SUMMER FUN 2017
Your guide to summer events in West Central Minnesota!
Life Is Always Better At
2017 • Walker, MN
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SUMMER FUN 2017 Table Of Contents A.B.A.T.E. rally - Pg. 45 Antique Car Run - Pg. 53 Bike trail - Pg. 72 Camping - Pgs. 57-60 Casino events - Pg. 73 Church directory - Pgs. 62-63 Community theater - Pg. 28 County fairs - Pgs. 48-50 Events listing - Pgs. 6-22 Fishing bait shops - Pg. 70 Fishing lakes - Pgs. 68-70 Fitness calendar - Pg. 47 Fourth of July - Pgs. 34-35 Gardens - Pg. 39 Glacial Ridge Trail - Pg. 55 Golf courses - Pgs. 64-66
Historic centers - Pg. 29 Historic sites - Pgs. 30-32 Libraries - Pg. 42 Nature areas - Pg. 38 OHV parks - Pg. 46 Prairie Pothole - Pg. 74 Prairie Woods ELC - Pg. 61 Racing - Pg. 67 River routes - Pgs. 51-52 Ski Team - Pg. 26 Stingers baseball - Pg. 27 Terrace Mill - Pg. 71 Willmar arts - Pgs. 36-37 Willmar Fests - Pg. 21 Willmar parks - Pgs. 40-43 Willmar walks - Pg. 44
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Memorial Day 2016.
May 25, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music concert by Brady and Dan from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London; rain or shine, bring your own lawn chair. Summer events/ Page 7
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June June 1, Willmar BECKER MARKET: A multicultural market of farmers, growers, producers, artisans and entertainment, 2 to 6 p.m.; 414 Becker Avenue downtown. June 1, Willmar MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Don and Shelby from 6 to 7 p.m. at Jazz-N-Java. June 1, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music concert by Gig Noonan from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London; rain or shine, bring your own lawn chair. June 1-4, Willmar THE BARN THEATRE: The musical “Big Fish” 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; adults $20, ages 18 and under $10; 320-235-9500; thebarntheatre.com. June 2, Clara City MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Jerry Ostensoe from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hinterland Vineyards, east of Clara City. June 2, New London LITTLE CROW WATER SKI SHOW: Neer Park, 7:30 p.m.; adults $5, students $3.
June 3, Willmar ARCHERY: Minnesota State Archery Association FITA tournament, Willmar outdoor range across from Wal-Mart, 9 a.m. June 3, Spicer PADDLE THE CROW: Three-hour river trip down the Middle Fork of the Crow River in 17-foot canoes, in addition to the 34-foot Voyageur Canoe (perfect for novices and families with young children). Trip will start at the boat access/fishing pier parking lot on the New London Mill Pond. From there we will be shuttled to “Dilly” bridge north of New London and paddle back to the Mill Pond. Lunch will be provided after. All equipment will be provided, 9 a.m. to noon, $7 per person, $20 per family; pre-registration required, Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center. June 3, Marshall CAR SHOW: Shades of the Past Car Club presents cars, trucks, bikes, tractors and rat rods, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; concert by Starfire during the show, free admission. June 6, Spicer PWELC SAMPLER: Experience what Prairie Woods ELC has to offer. Visit the pioneer cabin to see how people lived “back in the day,” do the Flying Squirrel, climb the wall, track some animals and learn some outdoor survival skills. Bring a sack lunch; grades 1 and up, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., $20; Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center. June 7, Willmar PRAIRIE WINDS CONCERT BAND: Free concert at Rice Park, 7:30 p.m. June 7, Willmar MIDWEEK FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; noon to 5:30 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. June 7-10, Paynesville TOWN AND COUNTRY DAYS: Queen pageant, kiddie parade, street dance, kids tractor pull, grand parade 7 p.m. Wednesday and more; paynesvillechamber.org
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June 7-11, Renville SUGAR BEET DAYS: Family fun night, dinner, tractor pedal pull, children’s movie and DJ on Friday; community breakfast, 5K run/walk, kids run, children’s events, sugar beet toss, show, bean bag tourney, grand parade at 3 p.m., lawn mower races, street dance on Saturday; waffle breakfast on Sunday. June 8, Willmar BECKER MARKET: A multicultural market of farmers, growers, producers, artisans and entertainment, 2 to 6 p.m.; 414 Becker Avenue downtown. June 8, Willmar MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by the Great Times Band from 6 to 7 p.m. at Jazz-N-Java. June 8, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music concert by Charlie Roth from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London; rain or shine, bring your own lawn chair. June 8-10, Willmar DAIRY DAYS: Build-a-burger 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Cash Wise Foods; Youngren dairy farm open house, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. June 8-11, Willmar THE BARN THEATRE: The musical “Big Fish” 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; adults $20, ages 18 and under $10; 320-235-9500; thebarntheatre.com. June 9, Clara City MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Big Al from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hinterland Vineyards, east of Clara City. June 9, New London LITTLE CROW WATER SKI SHOW: Neer Park, 7:30 p.m.; adults $5, students $3. Summer events/ Page 8
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Kandi is Dandy Days.
June 14, Willmar MIDWEEK FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; noon to 5:30 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot.
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June 14, Willmar PRAIRIE WINDS CONCERT BAND: Free concert at Rice Park, 7:30 p.m.
June 9-10, Kandiyohi KANDI IS DANDY DAYS: 34th annual community celebration begins with fundraising supper and music on Friday; pancake breakfast, kids’ games, grand parade at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, tractor pull and business association supper.
June 14-17, Bird Island ISLAND DAYS: The 24th annual community event; 5k walk/ run, Regatta parade at 3 p.m. Saturday; www.birdislandcity.com.
June 10, Granite Falls RIVERSIDE MARKET: Music, crafts, art, vintage and more between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. along the Minnesota River; Sod House Theater songwriting and acting workshops; jam session 4 p.m.
June 15, Willmar BECKER MARKET: A multicultural market of farmers, growers, producers, artisans and entertainment, 2 to 6 p.m., 414 Becker Avenue downtown.
June 10-11, Spicer NINJA WARRIOR: Ninja Warrior obstacle course, registration required online at graceplaceofmn.org; kids inflatables, dunk tank, food tent, Sunday morning church service, pancake feed and more; fundraiser for Grace Place of Minnesota.
June 15, Willmar MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Guy Stevermer from 6 to 7 p.m. at Jazz-N-Java.
June 11, Glenwood LAKESIDE SUMMER DANCE: Dance to the music of Myron Sommerfeld, 4 to 8 p.m., Lakeside Ballroom; $10 per person; $5 per person ages 17-30. June 11-18, Montevideo FIESTA DAYS: Annual festival celebrates Montevideo’s sister-city relationship with Montevideo, Uruguay; activities include senior coronation and dance, kiddie parade, bean bag tournament, junior coronation, 5k run and walk, musical entertainment; coronation and grand day parade 1 p.m. Sunday. June 13, Danube CONCERT UNDER THE WATER TOWER: Free concert featuring the Montevideo Community Band in Mueller Park, 7 p.m. June 14, Benson PIONEERLAND BAND FESTIVAL: 30th annual Flag Day parade at 6:30 p.m. with 15 high school marching bands competing for cash.
June 15, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music concert by John Dokken from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London; rain or shine, bring your own lawn chair. June 15-17, New London THE LITTLE THEATRE: “Red, White and Tuna” 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; $15, tickets available two weeks before the show at The Giving Tree Children’s Boutique in New London, Whitney Music in Willmar and at the door. June 15-18, Willmar THE BARN THEATRE: The musical “Big Fish” 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; adults $20, ages 18 and under $10; 320-235-9500; thebarntheatre.com. June 16, Clara City MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Jeff Brunnell from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hinterland Vineyards, east of Clara City. June 16, New London LITTLE CROW WATER SKI SHOW: Neer Park, 7:30 p.m.; adults $5, students $3.
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Willmar Fests royalty.
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June 16, Willmar MOVIES IN THE PARK: 9 p.m., Robbins Island, the movie “Sing” will be shown, pre-activities for one hour before the movie, bring a chair or blanket and bug spray, in case of bad weather it will be at WEAC. June 16-17, Willmar STUDIO HOP: Local artists will have their studios open 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Willmar, Spicer and New London areas, 20 artists in 9 studios; www.studiohop. wordpress.com. June 16-18, Atwater FESTIVAL DAYS: Kiddie parade, kiddie tractor pull, kids’ games, fun runs, grand parade Saturday at 3:20 p.m.; community supper Saturday followed by street dance. June 17, Willmar ARCHERY: Minnesota State Archery Association target tournament, Willmar outdoor range across from Wal-Mart, 8 a.m. June 17, Montevideo MILWAUKEE ROAD HERITAGE CENTER: Annual event of arts, crafts and vendors. Enjoyment for the whole family with guided tours at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. of our trains, buildings and model railroad exhibit; come watch the trains go around for free; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Main Street across from Casey’s Gas Station; 320-269-9563 June 17, Willmar DOROTHY OLSON AQUATIC CENTER: “Itty Bitty Beach Party,” 10:30 a.m. to noon, ages 5 and under, $4 per child, two adults per child free. June 17, Dawson MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM: Dawson-Boyd Arts Association presents “Sweet Land, the Musical” at 7:30 p.m.; adults $15, students $5; order online at http://www.dawsonboydarts.com. June 19, Willmar MUSIC CONCERT: West Central Connection
Chorus concert, 7:30 p.m., Willmar Community & Activity Center, free; ice cream social for West Central Dairy Days. June 19, Appleton MUSIC CONCERT: Swift County Concert Band, 7 p.m., Riverview Park Bandstand, Hering and Venum Streets; bring your own lawn chair. June 21, Willmar MIDWEEK FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; noon to 5:30 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot.
climbers can train and refine their skills. PWELC instructors will be there to help, equipment is provided, 4 to 5:30 p.m.; $10 per session; call 320-354-5894 to register. Summer events/ Page 10
June 21, Willmar PRAIRIE WINDS CONCERT BAND: Free concert at Rice Park, 7:30 p.m. June 21, Spicer 3D DEER ARCHERY SHOOT: If you have a couple of archery seasons under your belt or are thinking about hunting deer with a bow and arrow for the first time, this class is for you. Learn about shooting form, judging distance, ethical shooting and tracking deer, and then practice the skills on some 3D deer targets; Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center, for grades 5 and up; 9 a.m. to noon; $15 per person; call 320-3545894 to register. June 21-25, Willmar WILLMAR FESTS: Grande day parade, water ski show, concert, downtown block party, international events, kiddie parade, fireworks and more; see separate story. June 21-25, Dawson RIVERFEST: Unveiling of the 2017 gnome, softball/baseball games, firemen’s water fights, street dance, children’s activities, movie in the park, craft fair, fitness runs, antique tractor, grand parade at 2 p.m. Sunday. June 22, Spicer INDOOR ROCK CLIMBING: For all ages; at Prairie Woods Environmental Learn Center; challenge yourself both physically and mentally at your own pace, beginners can learn about the sports, exercise and have fun; experienced
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June 22, Willmar BECKER MARKET: A multicultural market of farmers, growers, producers, artisans and entertainment, 2 to 6 p.m.; 414 Becker Avenue downtown. June 22, Willmar MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by the Great Times Band from 6 to 7 p.m. at Jazz-N-Java.
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June 22, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music concert by Jeff James from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London; rain or shine, bring your own lawn chair. June 22-24, New London THE LITTLE THEATRE: “Red, White and Tuna” 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; $15, tickets available two weeks before the show at The Giving Tree Children’s Boutique in New London, Whitney Music in Willmar and at the door.
Prairie Winds Concert Band concert at Rice Park.
June 24-25, Alexandria VIKINGLAND BAND FESTIVAL: Field show of seven marching groups including all four of Minnesota’s all-age drum & bugle corps, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, at high school football field, admission charged; Parade of 22 marching bands down Broadway, 1:30 p.m. Sunday. June 25, Willmar VIKOR MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION: Annual service 11 a.m.; potluck dinner.
June 22-24, Granite Falls WESTERN FEST: PRCA rodeo at Lee Mar Ranch, street dances, kids’ carnival, grand parade 1 p.m. Saturday, queen pageant; www.granitefallsprcarodeo.com.
June 26, Appleton MUSIC CONCERT: Montevideo Area Community Band, 7 p.m., Riverview Park Bandstand, Hering and Venum Streets; bring your own lawn chair.
June 23, Clara City MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by 2 Brothers from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hinterland Vineyards, east of Clara City.
June 27, Danube CONCERT UNDER THE WATER TOWER: Free concert featuring Church of Cash in Mueller Park, 7 p.m.
June 23, New London LITTLE CROW WATER SKI SHOW: Neer Park, 7:30 p.m.; adults $5, students $3.
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June 28, Spicer GAME DAY AT THE PIONEER CABIN: After dressing as a pioneer, unplug for a morning of pioneer games; if it is raining out we’ll see how you do at jacks, pick up sticks and card games; grades 3-6, 10 a.m. to noon, $8; Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center. June 28, Willmar MIDWEEK FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; noon to 5:30 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. June 28, Willmar PRAIRIE WINDS CONCERT BAND: Free concert at Rice Park, 7:30 p.m. June 28-July 2, Starbuck HERITAGE DAYS: Movie at the community center Wednesday; fly-in breakfast, 5 and 10k runs, craft fair, teen-age beach party, children’s activities, grand parade 6 p.m., queen’s coronation, fireworks at 10 p.m. Saturday; community church service on Sunday. June 28-July 4, Madison SUMMERFEST: Queen pageant, Little Miss Madison, parade 2 p.m. on July 4 and fireworks at dusk. June 29, Willmar BECKER MARKET: A multicultural market of farmers, growers, producers, artisans and entertainment, 2 to 6 p.m.; 414 Becker Avenue downtown. June 29, Willmar MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Jared Campbell from 6 to 7 p.m. at Jazz-N-Java. June 29, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music concert by Big Al Band from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London; rain or shine, bring your own lawn chair. June 30, Clara City MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Wendell Nash and friends from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hinterland Vineyards, east of Clara City. June 30, New London LITTLE CROW WATER SKI SHOW: Neer Park, 7:30 p.m.; adults $5, students $3.
July June 30-July 2, Bird Island POLKA FEST: 36th annual, 27 hours of dancing on the Island Ballroom’s large wooden dance floor; starting at 2 p.m. Friday and continuing through Sunday. July 1, New London LITTLE CROW WATER SKI SHOW: Neer Park, 7:30 p.m.; adults $5, students $3. July 1-4, Spicer INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION: Craft show, fireworks, street dance; softball tournament, grand parade 10 a.m. Tuesday; see separate July 4th story for details. July 3, Prairie’s Edge FAMILY FUN NIGHT: Food and music beginning at 5 p.m. and southwest Minnesota’s largest fireworks show at dusk. July 3-4, Prinsburg ANNUAL FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION: Ice cream
social and fireworks on Monday; walk/run, games for all ages, kiddie parade at 6 p.m. followed by main parade Tuesday; see separate July 4th story. July 4, Maynard FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION: Medallion hunt, firemen’s dance, parade at 11 a.m., entertainment, queen coronation, kiddie tractor pull and fireworks; see separate July 4th story. July 4, Paynesville INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION: Fireworks over Lake Koronis at dusk; see separate July 4th story. July 4, Terrace FOURTH OF JULY: Family fun is going on at the Terrace Mill with old-fashioned games, contests, prizes; bring a picnic, coffee and lemonade provided at 5 p.m.; races begin at 6:30 p.m.; see separate July 4th story. July 4, New London LITTLE CROW WATER SKI SHOW: Neer Park, 7:30 p.m.; adults $5, students $3. July 4, Appleton MUSIC CONCERT: The Wendinger Band, 7 p.m., Riverview Park Bandstand, Hering and Venum Streets; bring your own lawn chair July 5, Willmar MIDWEEK FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; noon to 5:30 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. July 5, Willmar PRAIRIE WINDS CONCERT BAND: Free concert at Rice Park, 7:30 p.m. July 5-8, Brooten BONANZA VALLEY DAYS: Dances, sports tournaments, walk/ run, kiddie parade, children’s activities, parade at 1:30 p.m., Sunday. July 5-9, Danube FUN DAYS: Kids’ treasure hunt, adult medallion hunt and secret person/phrase, ice cream social, barbecue pork supper, volleyball tournament, waffle feed, kid’s tractor pull, fireman keg shoot, kids carnival, car show, street dance, watermelon feed, grand parade at 2 p.m. Saturday and more. July 6, Willmar DOROTHY OLSON AQUATIC CENTER: “Stingers’ Slip & Slide,” opening early at 10:30 a.m. for fun with the Willmar Stingers. July 6, Spicer INDOOR ROCK CLIMBING: For all ages; at Prairie Woods Environmental Learn Center; challenge yourself both physically and mentally at your own pace, beginners can learn about the sports, exercise and have fun; experienced climbers can train and refine their skills. PWELC instructors will be there to help, equipment is provided, 4 to 5:30 p.m.; $10 per session; call 320354-5894 to register. July 6, Willmar MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by the Roger Kodet Quartet from 6 to 7 p.m. at Jazz-N-Java. July 6, Willmar BECKER MARKET: A multicultural market of farmers, growers, producers, artisans and entertainment, 2 to 6 p.m., 414 Becker Avenue downtown. July 6, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music concert by Harbor Drive Hookup from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London; rain or shine, bring your own lawn chair. Summer events/ Page 12
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New London Water Days.
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July 6, Danube CONCERT UNDER THE WATER TOWER: Free concert featuring Dam Jammers in Mueller Park, 7 p.m. July 6-8, Clara City PRAIRIE FEST DAYS: city celebration with the theme “grillin’ & chillin’,” pie fest, bean bag tournament, and Kiddie parade on Friday evening; firemen’s pancake breakfast, rib fest, games in the park, queen coronation, trap shoot, 5k run, kiddie tractor pull, mini golf, beer garden, music in the park, grand parade 4 p.m. Saturday. July 6-9, Litchfield WATERCADE: Medallion hunt, art in the park, kiddie parade, lake activities; run, walk, bike ride; music, lip-sync contest; fishing contest; golf tournament; sand sculpture contest; fireworks, grand parade 6 p.m. Saturday; Little Crow Water Ski show 1 p.m. and queen’s coronation 7 p.m. on Sunday; www. watercade.com. July 7, Clara City MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Jerry Ostensoe from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hinterland Vineyards, east of Clara City. July 7, New London LITTLE CROW WATER SKI SHOW: Neer Park, 7:30 p.m.; adults $5, students $3. July 8, Granite Falls RIVERSIDE MARKET: Music, crafts, art, vintage and more between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. along the Minnesota River; blues for kids with free harmonicas and lessons at 12:30 p.m.; Joey Flip blues concert 11:30 to 2:30 p.m., Outta Towners 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. July 8, Willmar FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, baked goods and crafts; 6:30 a.m. to noon, YMCA parking lot. July 8, Willmar DOROTHY OLSON AQUATIC CENTER: “Itty Bitty Beach Party,” 10:30 a.m. to noon; ages 5 and under, $4 per child, two adults per child free.
July 8, Blomkest APPRECIATION DAY: Activities in the park, parade at 4:30 p.m. followed by fire department supper. July 9, Montevideo LAC QUI PARLE MISSION SUNDAY: Worship service 10:30 a.m., potluck lunch at noon and historical program, 1 p.m., at the Lac qui Parle Mission; 320-269-7636, www.chippewacohistory. org. July 9, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music by Big Al from 4 to 6 p.m. at Pirrotta Park; bring your own lawn chair. July 10-16, New London WATER DAYS: Medallion hunt, Belgian waffle feed, bingo, tennis tournament, hog roast, games, water slide and euro trampoline, kids fun run, kids fishing tournament, style show, omelet breakfast, queen’s coronation, vendor market, Little Crow ski shows, petting zoo, bean bag tournament, singing competition, crafts and food vendors, fireworks, church on the pond, street dance and the grand parade 11 a.m. Saturday. July 11, Litchfield GARDEN TOUR: Meeker County Master Gardeners tour in the Litchfield area, 5 to 8:30 p.m. July 11, Appleton MUSIC CONCERT: Appleton Troubadours, 7 p.m., Riverview Park Bandstand, Hering and Venum Streets; bring your own lawn chair July 12, Willmar MIDWEEK FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; noon to 5:30 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. July 12-16, Sacred Heart SUMMER FEST: Jaycees pork chop feed and Saints baseball game at 6 p.m. Thursday; Friday night begins with the parade at 6 p.m. followed by family entertainment at the ball park and adult dance; 5K run, family fun walk, pancake breakfast, trap shoot, bean bag tournament, kids’ fest in the park and street dance featuring Granger Smith on Saturday; community worship, dinner, Amazing Race and baseball on Sunday; museum will be open Friday-Sunday.
