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  1. Mar
    1
    Wed

    1. Blood Donation Opportunities Springfield & St. Peter
      8:15 am – 2:15 pm

      Blood Donation Opportunities

      During Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to join in its lifesaving mission by giving blood.
      Since 1943, every U.S. president has designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world. Red Cross Month is a celebration of supporters, who are the face of the Red Cross in their communities and bring hope to people facing emergencies.
      The Red Cross depends on blood donor heroes across the nation to collect enough blood to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals nationwide. Donors of all blood types, especially type O, are needed to help those rely on blood products.
      Make an appointment to become a hero to patients in need by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

      Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

      Brown County

      Springfield
      3/1/2017: 8:15 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Springfield High School, 12 Burns Ave.

      _______________

      Nicollet County

      St. Peter
      3/1/2017: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Gustavus Adolphus College, 800 West College Ave.
      3/2/2017: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Gustavus Adolphus College, 800 West College Ave.
      _______________

       

      How to help
      Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1.800.RED CROSS (1.800.733.2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
      Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

    2. Bingo – New Ulm Senior Center
      1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

      Bingo – New Ulm Senior Center

      Every Wednesday

      1:30 pm

      Cards are $1.00 each – Cash prizes are awarded.

    3. BCHS History Book Group Meeting
      7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      BCHS History Book Group Meeting

      Wednesday, March 1, 2017

      7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      Brown County Museum Annex, New Ulm

  2. Mar
    2
    Thu

    1. Free Tax Preparation by IRS Certified Preparers – New Ulm (all-day)
      Mar 2

      Free Tax Preparation by IRS Certified Preparers

      Call for an appointment at 507.217.3707

      Trained volunteer tax prepares will be in the lower level of the library. 17 N Broadway, New Ulm

      Tuesdays: Feb 14, 21, 28 March 7, 14, 21, 28 April 4, 11, 18
      Thursdays: Feb 16, 23 March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 April 6, 13

      Property Tax Only Thursday, April 20

      Easy, Safe, Secure and 100% Free.
      This Service provided by the New Ulm Public Library and the United Way of the Brown County Area
      www.myfreetaxes.com
      www.unitedwaybrowncountyarea.org

    2. Chili / Soup Fundraiser – Sleepy Eye
      11:00 am – 6:30 pm

      Sleepy Eye Sportsmen’s Club Chili/Soup Fundraiser

      Thursday, March 2, 2017

      11:00 am – 6:30 pm or until gone!

      Servicemen’s Club

      $8.00 All You Can Eat – Chili, Chicken Soup, Egg Salad & Ham Sandwiches, Beverages

      Take Outs Available (no beverage on take outs)

      794.7391

    3. Blood Donation Opportunities – St. Peter
      11:30 am – 5:30 pm

      Blood Donation Opportunities

      During Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to join in its lifesaving mission by giving blood.
      Since 1943, every U.S. president has designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world. Red Cross Month is a celebration of supporters, who are the face of the Red Cross in their communities and bring hope to people facing emergencies.
      The Red Cross depends on blood donor heroes across the nation to collect enough blood to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals nationwide. Donors of all blood types, especially type O, are needed to help those rely on blood products.
      Make an appointment to become a hero to patients in need by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

      Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

      Nicollet County

      St. Peter

      3/1/2017: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Gustavus Adolphus College, 800 West College Ave.
      3/2/2017: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Gustavus Adolphus College, 800 West College Ave.
      _______________

       

      How to help
      Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1.800.733.2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
      Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

    4. Blood Donation Opportunities – North Mankato
      12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

      Blood Donation Opportunities

      During Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to join in its lifesaving mission by giving blood.
      Since 1943, every U.S. president has designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world. Red Cross Month is a celebration of supporters, who are the face of the Red Cross in their communities and bring hope to people facing emergencies.
      The Red Cross depends on blood donor heroes across the nation to collect enough blood to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals nationwide. Donors of all blood types, especially type O, are needed to help those rely on blood products.
      Make an appointment to become a hero to patients in need by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

      Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

      Nicollet County

      North Mankato
      3/2/2017: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Belgrade Ave United Methodist Church, 325 Sherman Ave.

