Le Sueur County Guide 2024

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Le Sueur County

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2 | Le Sueur County contents 4 6 8 11 14 18 23 24 26 28 29 30 31 32 34 37 41 44 46 County Profile History Outdoor Recreation Historical Societies Education Calendar Cleveland Map Elysian Heidelberg Henderson Kasota Kilkenny Le Center Le Sueur Montgomery New Prague St. Peter Waterville A special project of the Le Sueur County News and the Le Sueur County Administration. www.lesueurcountynews.com P.O. Box 142, Le Sueur, MN 56058 Phone: 507-665-3332
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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, small-town 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 28,674, 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 8,340 (2022 est.), though only about 3,623 reside in Le Sueur County. The city is split between Le Sueur County to the south and Scott County to the north. New Prague has a variety of arts, entertainment and historic o erings for residents and visitors alike.

The city of Le Sueur is next largest with a population of 4,058 (2021 est.). Previously 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 o cials are also well on their way to re-opening Main Street and rehabilitating the Valley Green Square Mall downtown.

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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.

In 2019, Le Sueur County unveiled its largest facilities project in history with a new Justice Center building, just o Hwy. 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 finished in 2021.


88 S. Park Ave., Le Center 507-357-2251


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 SWCD: 507-357-4879, 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

Sheri ’s O ce: 507-357-4440 (non-emergency)

U of M Extension: 507-357-8230, www3.extension.umn.edu/local/le-sueur Veterans Services: 507-357-8279

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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 bu alo herds, thick virgin forests, rippling waters, and blu s 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.”

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. 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, 29,153 (2022 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.”

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Photo Credit - Scott County Historical Society Photo Credit - Le Sueur County Historical Society
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outdoor recreation

City Name: Le Sueur County Parks

City O ce: 515 South Maple Ave., Le Center (Highway Department) 507-357-8201 (Parks O ce Phone) https://www.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”.


Camping: Lake Washington Regional Park & Campground, Clear Lake Park

Cross-Country Skiing: Ney Nature Center and Lake Washington Regional Park groomed trails, ungroomed trails at Bradshaw Woods, 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 Je erson Fishing Pier, Ney Nature Center, Ray’s Lake Park, Richter Woods Park, Lake Volney Park, Lake Washington Regional Park & Campground

Facility Rentals: Lake Washington Regional Park & Campground, Ney Nature Center, Richter Woods

Fishing: Fishing piers at Clear Lake Park, Geldner Saw Mill Park, West Je erson Lake Fishing Pier, Ray’s Lake, along with MN DNR Fishing Piers at German Lake and West Je erson 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

Playgrounds: Richter Woods Park, Lake Washington Regional Park & Campground

Snowshoeing: Bradshaw Woods, Lake Washington Regional Park, Ney Nature Center, Rays Lake Park, Richter Woods


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. An Archery Range is located on the SE corner of the park with 4 targets and the ability to shoot between 10-40 yards.

Clear Lake Park

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

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for $10 per night.

35194 Clear Lake Lane, Le Center

Lake Emily Park

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.

33016 Lake Emily Road, St Peter

Geldner Saw Mill & Park

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 Je erson Lake and provides a fishing pier and shoreline for fishing, which is popular amongst anglers in the spring months.

Ney Nature Center

28238 Nature Center Lane, Henderson 507-357-8580 • www.neycenter.org info@neycenter.org

46542 Beaver Dam Road, Cleveland

Lake Gorman Park & Access

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.

19634 Gorman Lake Park Lane, Kilkenny

Henderson Station River Access & Park

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 its multiple species. The park also provides an access point to the river for canoe and kayak launches.

29030 River Street, Le Sueur

Lake Je erson Fishing Pier

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.

28211 470th Street, Madison Lake

Ney Nature Center is home to 446 acres of all the natural world has to o er: forests, prairie, meadows, blu s, creeks, and a variety of wildlife. The center is open sunup 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 o ce are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday for visitors. The center o ers a number of programs, naturalistled 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

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 a wide range of species including panfish, largemouth bass, and northern pike. 1395 1st Street North, Elysian

Richter Woods Park

An 80 acre park located 1.5 miles west of Montgomery, the park is heavily wooded

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outdoor recreation

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 your event, please call 507-357-8201.

35674 173rd Ave, Montgomery

Lake Volney Park

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 outdoor recreation, enjoying a lake, the sand, or having a picnic.

18608 Beach Lane, Le Center

Lake Washington Regional Park and Campground

This 164 acre regionally designated park and campground 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; along with 1.5 miles of paved trails with exploration stops, and a small beach area. There are 2 di erent 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.

47102 Washington Park Road, Kasota

Sakatah Lake State Park

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.

Sakatah Singing Hills Trail

Jump on or o 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.

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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.

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.

There are three public access ramps to the Minnesota River in Le Sueur County, in Henderson, Kasota and Ottawa.

County snowmobile trail map: lesueursnowtrails.org.


P.O. Box 123

Le Center, MN 56057

Phone: 507-267-4091

Email: info@lesueurcountyhistory.org


The mission of the Le Sueur County Historical Society is to collect and preserve the story of Le Sueur County, telling its story through historic sites, a research center, collections, exhibits and educational programming.

New Prague area snowmobile trail map: newpraguesnowdrifters.com.


Genealogy Center

301 NE 2nd St, Elysian, MN 56028

Open spring, summer, fall, Friday & Saturdays, 1:00 to 4:00

Other days by appointment made in advance.

Le Sueur County Fairgrounds

Old Settlers Log Cabin located in the Heritage Building with artifact exhibits and District #75 one room Schoolhouse

Historic Sites

W.W. Mayo House

118 N Main St, Le Sueur, MN 56058 Geldner Saw Mill

46542 Beaver Dam Road, Cleveland, MN

Listed on Natural Register of Historic Places

Lake Washington Regional Park and Campground

47102 Washington Park Road, Kasota, MN

Shanaska Creek Bridge

Ottawa Stone Church


P.O. Box 176

Montgomery MN 56069

Email: montymnhistory@gmail.com

The mission of the Montgomery Historical Society is the collection, preservation, and dissemination of knowledge about the history of the Montgomery area and to relate that history to that of the County of Le Sueur and the State of Minnesota.

Museum fundraising is underway. Contact the Society for more information.

Historic Sites

Commercial Historic District listed on the National Register of Historic Places since April 9, 2021.

Hilltop Hall and Westerman Lumber

O ce & House now Pizzeria 201 buildings are also listed on the National Register.


400 Main Street East New Prague, MN 56071

Email: npareahistory@gmail.com

Phone: 952-758-3153

Website: www.npareahistory.com

The mission of the New Prague Historical Society is the collection, preservation, and dissemination of knowledge about the history of the New Prague area and to relate that history of the State of Minnesota.

