A “Kee” to Progress
Located on this page is information about organizations, churches and services in our community. Feel free to contact any of interest!
The letter head for Kiester Civic and Commerce states “A Kee to Progress” and is dedicated to community service. This is the motto for all volunteer organizations in Kiester, as they are key to the success of the community. Whether the organization is civic, church or social, the people who volunteer their time and talents make Kiester a good place to live and work.
Organizations By Category
Lime Creek Church at Farming of Yesteryear
Open Doors UMC-Chris Leistra-pastor, P. O. Box 369 Kiester, MN 56051 507-294-3300
10:30 a.m. Sunday Worship, 10 am Fellowship
Trinity Lutheran -Kris Ferkin, interm pastor , Mailing address for Trinity Lutheran is P.O. Box 239, Kiester, MN 56051 Trinity parish is located 3 miles west and 3 miles south of Kiester, MN Church Phone/Fax Number is 507-294-3721, 9:45a.m. Sunday Fellowship, 10:30a.m. Worship, Wednesday 5 pm WOW
Bethel Lutheran -Scott Spering, Intern Pastor, 15722 490th Avenue, Scarville, Iowa (Vinje, IA), (641) 590-3590, 9:30 a.m. Sunday School, 10:30 a.m. Worship
Our Savior’s Lutheran- Kris Ferkin, interm pastor
8:45 a.m. Worship Service 9:45 a.m. Coffee Fellowship Church Phone: 507-294-3606 Parsonage: 507-294-3713
United Lutheran- Don Rose, pastor, 222 W 3rd St, Walters, Phone 507-294-3134
Fax 507- 294-3134 , 8:45a.m. Worship with Holy Communion, 10 a.m. Sunday School
Mansfield Lutheran– Don Rose, pastor, 14711 630th Ave, Alden, Phone 507- 294-3134
Fax 507- 294-3134, 10:30 a.m Worship with Holy Communion, 9:15 a.m. Sunday School
Covenant Life Church– Steven Lorenz, pastor, 290 1st Ave NE, Wells, MN, phone 507- 553-5025, Pre-Service Prayer 9:00 a.m., Worship 9:30 a.m.
Bricelyn Lutheran-Nancy Dreier, pastor, 404 N Secor St, Bricelyn, MN, phone 507- 653-4565, Worship 10:45 a.m. ,coffee fellowship 9:45
North Blue Earth Lutheran-Nancy Dreier, pastor, 50962 100th St, Brush Creek, MN, phone 507- 653-4520, Worship 9:00 a.m., Coffee fellowship 9:45 a.m.
South Blue Earth Lutheran– Arne Halbakken, pastor, 49343 50th St., Bricelyn, MN, phone 507- 653-4314, Worship 9:00 a.m. with Bethany; Coffee fellowship 10 a.m.
Bethany Evangelical Lutheran– Arne Halbakken, pastor, 48332 40th St, Frost, MN, phone 507-878-3324, Worship 9:00 a.m, Coffee fellowship 10:00 a.m.
United Lutheran-Arne Halbakken, pastor, 310 Howard St., Frost, MN, phone 507-878-3195, Worship 10:30 a.m.
St. Casimir Catholic, 320 2nd Ave SW, Wells, MN, phone 507-553-5391
St. John the Baptist, 100 Park Street North,Minnesota Lake, MN, phone 507-462-3636 Fax: 507- 462-3212
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, 27 Main St, Easton, MN, phone 507-787-2303
Matt Fasnacht, pastor, Saturday Mass at 5:00 p.m. at Minnesota Lake, Sunday Mass at 8:00 a.m. at Wells, Tuesday Mass at 8:30 a.m. at Wells.
Assembly of God-Brumm Harms, pastor, Hilary Korynta, youth pastor, 405 S Broadway, Wells, MN, phone 553-3511, 9:15 a.m. fellowship, Worship service 10:00 a.m.
Dell Lutheran, Joe Ocker, pastor, 47500 97th St, Frost, MN, phone 507-878-3391, Sunday School 9:15 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m.
Immanuel Lutheran, Randall V. Baldwin, pastor, 105 E 3rd St, Scarville, IA, phone 641-268-3666, Worship 9:00 a.m., Fellowship 10:00 a.m., Sunday School 10:15 a.m.
Good Shepherd Lutheran, Mary Iverson, pastor, 291 1st St SW, Wells, MN, phone 507- 553-3513, Coffee 8:15 a.m. & 10:15 a.m., Worship 9:00 a.m.
OPEN DOORS UMC Wells, Chris Leistra, pastor, 595 1st Ave SW, Wells, MN, 507-553-5453, 9:00 a.m. Worship, 10:00 a.m. coffee, Sunday School 10 a.m.
SAIL (formerly Bone Builders)
Meet Monday & Thursday 9:00 am at Our Saviors Lutheran Church
Leaders are Mary Aske, Jeanette Parriott, and Sylvia Halverson
Foster FireFlies 4-H Club,
Approximately 30 children and their families are involved in the Kiester area 4-H program. Monthly meetings and activities are held at the Rice Lake area Metholdist Church. Programs are family oriented. 4-H activities teach life skills and leadership and give kids a chance to have fun and express themselves. The Foster FireFlies walk the road ditches near Kiester along Hwy. 22 as part of the “Adopt a Highway” program. They annually take part in the “Share the Fun” talent program. The Foster FireFlies have an active dog project teaching individual showmanship and obedience.
