Le Sueur Community Guide 2023

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Le Sueur

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2 | Le Sueur County contents 4 6 8 14 18 23 24 26 28 29 30 31 32 34 38 41 44 46 County Profile History Outdoor Recreation 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 Elected Officials Association. www.lesueurcountynews.com P.O. Box 142, Le Sueur, MN 56058 Phone: 507-665-3332 Regional Editor Philip Weyhe Creative Services: Kate Townsend-Noet Regional Advertising Director: Tom Kelling Multimedia Sales Consultants: Kathleen Davies, Vitoria Rud and Andrea White
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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, 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 8,248 (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 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.

In 2019, Le Sueur County unveiled its largest facilities project in history with a

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new Justice Center building, just off 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.

Government Center

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


Administration: 507-357-8532

Assessor: 507-357-8213

Auditor-Treasurer: 507-357-8282

Emergency Management: 507-357-8395

Environmental Services: 507-357-8538, 515 S Maple Ave, Le Center

Highway Department: 507-357-2251

Human Services: 507-357-8288

Justice Center: 435 East Derrynane St, Le Center

Le Sueur County SWCD: 507-419-0365, ext. 3; www.lesueurswcd.org

License Bureau: 507-357-2251, (Road tests appointments in Le Center, visit drive.mn.gov)

Parks: 507-357-8201

Public Health: 507-357-8246, 130 S Park Ave., Le Center

Recorder: 507-357-8269

Sheriff’s Office: 507-357-4440, (non-emergency)

U of M Extension: 507-357-8230

Veterans Services: 507-357-8279


Le Sueur County Historical Society

P.O. Box 123

Le Center, MN

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.


Le Sueur County Genealogy Center

Open spring, summer, fall, Thursday, Friday & Saturdays, 1-5 p.m.

Other days by appointment made in advance.

301 NE Second St., Elysian

W.W. Mayo House Methodist Church Building in Cleveland, MN houses many of the Le Sueur Museum artifacts.

118 N. Main St., Le Sueur

Le Sueur County County Fairgrounds

Log Cabin and District #75 Schoolhouse located here


Lake Area Historians – Elysian

Ottawa Historians – Ottawa (Oversee Ottawa Stone Church)


Geldner Saw Mill

46542 Beaver Dam Road, Cleveland

Listed on Natural Register of Historic Places

Lake Washington Regional Park and Campground

47102 Washington Park Road, Kasota

Ottawa Stone Church

39024 Whittier St., Ottawa

Shanaska Creek Bridge

Located within the Lake Washington Regional Park area

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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 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.”

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 1994-95. 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, 28,674 (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 (19222008) and excerpts from the book, “Le Sueur, Town on the River.”

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outdoor recreation

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

City Name: Le Sueur County Parks City Office: 88 South Park Ave., Le Center, 507-357-8201, 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 self-guided 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

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

Lake Washington Regional Park and Campground: Join us in mid-October on a date TBD for our fifth annual Halloween Camp Er’ Treat. The public can get a head start on Trick Er’ Treating by visiting the campers within the campground. 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.

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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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

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 for $10 per night.

35194 Clear Lake Lane, Le Center

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

46542 Beaver Dam Road, Cleveland

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

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.

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

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

Lake Jefferson 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

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 recreating outside, enjoying a lake, the sand, or having a picnic.

18608 Beach Lane, Le Center

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outdoor recreation

Lake Washington Regional Park and Campground

This 164 acre regionally designated park and campground is located on one mile of Lake Washington’s shoreline.

country skiing. Opening in the spring of 2023 will be 1.5 miles of paved trails with exploration stops, along with a small beach redevelopment. 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, call 507-995-1161. Lake Washington Regional Park and Campground – Join in mid-October on a date TBD for the fifth annual Halloween Camp Er’ Treat. The public can get a head start on Trick Er’ Treating by visiting the campers within the 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.

47102 Washington Park Road, Kasota

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

Ney Nature Center

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

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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.

28238 Nature Center Lane, Henderson

507-248-3474 • www.neycenter.corg


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 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 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 507-357-8201.

35674 173rd Ave, Montgomery


Geldner Saw Mill

46542 Beaver Dam Road, Cleveland, MN

Listed on Natural Register of Historic Places

Shanaska Creek Bridge

Lake Washington Regional Park and Campground

47102 Washington Park Road, Kasota, MN

Sakatah Lake State Park

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.

