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Worthington City Band Concerts will be held at CENTENNIAL PARK (due to all the work going on at Chautauqua Park) at 7:30 pm on Wednesdays June 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30, Sunday July 4th, and Wednesdays July 7, 14, & 21. We are encouraging everyone to bring their own lawn chair.
June 2 MC Pat O'Neill Entertainment Myah Holinka
6/9 MC Bruce Heitkamp Enter. Hector Avila
6/16 MC Nicole DeBoer Enter. 4-ever Blessed
6/23 MC Ryan McGaughey Enter. open
6/30 MC Pastor Anne Hokenstad Enter. Liz Bushard
July 4 MC Gordon Moore Enter. Davis Moore
7/7 MC Troy Appel Enter. Kalea Appel
7/14 MC Gretchen O'Donnell Enter. DeSmith Family
7/21 MC Joe Anderson Enter. Kay Williams Prunty Dancers
Windsurfing Regatta Raffle
Ticket for the Windsurfing Regatta Raffle are now available and can be purchased for $10 each from any board member, at the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce, or at Brown’s Shoe Fit, United Prairie Bank, Prairie Rehab or Classy & Sassy. There are six different prizes available, with the #1 prize being a Green Mountain Grill and JBS meat bundle. The drawing will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 12. Tickets holders must be 18 years or older to participate, but need not be present to win.
Worthington Regional Healthcare Foundation Heart of Gold Raffle Drawing
The Worthington Regional Healthcare Foundation is selling raffle tickets lots of great prizes! Tickets are $20 with first prize being one troy ounce of gold valued at $1748! Second prize is a 4 day/3 night black hills cabin getaway valued at $1,100, 3rd prize is a freezer/box of loins/ribs valued at $500 and 4th prize is $250 in chamber checks! Tickets can be purchased by calling Jeff at 507-360-6646 or stop by the chamber office. Drawing will be held on July 19th at 6pm at Great Life in Worthington.
The Sunset Hospice Cottage is having a fundraiser for their banquet that will be taking place on November 13th. You can now purchase raffle tickets for a handcrafted walnut dining room table for $20 per ticket, and a coach purse at $5 per ticket. Tickets may be purchased at the Stag Clotheirs in downtown Worthington, or by calling Deb Scheidt at 507-360-6657 or Susanne Murphy at 507-360-6699.
Windom Volunteer Fire Department Raffle
The Windom Volunteer Fire Department is having their annual raffle, and tickets are on sale now. Tickets are $20 each, with the drawing taking place on Saturday, April 24. Thirty prizes will be awarded, including a Toro zero-turn lawn mower, flat screen TVs and laptop computers. Tickets are available from any member of the fire department.
Minnesota Sheriff’s Association Cash Raffle
Tickets for the Minnesota Sheriff’s Association Raffle are now available at sheriff’s offices throughout Minnesota and can be purchased for $20 each. There is over $19,000 is cash prizes up for grabs, with the top prize $5,000 cash. The drawing will take place on June 8. Proceeds benefit law enforcement training.
Sibley-Ocheyedan FFA Mower Raffle
Friends of the Sibley-Ocheyedan FFA are holding a Mower Raffle, with the grand prize a ALTOZ XR-series zero-turn mower. Tickets can be purchased from any S-O FFA member, with the drawing taking place at the FFA Banquet May 7.
Worthington Spring Clean-Up
The City of Worthington is once again planning a Spring Clean-Up event, with collection to start Monday, May 3. Residents can begin placing items on the curb on Wednesday, April 30. Items such as windows, metal, lumber, water heaters and doors are free. Carpet, large appliances, furniture, mattresses, TVs and computers cost $11. Tags must be purchased from City Hall, Worthington Public Utilities or Schaap Sanitation April 26 through April 30. Leftover tags are non-refundable. Items that will not be accepted include bricks, paint, pesticides, tires, clothes, trees and toys.
