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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic that continued in 2021, certain events, programs and activities featured in this guide may be held in a different manner (virtual, limited attendance, etc.) or not at all, so the public is asked to check with the organizers of the events closer to the event dates.

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County Profile History Outdoor Recreation Education Calendar Cleveland Map Elysian Heidelberg Henderson Kasota Kilkenny Le Center Le Sueur Montgomery New Prague St. Peter Waterville Worship

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110 Ferry St. • Le Sueur 1-507-665-3056

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First State Bank of Le Center

is Firmly Rooted in the Community. As one of Le Sueur County’s oldest banks, we’ve established firm roots in this county and its interests. We offer a range of quality financial products and services with a personal touch that shows we care about you and your business.

First State Bank 88 N. Park Ave. Le Center, Center MN (507) 357-2225

239 Main St. Henderson, MN (507) 248-3740

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Le Center Municipal Liquor Bar & Off Sale 20 North Waterville Ave. | Le Center, MN Phone: 507-357-4451 Email: lecentermuni@hotmail.com Open: Mon-Sat 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday’s open at 11 a.m. Happy Hour Mon-Fri 3:30 to 6:30

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county profile Le Sueur County is located in both rich agricultural land and a diverse lake country, one of southern Minnesota’s true gems. Located about an hour south of the Twin Cities, it is now considered part of that metropolitan statistical area. But with its rolling hills, prime farmland and over 100 lakes, there’s more of a country, smalltown atmosphere. Lake Washington, the county’s largest, covers over 1,500 acres. Population swells during the summer and fall months, as Le Sueur County sports great fishing, water recreation and thousands of campsites. Visitors

flock to Le Sueur County from the Twin Cities, other regions of rural Minnesota, and throughout the U.S. to enjoy camping, boating, fishing and a variety of watersports. In the winter, many of the lakes boast great ice fishing and host clusters of ice houses, a great opportunity for relaxation and camaraderie. Le Center, as its historic name boasts, is the county seat with a population of about 2,500. The historic Le Sueur County Courthouse’s architectural significance looms large in Le Center. Built in 1896 of brick and local Kasota stone, it is part of the Richardsonian Romanesque revival which dotted the Le Sueur County landscape during that period. Atop the courthouse tower is the Lady Justice figure. The Le Sueur County Board is comprised of five commissioners. For more information, visit co-lesueur. mn.us. Le Sueur County is the 38th largest of Minnesota’s 87 counties, with a population of 28,242, according to 2020 census estimates. The county’s 10 cities have distinct personalities and feature a number of celebrations, festivals and events throughout the year. New Prague, the county’s northernmost city, is its largest, with a population of 8,248 (2021 est.), though only about 3,100 reside in Le Sueur County. The city is split between Le Sueur County to the south and Scott County to the north. The city of Le Sueur is next largest with a population of 4,058 (2021 est.). Previously

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known as the historic home to the Minnesota Valley Canning Co., a precursor to the Green Giant Company, it remains a vibrant manufacturing hub in the county. Still, the community continues to honor its historic ties to the famous Jolly Green Giant and company during Le Sueur’s annual Giant Celebration, with a buttery corn feed and festive events. City officials are also well on their way to re-opening Main Street and rehabilitating the Valley Green Square Mall downtown. Montgomery is the third largest city in the county, with a population of 3,100 (2021 est.). Its widely-celebrated Kolacky Days celebrates Montgomery’s Czechoslovakian heritage and culture. The celebration is named for the small, roll-like pastry filled with a variety of fruits or poppy seeds. Visitors can enjoy colorful Czech dancers and singing groups of all ages, as well as a host of other fun events. Le Sueur County also maintains a strong agricultural economy. Estimates place the number of farms in the county at just over 1,000, totaling almost 250,000 acres. Major crops include corn and soybeans, while livestock production includes hogs, turkeys and chickens, beef and dairy cattle. Le Sueur County farms provide more than $224 million in agricultural products, with an estimated 63 percent in crop commodities and 37 percent in livestock.

99 on Le Center’s southeast side. Another major infrastructure project got started in 2020, with the Hwy. 112 stretch of roadway between Le Center and Le Sueur being turned back by the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Construction on that project should finish in 2021.

County Offices 88 S. Park Ave., Le Center 507-357-2251 https://www.co.le-sueur.mn.us/ Assessor: 507-357-2251 Auditor-Treasurer: 507-357-2251 Emergency Management: 507-357-6255 Environmental Services: 507-357-2251 Highway Department: 507-357-2251 Human Services: 507-357-8288 Le Sueur County Soil and Water Conservation District: 507-357-4879, ext. 3; www.lesueurswcd.org License Bureau: 507-357-2251 (Road tests appointments in Le Center, call 507-344-2799) Parks: 507-357-8201 Public Health: 507-357-8246 Recorder: 507-357-2251 Sheriff ’s Office: 507-357-4440 (non-emergency) U of M Extension: www3.extension.umn.edu/local/le-sueur Veterans Services: 507-357-8279

In 2019, Le Sueur County unveiled its largest facilities project in history with a new Justice Center building, just off Hwy.

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history Le Sueur County is named after French explorer, Pierre Charles Le Sueur, who in 1700 was the first white man known to have ventured up what is now called the Minnesota River. Le Sueur’s group was impressed with the high hills, prairies filled with buffalo herds, thick virgin forests, rippling waters, and bluffs of limestone and sandstone. It would be another 150 years before pioneers came to settle and build up their farms, homes and businesses in the “Big Woods.”

The Le Sueur County Courthouse was built in 1896-97 with extensive remodeling taking place in 1974-75 and again in 199495. A new Le Sueur County Justice Center opened in 2019. Le Sueur County began with four settlers in a board house on the site of Kasota. Today, 28,242 (2020 est.) residents in 10 cities and 14 townships call Le Sueur County home. Sources: Le Sueur County History compiled by the late County Historian John Zimmerman (1922-2008) and excerpts from the book, “Le Sueur, Town on the River.”

In 1853, the territorial legislature of Minnesota passed an act establishing a number of counties along the Minnesota River. Le Sueur County was among them. The earliest settlements in Le Sueur County took place along the river, which, as a navigable stream, provided a highway into this part of the Minnesota Territory. The first permanent settlers had already arrived by steamboat in 1851 and established a site that would become the county’s first town, Kasota. Designated as the county seat, Le Sueur Center was changed to Le Center in 1930.

Saluting Heritage Czech Organizations and Events Honorary Consulate of the Czech Republic in Minneapolis, MN

Marit Lee Kucera Honorary Consul

385 Michigan Street, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102

651-238-0447 minneapolis@honorary.mzv.cz

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outdoor recreation WHAT TO DO Camping: Lake Washington Regional Park & Campground, Clear Lake Park

County Office: Le Center Courthouse Contact: 88 South Park Ave., 507-3578201, co.le-sueur.mn.us/165/Parks Le Sueur County has one state park, 12 county parks, and public access ramps to nearly three dozen lakes and the Minnesota River, a 332-mile long tributary of the Mississippi. Three parks have selfguided trails. For more information on outdoor recreation, visit co.le-sueur.mn.us and click on “Departments,” then “Parks.”

Cross-Country Skiing: Ney Nature Center groomed trails, ungroomed trails at Bradshaw Woods, Lake Washington Regional Park, Rays Lake Park, Richter Woods Facility Rentals: Lake Washington Regional Park & Campground, Ney Nature Center, Richter Woods Fishing: Fishing piers at Clear Lake Park, Geldner Saw Mill Park, West Jefferson Lake Fishing Pier, Ray’s Lake, along with MN DNR Fishing Piers at German Lake and West Jefferson Lake. Shore fishing at Lake Emily, Gorman Lake, Minnesota River, Sabre Lake, Lake Volney, Lake Washington Hiking: Bradshaw Woods, Lake Washington Regional Park, Ney Nature Center, Rays Lake Park, Richter Woods Mountain Biking: Ney Nature Center Mountain Bike Trail Paddling: Canoe, Kayak, or Paddleboard on a number of lakes within the county Picnic Areas: Clear Lake Park, Geldner Saw Mill & Park, Henderson Station River Access & Park, Lake Jefferson Fishing Pier, Ney Nature Center, Ray’s Lake Park, Richter Woods Park, Lake Volney Park, Lake Washington Regional Park & Campground. Playgrounds: Richter Woods Park, Lake Washington Regional Park & Campground Snowshoeing: Bradshaw Woods, Lake Washington Regional Park, Ney Nature Center, Rays Lake Park, Richter Woods

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COUNTY PARKS Bradshaw Woods

Located in Le Center near the fairgrounds, this 29 acre wooded park is full of native big woods trees including Basswood, Elm, Maple, and more. Within the woods you can find nearly a half mile trail loop and park benches. If you are looking for a quick getaway to explore the quiet and native big woods, or enjoy the changing colors of the leaves in the fall, this is the perfect park.

Clear Lake Park

35194 Clear Lake Lane, Le Center Located on the west side of Clear Lake near the boat ramp, this quiet park and campground sits on a hill that overlooks the lake. The park consists of over 2 acres of land, 550 feet of shoreline, and a floating fishing pier. The campground consists of 4 primitive campsites with a picnic table and fire pit, and are available on a first come, first served basis for $10 per night.

Lake Emily Park

33016 Lake Emily Road, St Peter This 1.5 acre park on the south side of Lake Emily features a fishing dock and 1,000 feet of shoreline that provides fishing for bluegill, crappie, largemouth bass, northern pike, and yellow perch.

