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Pipestone Area Community Education & Active Living

Community Education brings community members together to identify and link community needs and resources in a manner that helps people to help themselves improve the quality of life in their communities. 

Pipestone Area Community Education and Pipestone Active Living have combined their efforts to provide quality education and healthy lifestyle opportunities to members of the community. 

If you have questions on Pipestone Area Community Education or Pipestone Active Living please call (507) 562-6086.

Pipestone Community Education

Defensive Driving Class Schedule for 2015

September 22, 2015 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. 4hr refresher course

Pipestone County Court House, Community Room

November 16, 2015 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. 4hr refresher course

Pipestone County Court House, Community Room 

All classes will be held at the Pipestone County Court House, either in the Community Room or Commissioners Room located below the Law Enforcement Center. 

416 S. Hiawatha Ave Pipestone, MN 56164

Class Fee: $20.00 for the 4hr refresher course, $24.00 for the 8hr class

To register for any of these classes visit click on Driver Improvement Program or call 1-888-234-1294

You can now take this course online by visiting 

Online class fee: $21.95 for the 4hr refresher course, $24.95 for the 8hr class.

Gun Safety Class Spring 2015

Please check back for future dates. 

Pipestone Area Community Education Financial Event

Please check back for future dates.

PAS Gaming Club

The PAS Gaming Club is an organization founded and built on the prospect of building friendships and community. It is an outlet for all Pipestone Area High gamers. 

There will be three days of gaming each week. Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays.

Contact Information

Taya DeRycke: President - 215-1394

Taylor Ference: Secretary - 215-2910

Tristan Bergmann: Captain - 350-0505

Steven Czech: Vice President -

To view the PAS Gaming Club Code of Conduct go to under Community Ed

Pacesetter Volleyball Camp

July 13-16, Monday thru Thursday

Pipestone High School Gym 

Grades refer to 2015-2016 school year

Entering Grades 10-12

8:30-11:30 a.m. $90/player

Entering Grades 7-9

1:00-3:00 p.m. $70/player

Entering Grades 5-6

3:00-4:30 p.m. $60/player

More information will be posted on the PAS website under the Community Ed tab.

Questions? Call Pacesetter at 320-243-7460 or email

FREE English Second Lanquage (ESL) Classes

Instruction for those whose native language is not English. ESL classes help students develop speaking, listening, reading, writing and grammer skills to communicate effectively and function successfully within their workplaces, communities and families. 

September 8, 2014 - June 30, 2015

Mondays & Tuesdays

4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

MN West Pipestone Campus

Room 203 (Computer Lab)

Questions: Contact Community Ed Director Don Plahn (507) 825-6756


Instructor Bridget Smith (507) 215-0449

All classes require registration and testing.

FREE Online GED Course

The 2014 GED test is a four subject high school equivalency test that measures skills required by high schools and requested by colleges and employers. The four subjects are Science, Social Studies, Mathematical Reasoning and Reasoning Through Language Arts. 

Study online for the GED at class, home or the library. All you need is a computer with internet connection and some basic computer skills.

September 8, 2014 - June 30, 2015

Mondays & Tuesdays

4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

MN West Pipestone Campus

Room 203 (Computer Lab)

Questions call Community Ed Director Don Plahn (507) 825-6756


Instructor Bridget Smith (507) 215-0449

All classes require registration and testing. 

Will, Trust and Estate Planning

Attorney Hannon Ford from Windom MN offers two free 2 hour programs when Community Education can arrange a minimum of ten people per class. If you are interested in this class contact Michael Vander Haar (507) 562-6086

Early Childhood Family Education

Looking for a great experience for you and your child?

ECFE is designed to be an educational and fun experience

for both parent and child. There is a time for you to be

involved in various crafts, singing, and playing with your child

and a time for parents to discuss a wide range of topics.

Instructors: Dawn Stokesbary 507-562-6097 or


Bountiful Baskets Food Co-op 

Bountiful Baskets Food Co-op (BBFC) distributes produce baskets, organic produce baskets, artisan bread and sandwich bread every other week. BBFC is a group of people who work together for mutual benefit. This is a grassroots, all volunteer, no contracts, no catch co-operative. A $15.00 contribution will get you a Conventional Basket with 50% Fruit & 50% Vegetables that is 100% healthy & delicious. 

Pickup will be at the Hill Elementary gymnasium, every other Saturday starting May 17, 2014 12:30 p.m.

For questions and to order your basket visit

Active Living

An active living community cares about the health and well-being of its citizens by creating a safer and more convenient environment for them to incorporate physical activity into their daily lives. Seniors, children, and people with physical disabilities especially benefit from safe accessible sidewalks and crosswalks. Communities that have bike lanes and strategically placed bike racks encourage residents to do many of their errands without starting their cars.

Safe routes to school encourage children to walk or ride their bikes. That extra exercise can help a child learn better as well as reduce traffic congestion around school sites. Biking and walking routes to industrial parks and manufacturing areas enable workers to choose active transportation over vehicles. Businesses that have wellness programs or provide opportunities and incentives for exercise observe a reduction in healthcare costs and greater worker productivity. Efforts of this type make Pipestone a more attractive place to live, work, and play.


