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  1. Jan

    1. AgStar Announces 2017 Annie’s Project Schedule (all-day)
      Jan 10 – Feb 14

      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. Jan

    1. HYPE Lunch for January
      12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

      New Ulm Area Young Professionals
      HYPE – Helping Young Professionals Evolve

      Thursday, January 19 at the New Ulm Country Club. Come meet others, share lunch and hear an engaging presentation from Les Schultz, Brown County Probation Director. If you plan on attending or are sending an employee, please RSVP by the end of today to nuyoungprofessionals@gmail.com.

      If you are interested in more information about the group and their activities, like them on Facebook!

    2. HYPE Young Professionals Luncheon
      12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

      HYPE Young Professionals Luncheon

      Thursday, January 19, 2017

      12:00 pm – 1:00 PM

      New Ulm Country Club

    3. Lunch and a Bite of History
      12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

      Lunch and a Bite of History

      Thursday, January 19, 2017

      12:00 pm

      Brown County Museum Annex

      Lunch and a Bite of History program.  “We bring the history, you bring your lunch.” Featuring Historian Steve Chicoine “George H. Mallon, WWI Medal of Honor Recipient and the first man buried at Fort Snelling National Cemetery”

      The presentation is the first of seven in a speaker series to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the United State’s involvement in World War I.
      The series will feature a host of speakers at noon and in the evening through July and is sponsored by BCHS, the New Ulm Public Library and Friends of the Library.
      BCHS will also unveil an exhibit of World War I “Loyalty and Dissent: Brown County and World War I” in April. Visit www.browncountyhistorymn.org for details.

      Free and Open to the Public! Call BCHS at 507.233.2616 for information.

      Brown County Historical Society 2 North Broadway, New Ulm, MN 56073
      www.BrownCountyHistoryMN.org E-Mail: BCHS@BrownCountyHistoryMNUSA.org

    4. American Red Cross Blood Drive – Salem Lutheran Church, Madelia
      1:30 pm – 6:30 pm

      American Red Cross Blood Drive at Salem Lutheran Church, Madelia
      109 3rd St SE, Madelia

      Thursday, January 19, 2017

      1:30 pm – 6:30 pm

      Walk-ins are always welcome, but for your convenience, call ahead for an appointment. Mary Wollsey at 642.3142 or go to redcrossblood.org

    5. Castle Learning for the Joy of Learning Event
      1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

      Musical ‘Crooners’

      January 19 at 1:30 pm

      Community Center, 600 N German Street, New Ulm

      State Street Theater’s Kent Menzel will lead this class with music from such singers as Sinatra, Bennett and Martin. Re-member a time when classic crooners owned the radio with the soothing sounds that helped us escape our stresses and soothe our spirits. Experience the satisfying, serene sounds of these larger-than-life entertainers. This will be followed with a public performance of ‘Frank Sinatra & Friends: A Crooner’s Tribute’ at the Community Center on January 20 & 21 with tickets that can be purchased at the door.

    6. BINGO – New Ulm American Legion
      7:00 pm – 9:30 pm


      Thursday, January 19, 2017

      7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

      New Ulm American Legion

  3. Jan

    1. Pro Kinship for Kids & Dairy Queen Blizzard Day
      4:00 pm – 7:30 pm

      Pro Kinship For Kids – Dairy Quieen Blizzard Day

      January 20, 2017

      All Day Blizzrd Sales

      Crafts and Games from 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm

      Come buy a Blizzard any time on Friday, January 20, 2017 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.

      Staff and volunteers of Pro Kinship will be available to answer questions and tell you about the program. From 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm children can make different craft items to take home with them and play games with us. A few things you can do this day: Create you own Foam Art item – Decorate a Snowman – Play Ring Toss and Cup Toss – Get your face painted – Decorate a Wood snowflake – Play Tic Tac Toe Toss and Fish Bowl Toss

      Questions contact: Pro Kinship For Kids – 1400 S. State St. – P.O. Box 666 – New Ulm, MN 56073
      359.2445 or 1.800.642.5779

    2. Gibbon Winterfest 2017 – Jan 20th – 22nd
      5:30 pm – 11:00 pm

      Gibbon Winterfest 2017 – Jan 20th – 22nd

      Friday, January 20th

      5:30 pm Meat Raffle – Shooters Bar

      6:30 pm – 7th Annual Wine & Beer Tasting Event – Gibbon community Center – Tickets $20.00

      6:00 pm – 11:00 pm QuarterMania Bowling

      7:00 pm – Meat Raffle – D’s Pit Stop

      9:00 pm – DJ – D’s Pit Stop (music provided by The Other DJ)

      Snow Sculpture – “G-Rated” construction can begin any time prior to the event. Judging will take place at NOON on Saturday.