Centennial Log Cabin and History Shed located in Memorial Park

Historic Sites

First National Bank Building, Church of St. Wenceslaus, and the Hotel Broz are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Ney Nature Center is a 446 acre nature preserve with 12 miles of hiking trails and the historic Ney Homestead. SCAN


Hiking & Bird Watching

Snowshoeing & Nordic Skiing

Education Programs & Camps

Panoramic Overlooks & Great Places to Picnic

Preserved Historic Buildings

Mountain Biking

Field Trips & Group Visits

Prairie Restoration, Big Woods Remnants, & Famous Frog Pond

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28238 Nature Center Ln Henderson, MN 56044 507-357-8580 info@neycenter.org FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 365 DAYS A YEAR L E A RN MORE
Take a breath of fresh air at Ney.
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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: 507931-5953, cleveland.k12.mn.us/page/2482

Little Clippers Preschool: 507-931-5953, cleveland.k12.mn.us/page/3163

Le Sueur-Henderson Public Schools

Mascot: Giants

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

Park Elementary: 115 N. Fifth St., Le Sueur, 507-665-4700, park.isd2397.org

Hilltop ALP: 700 South St, Henderson, 507-665-5900

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 Public Schools

Mascot: Trojans

High School: 410 Central Ave. N., 952-758-1700, npaschools.org

Middle School: 721 Central Ave. N., 952-758-1400

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The Le Sueur-Henderson Public Schools Believe:

That collaboration between the home, the school, and the community has a positive impact on student success;

That everyone deserves a safe and respectful school environment;

That all students deserve the opportunity to learn and succeed, including our new programsAviation, Agriculture, Nursing;

That diversity enriches the individual, school, and community;

That educational excellence requires effective leadership, high expectations, and teamwork;

In up-to-date facilities and the responsible utilization of resources, including the new Pre K - 5 Elementary Building;

In educating the whole child - academically, socially, physically and emotionally;

In continuous improvement and a growth mindset;

In an individualized, rigorous, and relevant academic experience; Every Student Every Day.

Saints Nation

Saints Strong, Everyone Belongs.

Inspiring a passion for learning that encourages and enables all individuals to reach their highest potential.
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saints508 www.stpeterschools.org SAINT PETER PUBLIC SCHOOLS


Eagle View Elementary: 25600 Nevada Ave., 952-758-6000

Falcon Ridge Elementary: 1200 Columbus Ave., 952-758-1600

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

Community Education: 600 S. Fifth St., 506-934-3048

Early Childhood Family Education: 507-934-3048

Little Saints Preschool: 1801 Broadway Ave., 507-931-4314

Tri-City United Public Schools

Mascot: Titans

High School: 700 Fourth St. NW, Montgomery, 507-364-8111, tcu2905us.new.rschooltoday.com

St. Peter Public Schools

Mascot: Saints

High School: 2121 W. Broadway Ave., 507-984-4212, stpeterschools.org

Middle School: 100 Lincoln Dr., 507-934-4210

North Elementary: 815 N. 9th St., 507-934-3260

South Elementary: 1405 S. 7th St., 507-934-2754

Rock Bend ALC: 801 Davis St., 507-934-5420

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: 507-364-8107

Little Titans Preschool: 507-364-8107

Waterville-Elysian-Morristown Public Schools

A respectful, responsible, positive and safe place to learn

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Mascot: Buccaneers

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

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.

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MARCH 2024

5 Tiny Trekkers, Ney Nature Center, 10-11:30 a.m.

5 Kindergarten Roundup -TCU Lonsdale

6 TCU Large Group Band Contest, St. Peter

7 Family Expedition, Ney Nature Center, 6-7 p.m.

7-Apr. 13 TCU K-8 Art Show, Montgomery Arts & Heritage Center

7 TCU Early Childhood Screening, Lonsdale

8 TCU Early Childhood Screening, Le Center

9 St. Patrick’s Queen Candidate Talent Show, American Legion Club, Le Center, 3 p.m.

9 Beekeeping with Sun Honey at Waterville Public Library,


APRIL 2024







Park, Le Center, 12:45 p.m.

1 Reservations open for Lake Washington Regional Park & Campground

1 Fools in the Alley, Le Center, Parade at 6:24 p.m.

2 Tiny Trekkers, Ney Nature Center, 10-11:30 a.m.

3 TCU Solo Ensemble, Gustavus

6 Family Expedition, Ney Nature Center, 10-11 a.m.

6 Le Sueur Business & Retail Expo

7 Cleveland Fire Relief Association Breakfast, Cleveland

7 4-H Pancake Breakfast, 4-H Family Center, Le Center

8 Author Event: Joshua Moehling at Le Center Public Library, 6 p.m.

8 Fishing Tips with Terry Tuma at Elysian Area Library, 6 p.m.

9 Nature Detectives, Ney Nature Center, 10-11:30 a.m.

9 TCU Section Art Show, Evening public viewing (times TBD)

11 Maple Syrup: Tree to Bottle, Ney Nature Center, 6-7 p.m.

12 MSU Construction Management Sporting Clays Event, Caribou Gun Club, Le Sueur

12-14 Spring Play – TCU HS PAC

13 Maple Syrup: Tree to Bottle, Ney Nature Center, 10-11:30 a.m.

13 Miss Czech-Slovak Minnesota Pageant, American Legion, Montgomery

15 Music Showcase – K-2 & 3-4, TCU Lonsdale

16 Music Showcase – K-2 & 3-4, TCU Le Center


Le Center Historical Society Annual Meeting, Election of New Board Members, 4-H Building on Le Sueur County Fairgrounds, 6 p.m.

17 TCU Visual Arts, TCU


Lifelong Learner Series, Ney Nature Center, 12-1:30 p.m.

18 Music Showcase – K-2 & 3-4, TCU Montgomery

18 Le Center Sportsmen Club Prime Rib Dinner, Le Center American Legion

18-20 City Wide Garage Sales, Le Center

18-May 11

TCU HS Art Show, Montgomery Arts & Heritage Center

20 Tree Jamboree, Ney Nature Center

23 Author Event: Jess Lourey at Le Sueur Public Library, 6 p.m.


47th Annual Pioneer Power “The Original Swap Meet”, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day, located 6 miles East of Le Sueur, MN on Co Rd 26 & 33

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10 a.m.
HS Band & Choir Spring Concert, TCU HS PAC
Nature Detectives, Ney Nature Center, 10-11:30 a.m.
Kindergarten Roundup – TCU Montgomery
TCU K-8 School Student Art Open House, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
TCU Early Childhood Screening, Montgomery 15 St. Patrick’s Queen Coronation, American Legion Club, Le Center, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. 15 Blood Drive, TCU HS Gym 16 Le Center St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Rally, parade at 2 p.m., rally following @ American Legion 17 Maple Syrup: Tree to Bottle, Ney Nature Center, 10-11 a.m. 19 Kindergarten Roundup- TCU Le Center 19 Author Event: Marcie Rendon at Montgomery Public Library, 6:30 p.m.
Snowshoe Club, Ney Nature Center, 2-3 p.m. 11
Lifelong Learner Series.
Nature Center,
Legacy Hero Hunt, Caribou Gun Club,
Sueur 24 Hilltop Happenings Show,
Indoor Farmers Market, Montgomery American
Post #79, 4-6:30 p.m.
Spring Break Camp, Ney Nature Center
Easter Egg Hunt & ECFE Vehicle Fair, West

MAY 2024

4 Citywide garage sales, Montgomery

4 Run New Prague 5K and Kids Fun Run


5 Annual May Day Celebration, Heritage Park, Montgomery


9 Family







JUNE 2024

14-16 Le Sueur County Sheri ’s Mounted Posse Trail Ride/Ranch Rodeo, Le Center

17-21 Summer Camp Week 2, Ney Nature Center

18 Car Roll In, Downtown Montgomery, 4-7 p.m.

20 Summer in the Valley: Music, Food, Activities, Downtown Main Street, Le Sueur, 5 p.m. -8 p.m.

20 Music at the Broz, New Prague, 6:30-8:30

20 Music in the Park, Memorial Park, Montgomery, 6 p.m. – Hana Bretz






8 WFD Big Bass Tournament, 6:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Waterville City Beach

22 Le Center Volunteer Ambulance 50th Anniversary Celebration, Le Sueur County Fairgrounds, Parade at 1 p.m.

22 Montgomery Firefighters Dance, Montgomery Fire Hall, 3:30 p.m. -12:00 a.m.

22 Kasota Street Dance, Community Center

24-27 Summer Camp Week 3, Ney Nature Center

27 Hot Summer Nights, Waterville

27 Music at the Broz, New Prague, 6:30-8:30

27 Music in the Park, Memorial Park, Montgomery, 6 p.m. – Sean Benz and the Misfits

30 Hilltop Happenings Show, Hilltop Hall, Montgomery, 4-6 p.m.

TBD Lifelong Learner Series, Ney Nature Center, 12-1:30 p.m.

