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Summer 2019 FUN Your guide to summer events in West Central Minnesota!
Table of Contents
Antique Car Run — Page 48 Aquatic Center — Page 43 Bike trail — Page 55 Camping — Pages 50-53 Churches — Pages 56-57 Community theater — Page 27 County fairs — Pages 32-34 Events listing — Pages 7-21 Fishing bait shops — Page 73 Fishing lakes — Pages 72-73 Fitness calendar — Page 58 Fourth of July — Pages 36-37 Gardens — Page 47 Glacial Ridge Trail — Pages 64-65 Golf courses — Pages 66-67 Historic centers — Pages 30-31
Historic sites — Pages - 28-29 Libraries — Page 42 Nature areas — Page 46 New London Music Festival — Page 25 OHV parks — Page 62 Prairie Pothole — Page 74 Prairie Woods ELC — Page 61 Racing — Page 71 River routes — Page 70 Robbins Island — 42 Ski Team — Pages 44-45 Stingers baseball — Page 49 Terrace Mill — Page 26 Willmar arts — Pages 24-25 Willmar Fests — Page 23 Willmar parks — Pages 40-43
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KICK BACK, RELAX and ENJOY!
West central area offers an array of summer festivities!
2019 Schedule of events The following is a chronological listing of area summer events compiled from information received at the West Central Tribune. MAY
May 30, Willmar MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Great Times Band and the Great American Singalong, ,6 to 7 p.m., Whitney Music Center. May 30, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music concert by Amy and Adams, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London; rain or shine; bring your own lawn chair. May 30-June 2, New London THE LITTLE THEATRE PRODUCTION: “A Red Plaid Shirt” 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday; adults $20, age 24 and under $10, children under 12 $5; tickets available at The Giving Tree Children’s Boutique in New London, Whitney Music in Willmar and at the door. May 31, New London LITTLE CROW WATER SKI SHOW: 7:30 p.m., Neer Park; adults $5, students $3. May 31-June 2, Grove City WINDMILL DAYS: Kids’ track pull, medallion hunt, street dance, craft expo, used book sale, mud volleyball, bean bag tournament, trap shoot, grand parade 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
June 1, 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 afterward. 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 1, New London MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by J. Jeffrey Messerole, 8 p.m., Goat Ridge Brewery. June 5, Willmar MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by J. Jeffrey Messerole, 8 p.m., Goat Ridge Brewery. June 5, Willmar PRAIRIE WINDS CONCERT BAND: Free concert, 7 p.m., Robbins Island. June 5-9, Renville SUGAR BEET DAYS: Running to a Sweet Beet 5K run/walk, kids run, children’s events, community meals, grand parade at 3 p.m. Saturday, street dance on Saturday; bean bag tournament 5 p.m. Thursday with $500 first prize. June 6, Willmar MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Jim Hagert and the Last Stand, 6 to 7 p.m., Whitney Music Center. June 6, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music concert by Big Al Band, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London; rain or shine; bring your own lawn chair. June 6-9, New London THE LITTLE THEATRE PRODUCTION: “A Red Plaid Shirt” 7:30 p.m., Thursday
through Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday; adults $20, age 24 and under $10, children under 12 $5; tickets available at The Giving Tree Children’s Boutique in New London, Whitney Music in Willmar and at the door. June 6-15, Willmar DAIRY DAYS: Build-a-burger 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday and Friday, June 6-7, Cash Wise Foods; Carlson Dairy open house, 4970 120th St. N.W., Pennock, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, June 15. June 7, Clara City MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Phil Berbig, 7 to 9 p.m., Hinterland Vineyards, east of Clara City. June 7, New London LITTLE CROW WATER SKI SHOW: 7:30 p.m., Neer Park; adults $5, students $3. June 7-8, Kandiyohi KANDI IS DANDY DAYS: 36th annual community celebration with a pancake breakfast, family entertainment, street dance, games for the kids, parade, antique tractor pull and a business appreciation supper; grand parade at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. June 8, Willmar SATURDAY MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. June 9, 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 10-16, Montevideo FIESTA DAYS: Annual festival celebrates Montevideo’s sister-city relationship with Montevideo, Uruguay; activities include senior coronation and dance, community picnic/meals, kiddie parade and junior coronation, 5K Color run/walk, bean bag tournament, fireman’s dance, car show, grande day parade 1 p.m. Sunday followed by Ambassador coronation. June 11, Danube MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert featuring Tim Eggebraaten songs and storytelling, 7 p.m., Depot Museum park gazebo. June 12, Willmar MIDWEEK FARMERS: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. June 12, Willmar PRAIRIE WINDS CONCERT BAND: Free concert, 7 p.m., Robbins Island. June 12-15, Paynesville TOWN AND COUNTRY DAYS: Queen pageant, kiddie parade, street dance, kids tractor pull, grand parade 7 p.m. Thursday and more; paynesvillechamber.org June 12-16, Bird Island ISLAND DAYS: 26th annual community event; Regatta parade at 3 p.m., street dance with Dam Jammers on Saturday; www.birdislandcity.com. June 13, 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, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., $8; Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center.
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Schedule of events June 13, Willmar MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Great Times Band and the Great American Singalong, 6 to 7 p.m., Whitney Music Center. June 13, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music concert by Ava Hanson, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London; rain or shine; bring your own lawn chair. June 13-16, Willmar THE BARN THEATRE MUSICAL: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; adults $20, ages 18 and under $10; 320-235-9500 or thebarntheatre.com. June 14, Spicer EVENING CANOE: Enjoy the solitude of a Prairie Woods wetland while watching the sun set and the moon rise all in the 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; 6 to 8 p.m.; $7 per person; call 320-354-5894 to register. June 14, Benson PIONEERLAND BAND FESTIVAL: 33nd annual Flag Day parade at 6:30 p.m. with 12 high school marching bands competing. June 14, Clara City MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by 3D from 7 to 9 p.m., Hinterland Vineyards, east of Clara City. June 14, New London LITTLE CROW WATER SKI SHOW: 7:30 p.m., Neer Park; adults $5, students $3. June 14-15, Willmar STUDIO HOP: Local artists will have studios open 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in Atwater, New London, Spicer, Svea and Willmar areas; 22 artists in 11 studios; www.studiohop.wordpress.com. June 14-22, Atwater FESTIVAL DAYS: Kiddie parade, tractor pull, turtle races, fun runs, grand parade at 3 p.m. June 15; street dance June 22. www.atwaterfestivaldays.com June 15, Willmar SATURDAY MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. June 15, New London NEW LONDON FARMERS MARKET: Local produce, honey, cut flowers, baked goods and handcrafted items, 8 a.m. to noon, Holm Park on the northwest corner of the Mill Pond. June 15, Montevideo MILWAUKEE ROAD HERITAGE CENTER EVENT: Arts, crafts and vendors, guided tours of trains, buildings and model railroad exhibit; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; 320-269-9563. June 15, New London RIALTO REVISITED: 2 and 7 p.m., Little Theatre; family friendly movies; freewill donation. June 18, 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. June 18, Appleton MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert featuring the Swift County Concert Band, 7 p.m., Riverview Park Bandstand, Hering and Venum Streets; bring your own lawn chair. June 19, Willmar MIDWEEK FARMERS: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. June 19, Willmar PRAIRIE WINDS CONCERT BAND: Free concert 7 p.m., Robbins Island. June 19-23, Willmar WILLMAR FESTS: Grande day parade, water ski show,
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concert, downtown block party, international events, kiddie parade, fireworks and more; see separate story. June 20, Willmar MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Guy Stevermer, 6 to 7 p.m., Whitney Music Center. June 20, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music concert by Harbor Drive Hookup, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London; rain or shine; bring your own lawn chair. June 20-22, 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 20-23, Willmar THE BARN THEATRE MUSICAL: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; adults $20, ages 18 and under $10; 320-235-9500 or thebarntheatre.com. June 21, Clara City MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by 3D from 7 to 9 p.m., Hinterland Vineyards, east of Clara City. June 21, New London LITTLE CROW WATER SKI SHOW: 7:30 p.m., Neer Park; adults $5, students $3. June 21, Willmar MOVIES IN THE PARK: 9 p.m., Robbins Island, the movie “Spider-Man Into the Spider Verse”; pre-activities begin one hour before the movie, free admission, popcorn and pop; bring a chair or blanket and bug spray; in case of bad weather it will be at the City Auditorium. June 22, Willmar SATURDAY MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. June 22, New London NEW LONDON FARMERS MARKET: Local produce, honey, cut flowers, baked goods and handcrafted items, 8 a.m. to noon, Holm Park on the northwest corner of the Mill Pond. June 23, Willmar VIKOR MEMORIAL SERVICE: Annual service 11 a.m.; potluck dinner. June 25, Appleton MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert featuring Montevideo Area Community Band, 7 p.m., Riverview Park Bandstand, Hering and Venum Streets; bring your own lawn chair. June 25, Danube MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert featuring The Wheelhouse Trio, 7 p.m., Depot Museum park gazebo. June 26, Willmar MIDWEEK FARMERS: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. June 26, Willmar PRAIRIE WINDS CONCERT BAND: Free concert, 7 p.m., Robbins Island. June 26-30, Dawson RIVERFEST: Unveiling of the 2019 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 27, Willmar MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Great Times Band and the Great American Singalong, 6 to 7 p.m., Whitney Music Center. June 27, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music concert by Jeff James, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London; rain or shine; bring your own lawn chair.
Schedule of events June 27-30, Willmar THE BARN THEATRE MUSICAL: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; adults $20, ages 18 and under $10; 320-235-9500 or thebarntheatre.com. June 28, Spicer KAYAK THE CROW RIVER: Ages 12 and up for solo boat; enter and exit on the Mill Pond in New London; PWELC instructors will be there to help, equipment is provided, 10 a.m. to noon; $15 per kayak; call 320-354-5894 to register. June 28, Clara City MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by The B’s, 7 to 9 p.m., Hinterland Vineyards, east of Clara City. June 28, New London LITTLE CROW WATER SKI SHOW: 7:30 p.m., Neer Park; adults $5, students $3. June 29, Dawson NEIL DIAMOND TRIBUTE: Dawson-Boyd Arts Association presents “I Am, He Said” a celebration of Neil Diamond, 7 p.m., Memorial Auditorium; adults $30, students $10; order online at http://www.dawsonboydarts.com. June 29, Willmar SATURDAY MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. June 29, New London NEW LONDON FARMERS MARKET: Local produce, honey, cut flowers, baked goods and handcrafted items, 8 a.m. to noon, Holm Park on the northwest corner of the Mill Pond. June 29-30, Alexandria VIKINGLAND BAND FESTIVAL: Minnesota Drum Corps Premiere field show, 7 p.m. Saturday, high school football field, admission charged; parade of 21 bands down Broadway, 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
July 1-6, Madison SUMMERFEST: parade 2 p.m. on July 4 and fireworks at dusk; see separate July 4th story. July 3, Willmar MIDWEEK FARMERS: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. July 3, Willmar PRAIRIE WINDS CONCERT BAND: Free concert, 7 p.m., Robbins Island. July 3, Prairie’s Edge FIREWORKS: Entertainment and the area’s largest fireworks display, 10 p.m. July 3, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Dueling Duo Piano concert, 7 to 9:30 p.m., Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London; $20 at the door. July 3-4, Prinsburg ANNUAL FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION: fireworks Wednesday; walk/run, games for all ages, parade at 6 p.m. Thursday; see separate July 4th story. July 4, Maynard FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION: kiddie parade at 10:30 a.m., grand parade at 11 a.m. Thursday, picnic in the park, and fireworks; 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; 5 p.m.; see separate July 4th story. July 4, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music concert by Big Al Band, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London; rain or shine; bring your own lawn chair. July 4-5, New London LITTLE CROW WATER SKI SHOW: 7:30 p.m., Neer Park; adults $5, students $3.
July 4-7, Spicer INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION: Craft show, fireworks, street dance; grand parade 10 a.m. Thursday; see separate July 4th story for details. July 4-7, Starbuck HERITAGE DAYS: Fly-in breakfast, 5 and 10k runs, craft fair, teen-age beach party, children’s activities, grand parade 5 p.m., queen’s coronation, fireworks at 10 p.m. Saturday; community church service Sunday. July 5, Clara City MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Phil Berbig, 7 to 9 p.m., Hinterland Vineyards, east of Clara City. July 5-7, Bird Island POLKA FEST: 38th 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 6, Willmar SATURDAY MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. July 6, New London NEW LONDON FARMERS MARKET: Local produce, honey, cut flowers, baked goods and handcrafted items, 8 a.m. to noon, Holm Park on the northwest corner of the Mill Pond. July 6, Paynesville BOAT PARADES: Rice Lake Association boat parade, 1 p.m. starting from Fisher’s Resort and the Lake Koronis boat parade at 2 p.m. starting from Koronis Ministries with a fireworks show at dusk; see separate July 4th story. July 6, New London MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Everett Smithson Band, 8 p.m., Goat Ridge Brewery. July 7, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music by Random Road, 4 to 6 p.m., Pirrotta Park; bring your own lawn chair. July 9, Litchfield GARDEN TOUR: Meeker County Master Gardeners tour in Litchfield, 5 to 8:30 p.m. July 9, Appleton MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert featuring the Appleton Troubadours, 7 p.m., Riverview Park Bandstand, Hering and Venum Streets; bring your own lawn chair. July 9, Litchfield MUSICAL: “Litchfield is our Home,” a musical journey of our town, Litchfield Opera House, 7 p.m.; free. July 10, Willmar MIDWEEK FARMERS: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. July 10-14, Danube FUN DAYS: Kid’s 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 11, 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. July 11, Willmar MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Great Times Band and the Great American Singalong, 6 to 7 p.m., Whitney Music Center. July 11, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music concert by Blues Brothers, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London; rain or shine; bring your own lawn chair.
