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2016 lifestyle guide

Welcome to LitchďŹ eld Litchfield is a community located in central Minnesota that has much to offer people who visit or live in this city. Litchfield has many small, medium and large businesses and industries that offer a wide variety of employment to many of its residents. The city has a wonderful school system, both public and parochial, and along with their public education has an excellent community education program that provides recreation, art, theatre and education for young and old. Litchfield is a community that you can receive the best health care from young to old. Our new state-of-the-art Meeker Memorial Hospital offers a full medical menu for inpatient and outpatient care along with two medical clinics. Our city has a large nursing home campus that is available to all levels of care for the elderly citizens in our area. Recreation is a plus in our community, providing a wide variety of sporting opportunities and relaxation activities you may desire. We have an abundance of lakes in our area along with Lake Ripley which is an esthetic attraction for our community. The city has many well groomed parks with shelters that individuals and families can use for any occasion. Litchfield has an 18-hole golf course with an adjoining clubhouse for dining both casual and formal. When you spend time in our city, you will notice the historic buildings downtown, our beautiful Central Park, Memorial Park and Anderson Gardens by Lake Ripley, and many beautiful homes, businesses and churches. The residents of Litchfield are wonderful people and living in this community offers many opportunities for a good quality of life. When you visit our community, we hope you enjoy your time and someday consider building or owning a business. Another option would be to build, buy, or rent a home and become a part of us. As the Mayor of Litchfield, welcome to our community and for those who live here, thanks for making this community a great place to call home. Keith Johnson Mayor, City of Litchfield

“Large enough to serve you... Small enough to know you.� The Central Park bandstand was rebuilt to its historical grandeur in 2002. Just an example of how Litchfield attempts to honor its past as it looks to the future.

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Ben Olson and Karlee Prahl perform “Summer Nights” from the musical “Grease” during the Watercade lip sync contest in Litchfield Central Park.



Parks Recreation Festivals Historical Homes

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LEISURE Athletic Organizations Clubs & Organizations Lake Associations

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City Council Meetings Public Utilities Library Ordinances State and Federal Leaders Meeker County Board Other Elected Officials Courthouse U.S. Postal Services Transportions Conservation District Agriculture Economic Development Public Health Services Family Services Licenses

Health & Wellness

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LIVING Education Senior Citizens Support Services

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MARKETPLACE Local Media Municipal Liquor Store Storefront (Business) Directory

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PETS Humane Society


2016 lifestyle guide Publisher: Brent Schacherer Photography: Litchfield Independent Review Editorial Content: Andrew Broman, Martha Lueders, Louie Opatz Editorial Design: Rachel Larivee, Nicole Bullock Advertising: Kevin True, Dawn Maleska, Greg McManus

Special thanks to the city of Litchfield, Litchfield Chamber of Commerce, Meeker County and Litchfield School District for their contributions. Every effort has been made to provide an accurate directory, but if errors have occurred please let us know about them. On the cover, members of the Litchfield High School color guard perform along 10th Street East last year. Published by Crow River Press, 170 Shady Ridge Rd., Hutchinson, MN 55350. Copyright 2015. Printed in the U.S.A. For additional information or to submit corrections, call 320-593-4802 or send an email to


elcome to the 2016 Litchfield Lifestyle Guide. This publication offers a directory of information and resources used by Litchfield area businesses and residents, especially those who are new to this area. The Lifestyle Guide is a compilation of important information — a single source for lists of services, names, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses. Keep it handy; use it often.

Our apologies for any omissions or for changes that occur after publication. Please notify us of information that needs to be updated so it can be kept current throughout the year. If you would like additional copies of this publication, call our Circulation Department at 320-693-3266. Send information for the Lifestyle Guide to Andrew Broman at editor@


itchfield residents experience the best of both worlds. They enjoy a small-town sense of security and community pride. Yet, Litchfield is only about one hour’s drive from larger regional centers, including St. Cloud and the Twin Cities. Main highways, a municipal airport, a hospital and clinics, camping at Lake Ripley, beautiful parks, a strong business community, as well as excellent schools are some of Litchfield’s greatest attributes. Incorporated in 1872, the city grew with the railroad. After the St. Paul and Pacific Railroad was constructed through Litchfield, the county seat was moved from Forest City to Litchfield in 1869. The town was named after brothers E. Darwin Litchfield, Egbert E. Litchfield and Edwin

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L C. Litchfield, who helped finance the construction of the railroad through Minnesota. Today, Litchfield is h o m e to s everal athletic fields near Litchfield High School, a golf course and an indoor hockey rink at the Civic Arena. Litchfield has its own police department, as well as a volunteer fire department and rescue squad. Other city facilities include a new municipal liquor store, municipal power plant, water department and wastewater treatment facility. offers many initiat ives including the focusi ng on annual One healthy living, that seeks to Vegetable, One Comm improve overal unity campa l community The initiative, ign health by health sponsored by Meeker a new vegeta ier eating. County Public ble each year Health, — which have and kale — as part of its included tomato features healthy-eatin spring, comm es, squash g promotional unity memb campaign. Each ers can pick events with up free plants local maste , and then attend r gardeners, experts throug dieticians and hout the year. other wellne The city of ss LitchĆeld and Meeker Count state’s happie st and health y also boast some of the iest citizens, released Count according to y Health Rankin the nationally list in 2010, gs. Since the Meeker Count inception of the rankings y has consis of Minnesota’s tently healthiest counties. Count ranked in the top third feeling happy and healthy, y residents with Meeke also report out of Minne r County being sota’s 87 ranked ninth The community ranked counties in the “quality of life” is served by number of category. a hospital and chiropractic, clinics, as well dental, eye health care as a care, hearin providers. g care and mental



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2014-2015 Miss Litchfield Ali Richardson, center, braves the cold weather last year at Wintercade with princesses Erika Hart, left, and Emily Schreiber. Each year, royalty help hand out raffle prizes during the ice fishing contest on Lake Ripley.



itchfield is a neat community located in central Minnesota that has much to offer people who visit or live in this city. Litchfield has many small, medium and large businesses, and industries that offer a wide variety of employment to many of its residents in and around this community. Litchfield also has many options for dining and shopping. The city has a wonderful school system, both public and parochial, along with an excellent community education program that provides recreation, art, theater, music and education possibilities for young and old. Litchfield is a community that you can receive the best of health care whether you are young or

old. Our state-of-the art Meeker Memorial Hospital offers a full medical menu for inpatient and outpatient care along with two medical clinics. Our city has a large Ecumen nursing home campus that is available to all levels of care for the elderly citizens in our area. Recreation is a plus in our community, providing a wide variety of sporting opportunities and relaxation activities you may desire. We have an abundance of lakes in our area along with our own Lake Ripley which is an aesthetic attraction for our community. The city has groomed parks with shelters, tennis courts, softball fields and campgrounds that individuals and families can use for many occasions. Litchfield

has a beautiful 18-hole golf course with an adjoining clubhouse/ supper club for dining both casual and formal. When you spend time in our city, you will notice the historic buildings downtown, our historic Opera House and the Grand Army of the Republic building. We have a beautiful Central Park, Memorial Park and Anderson Gardens by Lake Ripley, and many wonderful homes and churches. The residents of Litchfield are wonderful people and living in this community offers many opportunities for a good quality of life. When you visit our community, we hope you enjoy your time and someday consider leasing, building, or owning a business.

Mayor Keith Johnson Another option would be to rent, build or buy a home and become a part of us. A s m ay o r o f L i tc h f i e l d , I welcome you to our town, and for those who live here, thanks for making this community a great place to call home.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT LIVING IN LITCHFIELD? We love Litchfield primarily because of the lasting, close friendships we’ve been able to develop in a relatively short period of time. Also, the access and proximity to exceptional services such as medical care and schools is unbelievable.” MARTIN ALLEN 4-year Litchfield resident

W hat I like b es t ab out living in Litchfield are the people who are so friendly, compassionate and caring. It’s so heartwarming to see the outpouring and generosity whenever there’s a need.”

I like living in Litchfield because of its smalltown feel and the genuine people. It sure beats the Cities.”

I love Litchfield because of the small-town friendly feel. You have all you need within a few short miles, from a thrifty main street to the awesome lakes and parks. It’s definitely a family-friendly community.”

NATE VAN HATTEN Litchfield Building Center employee

SHARON ROGERS 10-year Litchfield resident

Litchfield is a beautiful communit y with friendly, helpful people and many opportunities for our children to learn and to enjoy growing up. My husband and I both grew up in Litchfield, and now our children get to as well.”

When moving to the area, we were drawn to the charm, beauty and character of Litchfield. We have fallen in love with the people and community.”

LORI FICKER Daycare provider

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ARLENE GROSKREUTZ Natural Food Co-op volunteer

KRISTI CHVATAL 10-year Litchfield resident





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5 years and under 18 years and under


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4.3% Foreign born Between 2010 and 2014 EDUCATION

87.2% High School Graduate or higher, 25+ 2010-2014

WORK TRAVEL TIME Mean travel time to work

workers age 16+

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2,930 Housing units, 2010 = 400


Homeownership rate, 2010-2014

88.3% Living in same house 1 year or more $127,800

Median value of ownership occupied homes, 2010-2014

2.36 Persons per household $50,668 Median household income

19.5% Bachelor’s Degree or higher, 25+ 2010-2014





Children shriek and laugh while spinning on a carousel at the park in Darwin.

OPTIONS FOR FUN Adventures and getaways close to home


n Litchfield, residents and visitors don’t have to look far to find an opportunity for fun. The city has 18 parks of all different shapes and sizes, as well as facilities such as an archery range, basketball and tennis courts, hockey rinks and a golf course. Memorial Park and Lake Ripley in Litchfield are the site of many events during Watercade, the city’s summer celebration, including a fishing contest, beach party, sand-castle building contest, a 4-mile run around the lake and a fireworks display. The south shore of Lake Ripley is also the site to a popular RV campground, which lures both residents and non-residents to its site to enjoy life on the lake. Litchfield is also home to many historic houses that reflect various architectural styles. There are also many wonderful parks and amenities in the townships surrounding Litchfield. Meeker County operates several parks, some with picnic shelters, playground equipment and ball fields.

‘The city has 18 parks of all different shapes and sizes, as well as facilities such as an archery range, basketball and tennis courts, hockey rinks and a golf course.’

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ATTRACTIONS PARKS LITCHFIELD PARKS Anderson Gardens North of Memorial Park on Lake Ripley, just off Hwy 22 Anderson Gardens is a miniarboretum park located on the northeastern corner of Lake Ripley with a picturesque gazebo. Becker Park One block south of E Paul St., between Gilman & Chandler Located on South Chandler Avenue, Becker Park is an open play area with a swing set and a small hill perfect for sliding and sledding in the winter. Central Park Off Sibley Ave. between 3rd St. & 4th St. The heart of Litchfield, Central Park and its bandshell are home to activities throughout the year, including outdoor music, Easter egg hunt, a farmers market and community meals. It is in downtown Litchfield along Sibley Avenue. Crescent Park Off N Crescent Ln., near Litchfield Sports Complex This playground is located in the Crescent Lane development and has a swing set and playground equipment. Dog Park and Archery Range Across Lake Ripley Dr. from Memorial Park Litchfield’s Dog Park and Archery Range, located across from Memorial Park on Lake Ripley — has eight acres for dogs

The Litchfield Sports Complex, located between the Armory and high school on N. Gilman Avenue, features a variety of athletic facilities to play softball, tennis, hockey, basketball, soccer or throw a few horseshoes. to run free, as well as picnic tables and garbage cans. Next to the dog park is an archery range, which features targets at 10-yard intervals up to 80 yards. Jaycees Park Between Memorial Park & Lake Ripley Campground on Lake Ripley

Situated between Memorial Park and the Lake Ripley Campground along Lake Ripley, this park is ideal for a day on the lake or packing a picnic: Jaycees Park has a picnic shelter, playground equipment, dock, boat launch and ice fishing access.