Geldner Saw Mill & Park

46542 Beaver Dam Road, Cleveland Located along Beaver Dam Road, the 4.5 acre park features a historic saw mill that is the last steam powered saw mill that is still standing in the state of Minnesota. The park is located on a bay of East Jefferson Lake and provides a fishing pier and shoreline for fishing, which is popular amongst anglers in the spring months.

Lake Gorman Park & Access

19634 Gorman Lake Park Lane, Kilkenny Within the 8 acres of this park is a road that leads to a dam on the south side of Lake Gorman, as it flows into the Cannon River. This provides a year round shore fishing location for multiple species of fish, along with a launch point for canoes and kayaks.

Henderson Station River Access & Park

29030 River Street, Le Sueur On the banks of the Minnesota River near Henderson sits a 52 acre park that features a covered picnic shelter, picnic tables, and an opportunity to shore fish along the Minnesota River for it’s multiple species. The park also provides an access point to the river for canoe and kayak launches.

Lake Jefferson Fishing Pier

28211 470th Street, Madison Lake With 600 feet of shoreline, a floating fishing pier, paved sidewalk, and picnic tables, this is a popular location to spend the day fishing for panfish. The park can also be used as a launch point for canoes and kayaks.

Ney Nature Center

28238 Nature Center Lane, Henderson 507-357-8580 • www.neycenter.corg info@neycenter.org Ney Nature Center is home to 446 acres of all the natural world has to offer: forests, prairie, meadows, bluffs, creeks, and a variety of wildlife. The center is open sun up to sundown daily for hiking or walking the trails, cross-country skiing, bird watching, snowshoeing, viewing wildlife, and enjoying the peace of nature. The Education Building and office are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday for visitors. The center offers a number of programs, naturalist-led hikes, day camps and more throughout the year to enjoy. There is truly something for everyone. Ney Nature Center has been a favorite for weddings and reunions, and the Education Building can be rented for gatherings and events.

Ray’s Lake Park

1395 1st Street North, Elysian This beautiful park overlooks Ray’s Lake while featuring several areas of native willow and cedar trees, prairie, and mowed trails within the park. The 9.5 acre park consists of 3,000 feet of shoreline on Ray’s Lake, a fishing pier, and launch area. It is a popular park amongst people looking to shore fish for wide range of species 2021 | 9


outdoor recreation including panfish, largemouth bass, and northern pike. 35674 173rd Ave, Montgomery An 80-acre park located 1.5 miles west of Montgomery, the park is heavily wooded and reminiscent of the native “big woods.” The park features a basketball hoop, volleyball net, fire pit, and playground. There are 2.5 miles of trails that are popular for hiking, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing. While hiking the trails, make sure to keep your eyes and ears open for abundance of wildlife, vegetation, and birding! The park is home to a unique barn that is available to rent for small gatherings and events. To reserve the barn for you event, please call 507-3578201.

acre park is located on one mile of Lake Washington’s shoreline. The campground caters to non-seasonal campers and features 27 RV Sites with electric hookups, 1 non-electric RV site, 3 primitive tent sites, and 1 group camping site with 4 electric hookups. Each site comes with a spacious gravel pad, fire ring, and picnic table. The campground also has a dump station, shower house, and 5 water spigots. The park has 3.5 miles of trails of varying terrain that can be enjoyed by hiking, walking, jogging, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing. There are 2 different playgrounds located within the park, along with an open air picnic shelter and a year round building that can be rented out for gatherings and events. For more information or for reservations, please call 507-995-1161.

Lake Volney Park

Sakatah Lake State Park

Lake Washington Regional Park and Campground

Sakatah Singing Hills Trail

Richter Woods Park

18608 Beach Lane, Le Center Located on the south side of Lake Volney next to the boat ramp, this 3 acre park features 600 feet of shoreline, a large sand play area, sand volleyball court, picnic tables, and a path to access the sandy bottom lake just beyond the restored shoreline. This park is a good location for a day of recreating outside, enjoying a lake, the sand, or having a picnic.

47102 Washington Park Road, Kasota One of only 62 designated regional parks in the state of Minnesota, this 173

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50499 Sakatah Lake State Park Road, Waterville 507-362-4438 • dnr.state.mn.us Situated to the south of Sakatah Lake, immediately east of Waterville, the park is open year-round. Beautiful to explore in any season, it features one of Minnesota’s eight old-growth deciduous forests, picnic grounds, boat access and a campground with 62 drive-in and 14 electric sites. Jump on or off the 39-mile long converted rail-trail that lies between what was once the “Big Woods” and the vast prairies. It’s great for biking, in-line skating, horseback riding, skiing, hiking and snowmobiling. The trail, which joins the Minnesota River Trail in Mankato, passes through 3 miles of Sakatah Lake State Park and ends on the east at Interstate 35 in Faribault. It is generally level and wheelchair accessible. Snowmobiles with studded tracks are prohibited, except from Waterville to Faribault. Passes required for horseback riding and cross-country skiing. Snowmobilers need a state trail sticker. Call 1-888-646-6367.


LAKES AND RIVERS

At least 100 lakes, from zero to more than 1,500 acres, dot the Le Sueur county landscape. About three dozen have public access ramps. Fishing, both during warm weather months and when the lakes are covered with a thick coating of ice, remains a popular pastime. Le Sueur County lakes feature a variety of species, from bullhead to walleye to crappie. There are three public access ramps to the Minnesota River in Le Sueur County, in Henderson, Kasota and Ottawa.

SNOWMOBILE TRAILS

Le Sueur County is home to a vast network of snowmobile trails; about 150 miles are the responsibility of the Le Sueur County Snowmobile Trails Association. Find the county snowmobile trail map at lesueursnowtrails.org. Find the New Prague area snowmobile trail map at newpraguesnowdrifters.com.

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Inspire appreciation and respect for nature

Hiking Snowshoeing

Bird Watching Programs & Education Facility Rentals Cross-Country Skiing Panoramic Overlooks Historic Farmsteads Mountain Bike Trail

Native Wildlife Picnic Areas And More! www.neycenter.org facebook.com/neynaturecenter/

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28238 Nature Center Lane Henderson, MN 56044 507-357-8580 info@neycenter.org


Tri-Cit y United Public Schools T o empower learners H c reate opportunities H u nited for success

LOW CLASS SIZES Named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department INNOVATIVE CARING LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS of Education NATIONAL AWARDS IN STEM CAREER AND COLLEGE READINESS FOR ALL • 92+ COLLEGE CREDITS OFFERED • CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION Exemplary High AWARD WINNING CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES Performing School FUTURE FOCUSED FACILITIES PROUD COMMUNITIES SUPPORTIVE OF OUR STUDENTS

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education Need information about daycares in Le Sueur County? Go to co.le-sueur.mn.us/214/daycare and click ‘Daycare Provider Search’ for a full listing of licensed providers. Cleveland Public School

A community where students and relationships matter Mascot: Clippers K-12 School: 400 Sixth St., Cleveland, 507-931-5953, cleveland.k12.mn.us Community Education: 507-931-5953, cleveland.k12.mn.us/page/2481 Early Childhood Family Education: 507-931-5953, cleveland.k12.mn.us/page/2482 Little Clippers Preschool: 507931-5953, cleveland.k12.mn.us/ page/3163

Le Sueur-Henderson Schools

Mascot: Giants Le Sueur-Henderson Middle/ High School: 901 Ferry St., Le Sueur, 507-665-5800, hsms. isd2397.org

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Park Elementary: 115 N. Fifth St., Le Sueur, 507-665-4700, park.isd2397.org Hilltop Elementary: 700 South St, Henderson, 507-665-5900, hilltop.isd2397.org Community Education: 706 Turril St., Le Sueur, 507-665-4620 Early Childhood Family Education: isd2397community.sharpschool.net Little Giants Preschool: 115 N. Fifth St., Le Sueur, 507-665-4620

New Prague Area Schools

Mascot: Trojans High School: 410 Central Ave. N., 952-758-1700, npaschools.org Middle School: 721 Central Ave. N., 952-758-1400 Eagle View Elementary: 25600 Nevada Ave., 952-758-6000 Falcon Ridge Elementary: 1200 Columbus Ave., 952-758-1600


St. Peter Public Schools

Mascot: Saints High School: 2121 W. Broadway Ave., 507984-4212, stpeterschools.org Middle School: 100 Lincoln Dr., 507-9344210 North Elementary: 815 N. 9th St., 507-934-3260 South Elementary: 1405 S. 7th St., 507-934-2754 Rock Bend ALC: 801 Davis St.,

Raven Stream Elementary: 300 11th Ave. NW, 952-758-1500 Community Education: 952-758-1734, ce.np.k12.mn.us Early Childhood Family Education: 952758-1734, ce.np.k12.mn.us/?page_id=84 Preschools: 952-758-1674, ce.np.k12. mn.us/?page_id=86

The Core Values of the New Prague Area School District are Doing What’s Right, Committing to Excellence, and Showing People You Care. The District calls these values “The New Prague Way” and every employee is expected to model these vvalues alues thr throughout oughout their their career here. Our vision is to become a premier school district that models excellence and embraces the challenges of the 21st century. New Prague is a school district and community that is extremely supportive of education. The Vision and Values of our district work well together to live up to our slogan “Proud Tradition, Promising Future”.