50499 Sakatah Lake State Park Road, Waterville 507-362-4438 • dnr.state.mn.us

Sakatah Singing Hills Trail

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.

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.

County snowmobile trail map: lesueursnowtrails.org.

New Prague area snowmobile trail map: newpraguesnowdrifters.com.

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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: 507-931-5953, cleveland.k12.mn.us/page/2482

Little Clippers Preschool: 507-931-5953, 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

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

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TheLeSueur-HendersonPublicSchoolsBelieve: Thatcollaborationbetweenthehome,theschool, andthecommunityhasapositiveimpacton studentsuccess;

Thateveryonedeservesasafeandrespectful schoolenvironment;

Thatallstudentsdeservetheopportunityto learnandsucceed,includingournewprogramsAviation,Agriculture,Nursing; Thatdiversityenrichestheindividual,school,and community;

Thateducationalexcellencerequireseffective leadership,highexpectations,andteamwork; Inup-to-datefacilitiesandtheresponsible utilizationofresources,includingthenew PreK-5ElementaryBuilding;

Saint Peter Public Schools



Ineducatingthewholechild-academically, socially,physicallyandemotionally; Incontinuousimprovementand a growthmindset; Inanindividualized,rigorous,andrelevant academicexperience;EveryStudentEveryDay. 

program isfocusedonall areas of earlychildhooddevelopment from birth tokindergartenentrancewiththegoal ofhaving everychildready for Kindergarten.

 North&SouthElementaries provide astrong emphasis onexpanding andacceleratingstudent learning inthe core areasas well asproviding physicaleducation, art,music and STEMclasses.Thisall happens ina caring,safe environment where all students arewelcomed.

 SaintPeter MiddleSchool programmingisacademicallyfocused with additionalopportunities forexploring areasof interest.Our students participateinamultitudeof activities.

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New Prague Area Public Schools

Mascot: Trojans

221 12 th  Street NE., 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

Raven Stream Elementary: 300 11th Ave. NW, 952-758-1500

Community Education: 952-758-1734, ce.np.k12.mn.us

Early Childhood Family Education: 952-758-1734, ce.np.k12.mn.us/?page_id=84

Preschools: 952-758-1674, ce.np.k12.mn.us/?page_id=86

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

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

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

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Community Education: 507-364-8107

Early Childhood Family Education: 507-364-8107

Little Titans Preschool: 507-364-8107

Waterville-Elysian-Morristown Schools

A respectful, responsible, positive and safe place to learn

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

Superintendent –BrianPhillips phillips.brian@isd391.org

Principal –ScottLusk lusk.scott@isd391.org

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ClevelandPublicSchool 400SixthStreet, Cleveland,MN56017 507-931-5953 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.


1 – TCU Large Group Band Contest, St. Peter

2 – HS Band & Choir Spring Concert, TCU HS PAC

2-25 – TCU School student art display, Grades K-4, Arts & Heritage Center, Montgomery

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

4 – Snowshoe Club, Ney Nature Center, 2-3 p.m.

6 – Organizing 101, Elysian Area Library, 6 p.m.

6 – Kindergarten Roundup -TCU Le Center

10 – TCU Community Education Family Fun Night, Montgomery Middle School, 5:30-7 p.m.

10 – St. Patrick’s Queen Coronation, American Legion Club, Le Center, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

11 – Volunteer Resource Workday, Ney Nature Center, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

11 – St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Rally, Le Center, parade at 2 p.m., rally following at Le Center American Legion

14 – Youth Naturalist Series, Ney Nature Center, 9-10 a.m.

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

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

18 – Snowshoe Club, Ney Nature Center, 2-3 p.m.

30-Apr 15 – TCU School student art display, Grades 5-8, Arts & Heritage Center, Montgomery

TBD – Speakeasy Murder Mystery Evening, Caribou Gun Club, Le Sueur

By Appt – Early Childhood Screening, Spring –TCU Lonsdale

Regional Park & Campground

4 – Youth Naturalist Series, Ney Nature Center, 9-10 a.m.

5 – TCU Solo Ensemble, Gustavus

8 - Easter Egg Hunt & Vehicle Fair, West Park, Le Center, 12 p.m.