TBD Retail & Business Expo, Le Sueur

JULY 2024

3-7 July Fourth Celebration, Elysian

4 Music in the Park, Memorial Park, Montgomery, 6 p.m. – Leslie Rich and the Rock Soul Choir

8-12 Summer Camp Week 4, Ney Nature Center

11 Music at the Broz, New Prague, 6:30-8:30

11 Music in the Park, Memorial Park, Montgomery, 6 p.m. – Stephanie Paquin

11–Aug 24 Kolacky Day Memorabilia, Duane Jindra Collection, Montgomery Arts and Heritage Center

12 Le Sueur County Relay for Life

12 Classic Car & Motorcycle Roll-in, Cleveland, 5 p.m.


11th Annual Pioneer Power Summer Pull Tractor/ Truck & Semi Pull, Noon

15-18 Summer Camp Week 5, Ney Nature Center

16 Car Roll In, Downtown Montgomery, 4-7 p.m.

18 Music at the Broz, New Prague, 6:30-8:30

18 Music in the Park, Memorial Park, Montgomery, 6 p.m. – The Solid Gold Band

18 Summer in the Valley, Music, Food, Activities, Downtown Main Street, Le Sueur, 5 p.m. -8 p.m.

19 4-H Dog Show


Summer Camp Week 6, Ney Nature Center

24 MN Fishing Youth Wednesday Night Derby, Lake Je erson, Cleveland, 4-8 pm

25 Hot Summer Nights, Waterville

25 Music at the Broz, New Prague, 6:30-8:30


90th Annual Kolacky Days Festival, Montgomery

27 Mud Girl Run – Obstacle Race Dedicated to Women, Caribou Gun Club, Le Sueur

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Hilltop Happenings Show, Hilltop Hall, Montgomery, 4-6 p.m.
TCU HS Student Art Open House
Le Center Area Fireman’s Dance, American Legion Club, Le Center
Center, 10-11:30
Tiny Trekkers, Ney Nature
Expedition, Ney
Center, 6-7
Day, TCU, Le Center
Car & Motorcycle Roll-in, Cleveland, 5 p.m.
10 Classic
Citywide garage
10-11 City-Wide Garage Sales, Cleveland 11 Mother’s Day Program, Ney Nature Center
Ney Nature Center, 10-11:30
14 Nature Detectives,
Lifelong Learner Series, Ney Nature Center, 12-1:30 p.m.
6 Mental Health Awareness, Multimedia Exhibit by Joe Deutsch, Montgomery Arts & Heritage Center
TCU HS Pops Concert - TCU HS PAC
City Wide Garage Sales, Waterville
Spring Fling, Waterville
TCU 5-8 District Band Concert, TCU HS PAC
Car Roll In, Downtown Montgomery, 4-7 p.m.
TCU 6-8 District Choir Concert, TCU HS PAC
TCU Honors Night
Kick o to Summer in the Park, Le Center
Hot Summer Nights, Waterville
Hilltop Happenings Show, Hilltop
Montgomery, 4-6
School Graduation,
31 TCU High
TCU HS Gym, 7 p.m.
SAL BBQ Contest, American Legion, Le Center
New Prague’s Ladies Night Out (Spring Event)
Lifelong Learner Series, Ney Nature Center, 12-1:30 p.m.
Music in the Park, Memorial Park, Montgomery, 6 p.m. – Colton Tupy and the Sand Creek Connection
Bullhead Days, Waterville
Family Expedition, Ney Nature Center, 10-11
- 13 Summer Camp Week 1, Ney Nature Center
12 MN Fishing Youth Wednesday Night Derby, Lake Washington, Kasota, 4-8 pm
Music at the Broz, New Prague, 6:30-8:30
13 Music in the Park, Memorial Park, Montgomery, 6 p.m. – Sawyer’s Dream
14 Classic Car & Motorcycle Roll-in, Cleveland, 5 p.m.
14-15 Cherry Creek Days, Cleveland


JULY 2024

29 19th Annual Veterans Golf Outing (New Prague Golf Club)

29-Aug 1 Summer Camp Week 7, Ney Nature Center

TBD Lifelong Learners Series, 12-1:30 p.m.


1 Music in the Park, Memorial Park, Montgomery, 6 p.m. – The Jolly Huntsmen

1 Czech Out New Prague, Memorial Park, 5-8 p.m.

1-8 Dan Carlisle Shooting Lessons, Caribou Gun Club, Le Sueur

2-4 Giant Days, Le Sueur

3 Giant Valley 5K, Le Sueur

6 National Night Out, Kasota Community Center

6 National Night Out, Cleveland

6 National Night Out, Memorial Park, Montgomery

7 MN Fishing Youth Wednesday Night Derby, Cedar Lake, New Prague, 4-8 pm

8 Music at the Broz, New Prague, 6:30-8:30

8 Music in the Park, Memorial Park, Montgomery, 6 p.m. – Brendon Stout

8 Meet in Montgomery Event Featuring Local Businesses & Organizations, Memorial Park, 4-7 p.m.

8 Le Center Chamber Golf Outing

9 Classic Car & Motorcycle Roll-in, Cleveland, 5 p.m.

9-10 Family Camp, Ney Nature Center

9-11 Ragnarok Sniper Challenge, Caribou Gun Club, Le Sueur

10 Kilkenny Fireman’s Annual Fundraiser ATV Ride

24 Carpenters Union Sporting Clays Event, Caribou Gun Club, Le Sueur

25 Hilltop Happenings Show, Hilltop Hall, Montgomery, 4-6 p.m.

14 MN Fishing Youth Wednesday Night Derby, Lake Tetonka/Sakatah, Waterville, 4-8 p.m.



15-18 Le Sueur County Free Fair, Le Center

15-18 Visit the Old Settler’s Cabin inside the Heritage Building next to the District 75 schoolhouse at the Le Sueur County Free Fair

20 Car Roll In, Downtown Montgomery, 4-7 p.m.

22 Music in the Park, Memorial Park, Montgomery, 6 p.m. – Schell’s Hobo Band

22 Hot Summer Nights, Waterville

23-24-25 51st Annual Pioneer Power Show, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day, located 6 miles East of Le Sueur, MN on Co Rd 26 & 33

29 Music in the Park, Memorial Park, Montgomery, 6 p.m. – Little Chicago

29 – Nov 2 Hispanic Heritage Exhibit, Montgomery Arts and Heritage Center

TBD Kilkenny’s Free School Supply Give-away, Kilkenny Library

TBD Tiny Trekkers, Nature Detectives, Family Expedition, Ney Nature Center


7 Kasota Fire Department Dance, Kasota

8 Sunday Harvest Picnic after Service at Little Stone Church, Bur Oak Park, Ottawa

13 Classic Car & Motorcycle Roll-in, Cleveland, 5 p.m.


17 Lifelong Learner Series, Ney Nature Center, 12 – 1:30 p.m.

17 Car Roll In, Downtown Montgomery, 4-7 p.m.



Half-Way to St. Paddy’s Day Celebration, Kilkenny

19 Dozinky Zero K and Bingo, Giesenbrau Bier Co

Dozinky Festival, New Prague

Classic Car Cruise, New Prague

25 Boy Scouts Sporting Clays Event, Caribou Gun Club, Le Sueur

28 Fall Festival, Ney Nature Center



Fall Wagon Ride, Ney Nature Center

Hilltop Happenings Show, Hilltop Hall, Montgomery, 4-6 p.m.

