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Joe Gartner to present at Minnesota Valley Civil War Round Table

NEW ULM — Joe Gartner will present “A Great Grandson’s Perspective on His Civil War Ancestors” at the Minnesota Valley Civil War Round Table on Tuesday, March 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the library.

Gartner will discuss the roles that five of his ancestors played in the Civil War. The Minnesota Valley Civil War Round Table series is presented the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at New Ulm Public Library and is free and open to the public.

Irish Tea and Luncheon Saturday

NEW ULM — The Irish Cultural Society of New Ulm will host its annual Irish Tea and Luncheon on Saturday, March 14, at noon at the New Ulm Country Club, 1 Golf Drive, New Ulm.

Entertainment will be a performance of “An Irish Who’s on First,” Irish music and a sing-a-long performed by Christina and Michael Koester.

The luncheon menu includes a root vegetable soup with corned beef and cabbage, Irish soda bread, crudités, ice cream and gourmet cupcake confections by Becky’s Bakes. Tickets are $15. Please RSVP by calling Mary O’Connor at 354-2427 or email nublarney@gmail.com.

The Irish Cultural Society of New Ulm events encourage friendship, loyalty and kinship among those people of New Ulm and the surrounding area who are interested in Irish culture, traditions and history.

Polka Town Market Hog Show Saturday

NEW ULM — The 47th Annual Polka Town Market Hog Show will be held on Saturday, March 14, in the Youth Coliseum of the Brown County fairgrounds in New Ulm. This event is put on by the Brown County Pork Producers.

The show teaches showmanship, teamwork, and fellowship as well as competition. Weigh-in is from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and the judging contest starts at 11 a.m. with awards to follow at 12:30 p.m. The judging contest is open to individual and teams in 4-H and FFA, as well as any adults wanting to participate.

The show will begins at 1 p.m. The show will start with market gilts, followed by showmanship, market barrow and overall champion and reserve market swine.

The public is invited to come watch the days activities.

Balance Builder workshop

NEW ULM — A free Balance Builder Workshop will be offered at the Rec Center Friday, March 13 from 10:45-11:45 a.m. This free, interactive workshop is being sponsored by Allina Health Aetna, Silver Sneakers®. It will teach participants how to improve balance, strength, flexibility and prevent falls. Enjoy refreshments and enter to win a giveaway.

Local ag groups to host screening of SILO

Brown, Nicollet, and Sibley County Farm Bureaus, New Ulm and Sibley East FFA Chapters, and the New Ulm Farm-City Hub Club will be hosting two screenings of the independent film SILO on Thursday, March 19 at 6 p.m. at the Sibley East High School Auditorium in Arlington and Monday, March 30 at 6 p.m. at the New Ulm High School Auditorium in New Ulm. The public is invited to attend this free event.

SILO is the first-ever feature film about a grain entrapment. Inspired by true events, SILO tells the story of Cody Rose, an 18-year-old who falls victim to a grain entrapment incident in a small American farm town. As grain turns to quicksand, family, neighbors and first responders must put aside their differences to rescue Cody from drowning in a crop that has sustained their community for generations.

The screening of this film has been made possible by a generous grant from Grinnell Mutual.

Plus, everyone in attendance will receive free safety equipment including safety glasses and earplugs. Additionally, farmers in attendance may register to win a fall protection harness kit to be used on their farm. One harness will be given away at each location. The safety equipment is provided in part by Compeer Financial’s Fund for Rural America Grant.

The film is 70 minutes in length. Parental discretion is advised since some scenes contain mature content. This film is not rated.

A post-film discussion will conclude the evening.

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