Lake Ripley Campground Off Lake Ripley Dr. between Lake Ripley & East Lake Ripley The municipal trailer campground has 33 sites, all with sewer and water, as well as permanent restrooms and showers. All sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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The Meeker County Off-Highway Vehicle Park comprises 40 acres and features five miles of ATV trails, six miles of off-highway motorcycle trails, a picnic shelter and a youth ATV training area. The park is open seven days a week, from dusk ‘til dawn, depending on weather. Lions Park Off W Pleasure Dr. west of Hwy 22 Located on the north shore of Lake Ripley, Lions Park has a playground, fishing docks, walking/bike path and large picnic shelter that may be reserved through Litchfield Community Education. Litchfield Sports Complex Between the Armory and the high school on N. Gilman Ave. Located near Litchfield High School on Gilman Avenue, the Litchfield Sports Complex features a variety of athletic facilities, including four softball fields, four tennis courts, a horseshoe court, two outdoor hockey rinks, basketball court, soccer area, skateboard park, two Little League fields and Optimist Park, home of the Litchfield Blues

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amateur baseball team. The area is also home to Litchfield Public Schools’ athletic facilities.

and Seventh streets, Ness Park has a swing set, picnic tables and volleyball court.

Memorial Park East edge of Lake Ripley, just off S Sibley Ave. The location for many Litchfield Watercade activities, Memorial Park lies along the east edge of Lake Ripley. A new playground and restrooms were constructed at the park in 2013. The park has 175 feet of beach, swimming docks, lake overlook, bike/walking path, an Army tank and field cross memorial, sand volleyball court, lake access and a large picnic area.

North Casey Park Near Shell & Davis Motors off N Sibley Ave. This park is an open play area with a swingset located on North Miller Avenue between Ninth and 11th streets, with Jewett Creek along the east edge. In the winter, there is a small hill for sledding.

Ness Park On N Miller Ave. between 6th St. & 7th St. A large park located off North Miller Avenue between Sixth

Pleasant View Park Off Willmar Ave., near W 5th St. Off Willmar Avenue in the northwest section of the city, Pleasant View has playground equipment and play area. Prairie Park Between E Butler St. & E Quail Dr., northwest of the cemetery

Along Butler Street, Prairie Park is a 40-acre nature park, featuring 2.5 miles of walking and cross-country skiing trails, playground equipment and a picnic shelter provided by the Rotary Club. South Park W Ripley St. & S Swift Ave. This square block park on the 300 block of Miller Avenue South is home to two tennis courts, play equipment and a volleyball court. South Street Playground North Davis & E South St. South Street Playground is an open lot at the corner of North Davis and East South Street with playground equipment. Sunrise Terrace Park Off E 2nd St., near N Gorman Ave.


Each year, the Antique Car Run stops at Central Park in Litchfield. Dressed for the occasion, from left, Barb Van Eps and Nancy Laumeyer take part in last year’s run. The park, located along Sunrise Drive in eastern Litchfield, has updated playground equipment and a small man-made sliding hill. Thompson Park S. Chandler Ave. between East Ripley St. & East St. Paul St An open play area and swingset mark Thompson Park, located on South Chandler between East Ripley and East St. Paul streets. MEEKER COUNTY PARKS Clear Lake Park Off Clear Lake, south of Watkins on County Rd. 2 Located three miles south of Watkins on County Road 2, the 34.4-acre park includes a picnic area and shelter, boat landing and a short hiking trail.

Comprising 160 acres, the county’s largest park has 6.5 miles of hiking, cross country skiing and horseback riding trails. Shelters and picnic tables are on the lookout hill, a popular sliding hill in the winter. The park extends south of U.S. Highway 12 with additional trails and picnic area.

Finnish Memorial Park Just west of Kingston on Hwy 27 Ideal for canoeing down the North Fork Crow River, Finnish Memorial Park sits just west of Kingston on County Road 27. The 17-acre park has a canoe landing, tennis court, shelter and

playground equipment. Koronis Regional Park 14076 Bluefield Rd., Paynesville On the southwest shore of Lake Koronis, this 62-acre park, which is jointly owned by Meeker and Stearns counties, offers overnight

Greenleaf Lake State Recreation Area 17980 640th Ave., Litchfield This new recreation area has 385 acres with water access to two lakes, a fishing pier, trails for hiking and cross-country skiing and special season archery hunting. Visitors can see portions of Greenleaf and Sioux lakes, along with several wetlands. For more information, call 320-796-2161 or visit

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ATTRACTIONS located on the beautiful shores of Lake Ripley. With four sets of tee boxes ranging from 6400 yards to 5000 yards, Litchfield Golf Club has 18 uniquely challenging holes. The Par 70, Championship layout will be sure to give the most accomplished golfers a true test of golf, yet allow for the novice to enjoy their round and have fun. For more info, call 320-693-6059.

Emma Butterfass, 4, pedals with all her might at the tractor pedal pull at the Manannah Daze festival last year. camping with electricity and water hookup, bathrooms and showers. It also has a swimming beach, playground equipment, boat landing, lookout tower, picnic shelters with kitchen facilities and several recreational facilities. A walking/biking trail encircles the lake. To make shelter or camping reservations, call 320- 276-8843. Lake Manuella Park 21239 County Hwy 9, Darwin Known for its swimming beach, the park has picnic facilities, bathrooms and a changing house. It is located on County Highway 9, five miles south of U.S. Highway 12.

and Long Lake one mile north of Dassel, the 13-acre park offers fishing opportunities with a boat landing and fishing dock, as well as picnic shelters, playground equipment and a popular Little League field. A new trail connects the park to Dassel.

of 80 acres for hiking, horseback riding, cross country skiing and bird watching. It is located between Kingston and Dassel on Minnesota Highway 22.

Thompson Park 13099 525th Ave., Cosmos Located on 525th Avenue one mile west of Cosmos, 22-acre Thompson Park has picnic shelters, playground equipment, ball field, volleyball court and fishing dock.

Litchfield Civic Arena 900 North Gilman Ave., Litchfield The Litchfield Civic Arena hosts Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato boys and girls hockey games and also offers open skating every Sunday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for three dollars. The arena also features skate sharpening, community room rental, meeting rooms, table and chair rental and dry floor activities — business expos, auctions, banquets, family reunions, phy-ed and dance classes — between March and the end of September. For more info, call 320-693-2679.

Shaw Memorial Park 31577 County Hwy 1, Litchfield Located in Forest City along Crow River, the 10-acre park has picnic shelters, playground equipment, a softball field, basketball court and ice skating rink in the winter.

West Ripley Park 25288 County Hwy 1, Litchfield Located just south of Litchfield on County Highway 1, West Ripley Park has a boat landing, fishing pier, playground equipment, sand volleyball court, bike path and large picnic shelter. The park comprises 5.6 acres on the western shore of Lake Ripley.

Spring Lake Park 72599 240th Street, Dassel Situated between Spring Lake

Woodland Park 27299 MN Hwy 15, Dassel Woodland Park boasts a total

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Litchfield Golf Club 405 West Pleasure Dr., Litchfield The Litchfield Golf Course is

Litchfield Bowling Center 1227 South Sibley Ave., Litchfield The Litchfield Bowling Center offers numerous leagues for all ages and open bowling on Friday from 5:30 p.m. to close, Saturday from 1 p.m. to close and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Lanes at the bowling center are available for rent events and a “pizza and pop party” package is also available. The kitchen offers a variety of food, including fresh-made pizza, chicken dinners, appetizers and nachos, and a full bar is also available. For more information, call 320-693-9077. Meeker County Off-Highway Vehicle Park South of Darwin, north of Hutchinson, at 18738 Hwy 9 Meeker County’s only OHV Park opened to the public in 2015 and welcomes OHV riders of all ages. The 40-acre Meeker County OHV Park features fives miles of ATV trails, six miles of off-highway motorcycle trails, a picnic shelter and a youth ATV training area. The park is open seven days a week from dusk ‘til dawn, depending on weather conditions. For information about the condition of the park, visit and click “Current Conditions.” Driving from Darwin, the park can be found by going west on Hwy. 12, turning south on to Co. Rd. 9 and continuing for approximately six miles; the entrance is on the east side of the road. Darwin Rod and Gun Club 27902 668th Avenue, Darwin The Darwin Rod and Gun Club

ATTRACTIONS is a sportsmen’s club that offers year-round range shooting to members (membership is $20) and trap shooting on Wednesdays between late May and August. The club’s clubhouse — complete with full commercial kitchen and beer on tap — is also available for rental for weddings, birthday parties or other events. For more information, call Ken Porth at 320-693-8722.

FESTIVALS Manannah Daze June 4 The small village of Manannah kicks off their annual summer celebration with a variety of activities, including volleyball and horseshoe tournaments, tractor pulls and a street dance. Eden Valley’s Valley Daze June 23-26 Eden Valley celebrates every June with a parade, carnival, live music, food stands, a tug-a-war tournament and an annual youth fishing contest. Litchfield Watercade July 7-10 The weekend immediately following the Fourth of July is Litchfield’s biggest celebration of the year. That’s when the entire city dives into Watercade, a weekend of fun, food and festivities. Activities planned each year include a fireworks display, golf tournament, Grand Day parade, Art in the Park, medallion hunt, 4-mile run, fishing contest, kiddie parade and a Little Crow water ski show. Watercade’s finale is the annual queen coronation and includes the crowning of the new Miss Litchfield and princesses. Cosmos Space Festival July 15-17 The annual Space Festival is expected to be an out-ofthis-world event, including the crowning of Little Miss Universe and Man in the Moon, fireworks, a parade and cow pie bingo.

The smell of grilled chicken fills the air as volunteers prepare barbecue dinners at Dassel’s ballpark for Red Rooster Days. About 3,000 chicken halves are grilled each year for the festival. Meeker County Fair Aug. 4-7 It’s the annual “Fairest Days of Summer” for Meeker County residents the first weekend in August. It features traditional county fair activities, such as exhibits and the showing of livestock, carnival rides, live music and demolition derbies.

Darwin Twine Ball Celebration Aug. 13 It’s one of Minnesota’s unique landmarks — Darwin’s big ball of twine. Dubbed the World’s Largest Twine Ball Collected by One Person, the spherical collection is celebrated with a parade, mini-rod races, craft fair and pork chop dinner.

Watkins’ Kraut and Wurst Day Aug. 5-6 Area residents celebrate their German heritage in Watkins’ celebration, which includes a parade, cow drop raffle and, of course, a feast of sauerkraut and bratwurst.

Grove City AugustFest Aug. 18-21 Grove City is planning to celebrate summer with the a tractor pull, mud volleyball, horseshoe, trap shooting and softball tournaments, a kiddie parade, talent show and parade.

Antique Car Run Aug. 13 Vehicles from 1908 and earlier parade 120 miles through the heart of Meeker County, making stops in Grove City, Litchfield and Kingston, in the annual New London to New Brighton Antique Car Run.

Forest City Stockade Rendezvous Aug. 20-21 Step back in time for the annual Rendezvous. The Forest City Stockade, a replica of a fort built by Forest City residents during the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, is home to a variety of old fashioned activities, demonstrations and food.

