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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:

June 9, 10 5:30-9:30 p.m.

July 15, 16 5:30-9:30 p.m.

July 23 5:30-9:30 p.m. this class will be a refresher course. 

Fee: $24.00 for the eight hour course, $20.00 for the four hour refresher course. 

To register for one of these classes please visit click on Driver Improvement Program or

call 1-888-234-1294

Pipestone Area Community Education Youth Football Camp

For players entering 5th and 6th grade the 2014-2015 school year 

When: July 29, 30, 31 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Where: Brown School Field

To register or if questions please contact: Darren Baartman @ 507-215-7223

or Rich Stangle @ 612-240-4316

Pipestone Area Community Education 2014 Arrow Wrestling Camp

When: July 28th - July 31

Grade K-6 10:00 to 12:00
Going into 7th - 12th 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Pipestone Area Schools
Cost: $40.00 K-6, $50.00 going into 7th - 12th

For questions contact Brian Bos @ 820-0367 or

Pipestone Area Community Education Free Little Tykes Sports

Wednesday nights starting June 25 till July 23rd 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. at Brown Elementary School. 

Ages 3-5, activities will include but not limited to T-ball, basketball, parachute, soccer, flag football.

To register or for questions please call Lisa Sneller @ 507-215-2489 or Kayla Houselog @ 507-820-0255

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 FIRST BANK & TRUST for your support!

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

              There will be no Free Range Kids on July 3rd & July 4th.

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. - -Postponed to June 24 

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 has been rescheduled for June 24 due to chances of rain and wet conditions. 

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

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 Southwest Music Service.

Rain Date: August 13

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

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 the trail should be completed by August 31, 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 should begin 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

Tue - Jul 29
  Pipestone Area Community Education 2014 Arrow Wrestling Camp
Tue - Jul 29
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  Pipestone Area Community Education Youth Football Camp
Brown School Field- Contact Darren Baartman @ 507-215-7223 or Rich Stangle @ 612-240-4316 with questions or to register.
Wed - Jul 30
  Pipestone Area Community Education 2014 Arrow Wrestling Camp
Wed - Jul 30 -- Sat - Aug 02
  Pipestone County Fair
Pipestone County Fair Free Fair, 4H and FFA Barns Grandstand Entertainment, Midway Rides
Wed - Jul 30
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  Pipestone Area Community Education Youth Football Camp
Brown School Field- Contact Darren Baartman @ 507-215-7223 or Rich Stangle @ 612-240-4316 with questions or to register.
Thu - Jul 31
  Pipestone Area Community Education 2014 Arrow Wrestling Camp
Thu - Jul 31
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  Pipestone Area Community Education Youth Football Camp
Brown School Field-Contact Darren Baartman @ 507-215-7223 or Rich Stangle @ 612-240-4316 with questions or to register
Mon - Aug 04
6:30 PM
  City Council Meeting
Wed - Aug 06
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  Pool Party
Pool Party at the Pipestone Family Aquatic Center. Free admission. Music by Southwest Music Service.
Fri - Aug 08
  Youth Triathlon
Harmon Park-Contact Cory Strasser with questions
Sat - Aug 09
  Civil War Days
Sun - Aug 10
  Civil War Days
Tue - Aug 12
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  Walking Westview
This event will start and end at the A's Field concession stand. Walk the new trail around Westview Park once, twice or three times, each time around is almost a mile. Join us for a fun night of walking and great food by Kelly's Koffee.
Fri - Aug 15
  Free Range Kids Program
last day for program
Mon - Aug 18
6:30 PM
  City Council Meeting
Tue - Aug 19
8:30 AM
  Statewide Health Improvement Program Leadership Team Meeting
Mon - Aug 25
5:30 PM
  School Board Meeting