8 – Volunteer Resource Workday, Ney Nature Center, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

12 – TCU Art Festival, TCU HS Gym

14-16 – Spring Play – TCU HS PAC

15 – Miss Czech-Slovak Minnesota Pageant, American Legion, Montgomery

16 – 4-H Pancake Breakfast, 4-H Family Center, Le Center

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

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

18 – Gretchen Anthony Author Event, Montgomery, Public Library, 6:30 p.m.

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

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

20-May 13 – TCU School student art display, HS 9-12, Arts & Heritage Center, Montgomery

22 – Earth Day Event, Ney Nature Center

28-29-30 – 46th 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

29 – Girl Scout Badge Workshop, Ney Nature Center, 1-3 p.m.

TBD – Easter Egg Hunt, Montgomery

TBD – City Wide Garage Sales, Le Center

By Appt – Early Childhood Screening, Spring – TCU MAY

American Legion Club, Le Center

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APRIL 2 – Cleveland
3 – Reservations open for
Fire Relief Association Breakfast, Cleveland
Lake Washington
6 – Run
Kids Fun
– Scout
Badge Workshop, Ney
Center, 1-3 p.m. 9 – Youth Naturalist Series, Ney Nature Center 9-10 a.m.
– Annual May Day Celebration, Heritage Park,
Library, 7 p.m. calendar
6 – Le Center Area Fireman’s Dance,
6 -
garage sales, Montgomery
5K and
Run 6
Montgomery 9 – William Kent Krueger Author Event, Le Sueur Public

Household Hazardous Waste Collection, 10 a.m. -3 p.m., City of Le Sueur Maintenance Shop

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

13 – City-Wide Garage Sales, Cleveland

13 – Volunteer Resource Workday, Ney Nature Center, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

13 – Mother ’s Day Spring Flowers Walk, Ney Nature Center, 1-2 p.m.

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

16 – William Green Author Event, Le Sueur Public Library, 6 p.m.

18 – Kick off to Summer in the Park, Le Center

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

18-Jul 8 - Photography, Arts & Heritage Center, Montgomery

19 – Pops Concert - TCU High School

20 – Spring Fling, Waterville

20 – City Wide Garage Sales, Waterville 22 – TCU 5-8 District Band Concert

– TCU 5-8 District Choir Concert

– Hot Summer Nights, Waterville


1 – Music in the Park, Memorial Park, Montgomery, 7 p.m.

– Lloveable Llamas, Le Sueur Public Library,

– SAL BBQ Contest, American Legion, Le Center

– Vietnamese Music, Le Center Public Library, 1 p.m. 6 – Vietnamese Music, Le Sueur Public Library, 4 p.m. 7 – Vietnamese Music, Elysian Area Library, 4 p.m.

12 – Circus Science Spectacular, Waterville Public Library, 2 p.m.

12-15 – Summer Camp Week 1, Ney Nature Center

15 – Music in the Park, Memorial Park, Montgomery, 7 p.m.

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

16-17 – Cherry Creek Days, Cleveland

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24 - Montgomery Firefighters Dance, Montgomery Fire Hall, 3:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m. Charlie Sticha Band and 8 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.


26 – Kinder Konzerts Out and About, Elysian Area Library, 10 a.m.

26-29 – Summer Camp Week 3, Ney Nature Center

29 - Music in the Park, Memorial Park, Montgomery, 7 p.m.

30 – Kinder Konzerts Out and About, Le Sueur Public Library, 10:30 a.m.

30 – Kinder Konzerts Out and About, Le Center Public Library, 1:30 p.m.