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Schedule of events July 11, Danube MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert featuring Pat and Donna Surface, 7 p.m., Depot Museum park gazebo. July 11-13, Clara City PRAIRIE FEST DAYS: City celebration with a variety of events for the whole family, pie baking contest, pancake feed, kids tractor pull, entertainment in the park, beer garden, rib fest; grand parade 4 p.m. Saturday. July 11-14, 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, Little Crow Water Ski show, grand parade 6 p.m. Saturday; www. watercade.com. July 12, Clara City MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by The B’s, 7 to 9 p.m., Hinterland Vineyards, east of Clara City. July 12, New London LITTLE CROW WATER SKI SHOW: 7:30 p.m., Neer Park; adults $5, students $3. July 12-13, Madison DRAGON FEST: Lou T. Fisk 5K run, street dance, golf tournament, ribfest and more. July 12-14, Brooten BONANZA VALLEY DAYS: Dances, sports tournaments, walk/run, kiddie parade, children’s activities, parade at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. July 13, 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 13, Willmar SATURDAY MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. July 13, New London NEW LONDON FARMERS MARKET: Local produce, honey, cut flowers, baked goods and handcrafted items, 8 a.m. to noon, Holm Park on the northwest corner of the Mill Pond. July 13, Blomkest APPRECIATION DAY: Activities in the park, parade at 4:30 p.m. followed by Fire Department supper. July 13-14, New London FILM FEST: Roaming Cinema classic comedy film fest at the Little Theatre; admission charged. July 14, 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 14, Glenwood LAKESIDE SUMMER DANCE: Dance to the music of Velvet Brass, 4 to 8 p.m., Lakeside Ballroom; $10 per person; $5 per person ages 17-30. July 14, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music by the Mill Pond Jazz Quartet, 4 to 6 p.m., Pirrotta Park; bring your own lawn chair. July 15, New London RIALTO REVISITED: 2 and 7 p.m., Little Theatre; family friendly movies; freewill donation. July 16, Appleton MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert featuring Blue Ox Jazz Babies, 7 p.m., Riverview
Park Bandstand, Hering and Venum Streets; bring your own lawn chair. July 16, Willmar ROCKIN’ ROBBINS: Free concert featuring Big Toe and the Jam, 6:30 p.m., Robbins Island; food vendors, beverage tent, kids entertainment area, artisan market; bring your own lawn chair. July 17, Willmar MIDWEEK FARMERS: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. July 17-20, Glenwood POPE COUNTY FAIR July 17-21, New London WATER DAYS: Medallion hunt, Belgian waffle feed, bingo, tennis tournament, hog roast, games, water slide, kids fun run, kids fishing tournament, style show, omelet breakfast, ambassadors coronation, vendor market, Little Crow ski shows, petting zoo, bean bag tournament, crafts and food vendors, fireworks, church on the pond, street dance and the grand parade 11 a.m. Saturday. July 17-21, Redwood Falls REDWOOD COUNTY FAIR July 17-21, Sacred Heart SUMMER FEST: Jaycees pork chop feed and Saints baseball game at 6 p.m. Wednesday; car show and family bingo on Thursday; Friday night begins with the parade at 6 p.m. followed by a night at the ballpark with food vendors, grandstand show, children’s activities, and an alumni baseball game ending with an adult dance; 5K run, family fun walk, pancake breakfast, trap shoot, bean bag tournament, Kids’ Fest and street dance on Saturday; community worship, dinner, and baseball on Sunday; SHAHS museum will be open Friday-Sunday. July 18, Willmar MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by West Addison Blues, a Tribute to the Blues Brothers, 6 to 7 p.m., Whitney Music Center. July 18, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music concert by Pirates, Guitars & Beachfront Bars, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London; rain or shine; bring your own lawn chair. July 19, New London LITTLE CROW WATER SKI SHOW: 7:30 p.m., Neer Park; adults $5, students $3. July 19, Clara City MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by 3D from 7 to 9 p.m., Hinterland Vineyards, east of Clara City. July 19, Willmar MOVIES IN THE PARK: 9 p.m., Robbins Island; the movie “Lego Movie 2”; pre-activities begin one hour before the movie, free admission, popcorn and pop; bring a chair or blanket and bug spray, in case of bad weather it will be at the City Auditorium. July 19-21, Cosmos SPACE FESTIVAL: 51st annual festival commemorates the first man on the moon; Minn-E-Rods and street dance Friday; softball tournament, volleyball tournament, antique tractor pull, dunk tank, disc golf, laser tag, bean bag tournament and fireworks on Saturday; pancake breakfast, church in the park, pedal tractor pull, Grand Day parade 2 p.m., classic car cruise, LA pig races and pork chop supper on Sunday.
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Schedule of events
July 20, 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 20, Willmar SATURDAY MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. July 20, New London NEW LONDON FARMERS MARKET: Local produce, honey, cut flowers, baked goods and handcrafted items, 8 a.m. to noon, Holm Park on the northwest corner of the Mill Pond. July 20, New London RIALTO REVISITED: 2 and 7 p.m., Little Theatre; family friendly movies; freewill donation. July 21, Benson KID DAY CELEBRATION: Started in 1931, annual celebration dedicated to kids; includes parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, carnival and coronation. July 21, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music by 1060 West Addison Blues, 4 to 6 p.m., Pirrotta Park; bring your own lawn chair. July 22-28, Olivia CORN CAPITAL DAYS: 52nd anniversary, kids’ triathlon, golf tournament, community bingo, family fun night, kids’ fair, pedal tractor pull, street dance, fireworks, arts and crafts, corn feed, corn capital 5K, live music, kiddie parade, grand parade 3 p.m. Saturday; fly-in breakfast Sunday. July 23, Willmar ROCKIN’ ROBBINS: Free concert featuring Arch Allies, 6:30 p.m., Robbins Island; food vendors, beverage tent, kids entertainment area, artisan market; bring your own lawn chair. July 23, Danube MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert featuring Custom Made, 7 p.m., Depot Museum park gazebo. July 23, Appleton MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert featuring the Wendinger Band, 7 p.m., Riverview Park Bandstand, Hering and Venum Streets; bring your own lawn chair. July 24, Willmar MIDWEEK FARMERS: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. July 24, Willmar WILDERNESS CAMP: Join Sibley State Park naturalist Kelsey Olson for a half-day summer camp, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Robbins Island; grades 1-5, $3 per person. July 25, Willmar MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Great Times Band and the Great American Singalong, 6 to 7 p.m., Whitney Music Center. July 25, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music concert by Church of Cash, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London; rain or shine; bring your own lawn chair July 25-27, Canby YELLOW MEDICINE COUNTY FAIR July 26, Spicer KAYAK THE CROW RIVER: Ages 12 and up for solo boat; enter and exit on the Mill Pond in New London; PWELC instructors will be there to help, equipment is provided, 10 a.m. to noon; $15 per kayak; call 320-354-5894 to register. July 26, Clara City MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by the Big Al Band, 7 to 9 p.m., Hinterland Vineyards, east of Clara City. July 26-27, Spicer GREEN LAKE QUILT AUCTION: 35th annual auction with preview Friday evening; 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, 320796-2181. July 26-28, Kerkhoven TOWN AND COUNTRY DAY: Dunk tank everyday; kiddie parade, kids’ fun run, firemen’s water fight and watermelon feed, Firemen’s Auxiliary food stand on Friday evening; on Saturday there will be a kids’ tractor pull, fun run, antique car show, flea market, 3-on-1 basketball, bean bag tournament, parade at 3 p.m., noon and evening meal, junior coronation and movie in the park; non-denominational worship service, breakfast, tractor pull and free swimming at the pool on Sunday. continued on page 17
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Schedule of events
July 26-28, Glenwood WATERAMA: 63rd 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. July 27, 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 27, Willmar SATURDAY MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. July 27, New London NEW LONDON FARMERS MARKET: Local produce, honey, cut flowers, baked goods and handcrafted items, 8 a.m. to noon, Holm Park on the northwest corner of the Mill Pond. July 28, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music by the Big Al Band, 4 to 6 p.m., Pirrotta Park; bring your own lawn chair. July 30, 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; threetime slots beginning at 6 p.m., $5 per person; to register call 320-354-5894. July 30, Willmar ROCKIN’ ROBBINS: Free concert featuring Hitchville, 6:30 p.m., Robbins Island; food vendors, beverage tent, kids entertainment area, artisan market; bring your own lawn chair. July 30, Appleton MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert featuring Route 68 Big Band, 7 p.m., Riverview Park Bandstand, Hering and Venum Streets; bring your own lawn chair July 31, Willmar MIDWEEK FARMERS: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. July 31-Aug. 4, Montevideo CHIPPEWA COUNTY FAIR July 31-Aug. 4, Sauk Centre STEARNS COUNTY FAIR
Aug. 1, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music concert by Jeff James, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London; rain or shine; bring your own lawn chair. Aug. 1-4, New London THE LITTLE THEATRE PRODUCTION: “Watson the Last Great Tale of the Legendary Sherlock Holmes” 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; adults $20, age 24 and under $10, children under 12 $5; available two weeks in advance at The Giving Tree Children’s Boutique in New London, Whitney Music in Willmar and at the door. Aug. 1-4, Litchfield MEEKER COUNTY FAIR Aug. 2, Willmar FISHING FRIDAY: Join Sibley State Park naturalist Kelsey Olson for a Fishing 101 class at Robbins Island; 4 to 6 p.m., grades 1-5, $3 per person. Aug. 2, Clara City MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Phil Berbig, 7 to 9 p.m., Hinterland Vineyards, east of Clara City. Aug. 2-3, New London LITTLE CROW WATER SKI SHOW: 7 p.m., Neer Park; adults $5, students $3.
Aug. 2-4, Pennock PENNOCK FUN DAYS: Tractor pull, pedal pull, dance, activities for the whole family; parade at 11 a.m. Saturday. Aug. 2-4, 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. 2-4, 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. 3, New London MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Chris Holm, 8 p.m., Goat Ridge Brewery. Aug. 3, 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. 3, Willmar SATURDAY MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. Aug. 3, New London NEW LONDON FARMERS MARKET: Local produce, honey, cut flowers, baked goods and handcrafted items, 8 a.m. to noon, Holm Park on the northwest corner of the Mill Pond. Aug. 3-4, Hanley Falls GOOD OLD DAYS THRESHING SHOW: Antique tractors and engines featuring Massey-Harris tractors, pedal pull, flea market, parade; machinery museum; 507-768-3552. Aug. 4, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music by Custom Made, 4 to 6 p.m., Pirrotta Park; bring your own lawn chair. Aug. 6, 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, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., $8; Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center. Aug. 6, Willmar ROCKIN’ ROBBINS: Free concert featuring Eagles Tribute with the Fabulous Armadillos and Collective Unconscious, 6:30 p.m., Robbins Island; food vendors, beverage tent, kids entertainment area, artisan market; bring your own lawn chair. Aug. 6, Danube MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert featuring the Kingery Family, 7 p.m., Depot Museum park gazebo. Aug. 6, Appleton MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert featuring the Swift County Concert Band, 7 p.m., Riverview Park Bandstand, Hering and Venum Streets; bring your own lawn chair. Aug. 6-8, Redwood Falls FARMFEST: Annual trade show; exhibits, crafts, antique tractors, demonstrations, seed plots, Gilfillan Estate; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; admission charged; ideaggroup.com/farmfest. Aug. 6-11, Morris STEVENS COUNTY FAIR Aug. 7, Willmar MIDWEEK FARMERS: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. Aug. 7-9, Bird Island RENVILLE COUNTY FAIR Aug. 7-10, Willmar KANDIYOHI COUNTY FAIR Aug. 7-10, New London 32nd ANNUAL NEW LONDON TO NEW BRIGHTON ANTIQUE CAR RUN: 120mile 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.