TBD Tiny Trekkers, Nature Detectives, Family Expedition, Ney Nature Center


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Street, Le Sueur, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Summer in the Valley, Music, Food, Activities, Downtown Main
in the Park, Memorial Park, Montgomery, 6
15 Music
p.m. – The Echo’s
Lifelong Learner Series, Ney Nature Center, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
New Prague Ladies Night Out (fall event)
Fall City Wide Garage Sales, Le Center
Halloween Camp Er’ Treat, Lake Washington Regional Park & Campground
Fall Wagon Ride, Ney Nature Center
Dad’s Belgian Wa e Breakfast, Montgomery Fire Hall, 8 a.m. - noon
WFD Fire Prevention Open House, Waterville

12 Fall Wagon Ride, Ney Nature Center

17 Lifelong Learner Series, Ney Nature Center, 12-1:30 p.m.

19 Fall Wagon Ride, Ney Nature Center

21 TCU HS Fall Concert, TCU HS PAC

25 Le Center PTO Kids Halloween Party, American Legion, 6-10 p.m.

26 Trick or Treat Drive-Through – Memorial Park, Montgomery

26 Trunk or Treat, Downtown Waterville

27 Hilltop Happenings Show, Hilltop Hall, Montgomery, 4-6 p.m.

31 Spook Trail, Sakatah Singing Hills Trail, Elysian

TBD Tiny Trekkers, Nature Detectives, Family Expedition, Ney Nature Center

TBD TCU Early Childhood Fire Safety Night

By Appt TCU Early Childhood Screening

TBD Community Education Literacy Night, TCU Le Center Primary

TBD Tiny Trekkers, Nature Detectives, Family Expedition, Ney Nature Center

TBD Le Sueur Night Out, Downtown Le Sueur


5 Torchlight Parade & Fireworks, Montgomery

6 Christmas in the Valley: Holiday Lights Parade, Tree Lighting Ceremony, Santa, Fireworks, Le Sueur

6 Holiday Parade of Lights & Celebration, New Prague, 6:30 p.m.

7 Christmas in Elysian/Parade


2-3 Holiday Shopping Opener, Waterville

7 – Jan 4 Holiday Boutique, Montgomery Arts & Heritage Center

9 Ney Nature Center Fall Fling

10 Veterans Day Breakfast, American Legion, 8-12 p.m.

11 TCU Veterans Day Programs

21 Lifelong Learner Series, Ney Nature Center, 12 – 1:30 p.m.



7 TCU Breakfast with Santa, ECFE @ High School

7 Holli Stories XI, Revival on Main, Montgomery

8 Svatý Mikuláš (St. Nicholas), Montgomery

16 TCU HS Band/Choir Concert, TCU HS PAC

19 Lifelong Learner Series, Ney Nature Center, 12 – 1:30 p.m.

26-27 Winter Explorers Camp, Ney Nature Center

30-31 Winter Explorers Camp, Ney Nature Center

TBD Santa at the Library, Kilkenny

TBD Cleveland Police and Cleveland Fire & Rescue

Santa Parade

TBD Tiny Trekkers, Nature Detectives, Family Expedition, Ney Nature Center


4 Snowshoeing Club, Ney Nature Center

9 Youth Nordic Ski Club, Ney Nature Center

11 Adult Nordic Ski Club, Ney Nature Center

16 Youth Nordic Ski Club, Ney Nature Center

16 Lifelong Learner Series, Ney Nature Center, 12 – 1:30 p.m.

18 Adult Nordic Ski Club, Ney Nature Center

23 Youth Nordic Ski Club, Ney Nature Center

25 Adult Nordic Ski Club, Ney Nature Center

30 Youth Nordic Ski Club, Ney Nature Center

Thursdays Chamber Bingo, New Prague Golf Club, 7-9 p.m.

TBD Tiny Trekkers, Nature Detectives, Family Expedition, Ney Nature Center

By Appt Early Childhood Screening, Spring –TCU Montgomery


2 American Legion Lake Francis Ice Fishing Contest, Elysian

6 Youth Nordic Ski Club, Ney Nature Center

13 Youth Nordic Ski Club, Ney Nature Center

15 Candlelight Event, Ney Nature Center

20 Lifelong Learner Series, Ney Nature Center, 12 – 1:30 p.m.

28 Ladies Night Out, Waterville

Thursdays Chamber Bingo, New Prague Golf Club, 7-9 p.m.

TBD Tiny Trekkers, Nature Detectives, Family Expedition, Ney Nature Center

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Montgomery, 4-6 p.m.
Small Business Saturday, New Prague
Hollydaze Winter Festival/Parade, Le Center
TCU @ Hollydaze Winter Festival, Le Center
Small Business Saturday, Elysian
Magic on Main, Waterville
Small Business Saturday, Montgomery
22 Le Center Sportsmen Club Soup/Chili Feed 24 Hilltop
Cleveland Toys for Tots
TCU Fall Musical, TCU HS PAC



Farmers Markets

Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon May-October: New Prague Farmers Market, East Town Plaza

Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon June-October: Le Sueur Farmers Market, N. Second Street

Thursdays from 4-7 p.m. June 6-Oct. 10: Memorial Park, Montgomery. There will be no market on Thursday, July 25.

Tuesdays and Fridays from 3-6 p.m. July-September: Waterville Farmers Market on Common Street near the high school football field.

Village 55 – Le Center Area Seniors Gather for Social Activity – Le Center Ambulance Hall, 136 S Cordova Ave, Le Center. Bingo is 1st Thursday Monthly at 2 p.m. Exercise is Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10-11 a.m. Entertainment is 3rd Thursday Monthly at 2 p.m.


April 16: At 6 p.m. 4-H Building on Le Sueur County Fairgrounds, Le Sueur Historical Society Annual Meeting, Election of New Board Members

May: Memorial Day Sunday 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Ottawa Stone Church Open for the summer: Sundays last Sunday in May to first Sunday in September

June: Every Friday and Saturday afternoon from 1-4 p.m.

Genealogy Center in Elysian telephone: 507-267-4091

Sundays 1-4 p.m. Ottawa Church

July 4th Independence Day Open House 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Genealogy Center in Elysian. Free ice cold water and frozen treats.

July: Every Friday and Saturday afternoon from 1-4 p.m.

Genealogy Center in Elysian telephone: 507-267-4091

Aug. 15-18: Le Sueur County Fairgrounds, Old Settlers Log Cabin / Heritage Building and the restored District #75 one room country Schoolhouse

September: (First Sunday) Final Day of the Season at the Ottawa Stone Church 1-4 p.m.

September (Second Sunday) Ottawa Stone Church Service 12:30 p.m. and Ottawa Community Harvest Picnic following in Bur Oak Park, Ottawa, Minnesota (Ottawa Town Hall if inclement weather)


Lake Washington Regional Park and Campground – Each Saturday from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Saturday Park Explorer’s will take place within the campground. Each week will feature a new family friendly educational, nature, park, or outdoor recreation activity.