Food Vendors Wanted
The Sibley Chamber of Commerce is looking for food vendors interested in selling their wares at Good Old Summertime on Saturday, June 12. Contact the Chamber at 712-754-3212 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
YMCA Meal-To-Go Program
The Worthington Area YMCA is offering a Meal To-Go Program thanks to support from the Anonymous Donor Hunger Relief Grant. The program provides healthy evening meals to kids who may otherwise be at risk of hunger when the school day ends.
Through this program, the Y will serve more children during the week and during school vacations. Through August 2021, the Y will offer the Meal To-Go Program, allowing children 18 and younger to stop and pick up a To-Go pack that will include 5 healthy food packs designed for their evening meal. To learn more, contact the Worthington Area YMCA at 507-376-6197 or visit www.ymcaworthington.org.
United Way of Nobles County
The United Way of Nobles County is now accepting grant applications from agencies for 2022 funding. Agencies must be a 501(c)3 non-profit organization serving Nobles County. Funds must be used for programs or services with a focus on Education, Health and Financial Stability. Applications must be received by April 30, 2021 to be considered. Grant application and Admission Policy can be found HERE. You can also pick up a copy at the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce office, 1121 Third Avenue, Worthington.
Volunteers needed at Manna Food Pantry
Manna Food Pantry is in need of a volunteer to help hand out meat during the harvest truck that delivers to the pantry approximately at 11 am on the first and third Thursdays of each month. If you are able to help, please contact Linda Sanchez at 507-329-1951.
Worthington City Council Honorary Member
The Worthington City Council is seeking people interested in the inner-workings of city government for their Honorary Member program. The Honorary Member serves for three months, attending regular council meetings and participating in discussions. They do not make motions or vote. They attend as able various advisory board and commission meetings, and attend a staff briefing and tour the facilities. They also receive all correspondence directed to City Council, including staff reports and League of Minnesota City publications. There is no monetary compensation, and applicants must be 21 years of age and a resident voter of the city for at least 30 days prior to appointment. Visit the City of Worthington web page here to apply!
Nixle - Public Safety System
Nixle is a community information service via the Worthington Police Department dedicated to helping you stay connected to the information that matters most to you. You can receive alerts for closed roads, weather alerts, safety alerts, missing persons, general notifications, special events, canvassing witnesses for leads and other evidence. To sign up, visit the City of Worthington Public Safety webpage.
You are invited to become a member of the Lake Okabena Improvement Association! The projects would not be made possible without your generous donations and commitment. Find the details on membership dues or renewals here.
May 6 – National Day of Prayer
There will be a National Day of Prayer celebration from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 6 at the Fulda City Park. Several community leader and pastors will pray for families, government, military, education, businesses and more.
May 7 & 8- Sibley Ocheyedan FFA Plant Sale
The Sibley Ocheyedan FFA Plant Sale will take place Friday May 7th from 3:30-6pm and Saturday May 8th from 8a-6p. All is free will donation. We have a wide variety of Vegetables and Flowers. Some include Four O Clocks, Rudbeckia, Marigolds, Geraniums, Cosmos, and others. For Vegetables, we have two varieties of tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, and broccoli, and golden squash. This will take place in Greenhouse by the school.
May 7 & 8 – Trinity Lutheran Church Brewster Gigantic Rummage & Bake Sale
The Rummage and Bake sale will take place at 1019 4th Avenue in Brewster. Hours are 9am-7pm Friday May 7th, and Saturday, May 8th from 9am to 4pm. You will find lots of things, such as couches, lift chair, kitchen table, dining room chairs, dresser, collectibles, bundled firewood, books, VCR tapes, squirrel feeders, cookware, glassware, dishes, fishing tackle, wall décor, “guy stuff”, toys, games knick knacks and figurines! Plus much more!
May 11 - Kiwanis Daybreakers Hamburger & Fries Meal
The 46th Annual Kiwanis Daybreakers & SHS Coaches Hamburger & Fries Meal (Hot Dogs Available) will take place from 4:30-7:30pm on Tuesday, May 11th at the K-Cafe on Spencer Fairgrounds. Cost is $9 for Adults and $5 for Students. Tickets can by purchased through Duane Holck at 712-260-4664 or Ron Fuecht at 712-363-7072. Proceeds go to various HS Activities, Key Club & Spencer Archery.