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July 13, Willmar BECKER MARKET: A multicultural market of farmers, growers, producers, artisans and entertainment, 2 to 6 p.m.; 414 Becker Avenue downtown. July 13, Willmar MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by the Great Times Band from 6 to 7 p.m. at Jazz-N-Java. July 13, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music concert by Skippin’ Stones from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London; rain or shine, bring your own lawn chair. July 13-15, Canby YELLOW MEDICINE COUNTY FAIR July 13-16, Redwood Falls REDWOOD COUNTY FAIR July 14, Clara City MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Big Al from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hinterland Vineyards, east of Clara City. July 14-15, New London LITTLE CROW WATER SKI SHOW: Neer Park, 7:30 p.m.; adults $5, students $3. July 14-16, Cosmos SPACE FESTIVAL: 49th annual festival commemorates the first man on the moon; parade 2 p.m. Sunday; other events are Minn-E-Rods, softball tournament, volleyball tournament, antique tractor pull, meals in the park, fireworks, pancake breakfast, pork
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July 20, Willmar BECKER MARKET: A multicultural market of farmers, growers, producers, artisans and entertainment, 2 to 6 p.m.; 414 Becker Avenue downtown. July 20, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music concert by Crow River Junction from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London; rain or shine, bring your own lawn chair. July 21, Clara City MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Jeff Bunnell from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hinterland Vineyards, east of Clara City. July 21, New London LITTLE CROW WATER SKI SHOW: Neer Park, 7:30 p.m.; adults $5, students $3. July 21, Willmar MOVIES IN THE PARK: 9 p.m., Robbins Island, the movie “Lego Batman” will be shown, pre-activities for one hour before the movie, bring a chair or blanket and bug spray, in case of bad weather it will be at WEAC. July 21-22, Spicer GREEN LAKE QUILT AUCTION: 33rd annual auction with preview Friday evening; on Saturday display and auction at 11:30 a.m. of homemade quilts, homemade lefse, craft booth, country store, entertainment, food; held at Green Lake Bible Camp, 320-796-2181. July 22, Willmar FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, baked goods and crafts; 6:30 a.m. to noon, YMCA parking lot. July 22, Willmar MUSIC CONCERT: Live it up Downtown concert by the Kingery family, 7:30 p.m., at the Barn Theatre; $10 general admission; 320-235-9500 or thebarntheatre.com
July 23, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music by New LondonSpicer Community Band from 4 to 6 p.m. at Pirrotta Park; bring your own lawn chair. July 24-30, Olivia CORN CAPITAL DAYS: 50th anniversary, golf tournament, community bingo, family fun night, kid’s activities, pedal tractor pull, street dance, arts and crafts, corn feed, corn toss, corn capital run, live music, kiddie parade, grand parade 3 p.m. Saturday; fly-in breakfast Sunday. July 25, Danube CONCERT UNDER THE WATER TOWER: Free concert featuring the Kingery family in Mueller Park, 7 p.m. July 25, Appleton MUSIC CONCERT: Route 66 Big Band, 7 p.m., Riverview Park Bandstand, Hering and Venum Streets; bring your own lawn chair July 25, Spicer YOUTH SHOTGUN SPORTING CLAYS: The clays come from the left, right, straight at you, from behind you, there is even one that rolls on the ground. You may bring your own 12- or 20-gauge shotgun or borrow one of ours. There will be two ranges set up, one for the first-time shooter in addition to our regular sporting clay range. Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center Westby Shooting Range, for ages 12-18, 3 to 5 p.m., four time slots beginning at 6 p.m., $5 per person; to register call 320-3545894. July 25-26, Madison DRAGON FEST: street dance, ribfest and more. July 25-30, Glenwood WATERAMA: 62nd annual, Kiddie parade, water shows, running races, car show, fireworks, dances, sports tournaments, community worship service, kids tractor pull, lighted pontoon parade at dusk Saturday followed by fireworks; 100-unit parade 1 p.m. Sunday.
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July 26, Willmar MIDWEEK FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; noon to 5:30 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot.
July 29, Willmar FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, baked goods and crafts; 6:30 a.m. to noon, YMCA parking lot.
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July 30, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music by the Great Times Band from 4 to 6 p.m. at Pirrotta Park; bring your own lawn chair.
July 26-30, Sauk Centre STEARNS COUNTY FAIR July 27, Willmar BECKER MARKET: A multicultural market of farmers, growers, producers, artisans and entertainment, 2 to 6 p.m., 414 Becker Avenue downtown. July 27, Willmar MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by the Great Times Band from 6 to 7 p.m. at Jazz-N-Java.
August Aug. 1, Appleton MUSIC CONCERT: Swift County Concert Band, 7 p.m., Riverview Park Bandstand, Hering and Venum Streets; bring your own lawn chair Aug. 1-3, Redwood Falls FARMFEST: Annual tradeshow; exhibits, crafts, antique tractors, demonstrations, seed plots, Gilfillan Estate; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; admission charged; www. ideaggroup.com/farmfest.
July 27, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music concert by Church of Cash from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London; rain or shine, bring your own lawn chair.
Aug. 2, Willmar MIDWEEK FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; noon to 5:30 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot.
July 28, Clara City MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Wendell Nash from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hinterland Vineyards, east of Clara City. July 28-30, Kerkhoven TOWN AND COUNTRY DAY: Kiddie parade, kids’ fun run, firemen’s water fight and watermelon feed, Fireman’s Auxiliary food stand on Friday evening; on Saturday there will be a
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Aug. 3, Willmar BECKER MARKET: A multicultural market of farmers, growers, producers, artisans and entertainment, 2 to 6 p.m.; 414 Becker Avenue downtown. Aug. 3, Spicer PIONEER SKILLS: Do you have what it takes to live as a pioneer? Test your knowledge while participating in our version of “Oregon Trail;” grades 3-6, 9 a.m. to noon, $15; Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center. Aug. 3, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music concert by the Big Al Band from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London; rain or shine, bring your own lawn chair. Aug. 3-5, New London THE LITTLE THEATRE: “Three Murders and It’s Only Monday” 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; tickets $15 adults, $8 ages 12 and under, available two weeks in advance at The Giving Tree Children’s Boutique in New London, Whitney Music in Willmar and at the door. Aug. 3-6, Litchfield MEEKER COUNTY FAIR Aug. 4, Clara City MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Jerry Ostensoe from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hinterland Vineyards, east of Clara City. Aug. 4-5, New London LITTLE CROW WATER SKI SHOW: Neer Park, 7 p.m.; adults $5, students $3. Aug. 4-5, Pennock PENNOCK FUN DAYS: Activities for the whole family; parade at 11 a.m. Saturday. Aug. 4-6, Lake Lillian FUN DAYS: Bean bag tournaments on Friday; pancake breakfast, vendors in the park, grand parade at 4 p.m. followed by meal and street dance on Saturday; community worship service and West Central Antique Power Collector Tractor Pull on Sunday. Aug. 4-6, Granite Falls UPPER SIOUX COMMUNITY: Pezihutazizi Oyate Traditional Wacipi, warm up dances 7 p.m. Friday; grand entries at 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Aug. 5, Willmar DOROTHY OLSON AQUATIC CENTER: “Itty Bitty Beach Party,” 10:30 a.m. to noon, ages 5 and under, $4 per child, two adults per child free. Aug. 5, Willmar FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, baked goods and crafts; 6:30 a.m. to noon, YMCA parking lot. Aug. 5-6, Hanley Falls GOOD OLD DAYS THRESHING SHOW: Antique tractors and engines featuring Ford and Galloway gas engines, pedal pull, flea market, parade; machinery museum; 507-768-3552. Aug. 6, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music by Jeff James from 4 to 6 p.m. at Pirrotta Park; bring your own lawn chair. Aug. 7, Spicer FULL MOON CANOE: Enjoy the solitude of a Prairie Woods wetland while watching the sun set and the moon rise all in the
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same evening. Canoes, paddles, life jackets and instruction provided by Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center, for grades 5 and up, children must be accompanied by an adult; 7 to 9 p.m.; $7 per person; call 320-354-5894 to register. Aug. 8, Danube CONCERT UNDER THE WATER TOWER: Free concert featuring Melanie Devaney in Mueller Park, 7 p.m. Aug. 8-13, Morris STEVENS COUNTY FAIR Aug. 9, Willmar MIDWEEK FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; noon to 5:30 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. Aug. 9-11, Bird Island RENVILLE COUNTY FAIR Aug. 9-12, Willmar KANDIYOHI COUNTY FAIR Aug. 9-12, New London 31st ANNUAL NEW LONDON TO NEW BRIGHTON ANTIQUE CAR RUN: 120-mile trek on Saturday, patterned after British Veteran Car Run from London to Brighton, England; features cars from 1915 and earlier; finish line in Long Lake Regional Park in New Brighton on Saturday. Country tours on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday leaving from New London each day. See separate story. Aug. 9-13, Marshall LYON COUNTY FAIR Aug. 10, Willmar MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by the Great Times Band from 6 to 7 p.m. at Jazz-N-Java.
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Aug. 10, Willmar BECKER MARKET: A multicultural market of farmers, growers, producers, artisans and entertainment, 2 to 6 p.m.; 414 Becker Avenue downtown. Aug. 10, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music concert by Andrew Walesch from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London; rain or shine, bring your own lawn chair. Aug. 10-13, New London THE LITTLE THEATRE: “Three Murders and It’s Only Monday” 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; tickets $15 adults, $8 ages 12 and under, available two weeks in advance at The Giving Tree Children’s Boutique in New London, Whitney Music in Willmar and at the door. Aug. 11, Willmar DOROTHY OLSON AQUATIC CENTER: “Good Bye to Summer Penny Carnival” with carnival games for all ages, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.; $3 pool entrance, bring pennies to play the games. Aug. 11, Clara City MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Wendell Nash and friends from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hinterland Vineyards, east of Clara City. Aug. 11-12, Starbuck DRAGON BOAT RACING: 10th annual co-ed races, music, food, kids’ events, boats provided, Lake Minnewaska; 320-2394220. Aug. 12, Willmar FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, baked goods and crafts; 6:30 a.m. to noon, YMCA parking lot. Aug. 12, Granite Falls RIVERSIDE MARKET: Music, crafts, art, vintage and more between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. along the Minnesota River; Sod House Theater performance. Aug. 12, Terrace MUSIC CONCERT: Wasted Time, 7 p.m., in front of the mill. Aug. 12, Spicer YOUTH SPORTING CLAYS: Great opportunity to shoot for the first time or to improve your shooting skills, instruction on safe gun handling and shooting technique, firearms, shells and targets will be provided and you may bring your own 12- or 20gauge. Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center Westby Shooting Range, for ages 11-16, 3 to 5 p.m. with hot dog dinner to follow, sponsored by Pheasants Forever, $5 per person; preregistration required, call 320-354-5894. Aug. 12-13, Spicer WEST CENTRAL BOWHUNTER 60 3D SHOOT: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center; realistic hunting shots along with fun targets; family event; 320-212-4715. Aug. 13, Bechyn CZECH HERITAGE FESTIVAL: 26th annual festival with ethnic foods, music, folk dancers, children activities. Aug. 13, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music by the Mill Pond Jazz Quartet from 4 to 6 p.m. at Pirrotta Park; bring your own lawn chair. Aug. 16, Spicer PIONEER DAY: Dress as a pioneer and then get busy with indoor chores which will include preparing our own pioneer
lunch; followed by some outdoor activities such as doing laundry, cutting wood and beating rugs. After chores there should be time to play a few games, make a craft and maybe even end with a sweet treat of homemade ice cream; grades 3-6, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., $15 includes lunch, pre-registration required; Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center. Aug. 16, Willmar MIDWEEK FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; noon to 5:30 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. Aug. 16-19, Willmar THE BARN THEATRE: The comedy “The Game’s Afoot” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; adults $20, ages 18 and under $10; 320-235-9500 or thebarntheatre.com. Aug. 16-20, Appleton SWIFT COUNTY FAIR Aug. 16-20, Hutchinson McLEOD COUNTY FAIR Aug. 17, Willmar BECKER MARKET: A multicultural market of farmers, growers, producers, artisans and entertainment, 2 to 6 p.m.; 414 Becker Avenue downtown. Aug. 17, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music concert by Mill Pond Jazz from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London; rain or shine, bring your own lawn chair. Summer events/ Page 18 001572747r1
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Aug. 21-25, Willmar THE BARN THEATRE: The comedy “The Game’s Afoot” 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; adults $20, ages 18 and under $10; 320-235-9500 or thebarntheatre.com.
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Aug. 23, Willmar MIDWEEK FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; noon to 5:30 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot.
Aug. 17, Willmar MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by the Great Times Band from 6 to 7 p.m. at Jazz-N-Java. Aug. 17-20, Alexandria DOUGLAS COUNTY FAIR Aug. 18, Clara City MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Jeff Bunnell from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hinterland Vineyards, east of Clara City. Aug. 18, New London LITTLE CROW WATER SKI SHOW: Neer Park, 7 p.m.; adults $5, students $3. Aug. 18, Willmar MOVIES IN THE PARK: 8 p.m., Robbins Island, the movie “The Secret Life of Pets” will be shown, pre-activities for one hour before the movie, bring a chair or blanket and bug spray, in case of bad weather it will be at WEAC. Aug. 18-20, Montevideo HERITAGE HILL ANTIQUE THRESHING SHOW: 37th annual show, featuring Massey Harris tractors; steam threshing, lumber sawing, old tractors, flea market, food, crafts; at Heritage Hill, four miles east of Montevideo; gates open 7 a.m. daily, adults $6, 12 and under admitted free; www.heritagehill.us. Aug. 19, Willmar FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, baked goods and crafts; 6:30 a.m. to noon, YMCA parking lot. Aug. 19, New London MUSIC FESTIVAL: Family friendly day of eclectic live music, food and a kid-zone; Neer Park, beginning at noon; admission charged; www.newlondonmusicfestival.com. Aug. 19-20, Terrace ART MEANDER: Upper Chippewa River art crawl, noon to 4 p.m.; self-guided tour of 3 studios in and near the community of Terrace. Aug. 19-20, Forest City STOCKADE RENDEZVOUS: Black powder competition, tomahawk throwing, pioneer crafts, rope making, quilting, bee keeping, homemade ice cream, fry bread, apple juice, spinning and weaving, roast buffalo and beans; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, held 6 miles northeast of Litchfield; admission charged. Aug. 19-Oct. 1, Shakopee MINNESOTA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL: Magical 16th-century realm with costumed entertainers, seven stages, armored jousting, arts and crafts demonstrations, mouth-watering foods and beverages, authentic Renaissance games; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Labor Day and Sept. 29. Aug. 20, New London NORWAY LAKE OLD LOG CHURCH ANNUAL CELEBRATION: 10:30 a.m. church service followed by noon catered meal and 1:30 p.m. afternoon program. Aug. 20, Spicer CELEBRATING COMMUNITY: Official renaming of Pirrotta Park with music, food and more. Aug. 20, Glenwood LAKESIDE SUMMER DANCE: Dance to the music of Tuxedo Junction, 4 to 8 p.m., Lakeside Ballroom; $10 per person; $5 per person ages 17-30.
Aug. 24, Spicer INDOOR ROCK CLIMBING: For all ages; at Prairie Woods Environmental Learn Center; challenge yourself both physically and mentally at your own pace, beginners can learn about the sports, exercise and have fun; experienced climbers can train and refine their skills. PWELC instructors will be there to help, equipment is provided, 4 to 5:30 p.m.; $10 per session; call 320354-5894 to register. Aug. 24, Willmar BECKER MARKET: A multicultural market of farmers, growers, producers, artisans and entertainment, 2 to 6 p.m., 414 Becker Avenue downtown. Aug. 24, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music concert by Jeff James from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London; rain or shine, bring your own lawn chair. Aug. 24-Sept. 4, St. Paul MINNESOTA STATE FAIR: Exposition of agriculture, entertainment, industry and education featuring big-name entertainers, more than 700 free performances, 300 food concessions, 1,300 commercial exhibits, livestock, agricultural products, fine arts, creative arts, carnival, rides, shows and institutional displays; contact: Minnesota State Fair, State Fairgrounds, St. Paul, Minn. 55108; 651-288-4400. Aug. 25, Clara City MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Big Al from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hinterland Vineyards, east of Clara City. Aug. 25, New London LITTLE CROW WATER SKI SHOW: Neer Park, 7 p.m.; grand finale/alumni show; adults $5, students $3. Aug. 26, Willmar FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, baked goods and crafts; 6:30 a.m. to noon, YMCA parking lot. Aug. 26, Willmar MUSIC CONCERT: Live it up Downtown concert by Brady Toops, 7:30 p.m., at the Barn Theatre; $20 general admission; 320-235-9500 or thebarntheatre.com. Aug. 26-27, Raymond RAYMOND HARVEST FEST: Hawk Creek Run around Raymond 5k, Dads Belgium waffle feed, kids tractor pull, knockerball, Raymond Garden club flower show and garden market contest, cookie baking contest, flea and craft market, noon lunch, grand day parade at 1pm followed by a kids activities, bean bag tournament, lightning basketball tournament, community supper, bingo and end Saturday with a movie in the park with free popcorn and pop. Sunday will have a community worship service in the fire hall. Aug. 30, Willmar MIDWEEK FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; noon to 5:30 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot.
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Aug. 31, Willmar BECKER MARKET: A multicultural market of farmers, growers, producers, artisans and entertainment, 2 to 6 p.m.; 414 Becker Avenue downtown. Aug. 31, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music concert by Walter’s Wheelhouse Duo from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London; rain or shine, bring your own lawn chair.
September Sept. 1, Clara City MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Jerry Ostensoe from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hinterland Vineyards, east of Clara City. Sept. 1-3, Litchfield A.B.A.T.E. RALLY: Meeker County Fairgrounds; www. abatemn.org. Sept. 2, Willmar FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, baked goods and crafts; 6:30 a.m. to noon, YMCA parking lot. Sept. 6, Willmar MIDWEEK FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; noon to 5:30 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. Sept. 7, Willmar BECKER MARKET: A multicultural market of farmers, growers, producers, artisans and entertainment, 2 to 6 p.m.; 414 Becker Avenue downtown.
Sept. 7-10, Madison LAC QUI PARLE COUNTY FAIR Sept. 8-9, Marshall HOPFEST: Annual event with live music and more at Brau Brothers Brewery, free admission. Sept. 9, Willmar FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, baked goods and crafts; 6:30 a.m. to noon, YMCA parking lot. Sept. 9, New London PRAIRIE POTHOLE DAY: 35th annual outdoor celebration with dog trials, black powder shoot, archery competition, slough scoot, walk in the woods, kids’ activities, food, raffle, duck calling contest, goose calling contest and more; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Stoney Ridge Farm near the intersection of state Highway 9 and U.S. Highway 71 north of Sibley State Park; free admission to Sibley State Park today. Sept. 9, Spicer GRAPE STOMP: Annual event with wine tasting, stomp contests, food, entertainment, live music and more at Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London; noon to 9 p.m., free admission. Sept. 9, Granite Falls RIVERSIDE MARKET: Music, crafts, art, vintage and more between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. along the Minnesota River; music by Verlyn Kling noon to 3 p.m., open mike at 3 p.m. Summer events/ Page 20
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Sept. 9-10, Atwater THRESHING DAYS: Experience farm life in the by-gone days; tractor parade 1 p.m. daily, threshing, saw mill, flour mill, corn shredding, ensilage cutter, sorghum press, shingle making, butter churning, rug making, spinning, jelly making, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; adults $5, 12 and under admitted free; 320-974-8588.
Sept. 17, Glenwood LAKESIDE SUMMER DANCE: Dance to the music of the Jerry O’Hagan Orchestra, 4 to 8 p.m., Lakeside Ballroom; $10 per person; $5 per person ages 17-30.
Sept. 13, Willmar MIDWEEK FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; noon to 5:30 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot.
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Sept. 14, Willmar BECKER MARKET: A multicultural market of farmers, growers, producers, artisans and entertainment, 2 to 6 p.m., 414 Becker Avenue downtown. Sept. 15, Willmar MOVIES IN THE PARK: 7 p.m., Robbins Island, the movie “Moana” will be shown, pre-activities for one hour before the movie, bring a chair or blanket and bug spray, in case of bad weather it will be at WEAC. Sept. 15-16, Willmar CELEBRATE ART! CELEBRATE COFFEE!: 20th anniversary with reception honoring all the poster artists Friday evening; fine arts, music, entertainment, art for sale, demonstrations, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., downtown; Willmar Area Arts Council, 320-235-8560 or www.celebrateartcelebratecoffee.com. Sept. 16, Willmar FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, baked goods and crafts; 6:30 a.m. to noon, YMCA parking lot.
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Sept. 21-24, Willmar THE BARN THEATRE: “Flaming Idiots” 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; adults $20, ages 18 and under $10; 320-235-9500 or thebarntheatre.com. Sept. 23, Willmar FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, baked goods and crafts; 6:30 a.m. to noon, YMCA parking lot. Summer events/ Page 22
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Sept. 21, Willmar BECKER MARKET: A multicultural market of farmers, growers, producers, artisans and entertainment, 2 to 6 p.m.; 414 Becker Avenue downtown.
Founded by Norwegian immigrants in 1879, Milan has retained the flavor of a small, ethnic village that is proud of its heritage.
Sept. 20, Willmar MIDWEEK FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; noon to 5:30 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot.
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Sept. 16-17, Appleton APPLEFEST: Annual weekend festival to celebrate the town with arts and crafts, flea market, motocross race, fireworks, kids’ games, parade, and more.
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Willmar Fests parade.
Willmar Fests celebration has something for everyone June 21-25
illmar Fests, which is celebrating its 71st anniversary in 2017, is the family-fun combination of four different community festivals – International Fest, Aqua Fest, Frameries Fest and Kaffee Fests. Willmar Fests’ purpose is to encourage the imagination, talents and creativity of the people living in the Willmar area. The five-day celebration includes a myriad of events including a block party, royalty and ambassador coronations, story hour, tennis tournament, Stingers baseball, pancake feed, two parades, kids carnival. Special to this year will be the grand opening of the Willmar Destination Playground and a new event called Willmar Sings, a vocal competition for vocalists ages 15-25.