  4. Jan

    1. St. Peter Toy Show
      9:00 am – 4:00 pm

      St. Peter Toy Show

      Saturday, January 21

      9:00 am – 4:00 pm

      Nicollet County Fairgrounds, 400 W. Union St , St. Peter

      Farm toys: cars, trucks and various collectibles.

      Concessions by Nancy

      Admission: $3.00

      For more information: Wendy 507.381.8234 or Jim 507.381.8235

    2. 5th Annual High Island Lake Ice Fishing Contest
      10:00 am – 2:00 pm

      5th Annual High Island Lake Ice Fishing Contest - New Auburn, MN

      Saturday, January 21, 2017

      10:00 am – 2:00 pm
      Registration starts at 9:00 am

      $5.00 Entry Fee

      Food available on site / Shelters allowed

      Door Prizes * First Prize – Power Auger – Must Be Present to Win

      Youth Contest – 12 and under Free with paid adult

      A Project of Friends of the Minnesota Valley

    3. Gibbon Winterfest 2017 – Jan 20th – 22nd
      10:00 am – 11:00 pm

      Gibbon Winterfest 2017 – Jan 20th – 22nd

      Saturday, January 21st

      Winter Medallion Hunt
      (Clues posted at Library on the hour), beginning at 10:00 am on Saturday. Call Emma at 766.1234 when found. Must be found by 9:00 pm Sunday evening to claim prize

      10:00 am – Winter Hammerschlagen (all ages) – Back lot of D’s Pit Stop and Shooters Bar

      10:00 am – Bloody Mary Bar – Shooters Bar

      10:00 am – Winterfest Cocktails – D’s Pit Stop

      11:00 am – 1:00 pm – Gibbon Fire Dept. Open House & Chili Feed, Gibbon Fire Barn

      1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Kids Movie & Crafts – Gibbon Library

      1:30 pm – Bingo – D’s Pit Stop

      2:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Parent/Child Funky Bowling Tournament – CODE3 Bowling & Party, Gibbon – $15.00 entry – (guaranteed 3 games) Pirzes!

      4:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Chili Cook-Off, Shooters Bar

      4:30 pm – Rustic Barn Wood Sign Painting – D’s Pit Stop Banquet Room – $30 per person

      7:00 pm – Gibbon Royalty Coronation & Fire Department Recognition – Gibbon Elementary School – Free Will Donation

      8:00 pm – Adult Moonlight Bowling – CODE3 Bowling & Party, Gibbon – $15 entry

      9:00 pm – DJ – Shooter’s Bar – Music provided by “Over the Edge”

    4. Fairmont Opera House, Inc January Events
      2:00 pm – 9:00 pm

      Fairmont Opera House, Inc. January Events

       Saturday, January 21.

      Selections From Lost And Found Fairmont Histories: A Martin County Hornpipe returns to the Fairmont Opera House with performances on Saturday January 21, at 2:00 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m

      In 1976, Fairmont native Warren Nelson got the idea to celebrate the United States Bi-centennial by composing and writing a multi-media show called Selections From Lost And Found Fairmont Histories: A Martin County Hornpipe. It was produced with a cast and crew of 17 on May 29, 30 & 31 at the Fairmont High School Performing Arts Center. The show included Nelson’s original songs, readings of Fairmont history and historic photos projected on a large screen. It was a smash hit with sell-out crowds.

      Songs in the show which have become Fairmont classics include “Take A Boat Ride On The Concord,” “Minnesota Summertime,” “A Home On Lilly Creek,” “Too Bad the City Never Bought Old Interlaken” and “The Day Farm.”
      Reserved-seating tickets for both these phenomenal events are available to the public now, online at fairmontoperahouse.org and through the Fairmont Opera House office at 507. 238.4900. The lobby opens for ticket door sales /merchandise sales and Social Hour begins one hour prior to each of the performances.

  5. Jan

    1. Pancake Breakfast – Hector
      9:30 am – 12:30 pm

      Pancake Breakfast – Hector

      Pancake Breakfast

      Sunday, January 22, 2017

      9:30 am – 12:30 pm

      St. Jaohn Church, Hector

      Pancakes * French Toast * Ham & Eggs * Applesauce * Beverage

      Adults: $8.00

      Children 5 – 10: $4.00

      Children 4 and under: Free

      Sponsored by The men of St. John’s Catholic Church – matching grant funds provided by Catholic Order of Foresters

    2. St. Peter Toy Show
      10:00 am – 3:00 pm

      St. Peter Toy Show

      Sunday, January 22

      10:00 am – 3:00 pm

      Nicollet County Fairgrounds, 400 W. Union St., St. Peter

      Farm toys: cars, trucks and various collectibles.