May 11 - Slayton Citywide Cleanup Day
The City of Slayton will have a citywide cleanup day starting at 8 a.m. May 11. Items must be separated by composite material, and large items such as appliances, tires, TVs and mattresses require a pre-paid sticker, which must be purchased at City Hall by Monday, May 10. No demolition debris or yard waste.
May 11 & 13 – Homebuyer Education Workshop
A virtual Homebuyer Education Workshop will be May 11 & 13, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. both nights. Find out if home ownership is right for you, and learn about credit, budgeting, mortgage loans, and shopping for a home. Register online at swmhp.org or call 507-836-1604. Class size is limited to 25, so sign up early.
May 13 – Red Cross Blood Drive
The Worthington Area YMCA will host a Red Cross Blood Drive from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, May 13, sponsored by the Fulda Area Credit Union.
May 15 - King Turkey Day Puzzle Tournament
The King Turkey Day Puzzle Tournament will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 15 at the Worthington Elks Lodge. Space will be limited to 30 4-person teams. Deadline to sign up is May 7, registration can be turned in to the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce. COVID protocols will be followed.
May 17 – Sheldon Community Ambulance Team Supper Fundraiser
The Sheldon Community Ambulance Team will host a Supper Fundraiser from 5 to7 p.m. Monday, May 17 at the SCAT garage. This will be a drive-thru meal, with the car line starting at the community building parking lot. Serving taco in a bag or tavern and chips. Free will offering will be accepted.
May 17 - 2021 Worthington Youth Football
Worthington Youth Football will be doing equipment fitting and registrations on Monday, May 17th from 5-7 PM at Buss Field.
This is for any child going into grades 3-6 for the 2021-2022 school year. The fee for this season is $155. All registrations and fee must be submitted online after player is fitted and been issued a jersey #. For more information, contact Kevin Blanchette at 507-370-3247
May 20 – Sibley Generals Football Fundraiser
The Sibley Generals Football team is having a softener salt sale. If you live within a 25-mile radius of Sibley, they will deliver the salt on either the afternoon or evening of Friday, June 18th or the morning of Saturday, June 19th. To order, visit their website at generalsfootball.org
May 21 – Nobles County Pheasants Forever Banquet
This year you can take part in the Nobles County Pheasants Forever annual banquet and bid on items from anywhere — yes that’s right our auction this year will be all online! We hope to see lots of you in person May 21 for our walk thru banquet at the Nobles County Fairgrounds but if you can’t make it be sure to take a look at the online auction. Go to https://give.uplandfundraising.org/nobles-county-pf for more information.
May 22 – Baylor’s BBQ Bash
A BBQ competition fundraiser for the son of Tyler Scotting and Stormi Vanden Bosch will take place Saturday, May22 at Round Lake Vineyards. Baylor was diagnosed with Multiple Sulfatase Deficiency, a rare genetic condition. The Great Smoke-Off competition is $25 per smoker or grill, with judging starting at 3 p.m. The entry fee includes meat, pellets or applewood logs, and a table with electricity. Competitors provide a cord, spices, a grill or cooker, and cooking utensils. A cash bar will be available with 20 percent of bar sakes going to Baylor. To register, email email@example.com or call 507-945-1100 by March 15.
May 22 – 24th Annual Sioux County Sportsmen’s Club Banquet
The 24th Annual Sioux County Sportsmen’s Club Banquet will take place on Saturday, May, 22 at the Dordt Rec Center. Doors open at 5pm with a dinner at 5:30 and program beginning at 7. There are MANY great prizes up for grabs! Tickets are $45 for adults 16 and older and $20 for children 15 and younger and are available at www.siouxsc.org. Proceeds from the sale of tickets go towards public land acquisition and preservation of wildlife habitat in Sioux County.
