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Pipestone Area Community Education

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. 

If you have questions on Pipestone Area Community Education or Pipestone Active Living please call

Michael Vander Haar (507) 562-6086 or email

FREE Parenting Class

There will be a free parenting class on Love and Logic on Saturday, November 15th for parents of children ages 2-18. Love and Logic is a philosophy that provides parents with simple and practical techniques and tools to make parenting less stressful and more fun. It will teach you how to have fewer power struggles, less arguing, end whining, and be able to set enforceable limits and boundaries.
When: Saturday, November 15th 9:00 am-2:30 pm-child care provided
Where: Edgerton Public High School-423 1st Ave West in Edgerton,

Register by calling Sarah Landin @ 507.442.7881 or Paige Thompson @ 507.825.6763

Digital Scrapbooking

October 20, 28 & November 3, 2014 6:30 - 8:30 Class Fee: $15.00

Hill Elementary School Computer Lab

Turn your digital photos into quick pages to fill your empty scrapbooks. Requirements: basic computer skills including saving, opening, using a window 7 computer, browsing pictures from a flash drive or computer. Learn how to turn digital photos into decorative scrapbook pages very quickly. Learn ways to edit photos by cropping, flipping, tinting, and changing to different color tones. Software used: Adobe Photoshop Elements 11.0 and Pic

To register and to make prepayment of $15.00, contact Michael Vander Haar (507) 562-6086

Pipestone Area Community Education Defensive Driving Classes

Defensive Driving Classes will be held at the Pipestone EMS building located at 811 5th St SE, Pipestone MN 56164 on the following dates:

November 11, 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.

November 12, 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Fee: $24.00 for the eight hour course.

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

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

Expectant Parents Class

Getting ready for your new baby includes

the following topics:

 Physical and emotional changes of pregnancy, labor, birth & postpartum. Focus is on safe, healthy birth practices that are evidence-based on clinical research

 Variety of Lamaze coping skills including massage, breathing and comfort positions.

 Tour of birthing room suites at Pipestone County Medical Center.

 Breast-feeding, infant nutrition and newborn baby care

 Parent and family adjustments to life with a new baby

Plan to attend this class during the last three months of

your pregnancy. Pre-registration is necessary.

Classes are held throughout the year. Next scheduled

class starts Oct. 7, 2014

For more information and to register, call

Pipestone County Medical Center: 507-825-6273

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 - Now in Pipestone

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

National Diabetes Prevention Program

Classes begin September 2, 2014 at the Pipestone County Medical Center and Family Clinic Avera from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. for 16 weeks. If classes are cancelled due to inclement weather, additional sessions will be added to complete the 16-week program. After the 16-week program is completed, support and additional learning sessions will be offered on a monthly basis for 8 months.

There is no cost to participate in the program.

For more information about the I CAN Prevent Diabetes program, contact Lorelei Schelhaas at the University of Minnesota Extension (507) 825-6715 or email

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

Pipestone Area Middle School offered an exciting opportunity to Middle School Students within the school's walking boundaries called Walk Bike to School Day.Several schools across the nation participated in walk bike to school day on October 8. As an incentive, middle school students that walked or biked to school received a FREE healthy breakfast. They had a choice of a strawberry breakfast parfait and a granola bar or a strawberry smoothie and a granola bar. Students that walked or biked to school were met by Carrie Leddy and Michael Vander Haar that morning at the school and were given a coupon for their free breakfast. We had 159 students participate in this event. 


City of Pipestone Park & Rec Department

General Information

After School Activity Center

2014 Fall Youth Rec Programs

Fall Adult Volleyball Leagues

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


 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 7th 2014

Pipestone Area Schools Grades 5-8 participated in Bike to School Day on Wednesday May 7th, 2014. We had 84 students ride their bikes to school for this event. Each student that rode their bike to school received a $1.00 coupon to the School's "Malt Shoppe". Thank you to everyone that participated in National Bike to School Day!

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 14, 2014)

Wednesdays: 4:30 p.m. (starting on July 16, 2014)

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 9 - August 15, 2014

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:00 am - 11:00 am at Southwest Park

Tuesday and Thursday 11:00 am - 12:15 pm at Harmon Park


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

2014 Pipestone Active Living Summer Events 

June 19 Thursday- Night on the Square 5:30-8:00 p.m.  

This event starts and ends at the Harmon Park Shelter. Enjoy a healthy sandwich, chips & refreshment from Subway on us at the Park! Join us for this popular event.

This event was rescheduled to June 24 due to chances of rain and wet conditions. 

156 people attended this event.

July 9 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 15

460-480 people attended this event.

August 6 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.

This event was rescheduled to August 13, 2014 due to cooler temps and chances of rain.

440 people attended this event.

August 12 Tuesday- Walking Westview 5:30-8:00 p.m.

This event will start and end at the A's Field concession stand in Westview Park. Experience the new trail in Westview Park by walking the whole trail once, twice or three times. Each time around the trail is almost a mile. Enjoy some delicious food from Kelly's Koffee once you have finished your walk. Get out and get ACTIVE with Pipestone Active Living.

Rain Date: August 14

175 people attended this event.

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 2014 please contact one of the below coordinators.

422 8th Ave SW - Michael Vander Haar (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 will be completed by September of 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 - Oct 20
6:30 PM
  City Council Meeting
Mon - Oct 27
5:30 PM
  School Board Meeting
Mon - Nov 03
6:30 PM
  City Council Meeting
Tue - Nov 11
  Veterans Day
Office Closed
Mon - Nov 17
6:30 PM
  City Council Meeting