TBD – TCU Marching Band Camp


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11 –
– TCU High School Graduation, HS gym, 7 p.m. TBD – Citywide garage sales, Elysian
Le Center 10- WFD Big Bass Tournament, 6:30 a.m.
2:30 p.m., Waterville City Beach 10 – Volunteer Resource Workday, Ney Nature Center, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. 12 – Circus Science Spectacular, Le Sueur Public Library, 10 a.m.
1-5 p.m. 3
8 – Lifelong Learner Series, Ney Nature Center, 12-1:30 p.m. 8 – Music in the Park, Memorial Park, Montgomery, 7 p.m. 9 – Classic Car & Motorcycle Roll-in, Cleveland, 5 p.m. 9-11 – Bullhead Days, Waterville 10 – Tire, Appliance & Electronics Collection, 8-1, County Highway Shop,
16-18 – Le Sueur County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse Trail Ride/Ranch Rodeo, Le Center 19-22 – Summer Camp Week 2, Ney Nature Center 20 – Paul Bunyan and Babe Find the Blues, Le Sueur Public Library, 10 a.m.
20 - Car Roll In, Downtown Montgomery, 4-7 p.m.
22 - Music in the Park, Memorial Park, Montgomery, 7 p.m.
Anishinaabe Beads Workshop, Elysian Area Library, 10 a.m.
Anishinaabe Beads Workshop, Montgomery Public Library, 2 p.m.
- Hot Summer Nights, Waterville
– Anishinaabe Beads Workshop, Le Sueur Public Library, 10 a.m. 23 – Anishinaabe Beads Workshop, Le Center Public Library, 2 p.m. 24 – Louis and Dan and the Invisible Band, Montgomery Public Library, 10 a.m.
– Louis and Dan and the Invisible Band, Waterville Public Library, 1 p.m.
22 –
1-4 – July Fourth Celebration, Elysian 4 –
Elysian 4th of
July Genealogy
– Magic Bob, Waterville Public Library, 2 p.m. 6 – Magic Bob, Montgomery Public Library, 10 a.m. 6 – Magic Bob, Le Center Public Library, 1 p.m. 6 – Magic Bob, Le Sueur Public Library, 4 p.m.
Center Open – Refreshments under maple trees on History Hill 5

6 – Music in the Park, Memorial Park, Montgomery, 7 p.m.

8 – Volunteer Resource Workday, Ney Nature Center, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

10 – Minnesota Master Naturalist Class, Ney Nature Center, 6-8:30 p.m.

10-14 – Summer Camp Week 4, Ney Nature Center

11 – Dragons, Flutes, & Monkeys, Waterville Public Library, 4 p.m.

12 – Dragons, Flutes, & Monkeys, Montgomery Public Library, 10 a.m.

12 – Dragons, Flutes, & Monkeys, Le Sueur Public Library, 1 p.m.

13-Aug 26 – Kolacky Day Duane Jindra, Montgomery Arts and Heritage Center

13 – Music in the Park, Memorial Park, Montgomery, 7 p.m.

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

14 – Le Sueur County Relay for Life

17-21 – Summer Camp Week 5, Ney Nature Center

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

18 – Minnesota Master Naturalist Class, Ney Nature Center, 6-8:30 p.m.

19 – Loveable Llamas, Montgomery Public Library, 1 p.m.

20 – Loveable Llamas, Lake Francis City Park with Elysian Area Library, 10 a.m.

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

20 – Music in the Park, Memorial Park, Montgomery, 7 p.m.

25 – Minnesota Master Naturalist Class, Ney Nature Center, 6-8:30 p.m.

27 - Hot Summer Nights, Waterville

28-30 – 89th Annual Kolacky Days Festival, Montgomery

29 – Scout Merit Badge Workshop, Ney Nature Center, 2-3:30 p.m.

31 – 18th Annual Veterans Golf Outing (Le Sueur Country Club)

31-Aug 3 – Summer Camp Week 6, Ney Nature Center

3 – Music in the Park, Memorial Park, Montgomery, 7 p.m.

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

3-6 – Giant Days, Le Sueur

7-10 – Summer Camp Week 7, Ney Nature Center

8 – Minnesota Master Naturalist Class, Ney Nature Center, 6-8:30 p.m.

10 – Music in the Park, Memorial Park, Montgomery, 7 p.m.

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

12 – Volunteer Resource Workday, Ney Nature Center, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

12 – Kilkenny Fireman’s Annual Fundraiser ATV Ride

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

15 – Minnesota Master Naturalist Class, Ney Nature Center, 6-8:30 p.m.

17 – Music in the Park, Memorial Park, Montgomery, 7 p.m.

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

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

17-20 – Le Sueur County Free Fair, Le Center

17-20 – Visit the Old Settler’s Cabin inside the Heritage Building next to the District 75 schoolhouse at the Le Sueur County Free Fair

22 – Minnesota Master Naturalist Class, Ney Nature Center, 6-8:30 p.m.

24 – MVAC Back to School Event, American Legion, Le Center

24 – Hot Summer Nights, Waterville

25 – 26-27 – 50th 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 – Minnesota Master Naturalist Class, Ney Nature Center, 6-8:30 p.m.

31-Oct 7 – Share Your Talent, Montgomery Arts and Heritage Center

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

1 – Minnesota Master Naturalist Class, Ney Nature Center, 6-8:30 p.m.

