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Sept. 22 -- Coffee and Chat with Your Directors
8 to 8:30 a.m. at Nickabocker's Cafe in Ellsworth. Visit with Nobles Cooperative Electric directors.
Sept. 22 -- Movie Night at Trojan Field
Free admisison; no food or drink allowed. Showing "Elemental" -- children under 12 require adult guardian. Concessions will be available. Gate opens at 6 p.m., followed by Disney short at 6:50 p.m. and movie at 7 p.m.
Sept. 23 -- Public Lands Day at Pipestone National Monument
Volunteers can get out in the tallgrass prairie with park rangers from 9 to 11 a.m. Volunteers can choose between planting native seeds, collecting native seeds that will be replanted next year, or removing invasive species that crowd out the native plants. No experience is necessary, and all the tools needed will be provided. Volunteers will receive a complimentary lunch at 11 a.m. and a token of thanks from the park.
Sept. 23 -- St. Mary's School Barn Dance
5 to 11 p.m. Food by Jon-1, music by DJ Spaz and beer garden.
Sept. 23 -- Stargazing Even t
8:30 to 10 p.m. at Pipestone National Monument. Join astronomers from SDSU and Augustana University along with students from AISES (American Indian Science and Engineering Society) as they offer visitors a chance to look through telescopes, learn about Lakota constellations, engage in hands-on activities, and ask any questions about the cosmos that they want. Marty DeWitt will be on-site to offer a free class around the trail in astrophotography (bring a DSLR or mirrorless camera and a tripod. Free cocoa and snacks while supplies last.
Sept. 23 -- Sportsman's Bingo
Hosted by the Martin County West FFA Alumni Association, with Southern Minnesota Ducks Unlimited. The event will begin at 5 p.m. at the Sherburn Community Hall. It's $10 to preregister; includes a piece of Ducks Unlimited clothing as well. It's $50 at the door for 10 games of Bingo. There will be refreshments, raffles and food to go along with the event, and of course winnings from Bingo as well. Bingo will start at 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 24 --Lions Club Breakfast Fundraiser and Silent Auction
Serving breakfast from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Lake Benton Community and Event Center. There will be pancakes, french toast, eggs, sausage, toast, coffee and milk. Net breakfast proceeds will go toward Lynn Meyer’s medical expenses. Lynn was recently diagnosed with stage 3 metastatic ovarian cancer. Lynn’s Go Fund Me page:
Sept. 24 -- "In the Woods" Songwriter Concert
With Rebby Lee. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and the concert starts at 5 p.m. at the Historic Dayton House, 1311 Fourth Ave. There will be a cash bar with Round Lake wine, beer and soda. Free hors d'oeuvres and Dundee Love Bites. Ticket price is $15. Call 727-1311 for more.
Sept. 24 -- Last Call for Hockey Equipment and Jersey Handouts
4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Worthington Ice Arena. Rental is $25 for returning skaters and free for first-year skaters. Helet only is free. Jerseys included in registration cost.
Sept. 25 -- Windom Heroes Behind the Badges Blood Drive
9 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Windom Area Health. The event is a friendly competition between Windom Law Enforcement, Fire Department, and EMS to recruit blood donors for community patients. To schedule an appointment, call (605) 331-3222 or go to www.cbblifeblood.org, select “events”, and September 25th.
Sept. 25-- Red Cross Blood Drive
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lyon County Government Center, 607 W. Main St.., Marshall. Visit redcrossblood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or check the free Red Cross blood donor app for more information.
Sept. 25 -- Tie Dye Event
Hosted by the Southwestern Center for Independent Living at Independence Park in Marshall. There will be two sessions offered: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. or 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Cost to attend is $3 per person; yu will need to bring your own item to dye. RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call (507) 532-2221 ext. 111.
Sept. 25 -- Friends of Nobles County Library Book Club Meeting
Meeting is at 6 p.m. to discuss "The Personall Librarian." All are welcome.