Wednesday, June 21 8:00 a.m. – Flag Raising Ceremony at Selvig Park in downtown Willmar 8:30 a.m. – “Kaffee Fest with the Candidates” at The Barn Theatre 2:00 p.m. – Senior Ambassador Coronation at Willmar Community Center 4:00 p.m. – Queen’s Splash at the Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center 5:30 p.m. – Pie & Ice Cream Social at Rice Park 7:00 p.m. – Prairie Winds Summer Band Concert at Rice Park
to the Minnesota Sings competition in St. Paul in September.
Friday, June 23 Willmar Fests Tennis Tournament 1:30 p.m. – Community Center Dance with Marie & the Boys 7:05 p.m. – Willmar Stingers Baseball Baker Field at Bill Taunton Stadium
Saturday, June 24 Willmar Fests Tennis Tournament 7:00 a.m. – 1 p.m. Willmar Fire Department Pancake Feed-Willmar Fire Station 8:00 a.m. – Rice Memorial Hospital Foot Lake Four Run/Walk, downtown 10:30 a.m. – Grande Day Parade, downtown 1:00 p.m. – Willmar’s Destination Playground grand opening 1 – 3 p.m. – Kids Carnival at Robbins Island, inflatables and more. 3 – 5 p.m. – Willmar Fests Ambassador Coronation at WEAC Beach Party at Robbins Island to include food vendors, beer garden, music and fireworks 7:30 p.m. – “The Little Crow Ski Show” 8:30 – 1:30 a.m. – Beach Party Concert 10:00 p.m. – “Works Over Water” Fireworks Show
Sunday, June 25
Thursday, June 22 9:00 a.m. – Prince and Princess Story Hour at the Willmar Public Library 4:15 – 9 p.m. Jaycee’s Block Party Kickoff at 5th & Becker Ave – Meet the Willmar Fests candidates – Crowning of the Willmar Fests Junior Royalty – Willmar Sings, The Barn Theatre; competition for vocalists ages 15-25; top two soloists will go
Willmar Fests Tennis Tournament RAIN backup plan – 7:30 p.m. “The Little Crow Ski Show” at Robbins Island RAIN backup plan – 10:00 p.m. “Works Over Water” Fireworks Show at Foot Lake (Schedule subject to change. Check willmarfests.com for the latest information).
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Sept. 28-Oct. 1, Willmar THE BARN THEATRE: “Flaming Idiots” 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; adults $20, ages 18 and under $10; 320-235-9500 or thebarntheatre.com.
Sept. 24, Spicer HARVEST FEST: A day for kids and families from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London.
Sept. 28, Willmar BECKER MARKET: A multicultural market of farmers, growers, producers, artisans and entertainment, 2 to 6 p.m.; 414 Becker Avenue downtown.
Sept. 24, Terrace FALL FESTIVAL AND FIDDLE CONTEST: 39th annual, gates open at 1 p.m.; admission charged.
Sept. 30, Willmar FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, baked goods and crafts; 6:30 a.m. to noon, YMCA parking lot.
Sept. 27, Willmar MIDWEEK FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; noon to 5:30 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot.
Sept. 29-Oct. 1, Minnesota River Valley ART MEANDER: Self-guided tour of 45 artists and 33 studios in and near the communities of Ortonville, Appleton, Madison, Milan, Dawson, Montevideo and Granite Falls.
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Little Crow Ski Team delights crowds ‘Dr. Seuss’ theme for 2017 shows
ith numerous r e g i o n a l show titles and two national championships to its name, the Little Crow Water Ski Team is known for offering fun, action-packed shows. This year’s theme is “Dr. Seuss.” The team began in 1979 as a group of local water skiers and has grown since then. At least 25 former team members have gone on to be professional skiers. The team performs on its home waters on the Crow River in New London nearly every Friday evening during the summer. About 50 skiers and a volunteer force of near 100 people make up the team, a mix of experienced veterans and enthusiastic young skiers. The team launches its 2017 season at 7:30 p.m. June 2 at Neer Park. Shows continue through August. Friday shows begin at 7:30 p.m. during June and July and at 7 p.m. in August. There’s also a show at 7:30 p.m. July 4. Friday night shows at Neer Park will continue through Aug. 26 except for July 28 and Aug. 11. The team competes in its regional tournament July 28-30 in Aberdeen, South Dakota. National competition will be
Aug. 11-13 in Rockford, Illinois. The team makes several special appearances during the summer. A special show is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. June 24 at Robbins Island in Willmar during the annual Willmar Fests celebration. For Litchfield’s Watercade Celebration, the team performs at 1 p.m. July 9 on Lake Ripley. Admission for home shows is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Preschool children get in free. Reserved seating is available for $8 at www. littlecrow.com. Season passes are available. Neer Park has bleacher seating, but those seats are often full about 45 minutes before shows in July and August. Hillside seating is also available. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Parking is located outside of Neer Park. A limited number of handicap parking spaces are available in the park. A deck is provided for those in wheelchairs to view the show. For more information visit the team’s website at www.littlecrow.com.
Little Crow Ski Team.
Little Crow Ski Team.
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Get stung with the Stingers
Northwoods League baseball a great night out in Willmar
ill Taunton Stadium remains the place to be to see future professional baseball players as the Willmar Stingers return for their seventh season. The Stingers are looking for their fourth straight trip to the postseason following a 2016 season in which they finished 41-31 overall and lost to the St. Cloud Rox in the opening round of the playoffs. The boys will be back in town at 7:05 p.m. May 30 for Opening Night at Bill Taunton Stadium in Willmar against the Thunder Bay Border Cats. Former Minnesota Twins outfielder and hitting coach Tom Brunansky will be on hand to throw out the ceremonial first pitch and sign autographs. Eric Vasquez is the new man at the helm for the Stingers, but the
Utah Valley University assistant coach will have plenty of returning players to provide some pop to the lineup. Litchfield native and University of Minnesota Gophers’ player Eddie Estrada is back for his third season in a Stinger uniform. He’ll be joined by fellow returners Luke Becker, Quincy McAfee, Corey Binger and Jake Rothwell. Aside from Brunansky’s visit on opening night, the Stingers will have many popular promotions return in addition to plenty of new ones including S’mores versus Campfires Night, Marathon versus Baseball Night and others. The Northwoods League is one of the elite summer collegiate wood bat leagues in the country and players from all over North America are clamoring to get into
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Willmar Stinger Eddie Estrada strides into a pitch during a July 14, 2016, game against Thunder Bay at Bill Taunton Stadium in Willmar. Estrada is listed among the returning players for 2017. the league, which is a stepping stone to the professional level. Nearly 200 former Northwoods League players are now playing professional baseball; many of them in the major leagues, including Los Angeles Angels outfielder Kole Calhoun, Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar, New York Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson, Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer, San Francisco
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Comedy, drama on stage All the world’s a stage in local community theater, where a lineup of comedy, serious drama and a familiar popular musical await audiences this summer.
The Barn Theatre Willmar
The Barn Theatre.
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contact The Barn at 320-235-9500, visit the website at www.thebarntheatre.com or find The Barn Theatre on Facebook.
The Little Theatre New London
Two comedies are on the 2017 summer schedule at the Little Theatre in downtown New London. The season will open with a production of “Red, White and Tuna,” to be presented June 15-17 and June 22-24 at 7 p.m. This third installment of the “Tuna” trilogy, a spoof of life in rural America, is set in the fictional Texas town of Tuna, where residents are about to celebrate the Fourth of July High School Class Reunion. “Three Murders and It’s Only Monday” will be presented Aug. 3-5 and Aug. 10-12 at 7:30 p.m. and Aug. 13 at 2 p.m. The comedy, inspired by old-style detective movies, stars Harry Monday, a private eye investigating three murders at the Peaceful Pines Sanitarium and finding more than he bargained for. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. Due to adult language and subject matter, tickets for “Red, White and Tuna” will be available to adults only. Advance tickets go on sale two weeks before each production at The Giving Tree Children’s Boutique in New London and Whitney Music in Willmar. The Little Theatre, 24 Central Ave. E., was built in 1921 as a community playhouse and restored and modernized in the 1990s. For more information, visit the website at www. newlondonlittletheatre.com or write to New London Little Theatre, Box 536, New London, Minn.56273.
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An Enemy of the the People
Willmar’s community theater will open its 2017 summer season with Broadway musical “Big Fish,” the story of a traveling salesman whose thrilling tales of life on the road might be too good to be true. Show dates are June 1-3, June 8-10 and June 15-17. Show times are at 7:30 p.m. There will be a 2 p.m. matinee June 4, June 11 and June 18. “The Game’s Afoot”, a mystery-comedy inspired by the stories of Sherlock Holmes, will be staged Aug. 16-19 and Aug. 21-25 at 7:30 p.m. An actor known the world over for playing Sherlock Holmes on the stage invites his fellow cast members to his isolated castle for a holiday weekend. Then there’s an attempted murder and the actor must step into the character of Holmes to track down the killer. The summer season concludes with “Flaming Idiots,” a contemporary farce about a pair of friends who run a floundering gourmet health food restaurant. To drum up more business, the duo contemplates a murder. The show will be presented Sept. 21-24 and Sept. 28-Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Tickets: A season membership is $52 for all three shows in the 2017 summer season. Single tickets are $20 apiece for adults and $10 for students. The Barn Theatre’s box office, at 321 Fourth St. S.W. in downtown Willmar, is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and for one hour before each performance. For more ticket information, call The Barn box office at 320-235-9500; email info@thebarntheatre. com or write: The Barn, Box 342, Willmar MN 56201. The Barn, founded in 1965 in a former horse barn, has been offering community theater to local audiences for nearly 50 years. Amenities include handicapped parking, handrails on aisle seats and hearing assist devices. For more information on community theater events,
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Preserving our heritage Historical societies, history centers open for summer
istory buffs can learn a thing or two about west central Minnesota by visiting historical centers in Kandiyohi County. The Kandiyohi County Historical Center in Willmar is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays; 1 to 4 p.m. weekends and holidays Memorial Day through Labor Day. The Center on North Business Highway 71 features a museum, a one-room school, a log shed and a Great Northern locomotive; free, suggested donation $3. The Sperry House, built by Willmar pioneers in 1893, will be open upon request through the season (stop or call the museum to set up a tour). The Guri Endreson site, located on County Road 5, will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends June through August. To tour the site on weekdays, call the Historical Society to make arrangements for a tour guide. Tourists may pick up maps of historical sites at the Center. For more information, call 320-2351881 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or check the website www.kandiyohicountyhistory.com.
Atwater Area Historical Society and Museum, 500 Pleasant Avenue West, is by appointment; call Ella at 320-2122702, Carol at 320-266-7626 or Diana at 320-382-6541. The Norway Lake Log Church is a replica of the original church and is located west of New London off of County Road 40 on 99th St. N.W. It is open from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturdays, June 10 through Aug. 12, with a service at 7:15 p.m. each week, no service July 1, or by appointment by calling 320-366-3819. The annual celebration begins with a 10:30 a.m. church service, followed by catered dinner and 1:30 p.m. afternoon program on Aug. 20. Raptor Ridge Natural History Museum is located at 212050 Co. Rd. 40 N.E. in Spicer. Call 320-354-8820 for hours. Features collections of butterflies, seashells, rocks, minerals, Indian artifacts and dinosaur bones collected by Larry and Barb Levin. Admission is free. Area touches of history For a glimpse of regional history, travel to Litchfield to visit the G.A.R. Hall, 308 Marshall Ave. N. Litchfield’s Frank Daggett Post No. 35 was the first Grand Army of the Republic meeting hall built in Minnesota and now is the only one of its kind remaining. It was built in 1885 by Union soldiers who fought in the Civil War. The building, designed to resemble a fort, is now on the National Register of Historic Places. Exhibits include photos, battle maps and paintings relating to the Civil War. Right next door is the Meeker County Historical Society Museum, featuring a log cabin, a blacksmith shop, antique farm and household implements and American Indian artifacts. Both the museum and the G.A.R. Hall are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $2 to both. Call 320-693-8911. Paynesville Historical Museum, 251 Ampe Drive, Paynesville. Exhibits include Indian artifacts, personal and household items from 1860s to 1970s, agri-culture, and a one room schoolhouse. The museum is open June 1 through Labor Day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
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Kandiyohi County Historical Society Museum.
The Chippewa County Historical Society’s centers include Chippewa City, Swensson Farm Museum and Lac qui Parle Mission. For information about them or to schedule an appointment out of regular hours, call 320-269-7636 or visit www.chippewacohistory.org. Chippewa City, 151 Pioneer Drive, Montevideo, is a recreation of a late 1800’s village, complete with town square and boardwalk as well as a centrally located bandstand/gazebo. Its 24 buildings cover 20 acres and include a church, schoolhouse, blacksmith shop, general store, millinery and dress shop and buggy shop. The city is open May 27 through Sept. 4. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. on weekends and holidays; Sept. 5-29 the city is open weekdays only; adults $5, students $2, 5 and under are free. The Olof Swensson Farm Museum, a 17-acre farmstead located six miles east of Montevideo on state Highway 7 and five miles south on County Road 15, preserves turn-of-the-century farm life and features a 22-room house, timber-frame barn and the remains of a gristmill. A horse power show is held at the farm the second Saturday in September from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The farm is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays, May 28 through Sept. 3; adults $5, students $2, 5 and under are free. The Lac qui Parle Mission was the Minnesota Territory’s first Protestant mission and is one of the few remaining in the state. The reconstructed building houses exhibits of the missionaries and their work; the Dakota people; and Joseph Renville, who invited the missionaries to Lac qui Parle. The site is located north of Montevideo on County Road 13 and is open daily through Labor Day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; free admission. The world’s largest ball of twine can be found in the Darwin City Park. Francis A. Johnson started collecting twine in 1950. Eventually the ball on his front lawn grew so large it had to be moved with railroad jacks. It was recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records in 1979, weighing 8.7 tons and measuring 11 feet high and 40 feet around.
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Kandiyohi County rich in history
he history of Kandiyohi County is rich, diverse and filled with stories of exploration, conflict and growth. For those eager to learn more, the Kandiyohi County Historical Society has provided a road map to some of the county’s most unique and significant landmarks. More than 40 sites have been marked throughout the county. All of them are easily accessible and can be toured in a day. Brochures are available at the Historical Society Museum, with a description of each site and its location. One of the historical sites is a log cabin more than 150 years old. It was built by Lars and Guri Endreson. The cabin is one of the few actual buildings remaining from the early days of settlement and the U.S.-Dakota Conflict of 1862. The Endresons had built the cabin, cleared the land and were developing a typical frontier farm when the conflict broke out. On Aug. 21, 1862, the family was attacked. Lars and one son were killed, another son wounded and two of the daughters taken prisoner. Guri and an infant daughter hid in the cellar and managed to escape. The following day she hitched up an ox cart and, with her surviving son and the baby, went for help to the Erickson cabin. There she found Erickson and Solomon Foot, wounded. She tended their wounds and loaded them on the cart, eventually reaching safety at Forest City in Meeker County, where she was also reunited with her daughters. Kandiyohi County rich in history/ Page 32
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Kandiyohi County rich in history Continued from page 31
The Endreson cabin, now on the National Register of Historic Places, can be visited during the summer. Take U.S. Highway 12 west from Willmar, then go north on County Road 5 for four miles and turn west on 67th Avenue Northwest. Follow the directional signs to the site. Guri Endreson was buried in Vikor Cemetery, four miles north of Willmar on County Road 5. A state monument was dedicated to her in 1962 at the site of her grave. Two more cabin sites from this era include the Erickson cabin and Solomon Foot’s cabin. Foot was the first European settler of Willmar Township. He and neighbor Oscar Erickson were wounded in the Dakota Conflict and rescued by Guri Endreson. The marker for Foot’s cabin can be found north of Willmar on U.S. Highway 71, then west three-fourths of a mile on 26th Avenue Northeast. The marker for the site of the Erickson cabin is north of Willmar on Highway 71, then west on 41st Avenue Northeast, then south a short distance on 15th Street. The first European settlers’ home in the county was a 14-by-15-foot log cabin. The cabin no longer exists, was built by E.T. Woodcock in 1856. He and his wife lived there for a winter to meet homestead requirements. Their daughter, born the following spring, was the first European child born in Kandiyohi County. The Woodcock home marker is on the north edge of Spicer. A man named Joshua Gates is believed to be the first farmer in Kandiyohi County. He arrived in 1857 and broke sod that same year. Trained as a teacher, he later organized his own school for children in the Diamond Lake area and eventually became a county superintendent of schools. The Gates homestead marker is half a mile north of County Park 3 on County Road 4. However, Kandiyohi County’s history began long before the first European tilled soil here. The first inhabitants of what is now Kandiyohi County were American Indians, attracted by the fertile prairie, hardwood forests and many lakes. Two markers at the Kandiyohi County Courthouse, near the golden statue of the mythical Chief Kandiyohi, tell the stories of these people and how Kandiyohi County got its name. The county’s earliest inhabitants left behind a series of burial mounds on the east side of Green Lake. Most have been worn down by weather, cultivation and construction, but a few are still visible in backyards, farmyards and near County Park 5. The marker is four miles east of Spicer on County Road 10, then 2½ miles north on County Road 4. The Mdewakanton tribe of the Santee Dakota later lived at several camp sites on the shores of area lakes, usually selecting the north and east shore to take advantage of prevailing winds. One of
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the largest former camp sites is marked at County Park 5 on the northeast shore of Green Lake. Another is on Lake Wakanda. The marker is five miles south of Highway 12 on County Road 8, then one mile west on County Road 3. Lake Wakanda, “Place Where the Spirit Dwells,” was named by the Dakota. Once Europeans arrived in the area and began settling here, their communities grew with a speed that even the Dakota-U.S. could not slow. A great train wreck west of Atwater on June 23, 1882, took the lives of 13 men and injured 19. The train, a construction unit, derailed in Summit Lake. A mass grave for the unclaimed bodies of the victims is in Fairview Cemetery in Willmar. A marker is at the site of the wreck, three miles west of Atwater on Highway 12 and one-half mile south on County Road 4. During the Great Depression, farmers banded together to prevent the sale of their farms, forming the Farm Holiday Association, which became the largest organization supporting farmers seeking agricultural reform. The birthplace of the Farm Holiday movement was in Lake Elizabeth Township; the site is marked at the intersection of county roads 4 and 20. The Farm Holiday movement was active from 1932 until 1938. The Svea School and the Glader/ Bosch farmstead in Lake Elizabeth Township, both National Register sites, also were early meeting places for Farm Holiday members. For additional information visit www. kandiyohicountyhistory.com.
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Spicer Fourth of July parade.
Celebrate America! Fourth of July festivities slated
amily friendly events are held throughout the region on the Fourth of July, with food, parades, music, fireworks and baseball all intertwined with patriotic reverence celebrating Independence Day for our great country.
The Lake Koronis boat parade will begin at 2 p.m. July 1. Boat lineup begins at 1:30 p.m. by Koronis Ministry. The Koronis Lake Association sponsors a fireworks show which will be at dusk July 1.
Following is a quick look at some of the celebrations across the region:
On July Fourth in Prinsburg events bergin at 8 a.m. with the 2.5-mile Freedom Fun Run (1.5-mile walking route) and Adam’s Race for preschool – 8th grade (distance based on age of participant). There is no entry fee for runners/walkers. Registration begins at 7:15 a.m. outside the elementary school. Event sponsors make a donation to Central Minnesota Christian School for each person who finishes a walk or run. The rest of the day will include a variety of entertainment and patriotic celebrations in town and a parade at 6 p.m. For more information about activities, go to http://www.cmcschool.org/support/ All proceeds for the day support CMCS.
Maynard Maynard’s Fourth of July activities include a kiddie parade and Grand Day Parade on the Fourth. Afternoon festivities are followed by entertainment at Lions Park just south of town and fireworks at dusk. The events are coordinated by the Maynard Lions Club.
Paynesville Boat parades kick off the Fourth of July by Paynesville. The Rice Lake Association will have a boat parade. Decorated boats are asked to line up at Fisher’s Resort starting at noon. The parade begins at 1 p.m.
Spicer Located on beautiful Green Lake, the city of Spicer draws thousands of people seeking sun and fun during the July 4th holiday.
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Spicer Fourth of July parade.
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Events start with a three-on-three “Hoops by the Lake” basketball tournament that begins at 9 a.m. July 1 on Saulsbury Beach. The annual street dance featuring the music of Lost Highway begins at 9 p.m. July 1 in downtown Spicer with a full outdoor bar available. On July 2 the annual 12-mile Green Lake Road Race around Green Lake begins at 7 a.m. from Saulsbury Beach. The event brings runners from around the state. To register go to www.glrr. zapevent.com The Briggs Motley Arts and Crafts Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 2, 3 and 4.
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On July 4, the Grand Day Parade begins at 10 a.m. on Lake Avenue. Come early to find a good spot to watch. The day ends with a spectacular fireworks show at dusk over Green Lake. Check www.spicermn.com for additional events.
Terrace An old-fashioned family fun day is set for July 4 in Terrace. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. Bring your own picnic to the historic Terrace Mill, located along the Chippewa River and the Keystone Arch Bridge, 10 miles south of Glenwood on Highway 104. Old-fashioned games and contests, like turtle races and egg-toss begin at 6:30 p.m.