1– National Night Out, Kasota Community Center

1 – National Night Out, Montgomery


2 – Girl Scout Badge Workshop, Ney Nature Center, 2-3:30 p.m.

2 – Sunday Harvest Picnic after Service at Little Stone Church, Ottawa

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5 – TCU 1st day of School

5 – Minnesota Master Naturalist Class, Ney Nature Center, 6-8:30 p.m.

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

9 – Kasota Fire Department Dance, Kasota

9 – Volunteer Resource Workday, Ney Nature Center, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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

12 – Youth Naturalist Series, Ney Nature Center 9-10 a.m.

12 – Minnesota Master Naturalist Class, Ney Nature Center, 6-8:30 p.m.

15 – Classic Car Cruise, New Prague

16 – Fall Festival, Ney Nature Center

16 – Dozinky Festival, New Prague

19 – Minnesota Master Naturalist Class, Ney Nature Center, 6-8:30 p.m.

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

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

23 –

100th Anniversary Cleveland Fire Department Dance featuring IV Play

26 – Minnesota Master Naturalist Class, Ney Nature Center, 6-8:30 p.m.

30 – ATV/UTV Ride, Waterville Fire Department

By Appt – Early Childhood Screening, Fall – TCU


5 – New Prague Ladies Night Out

8 – Fire Prevention Open House, Waterville

8 – Dad’s Belgium Waffle Breakfast, Montgomery Fire Hall, 8 a.m. - noon

10 – Youth Naturalist Series, Ney Nature Center 9-10 a.m.

12-Nov 4 – Day of Dead, Montgomery Arts and Heritage Center

14 – Volunteer Resource Workday, Ney Nature Center, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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

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

31 – Spooky Trail, Sakatah Singing Hills Trail, Elysian

TBD – Fall City Wide Garage Sales, Le Center

TBD – Halloween Camp Er’Treat, Lake Washington Regional Park & Campground

9 – Dec 30 – Holiday Boutique, Arts & Heritage Center, Montgomery

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

16 – Le Sueur Night Out, Downtown Le Sueur, 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

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

18 – Volunteer Resource Workday, Ney Nature Center, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

25 – TCU @ Hollydaze Winter Festival, Le Center

25 – Small Business Saturday, Elysian

25 – Hollydaze Winter Festival/Parade, Le Center

25 – Magic on Main, Waterville

25 – Small Business Saturday, Montgomery

30 – TCU @ Torchlight Parade - Montgomery

30 – Torchlight Parade & Fireworks, Montgomery

TBD – Ney Nature Center Fall Fling

TBD – Cleveland Toys for Tots Toy Drive


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

1 – Christmas in the Valley: Holiday Lights Parade, Tree Lighting Ceremony, Santa, Fireworks, Le Sueur, 5 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

2 - Christmas in Elysian/Parade

Holli Stories X, Montgomery



4-6 – Holiday Shopping Opener, Waterville

7 – Youth Naturalist Series, Ney Nature Center 9-10 a.m.

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Resource Workday,
12 p.m.
Center 9-10
Workshop, Ney
– Snowshoe Weaving Workshop, Ney Nature Center
Lifelong Learner Series, Ney Nature Center, 12
1:30 p.m.
2 –
Heritage Center 3 – Svatý Mikuláš (St. Nicholas), Montgomery 4 – Snowshoe Weaving
Ney Nature
9 – Volunteer
Ney Nature
9 a.m. –
12 – Youth Naturalist Series, Ney Nature
a.m. 12–
21 –
TBD – Santa at the Library,
TBD – Cleveland Police and Cleveland Fire &
– Youth Naturalist Series, Ney Nature Center 9-10 a.m.
– Volunteer Resource Workday, Ney Nature Center, 9 a.m.
12 p.m.
– Lifelong Learner Series, Ney Nature Center, 12 – 1:30 p.m.


4 – American Legion Lake Francis Ice Fishing Contest, Elysian

6 – Youth Naturalist Series, Ney Nature Center

9-10 a.m.

10 – Volunteer Resource Workday, Ney Nature Center, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

11 – Annual Masopust Celebration, Montgomery

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

23 – Ladies Night Out, Waterville

By Appt – Early Childhood Screening, Spring – TCU


TBD – Everything Chocolate Event, Montgomery

Friends of the Library, Location and time TBD

TBD – Kindergarten Roundup – TCU Lonsdale



Saturdays (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.), May – Oct. Farmers Market, East Town Plaza, New Prague

Every Thursday from 4-7 p.m. from May 25 to October 26–Memorial Park, Montgomery. There will be no market on Thursday, July 27.