      How to help
      Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1.800.733.2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
      Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

    5. New Ulm Medical Center Community Health Needs Assessment
      12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

      New Ulm Medical Center Community Health Needs Assessment

      New Ulm Medical Center recently released a Community Health Needs Assessment and Improvement Plan for 2017 – 2019. This Community Health Improvement Plan is the result of a community-wide effort in 2016 to identify and prioritize the most pressing health issues facing our community. The Plan includes actions that will be taken over the next three years by many different organizations, including Heart of New Ulm and New Ulm Medical Center, to improve different health measures in our area. The Hot Topics lunch will share the community’s most pressing health issues and a discussion on the strategies and action plan to address them.

      Thursday, March 2, 2017

      12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

      New Ulm Country Club

      RSVP to the Chamber at 233.4300 or chamber@newulm.com by noon on Monday, February 27.

      $12.00 includes lunch and is payable at the door.

       

    6. Free Pickleball Clinic
      1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

      Free Pickleball Clinic

      Thursday, March 2, 2017

      1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

      New Ulm Recreation Center

    7. Rib Feast – Turner Hall, New Ulm
      3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      RIB FEAST
      Fat Thursday @ Turner Hall

      Thursday, March 2, 2017

      $20.00 Rib Feast Includes: Large order of Ribs, Baked Potato, Apple Coleslaw, Dessert

      Drive through Take Out: 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Washington Street Entrance

      Dine In: 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm – Serving in Lower Level, State Street Entrance

      Tickets available at Turner Hall Rathskeller Bar or by Calling 507.354.2022

    8. StartSmart New Business Seminars – Accounting, Bookkeeping and Quickbooks
      6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      StartSmart New Business Seminars – Accounting, Bookkeeping and Quickbooks

      March 2, 2017

      6:00 PM – 7:00 PM CST

      Thinking of starting your own business? Need information on how to make your business succeed? Join us for the Start Smart New Business seminars! The New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the New Ulm Public Library, is proud to be bringing back this popular series! Attend one, two, or as many as you wish! Please RSVP to the Chamber at 507.233.4300 or chamber@newulm.com.

      New Ulm Public Library Meeting Room (lower level)
      17 N. Broadway St.; New Ulm, MN 56073

      Contact Information: 507.233.4300 or 507.233.4308

      Fees/Admission: Free

  3. Mar
    3
    Fri

    1. Bock Fest Pre-Party
      9:30 pm – 12:30 am

      Bock Fest Pre-Party

      March 3rd, 2017

      The Johnny Holm Band!
      Music From 9:30 pm – 12:30 am
      $10 Cover Charge

      Get in FREE when you dress up in your LEDERHOSEN or DIRNDL !!!!!!!
       

  4. Mar
    4
    Sat

    1. BOCK FEST SHUTTLE BUS
      9:00 am – 12:00 am

      Ride the 

      BOCK FEST  SHUTTLE BUS

      ***** FREE *****

      Saturday, March 4
      9 am – Midwest

      Bus Route (bus runs continuausly):
      18th S St. & Broadway (until 6 pm – Closest stop to Schell’s) 
      Microtel
      Event Center (9 pm – Midnight) 
      Best Western Plus
      Downtown (3rd N & Minnesota)
      Downtown (Center & Minnesota)

      Due to popular demand, there will be 2 buses running continuous routes from 9 am – midnight

       

    2. Open House Come & Go Bridal Shower
      9:30 am – 11:30 am

      Open House Come & Go Bridal Shower honoring Heidi Petersen bride-to-be of Shane Steffl Saturday, March 4 9:30 am to 11:30 am Springfield Area Community Center.