      Concessions by Nancy

      Admission: $3.00

      For more information: Wendy 507.381.8234 or Jim 507.381.8235

    3. Gibbon Winterfest 2017 – Jan 20th – 22nd
      11:00 am – 5:15 pm

      Gibbon Winterfest 2017 – Jan 20th – 22nd

      Sunday, January 22nd

      Kids Craft Table – Gibbon Sportman’s Club

      11:00 am – 5:30 pm – Famous Sportsmans Burgers

      12:00 pm – Winter Trap Shooting – Gibbon Sportman’s Club

      1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Bingo – Gibbon Sportsman’s Club

      2:00 pm – Sheephead Tournament – Gibbon Sportman’s Club

      2:30 pm – Meat Raffle – Gibbon Sportmsman’s Club

      4:30 pm – Gibbon Winterfest Raffle Drawing – Gibbon Sportsman’s Club (need not be present to win)

    4. Knights of Columbus Spaghetti Feed! – Wabasso
      11:15 am – 1:00 pm

      Knights of Columbus Spaghetti Feed!

      The Wabasso KCs will host their annual spaghetti feed after the 10:00 Mass Sunday, January 22 at St. Anne’s.

      Leave the cooking to the Knights, and enjoy fellowship with family and friends!
      Free Will Donation

      In the past, your generosity has enabled the Wabasso KCs to support activities such as:
      Bibles and Rosaries for Confirmation candidates * Catholic Heart Workcamp * Pennies for Seminarians * Youth Free Throw Contest * And so much more!

  6. Jan

    1. BROWN SWCD Accepting Tree Orders (all-day)
      Jan 25


      The Brown Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is now accepting tree orders for the 2017 planting season. Several hardwood and evergreen species are available.

      Orders will be accepted through February 17, 2017 or until stock is exhausted.

      The staff at Brown SWCD can assist you with your orders and answer questions regarding the best suited species for your soil types and growing conditions. The trees are secured from private nurseries at wholesale rates for our customers and should be used for agricultural purposes such as farmstead windbreaks, field windbreaks and wildlife plantings.

      Order forms can be found on our website, www.brownswcdmn.org, or you can call us at
      507.794.2553, or stop in at the office which is located at 300 2nd Ave SW, Sleepy Eye, MN 56085.

    2. American Legion Family Memorial Service – Seifert-Bianchi Post No. 132
      7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

      A Memorial / Remembrance Service – American Legion Seifert – Bianchi Post No. 132

      Wednesday the 25th of January

      Starting at 7:30 pm for those of our Legion Family who have passed away in the last year.

      All are welcome to attend and a lunch will follow. it is all held in the dining room.

      American Legion Seifert-Bianchi Post No. 132 – 13 S. Minnesota, New Ulm

  7. Jan

    1. Worksite Wellness Networking and Training Event
      11:30 am – 1:00 pm

      Worksite Wellness Networking and Training Event

      January 26, 2017

      11:30 AM – 1:00 PM CST

      Best Western Plus

      Date/Time Information:
      January 26, 11:30 AM Lunch and presentation

      Contact Information: 507.217.5945

      Send an Email
      $10, includes lunch. RSVP by January 20 to info@heartsbeatback.org

      Event Description:
      Panel Discussion: What Worksite Wellness Efforts are Succeeding in New Ulm? Hear local organizations share some of their successes, including New Ulm Medical Center’s policy on sugar-sweetened beverages and Brown County’s policy on tobacco-free grounds. Discover how leaders and employees initially perceived the policies and how implementation and acceptance were smoother than anticipated.

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

      American Red Cross St. James Blood Drive

      Thursday, January 26, 2017

      1:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      Friday, January 27, 2017

      8:00 – 12:00 pm

      American Legion, St. James – 620 1st St., St. James, MN

      For appointments call 1.800.733.2767


      Sign up on-line @ www.redcrossblood.org
      Enter sponsor code: STJAMESMN

    3. Dinner On Us! – Sleepy Eye
      5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

      At Faith United Methodist Church in Sleepy Eye
      321 1st Ave. South

      Doors open at 5:30pm
      Serving at 6:00pm

      Thursday, January 26

      Free Monthly Community Dinner

      All are invited to have a nutritious meal. (Doors always open unless Sleepy Eye Schools cancel after school activities due to weather)