Saturdays June-Oct. from 8am to noon - North Second Street between Bridge and Swan Streets, Le Sueur

Wednesdays May-Sept. - Legion Park, Le Sueur

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


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.

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 www.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: https:// www.co.le-sueur.mn.us/calendar.aspx

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

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

Annual Book Sale – Date TBD

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

Czech Heritage Club sponsored free public programs held in Czech Country Minnesota, dates to TBD. Check www.czechheritageclub.com or our Facebook page for updated information. Tentative programs being planned are:

March – Bohemian Triangle Presentation

April – TBD

May – Author Tom Kajer

June – Ghost Tales/Haunted Prague

October – Slovak Band & St. Paul Czech and Slovak Folk Dancers, Dance Party

November – The Czech Baker, Misa Kotek

December – Svatý Mikuláš (St. Nicholas) Celebration

Edward S Curtis Photograph Exhibit: An 1880s Le Sueur County, Cordova & Elysian Townships Resident. Over 95 enhanced archival prints- Park Avenue Plaza Gallery in Le Center – January through December 2023. Hours Tuesdays


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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

City Wide Garage Sales – Happens every year on the same weekend in May as the fishing opener. You can find details on the city of Cleveland website and Facebook page when the event gets closer.

Cherry Creek Days – An annual celebration set for June 16-17, 2023, includes a car show, teen dance, grand parade, kids carnival, open house at the fire hall with pork chop dinner, bean bag tournament, kids water fights 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 2nd 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.

Holiday Lights/Santa Parade – 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.

What’s New

Pavilion – A new park pavilion was built in the Veterans Park in honor of long-time city employee Glenn Beer. Beer was the city public works director for 41 years, as well as a 42-year Cleveland volunteer firefighter and 1.5-year City Council member. He lost his battle with cancer in May of 2022. The Glenn Beer Park Pavilion is Cleveland’s


way of saying “Thank you” to Glenn for all of his years of dedication to our town.

Fire Department Celebration – In 2023, the Cleveland Volunteer Fire Department will be celebrating 100 years. On Saturday, Sept. 23, it will celebrate by having a dance featuring music from IV Play. Watch for updates on the Facebook page: Cleveland Fire Rescue.


Church of Christ – 900 State Hwy. 99, 507-931-5924

Church of the Nativity – 45 Main St., 507-931-2560

Our Saviors Lutheran Church – 305 Sixth St., 507-931-1564

Daycare Centers:

Anders Early Learning Center – 309 10th St., 507-931-0077. In the summer of 2022, Anders added a brand new addition to the Learning Center due to the ever-growing need for child care.

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Population: 724

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 February 4th – Compete for prizes, participate in drawings and eat homemade stew at the event held the first Sunday in February. Hosted by the American Legion SAL Post 311.

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

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

Elysian’s Small Business Saturday

November 25 – Come shop and support local vendors. Lots of unique gifts just in time for Christmas gift giving.

Christmas in Elysian – Held the first Saturday in December. Start off with a pancake breakfast and shopping with Mr and 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 way side rest built along the trail in Elysian is reminiscent of an earlier train depot there. Visit dnr. state.mn.us.

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

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 Veteran’s Memorial.


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

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

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

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Population: 137

Incorporated: 1894

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

Library: Lending Library

What to do

Pavilion – The Heidelberg Park Pavilion is available for rent April through October. Includes access to the baseball field, 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 Church31525 181st Ave., 952-758-4642

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Population: 960

Incorporated: 1894 (founded 1878)

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 – 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.

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

Private and Charter Schools

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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Population: 714

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. 9 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.

National Night Out – Aug. 1 at the Community Center, food and activities.

Parks and Petting Zoo – 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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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 on Saturday, Aug. 12 with registration at Little Irishman’s Park at 10 am 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. 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. 9 for the formal twinning with our sister city, Kilkenny, Ireland! We start with a 3-mile fun run/walk, followed by a car show, parade, the famous toilet bowl races and finish up with the best fireworks 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.