      Register at Target, Kohls, Miesens, Runnings, Springfield Floral

      Parents are Tim & Kahla Petersen and Tom & Lee Steffl and Sue Steffl all of Springfield

      Please bring a favorite recipe

       

    3. Bock Fest @ Schell’s
      11:00 am – 4:30 pm

      Bock Fest @ Schell’s

      March 4, 2017

      11:00 AM – 4:30 PM CST

      Schell’s Brewery Grounds – 1860 Schell Road, New Ulm

      Website: http://schellsbrewery.com

      31th Annual Bock Fest along w/Bock Medallion Hunt, live music, & bonfire. A few thousand friends brave the cold outdoors!

      There will be a free shuttle to commute revelers to and from Schell’s Brewery, with stops at the hotels and downtown. Bus schedule coming soon.

      Admission Charged; 21 + I.Ds required

    4. ESSIG BLUEJAYS 2017 Baseball & Softball Registration
      12:30 pm – 3:00 pm

      ESSIG BLUEJAYS 2017 Baseball & Softball Registration

      Saturday, March 4, 2017

      12:30 pm – 3:00 pm

      Carl’s Corner, Essig, MN

      Baseball Rookies & Peanuts: Curtis Dorschner 507.405.5540

      Baseball Junior Bi-County & Tomahawk League: Doug Radloff 507.276.4365 or Ryan Weier 507.995.2359

      Softball All Ages: Ron Domeier 507.354.8424 or Konnie Kuck 507.359.9511

      Facebook Page:  www.facebook.com/essigbluejays

    5. Bockfest After Party
      9:30 pm – 12:30 am

      Bockfest After Party

      March 4th, 2017

      Hitchville!
      Music From 9:30 pm – 12:30 am
      $5.00 Cover Charge

      Get in FREE when you dress up in your LEDERHOSEN  or DIRNDL !!!!!!

  5. Mar
    5
    Sun

    1. Dad’s Belgian Waffles – New Ulm Lions
      7:30 am – 12:30 pm

      Dad’s Belgian Waffles – New Ulm Lions

      Sunday, March 5, 2017

      7:30 am – 12:30 pm

      Turner Hall, New Ulm

      All you can eat waffles, sausages, 9 flavored syrups, butter, whipped cream, coffee, milk, juice

      Tickets at the Door: $8.50      Tickets in advance $7.50

      Children 5 and under are free

      All You Can Eat!   Carry outs available

      Tickets available from any New Ulm Lion and The Chamber of Commerce, Cash Wise Foods, Hy Vee Food Store and Sid’s Signs

    2. St. Mary’s Church Men’s Sausage Dinner & Raffle – Sleepy Eye
      10:30 am – 2:00 pm

      St. Mary’s Church Men’s Sausage Dinner & Raffle – Sleepy Eye

      Sunday, March 5, 2017

      10:30 am – 2:00 pm

      Serving Family-Style:
      Country Style Sausage, Old Fashioned Sauerkraut, Mashed Potatoes, Gray, Beverage, Bread, Applesauce and Ice Cream

      Adults: $12.00
      Children 6 – 12: $4.00
      PreSchool: $1.00

      Adult take-out orders available, beginning at 9:30 am

      USDA inspected sausage & other meats for sale. Meat sales also Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm at the school garage.

    3. KT Inspirations
      6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

      Deb Hadley,  inspirational speaker founder of the KT Humble Hearts Foundation

      Why: To be Inspired 
      Who: Open to everyone
      When: Sunday, March 5 at 6:30 pm
      Where: Faith United Methodist Church – 321 1st Ave S. Sleepy Eye
      Cost: FREE 

      My Amasing Life:  In the midst of the storm how can life be amazing?  When circumstances are stacked against you and the future looks anything but bright, how can God’s love come shining through?  Deb will sahre with you her story of how a complete stranger, “the Zucchini Lady” helped her see the way God was working in her life and by building a strong relationship with the Lord, Life can truly be amaxing.