August: Every Friday and Saturday afternoon from 1-4 p.m.

Genealogy Center in Elysian telephone: 507-267-4091

For a full line-up of family activities at Lake Washington Regional Park & Campground and other Le Sueur County Parks, please check our Facebook pages at Facebook.com/LeSueurCountyParks and facebook.com/ LakeWashingtonRegionalParkCampground

Check artsandheritagecenter.org or Facebook: ArtsandHeritageCenterofMontgomery for events at The Arts & Heritage Center of Montgomery. Arts & Heritage Center programs made possible by grants from Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council and local donors.

Le Sueur County Meetings can be found here: co.le-sueur. mn.us/calendar.aspx

Waterville City Beach opens – mid-June to mid-August

Check facebook.com/MontgomeryMNPublicLibrary/ or cityofmontgomerymn.com/montgomery-public-library for all Library events.

Annual Book Sale – Date TBD

Waseca-Le Sueur Library Events can be found at: wasecalesueurlibraries.com/events/

Czech Heritage Club sponsored free public programs held in Czech Country Minnesota, dates TBD. Check czechheritageclub.com or our Facebook page for updated information.

Edward S. Curtis Native American Photograph Exhibit. An 1880s Le Sueur County, Cordova & Elysian resident. Over 95 enhanced archival prints at Park Avenue Gallery in Le Center. Open January through December 2024. Hours Tuesdays & Fridays 11 a.m.

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to 3 p.m. Latest technology small town atmoshere! Dr. David Tycast Cleanings * Fillings Implants * Restorations Le Sueur Family Dental 219 South 2nd Street • Le Sueur • 507-665-6812 www.lesueurfamilydental.com

City Name: City of Cleveland

Population: 780

Incorporated: 1904

City Of ce: 205 4th Street, P.O. Box 309, Cleveland MN, 56017, (507) 931-6380 clevelandmn.govof ce2.com

Post Of ce: 309 Broadway Street, Cleveland MN, 56017, (507) 931-4360

Facebook pages: Cleveland MN; Cleveland Police Department; Cleveland Fire Rescue; Cleveland Muni


City Wide Garage Sales happens every year on the same weekend in May as the shing opener. You can nd details on the City of Cleveland website and Facebook page when the event gets closer.

Cherry Creek Days – An annual celebration set for June 14-15, 2024, includes a car show, teen dance, grand parade, kid’s carnival, open house at the re hall with pork chop dinner, bean bag tournament, kid’s water ghts and street dance. Visit the Cherry Creek Days Facebook page for additional information.

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. Roll-ins are scheduled the second Friday of the month at 5 p.m. May through September. Visit the Cleveland Muni Facebook page for additional information.


Toys for Tots – During the holiday season, the Cleveland Fire & Rescue continues the tradition of the Toys for Tots Toy Drive in honor of Everly Hewitt. Information can be found on the Cleveland Fire Rescue Facebook page.

Santa Parade – In December, the Cleveland Police and Cleveland Fire & Rescue will hold their Annual Santa Parade. Information will be on the city website and Facebook page as the date grows closer.

Christmas Lighting Contest – In December, head to Cleveland and check out the residential Christmas Lights. Every year we hold a Christmas Lighting Contest so come to town to see all the wonderful Christmas holiday lights decorating.


Church of Christ - 900 State Hwy 99, Cleveland, MN 56017, 507-931-5924

Church of Nativity - 45 Main Street, Cleveland, MN 56017, 507-931-2560

Our Saviors Lutheran Church - 305 6th Street, Cleveland, MN 56017, 507-931-1564


Anders Early Learning Center, 309 10th Street, Cleveland MN 56017, (507) 931-0077. In the summer of 2022, Anders added a brand new addition to the Learning Center due to the ever-growing need of child care.

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125 N Main • Le Sueur 665-2630 110 S Lexington • Le Center 357-4424 www.radermachers.com e’re the Right Place to Shop We’re the Right Place to Shop for Your Family!
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Community & Visitors Guide 2024 | 25 of genuine hospitality In pursuit 50 Rooms • Entirely Non-Smoking 3 Fireplace Suites • 4 Whirlpool Suites • Indoor Pool & Whirlpool Refrigerators and microwaves in Ever y Room FREE High Speed Inter net FREE Hot Homestyle Breakfast 70 0 Nor th Minnesota Ave ., St. Peter, MN 507-931-6554


City Name: Elysian

Population: 724

Incorporated: 1884

City Of ce: 110 West Main Street, 507267-4708


Chamber of Commerce: 100 Third Street SW


Library: 132 East Main Street 507-267-4411(address and number)

Post Of ce: 120 East Main Street 507-267-4477


Fourth of July – Features one of the largest parades in southern Minnesota, turtle races, vintage car, truck and motorcycle show, kids shing contest, street dances, medallion hunt, pancake breakfast, kids pedal pull, bingo and silent auction, volleyball tournament and reworks. Concession and beer garden. Visit elysianmn.com for more details.

Spook Trail – Sakatah Singing Hills Trail comes alive October 31 with ghosts and goblins as families trick-or-treat along the trail. After, enjoy hot dogs and chips at the re hall.

Elysian’s Small Business Saturday

November 30 – Come shop and support local vendors. Lots of unique gifts just in time for Christmas gift giving.

Christmas in Elysian

– Held the rst Saturday in December. Start off at the Fire Hall with a pancake breakfast, shopping with Mr. and

Mrs. Claus, and fun games and activities for children up to Grade 3 and their families. In the evening, a parade lights up Main Street followed by BINGO in the re hall.

American Legion Lake Francis Ice Fishing Contest February 2nd – Compete for prizes, participate in drawings and eat homemade stew at the event held the rst Sunday in February. Hosted by the American Legion SAL Post 311.

Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail – Resurfaced in 2020. In 1991, a group of 25 Elysianites began a fouryear effort to lobby local legislators to fund blacktopping of the 39-mile trail. A wayside rest built along the trail in Elysian is reminiscent of an earlier train depot there. Visit dnr.state.mn.us.

City Park and Beach – Updated playground, sand volleyball courts, ball eld, beach and picnic shelters on the south shore of Lake Francis. Parking and restrooms.

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Lake Tustin Park – Quiet dog-friendly park with picnic shelter, horseshoes and non-motorized public access to Lake Tustin.

Sunset Park – 4+ acre park with picnic tables and Veterans Memorial.


Elysian Sports Court is open. Located on 5th Street NW just off the Sakatah Trail and next to Sunset Park. Tennis, Pickle Ball, and Basketball. Fun for the entire family.


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

Elysian United Methodist Church - 201 NW Fourth St., 507-234-5350

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

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w w w . c i t y o f l e c e n t e r . c o m Find YOUR way to relax in Le Center! Community Pool – Quaint Main Street – Classic Architecture – Local Shops


City Name: Heidelberg

Population: 137

Incorporated: (1894)

City Of ce: PO Box 253, 31552 181st Ave., New Prague, MN 56071, 952-290-0567, cityofheidelbergmn.com


The Heidelberg Park Pavilion is available for rent April through October. Includes access to the baseball eld, tennis court, volleyball court, horseshoe pit and playground area.

The pavilion has a full kitchen with indoor/outdoor tables & chairs. Contact Tracy Odenthal for more details at (507) 364-5766.