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Population: 2,504

Incorporated: 1890

City Office: 10 W. Tyrone St., 507-357-4450, cityoflecenter.com

Post Office: 91 N. Park Ave. 507-3574979

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

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

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

What to do

2023 Le Sueur County St. Patrick’s Celebration – **Please follow us on Facebook for the most current information as well as any changes to events @lcstpats

• Kick-off Grand Marshall and Candidates brunch, held on January 29, 2023.

• Queen Candidate Talent Show, March 4th, Le

Center American Legion

• Queen Coronation, Friday March 10th, Le Center

American Legion

• Saturday March 11th

Parade & Rally, parade begins at 2pm 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 at noon at the West Park.

Sponsored by the Le Center Lions Club and other local organizations.

Le Center Area

Fireman’s Dance –Will be on Saturday, May 6. This event is hosted by

the Le Center Fire Department, in which the members go door-to-door 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/ flea 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 floats, 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


Tri City United Le Center K-8 – 150 West Tyrone Street, 507-357-6802

Tri- City United Early Childhood Education – 150 West Tyrone Street, 507-364-8107

Central Health Care – 444 N. Cordova Ave., 507-357-2275

Horizon Place – 510 Commerce Dr., 507-357-2262

Carriage House Senior Living – 175 E. Derrynane, 507-357-0100

Centennial Plaza – 76 S. Lexington Ave., 507-357-6444

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Assisted Living/Nursing Home Facilities

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Population: 4,058

Incorporated: 1867

City Office: 203 South Second Street

Community Center: 821 East Ferry Street

Chamber of Commerce: PO Box 111

Library: 118 Ferry Street

Post Office: 202 North Main Street

What to do

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 Celebration 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 Celebration would not be the success it is without the help of all the people who put it together.

Music on Main – held the third Thursday from 4-7 p.m. in June, July, and August.

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

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 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.

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.

Mayo Park – A quiet, peaceful getaway complete with a shelter, restrooms, kitchenette, volleyball court, picnic areas, and horseshoe pits.

Mothers Louise Parkbeautiful 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

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River along the southwest entrance to town, featuring camping facilities, boating access, nature trails, picnic areas, and restrooms.

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 507-665-3250, www.mayohouse.org

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.

What’s New

The Chamber is planning a new event that will replace the Retail & Business Expo. This new event will be held in June. Watch for more information.


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

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










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

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

Private and Charter Schools

Le Sueur Nursery School, Inc. – 812 S 6th St., 507-665-2028

St. Anne’s Catholic School – 511 N 4th St., 507-665-2486-9


Mayo Clinic Health System in Le Sueur –625 S. 4th St., 507-665-6299

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

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Assisted Living/Nursing Home Facilities

Comfort Residence – 105 Plum Run, 507-665-2499

Hillside Court – 220 Risedorph St., 507-665-3932

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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Population: 3,249

Incorporated: 1858

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

There are many things to see and do in Montgomery, from the award winning, one of a kind “Beatlesthemed” golf course to the historic downtown. The downtown area also features two individual buildings that 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. Enjoy the outdoors at one of the many city parks for year-round activities. During the summer, enjoy a Mallards baseball game at Memorial Park. Pitch horseshoes or play sand volleyball in one of three courts. Also in Memorial Park is the historic log cabin, dating back to 1928, that has been restored with a new roof and other work. 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.

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 Sunday of May in Heritage Park.

Kolacky Day – 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 fill the air as the parade, held the Thursday after Thanksgiving, winds its way through downtown on November 30, 2023. 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. You can visit montgomerymn.org/torchlight-parade-fireworks to learn more.

Svatý Mikuláš (St. Nicholas) – Celebrated on the first 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 – 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

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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 every Thursday in June, July, August, and September 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 2023 schedule.

Montgomery Mural – While strolling downtown, stop at the Montgomery Mural depicting the history of Montgomery. Or have your picture taken at one of the many “butterfly” wings on display on various buildings in the downtown.

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. Additional information can be found 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 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.

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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 filled with musical entertainment. Visit nextchapterwinery.com

What’s New

North Ridge – Montgomery’s newest and largest park by area is North Ridge Recreational Area. This area has about 2.5 miles of looping trails though restored prairie and soon to be restored wetlands. In the winter, strap on your snowshoes or skis, or bring your sled for some exciting rides down the sledding hill.