Sept. 25 -- Stingrays Fun Meet
6:30 p.m. at the Worthington Area YMCA. Youths interested in getting involved with the Stingrays swim team this year are invited. All swimmers must be able to swim a full lap (down and back) of the lap pool utilizing both front and backstroke.
Sept. 26-- Red Cross Blood Drive
1 to 7 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 620 Bush St., Lakefield. Visit redcrossblood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or check the free Red Cross blood donor app for more information. There will also be one from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Lyon County Library, 201 C St., Marshall, as well as another from noon to 6 p.m. at the Worthington Area YMCA.
Sept. 26 -- Perspectives on Sex Trafficking
With speakers Allan Bakke of the Southwest Crisis Center and Lakefield Police Roger Pohlman. 5:30 p.m. order meal and 6 p.m. presentation at the Lakefield VFW, 405 N. Highway 86 in Lakefield. The event is being hosted by Prairie Winds Republican Women. A business meeting will follow.
Sept. 26 -- Dad’s Belgian Waffle Feed
Hosted by Boyden American Legion and Auxiliary. Serving from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Demco Community Center in Boyden with carry-outs available. A free-will offering will be used for Legion and Auxiliary projects."
Sept. 27-- Red Cross Blood Drive
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Minnesota West Community & Technical College, Worthington. Visit redcrossblood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or check the free Red Cross blood donor app for more information.
Sept. 28-- Red Cross Blood Drive
1 to 6 p.m. at the Community Center, 311 Sixth St., Walnut Grove. Visit redcrossblood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or check the free Red Cross blood donor app for more information.
Sept. 29-- Red Cross Blood Drive
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Marshall Fire Department, 201 Saratoga St.., Marshall. Visit redcrossblood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or check the free Red Cross blood donor app for more information.
Sept. 29 -- United Way of Nobles County Tailgate Party
5:30 p.m. at Trojan Field prior to the Trojan Homecoming Football game against Marshall. Pulled pork sandwich, water and chips for $5; $2 for an extra sandwich. Sponsored by JBS, Jon-E-1 BBQ and Hy-Vee.
Sept. 30 -- A Headstone History Tour
Presented by the Osceola County Ag Foundation; 2 to 6 p.m. at Holman Cemetery. Meet some of the characters of Sibley's past as local actors bring their stories alive. Call (712) 541-8451 or (712) 754-4108 to schedule a one-hour walking tour. Minimum donation of $10 per person.
Sept. 30 -- Tombstone Tour of Family Stories
Hope Cemetery in Hull, Iowa. People may walk the tour, but reservations are necessary to ride the trailer. Call (712) 439-6993 or email email@example.com for reservations. A $12 donation will be used to support museum expenses. A $25 donation includes a one-year membership to the Hull Historical Society.
Oct. 1 -- St. Ann’s Catholic Church’s Fall Dinner
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church in Slayton. Menu includes ham, scalloped potatoes, homegrown sweet corn, coleslaw, and dessert. Dine in or carry out. Cost is $12 for adults. $7 for kids ages 6 to 10. Raffle prizes,. face painting, stained-glass crosses available for purchase.
Oct. 1 -- Punt, Pass & Kick Competition
Hosted by the George Iowa Betterment Club at 1:30 p.m. at the George~Little Rock High School football field in George. Registration will start at 1 p.m. The event is free and open to all boys and girls ages 6-15 as of Dec. 31, 2022. Registration forms will be available at sign-up. For more information, contact Jim McConnell at (712) 475-2610 or (712) 348-4992; or Emily Denekas at (712) 578-1048.
Oct. 2-- Red Cross Blood Drive
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 300 S. Grant St.., Fairmont. Visit redcrossblood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or check the free Red Cross blood donor app for more information.