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Schedule of events Aug. 7-11, Marshall LYON COUNTY FAIR Aug. 8, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music concert by Skippin’ Stones, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London; rain or shine; bring your own lawn chair. Aug. 8-11, New London THE LITTLE THEATRE PRODUCTION: “Watson the Last Great Tale of the Legendary Sherlock Holmes” 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; adults $20, age 24 and under $10, children under 12 $5; available two weeks in advance at The Giving Tree Children’s Boutique in New London, Whitney Music in Willmar and at the door. Aug. 9, Clara City MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by The B’s, 7 to 9 p.m., Hinterland Vineyards, east of Clara City. Aug. 9-10, Belgrade AUGUSTFEST: parade 4 p.m. Saturday. Aug. 9-10, Starbuck DRAGON BOAT RACING: 12th annual co-ed races, music, food, kids’ events, boats provided, Lake Minnewaska; 320-239-4220. Aug. 10, 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. 10, Willmar SATURDAY MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. Aug. 10, New London NEW LONDON FARMERS MARKET: Local produce, honey, cut flowers, baked goods and handcrafted items, 8 a.m. to noon, Holm Park on the northwest corner of the Mill Pond. Aug. 10, 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 20-gauge. Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center Westby Shooting Range, for ages 11-16, 3 to 5 p.m. with a hot dog dinner to follow, $5 per person; pre-registration required, call 320-354-5894. Aug. 10-11, Spicer WEST CENTRAL BOWHUNTER 60 3D-SHOOT: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center; realistic hunting shots along with fun targets; family event; 320-212-4715. Aug. 11, Bechyn CZECH HERITAGE FESTIVAL: Annual festival with ethnic foods, music, folk dancers, children activities, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 11, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music by Jeff James, 4 to 6 p.m., Pirrotta Park; bring your own lawn chair. Aug. 14, Willmar MIDWEEK FARMERS: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. Aug. 14-18, Hutchinson McLEOD COUNTY FAIR Aug. 14-18, Appleton SWIFT COUNTY FAIR Aug. 15, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music concert by Crow River Junction, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London; rain or shine, bring your own lawn chair. Aug. 15-17, Willmar THE BARN THEATRE PRODUCTION: Comedy “The Fox on the Fairway” 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday; adults $20, ages 18 and under $10; 320-235-9500 or thebarntheatre.com.
Aug. 15-18, Alexandria DOUGLAS COUNTY FAIR Aug. 16, Clara City MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by 3D, 7 to 9 p.m., Hinterland Vineyards, east of Clara City. Aug. 16, New London LITTLE CROW WATER SKI SHOW: 7 p.m., Neer Park ; adults $5, students $3. Aug. 16, Willmar MOVIES IN THE PARK: 8 p.m., Robbins Island, the movie “How to Train Your Dragon”; pre-activities begin one hour before the movie, free admission, popcorn and pop; bring a chair or blanket and bug spray; in case of bad weather it will be at the City Auditorium. Aug. 16-18, Montevideo HERITAGE HILL ANTIQUE THRESHING SHOW: 39th annual show; steam threshing, lumber sawing, old tractors, flea market, food, crafts; at Heritage Hill, four miles east of Montevideo; gates open 7 a.m. daily, admission charged; www. heritagehill.us. Aug.17, 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. 17, Willmar SATURDAY MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. Aug. 17, New London NEW LONDON FARMERS MARKET: Local produce, honey, cut flowers, baked goods and handcrafted items, 8 a.m. to noon, Holm Park on the northwest corner of the Mill Pond. Aug. 17, 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. 17, New London MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Corey Medina & Brothers, 8 p.m., Goat Ridge Brewery. Aug. 17-18, 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. 17-Sept. 29, 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. 27. Aug. 18, 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. 18, 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. 18, New London RIALTO REVISITED: 2 and 7 p.m., Little Theatre; family friendly movies; freewill donation. Aug. 19-23, Willmar THE BARN THEATRE PRODUCTION: Comedy “The Fox on the Fairway” 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday; adults $20, ages 18 and under $10; 320-235-9500 or thebarntheatre.com. Aug. 21, Willmar MIDWEEK FARMERS: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. Aug. 22, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music concert by Andrew Walesch, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London; rain or shine; bring your own lawn chair. Aug. 22-Sept. 2, 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.
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Schedule of events Aug. 23, Clara City MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by the Big Al Band, 7 to 9 p.m., Hinterland Vineyards, east of Clara City. Aug. 23, New London LITTLE CROW WATER SKI SHOW: 7 p.m., Neer Park; adults $5, students $3. Aug. 23-25, Raymond RAYMOND HARVEST FEST: Amazing Race around Raymond at 6 p.m. and community supper on Friday; Hawk Creek Run around Raymond 5k, Dad’s Belgian waffle feed, kids tractor pull, knockerball, combat archery, Raymond Garden club flower show and garden market contest, cookie baking contest, flea and craft market, noon lunch, grand day parade at 1 p.m. followed by a kids activities, bean bag tournament, 3-on-3 basketball tournament, community supper, bingo and end Saturday with a movie in the park with free popcorn and pop. Sunday there will be a community worship service in the fire hall. Aug. 24, 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. 24, Willmar SATURDAY MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot.
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Sept. 4, Willmar MIDWEEK FARMERS: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. Sept. 5, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music concert by Gravel Road, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London; rain or shine; bring your own lawn chair. Sept. 5-8, Madison LAC QUI PARLE COUNTY FAIR Sept. 7, 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. 7, Willmar SATURDAY MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. Sept. 7, New London NEW LONDON FARMERS MARKET: Local produce, honey, cut flowers, baked goods and handcrafted items, 8 a.m. to noon, Holm Park on the northwest corner of the Mill Pond. Sept. 7, New London PRAIRIE POTHOLE DAY: 37th 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. Sept. 7-8, 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 4 p.m.; adults $8, 12 and under admitted free; 320-974-8588. Sept. 11, Willmar MIDWEEK FARMERS: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. Sept. 12, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music concert by Erin Chase, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London; rain or shine; bring your own lawn chair. Sept. 14, 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. 14, Willmar SATURDAY MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. Sept. 14, New London NEW LONDON FARMERS MARKET: Local produce, honey, cut flowers, baked goods and handcrafted items, 8 a.m. to noon, Holm Park on the northwest corner of the Mill Pond. Sept. 14, New London MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by The Federales, 8 p.m., Goat Ridge Brewery. Sept. 15, 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. 18, Willmar MIDWEEK FARMERS: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. Sept. 19, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music concert by Custom Made, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London; rain or shine, bring your own lawn chair.
Sept. 19-22, Willmar THE BARN THEATRE PRODUCTION: “The Curious Savage” 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. 20, Willmar MOVIES IN THE PARK: 7 p.m., Robbins Island, the movie “Wonder Park”; pre-activities begin one hour before the movie, free admission, popcorn and pop; bring a chair or blanket and bug spray; in case of bad weather it will be at the City Auditorium. Sept. 21, Willmar CELEBRATE ART! CELEBRATE COFFEE!: 22nd annual fall fine arts festival, music, entertainment, art for sale, demonstrations, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Kennedy Elementary School; Willmar Area Arts Council, 320-235-8560 or www. celebrateartcelebratecoffee.com. Sept. 21, 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. 21, Willmar SATURDAY MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. Sept. 21, New London NEW LONDON FARMERS MARKET: Local produce, honey, cut flowers, baked goods and handcrafted items, 8 a.m. to noon, Holm Park on the northwest corner of the Mill Pond. Sept. 21-22, Appleton APPLEFEST: Annual weekend festival to celebrate the town with arts and crafts, flea market, fireworks, kids’ games, Sunday afternoon parade and more. Sept. 25, Willmar MIDWEEK FARMERS: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. Sept. 26-29, Willmar THE BARN THEATRE PRODUCTION: “The Curious Savage” 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; adults $20, ages 18 and under $10; 320-2359500 or thebarntheatre.com. Sept. 28, 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. 28, Willmar SATURDAY MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. Sept. 28, New London NEW LONDON FARMERS MARKET: Local produce, honey, cut flowers, baked goods and handcrafted items, 8 a.m. to noon, Holm Park on the northwest corner of the Mill Pond. Sept. 28, New London MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Mike Munson, 8 p.m., Goat Ridge Brewery. Sept. 29, Terrace FALL BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL: 40th annual, gates open at 11 a.m., kitchen at noon and fiddle contest begins at 1 p.m.; admission charged.
Oct. 4-6, Minnesota River Valley ART MEANDER: Fivecounty upper Minnesota River art crawl, self-guided tour of 40 individual artists and more than 33 studios in and near the western Minnesota communities of Ortonville, Appleton, Madison, Milan, Dawson, Montevideo and Granite Falls. Oct. 6, Terrace BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS: 11 a.m. followed by refreshments for fourlegged and two-legged participants.
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he 73rd annual city celebration, Willmar Fests 2019, TWillmar is scheduled for June 19 to June 23. Fests, a five-day city festival filled with family
friendly fun, was formed from four city celebrations from the past – International Fest, Aqua Fest, Frameries Fest and Kaffee Fests. The community celebration includes a block party, royalty and ambassador coronations, story hour, tennis tournament, Stingers baseball, pancake feed, two parades and a kids carnival. Willmar Fests’ purpose is to encourage the imagination, talents and creativity of the people living in the Willmar area. Wednesday, June 19 8 a.m. – Flag Raising Ceremony at Selvig Park in downtown Willmar 8:30 a.m. – Coffee with the Candidates at the Goodness Coffee House 2 p.m. – Senior Ambassador Coronation at Willmar Community Center 4 p.m. – Queen’s Splash at the Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center 5:30 p.m. – Pie & Ice Cream Social at Rice Park 7 p.m. – Prairie Winds Summer Band Concert at Rice Park
Saturday, June 22 Willmar Fests Tennis Tournament 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Willmar Fire Department Pancake Feed at the Willmar Fire Station 8 a.m. – Rice Memorial Hospital Foot Lake Four Run/Walk, downtown 10:30 a.m. – Grande Day Parade, downtown 3-5 p.m. – Willmar Fests Ambassador Coronation at WEAC Beach Party at Robbins Island to include food vendors, beer garden, music and fireworks 5-7 p.m. Kids Carnival - inflatables and more Thursday, June 20 7:30 p.m. – Little Crow Ski Team Show 9 a.m. – Prince and Princess Story Hour at the Willmar Public Library 8:30-11 p.m. – Beach Party Concert with Jonah and the Whales Jaycee’s Block Party Kickoff at 5th & Becker Ave 10 p.m. – “Works Over Water” Fireworks Show over Foot Lake 4:15 p.m. – Kick-off – Meet the Willmar Fests candidates Sunday, June 23 – Crowning of the Willmar Fests Junior Royalty Willmar Fests Tennis Tournament 4-8 p.m. – Carnival Games, Bethel Lutheran Church Youth Group RAIN backup plan – 7:30 p.m. Little Crow Ski Team Show at 5 p.m. – Community group performances and demonstrations Robbins Island 5:30 p.m. – Little Foot ½k - Kids Run RAIN backup plan – 10 p.m. “Works Over Water” Fireworks Show 6 p.m. – Willmar Fests Kiddie Parade over Foot Lake Friday, June 21 Willmar Fests Tennis Tournament 7:30 a.m. – Willmar Fests Chamber Connection 7:05 p.m. – Willmar Stingers Baseball Baker Field at Bill Taunton Stadium
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ARTS ARE FRONT AND CENTER Studio Hop is June 14-15
Hop 2019 – the 15th annual – will again Sopentudio bring art to the masses on June 14-15 as artists up their studios throughout Atwater,
New London, Spicer, Svea and Willmar. 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. The 22 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. All the studios are handicap accessible unless noted. The locations and the artists at those locations follow: Studio 1: Seven artists: Monica Vilars, mixed mediums; Deb Connolly, watercolor, pastel, oil and acrylic; Della Conroy, watercolors; Pauline Donahue, mixed media; Jillayne Hanson, paintings; Phyllis Joos, printmaking, mixed media; Kerry Kolke-Bonk, oil painting; DEMO Inc, U.S. Highway 71 & Kandiyohi County 3, South of Willmar. Studio 2: Grace Johnson, pottery; 4550 120th Ave. S.W., three miles west of Studio 1 on County 3. Studio 3: Four artists, Ginger Hallbeck, watercolors, oils; Bonnie Smith, watercolor, pencil; Mary Schroepfer, oils; Elaine Hagen, photography, mixed media; 3810 105th Ave. S.W., 4 miles south of Willmar on U.S. Highway 71, left on 105th Ave. Studio 4: Kerry Texley, photography; 1912 Seventh St. S.W., Willmar. Studio 5: Three artists, Dona Larkin, oil, acrylic, collage; Phil Scheevel, woodcarving; John White, photography; The Barn Theatre, 316 Becker Ave. S.W., downtown Willmar.
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Crow River is the perfect setting for a day of eclectic, family friendly music. Refreshments are available and there will be kids’ craft activities and the big canoe and kayaks will be available. 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. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the website at newlondonmusicfestival.com.
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elebrate Art! Celebrate Coffee! is celebrating its C 22nd anniversary this year from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 21 at Kennedy Elementary School in Willmar.
There will be a 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. Admission to the event is free. The unveiling of this year’s poster and raffle art will take place at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 8 at The Barn Theatre in downtown Willmar.