Forest City Thresher Days Aug. 20-21 Thresher Days include displays of antique tractors and other farm equipment, along with threshing and corn shredding demonstrations. A tractor parade also is a favorite annual event. Dassel Red Rooster Days Sept. 2-5 Labor Day weekend is time to celebrate, with an ambassadors coronation, parade, Minnesota’s Largest Chicken Barbecue, and other activities. Forest City Pioneer Christmas Dec. 3 The Forest City Stockade switches gears after its summer Rendezvous to a winter holiday theme during its annual Pioneer Christmas. Activities include horse-drawn sleigh rides, a visit with Santa, Christmas caroling and old-fashioned ornaments.

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LITCHFIELD’S HISTORIC HOMES Take a walking or driving tour to see the many historic homes in Litchfield that reflect various architectural styles


518 Armstrong Ave. N.

326 Armstrong Ave. N.

alk down a Litchfield street and you’re likely to find countless monuments to the city’s early history. Following is a list featuring some of the town’s most impressive historic homes. Most of the homes are located along four avenues: Armstrong, Holcombe, Marshall and Sibley. The first section includes homes on the city’s north side, and the second section highlights the south side. Litchfield was founded in 1869. It was established as the county seat of Meeker County due to the railroad built by E. Darwin Litchfield and his brothers in the 1860s. Prior to that time, Forest City, a town about five miles north, had been designated the county seat, but citizens decided a city next to the railroad would be more convenient and have a better economic base. The homes we will see on this tour are from the 1869-1920 Victorian Era. This was a time of great change and growth out here on the Northern Plains. NORTH SIDE 518 Armstrong Ave. N. This home was built in the late 1800s by Erhardt Lenhardt. This family built the Litchfield Brewery and owned Lenhardt Hotel and many of the first lots surveyed in Litchfield after the town was laid out. 506 Armstrong Ave. N. A two-story house with a large porch, this home was built in 1908. It is an excellent example of Victorian architecture featuring a dignified home with a wrap-around veranda porch, artistic windows and a large, quiet yard.

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413 Armstrong Ave. N. This large red brick house was built by Peter Hanson as a wedding gift to his daughter, Nellie, when she married Mr. March in 1905. It has

a ballroom on the third floor and the light oak woodwork throughout remains in impeccable condition. There is a servants’ staircase, a fireplace in the master bedroom and a large beautiful dining room with 10-foot ceilings. 405 Armstrong Ave. N. Completed in 1904, local folks call this home “the Red Castle.” Peter E. Hanson, the original owner, had the home built while he served in the Minnesota Senate from 1895-1898 and as secretary of state from 1901-1907. It is interesting that the state Capitol in St. Paul was being built at the same time as this home. The original tile roof of this home (some of which you can see on the turret) was the same color and design as the tile used on the roof of the Capitol building. The house has five fireplaces, a grand stairway, an oak dining room, and cherry woodwork throughout. The outside walls are quadruple-brick for insulation. It was the original owner of this home, Mr. Hanson, who built the home we just saw next door for his daughter, Nellie. 406 Armstrong Ave. N. This home was built about 1888 and is where John T. Mullen, a wellknown Litchfield merchant, lived. 326 Armstrong Ave. N. Built about 1910, the architecture of this home is untouched since construction. 320 Armstrong Ave. N. This home was constructed between 1910-1915. Its turret is an example of the Victorian Era. The home was once owned by Fred Richter, a former Litchfield mayor. 307 Holcombe Ave. N. Built about 1895 by a prominent banker named O.H. Campbell, this house was once known as the “Raven’s Nest.” From 1920 to the

ATTRACTIONS late 1940s, it was used as a nuns’ conservatory, and many people in Litchfield remember taking piano lessons there. It remains unchanged and a stark example of the fortress style of Victorian homes of the 1890s. It is built of yellow brick produced in Litchfield during that time. 503 Holcombe Ave. N. A distinctly Victorian home, originally the Morrison House, this home is an excellent example of a style referred to as the “Painted Lady,” or Queen Anne. 421 Marshall Ave. N. Built about 1915, this modest house has strong connections to a remarkable person and the origins of a locally significant industry. Creamery operator Alfred Anderson used the basement to begin his business, Anderson Chemical. The firm produced a bacterial flavor enhancer to the dairy industry, and eventually moved into cleaning and sanitizing products. The Anderson Chemical Company grew into a major corporation with a national market and business in international locations. Alfred Anderson himself has an intriguing Swedish immigrant story and made important civic contributions to Litchfield, including a term as mayor. 425 Marshall Ave. N. This house is a rare example of the Art Moderne style in Litchfield. Art Moderne and other related modernistic styles, such as Art Deco, were commonly used for public and commercial buildings between 1920 and 1940. Art Moderne emerged as the most prevalent form in the 1930s. Never a commonly used residential style, scattered examples can be found throughout the country. Constructed after 1941, this house is a particularly late example of the style. 611 Marshall Ave. N. Mary Jo Smith has turned this early 1920s Tudor-style home into a beautiful bed and breakfast called The Marshall Estate. It features four bedrooms, hardwood floors, built-in china cabinets with leaded/beveled glass, a charming fireplace, and indoor and outdoor porches.

705 N. Miller Ave. The house is one of the few houses in Litchfield that displays the character-defining features of the Italianate style. The Italianate style was a popular domestic style in the United States from about 1840 to 1885, and it was particularly common in the towns of the Midwest experiencing large growth during this period. The house was also the home of Ole Ness, an early pioneer and a founding father of Litchfield. SOUTH SIDE 215 Sibley Ave. S. “Guide to the Architecture of Minnesota” (1977) describes this home as an “Eastlake style frame clapboard house with extensive turned work on the Queen Anne porch.” It was built in 1890 by Mr. McClure, a Litchfield banker. It remains close to its original condition with the original oil cloth wallpaper still on the dining room walls and tin ceilings in the kitchen and bath.

405 Armstrong Ave. N.

700 Sibley Ave. S. This lovely home was built in the late 1920s and is a perfect example of what is known as Craftsman Architecture. We have several homes in our town of this style from the early 1920s era. 304 Sibley Ave. S. This two-story red brick office building was once a lovely home built in the late 1880s. It was the home of Erhardt Lenhardt, a well-known, successful brewer who operated a brewery on the north shore of our Lake Ripley. Not to be outdone, his brother founded St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Litchfield. 310 Sibley Ave. S. This lovely Victorian home was built in 1899. This house cost $2,000 to build. There have been few changes to the original floor plan. In the dining room of this home is one of the most beautiful fireplaces. It is artistic from floor to ceiling with several different types of woodwork combined with copper inlay for a spectacular mantle. The house has five original ornate windows, and a maplewood mosaic on the entryway floor.

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403 Armstrong Ave. S. 316 Sibley Ave. S. Currently Johnson-Hagglund Funeral Home, this home was built by B.P. Nelson in 1903 as a family residence. There was a tennis court on the south side of the home and a three-stall carriage house on the north. The third floor was a ballroom with dance parties still being held there in the 1930s and ‘40s.

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724 Sibley Ave. S. The Rosemary Home. This was the home of Dorothea Kopplin and her family. Mrs. Kopplin lived from 1898-1970. She was a mother, teacher, homemaker and author. She was Minnesota Mother of the Year in 1949. In accordance with her will, her home became a home for nursing students, nurses and business women. This was done in memory of her daughter who died of leukemia at age 6. Her daughter’s bedroom is a small room at the front of the second floor and is still furnished as it was when the child lived there. Mrs. Kopplin’s daughter’s name was, of course, Rosemary. Mrs. Kopplin wrote “Something to Live By” in 1945 with all royalties being donated to the Minnesota Federation of Women’s Clubs for nursing scholarships. The home was built in the late 1890s and has a permanent caretaker living on the grounds. 805 Sibley Ave. S. This large English Tudor style home was built in 1910 and was once the home of Dr.

Karl Danielson. Dr. Danielson is remembered for swimming in Lake Ripley nearly every day of his life, even in winter. He lived to be 90 years old. 806 Sibley Ave. S. This lovely home was built in 1906. The garage replaces what was once a livery barn which had room for two horses and one carriage. 910 Sibley Ave. S. This Victorian home was built in the late 1800s, and was the first house in Litchfield to have running water. It was built by Mr. Sweetman who had an oil business. The property includes a windmill, which was used to pump water into a storage tank in the attic and provided running water to the house. The interesting garage behind this house was built in 1940 to replace the large, old barn which had to be torn down. This property once extended back five blocks to Swift Avenue. The house retains its distinctive Victorian appearance. 403 Armstrong Ave. S. Built in 1889 by C.W. Wagner, then owner of the Litchfield newspaper and the man for whom Wagner Elementary School is named, his wife Emma Chandler Wagner, and their only daughter, Harriet. Following the deaths of her parents, Harriet lived in the house for part of each year, spending the rest of her time traveling abroad. The house remains close to its

original state. Some of the changes are the addition of a fireplace in the front parlor, partial enclosing of the front porch, and an upstairs enclosed back porch. The interior has been restored to much of its Victorian glory. 326 Donnelly Ave. S. This house has been the home of two famous Meeker County residents. It was built in 1893 and stood on the corners of Swift and Ripley avenues. Many years later it was moved here to Donnelly Avenue. One well-known resident was Gale Sondergaard. Sondergaard was an Academy Award winning actress and starred in many movies including: “Maid of Salem,” “The Letter,” “The Cat and The Canary,” “Anna and The King of Siam,” and “Anthony Adverse,” for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1936. She also starred on Broadway. She lived in this home with her family during early childhood. Later, this was the home of Bernie Bierman, famous football coach of the University of Minnesota Gophers. He played football for the Litchfield High School team and went on to play left end for Minnesota. He coached at Tulane University and in 1932 took his team to the Rose Bowl. He returned to Minnesota to coach the Gophers and brought on what was to be known as the “Golden Era” of Minnesota football. This home is an example of the Victorian design.

FOOD Keona Greene, 10, helps her little sister Solaran, 1, chow on a slice of pizza during the St. Philip’s School carnival in January. Dozens of children came to the Catholic elementary school’s winter party.

ALL IN GOOD TASTE Litchfield has something for every taste bud


itchfield has a variety of local cuisine, everything from Chinese and Mexican to classical American comfort food. Area residents enjoy eating at special events at Central Park throughout the summer months, whether brat feeds, pancake breakfasts or ice cream socials. A Litchfield favorite, Pie In The Park, features many types of delicious homemade pies — and all proceeds go toward supporting local nonprofit organizations. Savor a slice while watching local music groups perform at the Central Park bandshell. Farmer markets are also popular from May through October. Litchfield has two markets featuring local produce and baked goods. One market operates at Central Park and another one sets up at the VFW Post 2818 on East U.S. Highway 12, near Economart. And don’t forget about the Meeker County Fair held at the fairgrounds on North Armstrong Avenue in Litchfield in early August. There are all sorts of treats, such as cotton candy, and deep-fried foods to enjoy, along with beer at the fair’s beer garden.