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Superintendent – Brian Phillips phillips.brian@isd391.org Principal – Scott Lusk lusk.scott@isd391.org

Cleveland Public School 400 Sixth Street, Cleveland, MN 56017 507-931-5953

Saint Peter Public Schools Come Be a Part of Saints Nation Where We Are Saints Strong & Everyone Belongs

Where Learning Matters!

 St. Peter School's Early Childhood  Saint Peter Middle School program is focused on all areas of early childhood development from birth to kindergarten entrance with the goal of having every child ready for Kindergarten.

programming is academically focused with additional opportunities for exploring areas of interest. Our students participate in a multitude of activities.

 North & South Elementaries

 Saint Peter High School

provide a strong emphasis on expanding and accelerating student learning in the core areas as well as providing physical education, art, music and STEM classes. This all happens in a caring, safe environment where all students are welcomed.

students have many opportunities to expand their learning through core academics, high rigor courses offering college credits, career and technology programs, and more than 30 different academic, arts & athletic activities from which to choose!

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CONTACT US: South Elementary 507-934-2754 North Intermediate 507-934-3260 Middle School 507-934-4210 High School 507-934-4212 Early Childhood Center 507-934-4211 Community & Family Education 507-934-3048 District 508 Office 507-934-5703

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507-934-5420 Community Education: 600 S. Fifth St., 506-934-3048 Early Childhood Family Education: 507-934-3048

Tri-City United Public Schools Mascot: Titans High School: 700 Fourth St. NW, Montgomery, 507-364-8111, tcu2905us. new.rschooltoday.com Le Center K-8 School: 150 W. Tyrone St., 507-357-6802 Lonsdale K-6 School: 1000 Idaho Ave., 507-744-3900 Montgomery K-8 School: 101 Second St. NE, 507-364-8119 Community Education: 507-364-8107 Early Childhood Family Education: 507364-8107 Little Titans Preschool: 507-364-8107

High School: 500 E. Pacquin St., Waterville, 507-362-4432, wem.k12.mn.us Middle School: 23 Ann St., Morristown, 507-685-4222 Elementary School: 500 E. Paquin St., Waterville, 507-362-4439 Community Education: 507-362-4403, wem.k12.mn.us/domain/204 Early Childhood Family Education: 507-685-4222 Elysian Area Learning Center: 101 Fifth Street NW, 507-267-4373

Waterville-Elysian-Morristown Schools

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calendar APRIL 1–

MARCH

1-31 – TCU school students art display, Arts & Heritage Center, Montgomery 2 – Tri-City United Montgomery Kindergarten Roundup 6 – Queen Candidate Talent Show, American Legion Club, Le Center, 3 p.m. 9 – Tri-City United Le Center Kindergarten Roundup 9 – Youth Learning Series; Maple Syrup, Ney Nature Center, 9-11 a.m. 12 – St. Patrick’s Queen Coronation, American Legion Club, Le Center, 7 p.m. 13 – Maple Syrup Tour, Ney Nature Center, 1-2:30 p.m. 13 – St. Patrick’s Day parade and celebration, Le Center, 2 p.m. 13 – St. Patrick’s Day celebration, St. Peter 16 – Bookish Event, Fioona Davis,7 p.m. Virtual Event; register at wasecalesueurlibraries.com/spring 16 – Teen Book Club, 3:30 p.m., Virtual Event; register at wasecalesueurlibraries.com/spring 18 – Lifelong Learner Lunch; Maple Syrup, Ney Nature Center, 12-1 p.m. 21 – Maple Syrup Tour, Ney Nature Center, 1-2:30 p.m. 22 – After School Phenology Club, Ney Nature Center, 4-5 p.m. 25 – Retail & Business Expo, Le Sueur, 3:30 – 7:00 p.m. 29 – After School Phenology Club, Ney Nature Center, 4-5 p.m. TBD - Curbside Kit, The Mayor’s Pack (ages 7-12); Bracelets (ages 13-18); register at wasecalesueurlibraries.com/spring

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Reservations open for Lake Washington Regional Park & Campground 1-30 - TCU school students art display, Arts & Heritage Center, Montgomery 3 – Easter Egg Hunt & Vehicle Fair, Le Center 3-4 – Geocaching for Easter Eggs, Ney Nature Center 5 – After School Phenology Club, Ney Nature Center, 4-5 p.m. 6 – Night Hike, Ney Nature Center, 6:30-8 p.m. 6 – Lifelong Learning, Sketchbook Explorations, 7 p.m., Virtual Event, register at wasecalesueurlibraries.com/spring 10-11 – Tri-City United Spring Play 13 – Youth Learning Series; Camouflage, Ney Nature Center, 9-11 a.m. 13 - Lifelong Learning, Sketchbook Explorations, 7 p.m., Virtual Event, register at wasecalesueurlibraries.com/spring 15 – Lifelong Learner Lunch; Mosses, Ney Nature Center, 12–1 p.m. 17 - Miss Czech-Slovak Minnesota Pageant, Montgomery 20 – Teen Book Club, 3:30 p.m., Virtual Event; register at wasecalesueurlibraries.com/spring 20 – Lifelong Learning, Sketchbook Explorations, 7 p.m., Virtual Event, register at wasecalesueurlibraries.com/spring 23-24-25 – 44th Annual Pioneer Power “The Original Swap Meet”, north of Le Center on the Pioneer Power grounds 24 – Vernal Pond Exploration, Ney Nature Center, 10-11:30 a.m. 27 – Lifelong Learning, Sketchbook Explorations, 7 p.m., Virtual Event, register at wasecalesueurlibraries.com/spring TBD –Easter Egg Hunt, Montgomery TBD - Book Sale, Montgomery Public Library TBD - Curbside Kit, The Mayor’s Pack (ages 7-12); Bracelets (ages 13-18), register at wasecalesueurlibraries.com/spring


MAY

1 –8 Virtual Run New Prague Half Marathon/Relay 1– Flowers and Feathers, Ney Nature Center, 1-2:30 p.m. 1-15 - TCU school students art display, Arts & Heritage Center, Montgomery 2 – Annual May Day Celebration, Heritage Park, Montgomery 2 - Citywide garage sales, Montgomery 7 – Le Center Area Fireman’s Dance, American Legion Club, Le Center 7-9 – Citywide Garage Sale, Elysian 11 – Youth Learning Series; Pond Study, Ney Nature Center, 9-11 a.m. 11 – Tri-City United Early Childhood Annual Vehicle Fair 12 – New Moon Hike, Ney Nature Center, 8-9:30 p.m. 15 - Montgomery Garden Club plant sale 18 - Car Roll In, Montgomery 20 – Lifelong Learner Lunch; Insects, Ney Nature Center, 12-1 p.m. 20-31 – Local Artist Kim Loranger display, Arts & Heritage Center, Montgomery 27 – Hot Summer Nights, Waterville

JUNE

1-30 – Local Artist Kim Loranger display, Arts & Heritage Center, Montgomery 8 – Youth Learning Series; Insects, Ney Nature Center, 9-11 a.m. 10 - Music in the Park, Memorial Park, Montgomery 11-13 – Bullhead Days, Waterville 15 - Car Roll In, Montgomery 16 – Music in the Park, Le Sueur 17 – Lifelong Learner Lunch; Insects, Ney Nature Center, 12-1 p.m. 18-19 – Cherry Creek Days, Cleveland 18-19 – Elysian Dayz, Elysian 18-20 – Le Sueur County Sherriff’s Mounted Posse Trail Ride/Ranch Rodeo, Le Center 20 – Summer Solstice Hike, Ney Nature Center, 1-2:30 p.m. 24 - Music in the Park, Memorial Park, Montgomery 24 - Hot Summer Nights, Waterville 26 - Montgomery Firefighters Dance, Montgomery Fire Hall, 4 p.m.-midnight TBD – Ambassadors’ Blues Fest, St. Peter

JULY

1-3 – Local Artist Kim Loranger display, Arts & Heritage Center, Montgomery 1-4 – July Fourth Celebration, Elysian 4 – Old Fashioned Fourth of July, St. Peter 8 – Music in the Park, Memorial Park, Montgomery 8-31 – Czech Heritage Club display, Arts & Heritage Center, Montgomery 9 – Geocaching for S’mores, Ney Nature Center, 5:30-7 p.m. 15 – Lifelong Learner Lunch, Ney Nature Center, 12-1:30 p.m. 20 - Car Roll In, Montgomery 21 – Music in the Park, Le Sueur 22 - Hot Summer Nights, Waterville 23-25 – 87th Annual Kolacky Days Festival, Montgomery TBD – Le Sueur County Relay for Life, Le Center

AUGUST

1-31 – Czech Heritage Club display, Arts & Heritage Center, Montgomery 5 – Czech Out New Prague 5:00-8:00 p.m. 7, 8 – Giant Celebration, Le Sueur 12 - Music in the Park, Memorial Park, Montgomery 14 - Kilkenny Fireman’s Annual ATV Ride/Raffle Fundraiser 14 – Youth Learning Series; Ney at Night, Ney Nature Center, 8-9:30 p.m. 17 – Car Roll In, Montgomery 18 - Music in the Park, Le Sueur 18-22 – Le Sueur County Free Fair, Le Center 19 – Lifelong Learner Lunch; Monarch Migration, Ney Nature Center, 12-1:30 p.m. 26 - Hot Summer Nights, Waterville 26 - Music in the Park, Memorial Park, Montgomery 27-28-29 – 48th Annual Pioneer Power Show, north of Le Center on the Pioneer Power grounds 28 – Monarch Tagging, Ney Nature Center, 9 – 10:30 a.m. TBD – Nicollet County Free Fair, St. Peter TBD – Le Sueur County Fair, Le Center

SEPTEMBER

1-4 – Czech Heritage Club display, Arts & Heritage Center, Montgomery 9-30 – Le Sueur County Artists on display, Arts & Heritage Center, Montgomery

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Kasota Fire Department Dance, Kasota Monarch Tagging, Ney Nature Center, 10-11:30 a.m. 11 - Knee-High Naturalists, Ney Nature Center, 10-11:30 a.m. 11 – Half-Way to St. Paddy’s Day Celebration, Kilkenny 11-12 – Rock Bend Folk Festival, St. Peter 12 – Heidelberg Community Day & Car Show, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. 14 – Youth Learning Series, Ney Nature Center, 9-11 a.m. 16 – Lifelong Learner Lunch; Fall Foliage, Ney Nature Center, 12-1:30 p.m. 17 – Classic Car Cruise, New Prague 17 – Dozinky festival, New Prague 21 - Car Roll In, Montgomery 25 – Fall Festival, Ney Nature Center 30 – Lifelong Learner: Astronomy, Ney Nature Center, 7-8:30 p.m.