St. Scholastica Catholic Church - 31511 - 181st Avenue - (952) 758-4642

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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 Centerlocated 4 miles south of Le Sueur on Cty road #36 Blue Earth County Household Hazardous Waste Facility651 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 507-381-9196 • al.christensen@co.nicollet.mn.us www.tricountyr ecycling.org

Population: 966

Incorporated: 1854 (founded 1878)

City Of ce: 600 Main St., 507-248-3234, henderson-mn.com


Classic Car Roll-ins – 5 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday from late May through September. Visit hendersonrollin.com.

Post Of ce: 500 Main St., 507-248-3636 Chamber of Commerce: henderson-mn.com/ chamber.html

Library: 110 S Sixth St., 507-248-3880


Allanson’s Park – Fifteen developed campsites, a picnic shelter with restrooms and showers, playground and walking trail. 500 South St.

Joseph R. Brown Minnesota River Center –On the second oor 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 – 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 – This 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 hendersonhummingbirdhurrah. com.

Heritage Days – The annual event is held the third weekend in September. Visit henderson-mn.com/ heritage-days.html.

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 neycenter.org.


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 Rd.


Minnesota New Country School - 210 Main St., 507-248-3353, newcountryschool.com


Sibley Medical Clinic - 505 Main St., 507-248-3433

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City Name: Kasota

Population: 714

Incorporated: 1858

City Of ce: 200 N Webster St., 507-931-3290, kasotamn.govof ce2.com

Post Of ce: 140 Cherry St., 507-931-5720


Firemen’s Dance – Annual event set for Sept. 7 celebrates the Kasota Fire Department’s anniversary. Music, food and refreshments through the evening. Visit Kasota Fire Department on Facebook.

Kasota Prairie Scienti c and Natural Area

– Situated on a rock terrace 70 feet above the Minnesota River Valley is this 42-acre scienti c 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 scienti c, 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.

National Night Out – August 6, 2024 at the Community Center, food and activities.

Annual City Street Dance – June 22, 2024 in front of the Community Center

Parks – Visit our two parks and stop by the zoo to feed the goats.


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

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City Name: Kilkenny

Population: 184

Incorporated: 1883 (founded 1856)

City Of ce: 156 S. Laurel Ave.; 507-595-3999; City Cell: 507-491-6597; kilkennymn.com

Community Center/Library: 288 S. Laurel Ave.

Post Of ce: 156 S. Laurel Ave.; 507-595-2700



Kilkenny Fireman’s Annual ATV Ride/Raf e Fundraiser – Held on Saturday, Aug. 10 with registration at Little Irishman’s Park at 10 a.m. and leaving on a route to be determined around noon. A raf e for a brand new 4-wheeler will be held in connection with the ride. The drawing for the raf e winner will be held at the end of the ride. Please check the City website for details closer to the event for any possible changes.

Halfway to St. Paddy’s Day Celebration – Held on Sept. 14 and 15 for the formal twinning with sister city, Kilkenny, Ireland. Activities start with a 3-mile fun run/walk, followed by a car show, parade, the famous toilet bowl races and nish up with the best reworks show around. There are craft and food vendors and entertaining bands throughout the day. If you don’t have any Irish in you when you come, you will by the time you leave.

Free School Supply Giveaway – 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. Please check the City website for dates and details.

Santa at the Library – The Kilkenny American Legion and Auxiliary, along with the Kilkenny Fire Department sponsor this event in December. Check the City website for date and details closer to the event. Besides getting to visit with Santa, the kids get a goodie bag and can complete a Christmas craft while they wait.


Church of St. Canice Catholic Church - 183 W. Maple St.; 507-595-2561

St. John’s Lutheran Church - 158 N. Laurel; 9:30 a.m. Sunday Services

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le center

Population: 2,504

Incorporated: 1890

City Of ce: 10 W. Tyrone St. 507-357-4450, cityo ecenter.com

Post Of ce: 91 N. Park Ave., 507-357-4979

Chamber of Commerce: 10 W. Tyrone St., 507-357-6737

Public Library: 10 W. Tyrone St., 507-357-6792, cityo ecenter.com/community/library

Municipal pool: 205 E. Derrynane Ave, 507-357-6344


2024 Le Sueur County St. Patrick’s Celebration – Follow on Facebook for the most current information as well as any changes to events: @lcstpats. The Queen Candidate Talent Show is March 9 at the Le Center. Coronation is on March 15. The parade through town begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 16, with a rally following at the Le Center American Legion.

Easter Egg Hunt and ECFE Vehicle Fair – The dual events are held the Saturday before Easter. Line up 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 Center Area Fireman’s Dance – This is held every year in May. This event is hosted by the Le Center Fire Department, in which the members go door-todoor selling tickets.

Le Sueur County Sheriff’s Posse Trail Ride – Held Father’s Day weekend, 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, 507-357-8152.

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/ ea market each April. Both are north of Le Center on County Road 26. Visit pioneerpowershow.com.

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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 oats, and the parade is highlighted by a visit from Santa, who ends the evening in the Courthouse Park Pavilion visiting with children.


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

Seventh Day Adventist Church - 190 S. Park St., 507-357-6161


Central Health Care - 444 North Cordova Ave –507-357-2275

Horizon Place - 510 Commerce Drive –507-357-2262

Carriage House Senior Living - 175 East

Derrynane – 507-357-0100

Centennial Plaza - 76 South Lexington Ave–507-357-6444

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Le Center Municipal Liquor Bar & Off Sale Celebrating? Don’t forget to see us for ALL your party needs! Open: Mon-Sat 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sundays open at 11 a.m. Happy Hour: Mon-Fri 3:30 to 6:30 Offering “Quantity Discounts” every day! 20 North Waterville Ave., Le Center, MN Phone: 507-357-4451 Email: becky.vikla@cityoflecenter.com Follow us on Facebook: @LC Muni

le sueur

City Name: Le Sueur

Population: 4,179

Incorporated: 1853

City Of ce: 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 Of ce: 202 North Main Street, Le Sueur, 56058


Giant Celebration – a three-day annual community celebration that takes place on the rst full weekend in August. All three days many activities are planned for young and old. Sunday crowds line the 90+ unit Giant Celebration Parade at 1:00 p.m. After the parade is the Giant Corn Feed. Approximately 8-10 tons of corn donated by Seneca and rolled in butter donated by Crystal Farms is served. Giant Celebration would not be the success it is without the help of all the people who put it together.

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Summer in the Valley – held the 3rd Thursday of June, July, and August from 5-8 p.m.

Christmas in the Valley – Holiday Lights Parade, Tree Lighting Ceremony, Santa, and Fireworks – the rst Friday of December.