Walk/Bike to School Day - October 8, 2014

Please check back for 2015 date.

City of Pipestone Park & Rec Department

General Information

After School Activity Center

Please direct your questions for the Park & Rec Department or the Ewert Recreation Center to Stacy Claussen or Karen Boehm or for more detailed information on programs offered go to (click on the Community Educaton tab) 

Stacy Claussen - Recreation Director

Karen Boehm - Recreation Assistant

(507) 825-5834



2015 Sponsors

Pipestone County United Way

Thank you to our 2014 SPONSORS!

Fishback Financial Corporation 

Pipestone Area Community Foundation

Pipestone County Medical Center

First Bank & Trust

Sanford Health

First Farmers & Merchants

Carrow's True Value, Inc.

Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort

Pipestone Holdings, LLC

Pipestone Golden Club


Gary & Pat Gillin

National Bike to School Day - Wednesday May 4th 2016

For Pipestone Area Schools Grades 5-8. Each student that rides their bike to school will receive a $1.00 coupon to the School's "Malt Shoppe". 

Farmers Market  

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The Pipestone Farmer's Market is now located on the circle drive at Brown School at

1401 7th St SW Pipestone, MN 56164

Saturdays: 8:00 a.m. (starting on June 2015)

Wednesdays: 4:30 p.m. (starting on June, 2015)

The Market will be open on those days until the produce is sold out or if there are no more customers.

Free Range Kids Program

Program is offered: June 8 - August 14, 2015

Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday 11:00 am - 12:30 pm at Harmon Park

              Fun activities for kids of all ages. The program is free!

Photo Gallery

Check out all of our pictures under the Photo Gallery tab at the top of our Home page.

Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan

In February of 2011 Big Muddy Workshop from Omaha Nebraska and Banner Associates from Pipestone completed a Bicycle/Pedestrian Master Plan for the City of Pipestone funded by Pipestone Active Living.

View the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan here

2015 Pipestone Active Living Summer Events 

July 9th Thursday - Night on the Square Event - Casey Jones Trail Special Event

This event starts and ends at the Casey Jones Trail head. Registration starts at 5:30 and walk begins at 6:00 pm. Event will run until 8:00 pm. Free meal and beverage to follow. Prizes to be drawn. Need not be present to win. Parking available at Trail head. 

July 22nd Wednesday- Pool Party 4:00-7:00

Join us for this free admission Pool Party at the Pipestone Family Aquatic Center, enjoy music by Thunder Music DJ Service.

Rain Date: July 29th

August 13th Thursday- Walk at Westview Park 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for this family friendly event! Walk, run or bike any of the trails at Westview Park. Free meal from Subway provided at the end of the trail. Reigster for prize drawing when you arrive. Bring the whole family and meet new people!

Bike Rentals

Renting a bike is easy by going to the Ewert Community Recreation Center located at

115 N Hiawatha Ave, Pipestone, MN 56164 507.825.5834

Bike Rental Fees: $5.00 daily rental, Punch Card is $30.00 for 10 rentals. 

Some requirements and restrictions do apply, contact the Ewert Community Recreation Center with questions.

Available bikes: 6 adult, 1 tandem and 2 youth bikes. 

Get Out and Get Active by Renting a Bike!

Community Gardens 


 The picture to left is the completed product of one of three Pipestone Community Gardens. This community garden is located at 422 8th Ave SW. across from Southwest Park.  If you have questions or are interested in a garden plot for 2015 please contact one of the below coordinators.

422 8th Ave SW - (507) 562-6086

Christian Reformed Church 800 Second Ave SE - Charlene Kruse (507) 825-2586

Peace United Methodist Church 500 Seventh St SE - Myron Koets (507) 215-0538 

Safe Routes to School

Pipestone was chosen as one of the 16 recipients of the Safe Routes to School grant awardees in 2011. That year's solicitation resulted in 82 infrastructure applications requesting over $23.3 million in SRTS funds. Our proposal was one of the top quality proposals received from communities all over the state of Minnesota. Pipestone will receive funds totaling $219,828.00 that will be used to connect paths/trails near the Middle/High School to enable students to safely walk/bike to school. Construction on this trail was completed in August 2013.

In April of 2013, Pipestone was again notified from the Minnesota Department of Transportation that it was awarded $245,719.00 in a Safe Routes to School grant. This year's solicitation received 62 applications requesting over $15 million in SRTS funds. Construction on this trail was completed in 2014.


Below is our next 30 days of events
Click here to view our Monthly Calendar or here to see our 6 Month View Calendar

Mon - Sep 07
  Labor Day
Office Closed
Tue - Sep 08
6:30 PM
  City Council
Mon - Sep 21
6:30 PM
  City Council Meeting
Tue - Sep 22
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  Community Education Defensive Driving Class
Pipestone County EMS Building 4hr refresher course