OCTOBER

1-30 – Le Sueur County Artists on display, Arts & Heritage Center, Montgomery 4 – Fire Prevention Open House, Waterville 7-9 – Fall Citywide Garage Sales, Le Center 9 – Knee-High Naturalists, Ney Nature Center, 10-11:30 a.m. 10 - Dad’s Belgium Waffle Breakfast, Montgomery Fire Hall, 8 a.m. - noon 11-17 – Fall Member Appreciation Week, Ney Nature Center 12 – Youth Learning Series; Homesteading, Ney Nature Center, 9-11 a.m. 21 – Senior Citizen Expo, Le Sueur Henderson High/Middle School Commons, 9-11 a.m. 21 – Lifelong Learner Lunch; Homesteading, 12-1:30 p.m. 31 – Spooky Trail, Elysian TBD – Oktoberfest, St. Peter TBD – Halloween Camp Er’Treat, Lake Washington Regional Park and Campground

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NOVEMBER

4-30 - Holiday Boutique, Arts & Heritage Center, Montgomery 5-7 – Holiday Shopping Opener, Waterville 9 – Youth Learning Series, Ney Nature Center, 9-11 a.m. 13 – Knee-high Naturalists, Ney Nature Center, 10-11:30 a.m. 18 – Lifelong Learner Lunch, Ney Nature Center, 12-1:30 p.m. 27 – Hollydaze Winter Festival, Le Center 27 - Small Business Saturday, Montgomery

DECEMBER

1-31 - Holiday Boutique, Arts & Heritage Center, Montgomery 2 - Torchlight Parade & Fireworks, Montgomery 3 – Holiday Lights Parade, Tree Lighting Ceremony, Santa, Fireworks, Le Sueur 3 – Holiday Parade of Lights & Celebration, New Prague 4 - Christmas in Elysian, Elysian 11 – Knee-High Naturalists, Ney Nature Center, 10-11:30 a.m. 14 – Youth Learning Series, Ney Nature Center, 9-11 a.m. 16 – Lifelong Learner Lunch, Ney Nature Center, 12-1:30 p.m.

JANUARY, 2022 8–

Knee-High Naturalists, Ney Nature Center, 10-11:30 a.m. 11 – Youth Learning Series, Ney Nature Center, 9-11 a.m. 16 – Ney @ Night; Full Moon Snowshoe, Ney Nature Center, 5-6:30 p.m. 20 – Lifelong Learner Lunch, Ney Nature Center, 12-1:30 p.m. TBD – Winterfest, St. Peter TBD – Souper Bowl, Arts Center of Saint Peter

FEBRUARY, 2022 6–

American Legion Lake Francis Ice Fishing Contest, Elysian


8–

Youth Learning Series, Ney Nature Center, 9-11 a.m. 12 – Knee-High Naturalists, Ney Nature Center, 10-11:30 a.m. 12 – Candlelight Event, Ney Nature Center 17 – Lifelong Learner Lunch, Ney Nature Center, 12-1:30 p.m. 22 - Annual Masopust Celebration, Montgomery TBD – Everything Chocolate biennial silent auction & chocolate eating event, sponsored by Montgomery Friends of the Library

NON-SPECIFIC DATES

Wednesdays and Saturdays May-Oct. - Farmers Market, New Prague Tuesdays and Fridays July-Sept., Waterville Farmers Market 3-6 p.m.

Jan.-Feb. 2022 - Check www.artsandheritagecenter.org for events Mid-June-August - Waterville City Beach opens TBD - Classic Car and Motorcycle Roll-ins (watch Facebook page), Cleveland TBD - You’ve Been Booked, subscribe to receive a bag of picture books hand-selected for your child every three weeks at wasecalesueurlibraries.com/ spring TBD - Lake Washington Regional Park & Campground activities and other Le Sueur County Parks (watch Facebook page), Le Sueur County

Every Thursday - Farmers Market from 2-6 p.m., Elysian

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Population: 719 Incorporated: 1904 City Office: 205 Fourth St. 507-931-6380, clevelandmn.govoffice2.com Post Office: 309 Broadway St., 507-931-4360

What to do Cherry Creek Days - An annual celebration set for June 18-19, includes a grand parade, open house at the Fire Hall, bean bag tournament, kids water fights, street dance and fireworks. For more information, please visit our Cherry Creek Days Facebook page Classic Car & Motorcycle Roll-ins - Show off your classic car, or just come to look and talk with other car and motorcycle enthusiasts from around the area. Please watch our Facebook page and website for times and locations.

What’s New The West Jefferson Sewer District project is complete and flow from this collection system is coming to the City of Cleveland’s sewer ponding system. The City of Cleveland is currently working on the future implementation of a radio read water meter system. This change

cleveland would eliminate the need for the homeowner to provide a handwritten meter reading on their monthly utility bill.

Churches Church of Christ - 900 Hwy 99, Cleveland, MN 56017, (507) 931-5924 Church of the Nativity Catholic -200 Main Street, Cleveland, MN 56017, (507) 931-2560 Our Saviors Lutheran Church 305 6th Street, Cleveland, MN 56017, (507) 931-1564 Marysburg Catholic Church - 27528 Patrick Street, Madison Lake, MN 56063 (507) 931-1564

Daycare Centers: Anders Early Learning Center, 309 10th St., Cleveland, 507-931-0077

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Preserving Our Agricultural Heritage with Antique Ag. & Construction Equipment and Working Demonstrations for both men & woman using on a 100 Acre Showground.

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elysian Population: 746 Incorporated: 1884 City Office: 110 W Main St., 507-267-4708, www.elysianmn.com Chamber of Commerce: 100 Third St. SW, 507-267-4708 Library: 132 E Main St., 507-267-4411 Post Office: 120 E Main St., 507-267-4477

What to do American Legion Lake Francis Ice Fishing Contest – Compete for prizes, participate in drawings and eat homemade stew at the event held the first Sunday in February. Hosted by American Legion SAL Post 311. Farmers Market – Every Thursday from 2 to 6 pm. Located in front of the Tourism Center on Third Street South. Fourth of July – Features one of the largest parades in southern Minnesota, turtle races, vintage car show, kids fishing contest, street dances, medallion hunt, pancake breakfast, kids pedal pull, bingo and silent auction, volleyball tournament and fireworks. Concessions, beer garden. Visit elysianmn.com Spooky Trail – Sakatah Singing Hills Trail comes alive Oct. 31 with ghosts and goblins as families trick-or-treat along the trail. After, enjoy hot dogs and chips at the fire hall. Christmas in Elysian – Held the first Saturday in December. Start off with a pancake breakfast

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and shopping with Mr. & Mrs. Claus. In the evening, a parade lights up Main Street, followed by bingo in the fire hall. Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail Resurfaced in 2020. In 1991, a group of 25 Elysianites began a four-year effort to lobby local legislators to fund blacktopping of the 39-mile trail. A wayside rest built along the trail is reminiscent of an earlier train depot there. Visit dnr.state.mn.us.


City park and beach – Updated playground, sand volleyball courts, ball field, beach and picnic shelters provide on the south shore of Lake Francis. Parking and restrooms. Lake Tustin Park – Quiet, dog-friendly park with picnic shelter and horseshoes.

Churches

Sunset Park – 4-plus-acre park with picnic tables and a Veterans Memorial.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church - 200 Park Ave. NW, 507-362-8381

What’s New

Elysian United Methodist Church - 201 Fourth St. NW, 507- 327-5771

Elysian DAYZ – June 18 and 19. Two days of fun filled family activities at the Lake Francis Park. Retired and active Minnesota professional sports players, raffles, concessions, children’s activities, vendors, concessions, live music.

St. Andrew’s Catholic Church - 305 Park Ave. NE, 507-267-4928

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heidelberg Population: 125 Incorporated: 1894 City Office: 31552 181st Avenue, PO Box 253, New Prague, MN 56071 952-290-0567, cityofheidelbergmn.com

What to do

door/outdoor tables & chairs. Contact Tracy Odenthal for more details at 507-364-5766.

Churches St. Scholastica Catholic Church - 31525 181st Ave., 952-758-4642

Heidelberg Community Day & Car Show – Sunday, September 12th, 2021 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Heidelberg invites you to join their annual celebration in the park. The featured event includes: a car show contest, prize drawings, activities for kids, area vendors, and lots of good food & fun.