  6. Mar
    7
    Tue

    1. 2017 AgStar’s Annie’s Project (all-day)
      Mar 7

      AgStar Announces 2017 Annie’s Project Schedule
      Women invited to expand farming expertise through six-week program

      AgStar Financial Services, ACA, is again hosting Annie’s Project, a nationally-known workshop series dedicated to strengthening women’s role in the modern farm enterprise. Sessions will be offered in seven locations in AgStar’s Minnesota service area over the coming months. The first session starts in St. James on January 10.

      Annie’s Project connects women who are passionate for agriculture and helps them develop a strong and well-rounded understanding of their farm and the agriculture industry. The program curriculum examines five areas of risk, including production, financial, marketing, legal and human resources. The program is offered as part of the AgStar Edge, a resource for enhancing industry knowledge through online resources and in-person educational events.

      “AgStar offers Annie’s Project as an opportunity for women to learn about the common areas of risk in farming and prepare them to make business decisions,” said Amy Durand, AgStar Edge Project Manager.

      Launched in 2003, Annie’s Project has successfully reached more than 8,000 farmers and ranchers in 30 states. AgStar began offering the program in 2014.

      The 2017 Annie’s Project schedule is as follows:
      Worthington – Thursdays, from January 26 to March 2
      Mankato – Tuesdays, from February 28 to April 4
      St. Cloud – Thursdays, from March 2 to April 6
      New Ulm – Tuesdays, from March 7 to April 11
      Glencoe – Thursdays, from March 9 to April 13

      Annie’s Project Retreat also is available for those unable to attend over six weeks. The retreat will be held February 24-26 at the JW Marriott Mall of America. The retreat offers the same content as a regular Annie’s Project session, but in a condensed format. For more information and to sign up for one of the sessions or the retreat, visit AgStar.com/AnniesProject.

      About AgStar: 
      AgStar Financial Services, ACA, headquartered in Mankato, Minn., employs more than 550 full-time team members. The company is part of the national Farm Credit System and has a public mission to serve 69 counties in Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. AgStar’s industry specialization, client segments and market delivery systems result in diversification nationwide. The company has expertise in the corn, soybean, swine, dairy and bio-energy industries. AgStar has developed successful programs in loans, leases, crop insurance, consulting and rural home mortgages. As a value-added financial services cooperative, AgStar allocates patronage dividends to its stockholders. The company is also committed to giving back to rural residents, organizations and communities through AgStar’s Fund for Rural America. Visit AgStar.com for more information.

    2. AgStar Announces 2017 Annie’s Project Schedule (all-day)
      Mar 7 – Apr 11

      AgStar Announces 2017 Annie’s Project Schedule
      Women invited to expand farming expertise through six-week program

      AgStar Financial Services, ACA, is again hosting Annie’s Project, a nationally-known workshop series dedicated to strengthening women’s role in the modern farm enterprise. Sessions will be offered in seven locations in AgStar’s Minnesota service area over the coming months. The first session starts in St. James on January 10.

      Annie’s Project connects women who are passionate for agriculture and helps them develop a strong and well-rounded understanding of their farm and the agriculture industry. The program curriculum examines five areas of risk, including production, financial, marketing, legal and human resources. The program is offered as part of the AgStar Edge, a resource for enhancing industry knowledge through online resources and in-person educational events.

      “AgStar offers Annie’s Project as an opportunity for women to learn about the common areas of risk in farming and prepare them to make business decisions,” said Amy Durand, AgStar Edge Project Manager.

      Launched in 2003, Annie’s Project has successfully reached more than 8,000 farmers and ranchers in 30 states. AgStar began offering the program in 2014.

      The 2017 Annie’s Project schedule is as follows:
      St. James – Tuesdays, from January 10 to February 14
      Rochester ­– Thursdays, from January 12 to February 16
      Worthington – Thursdays, from January 26 to March 2
      Mankato – Tuesdays, from February 28 to April 4
      St. Cloud – Thursdays, from March 2 to April 6
      New Ulm – Tuesdays, from March 7 to April 11
      Glencoe – Thursdays, from March 9 to April 13

      Annie’s Project Retreat also is available for those unable to attend over six weeks. The retreat will be held February 24-26 at the JW Marriott Mall of America. The retreat offers the same content as a regular Annie’s Project session, but in a condensed format. For more information and to sign up for one of the sessions or the retreat, visit AgStar.com/AnniesProject.