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Celebrating the arts Studio Hop is June 16-17
tudio Hop 2017 – the 13th annual – will again bring art to the masses on June 16-17 as artists open up their studios throughout Willmar, Spicer and New London. The event starts on Friday evening from 4 to 9 p.m. and continues all day Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This year studios will not be open on Sunday. Artists will share their work, in a wide range of mediums, with visitors. There will be refreshments at many of the studios, as well as prizes and demonstrations. The locations and the artists at those locations follow: Studio 1: Monica Vilars, mixed medium; Della Conroy, painting and pastel. Demo Inc, State Highway 71 & Kandiyohi County 3, South of Willmar. Studio 2: Ron Adams, painting and drawing 900 Park Ave NW, north side of Willmar, near the fairgrounds. Studio is not handicap accessible. Studio 3: Grace Johnson, pottery; Gayle Martens, precious metal clay; Janet Olney, embellished gourds; Jean Opitz, watercolor, acrylic, collage; Shalese Sands, oil paints, pencil; Phil Scheevel, woodcarving; Sandra Schlage, fibre arts/mixed media; John White, photography. Barn Theatre, 316 Becker Avenue Southwest, downtown Willmar. Studio 4: Matthew Braun, oil on canvas.
Barn Theatre, 316 Becker Avenue Southwest, downtown Willmar. Studio 5: Paula Swanson, chainsaw carving. Patina Marquet, 1030 Bus. 71 Northeast, Willmar. Studio 6: Sharon Schuetze, watercolor and acrylic paintings. 125 Lake Avenue North, Spicer. Studio 7: Jean Trumbo, pastel, watercolor and acrylic paintings; Kari Weber, oil landscapes. 326 Main Street, New London, just past the High School. Studio 8: Bill Gossman, handmade and wood fired porcelain and stoneware using local materials; Andrew Howard, pottery. 313 1st Avenue Southeast, New London. Partially handicapped accessible. Studio 9: Laurel Iverson, wire-wrapped and beaded jewelry. Bead Jam Bead Shop, 13 Main Street North, New London. Partially handicapped accessible. Studio 10: Dana Weiss, hand built pottery. 20631 County Road 9 Northeast, New London. Partially handicapped accessible. Studio Hop is funded in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008. This event is also supported in part by the Willmar Area Community Foundation.
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Celebrate Art! Celebrate Coffee!
Fall art festival Sept. 15-16 in downtown Willmar Celebrate Art! Celebrate Coffee! is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year on Sept. 15-16 in downtown Willmar. The events begin on Sept. 15 with a reception at The Barn Theatre honoring all the poster artists. The unveiling of this year’s poster and raffle art will take place Aug. 4 at 11:30 a.m. at The Barn Theatre. On Sept. 16 there will be full day of fun for all ages including a juried art show and sale, and hands-on art activities. Artists and musicians will show off their talents, and visitors will be able to try out musical instruments. Free coffee will be available all day. There will also be a food court.
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Admission to the event is free. Celebrate Art! Celebrate Coffee! is made possible by a grant from the Southwest Minnesota Arts & Humanities Council and grants from the Willmar Area Community Foundation and event sponsors. For more information, visit www.CelebrateArtCelebrateCoffee.com.
New London Music Festival showcases regional musicians The New London Music Festival will return with eclectic, family friendly music from noon to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at Neer Park in New London. The shady park peninsula on the Crow River is the perfect setting for a day of fresh, funky and allnatural music. Refreshments, along with homemade meals from garden-grown ingredients, are the summer’s best. The kid zone is full of wholesome fun. Bring a chair and a friend. While in town, take a stroll through New London to enjoy the charming village atmosphere, gift shops, art studios and more. Neer Park is located at Second Avenue and Mill Street Southeast in New London.
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Nature areas a regional showcase for plants and animals
est central Minnesota abounds with natural areas that showcase the region’s lakes, prairies and examples of native plant and animal life. Among those worth a visit: The 600-acre Ordway Prairie Preserve is one of the largest native prairie tracts in the state. The glacial till prairie is made up of meadows, wetlands and woods. It is home to a variety of plant and animal life, including the rare Hill’s thistle and the Poweshiek skipper butterfly. The prairie, acquired by the Nature Conservancy in the 1970s, is located off Minnesota Highway 104 north of Sunburg. It can be reached via a rest area on the Lake Johanna Hill. Lund Prairie, covering 110 acres, is one of the region’s most recent additions to the Nature Conservancy. About half of this preserve is untouched native prairie. It contains more than 200 different species of native grasses and flowers. Lund Prairie is 25 miles west of Willmar on Minnesota Highway 40. Granite outcrops and wetlands are interspersed with prairie at the 40-acre Prairie Smoke Nature Center in Upper Sioux Agency State Park, south of Granite Falls. The area has been restored with native plants. Regal Meadow is a 185-acre preserve exemplifying the region’s native mix of prairie, forest and wetlands. Hikers may be able to spot a rare ladyslipper, the state flower, in marshy areas of the meadow. Owned by the Nature Conservancy, the Regal Meadow is located on 160th Street Northeast, two miles north of Hawick. The 2,000-acre Chippewa Prairie Nature Preserve is a rich site for plant and bird diversity and is well known for grassland birds. The prairie chicken has been reintroduced here. The land has never been tilled and has hundreds of species of native natural grasses and wildflowers. An old ox-cart trail provides a 2-mile trail for hikers and bird watchers. Cooperatively owned and managed by the Nature Conservancy and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the preserve is four miles northwest of Milan along the upper Lac qui Parle Lake. Swedes Forest is seven miles south of Sacred Heart on Renville County Road 9 and 1½ miles west on a gravel road. It contains granite outcrops and the rare fivelined skink, which lives in open, sunny bedrock exposures near oak habitat.
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Blue Devil Valley is on the south edge of Granite Falls. Follow Minnesota Highway 23 south for half a mile, then go west on County Road 39 a few hundred yards. This nature area is home to one of the state’s largest known populations of the five-lined skink. Prairie plants such as the brittle cactus, little bluestem, harebell and pasque flower are found among the granite outcrops and scattered burr oak. Gneiss outcrop is located southeast of Granite Falls. Follow U.S. Highway 212 east for 1.5 miles to County Road 40, then continue south one mile. Gneiss outcrops comprised of the most ancient rock in the world, some 3.6 billion years old, dominate the landscape and surround a natural lake. These rugged outcrops are also home to some of the state’s most unique plant communities. The rare Great Plains prickly pear and brittle cactus endure the desert-like environment of the rocks. Rare plants like the Carolina foxtail, little barley and mousetail sprout in shallow depressions among the outcrops. Bruce Hitman Heron Rookery is a short ride from Brooten to Lake Johanna. Follow Stearns County Road 8 three miles west and then go three miles south on County Road 37. The rookery is one of the state’s largest and most diverse nesting sites for water bird colonies. Large numbers of great blue herons, great egrets, double-crested cormorants and black-crowned night herons nest here. Rare bird species — among them the little blue heron, snowy egret, yellowcrowned night heron and cattle egret — also have been spotted visiting or nesting at the site. Greenbacked heron are also known to nest here. Note: The island is closed from April 1 to July 15 to protect the nesting colonies.
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Local gardens bloom for visitors
he region’s gardens put on a colorful show each summer for visitors to enjoy. Whether you like to stroll or simply sit and look at the flowers, here are some places that are worth a visit. Anderson Garden is a mini-arboretum on the northeast shore of Lake Ripley on the edge of Litchfield; access is from Minnesota Highway 22. The public garden has many varieties of exotic and familiar flowers, shrubs and trees that can be viewed from a paved, handicapped-accessible walking path. Plants bloom all season long to create a colorful experience. A gazebo in the park is a popular site for summer weddings and afternoon teas. For reservations, call Litchfield City Hall at 320693-7201 or download a copy of the city’s special use permit form, found at www.ci.litchfield.minn. us, and mail it to Litchfield City Hall, 126 Marshall Ave. N. 55355. While in Litchfield, make another stop at Central Park downtown, where the bandstand has been restored to its 1910-era glory. An Old World-style fountain is the centerpiece of Selvig Park in downtown Willmar. The small formal park, at the corner of Fourth Street and Becker Avenue, was created to commemorate Willmar’s relationship with its sister city of Frameries, Belgium. It is landscaped with flowers, shrubs and benches.
In the town of Dawson, Scandinavian lore comes to life in the form of gnome statues that populate Gnome Park on U.S. Highway 212 and can be found scattered at businesses and private yards around the city. A prized collection of hand-carved wooden gnomes is on display at the Dawson Public Library. Learn about plant and agricultural research at the West Central Research and Outreach Center, located one mile east of the University of MinnesotaMorris campus on Minnesota Highway 329. The outdoor gardens are open to the public from sunrise to sunset. A scenic overlook garden interprets the region’s prairies, rivers, agriculture and environment. It is designed to integrate the gardens with a bike and walking trail maintained by the city of Morris. Pamphlets are available for self-guided walking tours. The center will host its annual Horticulture Night July 27 from 5 to 9 p.m., featuring tours, discussions on gardening topics, demonstrations of gardening techniques and a gardening trade show. The public will have a chance to vote for their top three favorite flowers in the display garden. There will also be a picnic dinner and games in the children’s garden. For more information, call 320-589-1711.
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Enjoy all Willmar’s park system has to offer
illmar Community Education and Recreation has a long list of activities, programs and camps available for people of all ages, individuals and families, taking place throughout the spring and summer. A complete list of activities is available at the Willmar CER offices at Jefferson Learning Center, 1234 Kandiyohi Ave. S.W. Registration is available at www.willmarcer.com or use the registration forms in the summer 2017 Willmar CER brochure. Weather-related announcements can be obtained by calling 320-231-8493 or tuning to radio stations Q102/102.5 FM, 95.3 FM and 1590 AM.
Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center Located at 1601 22nd St. S.W., seasonal phone: 320-4412018. The aquatic center opens for the season June 12, weather permitting. Hours are daily from 12 to 7 p.m. However, the center will not open for the day if the air temperature is 68 degrees or cooler. Check website before visiting. The center employs Red Cross-trained lifeguards and features a zero-depth pool with interactive toy features, a six-lane 25-yard recreational pool, two 1-meter diving boards, two towering water slides, children’s slide and concession stand. Amenities include chaise lounges, funbrellas and picnic tables. Special events are planned in June through August and will be listed at the pool and at
www.willmarcer.com. Daily admission is $3 for swimmers and observers; and $2.50 each for groups of 10 or more. Individual and family season passes are available. Birthday parties — The aquatic center is booking birthday parties and other get-togethers. The entire center can be rented out for after-hour private group events. For more information, call 231-8490 (no parties will be booked during special events or Friday afternoons). The aquatic center is planning special events: Family Swim at DOAC — Tuesdays, June 13 to July 11. Family Swim is a special time just for families to enjoy the center together. The center remains open until 8 p.m. on these Tuesdays, unless attendance drops under 15 people. Itty Bitty Beach Party — 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturdays, June 17, July 8, August 5; music and fun for the little ones. This party is for the smallest splashers, ages 5 and under; $4 per child, two adults per child free. Teens Only Pool Party – 7:15 - 9 p.m., June 26, $4 per teen. A DJ will be playing all the top hits, along with requests. There will also be more activities including a cannonball contest. Adults with Disabilities Swim Night — 7:15-9 p.m. July 10 and Aug. 7; come to the DOAC for a night of games, music and fun. The facility is smoke free and handicap accessible. Ages 15 and older; $4/session, staff are required to pay admission fee Lucky Duck Thursdays — Every Thursday in July; bring a nonperishable food item and pay $1 daily admission.
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Willmar (320) 235-3827 Berquist Park 18th St. NW & Gorton Ave. Bjorsell Park 4th St. SE & Johanna Ave. Canigo Park 12th St. NW & Lake Ave. Cardinal Park 25th St. SW & 20th Ave. City Auditorium 311 6th St. SW College View Park 28th St. NW & 13th Ave. East Willmar Park 13th St. SE & Pleasant View Ave. Garfield Park 8th St. SW & Monongalia Ave. Gesch Park 12th St. SE & Olena Ave. Hanson Park 17th St. NW & 15th Ave. Hedlin Park 4th St. NE & Country Club Dr. NE Hilltop Park 7th St. SW & Parkview Rd. Jaycee Park 7th St. NW & Ella Ave. Lincoln Park 9th St. SE & Minnesota Ave. Lions Park 22nd St. SW & Willmar Ave. Miller Park 11th St. SW & Kandiyohi Ave. Minnegasco Park 16th St. SW & Minnesota Ave. Northside Park 12th St. NW & Ella Ave. Pleasant View Park 9th St. SE & 14th Ave. Rainbow Park 24th St. SE & 5th Ave. Ramblewood Park 13th St. SW & Ramblewood Ave. Rau Park (Scout Park) (7th St. NW) County Road 41 Rice Park 3rd St. SW & Kandiyohi Ave. Richland Park Richland Dr. SW & Richland Ave. Robbins Island between Foot & Willmar Lakes Selvig International Park 4th St. SW & Becker Ave. Southfield Park 6th St. SW & 28th Ave. Sperry Park North Hwy. 71 & Homewood Ave. Sunrise Park 23rd St. SE & Willmar Ave. Swansson Field 22nd St. SW & Willmar Ave. Thompson Park Ella Ave. NW off of Hwy. 71 Valley Brook Park 33rd St. NW & 7th Ave. Vos Park County Road 5 NW & 1st Ave. Wellin Park 14th St. SW & Becker Ave. Welshire Park 19th St. SE & 7th Ave.
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Stingers’ Slip & Slide Splash — 10:30 a.m.; July 6, the center is opening early for splashtacular fun with the Willmar Stingers baseball team. Penny Carnival — 12:30-2:30 p.m. Aug. 11. Join the staff at the pool for an all-age event to mark the end of summer. Bring your pennies and play all the carnival games that you like. Cost is the $3 entrance fee to the pool and pennies to play the carnival games.
Robbins Island Park Robbins Island is 55 acres located between Foot and Willmar lakes on Business Highway 71 North. The wooded park has playground equipment, disc golf course, natural trail, grills and restrooms. Opening June 24 is the nearly 20,000-square-foot Destination Playground. Virgil Olson Beach — Swimming is allowed during daylight hours and there will be lifeguards on duty on ThursdaysSaturdays from 1-6 p.m. starting June 29. If air temperature drops below 68 degrees there will be no lifeguards. The sand beach can be reached via a paved walking path along Foot Lake; vehicle parking also available. Shelters — Shelters at the island can be rented: Enclosed shelters $100; Open Shelter No. 1 (has electricity) $32; Open Shelter No. 2 and Lions Shelter (no electricity) $20. All shelters require a $50 refundable deposit. To reserve a shelter, call 2318490. Disc golf course — Disc golf is a light impact sport for ages 16 and over. The recreational sport has exploded across the country in recent years, and the Robbins Island nine-hole course in Willmar is a beauty of its own. Disc golfers navigate around trees, hills and lake water. Don’t worry about getting lost. At the first tee box, there are scorecards and a map to help you keep track of your “throws” and stay on task. The course encompasses the entire park. It starts at the driveway entrance to the Green Shelter and continues to wrap counterclockwise around the island, ending about 50 feet from the No. 1 tee box. Course will be signed. Movies in the Park – Fridays, June 16 (9 p.m., SING), June 21 (9 p.m., Lego Batman), Aug. 18 (8 p.m., Secret Life of Pets), Sep. 15 (7 p.m., Moana), at Robbins Island Park. Free admission, popcorn and pop. Pre-activities begin one hour before the movie, including inflatables, arts, crafts and games. Bring blanket, chairs and bug spray. In case of bad weather the events will be moved to the WEAC. Call 2318490 for more information. Fourth Annual Toys for Tots Disc Golf Tournament — Robbins Island, Saturday, July 29, For more information contact Tournament director Steve Gralish (email@example.com).
Prairie Winds Concert Band The Prairie Winds Concert Band performs music favorites during free Wednesday evening outdoor concerts at Rice Park in Willmar. Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m., with rehearsals starting at 6 p.m. June 7, June 14, June 21, June 28 and July 5. The band will feature a variety of music from its programs, including classic standards, marches, Broadway, big band and Dixieland. Audience members are invited to bring a blanket or lawn chair. Cancellation in case of extreme weather will be announced on local radio.
Swansson Field Recreational Complex Swansson Field Recreational Complex is located at Willmar Avenue Southwest. For spectator sports, check out the city softball leagues played Monday through Friday at the Swansson Field complex, which has ample bleacher space for fans to cheer on their favorite teams. Baker Field has more than 100 amateur
County library hours Atwater: Monday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday-Thursday 2 to 6 p.m.; Friday noon to 3 p.m.; 322 Atlantic Ave., Atwater; 320-974-3363. Lake Lillian: Monday and Tuesday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; 431 Lakeview St., Lake Lillian; 320-664-4514. New London: Monday noon to 5 p.m.; Tuesday and Friday 1 to 5 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to noon; 15 Ash St. S., New London; 320-354-2943. Raymond: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 1 to 6 p.m.; Tuesday 3 to 8 p.m.; 208 Cofield St. N., Raymond; 320-967-4411. Spicer: Tuesday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday noon to 7 p.m.; Thursday and Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; 198 Manitoba St., Spicer; 320-796-5560. Willmar: Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; 410 Fifth St. S.W., Willmar; 320-235-3162. games played, with concessions sold at each game.
Special programs • Early Childhood Initiatives and Willmar Stingers 8th Annual Books-n–Baseball: Thursday, June 1, 6-7 p.m. Families with a child kindergarten age and under will be able to read with players on the field. Voucher provides a free hot dog. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. Tickets will be available at the Willmar Public Library starting May 1. • 23nd Annual Rice Memorial Hospital Foot Lake 4 Walk/ Run — Race starts at 8 a.m. June 24 at Third Street Southwest and Litchfield Avenue Southwest. To register: www.ricehospital. com/race.
Swimming lessons and camps For information about lessons and camps, including age ranges, times and fees, call 320-231-8490 or check www. willmarcer.com. There are dozens to choose from including camps and day activities focused on sports, science, animals, art and gardening. • Three summer sessions of swimming lessons, Monday through Thursday, June through August, will be held at the Willmar Middle School pool. Adapted swim lessons will be held late June through early August at Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center.
Camps Campamento de Espanol: A Spanish camp, which teaches children about the Spanish language and culture through songs, games, stories, crafts and food. Grades K-2, June 6-8, 8:30-11 a.m.; Grades 3-5 June 12-15, 8:30-11 a.m. Both at Jefferson, taught by Senora Mikkelson. Cooking up a Storm: Learn to cook during this one day cooking camp for grades 5-9. Learn the basics and practice the skills in the kitchen. June 15, 1-3 p.m., Willmar High School. Art Club: At this 4-day art club workshop be able to create several projects of different art styles and materials. Taught by Ashley Luchas of Blue Ice Studios. June 12-15, 9-11:30 a.m.; July 18-21, 9-11:30 a.m. Both at the Jefferson gym. Explore Golf: Children in grades 3-7 can learn how to play golf at the Eagle Creek Golf Course. 8:30-10 a.m., June 13-16.
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Kinderball: Kindergartners will learn how to play the game of baseball, as well as have fun. Mondays and Wednesdays, June 12-July 19, 5-5:50 p.m., Middle School Field. Rec Gymnastics: Boys and girls, ranging from 4 years to grade 6, can learn the basics of gymnastics at these classes. Mondays and Wednesdays, July 10-26, 2-2:50 p.m., 3-3:50 p.m. (4 years to Kindergarten), 4-4:50 p.m. ( grades 1&2); Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 11-27, 2-2:50 p.m. (4 years to Kindergarten), 3-3:50 p.m. (grades 1&2), 4-5:30 p.m. (grades 3-6) Kandi Basketball Camp: boys and girls, grades 2 through 11, Senior High gym, slated in June, check for dates and times. Cardinal Soccer Camp: grades K through 6, July 10-12, Roosevelt Soccer Complex. Cardinal Youth Football Camp: grades 5 through 9, Aug. 7-11, Willmar Middle School football fields (meet at Newman Center).
Willmar Community and Activity Center Willmar Community and Activity Center is located at 624 Business Highway 71 N.E., now in its 21st year, has programs, special events and services structured to meet a wide variety of needs and wants, with a special focus of residents 50 years and over. The center is a place to meet friendly people, read the newspaper or a book, have a cup of coffee, take advantage of health, wellness, computer and woodshop opportunities and participate in continuous free activities. West Central Connection Chorus — Monday, June 19, 7:30 p.m. The West Central Connection Chorus will be holding a free concert at the Willmar Community & Activity Center. More information call 231-8490.
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Senior Club Dance – All people 55 years and up are invited to the Willmar Community & Activity Center most Fridays to join the Willmar Senior Club and dance the afternoon away. Come and dance to live “oldies” bands and enjoy the company of fellow dancers; lunch and music for $5 at the door. For more information on the Senior Club call Donna (320-212-9775) or Irene (612-695-0118).
YMCA The Kandiyohi County Area Family YMCA, located at 1000 Lakeland Dr. S.E., in Willmar offers a wide variety of programs for area and summer residents. They offer birthday parties, Child Watch, child care, preschool and school-age activities, Kids’ Club, mentoring, programs for active older adults, health and wellness programs and events for youth and adults, lifeguard training, swimming lessons and summer camp. For more information, visit www.kandiymca.org.
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Walk and bike around Willmar
he city of Willmar offers residents and visitors many opportunities to walk and bike around town. There is a large contingent of trails, pathways and roads listed as walk and bike routes, giving users a nice view of the city, its natural resources and its history.