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henderson Population: 960 Incorporated: 1891 (founded 1852) City Office: 600 Main St., 507-248-3234, henderson-mn.com Post Office: 500 Main St., 507-248-3636 Chamber of Commerce: henderson-mn.com/chamber.html Library: 110 S Sixth St., 507-248-3880

What to do Joseph R. Brown Minnesota River Center - On the second floor of the Henderson Community Building, center houses exhibits of Henderson and Minnesota River Valley history. Sibley County Historical Museum - An 1884 brick house at 700 Main St. serves as a museum. Displays range from artifacts immigrants brought from Europe to turn-of-the-century items. Sauerkraut Days – H– Held annually the last weekend in June. Features a car cruise, tractor rides, a kiddie parade, car show, a softball tournament, coronation of Miss Henderson and a sauerkraut-eating contest. Visit kraut.hendersonmn.com. Hummingbird Hurrah – TThis unique celebration is held the third Saturday in August and offers information about the amazing little birds, attracting them and keeping them happy. Great for birders and photographers. Visit www.hendersonhummingbirdhurrah.com. Classic Car Roll-ins - - 5 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday from late May through September. Visit www. hendersonrollin.com. Allanson’s Park - Fifteen developed campsites, a picnic shelter with restrooms and showers, playground and walking trail. 500 South St.

Bender Park – The community’s two softball parks are nestled just west of the Minnesota River. Tiger Park – Henderson’s town baseball team, the Tigers, plays amateur baseball in the River Valley League. Ney Nature Center – County park offers 446 acres of exploration, programs and education, facility rentals, panoramic overlooks, picnic areas, native wildlife, historic farmsteads and more. Find Ney Nature Center on Facebook or at www.neycenter.org.

Churches Centennial Lutheran Church - 701 Locust St., 507-248-3888 Jehovah’s Witnesses 501 S Ninth St., 507-248-3865 Countryside Christian Church - 29517 381st Lane, 507-248-3865 Redeemer Lutheran Church 14226 W 280th St., 507-665-2932 St. Joseph Catholic Church - 213 S Sixth St., 507-248-3550 St. Paul’s United Church of Christ 111 S Sixth St., 507-248-3594 St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church - 31624 Scenic Byway Road

Private and Charter Schools Minnesota New Country School - 210 Main St., 507-248-3353, newcountryschool.com

Hospital and Clinics Sibley Medical Clinic - 505 Main St., 507-248-3433 2021 | 29


kasota Population: 670 Incorporated: 1858 City Office: 200 N. Webster St., 507-931-3290, kasotamn.govoffice2.com Post Office: 140 Cherry St., 507-931-5720

What to do Firemen’s Dance - Annual event set for Sept. 11 celebrates the Kasota Fire Department’s anniversary. Music, food and refreshments through the evening. Visit Kasota Fire Department on Facebook. Kasota Prairie Scientific and Natural Area - Situated on a rock terrace 70 feet above the Minnesota River Valley is this 42-acre scientific natural area. About 2 miles south of Kasota on 367th Avenue. Visit dnr.state.mn.us/snas/detail.html?id=sna000961. Kasota Prairie - Ninety acres of native prairie and another 30 acres of restored prairie on land owned by Unimin Corp. The area has been preserved as a

public scientific, educational and recreational resource, and includes 120 acres of woods, marsh, grassland and a large beaver pond between the bluffs and the Minnesota River. Maintained parking and trails. Approximately one mile south of Kasota on Township Road 140. Visit skp.org Chankaska Creek Ranch and Winery Vineyard and winery sits on the bank of Chankaska Creek, offering wine tastings and events, many with live music. Visit chankaskawines.com. Drive a Tank - The only place in the world to drive a tank and shoot a fully automatic historic machine gun not owned by a government entity. Visit driveatank.com.

Churches Kasota Presbyterian Church - 141 S Rice St., 507-931-2100

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kilkenny Population: 184 Incorporated: 1883 (founded 1856) City Office: 156 S. Laurel Ave., 507-595-3999 or 507-491-6597, kilkennymn.com Community Center/Library: 288 S. Laurel Ave. Post Office: 156 S. Laurel Ave.; 507-595-2700

What to do Kilkenny Fireman’s Annual ATV Ride Fundraiser - Held Saturday, Aug. 14, with registration at Little Irishman’s Park at 10 a.m. and leaving on a route to be determined around noon-ish. A raffle for a brand new 4-wheeler will be held in connection with the ride. The drawing for the raffle winner will be held at the end of the ride. Check the city website for details closer to the event. Halfway to St. Paddy’s Day Celebration Usually held the second Saturday in September. Check the city website for 2021 details. This event is to celebrate the formal twinning of the only two Kilkenny Cities in the world! If you have any Irish in you, this is the place to be…and if you don’t have any Irish in you, you will by the time you leave! We start with a 3-mile fun walk/run, followed by a car show, parade, the famous toilet bowl races and finish up with the best fireworks show around. There are craft vendors and food vendors and entertaining bands throughout the day. Come and join us!

School Supply Give Away - Sponsored by the Cannonville Community Church. Free school supplies for all grades while supplies last. This will be held at the Library one Saturday in August. Check the City website for dates and details. Santa at the Library - The American Legion and Auxiliary, along with the Kilkenny Fire Department, sponsor this event in December. Besides getting to visit with Santa, the kids get a goodie bag and can complete a Christmas craft while they wait! Date to be determined.

Churches Church of St. Canice Catholic Church - 183 W. Maple St., 507-595-2561 St. John’s Lutheran Church - 158 N. Laurel Ave., 9:30 a.m. Sunday Services

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le center Population: 2504 Incorporated: 1890 City Office: 10 W. Tyrone St., 507-357-4450, cityoflecenter.com Chamber of Commerce: 10 W. Tyrone St., 507-357-6737 Library: 10 W. Tyrone St., 507-357-6792 Post Office: 91 N. Park Ave. 507-3574979 Municipal Pool: 205 E. Derrynane Ave., 507-357-6344 Municipal Liquor Store: 20 N. Waterville Ave. 507-357-4451

What to do 2021 Le Sueur County St. Patrick’s Celebration - TFollow the city on Facebook for the most current information as well as any changes to events. Kicks off with a Grand Marshal and Candidates brunch late in January. Queen Candidate Talent Show Saturday, March 6, starting at 3 p.m. at the Le Center American Legion. Queen Coronation Friday, March 12, starting at 7 p.m. at the Le Center American Legion. Saturday, March 13 is the Parade and Rally; parade begins at 2 p.m. with rally following at the Le Center American Legion. Easter Egg Hunt and ECFE Vehicle Fair The dual events are held the Saturday before Easter. Lineup for the hunt is at 12:45 p.m. with 1 p.m. start at the West Park. Sponsored by the Le Center Lions Club and other local organizations. The vehicle fair is hosted by Tri-City United Early Childhood Family Education. Visit Tri-City United Early Childhood Programs on Facebook.

Le Sueur County Sheriff’s Posse Trail Ride -– Held June 18-20, this event draws horseback riders from across the county. Includes ranch rodeos, trail rides, dinner, and a dance, and is open to the public. For more information, call Sheriff Brett Mason, 507357-8152. Le Sueur County Free Fair - The home of the Le Sueur County Fair, held every summer in August. What is a summer without a county fair? The annual event brings all you would expect and more to Le Center: animal exhibits, tasty treats, carnival rides, music, demo derbies, tractor pulls, and even talent shows. For more information visit lesueurcountyfair.org. Pioneer Power - The annual Le Sueur County Pioneer Power Days, opens one of the most complete farm displays in the county to the public, in late August. The organization also hosts a swap meet/ flea market each April. Both are north of Le Center on County Road 26. Visit pioneerpowershow.com. Hollydaze Winter Festival - Held the Saturday after Thanksgiving, the parade is hosted by the Le Center Chamber of Commerce and kicks off the holiday season. Businesses, families, and organizations build lighted floats and the parade is highlighted by a visit from Santa, who ends the evening in the Courthouse Park Pavilion visiting with children.

Municipal Outdoor swimming pool/ park - Adjacent to the fairgrounds is the municipal swimming pool, playground equipment, picnic shelters, a basketball court and Ray Plut baseball field. The park is also the home of the Le Center Sportsman cabin, built in 1940 by the Izaak Walton Le Center Area organization. Located on Hwy. 99 Fireman’s Dance - This next to the Fairgrounds. Our 6,600 is held every year on the first square-foot pool features a high and Friday of May. This event is low diving board, a separate wading hosted by the Le Center Fire pool for toddlers, a concession stand, Department, in which the and plenty of deck and grass space members go door-to-door for everyone to enjoy. Generally open selling tickets. between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The pool is staffed for open swim, adult lap swim, aquatic exercise classes, water polo, water walking 32 | Le Sueur County Community & Visitors Guide


and learn to swim classes certified by the American Red Cross for both youth and adult learners. For more information, visit cityoflecenter.com/community/pool. Municipal parks -Le Center has four parks. Combined the parks offer baseball fields, softball fields, a sand volleyball court, soccer field, small walking trails, pavilions with picnic tables, horseshoe pits, playground equipment, and public restrooms. In the winter find hockey and skating rinks and a warming house. For information, visit cityoflecenter. com/community/parks. Camping - Seasonal camping (with water) is available on the Le Sueur County Fairgrounds. For more information and costs, or to reserve a site, call 507-327-2996 or 612-756-1500.