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HISTORIC TERRACE MILL July 4th, bluegrass jam and more set for summer
he Historic Terrace Mill District, set in the scenic T Chippewa River valley, will host a summer-long series of art and social events, wrapping up in
autumn with a bluegrass festival. Situated in a picturesque valley in the village of Terrace, the mill is 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 Chippewa River to grind wheat grown by area farmers. It 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 that 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 May 31 to Sept. 1. 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 320-278-3728. More information about the mill is available on its website, www.terracemill.org Following is the schedule for the summer of 2019: 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. Children’s theater workshop The annual children’s summer theater workshop is July 7-19 and is open to children and young adults. The cast will give performances July 17-18. For more information, watch the Terrace Mill Foundation website or the Historic Terrace Mill page on Facebook. Fall festival Terrace will host its fall festival and bluegrass jam Sept. 29. The gates open at 11 a.m., along with crafts and vendors. Blessing of the Animals The season ends with a “Blessing of the Animals” at 11 a.m. Oct. 6, followed by refreshments for fourlegged and two-legged participants. Oct. 4 is the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals. Page 26 — West Central Tribune — Friday, May 24, 2019
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THE STAGE IS ALIVE WITH COMMUNITY THEATER
the world’s a stage in local community theater, where a lineup of comedy, serious drama and a familiar A llpopular musical await audiences this summer.
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Willmar Willmar’s community theater will open its 2019 summer season with a Broadway musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” the classical story of young Joseph and his incredible dreams. Born into a family of 12 boys, all sons of Jacob, we learn that Joseph is favored by his father and is given a splendid multicolored coat. However, this coat, along with Joseph’s talk of dreams he has had showing he will be the ruler of his brothers, arouses jealousy in the other 11. They decide to kill him, but instead sell him as a slave to a group of Ishmaelites traveling to Egypt. Follow Joseph on his journey through Egypt, through misery and pain, and finally, back into the arms of his father, Jacob. Show dates are June 13-15, June 20-22 and June 27-29. Show times are at 7:30 p.m. There will be a 2 p.m. matinee on June 16, 23 and 30. The comedy “The Fox on the Fairway” will be staged Aug. 13-17 and Aug. 19-23 at 7:30 p.m. It takes audiences on a hilarious romp, which pulls the rug out from underneath the stuffy denizens of a private country club.
The summer season concludes with “The Curious Savage.” Mrs. Savage has been left $10 million by her late husband and wants to make the best use of it, in spite of her grown-up stepchildren’s efforts to get their hands on it. The show will be presented Sept. 19-21 and Sept. 26-28 at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Sept. 22 and 29. Tickets: Season membership is $55 for all three shows; or $20 for adults, $10 for students for one show. The Barn, founded in 1965 in a former horse barn, has been offering community theater to local audiences for more than 50 years. Amenities include handicapped parking, handrails on aisle seats and hearing assist devices. For more information, contact The Barn at 320-235-9500; 321 Fourth St. S.W., downtown Willmar; visit the website at thebarntheatre.com or find The Barn Theatre on Facebook.
The Little Theatre
New London Two comedies are on the 2019 summer schedule at The Little Theatre in downtown New London. The season will open with a production of “A Red Plaid Shirt,” to be presented May 30-June 1, June 6-8 at 7:30 p.m. and June 2 and 9 at 2:30 p.m. This is billed as “a hilarious comedy about the trials of retirement.” “Watson, the Last Great Tale of the Legendary Sherlock Holmes” will be presented Aug. 1-3 and Aug. 8-10 at 7:30 p.m. and Aug. 4 and 11 at 2 p.m. It is based on the characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for under 25 and $5 for children 12 and under, family rate of $40. 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. A number of concerts and other events are also held at The Little Theatre. The Little Theatre, 24 Central Ave. E., was built in 1921 as a community playhouse and restored and modernized in the 1990s to preserve its role and history as a local center for the arts. For more information, visit newlondonlittletheatre.com. West Central Tribune — Friday, May 24, 2019 — Page 27
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EXPLORE HISTORY IN KANDIYOHI COUNTY T
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. 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 threefourths 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-by15-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.
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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 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. In 1866, Green Lake Village was established, along with a post office for the area. A grist mill, later converted into a generator, is now a resort. The marker is north of Spicer on state Highway 23 and one-half mile east on County Road 30. The railroad reached the site of Atwater (Hotel Atwater is on the National Register), Kandiyohi and Willmar in 1869. More communities soon emerged.
Willmar, named for Leon Willmar, a Flemish land agent for the St. Paul and Pacific Railroad, became a hub for the Great Northern Railway. The A. Larson store, built in 1876, is the best preserved of the old downtown business buildings and is on the National Register. Willmar Farm was established in 1870 on the grounds of what was the Willmar Regional Treatment Center. The older buildings are on the National Register. During the Great Blizzard of 1873, 12 people died in Kandiyohi County. The site where four perished has a marker two miles north of state Highway 7 on Highway 71, then one-fourth mile west on County Road 80. Four sections of land were included in the W.D. Washburn ‘bonanza farm.’ Begun in 1877, it was abandoned a few years later when it proved to be financially unsuccessful. The Washburn farm marker is two miles north of Prinsburg at the intersection of county roads 1 and 80. 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. Additional local sites on the National Register include the Spicer Castle, on the south shore of Green Lake, and the John M. Spicer winter home on N. Seventh Street in Willmar. Spicer was a land developer for whom the town of Spicer is named. For additional information visit studiohop.wordpress.com.
HONORING 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 offer guided tours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays through September, $3 per person, pre-registration required. The Guri Endreson site, located on County Road 5, will have guided tours at 1 p.m. every Thursday June through the end of August, $3 per person, pre-registration required. Tourists may pick up maps of historical sites at the Center.
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For more information or to pre-register, call 320-235-1881 or e-mail email@example.com or check the website www. kandiyohicountyhistory.com. Atwater Area Historical Society and Museum, 500 Pleasant Avenue West, is open 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays or by appointment; call Carol at 320-266-7626, Jon at 320-444-0337, Sue at 320-220-0970 or Jo at 320-295-1354. 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 15 through Aug. 10, with a service at 7:15 p.m. each week, no service July 6, 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. 18.
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.
blacksmith shop, general store, millinery and dress shop and buggy shop. The city is open May 25 through Sept. 2. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. on weekends and holidays; Sept. 3-27 the city is open weekdays only; adults $5, students $2, 5 and under are free. Area touches of history The Olof Swensson Farm Museum, a 17-acre farmstead For a glimpse of regional history, travel to Litchfield to experience located six miles east of Montevideo on state Highway 7 and five the Meeker County Museum at the G.A.R Hall, 308 Marshall miles south on County Road 15, preserves turn-of-the-century farm Ave. N. near Central Park. The Frank Daggett Post No. 35 was life and features a 22-room house, timber-frame barn and the constructed in 1885 by veterans of the Civil War, and is the last remains of a gristmill. The farm is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays remaining Hall of it’s kind in Minnesota and is on the National and Sundays, May 25 through Sept. 1; adults $5, students $2, 5 Register of Historic Places. Attached to the rear is the Meeker and under are free. A horse power show is held at the farm the County Museum & Research Library, which includes two floors worth of exhibits highlighting Meeker County’s origins, love second Saturday in September from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Private tours available by appointment. of music, participation in world wars, country schools, and much more. Both the museum and the G.A.R. Hall are open from 10 a.m. The Lac qui Parle Mission was the Minnesota Territory’s first Protestant mission and is one of the few remaining in the state. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. The reconstructed building houses exhibits of Admission is $3 for adults and free for children under 12. Call the missionaries and their work; the Dakota 320-693-8911. people; and Joseph Renville, who invited the Paynesville Historical Museum, 251 Ampe Drive, missionaries to Lac qui Parle. Paynesville. Exhibits include Indian artifacts, personal and The site is located north of Montevideo on household items from 1860s to 1970s, agri-culture, and a one room schoolhouse. The museum is open June 1 through Labor Day, County Road 13 and is open daily through Labor Day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; free 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. admission. The Chippewa County Historical Society’s centers The world’s largest ball of twine can be include Chippewa City, Swensson Farm Museum and Lac qui found in the Darwin City Park. Francis A. Parle Mission. For information about them or to schedule an Johnson started collecting twine in 1950. appointment out of regular hours, call 320-269-7636 or visit Eventually the ball on his front lawn grew so www.chippewacohistory.org. large it had to be moved with railroad jacks. It Chippewa City, 151 Pioneer Drive, Montevideo, is a rewas recorded in the Guinness Book of World creation of a late 1800’s village, complete with town square and Records in 1979, weighing 8.7 tons and boardwalk as well as a centrally located bandstand/gazebo. Its measuring 11 feet high and 40 feet around. 24 buildings cover 20 acres and include a church, schoolhouse,
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Pope County Fair
July 17-20 Fairgrounds in Glenwood There is no gate admission and parking is free. The exhibit and vendor buildings will open at 1 p.m. Wednesday and noon the rest of the fair. The grandstand shows will be the fire department water fights at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, the Birch Coulee Ranch Rodeo at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and the bulls and barrels show at 7 p.m. Friday. Saturday is family/kids day and there will be a demolition derby at noon and the truck and tractor pull grandstand show at 7 p.m. Website popecountyfair.org
Meeker County Fair
August 1-4 Fairgrounds in Litchfield The fair is open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for ages 11-17, ages 10 and under and over 70 will be admitted free. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, with free admission for everyone. Thursday is Veterans Day and Sparkle Day with free admission for veterans, active duty military and reigning royalty. The grandstand show is Big Air ATV at 7 p.m. Friday is Senior Citizen Day with entertainment and activities for senior citizens. The grandstand will have the Lumberjack show at 7 p.m. and the Shane Martin Band will play from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Yellow Medicine County Fair Saturday is Kids’ Day with free kids’ wood and planting projects and princesses walking around. Bull Riding will July 25-27 be the grandstand show at 7 p.m. and the band will be Fairgrounds in Canby the Full Throttle Band from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Free admission and free parking. Sunday there will be the wood carving auction, free The fair will have the Larry Olson Band with polka caricatures and Wild Card Pulling in the grandstand at music at 5 and 7 p.m. Thursday along with the sandbox noon. treasure hunt 5:30 p.m. “Lunch at the Fair” is from 11 a.m. to 1 pm. Thursday Friday will feature the Lego building contest at 4:30 and Friday with free fair admission if you show a p.m., Dream Weaver hypnotist at 5 and 7 p.m. and Ag business card or wear your company apparel. Olympics at 5:30 pm. The demolition derby will be in the Website www.meekerfair.com grandstand at 7 p.m. The music on Saturday will be the Red Letter Bluegrass Band at 5 and 7 p.m. and the Baja races at 7 p.m. in the grandstand. Website ymcfair.org
July 31-Aug. 4 Fairgrounds in Montevideo Gate admission is $5. No details were available at presstime. Website chippewacofair.com
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Kandiyohi County Fair
Aug. 7-10 Fairgrounds in Willmar Gates open at 11 a.m. Wednesday, and at 8 a.m. daily thereafter. Gate admission is $7 for adults, $3 for seniors on (Thursday only), $2 for students K-12; children prekindergarten will be admitted free. Season passes are $20 gate pass, $15 parking pass. Daily parking is $5 per car/truck. A season ticket allows you to come and go as many times as you want during the 4-day fair. Grandstand four-day wrist bands are also available $25 per adult, $15 ages 5-12. Wednesday is Veterans Day, Thursday is Senior Day and Saturday is Kids’ Day. Laser tag, monster coloring board, climbing wall, Los Moralitos Circus and presentations by professional photographer Doug Ohman will be daily features at the fair. Ohman’s presentations will be at 3, 5 and 7 p.m., with circus performances at 5 and 7 p.m. daily. The climbing wall be open 3 to 7 p.m. Entertainment at the fair will feature the Prairie Winds Summer Band, the Kingery family, the Top Notchmen and the Benson family singers, as well as Custom Made, I Witness, Cedar Creek, Ryan Lee and October Road. Grandstand features include bull riding onWednesday; KRA stock car racing onThursday; semi, tractor and truck pull on Friday and a demolition derby on Saturday. Other features will include the talent show, senior program, draft horse and antique tractor parade. Website www.kandifair.com
Renville County Fair
Aug. 7-9 Fairgrounds in Bird Island Senior Citizen Day will be Wednesday with the NTPA Tractor Pull and music by Bockfest Boys and Matthew James. Thursday will feature the T&C Rodeo. Music is by Red Dirt Road and Kipp Davis will be doing live painting Thursday and Friday. The theme Friday is Daycare Day with a kids tractor pull and Dollipops, an interactive children’s music show. Music will be by Skitzo Fonik.The grandstand show is the Demo Derby. Everyday will have the J & K Amusements carnival and inflatables, Hasse Family Petting Zoo, paintball and hypnotists Freddie Prez. Website renvillecountyfair.org
Swift County Fair
Aug. 14-18 Fairgrounds in Appleton There will be music on the fairgrounds every day, along with a full slate of 4-H livestock shows, competitions and special exhibits. The Rad Zoo will be open Friday through Sunday. The grandstand will feature the Ranch Rodeo on Thursday and a demolition derby Friday and Saturday. The Rib Fest with Sherwin Linton performing will be on Saturday. Website swiftcountyfair.org
Lac qui Parle County Fair
Sept. 5-8 Fairgrounds Madison Gates open at 9 a.m. daily, admission is $5 for ages 12 and over and includes parking; admission is free for ages 11 and under and for active military personnel with a military ID. Details on the 147th fair were unavailable at presstime. Website lqpfair.com
Fishing and boating season is soon here. Here are some important boating safety tips & regulations: • Children under 10 years old must wear a life jacket anytime a watercraft is in motion. • All motorized watercraft with enclosed compartments, including motorized sailboats, must have a carbon monoxide detector and/or 3 carbon monoxide warning stickers • All watercraft, whether motorized or not, are required to have enough life jackets aboard for the number of occupants. • Any occupant on a personal watercraft (Jet Ski) is required to wear a life jacket • Watercraft 16’ or longer (other than canoes or kayaks) must have a throwable floatation device, fire extinguisher and horn or whistle on board.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA! Independence Day festivities slated amily-friendly events are held throughout the region Ffireworks on the Fourth of July, with food, parades, music, and baseball intertwined with patriotic celebrations of Independence Day. Following is a quick look at some of the celebrations across the region: Madison The city of Madison celebrates Independence Day with Summerfest from July 1-6, organized by the Madison Area Chamber of Commerce. July 4 features a parade, and the fireworks begin at dusk. For more information and times, go to ci.madison. mn.us, madisonmn.info or call 320) 598-7301. Maynard Maynard’s Fourth of July activities will kick off with parades – a kiddie parade at 10:30 a.m. and the Grand Day Parade at 11 a.m. After the parade, there’s a picnic in the park and entertainment in the afternoon. Fireworks will go off at dusk. The event is sponsored by the Maynard Lions Club. Paynesville Two lake associations will celebrate Independence Day with boat parades. The Rice Lake Association will have a boat parade Saturday, July 6, beginning at 1 p.m. The parade of decorated boats will start from Fisher’s Resort. The lake is several miles east of Paynesville. The Lake Koronis boat parade will begin at 2 p.m., also on July 6. Boats are to line up beginning at 1:30 p.m. at Koronis Ministries. The Koronis Lake Association sponsors a fireworks show which will be at dusk. The lake is just south of Paynesville.