Private and Charter Schools

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


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

Geoffrey Iverson, DDS – 223 First St. S., 507-364-7424

Montgomery Family Chiropractic – 317 First St. S., 507-364-7500

Montgomery Family Dental – 110 First St. N., 507-364-8001

Assisted Living/Nursing Home Facilities

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

Historical Society

Montgomery Historical Society

P.O. Box 176

Montgomery, MN

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.


Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church –

206 Vine Ave. W., 507-364-7981

St. John Lutheran Church – 105 Spruce Ave. NW, 507-364-5002

Historic Sites: Commercial Historic District listed on the National Register of Historic Places since April 9, 2021. Hilltop Hall and Westerman Lumber Office & House, now Pizzeria 201, buildings are also listed on the National Register.

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new prague

Population: 8,221

Incorporated: 1877 • Settled 1856

City Office: 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 Main St. E., 952-758-2391

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

What to do

Run New Prague – The Chamber-sponsored event held on May 6th, 2023, will include a 5k and Kids Color Run. Races begin and end in Memorial Park. 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 3rd, 2023, 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, where there are local 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 2023, the New Prague Chamber will partner with the New Prague Arts Council on the event and bring music into the park for the last event of their music series.

Classic Car Cruise – The kickoff to the annual fall Dozinky Festival 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 15th, 2023.

Dozinky Festival – Czech harvest festival, patterned after the “old country” original, is held Sept. 16th, 2023. Festivities will center on Main

Street, which will be 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 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.

Ladies Night Out – Ladies Night Out will take place on Thursday, October 5th in 2023. Join us 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 first Friday in December every year as a kickoff to the shop local holiday promotions. In 2023, the event will be held on Friday, December 1st starting with a parade at 6:30 pm along Main Street and ends at Memorial Park for Santa, tree lighting,

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hot cocoa, and fireworks. St. Wenceslaus will feature a live nativity scene and a free meal prior to the festivities.

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

Farmers Market – Provides locally grown, in-season 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 ballfields, 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 90 years. Visit newpraguegolf.com.

What’s new

Veteran’s Memorial A brand-new memorial was dedicated in the spring of 2022 to pay respect to all Veterans that have served in the armed forces with an emphasis to honor those who have been killed in action. The new memorial is located in Memorial Park directly east of the library. For more information, please visit npveteransmemorial.com.

Central Plaza (Spring 2022) – In conjunction with the reconstruction of Main Street during 2020/2021 in the downtown area, a plan was developed to convert a vacant lot at the corner of Main Street and Central Ave. N. into a plaza for the enjoyment of all who visit downtown. The plaza features a clock, donated by the New Prague Rotary Club, benches and picnic tables, landscaping, and a small performance area. For more information, visit the city’s website at www.ci.new-prague.mn.us and find the link under News & Announcements.

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

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

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

Friedens Evangelical Lutheran – 28982 181st Ave., 952-758-3245

HillSpring Church – 200 E. 280th St., 952-758-4151

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

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., 952-758-3225

Spirit of Life Church – 540 W. 280th St., 952-758-2894

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


Holy Cross Catholic School –

6100 37th St W, Webster, MN 55088 952-652-6100, holycrossschool.net

St. Wenceslaus Catholic School –227 Main St. E., New Prague, 952-758-3133, swsaints.org


New Prague - Mayo Clinic Health System

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

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

- Parkview Medical Clinic - 1400 First St. NE, 952-758-2535

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

Historical Society

New Prague Area Historical Society

400 Main Street East, New Prague, MN

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.

Historic Sites: First National Bank Building, Church of St. Wenceslaus, and the Hotel Broz are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Centennial Log Cabin and History Shed located in Memorial Park.

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st. peter

Population: 12,066

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 2023 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.

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.


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

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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


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/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

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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

What to do

Bullhead Days – The annual summer celebration, from June 9-11, includes fireworks, bingo, carnival rides, great food, kids fishing content and several sporting events. Visit watervillemn.com

Hot Summer Nights – May 25, June 22, July 27, August 24 - 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 - October 8.

Holiday Season Shopping Opener –November 4-6.

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 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 field.

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

What’s New

WFD Big Bass tournament – June 10, 2023 from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. prizes for the biggest fish and biggest five fish. Location: Waterville City Beach.


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

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


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

Northern Lights Dental – Dr. William Struve, 204 S 4th St, 507-362-8474

Assisted Living/Nursing Home Facilities

Traditions of Waterville – 117 Paquin Street E., 507-362-4155

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