United Methodist Church - 80 N. Cordova Ave., 507-357-4375 Seventh Day Adventist Church - 190 S. Park St., 507-357-6161

Assisted Living/Nursing Home Facilities Carriage House Senior Living - 175 E. Derrynane St., 507-357-0100 Horizon Place - 510 Commerce Dr., 507-357-2262

Churches St. Mary’s/St. Henry’s Catholic Church 165 N. Waterville Ave., 507-357-4838 St. Paul Lutheran Church - 232 W. Minnesota St., 507-357-2212

Veteran Owned Family Operated

Vintage Escapes Winery & Vineyard www.VintageEscapesWinery.com Located in Southern 8950 Dodd Road, Kilkenny

Minnesota’s stunning lake country just 10 miles west of I-35 on historic Dodd Road

Outdoor patio with a beautiful view of the lake and countryside. Wine crafted from locally-grown fruit. Wine by b glass, l flight fligh orr bottle! b We serve food. Live Music & Events!

Summer Winter Hours Hours

(Apr-Oct) Thurs 4-9pm Fri 3-9pm Sat 12-9pm Sun 12-6pm

(Nov-Mar) Fri 3-9pm Sat 12-9pm Sun 12-5pm

*Check our website and Facebook page for the latest on upcoming live music and events at the winery.

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le sueur Population: 4058 Incorporated: 1867 City Office: 203 South Second Street, Le Sueur, MN 56058 Community Center: 821 East Ferry Street, Le Sueur, MN 56058 Chamber of Commerce: PO Box 111, Le Sueur, MN 56058 Library: 118 Ferry Street, Le Sueur, MN 56058 Post Office: 202 North Main Street, Le Sueur, 56058

What to do Retail & Business Expo – TBD Expo offers demonstrations, raffle drawings, food, drawings, exhibitors from construction, landscaping, vehicles, health and wellness, education and much more. Giant Days - A three-day annual community celebration that takes place on the first full weekend in August. All three days many activities are planned for young and old. Sunday crowds line the 90+ unit Giant Days Parade at 1:00 p.m. After the parade is the Giant Corn Feed. Approximately 8-10 tons of corn donated by Seneca rolled into butter donated by Crystal Farms are served. Giant Days would not be the success it is without the help of all the people who put it together. Giant Days Kick Off - The kick off to Giant Days will be held on July 10, 2021 and feature

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headliner Arch Allies. Location and Event Details to be announced! Music in the Park – An annual three-part FREE summer music series hosted by the Le Sueur Chamber of Commerce. Dates, locations, and entertainment to be announced Senior Citizen Expo in October, 9:00 – 11:00 Le Sueur Henderson High/Middle School Commons Area. Admission is FREE. Join us for local vendors, health screening, and plenty of fun! Parent caregivers are encouraged to attend. Special Events and Silver Sneakers Demonstration. Sponsored by Le Sueur Parks & Recreation, Le Sueur-Henderson Community Education, and the Le Sueur Chamber of Commerce. Holiday Lights Parade, Tree Lighting Ceremony, Santa, and Fireworks – the first Friday of December. Le Sueur Community Center - a year-round multi-generational facility that provides recreation activities and gathering spaces for all ages. The facility contains a renovated fitness area with all new training equipment, meeting rooms, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, ice arena, sport gymnasium, and racquetball courts. Visit: www. cityoflesueur.com/155/ Recreation-Community-Center.


Aqua Valley Outdoor Pool - Open to the public daily during summer months. Daily schedule available at: https://www. cityoflesueur.com/158/Aquatics. Parks - While you’re here, be sure to visit one of our eight beautiful parks; three with shelters that can be reserved for public and private events. For more details, including information on each park, visit www.cityoflesueur.com. American Legion Park - enjoy a picnic after a swim at the Aqua Valley Outdoor Pool. This park features a shelter, restrooms, kitchenette, ample seating, picnic areas, and a playground. Anderson Park - features a shelter, restrooms, concession stand, basketball court, baseball/ softball field, volleyball court, and playground.

Mayo Park - a quiet, peaceful getaway complete with a shelter, restrooms, kitchenette, volleyball court, picnic areas, and horseshoe pits. Mothers Louise Park - beautiful surroundings in the heart of downtown Le Sueur next to the historic W.W. Mayo House. Picnic tables on-site. Pierre Le Sueur Park - a pocket park welcoming residents and visitors to downtown Le Sueur. River Park - 80 acres nestled on the banks of the Minnesota River along the southwest entrance to town, featuring camping facilities, boating access, nature trails, picnic areas, and restrooms.

Cedar Ridge Trails Park - centrally located featuring a playground, shelter, fireplace, grill, and ample green space. Le Sueur Dog Park - a perfect place for exercising and socializing your dog in a safe and fun environment. This park features a dog wash station, separate small dog area, water fountain (with fillable bowl), picnic areas, and a walking trail. Please note: all dogs must be licensed by the City of Le Sueur to use the dog park.

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le sueur Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church (WELS) - 229 S. Sixth St., 507-665-3477 W. W. Mayo House - Hand-built in 1859 by Dr. William Worrall Mayo, who with his sons founded the Mayo Clinic. Interpreters share with visitors the experiences of the Mayo family and later residents, the Cosgroves, and the home’s connection to the Green Giant Co. Tours are from May to September. Adjacent Mother Louise Park features the sculpture “The Mothers” by famed Minnesota sculptor Paul Granlund. Please add the line: More information at 507-6653250, www.mayohouse.org Farmers Market - The market opens at 8 a.m. Saturdays from June to October at the corner of Bridge and Second streets.

United Methodist Church - 730 S. Sixth St., 507-665-2314 Word of Life Church - 890 Kingsway Dr., 507665-6393 Iglesia El Cordero De Dios - 404 Turril St., 651230-5245 Zion United Methodist Church of Christ 240 Elmwood Ave., 507-665-6441

Private and Charter Schools

Le Sueur Nursery School - 812 S, Sixth St., 507665-2028, lesueurnurseryschool.com

Le Sueur Country Club - This 18-hole, 165- acre course is considered one of the most picturesque in the state. A restaurant, swimming pool and tennis court adjoin the club. Visit lesueurcountryclub.com.

St. Anne’s Catholic School - 511 N. Fourth St., 507-665-2489, stanneslesueur.org

Churches

Hospitals/Clinics

St. Anne’s Catholic Church - 217 N. Third St., 507-665-3811

Mayo Clinic Health System in Le Sueur 625 S. Fourth St., 507-665-6299

First Lutheran Church - 116 Inner Dr., 507665-2615

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New patients always welcome! Michelle Lund, D.D.S. Bethany Whittier, D.D.S. Kyle J. Rasmussen, D. D. S.

Saint Peter’s home for family, cosmetic, and implant dentistry 217 Nassau Street • St. Peter (507) 931-5646


Ridgeview Le Sueur Medical Center - 621 S Fourth St., 507-665-3375

Experience

Assisted Living/Nursing Home Facilities

Comfort Residence - 105 Plum Run, 507-6652499 Hillside Court - 220 Risedorph St., 507-66653932 Oak Terrace Senior Living of Le Sueur 811 S. Fourth St., 507-593-8500 Sunrise Plaza - 600 S. Fifth St., 507-665-8660

a Different Way to Bank We have been a part of the community since 1924, and we strive to personally get to know customers, building strong relationships they can trust, and give back to our communities. Come experience the difference.

Ridgeview Le Sueur Nursing and Rehab 621 S. Fourth St., 507-665-8695

Le Sueur 309 N. Main St. • 507-665-6411 CLeveLand 326 Broadway St. PO Box 249 • 507-934-3174 St. Peter 102 S 3rd St. • 507-934-2823

Just Keeping It Green Riverbend Recycling Center - 600 Webster Ave. North Mankato Nicollet County Recycling Site - 1700 Sunrise Dr. Upper-St. Peter Yard Waste Drop-Off & Recycling Site - Southwest Corner of North Swift St. and West St. Julien

Waste Management Recycling Center located 4 miles south of Le Sueur on Cty road #36

Blue Earth County Household Hazardous Waste Facility 651 Summit Ave. Mankato - open to residents of Le Sueur, Nicollet counties

LJP Waste & Recycle - 2160 Ringhofer Dr. North Mankato Public Recycling Drop Off is M-F from 8 am to 4:45 pm

Tri-County Solid Waste Office

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montgomery Population: 3100 Incorporated: 1877 City Office: 201 Ash Ave. SW, Montgomery, 507-364-8888, cityofmontgomerymn.com Chamber of Commerce: 206 First St. N., Montgomery, 507-364-5953, montgomerymnchamber.com Library: 104 Oak Ave. SW, Montgomery, 507-364-7615 Post Office: 156 Elm Ave. SE, Montgomery, 507-364-8777

What to do Kolacky Day - Annual Czech May Day ‘Prvni Maj’ celebration - A celebration welcoming spring, featuring the raising of a traditional Czech May Pole. Enjoy music, food, and traditional ribbon dancing around the May Pole. The event generally takes place the first Saturday of May in Heritage Park. Kolacky Day - The City’s premier festival celebrating its Czech heritage and takes place on the last full weekend in July. This event runs three days and culminates in the Grand Day Parade. Visitors can enjoy a wide variety of activities from the classic car show, food, bands on Friday and Saturday night in the park. There is a bohemian tractor pull, a regular tractor pull, and a Kolacky eating contest. A 5k run, the “Bun Run”, and the “Tour de Bun” where bikers can choose a route from 12 to 50 miles weaving through “Czech” country. Visit www.montgomerymn.org.