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Spicer Located on beautiful Green Lake, the city of Spicer draws thousands of people seeking sun and fun during the July 4th holiday. A weekend of celebration begins with the Grand Day Parade at 10 a.m. July 4. Fireworks over Green Lake are at dusk on the Fourth. The annual Briggs Motley Arts & Crafts Show will be in town July 4-6, open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Hoops by the Lake, a three-on-three basketball tournament, will begin at 8 a.m. July 6 at Saulsbury Beach. The annual street dance will be at 8 p.m. July 6 featuring the Fabulous Armadillos. The annual Green Lake Road Race around Green Lake starts from Saulsbury beach at 7 a.m. July 7. The event brings runners from around the state and has many divisions. To register go to signmeup.com/reg/ form/124193/registration.
Check www.spicermn.com for additional information about Fourth of July activities. Terrace An old-fashioned Family Fun Day is set for July 4 in Terrace with festivities beginning at 5 p.m. Bring your own picnic to eat near the Keystone Arch Bridge on the grounds of the historic Terrace Mill, located along the Chippewa River 12 miles south of Glenwood on Highway 104. Thedayfeaturesold-fashioned games and contests like turtle races and egg toss beginning at 6:30 p.m.
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Willmar Parks and Recreation
Willmar Parks and Recreation Department activities this year include a wide range of sport camps and leagues, from football and gymnastics to baseball and tennis. The full catalog of programming can be found at www.willmarmn.gov/parks_and_recreation_land/ index.php. Registration can be completed online or by mail to Parks and Recreation, 2707 Arena Drive, Willmar, MN 56201. Following is a sampling of programs available: Spring Sampler: Children ages 3 to 5 can learn a little bit about a lot of different sports in the Spring Sampler. There are different sessions held throughout the summer, June through August, at Miller Park where kids can learn and play sports like kickball, soccer and more. Participants should bring a water bottle. Park It!: A new program in 2019, Park It! Will bring games, sports and craft activities to four city parks from 1 to 4 p.m. June 10 to July 25, with the goal to get kids away from the video games and outside to enjoy the city parks. The schedule for the program is Mondays at Miller Park, Tuesdays at Lincoln Park, Wednesdays at Rice Park and Thursdays at Northside Park. There will be no events on July 3 and 4. No registration is required, though attendance will be taken. Prizes, like Twins, Vikings, Wild and Timberwolves tickets and season passes to the Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center, will be given to participants who attend the most Park It! events. Businessmen’s Noon Basketball: The Willmar City Auditorium will be open year-round from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (except on holidays and special events) for pick-up basketball games. The $50 per year cost includes use of the auditorium lockers and showers. Baseball and Softball: There are several baseball and softball leagues for adults put on by Parks and Recreation. The leagues include co-rec, Women’s 5 vs. 5 vs. 5, and a men’s and church league. More information and registration can be found in the program catalog.
Willmar Community Education
Willmar Community Education is offering a wide range of education and enrichment activities for ages from babies to seniors. The entire listing for community education, as well as registration, is at www.willmar.k12.mn.us/communityed. A small sampling includes: Little Picasso: An art program which gives children ages 1 to 5 the opportunity to experiment with painting, gluing, sticking, printing and creating. Also with the development of fine motor, language and self-help skills; 9 to 10 a.m., Monday, June 3, Jefferson Learning Center. Tynker Coding Camp: Students in grades 2 through 4 can learn the basics of writing computer code through games and stories. A self-paced class, allowing students to learn at their own pace. Three sessions held in June, all at Lakeland Elementary. Let’s Make Felt Flowers: Craft class on making different felt flowers for those 9 years and older. Students will learn to make different flowers out of felt. The May class will create an anemone Page 40 — West Central Tribune — Friday, May 24, 2019
and succulent, June a hydrangea and July a dahlia. Can take one, two or all three classes at the Senior High School. Bachata Dancing: A one session introduction to Bachata dancing, a form of Latin dancing. Open for 6 years and older. The class is 4 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, July 25 at Jefferson Learning Center.
Willmar Community and Activity Center
Willmar Community and Activity Center is located at 624 Business Highway 71 N.E., has programs, special events and services structured to meet a wide variety of needs and wants from a play area for children, socialization for senior citizens and events and classes for all ages. 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. For more information and upcoming events visit the Community Parks and Rec website, the Community Center Facebook page or call 231-8490.
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 games played, with concessions sold at each game. Early Childhood Initiatives and Willmar Stingers 10th Annual Books-and–Baseball: Sunday, June 16, 4-5 p.m. Families with a child kindergarten age and under will be able to read with Stingers players on the field. Voucher provides a free hot dog. First pitch is at 5:05 p.m. Tickets available at Willmar Public Library.
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.
Prairie Winds Concert Band
The Prairie Winds Concert Band performs music favorites during free evening outdoor concesrts at Robbins Island in Willmar. Concerts begin at 7 p.m. June 5, June 16, June 26, July 3 and July 12. 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.
WALK AND BIKE AROUND WILLMAR
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Bicycling in Willmar
2019 will mark the start of a new bike share program in Willmar. The BikeWillmar Bike Share program launches in May, with 40 bikes and 10 bike docking stations across the city. For a low-fee, riders can rent a bike to ride, whether they need it to get to work, do errands or just want to take a leisurely bike ride around town. The program is run on the KoloniShare system, which has other bike share programs in the country. Once you have a bike, Willmar offers 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. The Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota has named Willmar a Bicycle Friendly Community due its advocacy of biking and a vision to create bike connections throughout the city and the surrounding area.
Established in 2010, Willmar Walks is three marked routes throughdowntownWillmar.The routes take walkers by some of Willmar’s historical sites, like Bethel Church, the Frost House, the oldTribune building and 310Third 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 interest 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 BeckerAvenue,thensouthonFifthStreettoMinnesotaAvenue,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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ROBBINS ISLAND S
Jewel of Willmar’s park system
ituated between Willmar and Foot lakes on the northside of Willmar, Robbins Island Regional Park is 55-acres of woods and green spaces. The park added one of the largest playgrounds in the state two years ago and is also home to a natural trail, swimming beach, disc golf course and more. Park shelters and grills offer a great place for events and the whole park is a wonderful place to enjoy nature within the city. Destination Playground The Destination Playground provides fully accessible fun for children of all ages. Children are able to run and play through different themed areas, including a castle, train and farm, as well as zipline and a spider bouncer. With different types of slides, swings and climbing apparatuses, the 19,000 square foot playground is the largest fully accessible playground in the state, with special playground equipment specifically for children with disabilities. The project was funded through private donations, constructed by community members in May 2017 and opened to the public in June 2017. Shelters Robbins Island has seven shelters available for rent. The enclosed shelters, which have electricity, can be rented for $110; Open Shelter No. 1 (has electricity) $40; Open Shelter No. 2 and Lions Shelter (no electricity) $30. To reserve a shelter, call 231-8490 or download the rental form on the city website. Disc golf course Redesigned in 2018, Robbins Island Disc Golf course is 18 holes and travels throughout the park. Disc golfers navigate around trees, hills and lake water. A downloadable map of the course can be found at www. willmarmn.gov/parks_and_trails/disc_golf_course.php.
Willmar Parks and Recreation will be holding disc golf leagues for both children and adults. The children’s league is for ages 8 to 16 and registration can be done www. willmarparks-rec.com. Adults and teenagers interested in the adult league can contact Winton Johnson at 612-644-8078. Disc Golf Tournament A disc golf tournament is scheduled for May 25, starting at 9:30 a.m.. Registration can be done at https://www. airborndiscgolf.com/Events/. The tournament will be two rounds of disc golf with a lunch in between. Amateurs will receive a disc of their choice upon check in and there are cash and prizes for all divisions. Movies in the Park Fridays, movies to begin at dusk with pre-activities before, June 21 (“Spider-Man Into the Spider Verse”), July 19 (“The Lego Movie 2”), Aug. 16 (“How to Train Your Dragon”), Sept. 20 (“Wonder Park”), at Robbins Island Park. Free admission, popcorn and pop. Preactivities begin one hour before the movie, including inflatables, arts, crafts and games. Bring a blanket, chairs and bug spray. In case of bad weather the events will be moved to the City Auditorium. Rockin’ Robbins Free outdoor concert series sponsored by the Willmar Rotary Club to raise money for Robbins Island improvements. Each event includes free concert, food vendors, beer/wine tent, kids’ activities and artisan market. Concerts take place at Robbins Island from 5 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays July 16 (Big Toe and The Jam), July 23 (Arch Allies), July 30 (Hitchville) and Aug. 6 (“Takin’ to the Limit: An Eagles Tribute” featuring Fabulous Armadillos and Collective Unconscious).
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. Page 42 — West Central Tribune — Friday, May 24, 2019
Raymond: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 1 to 6 p.m.; Tuesday 10 a.m. to 3 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.
IT IS TIME TO TAKE A DIVE WITH WILLMAR AQUATICS
hen the summer weather gets hot, Willmar has several ways to keep cool.The Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center with its pools and slides, Rice Park Splash Pad and its multiple water features and Foot Lake all offer hours of summer fun for children and adults alike.There are also swimming lessons available through Willmar Community Education. Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center Located at 1601 22nd St. S.W., seasonal phone: 320-441-2018. The aquatic center opens for the season June 10, weather permitting. Open daily 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. ThecenteremploysRedCross-trainedlifeguardsandfeatures a zero-depth pool with interactive toy features, a six-lane 25-yard recreational pool, two 1-meter diving boards, two toweringwaterslides,children’sslideandconcessionstand. Amenities include chaise lounges, umbrellas and picnic tables. Special events are planned in June through August and will be listed at the pool and online. Daily admission is $3 for swimmers and observers. There are also group rates and individual and family season passes available. Birthday parties — The aquatic center is booking birthday parties andotherget-togethers.Theentirecentercanberentedoutforafterhour private group events. For more information, call 231-8490.
All special events at the DOAC will be posted on the DOAC Facebook page www.facebook.com/DOACWillmar Robbins Island Swimming is allowed at the Virgil Olson Beach during daylight hours. The sand beach can be reached via a paved walking path along Foot Lake; vehicle parking also available. Rice Park Splash Pad Rice Park Splash Pad will be opening for its second season in 2019. The new pad has replaced the old wading pool and includes several different water features. Swimming lessons For information about lessons call 320-231-8490 or check https:// www.willmar.k12.mn.us/communityed.There are several different class options for different ages and abilities, all held at the Willmar Middle School pool. Willmar Community Education is also offering introduction to springboard diving and a dive camp in June.
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‘GREETINGS FROM CROW COUNTY’ Little Crow Ski Team ‘crows’ about 40th anniversary ith numerous regional show titles and two national W championships to its name, the Little Crow Water Ski Team is known for offering fun, action-packed shows.