‘A Litchfield favorite, Pie In The Park, features many types of delicious pies — and all proceeds go toward supporting local nonprofit organizations’

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itchfield serves as the hub for Meeker County Government. Home to both the Courthouse and Law Enforcement Center, Litchfield is the place to go for many licensing and motor vehicle needs, building permits and birth, death and marriage certificates. Litchfield’s more than 6,500 residents can bring city-related questions to City Hall at 126 N. Marshall Ave. City government is comprised of a mayor and city council, which are responsible for adopting and enforcing ordinances, establishing public and administrative policies, appointing staff positions, boards and commissions. The city provides numerous services to residents, such as providing a secure, clean water supply. The city has invested in state-of-theart facilities, including a newly-constructed fire and rescue station and upgraded sewage treatment plant. Litchfield’s historic downtown was designated as a Commercial Historic District by the National Park Service and placed on the National Register of Historical Places in 1996. The district encompasses 48 properties, including 36 “contributing” buildings. The Historic Preservation Commission assists in overseeing development within the district to ensure exterior construction meets historical guidelines. Litchfield is also home to a National Guard unit, the 849th Mobility Augmentation Company. The unit returned to Litchfield in 2014 after spending a year deployed in Afghanistan carrying out Operation Enduring Freedom.

Litchfield’s downtown is considered historic and was added to the National Register of Historical Places in 1996.

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The city of Litchfield is governed by six council members and a mayor. City Administrator Dave Cziok is responsible for day-to-day operations of the city. The mayor and council members serve four-year terms. Staggered elections take place every two years in November.

City of Litchfield meetings are held in City Council Chambers at City Hall, 126 N. Marshall Ave. For information, call 320-693-7201.

Keith Johnson Mayor Term ends Dec. 31, 2018

Ron Dingmann At-large


Litchfield City Council 5:30 p.m. Council meetings are open to the public unless it is in a closed session. Meetings are televised Mondays at 7 p.m., Thursdays at 1 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. on Cable Channels 8 or 13.


Airport Commission 6:30 p.m.


Heritage Preservation Commission 6:30 p.m.


Library Board 5:30 p.m.

Term ends Dec. 31, 2016

Michael Boyle Ward 1

Connie Lies Ward 2

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PUBLIC UTILITIES ELECTRICITY City of Litchfield 320-693-7201 Report an outage after hours 866639-6108 Energy Star rebates

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WASTE DISPOSAL Waste Management-Twin Cities West provides residential garbage pick-up in Litchfield. Garbage is collected once a week. Recyclables are collected every other week, and Waste Management uses a single-sort recycling container. All recyclable items can be mixed in the container. Payment drop box for garbage bills is at 5 E. Second St. For more information, call 800-4509378. Business hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The mailing address is 490 Industrial Blvd., Winsted, MN 55395. West Central Sanitation of Willmar provides commercial garbage and recyclable pick-up in Litchfield and the surrounding area. For information, call 800-246-7630.

NATURAL GAS CenterPoint Energy 800-245-2377 Report a leak 800-296-9815 WATER AND SEWER City of Litchfield 320-693-7201

Dwight Lorensen Ward 3

Vern Loch Jr. Ward 4

Todd Kuechle Ward 5

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TELEPHONE, CABLE, INTERNET NU-Telecom 593-2323 or 800-303-7039 Mediacom 800-332-0245

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FREQUENTLY CALLED NUMBERS Police and fire emergency Police (non-emergency) Crime TIPS line

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911 320-693-5425 320-693-5430

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GOVERNMENT LIBRARY Litchfield Public Library 216 N. Marshall Ave., Litchfield 320-693-2483 Litchfield Public Library is home to 45,000 books, 1,200 audios and 2,100 videos. Twelve staff members serve more than 10,000 registered borrowers. In 2015, library users checked out almost 70,000 items, not including downloadable e-books or audios. Litchfield Library is a member of Pioneerland Library System. It is one of the largest of the 31 libraries in the regional library system. Any borrower can order books and other items from any library in the system and even from libraries throughout the state. Deliveries of requested materials arrive three times per week. The library catalog is available at iii.pioneerland.lib. Pioneerland offers downloadable e-books, audiobooks, and digital magazines for loan through its Overdrive

The Litchfield Public Library hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. service at pioneerland.lib. The library has a collection of almost 4,000 downloadable books plus 41 magazine and newspaper titles available to Pioneerland cardholders, with new books added

all the time. The Litchfield Library offers 17 public desktop computers, two laptops, an iPad, and a computerbased microfilm reader to use with historical newspaper microfilm. The library has Wi-Fi, a copier/ printer, a wireless printer and a scanner available for public use. A large public meeting room and two study rooms are available for groups to use. Storytimes are offered twice a week, plus one Saturday a month. Book clubs and other activities are offered throughout the year for people of all ages. A summer reading program for children and teens and a winter reading program for adults are offered every year.

ORDINANCES Detailed information about city of Litchfield ordinances is available by visiting the city’s website at Some common issues

affecting residents are addressed in this list. Direct any questions about ordinances or permits to City Hall at 320-693-7201. General Residential Setbacks All residential structures and accessory structures, which include sheds, outbuildings, play structures and gazebos, are subject to specific setbacks from a lot line based on the zoning district. All structure setbacks are taken from the property line. The setback from a front, rear or side yard may vary based on the zoning district. To find out what a property is zoned for and what the required setbacks are, call City Hall. Building Permits Building permits are required for many types of projects. A permit application is available on the city’s website under the Code Enforcement department page. City Hall staff can assist and complete permits for small utility sheds, fences, reroofing, siding,


AND COMMUNITY SINCE 1935. Are you aware of your benefits? Federal and State Benefits May Include: • Medical Care • Compensation • Burial Benefits • Pension • State Dental and • Dependent’s and Survivor’s Benefits Optical Care *Benefits subject to approval the Department of Veterans Affairs We offer rides to VA medical appts at the

Minneapolis (even days) and St. Cloud (odd days) VA Medical Centers. To schedule a ride call 320-693-5445

Don Dufner Veterans Service Officer


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GOVERNMENT central air/furnace installation or replacement and other such maintenance permits.

over 6 inches in height, contact the city’s code enforcement officer at 693-7201, ext. 1012.

Rental Property Registration All rental properties are to be registered with the city of Litchfield by June 30, 2016, to avoid registration fees. The city intends to use the information collected to quantify the amount of rental housing available in the city, and to track the needs and availability of rental housing. This information is also intended to be used to enforce city ordinances that relate to the safety and condition of the rental units.

Snow Removal There are no hourly restrictions on the operation of snow removal equipment. Property owners are required to keep all snow and ice on their property. City code prohibits placing snow or ice in any right-of-way, roadway, street, sidewalk, walkway, bike or trail way, easement, park or other public property. The city of Litchfield is responsible for the removal of snow and/or ice from sidewalks or trails abutting some streets, but the majority of owners or occupants of one- or two-family dwellings that are abutting a sidewalk or trail are responsible for removing the snow and ice. This removal must be accomplished within the first 24 hours after the cessation of the precipitation.

Lawn Maintenance All grounds in a residential zoning district not covered by a building, patio or driveway must be covered in grass or ornamental landscaping including rock material. Ground cover may grow to a height of 6 inches. Once growth exceeds 6 inches, city code requires cutting. Should you identify a property in which grass is

Yard Waste All yard waste must be disposed of within one week unless it is

being composted in an approved composting area/container. Yard waste is solid waste generated from landscaping and lawn care activities, such as mowing, trimming, gardening or raking. Yard waste materials consist of grass clippings, twigs, tree and brush clippings, straw, pine needles, tree branches, soft vegetative garden waste and leaves. City residents may take yard waste to the city’s compost site on 615th Avenue. Hours of operation during the spring, summer and fall are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. — 4 p.m. It is closed on Sundays and holidays. The site closes Dec. 1. Acceptable materials include leaves, grass clippings, brush, trees, dirt (small amounts only, must be clean with no sod). Household Garbage Waste Management, a commercial hauler, provides garbage pick-up services for Litchfield residents. Garbage must be stored in durable containers

with with close-fitting, fly-tight covers. Garbage cannot be stored on public or private property for more than 2 weeks without written approval from the city of Litchfield. Waste that is suitable and sorted for recycling may be stored for up to 30 days, so long as recyclables are stored in an appropriate manner. Parking At Residences No more than four vehicles per dwelling unit may be parked or stored anywhere outside on residential property, except otherwise permitted or required by the city because of nonresidential characteristics of the property. The maximum number does not include vehicles of occasional guests who do not reside at the property. It is illegal to keep any vehicle not in operating condition or partly dismantled, except if that vehicle is enclosed in a building and/or kept from view and does not foster complaints from neighbors.

Using fluorescent bulbs in your home just makes good sense. They save you money by using much less electricity. However, because they contain mercury, it is ILLEGAL to dispose of them in the garbage. Here are your safe, local disposal options. NOTE: Fluorescent bulbs now accepted at the Meeker County Transfer Station (see below): • Meeker County Transfer Station: Any size FREE from Meeker County residents and businesses, limited to 50 bulbs per trip. Call 693-2576 with questions. • Litchfield Public Utilities: Any size FREE to Litchfield Public Utility customers only. Call 693-7201 and ask for George Baldwin to make arrangements. • Meeker Co-op Light & Power: Compact fluorescents FREE anytime for Meeker Co-Op L&P members only. Annual collection in August for businesses, industries, or residential members only. Call 693–3231 with questions. • Kandiyohi County HHW Facility: .50/ea. any shape or size from any individual or business. 1400 SW 22nd Street, Willmar, 320-231-3587. • Menards & Home Depot Stores: FREE compact fluorescents only, no long tubes, u-shaped, or circular. Bring to customer service desk.

Meeker County Solid Waste Officer, Paul Virnig, 320-693-5200

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MEEKER COUNTY COURTHOUSE 325 Sibley Ave. N. Litchfield, MN 55355



MEEKER COUNTY BOARD Meeker County’s governing body consists of five commissioners, each representing a district within the county. Elections for these seats occur every two years in November. The Meeker County Administrator is responsible for day-to-day operations of the county. The County Board meets at 8:30 a.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at the Meeker County Courthouse, 325 N. Sibley Ave. For information, call 320-693-5200.

The Meeker County Law Enforcement Center is home to both the Sheriff’s Office and Litchfield Police Department

STATE AND FEDERAL LEADERS The city of Litchfield and Litchfield Township are within Minnesota Senate District 18 and House District 18A. Sen. Scott Newman (District 18), 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Capitol Building, Room 301, St. Paul, MN 551551606; phone: 651-296-4131; email: sen.scott.newman@senate. mn Rep. Dean Urdahl (District 18A), 571 State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King

Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155; phone: 651-296-4344 or toll-free 800-920-5861; email: rep.dean. Meeker County is part of the 7th Congressional District, which is served by U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson (District 7), 2211 Rayburn HOB, Washington, DC 20515; phone: 202-225-2165; Regional office: 324 3rd Street, SW, Suite 4, Willmar, MN 56201; phone: 320-235-1061

Beth Oberg

Dale Fenrich

1st District Litchfield Term ends Dec. 31, 2018

2nd District Litchfield Term ends Dec. 31, 2018

Bryan Larson

Mike Housman

Mike Huberty

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4th District Dassel Term ends Dec. 31, 2016

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Scott Newman

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Collin Peterson


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Brian Cruze

Brandi Schiefelbein

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GOVERNMENT COURTHOUSE OFFICES Administrator 320-693-5200 Auditor 320-693-5212 Attorney 320-693-5220 Assessor 320-693-5205 Detention Center 320-693-5415 Elections 320-693-5212 Planning and Zoning 320-693-5290 Probation 320-693-5260 Recorder 320-693-5440 Treasurer (property tax payments) 320-693-5345

U.S. POSTAL SERVICE Litchfield Post Office The Litchfield office is at 35 E. Second St. The window is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Residents can access their postal boxes from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. The post office also offers passport services; call to make an appointment. The phone number is 320693-6252.