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Torchlight Parade and Fireworks - Lights and music fill the air as the parade, held the Thursday after Thanksgiving, winds its way through downtown. December 2 marks its 29th anniversary. The smell of kettle corn abounds at the end of the route where the fireworks begin. Set to holiday music, the display is a spectacular way to end the evening. Visit montgomerymn.org/torchlight-parade-fireworks. Masopust - The Czech Mardi Gras celebrated the weekend before Ash Wednesday. The Masopust king reigns over the celebration where goodbye is said to meat. Activities include polka music, costume ball, silent auction, a traditional Czech skit is held and, of course, the coronation of the King. A good Czech meal is served. Visit www.montgomerymn.org/ masopust for more information. Ms. Czech-Slovak Minnesota Pageant This annual pageant takes place in the spring with contestants of Czech, Slovak, and/or Moravian descent competing for over $1,000 in cash and prizes with a chance to compete in the national pageant in Wilber, NE in August. Visit www.missczechslovakmnpageant. org. Boulevard of Flags and Veterans Memorials – Flags in tribute to area veterans line Boulevard Avenue and First Street North, the route is designated ‘Veterans Memorial Way’. In addition, tributes to many area veterans are affixed to buildings lining First Street. Be sure to stop and visit the displays and tributes in Veterans Memorial Park about a block from State Highway 13 on Boulevard Avenue NW. Music in the Park - The Montgomery Park Advisory Board, in conjunction with the


Montgomery Library, hosts free music in Memorial Park. Events generally occur on the second and fourth Thursday in June, August, and September. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy a wide variety of music. Visit www.cityofmontgomerymn.com for information on the 2021 schedule. Montgomery Parks - Montgomery features several parks, the main being Memorial Park which offers a playground, picnic shelters, basketball court, baseball field, volleyball, and horseshoes. This is also where the Montgomery Mallards play their home ball games. Northside park is home to Carol Lila ballfields. Also at this park is a playground, picnic shelters, tennis and basketball, and soon to be home to a new hockey rink. North Ridge Recreation Area on the north end of town is a 56-acre natural area with a restored prairie, sledding hill, and will soon have a network of trails for walking, biking, skiing, etc. Car Roll-in - The Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce hosts a monthly ‘car-roll-in’ on First Street. The event has traditionally been held on the third Tuesday of the month starting in May and running through September. Area establishments have food specials and there is music. Visit www. montgomerymnchamber.com. Franke’s Kolacky Bakery – Montgomery’s oldest family business celebrating 106 years. Home of delicious baked goods of all kinds and world-famous Czech kolacky. Montgomery Brewery – Located in a 130+ historic building, small batch craft beers are served by the glass or growler. Food service available. Visit montgomerybrewing.com Montgomery Orchard – The apple orchard, one mile south of town, offers nature walks, hayrides, apple picking, entertainment, a ciderhaus and annual corn maze in the fall. Visit montgomeryorchard.com. Montgomery National Golf Club – Open to the public. World’s first music-themed championship 18 hole course. New simulator on site. Plans are underway for a new log cabin clubhouse and event center. Home of the world’s first guitar-shaped Olson guitar bunker where a passion for golf, music, and the Beatles, create a unique experience. Check out the yellow submarine too. Greens fees for 9 and 18 holes. Visit montgomerynationalgolf.com. Next Chapter Winery – Boutique winery crafts barrel-aged wine, offers events from wine tastings to evenings filled with musical entertainment. Visit nextchapterwinery.com

What’s New

Historic Log Cabin - The historic log cabin in Memorial Park, dating back to 1928, was restored with a new roof and other work. The project was completed by the Montgomery Historical Society with assistance from the Montgomery Area Community Club and financial assistance from the City. Montgomery Mural - The Montgomery Area Community Club, Montgomery Arts and Heritage Center, and Montgomery Historical Society, all worked together to raise funds to restore the mural located at the corner of First Street S. and Ash Avenue SW. Funding for the mural came from residents, businesses, and the Montgomery Area Community Foundation.

Churches

Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church - 206 Vine Ave. W., 507-364-7981 St. John Lutheran Church - 105 Spruce Ave. NW, 507-364-5002

Private And Charter Schools

Most Holy Redeemer Catholic School - 205 Vine Ave. W., 507-364-7383

Hospitals/Clinics

Mayo Clinic Health System Montgomery 501 Fourth St. NW, 507-364-5600

Assisted Living/Nursing Home Facilities

Traditions of Montgomery - 399 Lexington Ave. NW, 507-364-5585

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new prague Population: 8,248 Incorporated: 1877 (Settled 1856) Community Center: 100 12th St. NW, 952-758-7825 City Office: 118 Central Ave. N, 952-758-4401 ci.new-prague. mn.us Community Center/Ice Arena: 100 12th St. NW, 952-7587825 New Prague Aquatic and Fitness Center: 410 Central Ave. N., 952-758-1753 Chamber of Commerce: 101 E. Main St., 952-758-4360, newprague.com Library: 400 Main St. E., 952-758-2391 Post Office: 124 Main St. E., 952-758-7678

What to do Virtual Run New Prague - A Chamber sponsored virtual event in 2021 held May 1-8 and includes a virtual half marathon/ relay, 10k, 5k and kids fun run. Visit www.runnewprague.com to register! Czech Out New Prague - New Prague’s business and community expo takes place the first Thursday in August every year from 5 pm – 8 pm in Memorial Park, sponsored by the New Prague Chamber. The New Prague Fire Department organizes a Jr. Fire Fighter Challenge, there are local demonstrations and many local business showcase what they have to offer the local community with interactive activities. It’s fun for the whole family. Classic Car Cruise - a kickoff to the Annual Dožínky Festival, features approximately 400 vintage cars and trucks. Following the car cruise, there is a street dance and live band and the Chamber beer garden on Central Ave N. Dozinky Festival- Czech harvest festival, patterned after the “old country” original, is held Sept. 17-18th, 2021. Festivities center around on Main Street, which is closed to traffic. The event kicks off with a car cruise on Friday evening and continues with a parade and many activities on Saturday. The Parade of Farm Pride begins at noon. Booths, demonstrations and the Czech Heritage Village line Main Street. Ethnic bands, singers and dancers perform on two stages. Mouth-watering ethnic and harvest treats to tempt

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every palate. Visit newprague.com, or Dozinky Festival and Car Cruise, and the New Prague Chamber of Commerce on Facebook @ newpraguechamber. Holiday Parade of Lights & Celebration takes place in New Prague on the first Friday in December every year as a kickoff to the shop local holiday promotions. In 2021, the event will be held on December 3rd starting with a parade at 6:30 pm along Main Street and ends at Memorial Park for Santa, a tree lighting, hot cocoa, and fireworks. Historic downtown - Home to many historic buildings, three are on the National Register of Historic Places: St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, First National Bank and the recently renovated Hotel Broz, all located on Main Street. The church, completed in 1907, is named for a former Duke of Bohemia and is based on a church in Prague, Czech Republic. The hotel, a Georgianrevival structure, opened in 1898. The bank is a renaissance revival and known for its terra cotta façade. Downtown is also home to a number of building murals that depict scenes from the city’s heritage. A historic context study and downtown historical reconnaissance survey are at ci.new-prague.mn.us. Farmers Market - Provides locally grown, in-season produce, baked goods, jams, jellies and honey. Open Wednesdays and Saturdays from May to October in the East Town Plaza parking lot. Parks and trails - Nine city parks include ball fields, disc golf, a skate park and even an archery range. New Prague has over 7 miles of walking trails and 24 miles of sidewalks. Scott County’s Cedar Lake Farm Regional Park, located on the south shore of Cedar Lake, is a picturesque site for picnicking, swimming, and shore fishing. Kayaks and canoes are available for rent Friday through Sunday and holidays from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Visit threeriversparks.org/parks/cedar-lake-farm.aspx. New Prague Golf Course -An 18-hole, municipal golf course in Memorial Park has been a fixture for over 85 years. Visit newpraguegolf.com.


What’s new?

Navigate New Prague is a collaborate effort between city officials, downtown business owners, the Economic Development Authority, and the Chamber of Commerce to keep local consumers in-the-know and downtown business robust during the Main Street renovation project. Visit www.navigatenewprague.com for quick updates on the Main Street construction and promotional efforts.

Churches

Calvary Church – PO Box 185, 952-758-4862 Community Baptist Church - 500 County Road 37, 952758-3287 FaithPoint Lutheran Church - 201 Central Ave. N, 952-7586297 Friedens Evangelical Lutheran - 28982 181st Ave., 952758-3245 HillSpring Church - 200 E. 280th St., 952-758-4151 Holy Trinity Lutheran Church - 1300 Main St. E, 952-7583513 NewDay Church - 1201 First St. NE, 952-758-5683 St. John’s Catholic Church - 20087 Hub Dr., Union Hill, 952-758-4642 St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church - 215 E. Main St., 952758-3225 Spirit of Life Church - 540 W. 280th St., 952-758-2894

Private/Charter Schools Holy Cross Catholic School 6100 37th St W, Webster, MN 55088 952-652-6100

Nursing Homes / Assisted Living Facilities

Mala Strana - 1001 Columbus Ave. N., 952-758-2511 Praha Village - 1100 1st Street SE, 952-855-8855 55+ Housing Queens Court - 311 Columbus Ave. N., 952-758-4595 (+/- 38 units) Liberty Park Apartments - 204 Liberty Park, 952-758-4991 (47 units – 3 handicapped -– income guidelines) Phillips Square -11601st Ave NW, 952-758-4610 (55 units – senior/55 & over – no income guidelines) Millpond Apartments - 210 1st St. NW, 952-758-4333 (HUD assisted, 62 & older, handicapped)

Daycare Centers

Memories and Milestones Academy - 1501 1st Street NE, 952-758-5437

MAKE GREAT MOMENTS.