Willmar Walks Established in 2010, Willmar Walks is three marked routes through downtown Willmar. The routes take walkers by some of Willmar’s historical sites, like Bethel Church, the Frost House, Tribune building and 310 Third Street Southwest, the oldest commercial building in town. There are a total of 18 points of interest on the walks. Each of the three routes start at Selvig International Park, which is dedicated to Willmar’s two sister cities. A banner at Selvig Park shows the Willmar Walk routes and where the points of interests are located. Brochures on Willmar Walks are also available at the Willmar Public Library, LuLu Bean’s and Rick’s Cycling & Sports Center. The Red route is one-mile long. It heads west for one block on Becker Avenue, then south on Fifth Street to Minnesota Avenue, then west two blocks to Seventh Street, north to Becker Avenue, then jogs east and north to Litchfield Avenue and south back to Selvig Park. The Green route, which is 1.5 miles long, follows the Red route to Seventh Street, then south to Kandiyohi Avenue, east to Second Street, then jogs north to Becker and west to Selvig Park. The Blue route is the longest, at two miles. It also follows Red and Green to Seventh Street, then heads north to Ella Avenue along Foot Lake and east to First Street, then south to Litchfield Avenue. At Litchfield, the route heads west for three blocks, then south one block to Selvig Park. Willmar Walks is a joint effort between Rice Memorial Hospital, Kandiyohi County Public Health, Willmar Design Center, Willmar Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and the Kandiyohi County Historical Society.
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bike lanes and instituting pro-bicycling policies. Willmar has miles of trails and roads marked as dedicated bike paths, with some of them connecting to larger trail systems like Glacial Lakes. Willmar Bikes, a bicycle and pedestrian education and advocacy group will be scheduling rides throughout the summer. A schedule can be found on Willmar Bikes Facebook page. Since 2015 the city has sponsored a Yellow Bike program which provides donated yellow bikes for people to borrow as they explore Willmar. Yellow bike racks are located throughout Willmar, including four fix-it stations with simple tools to help with bike repairs.
Bicycling in Willmar In 2016 Willmar was named a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. The group recognizes communities which improve the conditions for bicycling by promotion, education, the creation of trails and
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Minnesota motorcycle rally Sept. 1-3 in Litchﬁeld The annual A.B.A.T.E. of Minnesota motorcycle rally will be Sept.1 to 3 in Litchfield. The American Bikers for Awareness, Training and Education will host the annual rally at the Meeker County Fairgrounds. The rally features live music all weekend, motorcycle sled pulls, a full bar, hay wagon rides, bike games, a bike show, tattoo contest, fashion show, chili contest, food court and vendors, a rally
bonfire, a scavenger hunt and a memorial service. The event will include a raffle for cash prizes – $2,999 grand prize, $1,999 second prize and nine additional $999 prizes.motorcycles. The drawing will be at 10 p.m. Sept. 2. Rally tickets are $30 before July 15 and $40 after July 15 for members. Tickets for non-members are $60 after July 15. A $20 day pass is available beginning at noon each day. No one under 21 is admitted to the rally. Active duty military personnel are admitted free. For more information, visi abatemn.org. Advance tickets may be purchased through the website. A.B.A.T.E. is a not-for-profit, grassroots organization committed to Minnesota’s motorcyclists.
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Take it ‘off-road’
he Appleton Area Recreation Park has a total of 315 acres to accommodate off-highway vehicle riders — all-terrain vehicles, motorcycles and four-wheel drive trucks — from all over the state. There is no admission fee to the park, which is located two miles northeast of Appleton on U.S. Highway 59. Hours are from sunrise to sunset. The OHV park includes 10 miles of truck trails, 15 miles of ATV/OHM trails, a 1.5-mile OHM practice track and three enduro tracks. It also offers several technical areas for Off Road Vehicles (trucks) including rock crawls, stair steps, trails and hill climbs. The park also includes a youth ATV training course and a youth OHM practice track, jumps, play areas, sand dunes and a shelter and picnic area. There is an additional hiking and cross-country ski trail around the perimeter. A map is posted in the picnic shelter at the start of the trails and offers different levels of difficulty for different levels of riders. There is also a list of rules and regulations to make people aware of the laws that need to be followed for their safety. The park is open to all-terrain vehicles, off-highway motorcycles and trucks and snowmobiles. All OHVs must be registered with license plate visible and all riders under 16 must have the appropriate safety certificate. The park was created with funds from the National
Recreation Trails Program and Minnesota Grantin-Aid. Most of the trail development work was done by the Swift County Department of Parks, Drainage and Wetlands with leased equipment and volunteer ATV enthusiasts. Some areas of the park are closed periodically due to high water conditions; watch for postings at the park or call for more information about the OHV park and updates at 320-843-5341. Information is also available at www.swiftcounty.com by clicking on the County Parks option and then on Appleton OHV park option.
Freedom Ridge Jeep climbing and 4×4 off roading is also available at Freedom Ridge south of Atwater. Located at 1130 195th Street Southeast, off Kandiyohi County Road 2, the area is an old gravel pit and offers hours of off-road fun, camping and more. For information email: email@example.com
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Fitness challenges offer variety
est Central Minnesota offers many fitness events for all types of outdoor enthusiasts. The following is a listing of activities compiled by the Tribune. Keep watching the Tribune sports pages for updates and further listings. May 27 WILLMAR — Memorial Day/Law Day 5K Run/Walk at Kandiyohi County Area Family YMCA. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. on race day and race-day fees are $30 for adults and $25 for students. Race starts at the Flags of Honor Memorial at 9 a.m. Contact 320222-9622 for more information or go online to www.kandiymca. org to register. June 10 RENVILLE — Running to a Sweet Beet 5K. Entry fee is $25 for adults ($30 after June 1) and $15 for students 18-and-under ($20 after June 1). Race starts at 8 a.m. Pre-registration is available. Contact Liza at 320-329-4143 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. June 17 BIRD ISLAND — Island Days 5K. Registration fee is $20 pre-race by May 20 and $30 on race day (8 a.m.). Visit http://birdislandcity. com for more information and registration form. June 20 GRANITE FALLS — Western Fest Walk and Rodeo Run at the Kilowatt Community Center. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. and race starts at 8:30 a.m. Registration $15 by June 20 and $18 on race day. Contact Jim at 320-564-3461 or email@example.com for more information. June 24 WILLMAR — Foot Lake 4 Walk/Run: Entry fee is $25 for runners ages 13 and over and $20 for runners ages 12 and under through June 9. Entry fees for runners ages 13 and over is $35 if received after June 9 and $30 for runners ages 12 and under. Walking and running teams also available. Registration is 6:30-7:45 a.m. and the race starts at 8 a.m. Contact Amber at 320231-4396 for more information or go online to www.ricehospital. com/footlake4 to register. July 1 STARBUCK — Starbuck Heritage Days 10K/5K Run. Entry fee is $20 for ages 13 and over and $15 for 12-and under through June 27. The entry fee increases $5 after June 27. Race starts at 8 a.m. Contact Breeana Zaic at 320-239-4220 or visit www.starbuckmn. org for more information. July 2 SPICER — Green Lake Road Race around Green Lake: Race is 12 miles; registration begins at 6 a.m. and race starts at 7 a.m. Early-entry fee is $25 through June 17, $35 after June 17 and $40 on race day. Contact Dan at 320-894-5882 or go online to www. pickleevents.com/glaciallakes/ for more information. July 8 LITCHFIELD — Watercade Lake Ripley 4-Mile Run at 7:30 a.m. Entry fee is $20 through June 30, $25 July 1-7 and $30 on race day. Contact Alyssa at 320-241-1452 for more information. July 29 KERKHOVEN — Pillsbury Push 10k/5k Walk/Run: Registration opens at 7 a.m. with the race starting at 8 a.m. Contact Micah Driscoll at 320-424-1827 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Aug. 5 GLENWOOD — Lake Minnewaska Triathlon at Glenwood City Beach: Race consists of a 400-yard swim, 11.1-mile bike race and 2½-mile run and is open to individuals and teams. Entry fee for individuals is $45 through June 1 and raises to $50 from June 2 to Aug. 2. Those costs raise to $70 from Aug. 2-4. Team costs are $65 through June 1, $70 from June 2-Aug. 2 and $90 from Aug. 2-4. Race check-in is 6:15-7:25 a.m. and the race starts at
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7:30 a.m. Entrants must register by Aug. 4. Online registrations are available at www.zapevent.com. Contact Linda Hoffmann at 320-239-4972 or go online to www.minnewaskatriathlon.com/ for more information. Aug. 13 SPICER — Green Lake Sprint Triathlon. Race will offer two courses; a sprint course consisting of a 1/4-mile swim, 13.4-mile bike ride and 3-mile run and an Olympic course consisting of a 3/4-mile swim, 21.3-mile bike ride and a 6-mile run. Entry fee is $59 through May 31, $69 June 1-July 31 and $79 after Aug. 1. Relay teams are also an option. Registration forms are available online at www.greenlaketri.com or contact Dan at 320-894-5882 for more information. Oct. 7 WILLMAR — Homefront Connection Run. Runners can participate in a 5k or a 10.1 mile run beginning and finishing at the MinnWest Technology Campus. The 10.1 mile run follows the glacial lakes trail. Both events start at 9 a.m. Registration is online at zapevent.com. Contact Deb at 320-212-7549 for more information. Nov. 23 WILLMAR — Turkey Leg 5K. Pre-registration fee is $25 through Nov. 1. The entry fee is $30 from Nov. 2-22 and $37 on race day. Race starts at 8 a.m. Contact Dan Hubbard at 320-894-5882 or email@example.com for more information. Share the trail with others: This championship series includes road races from towns throughout the west central Minnesota area. Visit www. pickleevents.com/series/glaciallakes for more information. Below is a schedule of events in the series with a phone number in parentheses for contact information: Jan. 21: Frozen 5k Run/Walk, Spicer March 18: St. Patrick’s Day Red Beard Run, Willmar May 6: Ron Erno Minnewaska Warmup Half Marathon, Glenwood May 12: *Cat Scratch Fever 5k, New London May 27: Memorial Day/Law Day 5k, Willmar (320-222-9622) June 24: *Foot Lake 4, Willmar (320-231-8943) July 2: Green Lake Road Race, Spicer (320-894-5882) July 29: Pillsbury Push 10k, Kerkhoven (320-424-1827) Aug. 26: Run Around Raymond 5k, Raymond (320-220-2347) Sept. 9: Pat Boros Trail Run 10k, Sibley State Park (320-212-2854) Oct. 7: *Homefront Connection Run, Willmar (320-212-7549) Nov. 23: Turkey Leg 5k, Willmar (320-894-5882) * — bonus race
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County fairs old-fashioned fun
Carnivals, food and livestock add to summer enjoyment at the fair
oing to a county fair is part of the Minnesota experience. You can eat a corndog, find an authentic milkshake or grab a bag of mini donuts. The barns are full of animals of all types and sizes, and the music and people screaming on the midway provide accompaniment. Check out the blue ribbon 4-H projects and talent contests, and don’t forget the demolition derbies and musical entertainment. Here is a quick rundown of what the fairs in west central Minnesota have on tap for this summer. Please note this is only a partial listing. Check the county fairs’ websites for additional information.
Fairgrounds in Canby July 13-15, 2017 Thursday: $1 carnival rides 6-10 p.m.; Larry Olsen Band in the Pavilion 5 & 7 p.m.; Demolition Derbies in the grandstand 7 p.m. Friday: Kids Lego building contest 4:30 p.m.; Dream Weaver hypnotist 5 & 7 p.m.; Great Plains Tractor Pull in the grandstand 7 p.m. Saturday: Kids pedal tractor pull 1 p.m.; Ag Olympics 2 p.m.; small animal show 4 p.m.; Baja races in the grandstand 7 p.m. Website: www.ymcfair.org
July 26-30 Fairgrounds in Montevideo Wednesday-Sunday: A variety of 4-H shows and livestock competitions are held throughout the week and carnival wristband specials are scheduled daily; beer garden Wednesday through Saturday.
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Wednesday: Burnout contest at Adams Motor Co, pig races, Johnny Holm 8 p.m. Thursday: Strong Man, fiesta floral program, pig races, sweet corn feed 5 p.m.; Xtreme Ball, Reptile Zoo; Hicktown Mafia/John Michael Montgomery 8 p.m. Friday: Pig races, fiesta floral program, Sean Emergy Magician/Juggler 3 & 5 p.m.; Church of Cash 4 p.m., Strong Man; Cattleman’s feed 5 p.m.; Fiesta City Racing, 7 p.m.; Canyon Cowboys 8:30 p.m. Saturday: 4-H veggie races, Strong Man, turtle races, fiesta floral program; Sean Emergy Magician/Juggler 3 & 5 p.m; T & A Band 4 p.m.; Legion Bingo 4-6 p.m.; 4-H Strongest Farmer contest 6 p.m.; Tractor Pull 6 p.m.; Eclipse Band 8:30 p.m. Sunday: Church service 10 a.m.; talent contest 1:30 p.m.; pedal pull 2 p.m.; 4-H Blue Ribbon auction 4 p.m.; Legion Bingo 4-6 p.m.; 4-H Honors program 5:30 p.m. Website: chippewacofair.com County fairs/ Page 49
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Pope County Fairgrounds
Aug. 2-5, 2017 Fairgrounds in Glenwood No gate admission and free parking Wednesday: Hometown Hero Day; 6:30 p.m. Ranch Rodeo Thursday: Daycare Day; 7 p.m. NTPA Tractor Pull Friday: Senior Citizen’s Day; 7 p.m. Demolition Derby Saturday: Kids / Family Day; 6 p.m. Antique Tractor Pull Website: www.popecountyfair.org
Meeker County Fair
Fairgrounds in Litchfield Aug. 3-6 Every day: FFA Children’s Barnyard - up close and personal with baby farm animals, Little Farm Hands interactive exhibit in the Old White Barn, carnival and Extreme Ball and livestock shows. Thursday: Veterans Day - free fair admission all day to anyone with VA card or Active Duty card; rodeo in the grandstand at 7 p.m. Free entertainment: comedy/magic show in the Bandshell, SubZero DJ entertainment in the entertainment tent. Friday: Senior Citizen Day - lots of free activities throughout the day; Farmers Market at the Fair 3:30-7:30 p.m.; tractor pull at 6 p.m. in the grandstand. Free entertainment: Swinging Country, country music singers, comedy hypnosis show. Saturday: Kid’s Day - lots of interactive activities for the kids (rock climbing wall, music/performances, pedal pull, stick horse contest); DIY workshop by Rusty Wood Creations; demolition derby at 6 p.m. in the grandstand. Free entertainment: Magic Show, country music performers and line dancers. Sunday: Church service led by Cornerstone at 10 a.m.; bean bag tournament at 11 a.m.; Lego contest at 2 p.m.; DIY workshop by Rusty Wood Creations; trolley rides from 2-5 p.m.; Mega Jump BMX Shows through the day Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/meekercountyfair
Renville County Fair
Aug. 9-11 Fairgrounds in Bird Island Renville County Daily: Antique Tractor Show, Jessica’s Little Rascals Petting Zoo, Xtreme Ball Wednesday: Century Farm Recognition, Kids Pedal Tractor Pull, Halls of Magic, Chopper Worlds Nuttiest DJ, Tractor Pull, cash drawing Thursday: Meet Miss Minnesota, Kids Pedal Tractor Pull, Dream Weaver Hypnosis, Halls of Magic, Talent Show, Hicktown Mafia, cash drawing and fireworks Friday: Halls of Magic, Sean Emery, Demo Derby, Rock Godz, cash drawing Website: www.renvillecountyfair.org
Aug. 9-12 Fairgrounds in Willmar Free music, programs, exhibits and a full-slate of 4-H livestock shows are on tap every day at the fair. Daily features include a World War I exhibit in the Log Cabin, the All American Lumberjack Shows at 4, 6 & 8 p.m., Farm Bureau Imagination Station, pig racing at 3, 5 & 7 p.m., KnockerBall, FFA Children’s Barnyard, Master Gardener display and activities at the Little Red School House. A haunted house in open 6-10 p.m. every night sponsored by the Willmar Nite Lions, bingo at various times hosted by the Pennock Lions and a $1,000 cash drawing will be held at 10 p.m. every night – winners must be present to win. MCM Midway features daily wristband ride specials. Wednesday: Veterans Day. All Veterans and a guest are admitted free between 11a.m. - 2 p.m. with a tribute to veterans at 11:30 a.m., a free noon lunch and musical entertainment. Grandstand show: Bull riding, 7:30 p.m. County fairs/ Page 50
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Thursday: Senior Citizens Day with musical entertainment, senior citizens program at 2 p.m. including naming of Outstanding Senior Citizen, Century Farm recognition and free coffee for seniors. A draft horse and antique tractor parade at 3 p.m. is followed a free sweet corn feed 5-7 p.m., a talent contest begins at 6 p.m. Grandstand show: KRA Stock Car Races, 6:30 p.m. Friday: Cow milking contest 3 p.m. in the dairy barn, 4-H Showcase at 3 p.m., musical entertainment and more. Grandstand show: Semi, pickup and tractor pull 6 p.m. Saturday: Kids Day activities including pedal pull 9:30 a.m., Lego building contest 11:30 a.m., 4-H Art in the Park 10 a.m., kids games 11 a.m., drawings for kids’ prizes at 12:30 p.m.; musical entertainment and more. Grandstand show: NTPA Tractor Pull, 6:30 p.m. Website: www.kandifair.com
Aug. 16-20 Fairgrounds in Appleton Every day: There will be music on the fairgrounds every day, along with a full slate of 4-H livestock shows and competitions and a large quilt exhibit. An exoctic animal zoo will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday Wednesday: White Sidewalls
Thursday: Ranch Rodeo, Johnny Holm Friday afternoon: Polka Bands Friday evening: Fabulous Armadillos Saturday night: Marty Stuart Sunday night: Magic Sunshine Band greatest hits from the 70’s Friday night: Demo Derby Saturday night: Demo Derby Check out our webpage www.swiftcountyfair.org/ and Facebook page for more information
Lac qui Parle County Fair
Fair Grounds Madison Sept. 7-10 The fair will feature a new carnival this year by Gopher States Expositions Everyday: Lac qui Parle Historical Society will have the museum open for our fairgoers, 4-H will have exhibitions and demonstrations, Alfy’s puppets will be on the grounds FridaySunday Minnesota State High School Rodeo will be going on Saturday and Sunday, including rodeo clown; beer garden and much more. Thursday: Senior Citizen day (free admission for seniors). Friday: Kids day(18 and younger free admission) Arm bands Saturday: Kids pedal pull, diaper derby, veggie races, Dreamweaver the Hypnotist, White Sidewalls, Demo derby Sunday: Chord-Ayres two performances, Tom Bly Memorial Race
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‘Southern’ Boundary Waters adventure awaits
addling enthusiasts call the waters of West Central Minnesota the “Boundary Waters of Southern Minnesota,’’ and for good reason. The rivers and streams of west central Minnesota are waters where you can get away from the crowds and enjoy a wilderness-like solitude. And, they are easy-to-reach and offer a wide variety of paddling adventures. Maps are available from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and on its Web site detailing the river routes on the Minnesota River, Little Crow River and portions of the Chippewa and Pomme de Terre Rivers. Or, paddling enthusiasts Lynn and Robert Diebel published a popular guidebook “Paddling Southern Minnesota’’ (2007, Trail Press of Madison, Wis.) It offers narrative accounts of possible routes, put-in locations and maps. Here’s your abbreviated guide to some of the best:
normal water conditions and surprising scenery of islands, woodlands and steep bluffs. The best paddling is found above the Watson Lion’s Park. Starting points for adventure include Ambush Park in the city of Benson, Big Bend and the Lentz Landing at the Minnesota Highway 40 bridge east of Milan.
The fast-moving Pomme de Terre offers opportunities to surprise otters and an astonishing variety of birds, while viewing the changing prairie and woodland landscape. The Pomme de Terre also offers some of the area’s best angling opportunities for walleye. Popular trips include runs from the Swift County Park on U.S. Highway 12 north of Appleton to the city of Appleton, and from Appleton to Marsh Lake.
There are more than 330 miles of waterway to explore, starting at Big Stone Lake and reaching the Mississippi River at Fort Snelling. Of course, there’s ample opportunity to make two- or three-hour excursions to discover short but exciting segments of the river. The Minnesota River meanders through an oversized valley carved by the Glacial River Warren. The glacial waterway carved a path some 200 feet deep and two miles wide. It offers the modern explorer scenic vistas of wooded blufflands, towering granite outcrops and tree-lined shore lines. There is no portion of the river lacking for scenery, but arguably the most scenic portion of the river runs from the Upper Sioux Agency State Park south of Granite Falls to Redwood Falls. This portion of the river offers some of the most dramatic examples of the granite outcrops.
Chippewa River Officially designated as a state canoe route, the Chippewa River offers gentle paddling during
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Lac qui Parle River The Lac qui Parle River offers an opportunity to surprise an incredible array of wildlife, from eagles and owls to softshell turtles the size of wheel covers. The river’s sharp bends, towering cut banks and occasional whitewater makes every outing an adventure. The most popular route is an approximate 3-hour paddle from Lac qui Parle County Park to Lac qui Parle State Park near the confluence with the Minnesota River.
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Ally Sharbo, left, and April Smith resume their paddle on the Minnesota River after portaging the dam April 22 at Granite Falls.