St. Anne’s Catholic Church, 217 N 3rd St. 507-665-3811

First Lutheran Church, 116 Inner Drive, 507-665-2615

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church (WELS), 229 S 6th St. 507-665-3477

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United Methodist Church, 730 S 6th St., 507-665-2314

Word of Life Church, 890 Kingsway Drive, 507-665-6393

Iglesia El Cordero De Dios, 404 Turril St., 651-230-5245

Zion United Methodist Church of Christ, 240 Elmwood Ave., 507-665-6441


Le Sueur Nursery School, Inc., 812 S Sixth St., 507-665-2028

St. Anne’s Catholic School, 511 N Fourth St., 507-665-2486-9


Ridgeview Le Sueur Medical Center, 621 S 4th St., 507-665-3375


French Meadow Place, 105 Plum Run, 507-665-2499

Hillside Court, 220 Risedorph St., 507-6665-3932

Oak Terrace Senior Living of Le Sueur, 811 S. 4th St., 507-593-8500

Sunrise Plaza, 600 S 5th St., 507-665-8660

Ridgeview Le Sueur Nursing & Rehab., 621 S. 4th St., 507-665-8695


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City Name: City of Montgomery

Population: 3,249

Incorporated: 1858

City Of ce: 201 Ash Avenue SW, Montgomery, MN 56069. 507-364-8888


Chamber of Commerce: PO Box 193, Montgomery, MN 56069. 507-291-5466


Library: 104 Oak Ave SW, Montgomery, MN 56069. 507-364-7615

Post Of ce: 156 Elm Ave SE, Montgomery, MN 56069. 507-364-8777


There are many things to see and do in Montgomery, from the award winning, one of a kind “Beatles” themed golf course to the historic downtown. The downtown area was added to the registry of historic places in 2021. The Downtown area also features two individual buildings that are listed on the National Registry of Historic Buildings – Hill Top Hall, located at 206 First St. N. and the Westerman Lumber Building, now housing a pizzeria, at 201 First St. S. While strolling downtown, stop at the Montgomery Mural depicting the history of Montgomery. Or have your picture taken at one of the many “butter y” wings on display on various buildings in the downtown. The mural, located at 204 First St. S., was funded and sponsored by the Montgomery Area Community Club, Montgomery Arts and Heritage Center, Montgomery Community Foundation, and Montgomery Historical Society.

Enjoy the outdoors at one of the many city parks for year-round activities. Memorial Park, located at 500 Fifth Street SE is one of the city’s main park facilities. During the summer, enjoy a Mallards baseball game. Pitch horseshoes or play sand volleyball in one of

three courts. On Thursdays, starting in late May, visit the Farmers Market from 4-7 p.m., then stay for some entertaining free music in the park starting at 6 p.m. and going until 8 p.m. Also in Memorial Park is the historic log cabin, dating back to 1928. The cabin was restored with a new roof and other work in 2022. The project was completed by the Montgomery Historical Society with assistance from the Montgomery Area Community Club and nancial assistance from the City.

Northside Park features two upgraded tennis courts and four pickle ball courts. Watch youth softball or baseball or enjoy the new play structure featuring facilities for children of all ages. In the winter, come out to the newly renovated hockey rink.

Our newest and largest park by area is North Ridge Recreational Area. This area has about 2.5 miles of looping trails through restored prairie and soon to

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be restored wetlands. In the winter, strap on your snowshoes or skies, or bring your sled for some exciting rides down the sledding hill.

Montgomery is also home to many celebrations and events highlighting the area’s Czech history and heritage.

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 rst weekend in May in Heritage Park.


Kolacky Days is the City’s premier festival celebrating its Czech heritage and takes place on the last full weekend in July. This event runs for three days and culminates in the Grand Day Parade. Visitors can enjoy a wide variety of activities from the classic car show, food, and 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 for more information.

Torchlight Parade and Fireworks - Lights and music ll the air as the parade, held the Thursday after Thanksgiving, winds its way through downtown on December 5, 2024. The smell of kettle corn abounds at the end of the route where the reworks begin. Set to holiday music, the display is a spectacular way to end the evening. You can visit montgomerymn.org/torchlight-parade- reworks to learn more.

Svatý Mikuláš (St. Nicholas) celebrated on the rst Sunday of December, when the tradition of St. Nicholas, the Angel, and the Devil continues. These three characters quiz children and all good children are given a bag full of treats. Music, dancing, door prizes, and Czech foods are there for everyone’s enjoyment. Highlighting the event is the “Czech Country Market” with Czech merchandise and a bakery.

Masopust is the Czech Mardi Gras celebrated the weekend before Ash Wednesday. The Masopust king reigns over the celebration where a goodbye is said to meat for Lent. 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.

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Boulevard of Flags and Veterans Memorials

– Flags, in tribute to area veterans, line Boulevard Avenue and First Street North. This route is designated ‘Veterans Memorial Way’. In addition, tributes to many area veterans are af xed to buildings lining First Street. Be sure to stop and visit the displays and tributes at the Veterans Memorial about a block from State Highway 13 on Boulevard Avenue NW.

Music in the Park – The Montgomery Park Advisory Board hosts free music in Memorial Park. Events occur every Thursday starting in late May through August, except for the week of Kolacky Days. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy a wide variety of music. Visit www.cityofmontgomerymn.com for information on the 2024 schedule.

Car-roll-in – The Montgomery 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. Additional information can be found at www. montgomerymnchamber.com.

Meet in Montgomery – Meet in Montgomery is a fun, family-friendly event featuring businesses and organizations in the Montgomery area community. Held in partnership with the Montgomery Farmer’s Market, this event typically takes place on the second Thursday in August from 4-7 p.m. Join us for music, activities, and food. Find more information at www.montgomerymnchamber.com.

Franke’s Kolacky Bakery – Montgomery’s oldest family business celebrating over 100 years of business in the same location. Home to delicious baked goods of all kinds and world-famous Czech kolacky.

Montgomery Brewery – Located in the original brewery building that is over 130 years old, they serve small batch craft beers by the glass or growler.

Montgomery Orchard – Located about 1-mile south of town is the Montgomery Orchard. They

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offer 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 only “Beatles”-themed championship 18-hole course and boasts a new simulator on site. Montgomery National Golf Club, where a passion for golf, music, and the Beatles, create a unique experience. While there, check out the yellow submarine. Greens fees for 9 and 18 holes. Visit montgomerynationalgolf.com.

Next Chapter Winery – Located about 1-mile north of town is Next Chapter Winery. This boutique winery crafts barrel-aged wine and offers events from wine tastings to evenings lled with musical entertainment. Visit nextchapterwinery.com.


Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church

206 Vine Avenue W. 507-364-7981

St. John Lutheran Church

105 Spruce Avenue NW. 507-364-5002 PRIVATE


Most Holy Redeemer Catholic School

205 Vine Avenue W – 507-364-7383

Mayo Clinic Health System Montgomery

501 4th Street NW – 507-364-5600

Geoffrey Iverson, DDS

223 1st Street S – 507-364-7424

Montgomery Family Chiropractic

317 1st Street S – 507-364-7500

Montgomery Family Dental

110 1st Street N – 507-364-8001

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new prague

City Name: City of New Prague

Population: 8,340

Incorporated 1877, Settled: 1856

City Of ce: 118 Central Ave. N, 952-758-4401 ci.new-prague.mn.us

Community Center/Ice Arena: 100 12th St. NW, 952-758-7825

New Prague Fitness and Aquatic Center: 410 Central Ave. N., 952-758-1753

Chamber of Commerce, 101 E Main St. 952-758-4360, newprague.com

Library: 400 E Main St., 952-496-8026

Post Of ce: 124 Main St. E., 952-758-7678

demonstrations and many local businesses showcasing what they have to offer to the local community with interactive activities. It’s fun for the whole family! In 2024, the New Prague Chamber will partner with the New Prague Arts Council on the event and bring music into the park for part of their music series.


Run New Prague – The Chamber-sponsored event held on May 4, 2024, will include a 5k, Kids Color Run and Push, Pedal, Pull event. Visit runnewprague.com or Run New Prague on Facebook.

Czech Out New Prague – New Prague’s business and community expo will take place on Thursday, August 1, 2024, from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. in Memorial Park, sponsored by the New Prague Chamber. The New Prague Fire Department organizes a Jr. Fire Fighter Challenge, where there are local

Classic Car Cruise – The Car Cruise features approximately 400 vintage cars and trucks. Following the cruise, many of the cars are displayed on Main Street. After, there’s a beer garden with live music on Central Ave N. The event will take place on Friday, September 20, 2024.

