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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. 

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:

August 26, 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.

August 27, 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.

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. 

Social Media Breakfast

Learn what GOOGLE can do for you.

Tuesday, September 9 2014 7:45 - 9:00 a.m.

Conference Room of the Emergency Management Service Building

811 5th St SE, Pipestone, MN

This event is FREE but pre-registration is required by contacting Naomi at the Pipestone Chamber: - (507) 825-3316

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.



Make a donation to Pipestone Active Living and 


dollar-for-dollar, up to $5,000!

In order to qualify for the match dollars, donations must be received by September 1, 2014.

Contact Michael Vander Haar at 507-562-6086 to DONATE TODAY!

 Thank you to our 2014 SPONSORS!

Fishback Financial Corporation 

Southwest Initiative 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 - Sep 01
  Labor Day
Office Closed
Tue - Sep 02
6:30 PM
  City Council Meeting
Mon - Sep 15
6:30 AM
  City Council Meeting
Mon - Sep 22
5:30 PM
  School Board Meeting