Newsmaker Guest // Wed, Aug 23

Lauren KindsethNess Church Tree Planting

Newsmaker Guest Schedule

Thu, Aug 24

Lions Fly In Breakfast

Keith Johnson

Fri, Aug 25

Household Hazardous Waste Day

Cori Heacock

Mon, Aug 28

Red Rooster Days

Dassel Ambassadors

Tue, Aug 29

Back to School Information

Beckie Simenson

Tue, Sep 05

Hawk Creek Breakfast Fundraiser

Cori Heacock

Thu, Sep 07

St. Philip’s Bazaar

Brent Sundve & Brenda Grates

Mon, Sep 11

Senior Expo

Donna Whitcomb

Thu, Sep 14

Household Hazardous Waste Day

Cori Heacock

Tue, Sep 19

Patty Wetterling Event

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Wed, Sep 20

Harvest Madness

Marla Thissen

Fri, Sep 22

Patty Wetterling Event

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Wed, Sep 27

Senior Expo

Donna Whitcomb

Local Community Events

2020 Highway 15 Hutchinson Project Open House

Thu, Aug 24 @ 4:30 pm // Hutchinson Event Center

An open house for the 2020 Highway 15 Hutchinson project is set for Thursday, August 24th at the Hutchinson Event Center from 4:30-to-6:30 p.m. with a presentation starting promptly at 5 p.m. The public will have the opportunity to learn more about the project through downtown Hutchinson and to ask questions.

Free Lunch

Fri, Aug 25 @ 11:00 am // Trinity Episcopal Church

A free lunch will be served at Trinity Episcopal Church in Litchfield on Friday, August 25th from 11-to-1. Everyone’s welcome.

Youth Conservation Field Day

Sat, Aug 26 @ 9:00 am // Gopher Campfire Grounds

The Youth Conservation Field Day at the Gopher Campfire Grounds will be held on Saturday, August 26th – rain or shine. Doors open at 9 a.m. for registration. It begins at 10 a.m. It’s for children ages 6-to-17. The cost is $5. There will be trap shooting, archery, conservation education and more.

Historic Ness Church Tree Planting Volunteers Needed

Sat, Aug 26 @ 11:00 am // Ness Church - 24040 580th Ave. - SW of Litchfield

Volunteers are needed for a tree planting event at the historic Ness Church – kitchen servers, clean-up and tree planters – on Saturday, August 26th at 11 a.m. The holes will be pre-dug. At noon, there will be a free lunch – hot dogs, chips, beans, bars, cookies and root beer floats – and everyone’s welcome. Ness Church is at 24040 580th Avenue – southwest of Litchfield.

Litchfield Lions Club Fly In Breakfast

Sun, Aug 27 @ 8:00 am // Litchfield Airport

The Litchfield Lions Club will be having their Fly In Breakfast at the Litchfield Airport on Sunday August 27th from 8 a.m. to noon. The menu includes Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Sausage and beverages. Tickets are $7 in advance for adults from Lions members and $8 at the door. It’s $5 for kids 5-to-18 and free for children under 5. There will be a golf cart shuttle service available.

“Kid Pioneers” Event

Sun, Aug 27 @ 1:00 pm // Plato Park Shelter

The McLeod County Historic Partnership and the Plato Lions Club presents “Kid Pioneers” at the Plato Park Shelter on Sunday, August 27th from 1-to-3 p.m. – a free event to learn about the youngest of McLeod County’s early pioneers. There will be games, crafts, costumes, stories and prizes.

Grove City Area CARE 20th Anniversary Open House

Sun, Aug 27 @ 2:00 pm // South Grove Square Gazebo

The Grove City Area CARE program is celebrating its 20th anniversary with an open house on Sunday, August 27th from 2-to-4 p.m. in the South Grove Square gazebo – on the south side of the building. There will be live music and refreshments and everyone is welcome.

Grove City Blood Drive

Mon, Aug 28 @ 1:00 pm // Trinity Lutheran Church in Grove City

The Grove City blood drive will be at Trinity Lutheran Church on Monday, August 28th from 1-to-7 p.m. To make an appointment, call Linda at 857-2073.