This year’s theme is “Greetings from Crow County.” The team began in 1979 and is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year with a free, community block party June 1 as a way to thank its many supporters, alumni, sponsors and the surrounding community. The 40th anniversary celebration event is set from 3 to 7 p.m. in the City Park across the street from the Goat Ridge Brewery at 17 Central Avenue in New London. Live music, demonstrations, food and beverages will be available to all who come. There will also be fun and games for young and old, including a bouncy house on site for the kids. There will be no admission charge to attend. You are encouraged to bring a lawn chair. Since the ski team began 40 years as a group of local water skiers, 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 from June through August, with additional holiday and weekend shows scheduled in 2019 at Neer Park. The ski team will also perform at two neighboring communities, and competes in regional and national competitions. The team has grown greatly in the last 40 years. Today, 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 2019 season at 7:30 p.m. May 31 at Neer Park. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. during June and July and at 7 p.m. in August. Local show dates are: June 7, 14, 21 and 28; July 4, 5, 12 and 19; and Aug. 2, 3,16 and 23. There will be no Friday shows at Neer Park on July 26 and Aug. 9 because the team will be at out-of-state competitions. However, extra shows at Neer Park will be held July 4 and 5 to celebrate Independence Day and Aug. 3 as a
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lead up to the national competition. The team competes at the regional tournament July 26-28 in Waterloo, Iowa. The national competition will be Aug. 8-11 in Warsaw, Indiana. The team will also perform at 7:30 p.m. June 22 at Robbins Island in Willmar during the annual Willmar Fests celebration and1 p.m. July 14 on Lake Ripley for Litchfield’s Watercade Celebration. 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 also available. Neer Park has bleacher seating, but those seats are often full about 45 minutes before show time 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.
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NATURE AREAS ARE OFF THE BEATEN PATH est central Minnesota abounds with natural areas that showcase the region’s lakes, prairies and examples of W 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 lady-slipper, 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.
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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 five-lined skink, which lives in open, sunny bedrock exposures near oak habitat. 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, yellow-crowned 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.
LOCAL GARDENS BLOOM FOR VISITORS Horticulture Night is July 25 he region’s gardens put on a colorful show each summer for visitors to enjoy. TAnderson 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 320-693-7201 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
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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 Minnesota-Morris 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. Pamphletsareavailableforself-guidedwalkingtours. The center will host its annual Horticulture Night July 25 from 5 to 8 p.m., featuring tours, discussions on gardening topics, demonstrations of gardening techniques and a gardening trade show. For more information, call 320-589-1711.
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ANTIQUE CAR RUN
33rd annual event goes New London to New Brighton
he 33rd anniversary New London to New Brighton Tpre-tours Antique Car Run will be held Saturday, Aug. 10, with in the New London area on Aug. 7, 8 and 9.
Spectators will see more than 60 veteran cars from 1908 and earlier, and one- and two-cylinder cars through 1915. On Saturday they will be touring more than 120 miles, commemorating the prestigious London to Brighton Commemorative Run held annually in England. Completing the run is quite an accomplishment in these early cars, some of them require oiling and maintenance every 25 miles! Some of the early cars have an average speed of 15 miles per hour, less on the hills. But the drivers have prepped their automobiles as best as they can for the challenge, with most, but not all, completing the run successfully. Once again, this year’s run promises some special vehicles sure to pique the interest of early, Brass Era, car enthusiasts. Of very special interest this year, a full complement of the Ford “letter cars,” A through S, from 1903-08 Fords, should be present. This includes both the rare Model B four-cylinder and the Model K six-cylinder. All pre-date the Model T. Of course, Buick, Franklin, Maxwell and REO will also 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 drivers from England and Canada, as well as drivers from across the country.
The NLNB is considered one of the premiere brass-era car tours in the United States. It is often on an early car enthusiasts’ “bucket list.” Drivers bring rare antique cars from all over the country to experience “Minnesota Nice” touring on scenic roads. There are two drivers from Minnesota and North Dakota who have started and finished each of the previous 32 runs. Both drive Maxwells. The Antique Car Run will begin at 7 a.m. Aug. 10 in New London and proceed through six 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. The Antique Car Run is one of the key attractions 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., Crystal Community Center, Crystal - 2:00 p.m, ending at Long Lake Regional Park. 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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GET STUNG BY THE STINGERS
Willmar Stingers to celebrate 10th anniversary
he Willmar Stingers enter their 10th anniversary Texperiences season providing one of the more entertaining baseball west of Interstate 94.
Calhoun, Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar, New York Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson, Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer, San Francisco Giants shortstop The Stingers were the top team in the North Division in Brandon Crawford, Chicago Cubs second baseman Ben 2018 with a 48-24 overall record and won the second-half Zobrist, Detroit Tigers pitcher Jordan Zimmermann, Boston division crown. They won their playoff opener before falling Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher to Northwood League playoff runner-up Duluth. Pat Neshek. Recently, former Stingers Hunter Dozier (Kansas City Royals), Jacob Barnes and Steven Brault earned spots It hasn’t taken long for the Stingers to become a model on MLB rosters. team in the Midwest’s premier college baseball summer Follow the Stingers at the stadium, in the West Central league. Willmar kicks off the league’s 26th year with a visit from the Tribune and online at wctrib.com; for additional information, visit northwoodsleague.com/willmar-stingers/. Mankato MoonDogs at 7:05 p.m. May 29 at Bill Taunton Stadium. Former Minnesota Twin LaTroy Hawkins will be 2019 Promotional Schedule on hand to kick off the new season by throwing out the first May 29: Home Opener featuring ceremonial first pitch pitch and sign autographs. The night will cap off with postby former Minnesota Twin LaTroy Hawkins; game fireworks. post-game fireworks. The Stingers’ 10th Anniversary Weekend is Saturday, July May 31: Baseball Cap Giveaway Night 6, vs. St. Cloud, and Sunday, July 7, vs. Mankato. June 10: Community Christian School Night Bill Taunton Stadium will be the home for a number of June 11: Kids’ Day other promotions throughout June 11: Willmar Music Night the summer as well, including June 12: Robotics Night Willmar Music Night on June June 15: First Responders Night 11, Dueling Duo Night on June June 16: Books and Baseball Night 20, Dr. Seuss Night on June June 20: Dueling Duo Night 25, Craft Beer Fest on July 11, June 21: Willmar Fests Night S’Mores vs. Campfires Night June 21: Miles 4 Mentors Night on July 18, Summertime St. June 22: Veterans Appreciation Night Patty’s Night on Aug. 1, ’50s June 25: Dr. Seuss Night Night with pre-game classic June 26: Barry vs. Blue Night car show on Aug. 10 and June 27: Barry Plush Doll Giveaway many others. Night The Northwoods League June 28: Pillowcase Giveaway Night is one of the elite summer July 1: Litchfield Night collegiate wood bat leagues July 2: Mystery Giveaway Night in the country and players July 6: Youth Baseball and Softball Night from all over North America July 7: Barry Youth Jersey Giveaway Night are clamoring to get into the July 9: Friends and Family Night league, which is a stepping stone to the professional level. July 9: Renew Your Vows Night Nearly 200 former Northwoods League players are now July 10: Kandiyohi Power Cooperative Night playing professional baseball, many of them in the major July 11: Craft Beer Fest leagues, including Los Angeles Angels outfielder Kole July 18: S’Mores and Campfire Night July 19: Relay for Life Night July 22: T-Shirt Giveaway Night July 23: Team Poster Giveaway Night July 25: Baseball Giveaway Night July 26: Color Night Aug. 1: Summertime St. Patty’s Night Aug. 3: Friends and Family Night Aug. 4: Memories Matter Night Aug. 10: ’50s Night Aug. 11: Fan Appreciation Night West Central Tribune — Friday, May 24, 2019 — Page 49
CAMP, PICNIC OR HIKE
Rough it in 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. Sitting on the edge of gorgeous fresh-water lakes ringed with mature native trees, the parks provide easy access to swimming, fishing, boating and stunning sunsets. 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 parks are located in different corners of the county and
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each park has a different topography and offers different amenities that provide unique experiences to campers and day-visitors. The camping fees are different at each park, with seasonal and weekly camping rates are available at most. For more detailed information about fees and amenities, call the individual parks or access the county’s website at www.co.kandiyohi.mn.us All reservations will be online at https://www.kcmn.us/ departments/county_parks/index.php.
Big Kandiyohi Lake County Park West 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 more information. Big Kandiyohi Lake County Park East 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 more information. Diamond Lake County Park 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 320-974-8520 for more information. Saulsbury Beach County Park 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. Green Lake County Park 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 more information. Lake Carrie County Park 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 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 more information.
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.
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.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/ reservations_campsite.html or call 866-857-2757 from 8 a.m to 8 p.m. Permits To visit the park, vehicles require a vehicle permit. Daily permits are $7 and annual permits are $35 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. Camping There are 31 drive-in campsites at the campground, including 15 electrical sites. 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 West Central Tribune — Friday, May 24, 2019 — Page 51
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 drivein sites, 14 with electricity, and access to modern restrooms. There are two seasonal camper cabins and for four year-round camper cabins. 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. The horse camp has eight sites. A horse trail pass is required for every rider 16 years and up. 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
walk-in sites that offer more secluded, primitive camping. There are three seasonal camper cabins with electric heat and air conditioning. A modern shower building with toilets is available. 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: email@example.com
Lac qui Parle State Park is a bird-lovers’ paradise Monson Lake State Park with thousands of migratory Canada geese and Located in the northeast edge of Swift County south of the otherwaterfowlusing the area as flight stop-over.The small town of Sunburg, Monson Lake State Park offers a quiet park, near the city of Watson, is located alongside get-away and a popular fishing spot. the 33,000-acre Lac qui Parle Wildlife Management Anglers look for walleye, northern pike, bass, sunfish and Area, with Marsh Lake serving as an important crappies in the water of Monson Lake. Bird lovers are drawn nesting area for the white pelican. to the same, quiet lake to observe pelicans, herons and The park isn’t just for the birds, however. Lac qui western grebes.The small park offers a gentle reprieve amidst Parle Lake is known as one of the state’s best walleye towering hardwood trees. fishing lakes. Paddle the lake or cast a line and catch This is a historic site of the Dakota Conflict of 1862 and walleye, northerns, perch or crappie; explore one was created as a memorial park. The interpretive signs offer of the trails by foot or horseback; and visit the historic Fort visitors an opportunity to discover the stories that took place Renville and Lac qui Parle mission sites. on site from early settlers to Veterans of WWI who built the park. Camping Upper campground: The 30-acre campground has 43 Camping There are 20 drive-in sites, including six electrical sites. A camping sites, including 37 with electricity and nine that have electricity,waterandsewer hook-ups.The lower campground has 24 modern shower building with toilets is available. The park is located at: 1690 15th Street Northeast, Sunburg, MN sites with electricity at 21 sites. Tent camping is available throughout the park. There are three 56289
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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. The Interpretive Center offers three exhibit rooms, a wildlife observation deck, a big screen auditorium, and a trail center. Visit the DNR web page to see what naturalists programs are being offered. They are free to the public. During the summer months, naturalist programs are offered throughout the week with highlighted hikes, Junior Park Naturalist and evening programs on most Friday and Saturday nights. Camping There are a total of 132 drive-in sites at the park. 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. There are four camper cabins in the park. Three cabins sleep six and the fourth, handicapped-accessible cabin, sleeps five. The yearround 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. A separate horse camp offers nine sites. 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 34 sites, including 14 with electricity. There are three walk-in sites along the Yellow Medicine River and three teepees, including one that’s fully painted. A modern shower building is available at this main campground. Rustic camping is available in the Riverside Campground. There is a separate horse campground with 45 sites. The park is located at: 5908 Highway 67, Granite Falls, MN 56241.
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Bethesda is a proud sponsor of the 2019 Rockin’ Robbins concert series! We recognize that as life changes it may become more difficult to attend things you once loved. That’s why Bethesda will once again provide complimentary seating open to ALL senior community members at the upcoming Rockin’ Robbins concerts!
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HIKE, BIKE, WALK OR RIDE HORSE
Glacial Lakes Trail takes a trip through countryside
he Glacial Lakes RecreationTrail provides plenty of opportunities Tprairie for a variety of outdoor activities across Kandiyohi County’s lakes region.