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Hawk Creek/Yellow Medicine River When water conditions are right, Hawk Creek and the Yellow Medicine River offer some of the state’s very best whitewater paddling opportunities. Each spring the two waterways attract whitewater enthusiasts from around the state. On both waterways, be prepared to be on your own. There are very few intersecting bridges or signs of civilization as the waters race toward the Minnesota River. Trips on Hawk Creek often start near or upstream of U.S. Highway 212 and continue to Renville County’s Skalbakken Park at the confluence with the Minnesota River. Trips on the Yellow Medicine River often start at the Minnesota Highway 274 (Wood Lake road) bridge and continue to the confluence with the Minnesota River at the Upper Sioux Agency State Park. It’s advisable to scout out water conditions before attempting a trip, or contact Clean Up the River Environment at 320-269-2984 for information on water levels. Real-time data on water flows on Hawk Creek are also available online at: http://www.dnr.state. mn.us/waters/csg/index.html
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Antique Car Run is Aug. 12 The 31st anniversary New London to New Brighton Antique Car Run is Saturday, Aug. 12, with pre-tours in the New London area Aug. 9-11. Spectators will see over 60 veteran cars from 1908 and earlier and one and two cylinder cars through 1915. They will be touring more than 120 miles, recreating the prestigious London to Brighton Commemorative Run held annually in England. This year promises some special vehicles to pique the interest of old car enthusiasts. ► The NLNB is considered a premiere brassera car tour in the United States. It is often on car enthusiasts’ “bucket list.” Drivers bring rare antique cars from all over the country to experience “Minnesota Nice” touring on scenic roads. ► There will be a 1908 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost and nearly a dozen 1903-08 Fords, including two Model K 6-cyl cars (these all pre-date the Model T). As always, Buick, Franklin, Maxwell and REO will be well represented. Rarer makes include: Stevens-Duryea, Columbia, Rambler, De Dion Bouton, Sears, Moon, Autocar and Le Zebre. ► This year’s tour will include two drivers from England, one from Canada and one from Australia. ► There are two drivers who have started and
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finished each of the previous 30 runs. They are from Minnesota and North Dakota and both drive Maxwells. The tour will begin at 7 a.m. Aug. 12 from New London and proceed through five rest stops before ending in New Brighton at Long Lake Regional Park, 1500 Old Hwy 8 N.W. The finish line is open 3 to 6:30 p.m., and is part of New Brighton’s Stockyard Days festival. Approximate times for arrival at rest stops: Trinity Lutheran Church in Grove City - 8:15 a.m., Central Park in Litchfield - 9:15 a.m., Main Street in Kingston - 10 a.m., Buffalo High School in Buffalo - stay until 1 p.m., Becker Park in Crystal (new location) - 2:30 p.m. For more information, contact Eric Hylen, (320) 260-7663, firstname.lastname@example.org. For further tour information check the website at antiquecarrun.org.
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Glacial Ridge Trial Scenic Byway
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Travel the scenic route
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A row of boots, some dating back many decades, hang along fenceposts at the Leslie Ellingson property, north of Sunburg. The boots hang along an area called “Boot Hill.” A collection of threshing machines can also be seen in the area.
1. Runestone County Park 2. Runestone Museum 3. Douglas Co Historical Society 4. Andes Tower Hills 5. Big Ole 6. Carlos Creek Winery 7. Lakes, Lakes & More Lakes 8. Green Lake Bible Camp Chapel 9. Kandiyohi County Museum 10. Old Log Church 11. Enderson Cabin 12. Robbins Island 13. Monongalia Historical Museum 14. Green Lake 15. Prairie Woods ELC 16. Threshing Rig Alley 17. Fort Lake Johanna 18. Pope County Museum 19. Terrace Mill & Stone Arch Bridge 20. Indherred Lutheran Church 21. Mount Lookout 22. Starbuck Marina/Hobo Park 23. Ann Bickle Heritage House 24. Barsness Park & Campground 25. Holly Skogen 26. Indian Mounds Park 27. Swift Falls Village 28. Swift Falls County Park 29. Swift County Museum 30. St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church 31. Swift County Courthouse 32. Christ Episcopal Church 33. Kerkhoven Heritage Church 34. Sabin House 35. Ambush Park 36. Pillsbury Park 37. Lake Carlos State Park 38. Glacial Lakes State Park 39. Sibley State Park 40. Monson Lake State Park 41. Moe Woods 42. Ordway Prairie 43. Leif Mountains 44. Sheepberry Fen 45. Glacial Lakes Trail 46. Central Lakes Trail 47. Glacial Ridge Trail
The Glacial Ridge Trail, first designated a state trail in May 1969, may not be the fastest way to travel to Glenwood from Willmar — but it is a much more scenic alternative. Signs direct you along the Minnesota Scenic Byway through the rolling slopes to Spicer, around Green Lake into the Lost Valley area and to scenic New London and Sibley State Park. From the park, it takes you north to the Timber Lake Trail on through the hills, swamps and lakes of Norway Lake Township. North from Sunburg, you drive past the Ordway Prairie and can stop at the Lake Johanna Lookout to survey the rolling kames and native prairie countryside. There’s also the Terrace Mill and Glacial Lakes State Park along the way, as well as scenic views of Lake Minnewaska. The Glacial Ridge Trail consists of more than 200 miles of designated highways that wind through towns, past historic sites and near at least one famous author’s home — Sinclair Lewis. But what’s most apparent to people who travel this scenic route is its distinctive landscape. Thousands of feet of glacial ice covered west central Minnesota 10,000 years ago. When the last Ice Age ended, the glacier receded, leaving behind lakes, waterways, sand beds and gravel ridges. Some of the best of those features can be seen on the roads of the trail, which are marked with signs bearing an arrowhead symbol. Available maps make the roads easier to follow, and show the locations of several points of interest, such as prime bird-watching areas, which have been added. Willmar, the southernmost point of the trail, marks the dividing line where the glacier ended. To the south is flat farmland; to the north, a mixture of prairie, lakes and rolling hills left behind when the glacier receded. The so-called “Bonanza Valley” around Belgrade and Brooten is a broad sand plain that was deposited as glacial meltwater flowed north and east. The Crow and Chippewa
rivers developed to carry the water away. From Fort Lake Johanna, a former military outpost, there’s a view of a series of conical hills, known as kames, formed by glacial potholes filled with rock and gravel. After passing through Glenwood and Starbuck and making a detour east to Sauk Centre, the trail ends at its northernmost point — Alexandria. There are plenty of signs, so it’s tough to get lost. Still, it’s good to have a brochure with you, because the trail makes several loops. Maps are available from the Kandiyohi County Tourist Information Center on East Highway 12 in Willmar and at the Glenwood Chamber of Commerce, 200 N. Franklin St. Here are some highlights to look for on the Glacial Ridge Trail: ► Lost Valley, which is particularly scenic in the fall, at the trail’s easternmost end, winds up and down hills through a hardwood forest. ► Ordway Prairie between Sunburg and Glenwood. ► Terrace Mill is a restored grain mill in the town of Terrace, set in the valley of the Chippewa River. The mill hosts several festivals during the summer and fall. ► A collection of old threshing machines is on the “boot hills” above “Threshing Rig Alley,” a two-mile section of road north of Sunburg. ► Sauk Centre is the site of the Sinclair Lewis Home and Museum. Lewis’ novels include “Main Street” and “Babbitt.” ► Attractions in Glenwood include the Bickle House, Morning Glory Gardens and Mount Lookout. ► Four state parks lie along the trail: Sibley State Park, west of New London; Monson Lake State Park, south of Sunburg; Glacial Lake State Park, south of Starbuck; and Carlos State Park, north of Alexandria. ► Good spots for bird watching are the area between New London and Sibley State Park; Eagle Lake, north of Willmar; Timber Lake Road, east of Sunburg; and the Ordway Prairie and Fort Lake Johanna area.
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Friday. June 2 -7:30pm Neer Park Friday, June 9 -7:30pm Neer Park Friday, June 16-7:30pm Neer Park Saturday, June 17 - 1pm Hutchinson Water Carnival Friday, June 23-7:30pm Neer Park Saturday, June 24-7:30pm Willmar Fest - Robbins Island Friday, June 30 -7:30pm Neer Park
Saturday, July 1-7:30pm Neer Park Tuesday, July 4 -7:30pm Neer Park Friday, July 7 -7:30pm Neer Park Sunday, July 9 1pm Litchﬁeld Watercade at Lake Ripley Friday, July 14 -7:30pm Neer Park Staurday, July 15 -7:30pm Neer Park Friday, July 21 -7:30pm Neer Park Friday- Sunday, July 28-30 Regional Tournamnet -Aberdeen, S.D.
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The sun sets over the Minnesota River at the Upper Sioux Agency State Park south of Granite Falls.
Enjoy the great outdoors
hen you’re looking for a place to “park yourself” for a picnic, a weekend getaway in a tent or a month-long stay in an RV – there are numerous state, county, community and private parks and campgrounds in west central Minnesota to meet the desires of every camping and outdoor enthusiast. These parks are wrapped in – and around – the area’s diverse environment of lakes, woods and prairie landscapes and draw people from all over the country. Whether you want to go fishing on freshwater lakes, swimming and sunbathing on sandy beaches, biking on miles of trails, horseback riding, birding, geocaching and sightseeing there is a park in the area to meet your recreational wish-list.
Kandiyohi County Parks Kandiyohi County’s seven parks feature a variety of beautiful accommodations for a summer getaway. Five of the parks have campgrounds, with space available to accommodate large recreational vehicles and cozy enough for tents and campfires to make family vacations complete. The camping fees are different at each park, with seasonal and weekly camping rates available at most. Visit the county’s website co.kandiyohi.mn.us Big Kandiyohi Lake County Park West, formerly known as County Park 1, is located on the west side of Big Kandiyohi Lake, 10 miles south of Willmar. The lake is known for northern, walleye, bullhead and crappie fishing year ‘round. In the spring of the year, the park is known for its excellent crappie fishing in the
bay, next to the campground, which has 94 campsites. The park also has a swimming beach, camp store, modern showers and toilets, playground, boat access, picnic area, a shelter, camping pads, campsites with water and electricity, gas and a dump station. Call 320-995-6599 for reservations. Big Kandiyohi Lake County Park East, formerly known as County Park 2, is located on the east side of Big Kandiyohi Lake, 18 miles south of Willmar, or 6 miles north of Lake Lillian off County Road 8. The park, which has 80 campsites, has an excellent sandy swimming beach and access to shoreline fishing with walleye, northern, crappies and bullheads popular and frequent catches. The park has a beach, boat access, camp store, playground, picnic area, shelter, modern showers and toilets, campsites with electricity, gas, bait and a dump station. Call 320-664-4707 for reservations. Diamond Lake County Park, formerly known as County Park 3, is located on Diamond Lake’s western shore and has 80 campsites. It is located 4 miles north of Atwater, or 6 miles southeast of Spicer, on County Road 4. Diamond Lake is known for its lunker walleyes and scrappy northerns. The campground has sites with access to water, sewer and electricity, and the park also has a beach, boat access, camp store, bait, gas, playground, picnic area, shelter, camping pads, modern showers and toilets, and a dump station. Call 320-9748520 for reservations. Saulsbury Beach County Park, formerly known as County Park 4, is on the southern shore of Green Lake and located in the heart of the city of Spicer. It features a shady picnic area and popular swimming beach, with lifeguards on duty from 1 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. There are changing rooms and toilet facilities in the park and a boat access is located next to the park. There are no campsites at this park. Camping/ Page 58
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Green Lake County Park, formerly known as County Park 5, is on the northeast shore of Green Lake, a deep lake that’s popular for its clear water, good fishing and boating recreation. The park is located 5 miles north of the city of Spicer on Northshore Drive. The park has 61 campsites with camping pads, water, sewer and electricity available. The park also features a swimming beach, boat access, camp store, game room, playground, picnic area, shelter, modern showers, toilets, bait and gas. Call 320-796-5564 for reservations. Lake Carrie County Park, formerly known as County Park 6, is a small secluded park located on Lake Carrie, five miles southeast of Atwater on a dead-end gravel road off of Kandiyohi County Road 86. It includes a boat landing and large grassy parking area but no camping. The clear water of Lake Carrie is a popular spot for anglers. Games Lake County Park, formerly known as County Park 7, is located on the east shore of Games Lake, which is part of the “Norway Lake Chain of Lakes” which includes 2,800 acres of water known for excellent fishing, including northern pike and bluegill. The campground has 56 campsites with camping pads, and access to water and electricity. The popular park features a sandy swimming beach with lifeguards on duty from 1 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., a large picnic area, enclosed picnic shelters that can be reserved for events, game room, playground, modern showers and toilets, boat access, boat rental, bait, gas and dump station. Besides having typical services and camp accessories, this park store also features a restaurant with meals served all day. The park is 14 miles north of Willmar, or 9 miles northwest of New London, on County Road 5. Call 320-354-4453 for reservations.
Resorts There are privately owned resorts, campgrounds and an RV campground in the region. Many offer cabins, camping, and boat and motor rentals at a variety of locations on lakes. Information about what those businesses have to offer can be obtained by looking at their ads in this section or by calling the Willmar Lakes Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, 320-2353552.
State Parks Reservations Required All campsites in Minnesota state parks and recreation areas now require a reservation before they may be occupied. The park system recommends making reservations before leaving home because cell phone coverage and wi-fi can be unpredictable at some parks. For spontaneous campers, there are same-day reservations with no reservation fees available whether you’re booking your site from home, from the road or even from the park. To reserve a campsite, go to www.mndnr.gov/reservations or call 866-857-2757 from 8 a.m to 8 p.m. Details on the parks and their respective programs are available on the state website at www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/. Permits To visit the park, vehicles require a vehicle permit. Daily permits are $5 and annual permits are $25 and good at all 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas for a full year from the month of purchase. Fort Ridgely State Park Located south of Fairfax, Fort Ridgely State Park features the Fort Ridgely Historic Site, several campgrounds, two picnic areas, fishing, 1930’s era historic stone buildings and 13 miles of hiking and horse trails. The Historic Site hosts a museum and restored foundations that are managed by the Nicollet County Historical Society. The historic site grounds are open for self-guided tours and the museum is open Friday through Sunday from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The
park also contains several graves and monuments connected to the U.S.-Dakota War at the Fort Ridgely Cemetery. A paved, 7-mile bike trail connects the town of Fairfax to the park. Camping: There are 36 drive-in campsites at the campground, including 15 electrical sites. There are also three secluded walk-in sites and one group campsite that are about 1,000 feet from the parking area. The fee is $19 for non-electrical sites and $27 for electrical sites. Water spigots and vault toilets are available, however there are no flush toilets or showers available in the main campground. A horse camp has 14 sites, including 13 with electricity. The fee is $23 for non-electrical sites and $31 for electrical sites. Water is available at each horse campsite. The horse campground also has a modern toilet and shower building. Box stalls are available to rent for $5 per night. A farmhouse that sleeps six people is available for $60 a night. A stone picnic shelter can be rented for $45 per day. The park is located at 72158 County Road 30, Fairfax, MN 55332. For more information call: 507-426-7840 or email: fortridgely. email@example.com Glacial Lakes State Park Tucked away in the quiet, rolling hills of Minnesota’s glacial terrain near the city of Starbuck, this park offers miles of hiking and horseback trails, swimming and fishing in the cool, clear water of Signalness (Mountain) Lake, Kettle Lake and Baby Lake — which are known for their panfish. A shady, spacious campground is available; horseback riders and backpack campers can camp at the horse camp and at remote sites. A picnic area deck overlooks Signalness Lake. The park is located 5 miles south of Starbuck Camping: The main campsite is located on Mountain Lake. It has 37 drive-in sites, 14 with electricity, and access to modern restrooms. Camping rates for 2017 are $21 for non-electrical; $29 for electrical sites. All of the campsites are reservable. There are two seasonal camper cabins and for four year-round camper cabins, with fees ranging from $55 to $70 per night. The park has four walk-in or backpack campsites scattered throughout the park for quiet and remote camping. Some of the sites involve a short hike of one-tenth of a mile, to one remote site on Baby Lake that can only be accessed by making a 2½- mile hike. There is a $15 per night fee for a walk-in site. The horse camp has eight sites, with a fee of $21 per site. A horse trail pass is required for every rider 16 years and up. The Southeast Group Campsite, which can accommodate up to 50 people, has a picnic shelter with lights and outlets, space for a maximum of three RV campers requiring electrical hook-up, and space for multiple tents. The fee is $150 per night. The park has rowboats, canoes and kayaks, and stand-up paddle boards available for rent in the summer. The park is located at: 25022 County Road 41, Starbuck, MN 56381 For more information call the park at 320-239-2860 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Lac qui Parle State Park Lac qui Parle State Park is a bird-lovers’ paradise with thousands of migratory Canada geese and other waterfowl using the area as flight stop-over. The park, near the city of Watson, is located alongside the 33,000-acre Lac qui Parle Wildlife Management Area, with Marsh Lake serving as an important nesting area for the white pelican. Lac qui Parle is the French translation for “lake that speaks,” which is the name the Dakota Indians gave to the lake, perhaps because of its large bird population The park isn’t just for the birds, however. Lac qui Parle Lake is known as one of the state’s best walleye fishing lakes. Paddle the lake or cast a line and catch walleye, northerns, perch or crappie; explore one of the trails by foot or horseback; and visit the historic Fort Renville and Lac qui Parle mission sites. Camping: Upper campground: The 30-acre campground has 43 camping sites, including 37 with electricity and nine that have electricity, water and sewer hook-ups.
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Monson Lake State Park Located in the southeast edge of Swift County south of the small town of Sunburg, Monson Lake State Park offers a quiet get-away and a popular fishing spot. Anglers look for walleye, northern pike, bass, sunfish and crappies in the water of Monson Lake. Bird lovers are drawn to the same, quiet lake to observe pelicans, herons and western grebes. The small park offers a gentle reprieve amidst towering hardwood trees. Enjoy a naturalist program like ‘Birding by i-phone’ or fishing programs at least once a month during the summer. This is a historic site of the Dakota Conflict of 1862 and was created as a memorial park. The interpretive signs offer visitors an opportunity to discover the stories that took place on site from early settlers to Veterans of WWI who built the park. Camping: There are 20 drive-in sites, including six electrical sites. Summer rates are $19 for non-electric site and $27 for electric site.The park is located at: 1690 15th Street Northeast, Sunburg, MN 56289. For information about Monson Lake State Park call 320-3542055 or email: email@example.com Sibley State Park Sibley State Park, located off U.S. Highway 71 west of New London, is one of Minnesota’s most popular state parks. Situated on nearly 2,500 acres of rolling hills and lakes the park encompasses some of the region’s finest glacial topography. Mount Tom – one of the highest points in 50 miles – provides a breathtaking vista of the park and neighboring lakes and farms. Naturalist programs, recreational facilities, biking, horseback riding and hiking trails let visitors explore the park’s beauty. In all of Minnesota’s 76 state parks and recreation areas the “Call of the Wildflowers” geocaching program is available for visitors to pursue hidden caches. Sibley has GPS geocaching devices available free of charge for visitors to use to find hidden treasures in the park. Camping: There are a total of 132 drive-in sites at the park.
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The lower campground has 24 sites with electricity at 21 sites. Tent camping is available throughout the park. There are three walk-in sites that offer more secluded, primitive camping. There are eight pull-through sites, three of which have electric, sewer and water service and the other five have electricity. The 2017 campsite rates are $15 for a rustic site; $19 for a standard site; $27 for electricity; and $33 for sites with water, sewer and electricity. There are three seasonal camper cabins with electric heat and air conditioning. Camper cabins are available for $60 a night from Sunday through Thursday and $70 a night Friday and Saturday, plus a reservation fee. A modern shower building with toilets is available. There are two rustic group campsites for tent camping only that can each accommodate up to 50 people. There is no electricity and no modern toilet facilities at the group camps, which cost $50 a night. This is one of the few state parks in Minnesota to offer seasonal and monthly rates for camping. Because of the demand, names are drawn in early spring to obtain sites. The park has a swimming beach, boat access, hiking trails and horse trails and several beautiful pieces of native prairie. Activity kits for children, as well as fishing poles and binoculars, are available for use for free and programs, including archery and a monarch butterfly program in August and September, will be offered. There are several significant historic sites attached to the park, and the park itself is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The park is located at: 14047 20th Street Northwest, Watson, MN 56295 For more information call the park at 320-734-4450 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Lakeview campground, which is close to the shores of Lake Andrew, has 74 sites with 53 having electric hook-ups. There are 34 electric and 24 non-electric sites at the Oak Ridge campground, located in a combination of wooded hills and grass prairie settings. Both campgrounds have modern bathrooms. Rates for individual campsites for 2016 are: $23 for non-electric and $31 for electric site. There are four camper cabins in the park. Three cabins sleep six and the fourth, handicapped-accessible cabin, sleeps five. The year-round cabins feature built-in tables with benches, electrical heat and lights, screen porches, outdoor picnic table and fire ring. Remember to bring your own bedding; cooking via coffee pots and crock pots are allowed inside the cabin. Fees for the camper cabins are $60 Sunday through Thursday and $70 Friday and Saturday. A separate horse camp offers nine sites, with a fee of $21 per site. There is also a group primitive camp with three sites that accommodate 20 to 50 campers at each site. Fees for the primitive campsites range from $50 for the smaller sites to $75 for the largest site. A modern group center accommodates up to 128 people in a unique collection of 11 buildings. The mess hall has a full kitchen, including a walk-in cooler, stove, freezer and dining area. No cooking utensils are supplied. Staff quarters have three bathrooms and four bedrooms and sleeps 14. The seven barracks are divided into three rooms with bunks and sleeps 18 in each building. Visitor’s need to bring their own bedding. There are no restrooms in the barracks but a sanitation building with showers and flush toilets is nearby. The site includes a volleyball court, picnic tables, grills and group site for campfires and other gatherings. Reservations for the modern group center must be made
by contacting the park by phone or in person from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.Monday-Friday, excluding holidays. The minimum fee is $360 for 72 or fewer people and $5 a person for groups in excess of 72 people. The park is located at: 800 Sibley Park Road Northeast, New London, MN 56273. For information about Sibley State Park call 320-354-2055 or email: email@example.com Upper Sioux Agency State Park A popular destination for those who appreciate the beauty of the Minnesota River Valley, the 1,280-acre park south of Granite Falls offers 18 miles of hiking trails and 16 miles of horseback trails over open prairie knolls, bluffs and cool, wooded slopes. Canoeing, fishing and wildlife observation are other popular summer activities. A shelter in the main picnic area has electricity, tables and grill. Another picnic area is located at the confluence of the Minnesota River and the Yellow Medicine River. The Upper Sioux Agency State Park, which contains the site of the Upper Sioux or Yellow Medicine Agency, was established in 1963 to preserve and interpret the remains of the old Agency site. Camping: The Yellow Medicine Campground has 31 sites, including 14 with electricity. Rates are: $19 for non-electrical; $27 for electrical. There are three walk-in sites along the Yellow Medicine River, for $19 a night, and three teepees, including one that’s fully painted. The nightly fee for a teepee is $35 Friday and Saturday and $30 Sunday through Thursday. A modern shower building is available at this main campground. Rustic camping is available in the Riverside Campground, for a nightly fee of $15 per site. There is a separate horse campground with 40 sites, including seven with electricity. The horse camp fees are $21 for nonelectrical and $29 for electrical. Seasonal and monthly camping sites are available. The park also offers the free use of birding kits, night sky kits, fishing poles and GPS units for geo-caching. The park is located at: 5908 Highway 67, Granite Falls, MN 56241. For more information call 320-564-4777 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Outdoor classroom a great experience At the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center, visitors can learn and have fun, all while spending time in the beautiful nature of west central Minnesota. Prairie Woods is a nonprofit environmental learning center, committed to providing outstanding environmental education and outdoor experiences to people of all ages. Deeply rooted in the Kandiyohi County community, PWELC reaches out to provide services for communities across Minnesota and the upper Midwest. Prairie Woods’ site encompasses 500 acres on the south side of Lake Florida, and includes an education building with five classrooms, a trailhead and a 30-foot indoor climbing wall. The Gary Westby Observatory building sits atop Prairie Woods’ highest hill. Several beautiful spaces are available for meetings, family reunions, holiday gatherings and weddings. Also onsite is the Gary Westby Educational Shooting Sports Range. PWELC mission: We will promote an individual and shared commitment to the responsible use, management, and preservation of our natural resources. In short: Learning to Live Well with Self, Others and the Environment. Memberships are available. For additional information visit the PWELC website at www. prairiewoodselc.org or call the office. For participation in activities (listed in the events section), people are encouraged to call ahead to sign up through staff coordinators at 320-354-5894.