May 28 – Tactical Pistol Course
Tactical pistol specialist Todd Van Langen will teach a course at 8 a.m. Friday, May 28. Students will learn basic fundamentals, gear set up, and shooting from cover, while moving and with a partner. Students will need a pistol, holster, and 500 rounds of ammo. Cost is $250 per student, with proceeds going to Nobles County Pheasants Forever. Only 20 openings available. Contact Scott Rall at 360-6027 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
May 29-30 – Precision Rifle School
Learn how to make a 700 yard shot during Precision Rifle School, taught by Beretta Firearms Long Range Ambassador Todd Van Langen. Training will include a half-day classroom and 1 ½ days field shooting at a cost of $750 per student. Proceeds will benefit Nobles County Pheasants Forever. Only 15 openings available. Contact Scott Rall at 360-6027 or email email@example.com for more information.
June 1 – Adventure Day Camp
Join the Worthington Area YMCA for their Adventure Day Camp! Camp will operate all Summer, Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:00pm. Program takes place at the YMCA and begins June 1st and goes through August 21st. Ages 5-10 Welcome. Cost varies. Register now at ymcaworthington.org/registration. Contact the YMCA with any questions including financial assistance and payment plans at 507-376-6197 or email Jordan Balster at Jordan.Balster@ymcaworthington.org
June 1 - Windom Bicycle Rodeo & Giveaway
Back by popular demand is the annual Windom bicycle rodeo and giveaway. The event is set for June 1 at BARC. More than 40 adult and youth bicycles, donated by local residents, are being repaired by the Windom Kiwanis Club, with the help of Schwalbach Hardware and its repair specialist, Bob Christopherson of Windom. Meanwhile, the bike rodeo will be held in BARC’s north parking lot. The bike rodeo is sponsored by the Windom Police Department and Windom Area Health.
June 3-5 – Luverne High School presents “Grease”
Luverne High School presents “Grease” June 3-5 at 7:30 p.m.
June 3-6 Kirby’s Rummage Sale
Donations are currently being sought for Kirby’s Rummage Sale! All profits will be used to purchase school supplies and Christmas gifts for low-income families in the area. Donations will be taken may 30th to June 2 in Lakefield at Immanuel Lutheran Activity Center (620 Bush St. Lakefield, MN). Kirby’s Rummage Sale will be from June 3rd to June 6th with various hours. On June 3 hours to shop are 4p-8p, June 4th from 1p-7p, June 6th from 9a-3p and June 6th from 9a-noon.
June 4 – Buffalo Days Cruise In
Buffalo Days planning is stampeding forward for 2021. There will be a Cruise In on Friday, June 4 at the Luverne City Park, with all collector vehicles invited. The fun starts at 5:30 p.m., with live music from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.
June 5 - Buffalo Days Parade and Expo
The Buffalo Days Parade starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 5 on Main Street in Luverne. The Expo will be at the Rock County Courthouse Square from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with lots of food, vendors and fun!
June 5 – Tom Tracy Memorial Ride
There will be a Tom Tracy Memorial Ride on Saturday, June 5, hosted by EFMC Worthington. The 90-mile ride goes kickstands up at 12:30 p.m. at Big Orv’s in Adrian. All proceeds go toward a Tom Tracy Memorial. For more information, call Steve at 507-370-1895.
June 5 – Take 16 Block Party
Head out to Take 16 in Luverne on Saturday, June 5 for the annual block party – beer, food, fun and live music, starting at 5:30 p.m.
June 9 - Perry Creek Dairy Open House
From 4-8pm. There will be a tour, food and kids activities. Perry Creek Dairy is located at20243 County Rd K22, Merrill, IA
June 11, 12 and 13 - The Sibley Ocheyedan Athletic Boosters are hosting a Men’s Golf Tournament and 2021-2022 Fundraising Drive on Friday June 11th through Sunday, June 13th. On Friday will be the S-O baseball and softball games and drawing of teams at the clubhouse at 7:00pm. On Saturday will be the shotgun start at 9am for the golf tournament, a golf ball drop at 8:30pm and a dance at 9pm. On Sunday will be a shotgun start for the golf tournament at 9am. Entry fee of $200 includes golf, cart, and lunch during golf. You can send your payments to S-O Athletic Booster Club, Box 23, Sibley, IA 51249.
June 10-12 – Luverne High School presents “Grease”
Luverne High School presents “Grease” June 10-12 at 7:30 p.m.