Dozinky Festival – Czech harvest festival, patterned after the “old country” original, is held Sept. 19– 21, 2024. Festivities will center on Main Street, which will be closed to traf c. The event kicks off with Chamber bingo, Dožínky Zero K, and Classic 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, kid’s activities, and the Czech Heritage Village will line Main Street. Ethnic bands, singers and dancers perform on two stages. Mouth-watering ethnic and harvest treats to tempt every palate. Visit newprague.com, Dozinky Festival and Car Cruise, and the New Prague Chamber of Commerce on Facebook @newpraguechamber.

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Follow us @newpraguechamber to stay up-to-date on community events and programs. Visit us online! www.newprague.com info@newprague.com 101 East Main St. 952-758-4360

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Ladies Night Out – Ladies Night Out will take place in the spring and fall of 2024! Join us on Thursday, June 6 and Thursday, October 3 in 2024 for a fun night of shopping, prizes, and dressing up!

New Prague’s Holiday Parade of Lights & Celebration – The event takes place in New Prague on the rst Friday in December every year as a kickoff to the shop local holiday promotions. In 2024, the event will be held on Friday, December 6 starting with a parade at 6:30 p.m. along Main Street and ends at Memorial Park for Santa, tree lighting, hot cocoa, and reworks. St. Wenceslaus will feature a live nativity scene prior to the festivities.

A full reconstruction of Main Street in the downtown area occurred during 2020/2021 with nishing touches completed in 2022 along with the brandnew Central Plaza on the corner of Central Ave. N. and Main Street.

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 Georgian-revival 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, inseason produce, baked goods, jams, jellies, and honey. Open Saturdays from May to October in the East Town Plaza parking lot.

Parks and trails – Nine city parks include ball elds, 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 shing. 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 xture for over 90 years. Visit newpraguegolf.com.


Household Organics Site – The City of New Prague opened a household organics site in October of 2023 that is open to all residents of

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Scott County and Le Sueur County. There is no cost to use the site which is located at 1503 Columbus Ave. N. To receive a key to use the site and for more information, please visit https://www.ci.new-prague. mn.us/index.asp?SEC=45403617-5029-4035A38A-465867105FD4. This site was made possible with the assistance of the Scott County Local Recycling Development Grant and the Brass Tacks Initiative.

Spirit of Life Church - 530 W. 280th St., 952-758-2894

Word of Life Church - 830 4th Ave SW 507-665-6393

House of Grace Biblical Church201 Central Ave. N.


Holy Cross Catholic School6100 37th St W, Webster, MN 55088 952-652-6100


St. Wenceslaus Catholic School227 Main St. E., New Prague, 952-758-3133, swsaints.org


New Prague - Mayo Clinic Health Systems

Hospital/Urgent Care - 301 2nd St. NE, 952-758-4431

Towering To Our Future – The Towering to Our Future art installation was recently restored, rebuilt and relocated and now sits in front of the New Prague Memorial Library at 400 Main Street E. Project artist Kiersten Dahl-Shetka worked with various community members to create this wonderful artwork which now has a very prominent location for all to see.


Calvary Church – PO Box 185, 952-758-4862

Community Baptist Church - 500 County Road 37, 952-758-3287

FaithPoint Lutheran Church - 1051 W 270th St, 952-758-6297

Friedens Evangelical Lutheran - 28983 181st Ave., 952-758-2828

HillSpring Church - 200 E. 280th St., 952-7584151

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church - 1300 Main St. E, 952-758-3513

NewDay Church - 1201 1st 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., 952-758-3225

Clinic - 212 County Road 37, 952-758-4461

Parkview Medical Clinic1400 1st St. NE, 952-758-2535


Mala Strana - 1001 Columbus Ave. N., 952-395-3100

Praha Village - 1100 1st Street SE, 952-855-8855


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 - 116 First Ave NW, 952-758-4610 (55 units – senior/55 & over – no income guidelines)

Millpond Apartments - 210 First St. NW, 952-758-4333 (HUD assisted, 62 & older, handicapped)


Early Childhood Academy – New Prague – 1501 First Street NE, 952-758-5437

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st. peter

Population: 12,066

Incorporated: 1873 (founded 1853)

City Of ce: 227 S Front St., 507-934-4840

Community Center: 600 S Fifth St., 507-934-0667

Chamber of Commerce: 101 S Front St, 507-9343400, stpeterchamber.com

Library: 601 S Washington Ave., 507-934-7420

Post Of ce: 300 S Third St., 507-931-1950

Senior Center: 600 South Fifth, St. Suite 219, 507-934-7434


Arts Center of Saint Peter -Exhibitions, performances, classes and outreach. Public galleries. Visit artscentersp.org.

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.

Old-Fashioned Fourth of July – Parade, picnic in Minnesota Square, food, activities, music, classic cars and reworks. Visit www.stpeterchamber.com/4th-of-july.

Nicollet County Free Fair – The 2024 fair is scheduled for August 7-11, 2024. 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 Of ce’s Polar Plunge, bene ting Special Olympics. Visit stpeterchamber.com.

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.

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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


River’s Edge Hospital - 1900 N Sunrise Dr., 507-931-2200

Mayo Clinic Health System St Peter - 1900 N


John Ireland School - 1801 Broadway Ave., 507- 931-2810

Saint Peter Lutheran School, 427 W. Mulberry St., 507-931-1866

Sunrise Dr, Suite 200, 507-931- 2110

Mankato Clinic Daniels Health Center – 1900

N. Old Minnesota Ave., 507-934-2325


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

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City Name: Waterville

Population: 1,868

Incorporated: 1898

City Of ce: 200 Third Street S., 507-362-8300, cityofwaterville.com

Chamber of Commerce: 507-461-9490

Library: 210 Paquin Street E., 507-362-8462

Post Of ce: 125 Third Street N., 507-362-4648


Bullhead Days - The annual summer celebration, from June 7-9, includes reworks, bingo, carnival rides, great food, kids shing contest and several sporting events. Visit watervillemn.com

Hot Summer Nights – May 23, June 27, July 25, August 22-- 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 is on October 6.

Holiday Season Shopping Opener – November 2-3.

Sakatah Singing Hills State Park/Trail - The 39mile 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 sheries management, 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 eld.

City Beach - Open mid-June to mid-August. Located at 617 Reed St. N.


WFD Big Bass tournament – June 8, 2024 from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Prizes for the biggest sh and biggest ve sh. Location: Waterville City Beach.


Cannonville Community Church – 20092 Tetonka Lake Rd., 507-461-2690

First Baptist - 14534 State Hwy. 60, 507-362-4314

Holy Trinity Catholic - 506 Common St., 507-362-4311

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St. Andrew’s Episcopal - 210 Lake St. W, 507-362-8073

Trinity Lutheran - 415 Lake St. W, 507-362-4454

Waterville Evangelical United Methodist319 Main St. E, 507-362-4379


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

Northern Lights Dental - Dr. William Struve, 204 S. Fourth St., 507-362-8474


Traditions of Waterville - 117 Paquin St. E. 507-362-4155

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area churches GRACE EV. LUTHERAN 80 YEARS OF GOD’S GRACE Sunday worship 9 am 229 S. 6th St. Le Sueur MN 56058 507-665-3477 gracelutheran.lesueur@gmail.com https://gracelesueur.church/
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