History of Prairie Woods More than 12,000 years ago, the most recent glacier receded to reveal dramatic ridges and wetland-rich lowlands on this land. For thousands of years, Native American people found their livelihood among the shifting forests, prairies and wetlands here. Anders Danielson and his family settled this land when they arrived from Sweden in 1871. Until the late 1980s, most of the land belonging to Prairie Woods was farmed by the Danielson family. The land was sold to Kandiyohi County by the Danielson family. Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center was founded in 1992. The farm site is still present, with a barn, granary and farm house. Many bur oak trees on the property are more than 100 years old. A renovated log cabin also sits near the farm site in the exact location where the Danielson family built their first log home, prior to building the frame house.
Challenge course Experience PWELC’s high adventure learning laboratory! On Prairie Woods’ challenge course, high ropes and climbing walls, groups learn — and teach each other — about communication, cooperation, creative problem solving and courage.
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More than 25,000 people, ages 4 to 84, have participated in Challenge Course programs at Prairie Woods. Challenge course users include school groups, high school and college athletic teams, church youth groups, local camps, YMCAs, alternative schools, student senates and leadership organizations, 4H, FFA, scouts, families and corporate retreat groups. PWELC welcome groups from across Minnesota and beyond. Prairie Woods’ high quality, multi-faceted facility includes: an indoor climbing wall, 40-foot threesided outdoor climbing tower, two giant ladders and a Flying Squirrel for group teambuilding activities on the ground. The Challenge Course at Prairie Woods will accommodate group sizes of up to 200 participants.
Shooting range The Gary Westby Educational Shooting Sports Range, located on a remote site at Prairie Woods, offers sporting clays and a smallbore rifle range. Shooting leagues: contact Prairie Woods to schedule a time.
Directions, information Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center is located at 12718 10th Street N.E. near Spicer; 1-320354-5894; www.prairiewoodselc.org. From Willmar and the south and west on U.S. Highway 71 and Minnesota Highway 23: Travel north of Willmar on U.S. Highway 71/Minnesota Highway 23. Follow U.S. 71 to the north (toward Sauk Centre) when state 23 splits off. Follow U.S. 71 three more miles to Kandiyohi County Road 29. The intersection is past Thein Well at the north side of Ringo Lake. Turn left (west) on County Road 29. Go 1.5 miles. The Prairie Woods driveway will be on your left. You will see a large brown and yellow PWELC sign and a green gate.
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Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend Thursdays 7pm Sundays 9am Family Bible Class & Fellowship following worship.
9:30 am Sunday Worship 6 pm Wednesday Worship
Sundays 8:00 & 9:45 am
Come As You Are Vinje Lutheran Church 1101 Willmar Avenue SW Willmar, MN 56201 320-235-1441
Saturdays 5:30 pm Chapel 302 Olena Ave. SE, Willmar
IMMANUEL EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH Pastor Craig A. Engel Corner of 5th St. & 19th Ave. SW Willmar 320.235.5996
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Pick your tee time, and your course Regional golf courses provide variety of challenges
here is certainly no shortage of courses to choose from for golf enthusiasts in the Willmar area. From a resort setting to the come-as-you-are backdrop, 22 golf courses in the West Central Tribune area offer a myriad of fairways, bunkers and scenic backgrounds. The season is in full swing and many courses await a call for tee time reservations. Following is a listing of area golf courses, some of which are open to the general public and some require memberships. The courses that require memberships may be used by those who live outside the membership area by paying green fees. Most courses are closed for league days at various times each week. “Slope rating” is a rating that dictates the difficulty of the course, based primarily on length, number of hazards and number of trees. A rating of 113 is the national average. Ratings lower than 113 are easier to play while those above 113 are more difficult. Ratings may range from the low 60s to 150. The slope rating allows the golfer to figure his handicap according to the course he is playing on. The slope rating listed is for men’s regular tee. All prices do not include tax unless noted and are without carts. Call the course ahead of time for any possible changes.
Appleton Golf Course North edge of town along Pomme de Terre River The course plays along the river on several holes and has some rolling hills. It has three par 5s and three par 4s. The fairways are average in width and fairly open. 9 holes, par 36, 3,053 yards for men and 2,985 yards for women; slope rating of 108 for men and 120 for women. Green fees are $15 for nine holes or $25 for 18 holes. Cart rentals are $10 per person. No reservations taken for tee times. Benson Golf Club West Highway 9 in Benson A course with lots of trees, it has three holes on the west side of the Chippewa River, golfers must play across the river three times. 18 holes, par 72, 6,313 yards for men; 5,994 for women; slope rating of 127 for men and 129 for women. Green fees on weekdays are $19 for nine holes and $27 for 18 holes; weekends and holidays $21 and $31. Reservations for tee times are available 14 days in advance (320-842-7901). The Crossings Highway 212 west of Montevideo The course runs north-south on top of and below the bluff overlooking the Minnesota River valley. The river comes into play on five holes as a water hazard. Trees come into play on several holes. 18 holes, par 72, 6,190 yards for men; 5,735 yards for women;
Tribune ﬁle photo slope rating of 122 for men and 125 for women. Green fees on weekdays and weekends are $19 for nine holes, $29 for 18 holes; all day for $37. Reservations are taken up to 4 days in advance (320-269-8600). Dacotah Ridge Golf Club 13 miles south of Olivia on state Highway 71, ½ mile west on Renville County Road 2 The course, designed by Rees Jones, melds perfectly into the prairie. 18 holes, par 72, 7,109 yards from tournament tees, 6,642 from championship tees, 6,217 from regular tees and 5,055 from forward tees. Green fees are $52 for 18 holes and $37 for twilight play, which does not include a cart. Nine holes walking is $30 and $38 with a cart. Tee times 14 days in advance (800-9462274). Play and stay packages available. Dawson Golf Course On northwest edge of town An older course with some nice trees, slightly rolling, all par 4s except for one par 3 9 holes, par 35, 2,837 yards; slope rating of 116 for men and 121 for women. Green fees are $13 for 9 holes and $18 for 18 holes during the week; weekends and holidays $15 and $20. Tee time reservations are unnecessary. Eagle Creek Golf Club North edge of Willmar, just west of Highway 71 The front nine includes a full-size driving range. The back nine has steeper grades, mature trees and the water hazards. 18 holes, par 72, 6,349 yards for men; par 73, 6,098 yards for women; slope rating of 131 for men and 139 for women. Green fees on weekdays are $22 for nine holes and $34 for 18 holes; weekends and holidays are $22 and $35. Reservations for tee times are available three days (public) in advance (320-2351166). Granite Run Golf Course Highway 67, south edge of Granite Falls The course is hilly with some trees, and newly revamped greens and improved, elevated tee boxes. There are a couple of doglegs, two par 5 holes and three water hazards. 9 holes, par 36, 3,033 for men; 2,902 for women; slope rating 125 for men and 129 for women. Green fees every day are $20 for nine holes and $29 for 18 holes. Tee time reservations taken 24 hours in advance (320-564-4755).
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Hawk Creek Country Club Northeast edge of Raymond, along Highway 23 This gently rolling course has play crossing Hawk Creek on the 5th, 6th and 8th holes. There are mature trees and some small trees. 9 holes, par 36, 3,227 for men; 3,121 yards for women; slope rating of 129 for men and 130 for women. Green fees are $16 for nine holes and $24 for 18. Early bird specials are also available Monday-Friday. Reservations are taken for tee times (320-9674653) up to 24 hours (public) in advance. Island Pine Southwest edge of Atwater The rolling course has natural wetland areas and an island green on the par 3 18th hole. There are seven doglegs, four par 5’s and four par 3’s with large greens. 18 holes, par 72; 6,786 yards from blue tees; 6,323 yards from the white tees; 5,194 from red; slope rating of 130 from white tees. Green fees on weekdays are $12 for nine holes and $20 for 18 holes; on weekends and holidays $15.50 and $24. Twilight weekend special (Saturday-Sunday after 4 p.m.) includes two golfers with a cart for $36 for 18 holes. Early bird special 7-11 a.m. MondayThursday: 18 holes with cart for $24 per person. Reservations are taken for tee times (320-974-8600) 14 days in advance. Koronis Hills Golf Club Highway 23, one mile west of Paynesville A somewhat hilly course, with several holes carved out of the trees. It has narrow fairways and several difficult par 3 holes. 18 holes, par 71, 6,218 yards for men; 6,005 for women; slope rating of 127 for men and 132 for women. Green fees on weekdays $18 for nine holes, $27 for 18 holes; weekends and holidays $22 for 9 holes and $31 for 18 holes. Tee times taken one week in advance (320-243-4111). Litchfield Golf Club On Pleasure Drive, on the southwest edge of town Located near Lake Ripley, the course is not overly long but challenging, with trees and water hazards. 18 holes, par 70, 6,398 yards for men; 6,086 for women; slope rating of 124 for men and 130 for women. Green fees on weekdays are $15 for nine holes walking, $22 for 18 holes; weekends and holidays $18 and $25. Reservations are taken for tee times three days in advance (320-693-6425). Little Crow Country Club Highway 23 midway between Spicer and New London With seven ponds, 33 sand traps, creeks, intervening water hazards, and lots of trees, this course is challenging. The
fairways are average in width. 27 holes, par 72, 6,564 yards for men and 6,288 yards for women on Willows/Pines; 6,745 yards for men and 6,411 yards for women on Pines/Oaks; 6,595 yards for men and 6,337 yards for women on Oaks/Willows; slope rating average of 132 for men and 135 for women. Green fees on weekdays are $19 for nine holes and $31 for 18 holes; weekends and holidays $23 and $36. Reservations for tee times taken up to seven days in advance (320-354-2296). Madison Country Club South on Highway 75, west on State 40 An old course with many mature trees and some hills. There is one par 3 and the rest are par 4s. 9 holes, par 35, 2,802 yards for men and women; slope rating of 122 for men and 119 for women. Green fees on weekdays are $10 for nine holes, $16 for 18 holes and $25 for all day; weekends and holidays $14, $20 and $30. No reservations needed except for weekends (320-5987587). Minnewaska Golf Club West from Glenwood on Highway 28, turn north on Golf Course Road When golfing on this course you have a spectacular view overlooking Lake Minnewaska. The rolling, semi-hilly terrain will challenge the average to the better-than-average golfer and the greens are all moderately bunkered. 18 holes, par 72, 6,483 yards for men; 6,212 yards for women; slope rating of 136 for men and 140 for women. Green fees during the week are $18 for 9 holes, $31 for 18 holes; weekends and holidays $23 for 9 holes, $36 for 18 holes. Reservations can be made up to a week in advance and are advised (320-6343680). Oakdale Country Club 7 miles northeast of Buffalo Lake on Renville County 8 On the north shore of Lake Ellie, the course is somewhat hilly, with 90-foot wide fairways. Four holes have doglegs and number 6 is played across an extension of the lake. 18 holes, par 72, 6,609 yards for men; 6,398 yards for women; slope rating of 129 for men and 134 for women. Green fees on weekdays are $15 for nine holes walking and $25 for 18 holes; with a cart nine holes are $25 and 18 are $30. Tee times three days in advance (320-587-0525). Golf Courses/ Page 66
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Olivia Golf Club On southeast edge of town, 3 blocks south of courthouse This course features tree-lined fairways and water hazards, including one par 3 which requires you to play over water. 9 holes, par 36, 3,279 yards for men; 3,171 yards for women; slope rating of 125 for men and 130 for women. Green fees on weekdays $16 for nine holes, $23 for 18 holes; weekend and holidays $18 and $27. Reservations for tee times taken (320523-2313). Pezhekee Golf Course South of Glenwood on 104, turn right on Pezhekee Road One of few resort golf courses in Minnesota. The fairways cut through a maple, basswood and oak forest, lush greens, varied natural terrain, bridges, overlooking Lake Minnewaska. Several water hazards, evenly balanced with par 3s, fours and fives, some ravines and fairly deep woods. 18 holes, par 72, 7,263 yards for men; par 75, 6,295 yards for women; slope rating of 119. Green fees Monday through Thursday $35 for 18 holes and $27 for twilight after 4:30 p.m.; Fridays, weekends and holidays $39 for 18 holes. Reservations are taken for tee times. (1-800-356-8654 or 634-4501). Pomme de Terre Golf Course 3 miles south of Morris on Highway 9 A rolling course with narrow fairways and sand situations affecting four holes. Each hole has two or three tree lines. Both the par 3s have water hazards. 18 holes, par 72, 6,371 yards for men; 5,940 yards for women; slope rating of 128 for men and 129 for women. Green fees are $18 for nine holes and $27 for 18 holes. Mondays all day and weekends after 5 p.m., $30 for 18 holes with a cart. Tee time reservations accepted (320-589-1009). Prairie View Golf Course East edge of Brooten along Highway 55 The wide-open prairie course has three water hazards. A reversible 9 hole course, play one direction one day and other direction the next day. 9 holes, par 36, 3,078 yards for men; 2,627 yards for women; slope rating of 124 for men and 134 for women. Green fees on weekdays are $16 for nine holes and $22 for 18 holes; weekends and holidays $16, $22. Cart rental is an additional $8 for nine holes and $14 for 18. Reservations available at 1-800485-6066 or 320-346-2677. Redwood Falls Golf Club 101 E. Oak Street, Redwood Falls One of the most scenic courses in the state features an island
Tribune ﬁle photo green on No. 3 and a 90-foot drop overlooking the Redwood River Valley on No. 17 18 holes, par 70, 6,087 yards for men; 6,698 yards for women; slope rating of 122 for men and 121 for women. Green fees are $34 on Mondays and $40 on Tuesday through Sunday for 18 holes. Call for tee times (507-627-8901). Stoney Creek Golf Course One mile south, two miles west of Renville Nine-hole course has a very good layout, is challenging and scenic. 9 holes, par 36; 3,438 yards for men; 3,266 yards for women; slope rating of 144 for men and 141 for women. Green fees for weekdays are $9 for 9 holes, $18 for 18 holes and $12 and $20 on weekend. Call for tee times (320-329-8400). Valley Golf Course East edge of Willmar, just off Lakeland Drive on Becker Avenue This course has some hills and creeks to cross. A 9-hole course with a few stands of old trees. 9 holes, par 35, 2,479 yards from white tees, slope rating of 105; 2,341 yards from red tees. Green fees on weekdays $13 for nine holes and $19 for 18 holes; weekends and holidays $14 and $21, tax included. No reservations taken for tee times.
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Atwater Karting Speedway.
Rev up the engines, it’s racing season WISSOTA-sanctioned stock car racing NHRA Championship Drag Racing IKF-sanctioned kart racing Top-notch drivers race at stock car tracks on Thursdays in Willmar, Friday at Montevideo and Saturday in Madison. The racing is bumperto-bumper, wheel-to-wheel with only seconds between turns. The Grove Creek Raceway along U.S. 12, between Grove City and Litchfield, offers drag racing every other weekend. The high-tech strip pulls street legal hot rods, roadsters, Funny Cars, classic muscle cars, alcohol dragsters, motorcycles and sleds from Minnesota and surrounding states. On Saturday evenings, just outside Atwater, the junior set gets a taste of oval racing in a supervised setting with ample free spectator viewing from vehicle or grandstand. Atwater Karting Speedway One mile east, half-mile southeast of Atwater Season: April 22 to Sept. 30 (championship) ... Racing: Saturday 6:30 p.m., gate open at noon … Free admission spectators. Concessions on grounds … Lineup: Caged and non-caged divisions, open clutch, slick tires … Track hotline: 612-702-9525; Info, Jim Reimer 763-314-0450 … About 75 percent of racers are boys and girls between ages 6-15 … Motto: “Where kids get hooked on dirt” … Website: www.atwaterkartingspeedway.com. Grove Creek Raceway Drag racing, 2 miles east of Grove City
Season: April 8 to Oct. 8…. The Scoop: NHRA, Division 5 member …. Money & Trophy Eliminator, Jr. Dragster Series plus All-Street Nite (NHRA Street Legal Drags) … Classes: Sportsmen, Super Pro, Pro Street, Street Eliminator, Junior Dragsters, Superbikes and Sleds. Grandstand/pit admission: adults $12, students (ages 7 to 12) $6, 6-and-under free; camping $10/night … Promoter: Rick Austin (612) 280-7301 … Track phone (320) 857-2152 … Website: www.grovecreek.com. Fiesta City Montevideo at Chippewa County Fairgrounds Season opens in May … Race nights: Friday, 7 p.m. Sanctioning: Wissota … Lineup: Late Models, Modifieds, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stock, Hornets … Track information: 320-269-7755 or Terry “Slim” Pierskalla at 320-226-3593 or firstname.lastname@example.org …Website: www.fiestacityspeedway.com KRA Speedway Willmar at Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds Season opener: May 18 … Race nights: Thursday 6:30 p.m. …Sanctioning: Wissota … Track: 3/8-mile semi-bank … Lineup: Modifieds, Super Stock, Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Mod4, Hornets … Admission: Adults (13-and-over) $11 (specials extra); Children 12-and-under: free with paid adult; Season pass: $140 … Promoter: Kandi Racing Association (KRA) … Track phone: 320-212-8503 and 320-220-7401 ... Website: www.kraspeedway.com … email: email@example.com Madison Speedway Madison at Lac qui Parle Valley Fairgrounds Season Opener: May 29, Memorial Day Opener (6 pm start) … Race nights: 7 p.m, Saturday … Sanctioning: Wissota … Track: 3/8-mile high-bank oval … Lineup: Wissota Modified, Super Stock, Midwest Modified, Street Stocks, Mod-4 and Pure Stock … Track Phone: 320-444-6407 … Website: www.madisonspeedwaymn.com.
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Choice lakes for fishing fun
Kandiyohi County has 25+ lakes open to fishing When it comes to fishing, Kandiyohi County is all about choices. Few places on the planet are blessed with so much blue water surrounded by rich fields of corn and soybeans. Granted, the lakes won’t be confused with the Ontario backcountry, but on the other hand they are nearby and easily accessible to anglers of all ages — by boat, dock or shoreline. There are more than 25 fishing lakes in the county, most north of U.S. Highway 12. Some are secluded, others are well-settled. Some are deep, some shallow, some are sprawling and others compact. Walleye and northern pike are abundant. Bass fishing also is a draw on selected lakes. Pan fishing for crappies, bluegills and sunfish works on most all water bodies. Local knowledge is found at bait and station stores scattered throughout the lakes area. Helpful sources are found, too, at county and private campgrounds, at the state park and all resorts. A pole, a bobber and a worm on a hook gets you started. At the right spot on a quiet lake, wading or dock fishing can bring the same big smiles as radar fishing for trophy fish in a high-tech bass boat. Minnows, leeches and the always popular crawlers can be found at bait shops around the Little Crow Lakes area. Please look for the list of bait shops in this publication. Remember, fishing is one-part knowledge, two parts luck and 100 percent worthwhile. The information in the lake capsules that follows is provided by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Division. Lake Andrew Maximum depth: 26 feet. Acres: 814. Fishing: Walleye, northern pike, bluegill, crappie, and largemouth bass. Walleye adult, fingerlings and yearlings are stocked every other year. Numbers and sizes of walleyes are good. Water clarity: 7.83 feet. Structure: Abundant emergent vegetation, including bulrush. Accesses: There are two state-owned accesses to the lake; one in Sibley State Park and one on the south shore.