TRANSPORTATION Meeker County Transit The purpose of Meeker Public Transit is to offer affordable transportation to the citizens of Meeker County. The bus transports people of all ages and abilities — from young

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children going to preschool, to senior citizens going to doctor and hair appointments. A U.S. Highway 12 route from Litchfield to Willmar operates in partnership with Kandiyohi Area Transit. Riders can purchase a one-way ticket, round-trip ticket or a bus pass. Buses are handicap accessible and equipped with a wheelchair lift. They are airconditioned and have seat belts for passengers. The bus is available from 6:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, and from 7:45 a.m. to noon on Sundays for church attendees only. Riders must contact Meeker Public Transit by 5 p.m. Friday to reserve weekend rides. To make an appointment for a ride call 6937794 or 800-513-7433. ROADS AND BRIDGES Meeker County Highway Department and MN Department of Transportation Facility 320-693-5360

CONSERVATION DISTRICT Meeker Soil and Water Conservation District assists land owners in implementing a wide range of conservation practices, flood prevention measures, farm forestry, wetland, wildlife improvement, recreation and rural area development within the 17 townships of Meeker County. It was organized in 1949 and additional townships were added in 1951 and 1953 and all cities were added in July of 1972. Five supervisors represent different parts of the district, and these elected officials set overall policy and long-term objectives for their district and work with the district staff to ensure that policies and plans are implemented. Supervisors meet the first Tuesday of each month at 8 a.m. in the USDA Service Center at 916 East Saint Paul St. in Litchfield. Contact the office at 320-6937287.

DISTRICT 1 To be filled by appointment DISTRICT 2 Robert Schiefelbein Kimball DISTRICT 3 Douglas Carlson Dassel DISTRICT 4 Fred Behnke Grove City DISTRICT 5 Dan Barka Litchfield

AGRICULTURE U of M Extension Farm Information Line 1-800-854-1678 Meeker County Extension educator 320-693-5275 Meeker County 4-H coordinator 320-693-5275 Meeker County USDA Farm Services Agency 320-693-2854

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Meeker County Economic Development Authority 320-693-5272 Litchfield Area Chamber of Commerce 320-693-8184

PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES Information and assistance regarding the list of programs below can be obtained by calling Meeker County Public Health at 320-693-5370. Public Health is located at Family Services Building, 114 North Holcombe Ave., Suite 250, Litchfield.

Adult Health Adult Health nurses assist individuals over 65 to live safely and independently within the community. Adult Health works with other departments and providers to help meet goal of independence, safety and overall well-being. Assessments completed for waiver programs to help individuals pay for services so they can continue to live independently in their community. Breastfeeding/Lactation Consultation Any mom encountering problems at any time while she is breastfeeding can get help from an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Family Planning Family Planning Services are for anyone who wishes to plan, postpone or prevent pregnancy. Services include counseling, referral to resources, physical exam, provision of contraceptive methods, testing and treatment for curative sexually transmitted diseases. Eligibility for services is income based. Pregnancy Testing Meeker County Public Health offers free pregnancy testing services on a walk-in basis during office hours, Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Child and Teen Checkups Child and Teen Checkups is the name for Minnesota’s Early and Periodic Screening Diagnosis and Treatment Program. The program assists children and teens from newborn through the age 20 who are enrolled in Medical Assistance or Minnesota Care. Family Home Visiting A nurse will visit to help support the family by providing information on topics such as growth and development, discipline, nutrition, safety and community resources. Maternal Child Health Visits from a nurse to help a mom reach her goal of having a healthy pregnancy, a safe delivery and a happy baby.

GOVERNMENT Follow Along Program A free program to determine if a baby or child is playing, talking, growing, moving and acting like other children the same age. Project Harmony This program serves pregnant women and women parenting a child under 8 years of age who have been struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. Using a case management model, women and their families are assisted to find a path of recovery to be able to live a life free of chemicals to become self-sufficient and to reach their highest potential. Lead Program Meeker County Public Health collaborates with Minnesota Department of Health for followup of elevated blood lead levels in children. Families receive information about sources of lead, assessment of homes to find lead source problems and education on how to remove lead sources

Radon Meeker County Public Health offers information on radon testing, along with radon test kits for a small fee. Access radon information online at www.radon. com or Water Quality Meeker County Public Health offers water test kits and instructions for well water testing. Free well water tests are available to pregnant women and families with children one year of age or younger. Contact Public Health at 320-693-5370 for more information. Vaccinations Immunizations/vaccinations for individuals that need to start or complete their vaccine schedule to provide protection against diseases. Contact Public Health at 320-693-5370 with any questions. Who is eligible for immunizations? • Infants, children and students

Common Sense for the Common Good! The Meeker County DFL is alive, active, and growing. Please tour our website for a list of events, useful links, and ways that you can get involved. There is a spot for you on our team!

Meeker/ Cokato DFL Chair: Nancy Larson Paid for by the Meeker/ Cokato DFL

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GOVERNMENT if they have no insurance or their health insurance does not cover the vaccine. Infants, children and students under the age of 18 years must be accompanied by parent or guardian or have proper written consent. • Post-secondary and adults if they have no insurance or their health insurance does not cover the vaccine. S h ot s are p rovide d at a reduced fee and no one is turned away due to inability to pay. WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Supplemental nutrition program to provide families with nutrition education and food vouchers. Eligible individuals include pregnant, postpartum or breast feeding moms, and children from newborns to age 5. Call 320-693-5370 to apply. Bruce Cottington, a veteran of World War II and the Korean War, speaks during the Memorial Day program at Ripley Cemetery last year.

Litchfield Area Rural Partners in Prevention Group focuses on preventing alcohol use among youth through community partnerships. The group meets the third Tuesday monthly from noon until 1:15 pm.

FAMILY SERVICES CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY New Beginnings at Litchfield 320-693-2461 Emergency Services Meeker County Emergency Food Shelf 320-693-7661

Emergency Financial Assistance 320-693-5300 Food safety U of M Extension AnswerLine 800-854-1678 JOBS AND TRAINING SERVICES Litchfield Workforce Center 320-593-1056 Social Services Child care assistance 320-693-5300 Child support 320-693-5334 Food assistance 320-693-5300 Medical assistance 320-693-5370 VETERANS Veterans services 320-693-5445

LICENSES Direct questions about driver’s licenses and fish and game licenses to the Treasurer’s Office, located at the Meeker County Courthouse, 325 N. Sibley Ave., Litchfield. Driver’s licenses 320-693-5345 Motor vehicle registration 320-693-5346 Fish and game licenses 320-693-5345


Litchfield Area Mentorship Program

Fun. Friends. Community.

Join Us! Meeker County Youth ages 5-17. Mentors can be individuals, couples, or families.

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For more information: Email: Phone: 320-699-1616

‘The city of Litchfield and Meeker County also boast some of the state’s happiest and healthiest citizens, according to the nationally released County Health Rankings.’

VIBRANT COMMUNITY Wellness a primary community theme


itchfield offers many initiatives focusing on healthy living, including the annual One Vegetable, One Community campaign that seeks to improve overall community health by healthier eating. The initiative, sponsored by Meeker County Public Health, features a new vegetable each year — which have included tomatoes, squash and kale — as part of its healthy-eating promotional campaign. Each spring, community members can pick up free plants, and then attend events with local master gardeners, dieticians and other wellness experts throughout the year. The city of Litchfield and Meeker County also boast some of the state’s happiest and healthiest citizens, according to the nationally released County Health Rankings. Since the inception of the rankings list in 2010, Meeker County has consistently ranked in the top third of Minnesota’s healthiest counties. County residents also report feeling happy and healthy, with Meeker County being ranked ninth out of Minnesota’s 87 ranked counties in the “quality of life” category. The community is served by a hospital and clinics, as well as a number of chiropractic, dental, eye care, hearing care and mental health care providers.

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Volunteers and workers at Meeker Memorial Hospital learn a variety of yoga stretches at the Meeker Memorial Hospital health fair to relieve back pain and stiffness during the work day.

HEALTH HEALTH AND WELLNESS HOSPITAL Meeker Memorial Hospital 612 S. Sibley Ave., Litchfield 320-693-3242 Website: www.meekermemorial. org MEDICAL CLINICS Affiliated Community Medical Centers 520 S. Sibley Ave., or 611 South Sibley Ave., Litchfield 320-693-3233 Website: Meeker Memorial Clinic 740 Parker Ave., Dassel 320-275-4330 Website: ADULT DAY SERVICES Ecumen of Litchfield 200 N. Holcombe Ave., Litchfield 320-693-2430 Website: www.ecumenoflitchfield. org

ASSISTED LIVING/SKILLED NURSING FACILITIES Ecumen of Litchfield 600 S. Davis Ave., Litchfield 320-693-2430 Website: www.ecumenoflitchfield. org Bethany Assisted Living 203 N. Armstrong Ave., Litchfield 320-693-2430 Website: www.ecumenoflitchfield. org Emmanuel Home 600 S. Davis Ave., Litchfield 320-693-6228 Website: www.ecumenoflitchfield. org CHIROPRACTIC CLINICS Kinsella Chiropractic Clinic 407 S. Sibley Ave., Litchfield 320-593-4494 Website: Litchfield Chiropractic Center 126 N. Sibley Ave., Litchfield 320-693-3655

Members of the Litchfield Community Running Group run down Sibley Avenue last July.

Pamela Brett, D.O.

Cassandra Bulau, M.D.

Dexter Casta, M.D.

Family Medicine/Bariatrics/ Weight Control

Family Medicine

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Amy Miller, Psy.D., L.P.

Debra Peterson, M.D.


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Timothy Peterson, M.D. General Surgery

Patricia Janell Haiwick, Freund, M.D. M.D. Family Medicine

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David Ross, M.D.

Scott Schultz, M.D.

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Richard Searl, M.D.

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SERVICES PROVIDED AT ACMC-LITCHFIELD: • Anticoagulation Clinic • Audiology • Bariatrics/ Weight Control • Cardiology • Dermatology • Diabetes Education

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• Dietician • Lab/X-ray • Family Medicine • Internal Medicine • Obstetrics/ Gynecology • Occupational Medicine

• Otolaryngology (ENT) Medicine • Podiatry • Psychology • Surgery – General • Urology


Runners participating in the Bunny 5K Run, Walk & Hop take off from the starting line last year at Lake Ripley Elementary School. Patten Chiropractic Center 1455 E. U.S. Highway 12, Litchfield 320-693-3612 Website:

Litchfield Eye Center 135 N. Sibley Ave., Litchfield 320-593-3100 Website: www.litchfieldeyecenter. com

DENTISTS Haugo & Solbrack Dental Office 715 N. Sibley Ave., Litchfield 320-693-2228 Website:

Primary Eye Care 520 E. Highway 12 320-693-9333 Website: w w w. primar

Lorenz Richard G. DDS 329 E. U.S. Highway 12, Litchfield 320-693-8939

HEARING CARE Connect Hearing 338 E. U.S. Highway 12, Litchfield 320-593-0885 Website:

Sibley Dental Suite 623 S. Sibley Ave., Litchfield 320-693-8131 Website: www.sibleydentalmn. com

Harmony Center For Hearing 32 E. Second St., Litchfield 320-693-4210

EYE CARE Family Eye Center 517 N. Sibley Ave., Litchfield 320-593-2020

Litchfield Hearing Aid Center 517 N. Sibley Ave., Litchfield 320-593-0333 Website: www.litchfieldhearing. com

HOME CARE/HOSPICE Divine Home Care — Litchfield office 201 S. Sibley Ave., Litchfield 320-693-2580 Website: www.divinehomecare. com Ecumen of Litchfield 600 S. Davis Ave., Litchfield 320-693-7367 Website: MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES Crow River Family Services 621 S. Sibley Ave., Litchfield 320-593-0526 Website: Litchfield Family & Psychological Services 236 N. Sibley Ave. Litchfield 320-693-7708

Woodland Centers 114 N. Holcombe Ave., Litchfield 320-693-7221 Website: www.woodlandcenters. com PHARMACIES Econofoods Quality Care Pharmacy 951 E. Frontage Rd., Litchfield 320-693-3261 Website: departments/pharmacy The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy 329 E. Highway 12, Litchfield 320-693-9314 Website: www.medicineshoppe. com Walmart Pharmacy 2301 E. Frontage Rd., Litchfield 320-693-1022

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Litchfield Location 520 East Hwy 12, 320-693-7777 • Alexandria

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• Princeton

• Big Lake

• Little Falls

• St. Cloud

• Brainerd

• Milaca (clinic only)

• Staples

• Cambridge

• Olivia

We Understand Your Body Complete Chiropractic Care The Doctors are proud to provide a state-of-the-art facility for the highest quality chiropractic care available. It is one of our top priorities to protect the well-being of our valued patients. We are confident that you will feel right at home in our office as we welcome all patients as if they were family.