June 12 - The Ellsworth Community Club is looking for teams to enter the meat smoking competition on Saturday, June 12th. The meat will be donated by Security Savings Bank, and awards will be given out to the top 3 places in ribs and loin. Each team will smoke ribs and a pork loin. The competition starts at 9am with judging at 4:30pm. If interested, please contact Randy Buntjer.
June 12 – Elks Lodge Breakfast
The Worthington Elks Lodge will host a Windsurfing Regatta Breakfast from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 12, with made-to-order omelets. Everyone is welcome. Bloody Marys and Mimosas will also be available.
June 12 - Good Ole Summertime Annual 5K Run/Walk
The Good Ole Summertime 5K Run/Walk will be on Saturday, June 12, starting at the Osceola Regional Health Center Wellness Center parking lot in Sibley, Iowa. Pre-race festivities begin at 7:30 a.m., with the run beginning at 8 a.m. Find registration information at the Sibley Chamber of Commerce.
June 12 – Good Ole Summertime Parade
The Good Ole Summertime Parade will take place on Saturday June 12th at 10am. Call the Sibley chamber at 712-754-3212 with questions or to register your float.
June 12 - Kickin' Cancer Street Dance
There will be a free Kickin' Cancer Street Dance from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, June 12 at Vanbullys, featuring Them Pesky Kids. Sponsored by VanBullys and Craig Boese.
June 18-19 – Minnesota Alliance Youth Soccer Camp
Join the Minnesota FC Alliance for their Youth Soccer Camp at Buss Fields in Worthington on June 18th and 19th. Cost is $30 per player and includes a camp t-shirt. This camp is for ages K-6th grade and is open to both boys and girls. Participants will need to bring a water bottle and shin guards with tall socks.
June 25-26 – Pheasants Forever Public Land Rendezvous Ride
Three local PF chapters are uniting and excited to offer the inaugural Public Land Rendezvous Ride. Join us for an ATF fun-ride to raise dollars to support Pheasants Forever and Qual Forever’s mission and learn a little bit about how public lands are created for everyone to use and enjoy. For more information and details contact Scott Rall at 507-360-6027 or Brandon Stoffregen at 507-380-7320
June 26 – Blue Heron Days
Blue Heron Days will take place June 26 in Heron Lake, and will include a vendor fair, car show, kids games, the Ecology Bus, lucky duck race and more. More information and a complete list of events can be found on the Blue Heron Days Facebook page.
July 8-10 – Worthington International Festival
The Worthington International Festival will take place July 8-10 in downtown Worthington and this year will celebrate essential workers. For more information and a full schedule of events, go to worthingtoninternationalfestival.org.
July 10 – Adult Prom Night
The Wilmont VFW will host an Adult Prom on Saturday, July 10 at the VFW Hall. There will be a parade around Wilmont at 4:30 p.m. and a meal at 5:30, followed by a Grand March. There will be a dance from 7 to 11 p.m. Tickets are available now by contacting any committee member or calling Nancy at 507-360-3365.
July 13 - 2021 Summer Beef Tour
The 2021 Summer Beef Tour of the Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association will be hosted by the Rock Nobles Cattlemen at the Nobles County Fairgrounds on Tuesday, July 13. There will be a vendor trade show, a steak supper and the opportunity to visit eight local farms. Students attend free. Register today at mnsca.org.
July 31 - Round Lake Fire Department Car and Motorcycle Ride The Round Lake Fire Department will host their annual Car and Motorcycle Ride on July 31st with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the fire hall. The ride starts at 10 a.m., with various stops throughout the day. There will be a meal at the end of the ride back at the Round Lake fire hall. Proceeds will benefit Round Lake Fire and EMR training and equipment purchases.
August 7 – Cousins for a Cure Volleyball & Beanbag Tournament
The Cousins for a Cure Volleyball & Beanbag Tournament will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 7 at the Rock Rapids Westside Campground. Proceeds will be donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. All teams must be registered by July 31, by calling Trysten at 507-329-0187 or email cousins4acureCF@gmail.com.