Oct. 3 -- Community Coffee October Speaker Series
The Worthington Police Department will speak about identity theft and scams happening in our area now. 9 to 10 a.m. with the presentation beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the Ecumen Meadows South Dining Room in Worthington. Coffee and rolls will be served. Contact Denise Erwin with questions at (507)343-7141
Coffee & rolls will be served.
Oct. 3-- Red Cross Blood Drive
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lake Sarah Baptist Church, 1613 191st St.., Slayton. Visit redcrossblood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or check the free Red Cross blood donor app for more information.
Oct.. 3 -- UFOs in Renaissance Art with Adrian Lee
Presented by the Nobles County Library; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the library in Worthington, Lee is an author and paranormal investigator.
Oct. 4 -- Open Mic Night at the Nobles County Library
Whether it's singing, juggling, dancing or comedy, people are invited to come and share their talent. 6 to 8 p.m. at the library in Worthington.
Oct. 6 -- Rend Collective
This popular worship band hailing from Northern Ireland brings its “Campfire: The 10th Anniversary Tour” to Northwestern College as part of Raider Nation Celebration, the college’s Homecoming and Family Weekend. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. in Christ Chapel. General admission tickets are $26 and can be purchased at echoconcerts.com. A block of $20 tickets will be available for Northwestern students and employees in the Ramaker Center student life office. Concertgoers can purchase early-entry tickets for $40. A $75 deluxe ticket includes first entry into the chapel and a post-concert photo with the band. Ticket prices will increase the day of the show.
Oct. 7 -- "Reaching Through Time, History, Faith and Culture in Southwest Minnesota"
Learn what life was like on the prairie of southwestern Minnesota in the 1880s for Native American girls brought from Dakota Territory to a school in Avoca, Minnesota. This Fall Social Concerns Day, hosted by the Diocese of Wino na-Rochester, will feature local historians, displays of historical photos and documents, and traditional Native American dance and music. The event will take place at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Slayton, six miles north of Avoca. Pre-registration is required by Oct. 1. Registration is $20 and covers all presentations, refreshments and a lunch featuring bison stew and fry bread catered by a Native American-owned restaurant, Watecha Bowl, based in Sioux Falls. Reserve by calling Isaac Landsteiner at Catholic Charities of Southern Minnesota at (507) 848-8303.
Oct. 7 -- Pink Pumpkin 5K Run, Walk, Bike
Hosted by Avera Medical Group Sibley and Osceola Regional Health Center in Sibley. When you register, we ask that you submit the name(s) of breast cancer survivor(s) you would like to honor (living/deceased). There will be a display with all the submitted names the day of the race. Packet pickup will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 6 at Osceola Regional Health Center. Packet pickup will also be at 7:30 a.m. the following morning, with the race to start at 8 a.m. at the Osceola Regional Health Center parking lot. Registration is $20; register online at www.osceolarhc.org/pink or stop by the ORHC Wellness Center.
Oct. 11 -- Red Cross Blood Drive
1 to 6 p.m. at the Community Center, 1750 Cottonwood Lake Drive, Windom. Visit redcrossblood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or check the free Red Cross blood donor app for more information. There will also be one from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Evangelical Lutheran Church, 101 Spicer St., Jasper.
Oct. 11 -- Nobles County Child Care Town Hall
6 p.m. at the Worthington Event Center. Registration deadline is Sept. 26. This event is free; dinner is included.
Oct. 12-- Red Cross Blood Drive
1 to 7 p.m. at Worthington Christian Church, 1501 N. Douglas Ave., Worthington, Visit redcrossblood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or check the free Red Cross blood donor app for more information.
Oct. 12 -- Jennifer Dukes Lee presentation
5:30 to 9 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Sibley. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at The Lantern in Sibley and Trinity Lutheran Church by calling (712) 754-3645. Enjoy a light meal with fellowship and presentation by this author. Her books will also be available for purchase.