Dr. Timothy Kinsella, D.C. Dr. Mark Mahoney, D.C. Dr. Erin Hovey, D.C.

Kinsella Chiropractic Clinic For dialysis questions please call 855-361-5740, and for dialysis appointments please select Option 1. For Nephrologist appointments please call 320-240-2206.

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LEISURE Schevi Shoen, 3, of Cosmos uses a weed as a pretend fishing pole while frolicking in Lake Ripley.


itchfield — the city “On Lake Ripley” as the water tower proclaims — lures residents and visitors to area lakes for fishing, swimming and boating. A new activity taking place on the lake in recent years is paddleboarding, where residents can enjoy a relaxing float across the lake or get in a good core-strengthening workout. In addition to active recreational opportunities, Litchfield has a bustling library, a revamped opera house that hosts plays and open mic nights, and the only authentic Grand Army of the Republic Hall still standing in Minnesota. The G.A.R. Hall, built in 1885, is listed on the National Register of Historical Places and has been preserved as near as possible to its original condition and now houses the Meeker County Historical Society. Residents can also take part in numerous organizations, including many civic groups, lake associations and athletic organizations.

‘A new activity taking place on the lake in recent years is paddleboarding, where residents can enjoy a relaxing float across the lake or get in a good core-strengthening workout.’

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LEISURE ATHLETIC ORGANIZATIONS American Legion Post 104 Baseball 222 N. Sibley Ave., Litchfield 320-693-9074 Darwin Drifters Snowmobile Club Amy Pollock 320-593-6517 Email: Litchfield Baseball Association, Inc. 426 Brown Ave., Litchfield 320-593-8654

Meeker Trails Association Trail Administrator Jean Belinsky 320-693-7044 Email: meeksnowtrails@xtratyme. com Minnesota Gopher State Horseshoe Pitchers Association, Litchfield VFW Post 2818 Baseball 915 E. U.S. Highway 12, Litchfield 320-593-9064


Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato Youth Hockey Association

American Legion 222 N. Sibley Ave., Litchfield 320-693-9074

Manannah Sno-Blazers Snowmobile Club Donald Kelm Jr. 920-248-8342 Email:

Boy Scouts Website: Eastern Star 18 E. Third St., Litchfield 320-693-8213

Eagles Club 3424 389 S. County Highway 34, Litchfield 320-693-9008 Friends of the Litchfield Public Library 216 N. Marshall Ave., Litchfield 320-693-7201 Girl Scouts Website: Golden Fleece No. 89 Masonic Lodge 18 E. Third St., Litchfield 320-980-8373 GFWC Women’s Study Club of Litchfield Website: Greater Litchfield Opera House Association Inc. 320-434-0334 Email: Website: www.litchfieldoperahouse. com

Kiwansis 420 N. Gorman Ave., Litchfield Facebook: Kiwanis Club of Litchfield Knights of Columbus PJ Casey Council 2029 Website: www.thechurchofstphilip. org/kc Litchfield Area Community Foundation P.O. Box 123, Litchfield Litchfield Area Mentorship Program P.O. Box 82, Litchfield 320-699-1616 Website: Litchfield Community Theatre Website: www. Litchfield Christian Women’s Club Barb Werner 320-693-2504


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LEISURE Litchfield Lions Club 426 N. Sibley Ave., Litchfield 320-693-8735 Litchfield Public School Foundation P.O. Box 71, Litchfield Website: www. Litchfield Watercade Board Website: Litchfield Women’s CommUnity Club Merna Pease 320-693-6169 Meeker County Chapter of MN Citizens Concerned for Life Teri Buschette 320-593-2982 Meeker County Dairy Association 33266 700th Ave., Kimball 320-398-6091 Website: www.meekercountyada. Meeker County Fair Board 320-593-1174 Email: Meeker County 4-H 114 N. Holcombe Ave., Litchfield 320-693-5275 Meeker County Historical Society G.A.R. Hall 308 N. Marshall Ave., Litchfield 320-693-8911 Meeker County Master Gardeners 114 N. Holcombe Ave., Litchfield 320-693-5275 Ness Church Preservation Foundation 60079 230th St., Litchfield Peanut Butter and Milk Festival P.O. Box 277, Litchfield 320-693-8184 Relay for Life of Meeker County American Cancer Society Website: Rotary Club P.O. Box 341, Litchfield

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Litchfield resident Amber Wolford, holding 2-year-old Abigail, points to the barge on Lake Ripley where fireworks launched for last year’s July 4 celebration. Also pictured is 10-year-old Cassidy Ross. VFW Post 2818 915 E. U.S. Highway 12, Litchfield 320-593-9064

LAKE ASSOCIATIONS Belle Lake Association Website: www.bellelakeassociation. com Facebook: Belle Lake Association Collinwood Community Lake Association Website: Crow River Organization of Water Website: Facebook: Crow River Lakes and Streams

Lake Francis Area Recreation and Conservation Club Website: lfarcc Facebook: Lake Francis Lake Association Lake Jennie Improvement Corp. Website: Facebook: Lake Jennie Improvement Association Koronis Lake Association Website: www. Facebook: Koronis Lake Association Lake Minnie Belle Improvement Association Website: lmbiaorg

Facebook: Lake Minnie Belle Improvement Association Lake Ripley Improvement Association Facebook: Lake Ripley Improvement Association Lake Stella Homeowner’s Association Website: Facebook: Lake Stella Association Lake Washington Improvement Association Website: www.lakewashingtonmn. com Facebook: Lake Washington Improvement Association

LIVING Litchfield High School students lead Lake Ripley Elementary students to school October last year on their “walking school bus,” an event that students organize each year to promote healthy living.



A focus on lifelong learning

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itchfield offers many educational opportunities that promote life-long learning. In fact, part of Litchfield School Board’s motto is “to promote a passion for life-long learning in an open and safe environment.” Litchfield School District, along with School of St. Philip, Early Childhood Family Education and Litchfield Community Education and Recreation, provides students of all ages with a strong academic environment and a variety of opportunities for growth. The Litchfield community shows strong support for school programs and events, such as band and choir concerts, local plays and musicals and athletic events. A source of local pride is the Litchfield High School marching band, which performs a sneak peek of its summer show each spring and a Pie in the Park event every June in Litchfield Central Park. Litchfield also has strong support systems for senior citizens and community members, including senior dining services and other support groups.


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LIVING EDUCATION LITCHFIELD ISD 465 Litchfield residents are served by Independent School District 465. Litchfield School District is comprised of three schools and a community education program that includes early childhood programs. Litchfield also of fers an alternative learning program for students who struggle in the typical high school environment. The district serves about 1,570 students at Lake Ripley Elementary (grades K-4), Litchfield Middle School (grades 5-8), and Litchfield High School (grades 9-12). At the beginning of the 20142015 school year, Litchfield i m p l e m e n t e d a o n e -t o - o n e technology initiative aimed at bringing classrooms into the 21st century. The initiative included purchasing two classroom sets of iPad Minis to share among the six kindergarten classrooms. Firstthrough 12th-grade students each received their own device: students in grades 1-3 get an iPad Mini, students in grades 4-5 get an iPad Air, and students in grades 6-12 get a 13-inch MacBook Air to use throughout the school year. Litchfield is also served by School of St. Philip, a parochial school for students in preschool through fifth-grade. St. Philip’s S ch o ol emp hasize s a s trong academic curriculum in a faithfilled environment and is open to families from all faith traditions. For more information, visit or www. DISTRICT OFFICE 307 East 6th Street, Litchfield 320-693-2444

LITCHFIELD SCHOOL BOARD Litchfield School District is governed by a six-member board. Three board members are elected to four-year terms every two years during the November general election. The board meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of the month in room 200 of Wagner Education Building, 114 N. Holcombe Ave., Litchfield. SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS Marlin Schutte mschutte@isd465. org 320-593-1541

David Huhner

Vice Chair dhuhner@isd465. org 320-593-7635

Greg Mathews

Clerk 320-693-8642

Darrin Anderson

Litchfield High School Principal Jason Michels 901 N. Gilman Ave., Litchfield 320-693-2424 Litchfield Alternative Learning Program Coordinator Tim Mackey 340 E. 10th St., Litchfield 320-693-2424, ext. 4367 Early Childhood Family Education Coordinator Rebecca Warpula 307 East 6th Street, Litchfield 320-693-0072 COMMUNITY EDUCATION Litchfield Community Education and Recreation Director Rebecca Warpula 307 East 6th Street, Litchfield 320-693-2354 FREQUENTLY CALLED NUMBERS Adult Basic Education 320-693-2354

SENIOR CITIZENS Throughout this guide there are many programs and activities open to all area residents, including senior citizens. This list, however, is a reminder of some specific programs senior citizens may need or use. AARP 1-800-OUR-AARP (667-2277) Website: ACC Midwest Transportation — service in Midwestern Minnesota 409 California St. N.W., Hutchinson 320-455-9200 Website: Ecumen RSVP 218 N. Holcombe Ave., Litchfield 320-693-0194 Email: Website: Emmaus Place Senior Apartments 200 N. Holcombe Ave., Litchfield 320-693-2430 Website: www.ecumenoflitchfield. org Gloria Dei Manor Senior Apartments 218 N. Holcome Ave., Litchfield 320-693-2430 Website: www.ecumenoflitchfield. org

Treasurer danderson@ 320-593-1828

Activities Director Justin Brown 320-693-2424, ext. 4313 Business Manager Jesse Johnson 320-693-2444, ext. 8105

Stacey Helstrom sdhelstrom@gmail. com 320-221-2207

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Litchfield Middle School Principal Beckie Simenson 340 E. 10th St., Litchfield 320-693-2441


Superintendent Dan Frazier dfrazier@isd465. org


SCHOOLS Lake Ripley Elementary School Principal Gregg Zender 100 W. Pleasure Drive, Litchfield 320-693-2436

Dragons Kids Club 320-693-2354 Special Education Coordinator Jean Wirz 320-693-2441, ext. 3229 Technology Director Jennifer Ridgeway 320-693-2424, ext. 3164 PAROCHIAL SCHOOL School of St. Philip Principal Michelle Kramer 225 E. Third St., Litchfield 320-693-6283

Kandiyohi Area Transit — service between Willmar and Litchfield 1320 22nd St. S.W., Box 186, Willmar 320-214-7433 or 888-750-7433 Website: Lincoln Apartments for seniors 122 W. Fourth St., Litchfield 320-693-2104 Lutheran Social Services Mid-Minnesota Senior Dining 11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday Litchfield Civic Arena, 900 N. Gilman Ave., Litchfield 320-693-6318 Website: Meeker County Council on Aging 218 N. Holcombe Ave., Litchfield 320-693-2718

LIVING Meeker Public Transit 812 E. Ripley St., Litchfield 320-693-7794 or 800-513-7433 Website: www.ecumenoflitchfield. org Senior LinkAge Line 1-800-333-2433 Schumacher Transportation — service in Meeker and McLeod counties 5208 Mayview Road, Minnetonka 888-473-3126 Website: www. Social Security Administration 1-800-772-1213

SUPPORT SERVICES AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) Meets 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays Zion Lutheran Church 504 N. Gilman Ave., Litchfield

A Meeker County Social Services employee gives someone in need all the fixings for a Thanksgiving dinner, which were donated by Crow River Cuts National Turkey Federation, the Social Concerns Committee at Zion Lutheran Church and Thrivent Financial.