Daughters of Isabella Meeting

Mon, Aug 28 @ 1:00 pm // St. Philip's Church Social Hall

The regular meeting of the Daughters of Isabella will be on Monday, August 28th at 1 p.m. in the St. Philip’s Church Social Hall in Litchfield. Plans will be discussed for the September 26th retreat.

Little Red Schoolhouse Fundraising Picnic

Tue, Aug 29 @ 5:00 pm // Little Red School House - 20553 CSAH 28 - south of Litchfield

The Little Red Schoolhouse annual fundraising Picnic will be on Tuesday, August 29th from 5-to-7:30 p.m. Freewill donations will be accepted for hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, chips, bars and beverages. There will be old-fashioned games for kids and silent auction items. The school is at 20553 County-State-Aid-Highway 28 – south of Litchfield.

Back to School Salad Luncheon

Wed, Aug 30 @ 11:00 am // St. Philip's Church Social Hall

The Back to School Salad Luncheon is on Wednesday, August 30th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the St. Philip’s Church Social Hall. The cost is $6. It’s a Catholic United Financial fundraiser.

Paynesville Blood Drive

Wed, Aug 30 @ 1:00 pm // American Legion in Paynesville

A blood drive will be held at the American Legion in Paynesville on Wednesday, August 30th from 1-to-7 p.m. To make appointments, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or go to redcrossblood.org.

ABATE State Motorcycle Rally

Fri, Sep 01 @ 12:00 am - Sun, Sep 03 @ 12:00 am // Meeker County Fairgrounds

The ABATE of Minnesota State Motorcycle Rally will be on September 1st, 2nd and 3rd at the Meeker County Fairgrounds in Litchfield. For tickets or more information, call 1-800-224-6570 or go to abatemn.org.

Ice Cream Social

Sat, Sep 02 @ 12:00 am // Gethseman Lutheran Church in Dassel

The Ice Cream Social at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel will be on Saturday, September 2nd after the parade. Freewill offerings will be accepted for BBQ sandwiches, potato chips, pie, ice cream and beverages. Everyone is welcome.

“Galaxy of Stars” Quilt Show

Sun, Sep 03 @ 1:00 pm - Mon, Sep 04 @ 4:00 pm // Covenant Church in Dassel

The Sew Friendly Quilt Guild has its 20th annual “Galaxy of Stars” Quilt Show on Sunday, September 3rd from 1-to-5 p.m., and on Monday, September 4th from 9-to-4 at the Covenant Church in Dassel during Red Rooster Days. Over 100 quilts will be displayed, and there will be demonstrations and more.

St. John’s Catholic Church Turkey Supper

Wed, Sep 06 @ 4:00 pm // St. John's Church in Hector

The 19th annual St. John’s Catholic Church Turkey Supper is on Wednesday, September 6th from 4-to-7 p.m. at the parish hall in Hector. The menu includes turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, coleslaw, green beans, bread, cranberries, pickles, beverage and pumpkin bars. It’s $10 for adults and youth and $5 for children 4-to-10. Take-out meals are also available.

An Afternoon Tea Event

Sat, Sep 09 @ 2:00 pm // Litchfield Opera House

An Afternoon Tea – a presentation of two one-act plays and table-decorating contest – will be held at the Litchfield Opera House on Saturday, September 9th at 2 p.m. Carole Wendt will direct “A Matter of Husbands,” and “Not My Cup of Tea.” It’s $5 or $40 if you would like to sponsor and decorate a table for 8. Tables will be judged by those attending and prizes will be awarded. For more information, call 320-535-0829.

Hawk Creek Animal Shelter Fundraiser Breakfast

Sun, Sep 10 @ 8:00 am // American Legion in Litchfield

A fundraising breakfast for the Hawk Creek Animal Shelter will be held at the American Legion in Litchfield on Sunday, September 10th from 8-to-11:30 a.m. There will French toast and sausage. It’s $7 for adults, $3 for children 12 and under, and free for children 6 and under.