      About AgStar: 
      AgStar Financial Services, ACA, headquartered in Mankato, Minn., employs more than 550 full-time team members. The company is part of the national Farm Credit System and has a public mission to serve 69 counties in Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. AgStar’s industry specialization, client segments and market delivery systems result in diversification nationwide. The company has expertise in the corn, soybean, swine, dairy and bio-energy industries. AgStar has developed successful programs in loans, leases, crop insurance, consulting and rural home mortgages. As a value-added financial services cooperative, AgStar allocates patronage dividends to its stockholders. The company is also committed to giving back to rural residents, organizations and communities through AgStar’s Fund for Rural America. Visit AgStar.com for more information.

    3. Free Tax Preparation by IRS Certified Preparers – New Ulm (all-day)
      Mar 7

      Free Tax Preparation by IRS Certified Preparers

      Call for an appointment at 507.217.3707

      Trained volunteer tax prepares will be in the lower level of the library. 17 N Broadway, New Ulm

      Tuesdays: Feb 14, 21, 28 March 7, 14, 21, 28 April 4, 11, 18
      Thursdays: Feb 16, 23 March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 April 6, 13

      Property Tax Only Thursday, April 20

      Easy, Safe, Secure and 100% Free.
      This Service provided by the New Ulm Public Library and the United Way of the Brown County Area
      www.myfreetaxes.com
      www.unitedwaybrowncountyarea.org

    4. Drop – in Legal Clinic for Veterans
      9:00 am – 2:00 pm

      Drop – in Legal Clinic for Veterans

      Housing, Employment, Benefits, Debt Collection, Expungement, Family Law Including Child Support

      Tuesday, March 7, 2017]

      9:00 am – 2:00 pm

      Mankato Armory – 100 Martin Luther King Drive, Mankato MN  56001

      For more information contact: Vetlaw Program – MACV @ 651.200.4750

    5. Blood Donation Opportunities – Carver & Sibley County
      12:30 pm – 6:30 pm

      Blood Donation Opportunities

      During Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to join in its lifesaving mission by giving blood.
      Since 1943, every U.S. president has designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world. Red Cross Month is a celebration of supporters, who are the face of the Red Cross in their communities and bring hope to people facing emergencies.
      The Red Cross depends on blood donor heroes across the nation to collect enough blood to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals nationwide. Donors of all blood types, especially type O, are needed to help those rely on blood products.
      Make an appointment to become a hero to patients in need by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

      Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

      Carver County

      Norwood Young America

      3/7/2017: 12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Willkommen Pavillion, 21 E. Main St.

      Waconia
      3/7/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Southview Elementry School, 225 W. Fourth St.

      Sibley County

      Arlington
      3/7/2017: 12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Community Center, 204 Shamrock Drive

      How to help
      Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1.800.733.2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
      Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

  7. Mar
    8
    Wed

    1. Bingo – New Ulm Senior Center
      1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

      Bingo – New Ulm Senior Center

      Every Wednesday

      1:30 pm

      Cards are $1.00 each – Cash prizes are awarded.

    2. Tree Advisory Commission Meeting Re-scheduled
      4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

      Tree Advisory Commission has been re-scheduled for Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 4:00 pm in the City Hall Council Chambers, New Ulm

  8. Mar
    9
    Thu

    1. AgStar Announces 2017 Annie’s Project Schedule (all-day)
      Mar 9 – Apr 13

      AgStar Announces 2017 Annie’s Project Schedule
      Women invited to expand farming expertise through six-week program

      AgStar Financial Services, ACA, is again hosting Annie’s Project, a nationally-known workshop series dedicated to strengthening women’s role in the modern farm enterprise. Sessions will be offered in seven locations in AgStar’s Minnesota service area over the coming months. The first session starts in St. James on January 10.

