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The Friends of the Boy in Blue Civil War Memorial is accepting registrations for its ninth annual Civil War Symposium, a hybrid event scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 26 at Morson-Ario-Strand VFW, 1900 N. Riverfront Drive.

“Terrible Swift Sword: 1862” is the title of the symposium which can be attended in person or online.

The symposium features speakers, costumed performers, Civil War-era music, exhibits, books and authors, and panel discussions.

Guest speaker Nancy Koester is the author of “Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Spiritual Life.” His presentation is “Beecher Stowe meets Abraham Lincoln”.

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Registration fees are $25 per adult, $15 for participants 18 and under, and $15 for a household choosing the virtual option. March 22 is the deadline to register.

Friends of the Boy in Blue Civil War Memorial is a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring and preserving the Blue Earth County Civil War Veterans Memorial in Mankato and the history of the Civil War in the area.

Center fundraiser themed Mardis Gras

New Orleans-style jazz and a Cajun-style boiled shrimp dinner are planned at a fundraiser for the Good Counsel Learning Center Feb. 25 at the Kato Ballroom.

Shrimpin’ Mardi Gras Style entertainment features music from the Jack Brass Band, casino games, drawbars, paddle wheel and cash bar. A jester will be on hand to appoint the Mardi Gras King and Queen to lead the parade.

Doors open at 5 p.m. and shrimp dinner will be served from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The learning center is a non-profit organization that offers tutoring for young students as well as adult learners.

Tickets are available for dinner and dancing, dancing only, or a hybrid online experience.

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VINE has volunteer opportunities

VINE Faith in Action is looking for volunteers to help seniors who live in the Greater Mankato community.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization has seen a drop in volunteer numbers and every winter many volunteers head south for warmer weather, according to a press release from the nonprofit organization. .

Volunteer duties include delivering meals on wheels, transportation to medical appointments, helping with household chores such as shoveling, raking or mowing, and scheduled visits with isolated seniors.

Volunteer orientation sessions are offered monthly at the VINE Community Centre. Registration is required and can be done by calling 387-1666.

For more information about VINE and its volunteer opportunities, visit:

Families can apply for farm honors

Applications are available for the Minnesota Farm Bureau’s Centennial and Sesquicentennial Farm programs.

The deadline to apply for either program is March 7.

To qualify for sesquicentennial designation, a farm must be at least 150 years old in that year according to the extract of title, land patent, original deed, county land records, court record in registration proceedings or other authentic land records; and the farm must have been in a continuous family for at least 150 years.

For more information, send an email request to: or call (651)-768-2151.

Minnesota families who have owned their farm for 100 years or more are invited to apply for the 2022 Century Farm program. The program is produced by the Minnesota State Fair in conjunction with the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation.

Family farms are recognized as a century-old farm when these conditions are met: the farm must be at least 100 years old according to authentic land records; and the farm must have been in one continuous family for at least 100 years.

A commemorative certificate will be given to eligible families, along with an exterior sign indicating their Century Farm status.

Nominations are available online at: and at: For more information, call (651)-288-4417; or contact a County Extension office or Farm Bureau.