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 The trail is paved with asphalt for 22 miles between Willmar, Highway 23 and one-half mile west on the Township Road. Spicer, New London, Hawick, and the Kandiyohi/Stearns County New London: Off state Highway 23 and follow state Highway 9 line. A five-mile stretch from Richmond to Roscoe is also paved. north to public water access parking lot on east The segment from Willmar to New London has 10 miles of parallel, (right). grass treadway for horseback riding, while the New London to the Hawick: North side of town, at the intersection Kandiyohi/Stearns County line segment has grass shoulders to of state Highway 23 and County Road 2. accommodatethisactivity.Thesmooth-surfacedtrailwindsthrough the heart of the county’s scenic resort communities, lakes and Share the trail with others: wooded hills. • Stay on designated trail. The gently rolling topography of Central Minnesota was created • Keep right so others can pass. by glaciers retreating 10,000 years ago. The trail cuts across the • Keep all pets on leash/dispose of pet waste. border between Minnesota’s western tallgrass prairie and eastern • Obey traffic signs and rules. deciduous forest. Though much of the area has been cultivated, • Pack out all garbage and litter. remnants of virgin prairie, wetlands and scattered woodlots can still • Respect adjoining landowners’ rights and privacy. be found along the railroad right-of-way. • Warn other trail users when passing by giving an There are numerous places along the trail to stop and enjoy audible signal. Some horses may be spooked by quiet lakeside views. Popular swimming areas at Saulsbury Beach on bikers or in-line skaters. Let them know you are passing. Green Lake in Spicer and the Mill Pond in New London are close to • Camping and campfires are not permitted on the Glacial Lakes the trail. State Trail. Trail users can also watch the waterfowl in wetlands, spot wildlife — • Enjoy the beauty of wild plants & animals, but leave them such as white-tail deer and butterflies — in the rolling-hill woodlots undisturbed for all to enjoy. along the trail and enjoy refreshments at unique restaurants, icecream shops and coffee shops in Spicer and New London. Primary summer use of the developed trail includes hiking, Be ready for 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 LineTrail, a 63-mile long trail that begins in the Twin Cities suburb of Plymouth. The trail consists of a natural surface from Cosmos toWinsted. It goes throughmostlyruralcountrysidethatincludessurvivingtractsoftallgrass prairie. Both the Glacial Lakes Trail and the Luce Line Trail follow former railroad lines.They are maintained by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
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TEST YOUR FITNESS SKILLS May 25
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WILLMAR – Memorial Day/Law Day 5K Run/Walk hosted by 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. Early Bird registrations by April 27 are $25 for adults and $20 for students. Race starts at the Flags of Honor Memorial at 9 a.m. A free kids fun run precedes the race, starting at 8:30 a.m. (parents must participate in 5K. All registered receive complimentary ticket to Dad’s Belgium Waffle Breakfast. Contact 320-222-9622 for more information or go online to www.kandiymca.org to register. Part of the Glacial Lakes Championship Running Series.
RENVILLE – Running to a Sweet Beet 5K sponsored by Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative. Entry fee is $25 for adults ($30 after June 1) and $15 for students 18 and under ($20 after June 1). Discounts are available for teams of five or more people. Race starts at 8 a.m. Preregistration is available. Contact Liza at 320-329-4143 or liza.fagen@ smbsc.com for more information. Part of the Glacial Lakes Championship Running Series.
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 7. Entry fees for runners ages 13 and over is $35 if received June 9 or later ($45 on race day), and $30 for runners ages 12 and under ($40 on race day). Walking and running team entry is $15 by June 7 and $25 received June 8 or later ($35 on race day). Registration is 6:45-7:45 a.m. at the Willmar Ambulance Garage, and the race starts at 8 a.m. Contact allison.johnson@carrishealth. com for more information or go online to www.footlake4.com to register. Part of the Glacial Lakes Championship Running Series.
GRANITE FALLS – Rodeo Run and Western Fest Walk. Entry fee is $15 by June 18th and $18 on race day. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. the day of the race, which features a 5K run as well as 2K, 4K and 5K walking loops with kid’s races to follow the awards for the 5K run. For more information, call Jim Ford at 320-564-3461 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
STARBUCK – Starbuck Heritage Days 10K/5K Run. Entry fee is $20 for ages 13 and over and $15 for 12 and under through June 29. The entry fee increases $5 after June 29. Race starts at 8 a.m. Contact the Starbuck Chamber of Commerce at 320-239-4220 or visit www.starbuckmn.org for more information.
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. Part of the Glacial Lakes Championship Running Series.
LITCHFIELD – Watercade Lake Ripley 4-Mile Run at 7:30 a.m. Entry fee is $15 through July 6. Race day registration is $25 from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. with an awards ceremony following the race. A one mile kids fun run is also available for kids 12 years old and younger. The fun run is $5 through July 6 and $10 after that. Online registrations are available at www.zapevent.com. Contact Jason Michels at email@example.com or Gabby Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
WILLMAR – The Jared Anez Memorial Race is a 5K and a 1/2-mile Kids Run. Same-day registration and packet pick up starts at 7 a.m. The 5K race starts at 8 am with the 1/2-mile kids walk/run starting at 8:45 a.m. Earlyentry Fee is $25 before July 23 and $30 after. Students $15 1/2-mile for 12 and under is free. Contact Mary LaRue 320-894-5998 or go online to www.anezmemorialrace.com for more information and to pre-register. Each participant in the 5k automatically earns points in the Glacial Lakes Championship Running Series: www.pickleevents.com/glaciallakes/.
GLENWOOD – Lake Minnewaska Triathlon at Glenwood City Beach. Race consists of a 400-yard swim, 11.1-mile bike race and 2.5-mile run
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and is open to individuals and teams. Entry fee for individuals is $45 through June 1 and raises to $50 from June 1 to Aug. 1. Those costs raise to $70 on Aug. 3. Team costs are $65 through June 1, $70 from June 1-Aug. 1 and $90 on Aug. 3. Race check-in is 6:15-7:25 a.m. and the race starts at 7:30 a.m. Entrants must register by Aug. 2, the day before the race. Online registrations are available at www.minnewaskatriathlon.com. Contact Linda Hoffmann at 320-491-5674 or at email@example.com, or go online to www. minnewaskatriathlon.com/ for more information.
SPICER – Green Lake Triathlon: Race starts at 8 a.m. and offers two courses: a sprint course consisting of a 1/4-mile swim, 14-mile bike ride and 3-mile run; and an Olympic course consisting of a 3/4-mile swim, 22-mile bike ride and a 6-mile run. Entry fee is $59 through June 1, $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.
RAYMOND – Hawk Creek Run 5K. Registration fee is $25 for ages 15 and over until Aug. 18 and increases by $5 thereafter. For runners under the age of 15 the entry fee is $20 until August 18. The race starts at 8 a.m. and also features team contests for the fastest team and largest team. Contact Bonnie Hauser at 320-220-2347 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WILLMAR – Turkey Leg 5K. Pre-registration fee is $25 through Nov. 1. The entry fee is $30 from Nov. 2-27 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.
2019 Glacial Lakes Running Series
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. 19: Frozen 5k Run/Walk, Spicer MARCH 16: St. Patrick’s Day Red Beard Run, Willmar MAY 4: Ron Erno Minnewaska Warmup Half Marathon, Glenwood MAY 10: Cat Scratch Fever 5k, New London MAY 25: Memorial Day/Law Day 5k, Willmar (320-222-9622) JUNE 8: Running to a Sweet Beet, Renville (320-329-4143) JUNE 22: Foot Lake 4, Willmar (320-231-8943) JULY 7: Green Lake Road Race, Spicer (320-894-5882) JULY 27: Pillsbury Push 10k, Kerkhoven (320-424-1827) AUG. 3: Jared Anez Memorial Run (320-894-5998) AUG. 24: Run Around Raymond 5k, Raymond (320-220-2347) NOV. 28: Turkey Leg 5k, Willmar (320-894-5882)
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LEARN IN GREAT OUTDOOR CLASSROOM t the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center, A 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), groups, local camps, YMCAs, alternative people are encouraged to call ahead to sign up through schools, student senates and leadership staff coordinators at 320-354-5894. organizations, 4H, FFA, scouts, families and History of Prairie Woods corporate retreat groups. PWELC welcome More than 12,000 years ago, the most recent glacier groups from across Minnesota and beyond. receded to reveal dramatic ridges and wetland-rich Prairie Woods’ high quality, multi-faceted lowlands on this land. For thousands of years, Native facility includes: an indoor climbing wall, American people found their livelihood among the shifting 40-foot three-sided outdoor climbing forests, prairies and wetlands here. tower, two giant ladders and a Flying Squirrel for group Anders Danielson and his family settled this land when they teambuilding activities on the ground. arrived from Sweden in 1871. Until the late 1980s, most of The Challenge Course at Prairie Woods will accommodate the land belonging to Prairie Woods was farmed by the group sizes of up to 200 participants. Danielson family. Shooting range The land was sold to Kandiyohi County by the Danielson The Gary Westby Educational Shooting Sports Range, family. Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center was located on a remote site at Prairie Woods, offers sporting founded in 1992. clays and a smallbore rifle range. Shooting leagues: contact The farm site is still present, with a barn, granary and farm Prairie Woods to schedule a time. house. Many bur oak trees on the property are more than 100 years old. A renovated log cabin also sits near the farm Directions, information site in the exact location where the Danielson family built Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center is located their first log home, prior to building the frame house. at 12718 10th Street N.E. near Spicer; 1-320-354-5894; www.prairiewoodselc.org. Challenge course From Willmar and the south and west on U.S. Highway 71 Experience PWELC’s high adventure learning laboratory! and Minnesota Highway 23: Travel north of Willmar on U.S. On Prairie Woods’ challenge course, high ropes and Highway 71/Minnesota Highway 23. Follow U.S. 71 to the climbing walls, groups learn — and teach each other — north (toward Sauk Centre) when state 23 splits off. Follow about communication, cooperation, creative problem U.S. 71 three more miles to Kandiyohi County Road 29. The solving and courage. intersection is past Thein Well at the north side of Ringo Lake. More than 25,000 people, ages 4 to 84, have Turn left (west) on County Road 29. Go 1.5 miles. The Prairie participated in Challenge Course programs at Prairie Woods. Challenge course users include school groups, Woods driveway will be on your left. You will see a large high school and college athletic teams, church youth brown and yellow PWELC sign and a green gate. West Central Tribune — Friday, May 24, 2019 — Page 61
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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 Grant-in-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. he Appleton Area Recreation Park has a total of 315 acres to Information is also available at www.swiftcounty. accommodate off-highway vehicle riders – all-terrain vehicles, com by clicking on the County Parks option and motorcycles and four-wheel drive trucks – from all over the state. then on Appleton OHV park option. There is no admission fee to the park, but vehicle registration or Freedom Ridge out-of-state trail passes are required. Jeep climbing and 4×4 off roading is also The park is located two miles northeast of Appleton on U.S. available at Freedom Ridge south of Atwater. Highway 59. Hours are from sunrise to sunset. Located at 1130 195th Street Southeast, off The OHV park includes 10 miles of truck trails, 15 miles of ATV/ Kandiyohi County Road 2, the area is an old gravel pit, OHM trails, a 1.5-mile OHM practice track and three enduro and offers hours of off-road fun, camping and more. For tracks. firstname.lastname@example.org It also offers several technical areas for Off Road Vehicles (trucks) them out at facebook.com/FreedomRidgeRocks/ 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.
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Thursday, July 4 • 7:30pm at Neer Park Friday, July 5 • 7:30pm at Neer Park Friday, July 12 • 7:30pm at Neer Park Sunday, July 14 • 1pm at lake Ripley in Litchfield Friday, July 19 • 7:30pm at Neer Park July 26-28 (Regional Tournament) at Waterloo, Iowa
Friday, August 2 • 7pm at Neer Park Saturday, August 3 • 7pm at Neer Park August 8-11 (National Tournament) at Warsaw, Indiana Friday, August 16 • 7pm at Neer Park Friday, August 23 • 7pm at Neer Park
Tickets Available at Neer Park in New London Admission*: $5 Adults $3 Students
*This pricing is for at Neer Park Only. Reserved Seating Available Online at www.littlecrow.com. Handicap Parking Available.