      Annie’s Project connects women who are passionate for agriculture and helps them develop a strong and well-rounded understanding of their farm and the agriculture industry. The program curriculum examines five areas of risk, including production, financial, marketing, legal and human resources. The program is offered as part of the AgStar Edge, a resource for enhancing industry knowledge through online resources and in-person educational events.

      “AgStar offers Annie’s Project as an opportunity for women to learn about the common areas of risk in farming and prepare them to make business decisions,” said Amy Durand, AgStar Edge Project Manager.

      Launched in 2003, Annie’s Project has successfully reached more than 8,000 farmers and ranchers in 30 states. AgStar began offering the program in 2014.

      The 2017 Annie’s Project schedule is as follows:
      St. James – Tuesdays, from January 10 to February 14
      Rochester ­– Thursdays, from January 12 to February 16
      Worthington – Thursdays, from January 26 to March 2
      Mankato – Tuesdays, from February 28 to April 4
      St. Cloud – Thursdays, from March 2 to April 6
      New Ulm – Tuesdays, from March 7 to April 11
      Glencoe – Thursdays, from March 9 to April 13

      Annie’s Project Retreat also is available for those unable to attend over six weeks. The retreat will be held February 24-26 at the JW Marriott Mall of America. The retreat offers the same content as a regular Annie’s Project session, but in a condensed format. For more information and to sign up for one of the sessions or the retreat, visit AgStar.com/AnniesProject.

      About AgStar: 
      AgStar Financial Services, ACA, headquartered in Mankato, Minn., employs more than 550 full-time team members. The company is part of the national Farm Credit System and has a public mission to serve 69 counties in Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. AgStar’s industry specialization, client segments and market delivery systems result in diversification nationwide. The company has expertise in the corn, soybean, swine, dairy and bio-energy industries. AgStar has developed successful programs in loans, leases, crop insurance, consulting and rural home mortgages. As a value-added financial services cooperative, AgStar allocates patronage dividends to its stockholders. The company is also committed to giving back to rural residents, organizations and communities through AgStar’s Fund for Rural America. Visit AgStar.com for more information.

    2. Free Tax Preparation by IRS Certified Preparers – New Ulm (all-day)
      Mar 9

      Free Tax Preparation by IRS Certified Preparers

      Call for an appointment at 507.217.3707

      Trained volunteer tax prepares will be in the lower level of the library. 17 N Broadway, New Ulm

      Tuesdays: Feb 14, 21, 28 March 7, 14, 21, 28 April 4, 11, 18
      Thursdays: Feb 16, 23 March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 April 6, 13

      Property Tax Only Thursday, April 20

      Easy, Safe, Secure and 100% Free.
      This Service provided by the New Ulm Public Library and the United Way of the Brown County Area
      www.myfreetaxes.com
      www.unitedwaybrowncountyarea.org

    3. Blood Donation Opportunities – Mankato
      12:00 pm – 5:30 pm

      Blood Donation Opportunities

      During Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to join in its lifesaving mission by giving blood.
      Since 1943, every U.S. president has designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world. Red Cross Month is a celebration of supporters, who are the face of the Red Cross in their communities and bring hope to people facing emergencies.
      The Red Cross depends on blood donor heroes across the nation to collect enough blood to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals nationwide. Donors of all blood types, especially type O, are needed to help those rely on blood products.
      Make an appointment to become a hero to patients in need by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

      Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

      Blue Earth County
      Mankato
      3/9/2017: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Snell Motors, 1900 Madison Ave.
      3/9/2017: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., American Red Cross, 105 Homestead Drive
      3/10/2017: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., American Red Cross, 105 Homestead Drive
      3/13/2017: 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Minnesota State University, South Road W

      How to help
      Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1.800.733.2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
      Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.