St. Philip’s Church Bazaar & Car Show

Sun, Sep 10 @ 10:00 am // Meeker County Fairgrounds

The St. Philip’s Church Bazaar and Car Show is on Sunday, September 10th from 11-to-3 at the Meeker County Fairgrounds. There’s an outdoor mass at 10 a.m., followed by Butch’s Classic Country Music, all kinds of kid’s activities, a country store, bingo, pull tabs, games for all ages, pie & ice cream, food stands and the car show. Raffle tickets are $10 for the $2,000 grand prize drawing at 3 p.m.

Hutchinson Blood Drive

Tue, Sep 12 @ 12:00 pm // Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson

A blood drive will be held on Tuesday, September 12th – at Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson from noon-to-6 p.m., and at Orchard Christian Church in Howard Lake from 1-to-7 p.m. To make appointments, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or go to redcrossblood.org.

Upcoming Local Games

Litchfield

Wed, Aug 23 | 9:00 am @ Litchfield High School Tennis Complex

Girls Tennis Invitational LHS, BBE, Minnewaska Area, Willmar

Thu, Aug 24 | 4:00 pm @ New Prague High School

Girls Tennis LHS vs New Prague

Sat, Aug 26 | 10:00 am @ Hutchinson High School

Girls Swim & Dive Invitational LHS, DC, Blake, Breck, Hutchinson, Mankato East, Mankato West, Marshall

Mon, Aug 28 | 9:00 am @ Litchfield High School Tennis Complex

Girls Tennis Invitational LHS, LPGE, Rocori

Tue, Aug 29 | 3:30 pm @ Hutchinson High School

Girls Tennis LHS vs Hutchinson

Live Broadcast Tue, Aug 29 | 7:00 pm @ Litchfield High School Gym

Volleyball LHS vs Maple Lake

Thu, Aug 31 | 4:15 pm @ Litchfield High School Tennis Complex

Girls Tennis LHS vs Delano

Thu, Aug 31 | 6:00 pm @ Litchfield High School Pool

Girls Swim & Dive LHS vs DC

Live Broadcast Thu, Aug 31 | 7:00 pm @ Litchfield High School Gym

Volleyball LHS vs Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted

Fri, Sep 01 | 9:00 am @ Ney County Park in Maple Lake

Cross Country Invitational LHS, Buffalo, Cambridge-Isanti, EV-W, Holdingford, HLWW, Maple Lake, Maranatha Christian Academy, Monticello, Mound Westonka, Rockford Area, Royalton, St. John's Prep, Watertown-Mayer

Live Broadcast Fri, Sep 01 | 7:00 pm @ Litchfield High School Football Field/Track Facility

Football LHS v St. Cloud Cathedral

Eden Valley-Watkins

Tue, Aug 29 | 7:15 pm @ ACGC High School

Volleyball EV-W vs ACGC

Thu, Aug 31 | 7:00 pm @ Eden Valley-Watkins High School Field - Football

Football EV-W vs Kimball

Dassel-Cokato Chargers

Thu, Aug 24 | 4:15 pm @ UW-River Falls

Cross Country Invitational DC

Sat, Aug 26 | 10:00 am @ Hutchinson High School

Girls Swim & Dive Invitational LHS, DC, Blake, Breck, Hutchinson, Mankato East, Mankato West, Marshall

Tue, Aug 29 | 7:00 pm @ Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School

Volleyball DC vs HLWW

Thu, Aug 31 | 6:00 pm @ Litchfield High School Pool

Girls Swim & Dive LHS vs DC

Thu, Aug 31 | 7:00 pm @ Dassel-Cokato High School East Gym

Volleyball DC vs Zimmerman

Fri, Sep 01 | 7:00 pm @ Dassel-Cokato High School Field 9

Football DC vs Little Falls

ACGC Falcons

Sat, Aug 26 | 9:00 am @ Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School

Volleyball Tournament ACGC, Annandale, Buffalo Lake-Hector, HLWW, Winsted, Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity, Paynesville, Tri-City United

Tue, Aug 29 | 7:15 pm @ ACGC High School

Volleyball EV-W vs ACGC

Thu, Aug 31 | 7:00 pm @ ACGC High School

Volleyball ACGC vs Melrose Area

Fri, Sep 01 | 7:00 pm @ Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa High School

Football ACGC vs BBE