Meeker Public Transit For information, call

320-693-7794 or 800-513-7433

“This Bus Is For Everyone” Monday-Friday, 6:15 am-6 pm Saturday, 8 am-1 pm (Jan-Mar/Oct-Dec)

812 East Ripley Street, Litchfield, MN

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Students at Lake Ripley Elementary chase the Litchfield dragon last year at their homecoming pep fest. Minnesota WorkForce Center — Litchfield 114 N. Holcombe Ave., Litchfield 320-593-1056

ARC Arlene Groskreutz 320-6936967 Gamblers Anonymous Meets 7:30 p.m. Sundays Meeker Memorial Hospital 612 Sibley Ave., Litchfield

Narcotics Anonymous Meets at 7:30 Wednesdays at First Lutheran Church, Litchfield; Meets 7:30 p.m. Fridays

Ed Olson Agency, Inc. Professional Service since 1955


241 No. Sibley, Litchfield, MN 55355 Office: 320-693-3251 Fax: 320-693-3254 Home: 320-693-6403

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at Litchfield Christian Church, Litchfield; Meets 7 p.m. Sundays at First Presbyterian Church, Litchfield Heartland Community Action Agency 120 N. Sibley Ave., Litchfield 320-693-8811 Litchfield Area Rural Partners in Prevention 114 N. Holcome Ave., Suite 250, Litchfield 320-693-5380 Lutheran Social Services 930 Capwood Ave., Litchfield 320-693-2677 Meeker County Community Homes 504 S. Marshall Ave., Litchfield 320-693-8836

Meeker County Public Health 114 N. Holcombe Ave., Suite 250, Litchfield 320-693-5370 Meeker County Social Services 114 N. Holcombe Ave., Suite 180, Litchfield 320-693-5300 Meeker County Emergency Food Shelf 118 N. Sibley Ave., Litchfield 320-693-7661 New Beginnings at Waverly 114 N. Holcome Ave., Litchfield 320-693-2461


Litchfield High School is the third of only five laptop high schools in the State of Minnesota. Litchfield Public Schools is a state leader in teaching computer coding skills. Litchfield Public Schools is the winner of the 2015 TIES Leadership Award for using technology to transform learning.

Litchfield High School Grades 9 – 12 901 N Gilman Ave., Litchfield • 320-693-2424

Litchfield Middle School is the only laptop middle school in the State of Minnesota. Litchfield Middle School is one of only four school systems in Minnesota to have a STEM (science-technology-engineering-mathematics) laboratory for its students. Litchfield Middle School Grades 5 – 8 340 E. 10 St., Litchfield • 320-693-2441 th

Litchfield Middle School is actively engaged in the Maker Movement in education.

Litchfield Public Schools has some of the most secure school buildings in the State of Minnesota. Litchfield Schools is one of the very few school districts in Minnesota to have one-to-one learning technologies available to all students K – 12. Litchfield Public Schools is the only Minnesota school system nationally certified in its teaching of Digital Citizenship to students.

Lake Ripley Elementary School Grades K – 4 100 W. Pleasure Dr., Litchfield • 320-693-2436

Helping Students Build a Future through Education Alternative Learning Program 340 E. 10th St., Litchfield • 320-693-2424

District Offices Wagner Education Building Preschool • Head Start • Adult Ed District Offices • Community Education 307 E. 6th St., Litchfield • 320-693-2444

307 E. 6th St., Litchfield • 320-693-2444

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Community Education & Recreation (320) 693-2354 • (320) 593-6528 FAX Office Located in the Wagner Building 307 E 6th Street Suite 110

Youth Activities

s Enrichment and recreational activitie offered year-round Trips Special Events

Dragon Kids Club

School Age Childcare Program Grades K-5 After-school & Non school Days & Summer Come and be a part of the FUN!


English as a Second Language High School Equivalency Program • Life Skills • Citizenship ess • Driver's License • Work Readin • Keyboarding Skills • Basic Computer Classes

District 465 Litchfield Community Education and Recreation offers opportunities for all age groups....from early childhood to senior citizens. Registrations for classes and activities are taken first come-first served with some classes having limited enrollment

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Red Cross Swim Lessons Open Swim Aqua Aerobics

Early Childhood Programs Early Childhood Screening School Readiness Preschool ECFE Birth-5 Census

Lifelong Learning ~ Citizen Involvement

Litchfield Early Childhood Programs

Awarded a 4 Star Rating from the MN Dept. of Ed. For the Parent Aware Program Early Childhood Family Education School Readiness Early Childhood Special Education Early Childhood Screening Kindergarten Round-Up • Kindergarten Readiness

Litchfield Public Schools’ Early Childhood Programs for children birth to pre-kindergarten Early Childhood Family Education - ECFE (Sept. - May) Early Childhood Special Education - ECSE (Sept. - May) School Readiness (Sept. - May) • Hand-in-Hand Preschool Early Childhood Screening (Offered throughout the year) Kindergarten Round-Up (March) • Kindergarten Readiness (July & August) Parents: Register your child(ren) on the school census upon birth and/or moving into the Litchfield School District and you will automatically be included in early childhood mailings, scheduled for Early Childhood Screening and Kindergarten Round-up when the child is age appropriate. To register on the school district census call Community Education at 320-693-2354. ECFE classes are offered throughout the school year and you can register through Litchfield Community Education. Special events are planned such as Run and Romps, Holiday Happenings and many others. You can find information on classes and special events in the Community Education program guides that are published and distributed in early August, December, and mid-May. These program guides are available on the website Call or email Early Childhood Programs Coordinator, Rebecca Warpula at 320-693-2354, for further information, questions or concerns about early education opportunities for your child!

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Sunday Worship Services: 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Education Hour: 9:45 a.m. (For All Ages) Wednesday Afternoon and Evening Activities

Kids of the Kingdom Preschool And Child Care Center 320-693-7806

A congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America God’s work. Our hands.

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First Evangelical Lutheran Church “A Place To Come Home To”

Interim Pastor: Bob Iverson 703 Sibley Avenue South Litchfield, MN 55355-3341 (320) 693-2487 Worship Times: Sunday: 8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship 10:45 a.m. Contemporary Worship Summer Worship: Wednesday: 6:30 p.m. Worship Sunday: 9:30 a.m. Worship

Sunday Services 8:00, 9:30, 11:00 Spanish Service Sunday 11:00 Wednesday Service 6:30pm (Sept-May)

Contemporary Worship Wednesday Night Children/Youth (Sept-April) Men’s Ministry Women’s Ministry Small Groups 205 CSAH 34 • Litchfield, MN 55355 320-593-7971 •

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First District Association plant manager Doug Anderson gives legislators a tour of the cooperative’s plant in Litchfield last year. Already one of the nation’s largest cheese producers, First District is planning to expand its operation on South Swift Avenue.

‘The economic contribution of local businesses is matched by their generosity, as many events and celebrations rely on financial donations from local businesses.’

nlike many rural towns, Litchfield enjoys a diverse economy. Businesses here specialize in many fields, ranging from food manufacturers to financial services. Litchfield also benefits from proximity to the metro area and features great recreation options, health care facilities, first-rate education systems and state-of-the-art infrastructure. Add to the mix the solid work ethic of the local people, and you have a perfect setting for businesses to succeed. As a regional corridor, U.S. Highway 12 not only provides transportation for locally made products — it connects a commercial district that extends from Walmart on the east end of town to Stockmen’s Greenhouse & Landscaping on the west. In the historic downtown district, shoppers can browse through antique shops, restaurants and unique gift items and jewelry designed by local artists. Litchfield is more than just a place to earn a good living or shop. The economic contribution of local businesses is matched by their generosity, as many events and celebrations rely on financial donations from local businesses. In Litchfield, business owners and employees alike participate in civic organizations and volunteer programs to show their civic pride and dedication to making Litchfield a strong, vibrant community today and in the future.

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Truck Equipment And Trailer Parts For Many Brands • HITCHES • PARKING JACKS • BEARINGS • LED LIGHTS • CHAINS


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Paws Florist Supplies all the Flowers and Plants for Meeker County Memorial Hospital’s Open Door Gift Shop.

Ph. 320-974-8680 or 888-772-5552 303 Pleasant Ave. (Hwy. 12), Atwater

We are your locally owned, Auto, Ag, Heavy Duty, Paint, Hydraulics, Tools and Equipment, and accessories resource!

Litchfield - 320.693.3216 “With 15 Convenient Locations, We Supply Parts, and we do it WELL!”

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Also Specializing in Promotional Items and Apparel! 826 N. Sibley Ave. • Litchfield, MN • 320.693.795

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MARKETPLACE LOCAL MEDIA Litchfield Independent Review Published every Thursday and available online at www. To subscribe to the newspaper or to advertise in it, call 320-693-3266, stop at the office at 217 N. Sibley Ave., or send an email to news@ KLFD-AM 1410 The local radio station, KLFDAM 1410, offers local news, as well as state and national headlines. The office is at 234 N. Sibley Ave. For information, call 320-693-3281 or go online to

MUNICIPAL LIQUOR STORE The city of Litchfield built a new, 7,000-square-foot liquor store at 627 N. Sibley Ave., and opened it in January 2013. Nearly twice the size of the old store, the $1.25

14755 County Road 9 Eden Valley, MN 55329

Luis Alcala, left, and Felix Franco work on an auger, part of a conveyor, at Anderson-Crane’s manufacturing plant in Litchfield last year. Anderson-Crane is one of several manufacturers in Litchfield offering employment opportunities. million building features a great selection of alcoholic beverages, including many types of craft beer. Some profits from city’s liquor store fund are used to operate the city’s Civic Arena. Store hours are Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

OFFICE: 320.453.3109 CELL: 320.980.3278 FAX: 320.453.3110

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627 N. Sibley Ave, Litchfield, MN Regular Store Hours: Monday - Sunday 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

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Stockmen’ s Greenhouse & Landscaping 60973 W. U.S. Hwy. 12 Litchfield, MN 55355

(320) 693-7787

Your year around source for all your lawn and garden needs. • Shade Trees • Shrubs • Evergreens • Fruit Trees

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• Perennials • Bedding Plants • Christmas Trees • Growing Supplies • Landscape Design & Installation

• Garden Ware • Roses • Mulch • Fertilizer

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• Gasoline • Diesel Fuels • Lube Oils • Propane

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Local & Long Distance Towing & Recovery 115 N Marshall Ave Litchfield, MN 55355

24 Hour Service

101 South Swift, Litchfield • 320-693-3236

First District Association is proud to be an employer to area residents and a manufacturer of dairy products from Minnesota dairy farms.