St. Wenceslaus Catholic School 227 Main St. E., New Prague, 952-758-3133, swsai

Hospitals/Clinics

Mayo Clinic Health System Hospital/Urgent Care 301 Second St. NE, 952-758-4431 Mayo Clinic Health System Clinic - 212 County Road 37, 952-758-4461 Parkview Medical Clinic - 1400 First St. NE, 952-758-2535

St. Peter

100 N. Minnesota Ave (Hwy 169 & 99)

507-934-8964

N. Mankato

1755 Commerce Drive 507-387-2634

Mankato

201 Victory Drive 507-625-2420 HOURS: Mon - Sat 8 am - 10 pm Sunday 11 am - 6 pm

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st. peter Population: 11,906 Incorporated: 1873 (founded 1853) City Office: 227 S Front St., 507-934-4840 Community Center: 600 S Fifth St., 507-934-0667 Chamber of Commerce: 101 S Front St, 507-934-3400, stpeterchamber.com Library: 601 S Washington Ave., 507-934-7420 Post Office: 300 S Third St., 507-931-1950 Senior Center: 600 South Fifth, St. Suite 219, 507-934-7434

What To Do

Old-fashioned Fourth of July - Parade, picnic in Minnesota Square, food, activities, music, classic cars and fireworks. Visit www.stpeterchamber. com/4th-of-july. Nicollet County Free Fair - The 2021 fair is tentatively scheduled for August. Features often include a rodeo, demo derby, tractor pull, talent show, rides, 4-H exhibits and livestock. Visit nicolletcountyfair. com. Rock Bend Folk Festival - Two-day celebration with non-stop music of all genres at the free festival in September at Minnesota Square Park. Visit www. rockbend.org. Oktoberfest - The St. Peter Ambassadors hosts the annual October celebration near Minnesota Avenue and Grace Street in the heart of the downtown. See www.stpeterchamber.com or the St. Peter Ambassadors Facebook page. Ambassadors’ Blues Fest - The Ambassadors hosts a one-day blues festival in June. Winterfest - The mid-winter festival, generally end of January and beginning of February, includes a medallion hunt and a Nicollet County Sheriff’s Office’s Polar Plunge, benefiting Special Olympics. Visit stpeterchamber.com. Arts Center of Saint Peter -Exhibitions, performances, classes and outreach. Public galleries. Visit artscentersp.org.

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Treaty Site History Center - Exhibits tell stories of the 1851 treaty and relationships between the Dakota and the white settlers, as well as agriculture and commerce. Visit nchsmn.org. E. St. Julien Cox house - A fully restored Victorian treasure, the 1871 home is an example of Gothic Italianate architecture. Events year-round, tours by appointment. Visit nchsmn.org. Linnaeus Arboretum - At Gustavus Adolphus College, features acres of prairie, woodlands, ponds, gardens and trails. Visit gustavus.edu/arboretum. Riverside Municipal Campground - Tent sites and 11 electric campsites at the city-owned campground. Visit saintpetermn.gov/camping.

Churches

Church of St Peter Catholic - 1801 Broadway Ave, 507-931-1628 First Lutheran Church - 1114 W Traverse Road, 507-934-3060 Holy Communion Episcopal Church - 118 N Minnesota Ave., 507-934-2542 Jesus Assembly of God - 722 Sunrise Dr., 507-934-1468 River of Life Lutheran Church - 830 Sunrise Dr., 507-519-1204 St. Peter Calvary Baptist Church - 516 W. Jefferson St., 507-931-4567 St. Peter Lutheran Church - 427 W Mulberry St., 507-931-1866 Trinity Lutheran Church - 511 S Fifth St., 507-934-4786 Union Presbyterian Church - 730 S Third St., 507-934-4602

Private And Charter Schools

John Ireland School - 1801 Broadway Ave., 507- 931-2810 Saint Peter Lutheran School - 427 W. Mulberry St., 507-931-1866


Hospital And Clinics

River’s Edge Hospital - 1900 N Sunrise Dr., 507-931-2200 Mayo Clinic Health System St Peter - 1900 N Sunrise Dr, Suite 200, 507-931- 2110 Mankato Clinic Daniels Health Center 1900 N. Old Minnesota Ave., 507-934-2325

Assisted Living And Nursing Homes

Benedictine Living Community - 1907 Klein St., 507-934-2203 Benedictine Senior Living - 1906 N Sunrise Dr., 507-934-8817

Ecumen Prairie Hill - 1305 Marshall St., 507-934-2200 Ecumen Sand Prairie - 700 Knight St., 507-931-4375 Heritage Meadows - 1302 W Traverse Rd, 507-931-8545 Pheasants Ridge - 1807 Sunrise Dr., 507-931-0966 Realife Cooperative - 500 W Jackson St., 507-934-2902 Sunview - 1727 N Fifth St., 507-364-5312

Benedictine Living Community of St. Peter Heritage Meadows - Independent Living 1302 W Traverse | (507) 931-8545 Benedictine Court - Assisted Living 1906 N Sunrise Drive | (507) 934-8817 Benedictine Health Center Skilled Nursing, Rehab and Memory Care 1907 Klein Street | (507) 934-2203

A Full Continuum of Care Call today to learn more.

www.blcstpeter.org

HEALTH CARE AT ITS BEST Ridgeview Le Sueur campus offers: Primary care clinic

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Hospital, emergency & urgent care Physical, occupational & speech therapy

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What to do

waterville Population: 1,868 Incorporated: 1898 City Office: 200 Third St. S., 507-362-8300, cityofwaterville.com Chamber of Commerce: 507-461-9490 Library: 210 Paquin Street E., 507-362-8462 Post Office: 125 Third Street N., 507-362-4648

Bullhead Days - The annual summer celebration, from June 11-13, includes fireworks, bingo, carnival rides, great food, kids fishing content and several sporting events. Visit watervillemn.com. Hot Summer Nights – May 27, June 24, July 22, Aug. 26 - Features a car and bike roll-in on Main Street. Bring lawn chairs, dancing shoes and enjoy outdoor music. Food, drink specials and free popcorn. Annual Firemen’s Fire Prevention Open House - Oct. 4. Sakatah Singing Hills State Park/Trail The 39-mile trail runs through the park/campground just east of town. Sixty-two drive-in campsites, 14 electric sites, 5 bike in sites, 2 group campsites and 1 camper cabin. Visit dnr.state.mn.us Waterville Area Fisheries - Located just west of town, it offers presentations on fisheries manage-

area churches Churches of St. Mary and St. Henry

See our website and Facebook for updated Mass times www.stmarysthenry.org https://www.facebook.com/StMaryStHenry/

St. Mary | 165 N. Waterville Ave. | Le Center, MN St. Henry | Highway 112 on 261st Ave. | Le Sueur, MN 507-357-4838 (phone/fax) | 507-357-6633 (phone)

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ment, aquatic environment and related topics. Visit www.dnr.state.mn.us. Farmers Market - Open 3-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays from July to September on Common Street near the high school football field. City Beach - Open mid-June to mid-August. Located at 617 Reed St. N.

What’s New

Holiday Season Shopping Opener - Nov. 5-7

Churches

First Baptist - 14534 State Hwy. 60, 507-3624314 Holy Trinity Catholic - 506 Common St., 507-362-4311 St. Andrew’s Episcopal - 210 Lake St. W, 507-362-8073 Trinity Lutheran - 415 Lake St. W, 507-362-4454 Waterville Evangelical United Methodist 319 Main St. E, 507-362-4379

Hospitals/Clinics

Mayo Clinic Health System Waterville 212 Lake St. E., 507-362-4221

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Zion United Church of Christ

Come Worship with us!

Sundays at 9am (special services around Christmas & Easter) Wednesdays (Sept.-May) Church School and adult activities, 6-7:30pm Service Broadcast on KCHK radio, 1350 AM/95.5 FM 507-665-6441 www.zionlesueur.com/zion@zionlesuer.com 240 S. Elmwood Ave., Le Sueur, MN Rev. Kent A. Meyer & Rev. Rosemary Rocha

www.maryscurches.com Please visit our website for Mass times 507-243-3166 / office@maryschurches.com

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www.orthoedgemn.com

The OrthoEdge joint replacement program offers superb care from your first visit through recovery. The surgeons from the Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic and the care team at River’s Edge Hospital provide personal and professional care to get you back to able.

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to the end of the day

St. Peter 507-931-6554

50 Rooms • Entirely Non-Smoking • 3 Fireplace Suites 4 Whirlpool Suites • Indoor Pool & Whirlpool Refrigerators and microwaves in Every Room FREE High Speed Internet • FREE Hot Homestyle Breakfast

700 North Minnesota Ave., St. Peter, MN

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Thriving City Small Town Charm

Scenic Minnesota River Valley Abundant Recreational Opportunities Miles of Paved Walking Trails Dedicated Dog Park with Amenities Fully Equipped Community & Fitness Center Excellent Public and Private Schools Premier Health & Medical Facilities for All Ages Thriving Business Community Growing City with a Small Town Charm Diverse Housing Options Rejuvenated Downtown

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