Big Kandiyohi Lake Maximum depth: 15 feet. Acres: 2,692; length of shoreline: 10.4 miles. Fishing: Walleye, northern pike and channel catfish. The lake is stocked with walleye fry. Water clarity: 2.5 feet. Structure: Little structure and few submerged beds of vegetation. Accesses: There is a state-owned access on the northeast side, and a county access on the southwest side of the lake. Calhoun Lake Maximum depth: 10 feet. Acres: 618. Fishing: Northern pike, bluegill and crappies. Walleye may be found due to a connection to Green Lake by the Middle Fork Crow River. Water clarity: 6.3 feet. Structure: Abundant submerged and emergent vegetation. Accesses: A state-owned public access is located on the southeast corner of the lake. Lake Carrie Maximum depth: 26 feet. Acres: 81. Fishing: Bluegill, crappie, yellow perch and northern pike. Water clarity: 3.3 feet. Structure: Submergent vegetation is limited to water depths less than two feet. Accesses: A county-owned public access is on the west side of the lake. Crow River Reservoir Maximum depth: 14 feet. Acres: 855. Fishing: Northern pike, some crappies and walleye. Walleye are not stocked. Northern pike are abundant and of average size. Water clarity: Moderately turbid. Structure: Moderate structure with abundant submerged vegetation, especially in protected bays. Accesses: There are city-owned accesses at the State Highway 9 bridge and the County Road 31 bridge, plus a countyowned access one-half mile north of New London.
Bass Lake Maximum depth: 31 feet. Acres: 52. Fishing: The primary gamefish species that anglers have sought include largemouth bass, bluegill, black crappie and northern pike. Water clarity: 3 feet.
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Structure: Emergent vegetation (bulrush) is present along the northeast and southeast corners. Water quality and clarity are moderate, but algae blooms can occur during the late summer months. Submergent vegetation densities (pondweed species) have been historically variable in the lake. Accesses: A township-owned access is on the north side of lake, with parking and turnaround limited.
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DIAMOND LAKE Maximum depth: 27 feet. Acres: 1,565. Fishing: Walleye, northern pike, bluegills and crappies. Walleye fingerlings are stocked when natural reproduction is inadequate. Quality northerns are common. Water clarity: 11 feet. Structure: Moderate structure with some bulrush stands on the east shore and north point. Accesses: There are two countyowned accesses; one on the southeast side and one on the west side of the lake. EAGLE LAKE Maximum depth: 67 feet. Acres: 824. Fishing: Bluegill, sunfish and perch are abundant. Walleye and northern pike are present, but lower in number. The lake is stocked for walleye, and a northern pike spawning area is operated. Water clarity: 8.5 feet Structure: Moderate. Accesses: A state-owned access is located on the south end of the lake. EAST SOLOMON LAKE Maximum depth: 14 feet. Acres: 706. Fishing: In recent years, anglers have reported good fishing success for walleye, northern pike and largemouth bass. Walleye fry or fingerlings are stocked into East Solomon every even year. Water clarity: 12 feet. Structure: Aquatic vegetation stands (hardstem bulrush, pondweeds, etc.) are common. Accesses: There is a state-owned access on the northeast side of the lake off of County Road 5. LAKE ELIZABETH Maximum depth: 9 feet. Acres: 1,054. Fishing: Walleye, northern pike and crappies. The lake is stocked for walleye. Northern pike angling is good. Water clarity: 3 feet. Structure: Little structure with limited submerged vegetation. Accesses: A county-owned access is located on the north side of the lake. ELKHORN LAKE Maximum depth: 41 feet. Acres: 87. Fishing: Fishing pressure is relatively low in Elkhorn Lake. Anglers generally seek northern pike, largemouth bass, bluegill or black crappie. Water clarity: 12.5 feet. Structure: Submergent vegetation is moderately abundant within the shallow areas. Accesses: A state-owned access is on the east side of lake off of a residential gravel road that ties into County Road 8.
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LAKE ELLA Maximum depth: 12 feet. Acres: 136. Fishing: The lake is managed for walleye as the primary species with crappies, yellow perch, northern pike, largemouth bass, and bluegill as secondary species. Water clarity: 2.25 feet. Structure: Submergent vegetation is rare and limited to water depths less than one foot. Accesses: A state-owned access is on the southeast side of the lake along County Road 86. LAKE FLORIDA Maximum depth: 40 feet. Acres: 674. Fishing: Walleye, northern pike and bluegill. Florida is a good early-season walleye producer. Water clarity: 10.5 feet. Structure: Some structures on the northwest shore. Accesses: A county-owned access is located on the north side of the lake. FOOT LAKE Maximum depth: 24 feet. Acres: 694. Fishing: Walleye, black crappie and bluegill. The lake has been stocked for walleye and channel catfish. Water clarity: 3 feet Structure: Limited structure with moderate submerged vegetation. Accesses: There are three accesses. One is a county-owned access on northwest basin along the south shore in the county fairgrounds. Another is a city-owned access on the southeast basin from Willmar Lake via a boat channel on the north side of Robbins Island. The last one is a city-owned access on the southeast basin along the southeast shore in Robbins Island City Park.
GAMES LAKE Maximum depth: 42 feet. Acres: 515. Fishing: Northern pike, bluegill and some crappie, walleye and largemouth bass. Water clarity: 8.5 feet. Structure: Emergent vegetation (bulrush) is moderate in Games Lake (northwest shore and bay areas, east shore areas). Submergent vegetation densities within the lake are moderately abundant within the littoral zone areas. Accesses: A state-owned public access is located on the southeast corner of the lake. GEORGE LAKE Maximum depth: 24 feet. Acres: 224. Fishing: Northern pike, bluegill and some crappie, walleye and largemouth bass. Water clarity: 11 feet. Structure: Limited structure with moderate submerged vegetation. Accesses: A state-owned public access is located on the northwest corner of the lake. GREEN LAKE Maximum depth: 110 feet. Acres: 5,406. Fishing: Walleye, northern pike, bluegill, crappie, and smallmouth and largemouth bass. Walleye stocking has occurred every year with fry, fingerling, yearling and adult. Water clarity: 8.6 feet. Structure: Abundant structure and limited vegetation. Low densities of Eurasian water milfoil have been documented in Green Lake primarily near the Spicer public access, swimming beach, city dock, Indian Beach Lagoon, and several isolated areas since 2000. Accesses: There are six public accesses around the lake. Lakes list/ Page 70
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HENDERSON LAKE Maximum depth: 57 feet. Acres: 73. Fishing: Local anglers have experienced good fishing success in recent years for a variety of species — including bluegill, northern pike, sunfish and yellow perch — in Henderson. Water clarity: 13.67 feet. Structure: Submergent vegetation stands (coontail, water moss, bushy pondweed, flatstem pondweed) are moderate in density. Accesses: A county-owned access is located on north side of lake off of County Road 10. LAKE LILLIAN Maximum depth: 7.8 feet. Acres: 1,149. Fishing: Lillian is managed for walleye as the primary species with northern pike, crappies and yellow perch as secondary species. Water clarity: 6 feet. Structure: Submergent vegetation was generally sparse throughout the lake. Accesses: A state-owned access is located on the northeast side of the lake, ¼-mile west of County Road 4. LONG LAKE (HAWICK) Maximum depth: 46 feet. Acres: 286. Fishing: Northern pike, bluegill, walleye and largemouth bass. There is a 12-inch maximum size limit on largemouth bass with one bass over 20 inches allowed Water clarity: 10.5 feet. Structure: Moderate structure with submerged and emergent vegetation. Accesses: There is a state-owned public access on the northwest end of the lake and a township access on the northeast shore. LONG LAKE (WILLMAR) Maximum depth: 16 feet. Acres: 1,575. Fishing: Walleye. Northern pike and walleye are present in moderate numbers. Water clarity: 10.58 feet. Structure: Moderate structure with submerged and emergent vegetation. Accesses: State-owned public accesses located on the northeast side and south side of the lake. NEST LAKE Maximum depth: 40 feet. Acres: 945. Fishing: Walleye, northern pike, bluegill, crappie and smallmouth bass. Walleye fingerlings are stocked every other year. Water clarity: 5.4 feet. Structure: Some islands and structure, abundant submerged vegetation on the north and east shores.
Accesses: Two state-owned accesses provide boat launching on the west and east sides of the lake. NORWAY LAKE Maximum depth: 33 feet. Acres: 2,344. Fishing: Walleye, northern pike, crappie, bluegill and largemouth bass. Walleye fingerlings are stocked when natural reproduction is inadequate, and a northern pike spawning area is operated. Good-size northern pike are available. Water clarity: 3.5 feet. Structure: Main lake has moderate structure and points and bays. The west basin has little structure. Eurasian water milfoil was found scattered throughout the West Norway basin in August of 2001 and in the Big Norway basin during 2005. Eurasian milfoil is present at low to moderate densities in the West Norway and Big Norway basins. Accesses: State-owned accesses are located on the south shore of the main lake and on the south shore of the west basin of the lake. POINT LAKE Maximum depth: 32 feet. Acres: 164. Fishing: Bluegill, northern pike, walleye and yellow perch. Water clarity: 5.83 feet. Structure: Submergent (muskgrass, filamentous algae, sago pondweed) and emergent vegetation (hardstem bulrush, reed canary grass) stands are abundant to common. Accesses: A state-owned access is located on the east end of lake off of U.S. Highway 71. RINGO LAKE Maximum depth: 10 feet. Acres: 716. Fishing: Walleye, northern pike and crappie. The lake is stocked for walleye. Ringo is a good early-season lake for oneto three-pound walleyes. Water clarity: 1.17 feet. Structure: Limited structure with abundant emergent vegetation, including bulrush.
Accesses: A state-owned access is on the north side of the lake. Shore fishing structures have been placed on the northeast shore of the lake off Highway 71. SWENSON LAKE Maximum depth: 14 feet. Acres: 109. Fishing: The DNR manages the lake for walleye, northern pike, black crappie, and bluegill. Water clarity: 6 feet. Structure: Aquatic vegetation (sago pondweed, coontail, hardstem bulrush) species and densities are limited within the lake. Accesses: Arctander Township access is located one mile east of County Road 1. LAKE WAKANDA Maximum depth: 15 feet. Acres: 1,664. Fishing: Walleye fry are generally stocked every other year or after years of poor fry survival. Water clarity: 1 foot. Structure: Submergent vegetation densities are variable in Wakanda. Sago pondweed is usually the most frequently occurring submergent species. Bluegreen algae blooms are often intense and common during mid to late summer months. Accesses: A state-owned access is located on the southeast side of the lake, off of County Road 3. Another state-owned access is on the north side of the lake, two miles east of U.S. Highway 71 and 1.5 miles south of County Road 88. WILLMAR LAKE Maximum depth: 14 feet. Acres: 435. Fishing: Walleye, channel catfish and some crappies. Walleye fry are stocked every other year. Good shore fishing. Walleye in the one- to three-pound range are abundant. Water clarity: 2 feet. Structure: Moderate structure with fair emergent vegetation. Accesses: An access at Robbins Island allows access to the south basin of Foot Lake, which may also be reached by a channel from Willmar Lake.
WEST CENTRAL AREA BAIT SHOPS Kandiyohi County Park #1 (Big Kandi), 995-6599 Kandiyohi County Park #2 (Big Kandi East), 664-4707 Kandiyohi County Park #3 (Diamond Lake), 974-8520 Kandiyohi County Park #5 (Green Lake), 796-5564 Kandiyohi County Park #7 (Games Lake), 354-4453 Atwater Bait and Tackle, Atwater, 974-8441 Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports at Eagle Lake, Willmar, 235-4097 Darwin Outpost, Darwin, 693-0019 Dilley’s Resort, West Norway Lake, 354-4266 DJ’s Sporting Goods, Montevideo, 269-7265 Eagle Lake Country Store, Willmar, 231-9708
Hill Top Stop, Paynesville, 243-3133 Holiday Station Store, Willmar, 235-0034 Lake Ripley Motel, Litchfield, 693-3227 Mel’s Sports Shop, Spicer, 796-2421 Micki’s, Belgrade, 254-8294 Mitlyng’s Bait and Tackle, Watson, 269-5593 Pete’s Surplus, New London, 354-2626 Runnings, Willmar, 235-1325 Skindelien’s Bait, New London, 354-2423 Wakanda Bait, Svea, 995-6121 West Central Bait, New London, 354-5533 Zero Tolerance Firearms & Tackle, Willmar, 235-4867
Editor’s note: The West Central Tribune welcomes additions, deletions or corrections to this list. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or fax 320-235-6769
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Workshops, ﬁddlers’ contest, July 4th festival set
The Historic Terrace Mill District, set in the scenic Chippewa River valley, will host a summerlong series of art and social events, wrapping up in October with its popular fall festival and fiddlers’ contest. The Historic Terrace Mill District lies in a picturesque valley in the village of Terrace, 12 miles south of Glenwood on Minnesota Highway 104. Terrace has been the site of two flour mills during the past century. The first mill was built in 1870 along the tumbling Chippewa River to grind wheat grown by area farmers. The mill was dismantled in 1895 and moved next to the railroad line in Brooten. The current mill and a keystone arch bridge were built in 1903. The mill at one time produced more than 40 barrels of flour a day. Ownership transferred several times through 1950, when the mill was converted to a furniture factory. In 1967 it was abandoned. The Terrace Mill Foundation bought the mill in 1979 and restored it. The bridge was reconstructed in 1980. In 1982 the mill was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. A reconstructed 1870s log house was reassembled near the dam and bridge in the early 1980s. The mill’s museum has exhibits which help show visitors how the events of the past have helped shape the present. A gift shop featuring unique items is open during museum hours On the mill’s third floor, the Wheeler Gallery is open during museum hours. The second floor houses the Lee Paulson Pioneer Playhouse. Summer visiting hours are June 7 to Aug. 31. The mill is open from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Hours during September are noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Other times are available by appointment by calling 320-278-3002. More information about the mill is available on its website, www.terracemill.org. Following is the schedule for the summer of 2017: Wheeler Gallery
“Tropical Travels” is the theme of the summer art exhibit, highlighting the work of Faythe Mills and Stephen Gates.
July 4 family fun
The annual July 4 family fun day starts at 5 p.m. with old-fashioned contests and games. Bring your own picnic meal.
Two courses in rosemaling, the traditional rose painting of Norway, will be offered. The first is June 21-24 with instructor Andrea Herkert in St.
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Cloud. A second course will be held Sept. 20-22 at Chippewa Falls Lutheran Church in Terrace. For more information, contact Jeannie Reyerson at email@example.com. Children’s theater workshop
The annual children’s summer theater workshop is July 9-20 and is open to children and young adults. The cast will give a performance of “Peter Pan” at 6:30 p.m. July 19-20. For more information or to register, contact Julie Lloyd, 320-268-3394. Art crawl
The Upper Chippewa River art crawl is Aug. 19-20 from noon to 4 p.m. Stops include the Wheeler Gallery, the Terrace schoolhouse and Dreaming River Gallery. More information is available online at jeffreysthornton.com/artcrawl. Fall festival and fiddlers’ contest
Terrace will host its fall festival and fiddlers’ contest Sept. 24. This is the 38th year of the popular event. The gates and kitchen open at noon, along with crafts and vendors. The fiddlers’ contest begins at 1 p.m. Blessing of the Animals
The season ends with a “Blessing of the Animals” at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 9, followed by refreshment for four-legged and two-legged participants. Oct. 4 is the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals.
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Glacial Lakes trail a beauty Hike, bike, walk or ride horse through countryside The Glacial Lakes Recreation Trail provides plenty of opportunities for a variety of outdoor activities across Kandiyohi County’s prairie lakes region. The trail is paved with asphalt for 22 miles between Willmar, Spicer, New London, Hawick, and the Kandiyohi/Stearns County line. A five-mile stretch from Richmond to Roscoe is also paved. The segment from Willmar to New London has 10 miles of parallel, grass treadway for horseback riding, while the New London to the Kandiyohi/ Stearns County line segment has grass shoulders to accommodate this activity. The smooth-surfaced trail winds through the heart of the county’s scenic resort communities, lakes and wooded hills. The gently rolling topography of Central Minnesota was created by glaciers retreating 10,000 years ago. The trail cuts across the border between Minnesota’s western tallgrass prairie and eastern deciduous forest. Though much of the area has been cultivated, remnants of virgin prairie, wetlands and scattered woodlots can still be found along the railroad right-of-way. There are numerous places along the trail to stop and enjoy lakeside views. Popular swimming areas at Saulsbury Beach on Green Lake in Spicer and the Mill Pond in New London are close to the trail. Trail users can also watch the waterfowl in wetlands, spot wildlife — such as white-tail deer and butterflies — in the rolling-hill woodlots along the trail and enjoy refreshments at unique restaurants, ice-cream shops and coffee shops in Spicer and New London. Primary summer use of the developed trail includes hiking, bicycling, horseback riding and in-line skating. The Glacial Lakes Trail connects to Sibley State Park near New London via three miles of paved shoulder along County Road 148. In Paynesville it connects to the 20 mile Lake Koronis Recreation Trail around Lake Koronis. To the south, Cosmos marks the western end of the Luce Line Trail, a 63-mile long trail that begins in the Twin Cities suburb of Plymouth. The trail consists of a natural surface from Cosmos to Winsted. It goes through mostly rural countryside that includes surviving tracts of tall-grass prairie. Both the Glacial Lakes Trail and the Luce Line Trail follow former railroad lines. They are maintained
Glacial Lakes Recreation Trail.
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by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Parking for the Glacial Lakes Recreation Trail: Willmar: Take U.S. Highway 12 east to County Road 9. Turn north (left) and go 2 miles to parking lot on west (left) at the Civic Center. Spicer: At the junction of state Highway 23 and County Road 10. Parking lot west off Highway 23. East Nest Lake Public Water Access: 2 miles north of Spicer on Highway 23 and one-half mile west on the Township Road. New London: Off state Highway 23 and follow state Highway 9 north to public water access parking lot on east (right). Hawick: North side of town, at the intersection of state Highway 23 and County Road 2.
Share the trail with others: Stay on designated trail. Keep right so others can pass. Keep all pets on leash/dispose of pet waste. Obey traffic signs and rules. Pack out all garbage and litter. Respect adjoining landowners’ rights and privacy. Warn other trail users when passing by giving an audible signal. Some horses may be spooked by quiet bikers or in-line skaters. Let them know you are passing. Camping and campfires are not permitted on the Glacial Lakes State Trail. Enjoy the beauty of wild plants & animals, but leave them undisturbed for all to enjoy.
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Concerts, powwows and more on tap
wo Native Americanowned casino resorts in the area offer year-round entertainment and activities for people of all ages. Here are a few of the feature attractions this summer. More information about upcoming events is available on the casinos’ websites.
Prairie’s Edge Casino Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort has family fun and musical entertainment planned for this summer. Prairie’s Edge is owned and operated by the Upper Sioux Community. The casino’s Event Center offers concerts throughout the year. Shows this summer include Colt 45 offering a free show at 1 p.m. June 11. Sawyer Brown will perform at 7 p.m. June 23. Tickets are available online through www. prairiesedgecasino.com. A free polka dance featuring Adam Sandhurst and the Jolly Jammers is from 1 to 4 p.m. July. On July 3, a family fun night begins at 5 p.m. It
features food and free entertainment for kids. The evening is capped off by fireworks. On Aug. 4, 5 and 6, the Upper Sioux Community will host the Pezihutazizi Oyate traditional Wacipi, or powwow, several miles east of Granite Falls on state Highway 67. Entry is free and everyone is welcome to attend. For additional information about Prairie’s Edge and its summer events, call 1-866-293-2121 or visit www.prairiesedgecasino.com.
Jackpot Junction The summer entertainment lineup in the Dacotah Exposition Center offers a variety of entertainment. Jackpot Junction is owned by the Lower Sioux Community at Morton. American Pop!, featuring the Grass Roots and The Buckinghams, will perform at 8 p.m. June 3. The Eli Young Band, a country band with several number one hits and an Academy of Country Music award for Song of the Year to their name, plays at 8 p.m. June 17. John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band, best known for the soundtrack of the 1980s cult classic film “Eddie and the Cruisers,” play at 8 p.m. July 1. Ricky Nelson Remembered, a performance of Nelson’s hit songs performed by his twin cons Matthew and Gunnar, will be at 8 p.m. July 29. Visit www.jackpotjunction.com to order tickets and for more information about other promotions and upcoming events.
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Prairie Pothole Chapter of the Minnesota Waterfowl Association will host the 2017 Prairie Pothole Day Sept. 9.
Prairie Pothole Day Sept. 9
The 35th annual Prairie Pothole Day is set for Sept. 9 near New London. The outdoor celebration includes dog trials, black powder shoot, archery competition, slough scoot, walk in the The range is set up for the trap shoot events woods, kids’ activities, food, raffle, duck for Prairie Pothole Day 2016. calling contest, goose calling contest and more. Stoney Ridge Farm near the intersection of State Highway 9 and U.S. Highway 71 north of Sibley State Park. Prairie Pothole Day is by far the largest event of the Prairie Pothole chapter of the Minnesota Waterfowl Association each year, with an estimated 4,000 patrons descending on the farmstead to play games, learn about the environment, and maybe win a raffle prize or two if they are lucky. Prairie Pothole Day 2016 drew large crowds. Events run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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