Kiester Community Food Pantry
Our Savior’s Lutheran Church 1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month 4-6 p.m.
Kiester Civic and Commerce
Carol Rinehart, President: 507-383-4182 , meet the 3rd Monday of the month at 6:00pm. Meeting are held at the Kiester Legion.
There are over 50 members of the Kiester Civic and Commerce organization which works to promote the businesses in the area. Kiester Civic and Commerce is a vehicle for business people to work together in activities and events such as the Kiester Days Celebration in June. They also host a City Wide Garage Sale in May, cooperate with the Gopher Hawkeye Association in sponsoring the Farming of Yesteryear threshing show in September, and do special promotions over the holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas. Kiester Civic and Commerce also helps with community Christmas lighting.
Kiester Area Historical Society
President- Al Bauman 507-294-3739, Vice President- Jan Fure, Located in the Kee Town & County CTR. (Kiester School Building), PO Box 222
Kiester, MN. Meet the 3rd Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at the KTTC and they are always looking for new members.
Open every month during the KTTC dinners, Kiester Days, and by appointment (family reunions, etc..)
contact person- Judy Meyer, meet the 4th Monday of the month at 4:30 p.m.
The main focus of the club is to beautify the city with planters of flowers on Main Street, around the businesses, and the Welcome to Kiester sign. They have an annual garden tour, and a plant sale as a fund raiser to help defray the costs of the planters.
Kiester Legion Post 454
Kiester, MN 56051 The Kiester Legion Post 454, Commander- Steve Koester, meet the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion.
Kiester Legion Auxiliary
Kiester, MN. 56051, President-Jeanette Parriot., meet the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion.
The purpose of the American Legion Auxiliary is to foster and perpetuate Americanism and to instill a sense of obligation to the community, state, and nation. The Auxiliary sponsors a Bloodmobile and sends candidates to the Girls State and Girls County programs. We support our local American Legion Unit in many of their endeavors. Our unit actively serves many banquets and meetings in order to earn funds which are donated to a variety of community, state and national causes.
Son’s of the American Legion
Kiester, MN.56051, Commander- Doug Trytten, meet the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Kiester American Legion.
Founded in 1932, Sons of The American Legion exists to honor the service and sacrifice of Legionnaires.
SAL members include males of all ages whose parents or grandparents served in the U.S. military and were eligible for American Legion membership.
Kiester City Library
Located in the Kee Town & Country CTR (Kiester School building), Librarians- Judy Meyer, Ruth Peterson -507-600-9337 Library hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays 1:00pm – 3:30 pm & Saturdays 9:00 am – 11:00 a.m. The Library offers a wifi computer and printer, audio books, DVDs, large print books, new books rotated from the Blue Earth Library every Tuesday, capability of ordering other materials online. Free library card just by stopping in to register. They offer a variety of various programs for people in the community such as: a summer reading program along with activities for the children, Kiester Gardeners, Oil Painters Group, Book Reading Group, and Friends of the Kiester Library
Kiester For A Cure
Kiester For A Cure was created in 2009 when three women, Rachel Lohberger, Lori Schumann and Linda Willaby, got together to have a bowling fundraiser intended to raise money which would be used locally for people who are diagnosed with cancer. Since then, the group has added memebers, Karen Zabel, Jodi Willaby and Sheila Chose. With the support of the community, Kiester For A Cure has expanded its annual bowling fundraiser as well as added a fall meal and 5k walk/run with proceeds used to support high school scholarships. Money raised from the annual bowling fundraiser has been used towards the purchase of state of the art equipment for the medical center in Albert Lea, donations given to area Hospice organizations, Beads of Courage and donations given to local citizens upon diagnosis of cancer. By keeping this money local, our intent is to make a difference in lives of individuals and families as they fight this disease
Oil Painting Club
Located in the Kiester School Building. Meet every Tuesdays, & Thursdays 1 pm- 4pm
Stateline Snowmobile Club
Chris Schumann, President: 507-402-1106
Our purpose is to provide groomed trails for winter recreation in the Kiester area. Over 50 members pay dues to help keep trails groomed and marked. The Kiester trail goes south to the stateline and hooks up with Iowa trails, and north to Walters where it connects to the Freeborn county snowmobile trail. Trails are open to the public and are maintained by members throughout the winter months. The Club holds races and suppers to help with expenses involved in marking and grooming the many miles of trails.
Gopher- Hawkeye Power Association
Presidents: Brian Linder 507-525-2345 & Jim Meyer 507-383-0331
Non-profit organization, holds various activities throughout the year including :Pork Sandwich Dinner in March, Swap meet/ Horse Show/ Tractor pull in June, Farming of Yesteryear Old-Time Threshing Show in September, & Christmas in the County in December.