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Scandinavian Specialties Bridal Registry Glassware Books For All Ages Ethnic Foods Unique Custom Jewelry Cards & Napkins Ceramic Kitchenware Linens & Household Decorative Items Religious Gifts Corinthian Wind Chimes Proceeds benefit Ecumen facilities. 200 Holcombe Ave. N., LitchďŹ eld Ph. 320/373-6625 Summer Hours Mon-Fri., 9-5 & Sat., 10-12 Winter Hours Mon-Fri., 9-4 & Sat.,10-12

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For projects of any size, Litchfield Building Center is your lumber and hardware specialist. Our friendly staff will take care of you whether you need paint, building supplies, drafting services, or general contracting services. No job is too large or small. We will even deliver your materials right to you! We specialize in new home construction, remodeling, decks and outdoor buildings,commercial, agriculture, cabinetry, and more! Litchfield Building Center is a locally owned and operated Lumber Yard and a full service Building Center located in Litchfield MN. At Litchfield Building Center, We’re Building On Small Town Pride!

124 East Commercial, 132 Main St. S., Litchfield, MN Hutchinson, MN 320-693-3616 320-234-9663

Sticks, Strings & Musical Things! Guitars, Amplifiers & Sound Equipment, Band Accessories, Tuners, PA Rental & More!



714 North Sibley (Hwys 12 & 22); Litchfield, MN 320-693-5885

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WE SELL QUALITY BRANDS Sporting Goods • Pet & Animal • Tools Lawn & Garden • Hardware • Auto Power Equipment • Electrical & More

Your Home, Farm & Outdoor Store! STORE HOURS: Mon-Fri 8:00-9:00 Sat 8:00-6:00 Sun 10:00-5:00

975 East Frontage Road Litchfield, MN 320-593-0009 2016 |



BUSINESS DIRECTORY AGRICULTURAL SERVICE & SUPPLIES First District Association 101 South Swift Avenue Litchfield, MN 55355 320-693-3236

Schlauderaff Implement Co. 60240 U.S. Highway 12 Litchfield, MN 55355 320- 693-7277

ANIMAL HEALTH Haugo Veterinary Clinic

1101 South Sibley Avenue Litchfield, MN 55355 320-693-6961


President NAPA Central MN 320-253-5050 Alexandria - Eagle Bend – Foley – Litchfield Little Falls - Long Prairie – Melrose - Osakis Paynesville – Pierz – Princeton – Richmond Sauk Centre - St. Cloud – Staples -Wadena

Parts City Auto Parts 725 East Highway 12 Litchfield, MN 55355 320-693-7299


61381 U.S. Highway 12 Litchfield, MN 55355 320-593-4595

BANKING/FINANCIAL Center National Bank

301 North Ramsey Avenue Litchfield, MN 55355 320-693-3255

Home State Bank 1435 US-12 Litchfield, MN 55355 320-593-2001

CHURCHES Cornerstone Church

205 CSAH 34 Litchfield, MN 55355 320-593-7971

First Evangelical Lutheran Church

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6 Miles West of Litchfield on Hwy 12 320-857-2152

Litchfield Eagles Club 89 CSAH 9 Litchfield MN 55355 320-693-9008

Nelson Farm

23618 CSAH 1 Litchfield, MN 55355 320-693-7750


1027 East Frontage Road Litchfield, MN 55355 320-693-2585

EDUCATION Litchfield Community Education & Recreation Office Located in the Wagner Building 307 E 6th Street Suite 110 320-693-2354 320-593-6528 FAX

Litchfield Early Childhood Programs

35 West 3rd Street Litchfield MN 55355 320-593-0303

703 Sibley Avenue South Litchfield, MN 55355 320-693-2487

Office Located in the Wagner Building 307 E 6th Street Suite 110 320-693-2354 320-593-6528 FAX

Binsfeld Tire

Immanuel Lutheran Church

Litchfield Area Mentorship Program

Al’s Repair

2125 East Highway 12 Litchfield MN 55355 320-693-8632

City Line Towing

115 N Marshall Ave Litchfield, Minnesota 320-593-4869

Mutt & Jeff’s Auto Repair 311 South Chandler Avenue Litchfield, MN 55355 320-693-2867

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175 West 11 Street Litchfield, MN 55355 320-639-6155

Zion Lutheran Church 504 Gilman Ave. North Litchfield, MN 55355 320-693-3207

PO Box 82 Litchfield, MN 55355 320- 699-1616

MARKETPLACE GOVERNMENT & CIVIC GROUPS Litchfield Area Rural Partners in Prevention (LARPP)

114 North Holcombe Avenue, Suite 250 Litchfield, MN 55355 320-693-5380

Meeker County Administrator Office 325 North Sibley Avenue Litchfield, MN 55355 320-693-5200

Meeker Public Transit

812 East Ripley Street Litchfield, MN 55355 320-693-7794

HEALTH, MEDICAL, PERSONAL CARE Affiliated Medical Center 611 South Sibley Avenue Litchfield, MN 55355 320-693-3233


600 South Davis Avenue Litchfield, MN 55355 320-693-2472

Kinsella Chiropractic

407 S Sibley Ave Litchfield, MN 55355 320-593-4494

Litchfield Eye Center

135 North Sibley Avenue Litchfield, MN 55355 320-593-3100

Litchfield Family Dental

715 North Sibley Avenue Litchfield, MN 55355 320-693-2228

Meeker Memorial Hospital 612 South Sibley Avenue Litchfield, MN 55355 320-693-3242

Patten Chiropractic

1455 East Highway 12 Litchfield, MN 55355 320-693-3612

Snap Fitness

27 East Depot Street Litchfield, MN 55355 320-593-1429

HOME & GARDEN D&F Electric

62785 230th Street Litchfield, MN 55355 320-693-6019

Hendrickson & Sons Plumbing 28263 708th Avenue Dassel, MN 55325 320-275-2146

Turck’s Trees

67034 MN Highway 24 Litchfield, MN 55355 320-693-3944

Valley View Electric

14755 County Road 9 Eden Valley, MN 55379 320-980-3278

INSURANCE Anderson Insurance Agency 409 East Highway 12 Litchfield, MN 55355 320-693-2834

Farm Bureau- Kevin Christoffers 112 North Sibley Avenue Litchfield, MN 55355 320-593-0601

PKN Inc. Agency

502 East Highway 12; Suite 105 Litchfield MN 55353 320-693-7908

LODGING Americinn

1525 U.S. Highway 12 Litchfield, MN 55355 320-693-1600

The Marshall Estate

611 North Marshall Avenue Litchfield, MN 55355 320-593-8170

PRINTING SERVICES Litchfield Independent Review 214 Sibley Avenue No. Litchfield, MN 55355 320-693-3266


Independent Review

Ramsey Printing & Design 826 N Sibley Ave Litchfield, MN 55355 320-434-1224

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES Christianson & Associates, PLLP 194 So. Litchfield Avenue 320-693-7918

REAL ESTATE Ed Olson Agency

241 North Sibley Avenue Litchfield MN 55355 320-693-3251

Menken Real Estate & Insurance 503 East Highway 12 Litchfield, MN 55355 320-593-3324

Premier Real Estate

214 North Sibley Avenue Litchfield, MN 55355 320-493-9349


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1325 East Highway 12 Litchfield, MN 55355 320-593-2871

Bikes by Bob & Litchfield Coffee Co. 503 E Hwy 12 Litchfield, MN 55355


226 E Frontage Rd Litchfield, MN 55355 320-593-6700

Mary’s Jewelry

227 North Sibley Avenue Litchfield, MN 55355 320-593-8678


Mid Minnesota Music

714 North Sibley Avenue Litchfield, MN 55355 320-693-5885


421 County Rd 34 Litchfield, MN 55355 320-593-2323

Litchfield Liquor Store

627 North Sibley Avenue Litchfield, MN 55355 320-693-8563

Natural Food Co-Op 230 North Sibley Avenue Litchfield, MN 55355 320-693-7539

Walmart Supercenter 2301 East Frontage Road Litchfield, MN 55355 320-693-1022

Complete Line of: • Custom Feeds • Mineral Mixes • Commodities • Pet Food • Horse Feed • Wild Bird Feed & Supplies • Milking Supplies • Gates & Fencing Supplies • General Farm Equipment • Work Clothing

Home of Fieldgate Dairy Products: • 30+ Varieties of Fieldgate Cheese • Fieldgate Butter • Fieldgate Pizza • Fresh Cheese Curds • Gift Boxes • 20+ Varieties of Specialty Cheese

FAF Ag Services 92538

25 W. Depot Litchfield, MN 55355 320-693-7223

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PETS Mother Barb Penk and daughter Sam Schroeder stroll with friend Justine Hawes at the 4 Miles Four Paws in 2015 around Lake Ripley. The women chatted as their dogs Maddy and Poppy lead them towards the finish line.

LIFE ON FOUR LEGS Dogs and other critters welcomed


hether living in town or in the country, pets offer people a best friend, exercise partner and cuddle buddy. Litchfield is home to many paths for people and their four-legged companions to walk on, as well as many lakes to take a dip in. All cats and dogs must be licensed in the city of Litchfield. Licenses are $5 for the life of the pet, and are available at Litchfield City Hall, 126 N. Marshall Ave., Litchfield. Call 320-693-7201 for more information. In the case of a lost pet, owners should notify Litchfield Police Department at 320-693-5425 to report the missing animal. If an animal is found by the police department, it will be held for five to seven days before being transported to the Humane Society of Kandiyohi and Meeker Counties.

Started in 2014, the 4 Miles Four Paws race raises money for the Humane Society of Kandiyohi and Meeker Counties, which operates the Hawk Creek Animal Shelter in Willmar. The shelter takes in nearly 1,500 animals each year.

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Runner Sally Hulbert carries her pooch, Carmella, at the 4 Miles Four Paws race. Carmella was not in shape to compete, Hulbert said with a laugh.


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HUMANE SOCIETY The Humane Society of Kandiyohi and Meeker Counties provides a safe haven for lost and abandoned animals until they can be placed in permanent homes. The organization also promotes responsible care and training for pets through education and public awareness. In the fall of 2015, the Humane Society hosted their annual “4

Miles Four Paws� race around Lake Ripley in Litchfield as a way to raise money for the organization, which takes in more than 1,500 animals each year. To volunteer or donate, call Hawk Creek Animal Shelter at 320-235-7612. The shelter, at 250 28th St. S.W., Willmar, is open from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Haugo Veterinary Clinic 1101 Sibley Ave. S. Litchfield


Meeker Memorial Hospital Care as it should be.


WE USE A TEAM APPROACH TO PROVIDE YOU… CARE AS IT SHOULD BE. • 24/7 Emergency Department: Telestroke: Acute Stroke Management Program • Surgery/Endoscopy: General and Visiting Specialists • Laboratory/Direct Access Lab Tests • Radiology/Diagnostic Imaging in-house. MRI/Consulting Radiologic Subspecialists • Private Inpatient Rooms: OB Suites/Medical Surgical/Critical Care • Rehabilitation Services: Speech, Occupational, Physical Therapy in one location. Cardiac Rehabilitation - Phase II & III

CENTER FOR SENIOR BEHAVIORAL HEALTH Regional Inpatient Services. Call (320) 693-4535 for patient admission inquiries 24/7.


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Litchfield Lifestyle  

Annual activities and lifestyle magazine from the Litchfield Independent Review

Litchfield Lifestyle  

Annual activities and lifestyle magazine from the Litchfield Independent Review