Oct. 13-- Red Cross Blood Drive
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Runnings, 901 N. Highway 59, Marshall. Visit redcrossblood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or check the free Red Cross blood donor app for more information.
Oct. 14 -- First Aid CPR Training
Windom Area Health is hosting the training for teenagers 13 to 17 years of age. This training is ideal for those looking to babysit or simply want to be prepared to act in an emergency. Attendees will be trained on adult, child and Infant CPR, first aid and AED Usage, and will be taught with both video and hands-on training. Attendees that complete the class will receive an American Heart Association CPR Certification Card. The class will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the large conference room of the hospital. Cost is $100 per student plus a $5 optional meal. Space is limited to 10 students, and students must be registered by Sept. 27. For more information or to register. call (507) 831-0673.
Oct. 17 -- Nobles County Historical Society program
"A Half Century of Change for Chicago & North Western Railroad in Nobles County," presented by John Galstad. 2 p.m. at the Nobles County Heritage Center, 225 Ninth St., Worthington. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Oct. 18 -- Meet the Trojans
Football game at Trojan Field.
Oct. 20 -- Special Event with Minnesota Author Allen Eskins
Eskins practiced criminal law for 25 years before turning to writing, He will be at the Heron Lake Library at 1 p.m., the Lakefield Library at 4 p.m. and the Jackson Library at 7 p.m.
Oct. 20 -- Trick or Treat Halloween Festival
Hosted by the Worthington Area YMCA; 4 to 6 p.m. at Pioneer Village in Worthington. Entry fee is non-perishable food item or cash donation. Free candy and free pumpkins until gone. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All entry donations will be given to Manna Food Pantry.
Oct. 21 -- Fall Clean Up
A partnership of the Sibley-Ocheyedan Central School District and Sibley Housing and Development Corp. 8 a.m. to noon around the Sibley and Ocheyedan communities.
Oct. 21 -- Adrian Community United Fall Festival
With trunk or treating from 4 to 6 p.m., hayrides from 5 to 7 p.m., food trucks from 4 to 8 p.m. and haunted trail from 7 to 11 p.m. More information on the Adrian Community United Facebook page.
Oct. 22 -- Fundamental Basketball Skills Camp 2023
Hosted at the Center for Health and Wellness at the Minnesota West Worthington Campus. The camp will begin on this Sunday and take place for four consecutive Sundays from 6 to 7 p.m. (first- through fifth-graders) and 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. (sixth- through 12th-graders). Camp instructors are Moz Hayenga, Ron Vorwald, Clint Meyer and Avery Van Roekel. Cost is $45 for early registration and $55 after Oct. 18. Email Rosalie.firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Oct. 24 -- Nobles County Library 4th Quarter Book Club Meeting
6 to 7 p.m. at the library in Worthington. Discussed will be "Demon Copperhead" by Barbara Kingsolver. All are welcome; contact the library for more information.
Oct. 28 -- Pipestone County Pheasants Forever Youth Mentor Hunt
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Youth ages 11 to 17 years old may participate if they have their DNR Hunters Safety Card. Youth hunters may bring their own gun if they have one. Otherwise, the Pheasants Forever chapter will provide guns, ammo, orange vests and hats, eye and ear protection, and clay pigeons. Transportation is provided. Parents and grandparents or guardians are welcome to also spend the day with the group. Pre-registration and parental release Form is required by Wednesday, Oct. 25th. Stop by Pipestone Extension Office at 119 S.W. Second Ave.,, Suite #2 in the city municipal building., or call (507) 825-1190 or call Tyler Rieck at 215-1193.
Oct. 28 -- George Chamber of Commerce's Trunk-or-Treat
3 to 5 p.m. at the George Campground (use west entrance).
Oct. 29 -- Kids Costume Party
2 to 4 p.m. at Worthington Elks Lodge 2287, 1105 Second Ave. With snacks, games, pumpkin painting, rock coloring/painting and cookie decorating.