Glacial Ridge Trail Scenic Byway
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TRAVEL ALONG THE SCENIC ROUTE Glacial Ridge Trail, first designated Ttheheafastest state trail in May 1969, may not be way to travel to Glenwood from
you, because the trail makes several loops. Maps are available Willmar — but it is a much more scenic from the Kandiyohi alternative. County Tourist Signs direct you along the Minnesota Information Center on Scenic Byway through the rolling slopes East Highway 12 in to Spicer, around Green Lake into the Lost Willmar and at the Glenwood Valley area and to scenic New London and Chamber of Commerce, 200 Sibley State Park. N. Franklin St. From the park, it takes you north to the Here are some highlights Timber Lake Trail on through the hills, to look for on the Glacial swamps and lakes of Norway Lake Ridge Trail: Township. North from Sunburg, you drive • Lost Valley, which is particularly scenic past the Ordway Prairie and can stop at the in the fall, at the trail’s easternmost end, Lake Johanna Lookout to survey the rolling winds up and down hills through a kames and native prairie countryside. There’s hardwood forest. also the Terrace Mill and Glacial Lakes State • Ordway Prairie between Sunburg and Park along the way, as well as scenic views Glenwood. of Lake Minnewaska. • Terrace Mill is a restored grain mill in The Glacial Ridge Trail consists of more the town of Terrace, set in the valley than 200 miles of designated highways that of the Chippewa River. The mill hosts wind through towns, past historic sites and several festivals during the summer and near at least one famous author’s home — fall. Sinclair Lewis. • A collection of old threshing machines is But what’s most apparent to people who on the “boot hills” above “Threshing Rig travel this scenic route is its distinctive Alley,” a two-mile section of road north landscape. of Sunburg. Thousands of feet of glacial ice covered • Sauk Centre is the site of the Sinclair west central Minnesota 10,000 years ago. Lewis Home and Museum. Lewis’ novels When the last Ice Age ended, the glacier include “Main Street” and “Babbitt.” receded, leaving behind lakes, waterways, • Attractions in Glenwood include the sand beds and gravel ridges. Bickle House, Morning Glory Gardens Some of the best of those features can be and Mount Lookout. seen on the roads of the trail, which are • Four state parks lie along the trail: marked with signs bearing an arrowhead Sibley State Park, west of New London; symbol. Monson Lake State Park, south of Available maps make the roads easier to Sunburg; Glacial Lake State Park, south follow, and show the locations of several of Starbuck; and Carlos State Park, points of interest, such as prime birdnorth of Alexandria. watching areas, which have been added. • Good spots for bird watching are Willmar, the southernmost point of the trail, the area between New London and marks the dividing line where the glacier Sibley State Park; Eagle Lake, north ended. To the south is flat farmland; to the of Willmar; Timber Lake Road, east of north, a mixture of prairie, lakes and rolling Sunburg; and the Ordway Prairie and hills left behind when the glacier receded. Fort Lake Johanna area. 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 West Central Tribune — Friday, May 24, 2019 — Page 65
TEE IT UP Regional golf courses provide variety of challenges is certainly no shortage of courses to choose from for golf enthusiasts in the Willmar area. TFromhere 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 the men’s white and women’s red tees. 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 118 for men and 119 for women. Cart rentals available. No reservations taken for tee times, 320-2892513. 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 125 for men and 124 for women. 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; slope rating of 127 for men and 121 for women. Reservations are taken up to 7 days in advance, 320-269-6828. 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, 6,217 yards, slope rating of 136 for men and 141 for women. Tee times 24 hours depending on availability, 507-697-8050. 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
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9 holes, par 35, 2,837 yards; slope rating of 112 for men and 119 for women. Tee time reservations are unnecessary, 320769-2212. 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, 6,098 yards for men; par 73, 5,208 yards for women; slope rating of 130 for men and 127 for women. Reservations for tee times are available three days (public) in advance, 320-235-1166. 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, 2,902 for men, 2509 for women; slope rating 128 for men and 126 for women. 320-564-4755. 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, 3,126 for men; 2,428 yards for women; slope rating of 123 for men and 120 for women. Reservations are taken for tee times up to 24 hours (public) in advance, 320-9674653. 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; 6,336 for men; 5,194 for women, slope rating of 130. 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, 6,005 yards for men; 5,070 for women; slope rating of 124 for men and 116 for women. 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, 6,086 yards for men; 4,997 for women; slope rating of 126 for men and 121 for women. Reservations are taken for tee times three days in advance, 320-693-6059. 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, 6,217 yards for men and 5,393 yards for women on Willows/Pines; 6,400 and 5,442 on Pines/Oaks; 6,337 and 5,373 on Oaks/Willows; slope rating average of 132 for men and 127 for women. 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 2,715 for women; slope rating of 125 for men and 122 for women. No reservations needed except for weekends, 320-598-7587. Minnewaska Golf Club West from Glenwood on Highway 28, turn north on Golf Course Road The rolling, semi-hilly terrain overlooking Lake Minnewaska will challenge the average to the betterthan-average golfer and the greens are all moderately bunkered. 18 holes, par 72, 6,212 yards for men; 5,136 yards for women; slope rating of 133 for men and 126 for women. Reservations can be made up to a week in advance and are advised, 320-634-3680. 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, 5,304 yards for men; 5,138 yards for women; slope rating of 117 for men and 121 for women. Tee times seven days in advance, 320-587-0525. 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, 3,171 yards for men; 2,609 yards for women; slope rating of 118 for men and 116 for women.320-523-2313. Pezhekee Golf Course South of Glenwood on state Highway 104, turn right on Pezhekee Road. One of a 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. Reservations are taken for tee times. (1-800-356-8654 or 634-4501). Pomme de Terre Golf Course 3 miles south of Morris on state 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, 5,995 yards for men; 4,889 yards for women; slope rating of 129 for men and 119 for women. 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 126 for men and 121 for women. Reservations five days in advance, 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 green on No. 3 and a 90-foot drop overlooking the Redwood River Valley on No. 17 18 holes, par 70, 5,698 yards for men; 4,958 yards for women; slope rating of 120 for men and 113 for women. 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. 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 for men, slope rating of 105; 2,212 yards for women. No reservations taken for tee times. West Central Tribune â€” Friday, May 24, 2019 â€” Page 67
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ADVENTURE A PADDLE STROKE AWAY
enthusiasts call the waters of West Central Pandaddling Minnesota the “Boundary Waters of Southern Minnesota,’’ 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:
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 threehour 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.
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.
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 Chippewa River bridges or signs of civilization as the waters Officially designated as a state canoe route, the Chippewa race toward the Minnesota River. River offers gentle paddling during normal water conditions and surprising scenery of islands, woodlands and steep bluffs. Trips on Hawk Creek often start near or upstream of U.S. Highway 212 and continue to Renville County’s Skalbakken The best paddling is found above the Watson Lion’s Park. Park at the confluence with the Minnesota River. Starting points for adventure include Ambush Park in the city Trips on the Yellow Medicine River often start at the of Benson, Big Bend and the Lentz Landing at the Minnesota Minnesota Highway 274 (Wood Lake road) bridge and Highway 40 bridge east of Milan. continue to the confluence with the Minnesota River at the Lac qui Parle River Upper Sioux Agency State Park. The Lac qui Parle River offers an opportunity to surprise It’s advisable to scout out water conditions before attempting an incredible array of wildlife, from eagles and owls to a trip, or contact Clean Up the River Environment at 320-269softshell turtles the size of wheel covers. The river’s sharp 2984 for information on water levels. bends, towering cut banks and occasional whitewater Real-time data on water flows on Hawk Creek are also makes every outing an adventure. The most popular route is available online at: http://www.dnr.state. mn.us/waters/ an approximate 3-hour paddle from Lac qui Parle County csg/index.html Park to Lac qui Parle State Park near the confluence with the Little Crow River Minnesota River. It gets its start in Pope County, but the North Fork of the Little Pomme de Terre River Crow River is best for canoeing as it leaves the Lake Koronis The fast-moving Pomme de Terre offers opportunities to Spillway near Paynesville. There are rapids and hidden snags surprise otters and an astonishing variety of birds, while viewing the changing prairie and woodland landscape. The to watch for, but much of the river is well suited for family Pomme de Terre also offers some of the area’s best angling canoeing. Page 70 — West Central Tribune — Friday, May 24, 2019
GET YOUR MOTORS RUNNIN’
It’s racing season for stock cars, drag and karts
ummers are often full of lazy, sunny days out by the lake, S at the ballpark or at the grill. If you’re in the mood to amp things up a bit, though, there are a handful of race tracks
around West Central Minnesota willing to get your heart rate going. KRA Speedway is home to a dirt track that features a varied lineup of Modified Cars, Super Stocks, Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Mod-4 and Hornets every Thursday night at the Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds. Montevideo’s Fiesta City is the spot to be Friday nights, hosting WISSOTA-sanctioned races for a range of vehicles at the Chippewa County Fairgrounds. Madison Speedway hosts their own WISSOTA-sanctioned races Saturday nights at the Lac qui Parle Valley fairgrounds while the Atwater Karting Speedway features the racers of the future. Atwater’s speedway is free for spectators. Just down the road at the Grove Creek Raceway, NHRA racers compete in a number of classes, including Sportsmen, Super Pro, Pro Street, Street Eliminator, Junior Dragsters, Superbikes and Sleds. Atwater Karting Speedway One mile east, half-mile southeast of Atwater Season: April 18 to Sept. 7 (championship) ... Racing: Saturdays 6:30 p.m., gates open at noon … Free admission for spectators. Concessions on grounds … Lineup: Caged and non-caged divisions, open clutch, slick tires … Track hotline: 612-702-9525; for more information contact Jim Reimer at 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: May 12 to Oct. 6…. 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 … Racing: Gates open at 8 a.m. for Day Drag Races, time trials start at 9 a.m.; trials start at 4 p.m. for Night Drag Races … Grandstand/pit admission: adults $12, students (ages 7 to 12) $6, 6-andunder free; camping $10/night … Promoter: Rick Austin at 612-280-7301 …Track phone 320-857-2152 … Website: www.grovecreek.com. Fiesta City Montevideo at Chippewa County Fairgrounds Season: May 25 to August 30 (championship) … Race nights: Fridays 7 p.m. Sanctioning: WISSOTA … Lineup: Late Models, Street Stocks, Modifieds, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stock, Hornets … Spectator Admission: adults are $10, $9 for seniors and $5 for kids 12 and under; kids under
5 are free … Track information: 320269-7755 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: May 23 to Aug. 29 … Race nights: Thursdays 6:30 p.m. … Sanctioning: WISSOTA … Track: 3/8-mile semi-bank dirt track … Lineup: Modifieds, Super Stock, Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Mod-4, Hornets … Admission: Adults (18-and-over) $11 (specials extra); teens aged 13 to 17 are free and children 12-and-under are free with paid adult; season pass is $150 … Promoter: Kandi Racing Association (KRA) … Track phone: 320-212-8503 ... Website: www.kraspeedway.com Madison Speedway Madison at Lac qui Parle Valley Fairgrounds Season: May 27 to Sept. 28 … Race nights: Saturdays 7 p.m. … Sanctioning: WISSOTA … Track: 3/8-mile high-bank oval … Lineup: WISSOTA Modified, Super Stock, Midwest Modified, Street Stocks, Hornets, Mod-4 and Pure Stock … Admission: Adult tickets are $12 for regular admission, $15 for specials; kids 12-and-under are free … Track Phone: 320-444-6407; for more information contact Troy at 320-226-5365 or Jackie at 320-295-1976 … Website: www.madisonspeedwaymn.com. West Central Tribune — Friday, May 24, 2019 — Page 71
CAST A LINE ‘WHERE THE LAKES BEGIN’
Kandiyohi County has 25+ lakes open to fishing
hen it comes to fishing, Kandiyohi County is all about choices. W 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.
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: one in Sibley State Park and one on the south shore.
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. 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. Access: access is on the north side of lake, with parking and turnaround limited.
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. Access: northeast side and southwest side of the 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. Access: southeast corner of the lake.
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. Access: 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.
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Water clarity: Moderately turbid. Structure: Moderate structure with abundant submerged vegetation, especially in protected bays. Accesses: In New London at State Highway 9 bridge and County Road 31 bridge and one-half mile north of New London.
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: southeast side and west side of the 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. Access: 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. Access: northeast side of the lake off of County Road 5.
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. Access: north side of the 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. Access: east side of lake off of a residential gravel road that ties into County Road 8.
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. Access: southeast side of the lake along County Road 86.
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. Access: north side of the lake.
Maximum depth: 24 feet. Acres: 694. Fishing: Walleye, black crappie and bluegill. The two basin lake has been stocked for walleye and channel catfish. Water clarity: 3 feet Structure: Limited structure with moderate submerged vegetation. Accesses: south shore in the county fairgrounds for northwest basin, southeast shore in Robbins Island Regional Park for the southeast basin.
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. Access: southeast corner of the 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. Access: northwest corner of the 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 five public accesses around the 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. Access: north side off of County Road 10.
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: south shore of the main lake and south shore of the west basin of the 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. Access: east end of lake off of U.S. Highway 71.
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 one- to three-pound walleyes. Water clarity: 1.17 feet. Structure: Limited structure with abundant emergent vegetation, including bulrush. Accesses: north side of the lake; shore fishing structures have been placed on the northeast shore of the lake off Highway 71.
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. Access: north shore one mile east of County Road 1.
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. Blue-green algae blooms are often intense and common during mid to late summer months. Accesses: southeast side off of County Road 3 and north side two miles east of U.S. Highway 71 and 1.5 miles south of County Road 88.
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. Access: southwest shore on Robbins Island Regional Park.
Long Lake (Hawick)
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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. Access: northeast side of the lake, ¼-mile west of County Road 4. 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: northwest end and northeast shore of the lake.
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: northeast side and south side of the 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: west and east sides of the lake.
Kandiyohi County Big Kandiyohi Lake West, 995-6599 Kandiyohi County Big Kandiyohi Lake East, 664-4707 Kandiyohi County Diamond Lake, 974-8520 Kandiyohi County Games Lake, 354-4453 Kandiyohi County Green Lake, 796-5564 J&J Highway 71 Bait and Tackle at Eagle Lake, Willmar, 235-4097 Barney’s on Eagle Lake, Willmar, 231-9708 Dilley’s Resort, West Norway Lake, 354-4266 Runnings Outdoors, Montevideo, 269-6025 Hill Top Stop, Paynesville, 243-3133 Holiday Station Store, Willmar, 235-0034 Mel’s Sports Shop, Spicer, 796-2421 Mitlyng’s Bait and Tackle, Watson, 269-5593 Pete’s Surplus, New London, 354-2626 Peaceful Thymes Gifts and Garden Center, Atwater 974-8470 Runnings, Willmar, 235-1325 Schmidty’s, Darwin, 693-0019 Skindelien’s Bait, New London, 354-2423 Wakanda Bait, Svea, 995-6121 Zero Tolerance Firearms & Tackle, Willmar, 235-4867
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