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F O S E T L N B E TA CONT Antique Car Run Page 28

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Historic sites Pages 70-72 Libraries Page 42 Nature areas Page 37

Bike trail Page 50

OHV parks Page 50

Camping Pages 52-55

Prairie Pothole Page 74

Churches Pages 56-57

Prairie Woods ELC Page 67

Community theater Page 29 County fairs Pages 24-25

Racing Page 62

Events listing Pages 7-19

River routes Page 58

Fishing bait shops Page 61

Ski Team Pages 34-35

Fishing lakes Pages 59-61

Stingers baseball Page 45

Fitness calendar Page 44

Terrace Mill Page 30

Fourth of July Pages 32-33

Willmar arts Pages 22-23

Gardens Page 36

Willmar Fests Page 21

Glacial Ridge Trail Pages 48-49 Golf courses Pages 64-66

Willmar parks/recreation Pages 40-42

Historic centers Page 73

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May 24, Willmar MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Roger Kodet Jazz Quartet from 6 to 7 p.m. at Whitney Music Center.

June 5, 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, pickup sticks and card games; grades 3-6, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., $8; Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center.

June 6, Willmar May 24, Spicer MIDWEEK FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music concert by The B’s from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at jams, and baked goods; 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London; rain or shine; bring your own lawn chair. June 6, Willmar PRAIRIE WINDS CONCERT BAND: Free concert at Robbins Island, 7:30 p.m. May 28, Region MEMORIAL DAY: Memorial Day weekend is the official kickoff to summer and many June 6-10, Renville communities gather to remember those who have served our country; for a detailed list SUGAR BEET DAYS: Ice cream social on Wednesday; youth dance and knockerball of ceremonies and celebrations see Saturday’s West Central Tribune Extra section. on Thursday; Family fun night, dinner, tractor pedal pull, children’s movie on Friday; community breakfast, 5K run/walk, dunk tank, kids run, children’s events, sugar beet May 31, Willmar toss, bean bag tourney, grand parade at 3 p.m. Saturday, street dance with Dam MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Great Times Band and the Great American Sing- Jammers on Saturday; waffle breakfast, ride in-roll in with a burger fundraiser at Along from 6 to 7 p.m. at Whitney Music Center. Memorial park on Sunday. May 31, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music concert by Walter’s Wheelhouse Duo from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London; rain or shine; bring your own lawn chair.

JUNE

June 7, Willmar BECKER MARKET: A multicultural market of farmers, growers, producers, artisans and entertainment, 2 to 6 p.m., 414 Becker Avenue downtown. June 7, Spicer INDOOR ROCK CLIMBING: For all ages at Prairie Woods Environmental Learn Center; challenge yourself both physically and mentally at your own pace, beginners can learn about the sports, exercise and have fun; experienced climbers can train and refine their skills. PWELC instructors will be there to help, equipment is provided, 4 to 5:30 p.m.; $10 per session; call 320-354-5894 to register.

June 1, Clara City MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by The B’s from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hinterland Vineyards, June 7, Willmar east of Clara City. MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Verlin Kling and 4 Wheel Drive from 6 to 7 p.m. at Whitney Music Center. June 1, New London LITTLE CROW WATER SKI SHOW: Neer Park, 7:30 p.m.; adults $5, students $3. June 7, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music concert by Gig Noonan from 6:30 to 8:30 June 1-3, Grove City p.m. at Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London; rain or shine; bring WINDMILL DAYS: Kids’ tractor pull, medallion hunt, street dance, craft expo, used your own lawn chair. book sale, royalty mud stomp, mud volleyball, bean bag tournament, custom hot rod car show, trap shoot, royalty coronation, grand parade 1:30 p.m. Sunday. June 7-10, Willmar THE BARN THEATRE: The musical “Bye Bye Birdie” 7:30 p.m. Thursday through June 2, Spicer Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; adults $20, ages 18 and under $10; 320-235-9500 or PADDLE THE CROW: Three-hour river trip down the Middle Fork of the Crow River thebarntheatre.com. 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 June 7-16, Willmar on the New London Mill Pond. From there they will be shuttled to “Dilly” bridge north DAIRY DAYS: Build-a-burger 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, June 7-8, at of New London and paddle back to the Mill Pond. Lunch will be provided afterward. Cash Wise Foods; Cattle Show at Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds Wednesday, June 14, All equipment will be provided, 9 a.m. to noon, $7 per person, $20 per family; preand Kyle and Jennifer Handt Dairy Farm open house, 6400 270th Ave. NW, Brooten, registration required, Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 16. Summer events / Page 8

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June 8, Clara City MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Wendell Nash from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hinterland Vineyards, east of Clara City. June 8, New London LITTLE CROW WATER SKI SHOW: Neer Park, 7:30 p.m.; adults $5, students $3. June 8-9, Kandiyohi KANDI IS DANDY DAYS: 35th annual community celebration begins with fundraising supper and music on Friday; pancake breakfast, kids’ games, grand parade at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, tractor pull and business association supper and a street dance Saturday night.

June 15, New London LITTLE CROW WATER SKI SHOW: Neer Park, 7:30 p.m.; adults $5, students $3. June 15, Willmar MOVIES IN THE PARK: 9 p.m., Robbins Island, the movie “Beauty and the Beast” will be shown, pre-activities for one hour before the movie, free admission, popcorn and pop, bring a chair or blanket and bug spray; in the event of bad weather it will be at the City Auditorium. June 15-16, Willmar STUDIO HOP: Local artists will have their studios open 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Atwater, New London, Spicer, Svea and Willmar areas, 22 artists in 11 studios; www. studiohop.wordpress.com.

June 9, Granite Falls RIVERSIDE MARKET: Music, crafts, art, vintage and more between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. along the downtown plazas along the Minnesota River.

June 15-17, Atwater FESTIVAL DAYS: Kiddie parade, kids’ games, fun runs, grand parade Saturday at 3 p.m.; community supper Saturday followed by street dance.