      Mashed Potatoes, Meatballs & Gravy, Salad, Rolls & Dessert

    4. StartSmart New Business Seminar – Available Resources
      6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      StartSmart New Business Seminar – Available Resources
       Available Resources with speaker Wendy Anderson from the SBDC in Mankato

      January 26, 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

  8. Jan

    1. Beginner’s Guide to Google Analytics
      7:30 am – 8:30 am

      Beginner’s Guide to Google Analytics – Presented by: Sarah Kuglin Redwood Valley Technical solutions

      January 27, 2017

      7:30 am – 8:30 am

      Best Western Plus – New Ulm

      Presenter Sarah Kuglin, Redwood Valley Tech Solutions Web Design, will cover the basics of navigating Google Analytics for your website, what you’ll discover in the reports, and how to make the most of the large amount of data available in a hands on session.

      Join us for Breakfast

      Register @ smbnewulm.com

    2. American Red Cross St. James Blood Drive
      8:00 am – 12:00 pm

      American Red Cross St. James Blood Drive

      Friday, January 27, 2017

      8:00 – 12:00 pm

      American Legion, St. James – 620 1st St., St. James, MN

      For appointments call 1.800.733.2767


      Sign up on-line @ www.redcrossblood.org
      Enter sponsor code: STJAMESMN

  9. Jan

    1. 3rd Annual Hanska Fire Dept Fishing Contest
      10:00 am – 3:00 pm

      3rd. Annual Hanska Fire Dept. Fishing Contest

      Saturday January 28th, 2017

      11:00AM – 3:00 PM

      Registration starts at 10:00 AM

      Lake Hanska South Access

      $5.00 Entry fee gets you in to the contest and an entry into the raffle drawing. You could go home with a 10” propane Auger or one of the other prizes.
      Cash pay outs for the top three fish in each category…Walleye, Northern and Panfish

      Purchase a ticket for the big Raffle and you could win a 2016 Can Am Four wheeler or one of the cash prizes.

    2. Annual Ice Fishing Contest
      10:00 am – 4:00 pm

      Mt Lake, Odin, Ormsby Area Sportsman Club Annual Ice Fishing Contest

      January 28, 2017

      10:00 am – 4:00 pm
      Horn will bill blow at 3:45 pm – All fish must be in line to be weighed in by 4:00 pm. NO EXCEPTIONS

      Registration @ the Mt. Lake Golf Course Club House 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

      Chili Feed & Annual Meeting to follow after Ice Fishing contest Prizes are handed out. All new members eligable for $225.00 gift card drawing after meeting. Must be present to win.

      For more information call George Gohr 507.822.0668

  10. Jan

    1. Breakfast Benefit and Silent Auction for Cole Hayden
      9:00 am – 1:00 pm

      Breakfast Benefit and Silent Auction for Cole Hayden

      The breakfast will be a free will donation.
      Sunday, January 29, 2017
      9:00 am – 1:00 pm
      Springfield Area Community Center – 33 Cass Ave., Springfield, MN 56087

      T-shirts and wristbands will also be available to purchase at the Community Center the day of the benefit. T-shirts are $20.00 and Wristbands are $3.00

      Cole Hayden, son of Jeff and Jenny Hayden, is a 7th grader at Springfield High School. Cole recently had surgery to remove a brain tumor and later found out the tumor was cancerous. Cole is recovering from his surgeries and will soon begin treatment in Rochester, Mn

    2. Pancake & Bratwurst Dinner – Gibbon
      10:30 am – 5:00 pm

      All You Can Eat Pancake & Bratwurst Dinner

      Sunday, January 29, 2017

      10:30 am – 5:00 pm

      Moltke Township – St. Peter’s Lutheran Church – 639240-0240th St. County Rd 10, Gibbon, Mn

      Cookies * Bars * Cheese * Rush River Maple Syrup * Applesauce

      Sponsored by St. Peter’s Lutheran School PTL

      “Books R Fun” Book Fair

      Take Outs Available

      Free Will Offering

      Bad Weather reschedule date will be Saturday, February 4, 2017

    3. St. Mary’s Catholic School – Madelia
      11:30 am – 3:00 pm

      St. Mary’s Catholic School – Madelia

      Bingo Blitz

      St. Mary’s School Hall – Madelia

      Sunday, January 29, 2017

      12:30 pm – Early Bird

      1:30 pm – Bingo

      $2,000 Pay Out

      Tickets available @ 507.642.3324

      Lunch & snacks start at 11:30 am

      An adult must accompany all children.