Oct. 31 -- Sibley Trick-Or-Treating
4 to 5 p.m. at participating Sibley businesses as well as city-wide residential trick-or-treating.
The Nobles County Historical Society is seeking volunteers to help out at its Pioneer Village Historic Site. Duties include: greeting visitors, taking admission fees and providing general information on the Village and local community. Hours are Noon to 5pm Thursday, Friday and Sunday and 10am to 3pm on Saturday. Volunteers are asked to commit to at least a 2-hour shift. Families are welcomed to volunteer! for more information: noblescountyhistory.org, follow them on facebook or call 376-4431.
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!
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.
Support Worthington Trojan athletes and join the Worthington Trojan Sports Boosters Club. Join the club for $30 per individual/family or $60 per business. Participation does not require being a board member. Make checks payable to Trojan Booster Club; Attention Jessica Nixon, Treasurer; 723 W. Lake Ave., Worthington 56187.
Multiple donations are being sought at American Lutheran Church, including: shampoo/conditioner, soap/body wash, deodorant, toothbrushes/toothpaste, shaving items, feminine products, first aid items, brushes/combs, Kleenex and more, They may be brought to the church office at 915 Winifred St. in Worthington or Love INC at 515 S. Shore Drive in Worthington.
Love INC of Worthington's Coat Closet is accepting new and gently used winter clothing in all sizes. Coats, snow pants and snow boots are being requested. Children's sizes are the most needed. Cash donations in any amount are also welcome. Donations may be dropped off at First Lutheran Church, 1200 Fourth Ave., Worthington, or Love INC, 515 S. Shore Drive, Worthington.
Worthington-Crailsheim International Inc. represents Worthington in an endeavor to foster peace and brotherhood. The partnership is now entering the 76th year with student exchanges from both cities through a large majority of these years. It's only with the support from our community that the committee continues to award a scholarship to one student each year. Monetary contributions as well as host families or even membership on our committee are more than welcome. Visit www.wgtn-crailsheim.org or Facebook group: Worthington-Crailsheim sister-city relationship, for more information. The mailing address is WCII, PO Box 742, Worthington 56187.
The Cottonwood County Veteran’s Service Office is currently looking for drivers to help local veterans get to where they need to go. These are volunteer positions, but you will be reimbursed mileage. This is a great opportunity to support the men and women of our military and show your appreciation for their service. To learn more about becoming a driver, call (507) 831-5522 or email Mitchell.Chmielewski@co.cottonwood.mn.us.
A Farmers Market will be hosted in the Adrian Hardware parking lot from 4 to 6 p.m. Fridays starting Sept. 8.
The Salvation Army is looking for a Campaign Coordinator for the 2023 Red Kettle Bell Campaign. The coordinator only needs to have the drive to make a difference and be able to set out the kettles and collect donations and deposit into the bank. Salvation Army now has the ability to coordinate ringers online. The Red Kettle Campaign usually runs from mid November to the week before Christmas. If interested in helping with the campaign this year or in need of more information, call Salvation Army Southwest MN Field Representative Kim Schwich at (507) 258-3923 or email her at Kim.Schwich@usc.salvationarmy.org
The Windom Area Hospital Auxiliary is holding a quilt raffle. The quilt was donated by the Cotton Quilters Quilt Club. The quilt is all about the state of Minnesota and is currently on display in the Main Hospital Lobby. If you would like to purchase tickets, contact any Auxiliary Member or tickets can be purchased at the Windom Area Health Front Desk. All proceeds from this raffle will go towards the purchase of new Vital Signs Monitors for Windom Area Health. Tickets for the Quilt Raffle will be available until Oct. 27th.
The Sheldon Ministerial Association will be offering coats for kids this fall. Donations can be dropped off at Love INC, 611 Park Row in Sheldon, through Oct. 27. Distribution events will take place Oct. 2 and Nov. 6 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in connection with the food bank distribution night at Living Water Church.