June 10, Glenwood LAKESIDE SUMMER DANCE: Dance to the music of Myron Sommerfeld, 4 to 8 p.m., June 16, Granite Falls Lakeside Ballroom; $10 per person; $5 per person ages 17-30. GREATEST GENERATION CELEBRATION: Roy Fagen Memorial Air Show and Jamey Johnson concert, gates open 11 a.m., airshow 3 p.m., concert 7 p.m.; adults June 11, Spicer $20, ages 10-16 $10, age 9 and under and WWII veterans admitted free. PWELC SAMPLER: Experience what Prairie Woods ELC has to offer. Activities depend on the weather, Pioneer cabin, Flying Squirrel, climbing wall, animal tracking June 18, Willmar and outdoor survival skills. Bring a sack lunch, water bottle and snacks; grades 1 and MUSIC CONCERT: West Central Connection Chorus concert, 7:30 p.m., Willmar up, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., $25; Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center. Community & Activity Center, free. June 11-17, 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 12, Danube CONCERT UNDER THE WATER TOWER: Free concert featuring Pat and Donna Surface, songs, humor and stories of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s in Mueller Park, 7 p.m.

June 19, 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 20, Willmar MIDWEEK FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot.

June 20, Willmar PRAIRIE WINDS June 13, Willmar CONCERT BAND: MIDWEEK FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and Free concert at jams, and baked goods; 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. Robbins Island, 7:30 p.m. June 13, Willmar PRAIRIE WINDS CONCERT BAND: Free concert at Robbins Island, 7:30 p.m. June 20-24, Willmar June 13-16, Paynesville WILLMAR TOWN AND COUNTRY DAYS: Queen pageant, kiddie parade, street dance, kids FESTS: Grande tractor pull, grand parade at 7 p.m. Thursday and more; day parade, paynesvillechamber.org. water ski show, concert, June 13-17, Bird Island downtown ISLAND DAYS: The 25th annual community event; Regatta parade at 3 p.m., street block party, dance with Dam Jammers on Saturday; www.birdislandcity.com. international events, kiddie June 14, Willmar parade, fireworks BECKER MARKET: A multicultural market of farmers, growers, producers, artisans and more; see separate story. and entertainment, 2 to 6 p.m., 414 Becker Avenue downtown. June 20-24, Dawson June 14, Willmar RIVERFEST: Unveiling of the 2018 gnome, softball/baseball games, firemen’s MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Great Times Band and the Great American Sing- water fights, street dance, children’s activities, movie in the park, craft fair, fitness runs, Along from 6 to 7 p.m. at Whitney Music Center. antique tractor, grand parade at 2 p.m. Sunday. June 14, Benson June 21, Willmar PIONEERLAND BAND FESTIVAL: 31st annual Flag Day parade at 6:30 p.m. with 12 BECKER MARKET: A multicultural market of farmers, growers, producers, high school marching bands competing. artisans and entertainment, 2 to 6 p.m., 414 Becker Avenue downtown. June 14, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music concert by Ava Hanson from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London; rain or shine; bring your own lawn chair. June 14-17, Willmar THE BARN THEATRE: The musical “Bye Bye Birdie” 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 15, Clara City MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by 2 Brothers from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hinterland Vineyards, east of Clara City.

June 21, Willmar MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Gravel Road from 6 to 7 p.m. at Whitney Music Center. June 21, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music concert by Andrew Walesch from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London; rain or shine; bring your own lawn chair. June 21-23, New London THE LITTLE THEATRE: “Boeing Boeing” 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; adults $15, ages 12 and under $8; available two weeks in advance at The Giving Tree Children’s Boutique in New London, Whitney Music in Willmar and at the door. Summer events / Page 9

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June 21-23, 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 21-24, Willmar THE BARN THEATRE: The musical “Bye Bye Birdie” 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 22, Clara City MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Big All Band from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hinterland Vineyards, east of Clara City. June 22, New London LITTLE CROW WATER SKI SHOW: Neer Park, 7:30 p.m.; adults $5, students $3.

June 26, Danube CONCERT UNDER THE WATER TOWER: Free concert featuring Long Road Down, a classic rock band, in Mueller Park, 7 p.m. June 27, Willmar MIDWEEK FARMERS MARKET MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. June 27, Willmar PRAIRIE WINDS CONCERT BAND: Free concert at Robbins Island, 7:30 p.m. June 28, Willmar BECKER MARKET: A multicultural market of farmers, growers, producers, artisans and entertainment, 2 to 6 p.m., 414 Becker Avenue downtown.

June 23, New London FARMERS MARKET: Local produce, honey, cut flowers, baked goods and June 28, Willmar handcrafted items, 8 a.m. to noon, Holm Park on the northwest corner of the Mill Pond. MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Great Times Band and the Great American SingAlong from 6 to 7 p.m. at Whitney Music Center. June 23, Dawson MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM: Dawson-Boyd Arts Association presents “A Musical June 28-July 1, New London Tribute to Patsy Cline” at 7 p.m.; adults $15, students $5; order online at http://www. THE LITTLE THEATRE: “Boeing Boeing” 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 dawsonboydarts.com. p.m. Sunday; adults $15, ages 12 and under $8; available two weeks in advance at The Giving Tree Children’s Boutique in New London, Whitney Music in Willmar and at June 23-24, Alexandria the door. VIKINGLAND BAND FESTIVAL: Minnesota Drum Corps Premiere field show of seven marching groups including all four of Minnesota’s all-age drum & bugle corps, 7 p.m. June 28, Spicer Saturday, at high school football field, admission charged; parade of 20 bands down MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music concert by Jeff James from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Broadway, 1:30 p.m. Sunday. at Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London; rain or shine; bring your own lawn chair. June 24, Willmar VIKOR MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION: Annual service 11 a.m.; potluck dinner. June 29, Spicer KAYAK THE CROW RIVER: Ages 12 and up for solo boat, call for options with June 26, Appleton younger children; on the Mill Pond in New London. PWELC instructors will be there to MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert featuring Montevideo Area Community Band, 7 help, equipment is provided, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.; $15 per kayak; call 320-354-5894 p.m., Riverview Park Bandstand, Hering and Venum Streets, bring your own lawn chair to register. Summer events / Page 10

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June 29, Clara City MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Wendell Nash and friends from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hinterland Vineyards, east of Clara City.

July 3-4, Prinsburg ANNUAL FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION: Fireworks on Tuesday; walk/run, games for all ages, kiddie parade at 6 p.m. followed by main parade Tuesday; see separate July 4th story.

June 29, New London LITTLE CROW WATER SKI SHOW: Neer Park, 7:30 p.m.; adults $5, students $3.

July 4, Maynard FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION: Medallion hunt, firemen’s dance, parade at 11 a.m. July 4, entertainment, queen coronation, kiddie tractor pull and fireworks; see separate July 4th story.

June 29-July 1, Bird Island POLKA FEST: 37th annual, 27 hours of dancing on the Island Ballroom’s large wooden dance floor; starting at 2 p.m. Friday and continuing through Sunday.

June 30, New London FARMERS MARKET: Local produce, honey, cut flowers, baked goods and July 4, Willmar handcrafted items, 8 a.m. to noon, Holm Park on the northwest corner of the Mill Pond. MIDWEEK FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. June 30-July 4, Spicer INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION: Craft show, fireworks, street dance; grand July 4, Willmar parade 10 a.m. Wednesday; see separate July 4th story for details. PRAIRIE WINDS CONCERT BAND: Free concert at Robbins Island, 7:30 p.m.

JULY

July 4, Terrace FOURTH OF JULY: Family fun is going on at the Terrace Mill with old-fashioned games, contests, prizes; bring a picnic; races begin at 6:30 p.m.; see separate July 4th story.

July 1, Litchfield MUSIC CONCERT: Bob and Sheila Everhart Smithsonian Museum of Traveling Music, 2 p.m., Litchfield Opera House, music of the settlers and homesteaders of the Great Plains and prairie; $10; 320-535-0829.

July 4-8, Starbuck HERITAGE DAYS: Fly-in breakfast, 5 and 10k runs, craft fair, teenage beach party, children’s activities, grand parade 6 p.m., queen’s coronation, fireworks at 10 p.m. Saturday; community church service on Sunday.

July 2-4, Madison SUMMERFEST: Queen pageant, parade 2 p.m. on July 4 and fireworks at dusk; see separate July 4th story.

July 5, Willmar BECKER MARKET: A multicultural market of farmers, growers, producers, artisans and entertainment, 2 to 6 p.m., 414 Becker Avenue downtown.

July 3, Prairie’s Edge BEACH PARTY: Bob and the Beachcombers from 8 p.m. to midnight with the area’s largest fireworks display at 10 p.m.

July 5, Willmar MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Addison Ave from 6 to 7 p.m. at Whitney Music Center. Summer events / Page 11

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Summer events Continued from Page 10 July 5, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music concert by Big Al Band from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London; rain or shine; bring your own lawn chair.

July 12, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music concert by Mark Allen from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London; rain or shine; bring your own lawn chair.

July 5-6, New London LITTLE CROW WATER SKI SHOW: Neer Park, 7:30 p.m.; adults $5, students $3.

July 12, Danube CONCERT UNDER THE WATER TOWER: Free concert featuring Tim Eggebraaten in Mueller Park, 7 p.m.

July 6, Clara City MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by The B’s from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hinterland Vineyards, east of Clara City. July 12-14, Canby YELLOW MEDICINE COUNTY FAIR July 7, New London FARMERS MARKET: Local produce, honey, cut flowers, baked goods and July 12-15, Litchfield handcrafted items, 8 a.m. to noon, Holm Park on the northwest corner of the Mill Pond. 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 July 7, Paynesville contest; fireworks, grand parade 6 p.m. Saturday; Little Crow Water Ski show 1 p.m. BOAT PARADES: Rice Lake Association boat parade, 1:30 p.m. starting from Fisher’s and queen’s coronation 7 p.m. on Sunday; www.watercade.com. 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 13, Clara City MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by the Big Al Band from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hinterland July 8, Montevideo Vineyards, east of Clara City. 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, July 13, New London www.chippewacohistory.org. LITTLE CROW WATER SKI SHOW: Neer Park, 7:30 p.m.; adults $5, students $3. July 13-14, Clara City PRAIRIE FEST DAYS: City celebrations with the theme “Party in the Park” with a variety of events for the whole family; grand parade 4 p.m. Saturday followed by rib fest. July 13-14, Madison DRAGON FEST: Lou T. Fisk 5K run, street dance, golf tournament, ribfest and more. July 13-15, Brooten BONANZA VALLEY DAYS: Dances, sports tournaments, walk/run, kiddie parade, children’s activities, parade at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. July 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. July 14, 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 14, Granite Falls RIVERSIDE MARKET: Music, crafts, art, vintage and more between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. along the downtown plazas along the Minnesota River. July 8, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music by Big Al from 4 to 6 p.m. at Pirrotta Park; bring your own lawn chair.

July 14, Blomkest APPRECIATION DAY: Activities in the park, parade at 4:30 p.m. followed by Fire Department supper.

July 10, Litchfield GARDEN TOUR: Meeker County Master Gardeners tour in the Dassel area, 5 to 8:30 p.m.

July 15, 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 11, Willmar July 15, Spicer MIDWEEK FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music by 1060 West Addison Blues from 4 to 6 jams, and baked goods; 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. p.m. at Pirrotta Park; bring your own lawn chair. July 11-15, Danube FUN DAYS: Kids’ treasure hunt, adult medallion hunt and secret person/phrase, ice cream social, barbecue pork supper, volleyball tournament, waffle feed, kid’s tractor pull, fireman keg shoot, kids carnival, car show, street dance, watermelon feed, grand parade at 2 p.m. Saturday and more. July 11-15, Redwood Falls REDWOOD COUNTY FAIR July 12, Willmar BECKER MARKET: A multicultural market of farmers, growers, producers, artisans and entertainment, 2 to 6 p.m., 414 Becker Avenue downtown. July 12, Willmar MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Great Times Band and the Great American Sing-Along from 6 to 7 p.m. at Whitney Music Center.

July 16-22, New London WATER DAYS: 60th annual event with displays around town showcasing previous years, medallion hunt, Belgian waffle feed, bingo, tennis tournament, hog roast, games, water slide and euro trampoline, kids fun run, kids fishing tournament, style show, omelet breakfast, queens coronation, vendor market, Little Crow ski shows, petting zoo, bean bag tournament, singing competition, crafts and food vendors, fireworks, church on the pond, street dance and the grand parade 11 a.m. Saturday. July 17, Willmar ROCKIN’ ROBBINS: Free concert featuring Matt Vee family & friends, 6:30 p.m., Robbins Island Park; bring your own lawn chair; opening act at 5 p.m.; food booths, vendors and more. July 17, 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. Summer events / Page 14

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Summer events Continued from Page 11 July 18, Willmar July 24, Willmar MIDWEEK FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and ROCKIN’ ROBBINS: Free concert featuring “Rumors and Dreams” Fleetwood Mac jams, and baked goods; 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. tribute, 6:30 p.m., Robbins Island Park; bring your own lawn chair; opening act at 5 p.m.; food booths, vendors and more. July 18-20, Glenwood POPE COUNTY FAIR July 24, Danube CONCERT UNDER THE WATER TOWER: Free concert featuring Melanie Devaney in July 18-22, Sacred Heart Mueller Park, 7 p.m. 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 July 24, Appleton the parade at 6 p.m. followed by a night at the ballpark with food vendors, music, MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert featuring Chuck Thiel and the Jolly Ramblers, 7 p.m., children’s activities, and a baseball game ending with family entertainment at the Riverview Park Bandstand, Hering and Venum Streets; bring your own lawn chair ballpark and adult dance; 5K run, family fun walk, pancake breakfast, trap shoot, bean bag tournament, kids’ fest in the park and street dance featuring Casey July 24, Spicer Donahew Band on Saturday; community worship, dinner, and the Amazing Race and YOUTH SHOTGUN SPORTING CLAYS: The clays come from the left, right, straight at baseball on Sunday; SHAHS museum will be open Friday-Sunday. 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. July 19, Spicer One for the first-time shooter in addition to our regular sporting clay range; PIONEER SKILLS: Do you have what it takes to live as a Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center Westby Shooting Range, for pioneer? Test your knowledge while participating in our ages 12-18, four time slots beginning at 6 p.m.; $5 per person; to register version of “Oregon Trail;” grades 3-6, 9 a.m. to noon, $15; call 320-354-5894. Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center. July 24-29, Glenwood July 19, Willmar WATERAMA: 63rd annual, Kiddie parade, water shows, running races, car BECKER MARKET: A multicultural market of farmers, growers, show, fireworks, dances, sports tournaments, community worship service, kids producers, artisans and entertainment, 2 to 6 p.m., 414 Becker tractor pull, lighted pontoon parade at dusk Saturday followed by fireworks; Avenue downtown. 100-unit parade 1 p.m. Sunday. July 19, Willmar MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Big Al Band from 6 to 7 p.m. at Whitney Music Center.

July 25, Willmar MIDWEEK FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot.

July 19, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music concert by Jack and Kitty from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London; rain or shine; bring your own lawn chair.

July 25-29, Montevideo CHIPPEWA COUNTY FAIR

July 19-21, New London LITTLE CROW WATER SKI SHOW: Neer Park, 7:30 p.m.; adults $5, students $3. July 20, Clara City MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Phil Rounsville from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hinterland Vineyards, east of Clara City. July 20, Willmar MOVIES IN THE PARK: 9 p.m., Robbins Island, the movie “Jumanji” will be shown, pre-activities for one hour before the movie, free admission, popcorn and pop, bring a chair or blanket and bug spray; in the event of bad weather it will be at the City Auditorium. July 20-22, Cosmos SPACE FESTIVAL: 49th annual festival commemorates the first man on the moon; parade 2 p.m. Sunday; other events are Minn-E-Rods, softball tournament, volleyball tournament, antique tractor pull, meals in the park, fireworks, pancake breakfast, pork chop dinner, church in the park, music entertainment, crafters, pedal tractor pull, disc golf tournament, laser tag, bean bag tournament, city wide garage sales, drawings, and many other activities. July 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.

July 25-29, Sauk Centre STEARNS COUNTY FAIR

July 21, New London July 26, Willmar FARMERS MARKET: Local produce, honey, cut flowers, baked goods and BECKER MARKET: A multicultural market of farmers, growers, producers, artisans handcrafted items, 8 a.m. to noon, Holm Park on the northwest corner of the Mill Pond. and entertainment, 2 to 6 p.m., 414 Becker Avenue downtown. July 21, Benson July 26, Willmar KID DAY CELEBRATION: Started in 1931, the annual celebration is dedicated to kids; MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Great Times Band and the Great American Singincludes parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, carnival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and coronation. Along from 6 to 7 p.m. at Whitney Music Center. July 22, Spicer July 26, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music by New London-Spicer community band from MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music concert by Skippin’ Stones from 6:30 to 8:30 4 to 6 p.m. at Pirrotta Park; bring your own lawn chair. p.m. at Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London; rain or shine; bring your own lawn chair. July 23-29, Olivia CORN CAPITAL DAYS: 51st anniversary, kid’s triathlon on Tuesday; golf tournament July 27, Spicer and community bingo on Wednesday; family fun night and grilled pork chop supper KAYAK RINGO LAKE: Ages 12 and up for solo boat, call for options with younger on Thursday; zoomobile, kid’s fair, pedal tractor pull, street dance on Friday; arts and children; on the Ringo Lake, east of PWELC. PWELC instructors will be there to help, crafts, kids’ bean bag tourney, corn feed, corn toss, corn capital run, live music, kiddie equipment is provided, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.; $15 per kayak; call 320-354-5894 to parade, grand parade 3 p.m. Saturday; fly-in breakfast Sunday. register. Summer events / Page 15

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Summer events Continued from Page 14 July 27, Clara City MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by 2 Brothers from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hinterland Vineyards, east of Clara City.

can learn about the sports, exercise and have fun; experienced climbers can train and refine their skills. PWELC instructors will be there to help, equipment is provided, 4 to 5:30 p.m.; $10 per session; call 320-354-5894 to register.

July 27-28, Spicer GREEN LAKE QUILT AUCTION: 34th annual auction with preview Friday evening; Saturday display and auction at 11 a.m. of homemade quilts, homemade lefse, craft booth, country store, entertainment, food; held at Green Lake Bible Camp, 320-7962181.

Aug. 2, Willmar MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Guy Stevermer from 6 to 7 p.m. at Whitney Music Center.

Aug. 2, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music concert by the Big Al Band from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London; rain or shine; bring July 27-29, Kerkhoven TOWN AND COUNTRY DAY: Kiddie parade, kids’ fun run, firemen’s water fight and your own lawn chair. watermelon feed, Fireman’s Auxiliary food stand on Friday evening; on Saturday there Aug. 2-3, New London will be a kids’ tractor pull, fun run, antique car show, flea market, 3 on 1 basketball, THE LITTLE THEATRE: “Florence Foster Jenkins” 7:30 p.m. Thursday through bean bag tournament, parade at 3 p.m., noon and evening meal with entertainment Saturday; adults $15, ages 12 and under $8, available two weeks in advance at The and junior coronation; non-denominational worship service, tractor pull and free Giving Tree Children’s Boutique in New London, Whitney Music in Willmar and at the swimming at the pool on Sunday. door. July 28, Willmar Aug. 2-5, Litchfield FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, MEEKER COUNTY FAIR baked goods and crafts; 6:30 a.m. to noon, YMCA parking lot. Aug. 3, Clara City MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by The B’s from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hinterland Vineyards, east of Clara City.

July 28, 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, New London LITTLE CROW WATER SKI SHOW: Neer Park, 7 p.m.; adults $5, students $3.

July 29, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music by the Great Times Band from 4 to 6 p.m. at Pirrotta Park; bring your own lawn chair. July 31, Willmar ROCKIN’ ROBBINS: Free concert featuring Big Toe and the Jam, 6:30 p.m., Robbins Island Park; bring your own lawn chair; opening act at 5 p.m.; food booths, vendors and more.

Aug. 3-5, Pennock PENNOCK FUN DAYS: Tractor pull, pedal pull, dance, activities for the whole family; parade at 11 a.m. Saturday. Summer events / Page 16

July 31, Appleton MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert featuring 34th Infantry Division “Red Bull” Band, 7 p.m., Riverview Park Bandstand, Hering and Venum Streets; bring your own lawn chair

AUGUST Aug. 1, Willmar MIDWEEK FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. Aug. 2, Willmar BECKER MARKET: A multicultural market of farmers, growers, producers, artisans and entertainment, 2 to 6 p.m., 414 Becker Avenue downtown. Aug. 2, Spicer INDOOR ROCK CLIMBING: For all ages at Prairie Woods Environmental Learn Center; challenge yourself both physically and mentally at your own pace, beginners

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Summer events Continued from Page 15 Aug. 3-5, 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. 8-10, Bird Island RENVILLE COUNTY FAIR

Aug. 3-5, 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. 8-11, New London 32nd ANNUAL NEW LONDON TO NEW BRIGHTON ANTIQUE CAR RUN: 120-mile trek on Saturday, patterned after British Veteran Car Run from London to Brighton, England; features cars from 1915 and earlier; finish line in Long Lake Regional Park in New Brighton on Saturday. Country tours on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday leaving from New London each day. See separate story.

Aug. 4, 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. 8-11, Willmar KANDIYOHI COUNTY FAIR

Aug. 8-12, Marshall LYON COUNTY FAIR

Aug. 4, 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. 9, Willmar BECKER MARKET: A multicultural market of farmers, growers, producers, artisans and entertainment, 2 to 6 p.m., 414 Becker Avenue downtown.

Aug. 4-5, Hanley Falls GOOD OLD DAYS THRESHING SHOW: Antique tractors and engines featuring John Deere tractors, pedal pull, flea market, parade; machinery museum; 507-768-3552. Aug. 5, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music by the Mill Pond Jazz Quartet from 4 to 6 p.m. at Pirrotta Park; bring your own lawn chair. Aug. 7, Spicer PIONEER DAY: Dress as a pioneer and then get busy with indoor chores which will include preparing our own pioneer lunch. Followed by some outdoor activities such as doing laundry, cutting wood and beating rugs. After chores there should be time to play a few games, make a craft and maybe even end with a sweet treat of homemade ice cream; grades 3-6, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., $35 includes lunch, pre-registration required; Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center.

Aug. 9, Willmar MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Great Times Band and the Great American Sing-Along from 6 to 7 p.m. at Whitney Music Center. Aug. 9, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music concert by John Dokken from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London; rain or shine; bring your own lawn chair. Aug. 9-12, New London THE LITTLE THEATRE: “Florence Foster Jenkins” 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; adults $15, ages 12 and under $8, available two weeks in advance at The Giving Tree Children’s Boutique in New London, Whitney Music in Willmar and at the door. Aug. 10, Clara City MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Wendell Nash from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hinterland Vineyards, east of Clara City. Aug. 10-11, Starbuck DRAGON BOAT RACING: 11th annual co-ed races, music, food, kids’ events, boats provided, Lake Minnewaska; 320-239-4220. Aug. 11, 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. 11, 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. 11, Granite Falls RIVERSIDE MARKET: Music, crafts, art, vintage and more between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. along the downtown plazas along the Minnesota River. Aug. 11-12, Spicer WEST CENTRAL BOWHUNTER 60 3D SHOOT: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center; realistic hunting shots along with fun targets; family event; 320-212-4715.

Aug. 7, Willmar ROCKIN’ ROBBINS: Free concert featuring Fabulous Armadillos, 6:30 p.m., Robbins Aug. 12, Spicer Island Park; bring your own lawn chair; opening act at 5 p.m.; food booths, vendors YOUTH SPORTING CLAYS: Great opportunity to shoot for the first time or to improve and more. 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; Aug. 7, Danube Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center Westby Shooting Range, for ages 11CONCERT UNDER THE WATER TOWER: Free concert featuring the Kingery Family in 16, 3 to 5 p.m. with hot dog dinner to follow, $5 per person; pre-registration required, Mueller Park, 7 p.m. call 320-354-5894. Aug. 7-9, Redwood Falls FARMFEST: Annual trade show; exhibits, crafts, antique tractors, demonstrations, seed plots, Gilfillan Estate; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; admission charged; www.ideaggroup. com/farmfest. Aug. 7-12, Morris STEVENS COUNTY FAIR

Aug. 12, Bechyn CZECH HERITAGE FESTIVAL: Annual festival with ethnic foods, music, folk dancers, children activities. Aug. 12, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music by Jeff James from 4 to 6 p.m. at Pirrotta Park; bring your own lawn chair.

Aug. 8, Willmar Aug. 15, Willmar MIDWEEK FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and MIDWEEK FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. jams, and baked goods; 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. Summer events / Page 17

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Summer events Continued from Page 16 Aug. 15-19, Hutchinson McLEOD COUNTY FAIR

Aug. 19, 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. 15-19, Appleton SWIFT COUNTY FAIR

Aug. 20-24, Willmar THE BARN THEATRE: The comedy “The Three Musketeers” 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; adults $20, ages 18 and under $10; 320-235-9500 or thebarntheatre.com.

Aug. 16, Willmar BECKER MARKET: A multicultural market of farmers, growers, producers, artisans and entertainment, 2 to 6 p.m., 414 Becker Avenue downtown. Aug. 16, Willmar MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Crow River Junction from 6 to 7 p.m. at Whitney Music Center.

Aug. 22, Willmar MIDWEEK FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. Aug. 23, Willmar BECKER MARKET: A multicultural market of farmers, growers, producers, artisans and entertainment, 2 to 6 p.m., 414 Becker Avenue downtown.

Aug. 16, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music concert by Church of Cash from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London; rain or shine; bring Aug. 23, Willmar your own lawn chair. MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Great Times Band and the Great American SingAlong from 6 to 7 p.m. at Whitney Music Center. Aug. 16-19, Alexandria DOUGLAS COUNTY FAIR Aug. 23, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music concert by Radio Acoustic from 6:30 to 8:30 Aug. 16-18, Willmar p.m. at Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London; rain or shine; bring THE BARN THEATRE: The comedy “The Three Musketeers” 7:30 p.m. Thursday your own lawn chair. through Saturday; adults $20, ages 18 and under $10; 320-235-9500 or thebarntheatre.com. Aug. 23-Sept. 3, St. Paul MINNESOTA STATE FAIR: Exposition of agriculture, entertainment, industry and Aug. 17, Clara City education featuring big-name entertainers, more than 700 free performances, 300 MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Jeff Bunnell from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hinterland food concessions, 1,300 commercial exhibits, livestock, agricultural products, fine arts, Vineyards, east of Clara City. creative arts, carnival, rides, shows and institutional displays; contact: Minnesota State Fair, State Fairgrounds, St. Paul, Minn. 55108; 651-288-4400. Aug. 17, New London LITTLE CROW WATER SKI SHOW: Neer Park, 7 p.m.; adults $5, students $3. Aug. 17, New London LITTLE THEATRE: Chris Olson presents “The Memories of Elvis,” 7:30 p.m.’ $17 online in advance, $19 at the door. Aug. 17, Willmar MOVIES IN THE PARK: 8 p.m., Robbins Island, the movie “Coco” will be shown, pre-activities for one hour before the movie, free admission, popcorn and pop, bring a chair or blanket and bug spray; if bad weather it will be at City Auditorium. Aug. 17-19, Montevideo HERITAGE HILL ANTIQUE THRESHING SHOW: 38th 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.18, 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. 18, 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. 18, New London Aug. 24, Spicer MUSIC FESTIVAL: Family friendly day of eclectic live music, food and a kid-zone; FULL MOON CANOE: Enjoy the solitude of a Prairie Woods wetland while watching Neer Park, beginning at noon; admission charged; www.newlondonmusicfestival.com. 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 Aug. 18-19, Terrace and up, children must be accompanied by an adult; 6 to 8 p.m.; $7 per person; call ART MEANDER: Upper Chippewa River art crawl, noon to 4 p.m., self-guided tour of 320-354-5894 to register. studios in and near the community of Terrace. Aug. 24, Clara City Aug. 18-19, Forest City MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by the Big Al Band from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hinterland STOCKADE RENDEZVOUS: Black powder competition, tomahawk throwing, pioneer Vineyards, east of Clara City. 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, Aug. 24, New London held 6 miles northeast of Litchfield; admission charged. LITTLE CROW WATER SKI SHOW: Neer Park, 7 p.m.; adults $5, students $3. Aug. 18-Sept. 30, Shakopee MINNESOTA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL: Magical 16th-century realm with costumed entertainers, seven stages, armored jousting, arts and crafts demonstrations, mouthwatering foods and beverages, authentic Renaissance games; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Labor Day and Sept. 28. Aug. 19, 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. 24-26, Raymond RAYMOND HARVEST FEST: Amazing Race around Raymond at 6 p.m. and community supper Friday; Hawk Creek Run around Raymond 5k, Dad’s Belgian waffle feed, kids tractor pull, knockerball, Raymond Garden club flower show and garden market contest, cookie baking contest, flea and craft market, noon lunch, grand day parade at 1 p.m. followed by kids’ activities, bean bag tournament, lightning basketball tournament, community supper, bingo, and end Saturday with a movie in the park with free popcorn and pop; Sunday will have a community worship service in the fire hall. Summer events / Page 18

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Summer events Continued from Page 17 Aug. 25, Willmar FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, baked goods and crafts; 6:30 a.m. to noon, YMCA parking lot.

Sept. 6, Willmar BECKER MARKET: A multicultural market of farmers, growers, producers, artisans and entertainment, 2 to 6 p.m., 414 Becker Avenue downtown.

Sept. 6, Spicer Aug. 25, New London MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music concert by Custom Made from 6:30 to 8:30 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. p.m. at Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London; rain or shine; bring your own lawn chair. Sept. 6-9, Madison LAC QUI PARLE COUNTY FAIR Sept. 8, Willmar FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, baked goods and crafts; 6:30 a.m. to noon, YMCA parking lot. Sept. 8, 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. 8, New London PRAIRIE POTHOLE DAY: 36th annual outdoor celebration with dog trials, black powder shoot, archery competition, slough scoot, walk in the woods, kids’ activities, food, raffle, duck calling contest, goose calling contest and more; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Stoney Ridge Farm near the intersection of state Highway 9 and U.S. Highway 71 north of Sibley State Park; free admission to Sibley State Park today. Sept. 8, Granite Falls RIVERSIDE MARKET: Music, crafts, art, vintage and more between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. along the downtown plazas along the Minnesota River. Aug. 25, Paynesville FROM THE HEART ART & CRAFT FAIR: Outdoors on James Street and Augusta Avenue, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sept. 8, Spicer GRAPE STOMP: Annual event with wine tasting, stomp contests, food, entertainment, live music and more at Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London; noon to 6 p.m., free admission.

Sept. 8-9, Atwater Aug. 29, Willmar MIDWEEK FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and 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, jams, and baked goods; 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. shingle making, butter churning, rug making, spinning, jelly making, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; adults $5, 12 and under admitted free; 320-974-8588. Aug. 30, Willmar BECKER MARKET: A multicultural market of farmers, growers, producers, artisans Sept. 9, New London and entertainment, 2 to 6 p.m., 414 Becker Avenue downtown. LITTLE THEATRE: “Cassie and the Bobs” present a Patsy Cline show, 2:30 p.m.; $18. Aug. 30, Willmar Sept. 12, Willmar MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Big Al Band from 6 to 7 p.m. at Whitney Music MIDWEEK FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and Center. jams, and baked goods; 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. Aug. 30, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music concert by Jeff James from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 13, Willmar BECKER MARKET: A multicultural market of farmers, growers, producers, artisans at Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London; rain or shine; bring your and entertainment, 2 to 6 p.m., 414 Becker Avenue downtown. own lawn chair. Aug. 31, Clara City MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Radio Acoustic from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hinterland Vineyards, east of Clara City. Aug. 31, New London LITTLE CROW WATER SKI SHOW: Neer Park, 7 p.m.; grand finale; adults $5, students $3.

SEPTEMBER Aug. 31-Sept. 1-2, Litchfield ABATE RALLY: Meeker County Fairgrounds; www.abatemn.org. Sept. 1, 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. 1, 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, Willmar MOVIES IN THE PARK: 7 p.m., Robbins Island, the movie “Despicable Me 3” will be shown, pre-activities for one hour before the movie, free admission, popcorn and pop, bring a chair or blanket and bug spray; in the event of bad weather it will be at the City Auditorium. Sept. 15, Willmar CELEBRATE ART! CELEBRATE COFFEE!: 21st 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. 15, 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. 15, 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. 16, Glenwood LAKESIDE SUMMER DANCE: Dance to the Sept. 5, Willmar music of the Jerry O’Hagan Orchestra, 4 to 8 MIDWEEK FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and p.m., Lakeside Ballroom; $10 per person; $5 per jams, and baked goods; 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. person ages 17-30.

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Summer events Continued from Page 18 Sept. 16-17, Appleton APPLEFEST: Annual weekend festival to celebrate the town with arts and crafts, flea market, fireworks, kids’ games, Sunday afternoon parade, and more. Sept. 19, Willmar MIDWEEK FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. Sept. 20, Willmar BECKER MARKET: A multicultural market of farmers, growers, producers, artisans and entertainment, 2 to 6 p.m., 414 Becker Avenue downtown. Sept. 20-23, Willmar THE BARN THEATRE: “Mothers and Sons” 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. 22, Willmar FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, baked goods and crafts; 6:30 a.m. to noon, YMCA parking lot. Sept. 22, 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. 24, Spicer HARVEST FEST: A day for kids and families from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London.

Sept. 29, 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. 26, Willmar MIDWEEK FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot.

Sept. 30, Terrace FALL FESTIVAL AND FIDDLE CONTEST: 39th annual, gates open at 11 a.m., kitchen at noon and fiddle contest begins at 1 p.m.; admission charged.

Sept. 27, Willmar BECKER MARKET: A multicultural market of farmers, growers, producers, artisans and entertainment, 2 to 6 p.m., 414 Becker Avenue downtown.

OCTOBER

Sept. 27-30, Willmar THE BARN THEATRE: “Mothers and Sons” 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. 29, Willmar FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, baked goods and crafts; 6:30 a.m. to noon, YMCA parking lot.

Oct. 3, Willmar MIDWEEK FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. Oct. 5-7, Minnesota River Valley ART MEANDER: Five-county upper Minnesota River art crawl, self-guided tour of 37 individual artists and 33 studios in and near the western Minnesota communities of Ortonville, Appleton, Madison, Milan, Dawson, Montevideo and Granite Falls.

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Celebrating Willmar

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WILLMAR FESTS CELEBRATION JUNE 20-24

he city of Willmar will be celebrating its 72nd annual city festival with Willmar Fests 2018. A celebration formed from four different community festivals – International Fest, Aqua Fest, Frameries Fest and Kaffee Fests – it is five days of family-friendly fun. The community celebration includes a block party,

Wednesday, June 20

8 a.m. – Flag Raising Ceremony at Selvig Park in downtown Willmar 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

Thursday, June 21

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.

Saturday, June 23

Willmar Fests Tennis Tournament 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. Willmar Fire Department Pancake FeedWillmar 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. Jennie-O Turkey Store Kids Carnival at Robbins Island - inflatables and more 7:30 p.m. – The Little Crow Ski Team Show at Robbins Island 8:30-11 p.m. – Beach Party Concert 10 p.m. – “Works Over Water” Fireworks Show

9 a.m. – Prince and Princess Story Hour at the Willmar Public Library 4:15-9 p.m. Jaycee’s Block Party Kickoff at 5th & Becker Ave – Meet the Willmar Fests candidates – Crowning of the Willmar Fests Junior Royalty Sunday, June 24 – Community group performances and demonstrations Willmar Fests Tennis Tournament Friday, June 22 RAIN backup plan – 7:30 p.m. The Little Crow Ski Team Willmar Fests Tennis Tournament Show at Robbins Island 1:30 p.m. – Free Appreciation Day dance at the Willmar RAIN backup plan – 10 p.m. “Works Over Water” Community Center Fireworks Show at Foot Lake 7:05 p.m. – Willmar Stingers Baseball Baker Field at Bill (Schedule subject to change. Taunton Stadium Check willmarfests.com for the latest information).

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Celebrating the ARTS

STUDIO HOP • JUNE 15-16

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tudio Hop 2018 – the 14th annual – will again bring art to the masses on June 15-16 as artists open 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: Monica Vilars, mixed mediums; Pauline Donahue, collage, drawing, design and papermaking; Ana Serrano, oils; 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: Ginger Hallbeck, watercolors, oils; Bonnie Smith, watercolor, pencil; Mary Schroepfer, oils; Elaine Hagen, photography, mixed media; 3810 105th Ave. SW, 4 miles south of Willmar on U.S. Highway 71, left on 105th Ave. STUDIO 4: Ron Adams, painting and drawing; 900 Park Ave. N.W., north side of Willmar, near the fairgrounds; studio is not handicap accessible. STUDIO 5: Dona Larkin, oil, acrylic, collage; Janet

Olney, embellished gourds; Shalese Sands, painting, scratchboard; Phil Scheevel, woodcarving; John White, photography; Th Barn Theatre, 316 Becker Ave. S.W., downtown Willmar. STUDIO 6: Matthew Braun, oil on canvas; The Barn Theatre, 316 Becker Ave. S.W., downtown Willmar. STUDIO 7: Sharon Schuetze, watercolor and acrylic paintings; 125 Lake Ave. N., Spicer. STUDIO 8: Violet Dauk, painting and children’s books; Joan Miller, stoneware; 5126 County Road 40 N.E., New London; studio is not handicap accessible. STUDIO 9: Bill Gossman, wood fired pottery; John Larson, clay; 313 First Ave. S.E., New London; partially handicapped accessible. STUDIO 10: Laurel Iverson, wire-wrapped and beaded jewelry; Bead Jam Bead Shop, 13 Main St. N., New London; partially handicapped accessible. STUDIO 11: Mark Haen, oil and acrylic; 14991 49th Ave. N.E., Atwater, south shore of Diamond Lake. For additional information visit studiohop.wordpress.com.

NEW LONDON Music Festival SHOWCASES REGIONAL MUSICIANS T he 20th annual New London Music Festival will be from noon to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at Neer Park in New London. The shady park peninsula on the Crow River is the perfect setting for a day of eclectic, family friendly music. Refreshments are available and the kid zone is full of wholesome fun. Bring a chair and a friend. While in

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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 newlondonmusicfestival@ gmail.com or check out the website at newlondonmusicfestival.com.


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elebrate Art! Celebrate Coffee! is celebrating its 21st anniversary this year from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 15 at Kennedy Elementary School in Willmar. There will be full day of fun for all ages including a juried art show and sale, and hands-on art activities. Artists and musicians will show off their talents, and visitors will be able to try out musical instruments. Free coffee will be available all day. There will also be a food court. Admission to the event is free. Celebrate Art! Celebrate Coffee! is made possible by a grant from the Southwest Minnesota Arts & Humanities Council and grants from the Willmar Area Community Foundation and event sponsors. The unveiling of this year’s poster and raffle art will take place Aug. 2 at 11:30 a.m. at The Barn Theatre. Neer Park is located at Second Avenue and Mill Street Southeast in New London. For more information, visit www.CelebrateArtCelebrateCoffee.com.

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County fairs a rite of SUMMER

Good old-fashioned fun

Kandiyohi County Fair Aug. 8-11 Fairgrounds in Willmar

Every day: Bengal Tiger Encounter Show, Knockerball, bingo, haunted house, 4-H shows, FFA barnyard, carnival and cash drawing at 10 p.m. Wednesday: Veterans Day; music throughout the day at Heritage Square Stage by Prairie Winds Summer Band, Mister Business, A Touch of Joy; July 25-29 veterans tribute at 11:30 and free lunch at noon for veterans; Youth for Christ Fairgrounds in Montevideo program 6:30-10 p.m. and bull riding in the grandstand at 7:30 p.m. Thursday: Sr. Citizens Day; music by Erv George, Kingery Family, Crow Every day: Little Farm Hands, a beer garden and carnival will be open River Junction; senior citizen program at 2 p.m., free sweet corn feed at 5 every day. p.m., Lion’s bingo 5:30-9 p.m., talent contest at 6 p.m., KRA stock car racing Wednesday: Burn out contest, bull riding in the grandstand. at 6:30 p.m., talent winners encore at 9 p.m. at Heritage Square. