in St. James

  9. Oct
    4
    Tue

    1. PAVEMENT PRESERVATION AT MONUMENT (all-day)
      Oct 4 – Oct 9

      Pipestone, MN: Superintendent Glen H. Livermont announces that starting October 4th, 2016, the Pipestone National Monument’s Visitor Center access road will undergo the final stages of the pavement preservation project. This phase of the project should be completed within 2-3 days, weather permitting.

       The public will still be able to access the visitor center and parking areas, but will need to expect potential delays. There will be signs posted to assist with visitor safety.

       Preservation work of the road will involve additional chip seal, fog seal, and striping. The public’s patience with any delays and inconvenience will be greatly appreciated. Visitors are advised to use caution when entering the park during this period of construction..

       To learn more about visiting Pipestone National Monument or the Monument’s road preservation work, visit one of the following: Web site at https://www.nps.gov/pipe or Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/PipestoneNPS. Visitors may also contact a Park Ranger at 507-825-5464 ext. 214 or Email at PIPE_interpretation@nps.gov.

  10. Oct
    5
    Wed

    1. ST. PETER LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS ANNOUNCES AREA CANDIDATE EVENTS
      11:30 am – 8:30 pm

      The League of Women Voters, St. Peter Area will host several events offering voters the opportunity to hear candidates discuss issues of importance to them.  All events are free and open to the public.  All candidates for state and local offices have been invited to their respective events. 

       Wednesday, October 5th will see the League and the South Central College Student Senate hosting an informal “Meet and Greet” event for candidates for Minnesota State Senate and House seats in Senate Districts 19-A and 19-B.  It will take place 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Heritage Hall of South Central College, 1920 Lee Blvd., North Mankato.

      The League will also host the following candidate forums.  The public may submit questions for the candidates in writing at the event or prior to it by email to lwvstpeter@lwvmn.org with the title of the forum included in the subject line. 

      • North Mankato Mayor and City Council Candidate forum, October 12, 7-8:30 p.m., Conference Center B, South Central College, 1920 Lee Blvd., North Mankato
      • Minnesota Senate District 19-A Senate and House Candidate Forum, October 18, 7-8:30 p.m., Room 219, St. Peter Community Center, 600 S. 5th St., St. Peter.  Co-sponsored by the St. Peter Chamber of Commerce and the St. Peter Herald.
      • Nicollet County Commissioner, Districts 1,3,5 Candidate Forum, October 20, 7-8:30 p.m., Governor’s Room, St. Peter Community Center, 600 S. 5th St., St. Peter.  Co-sponsored by the St. Peter Chamber of Commerce and the St. Peter Herald.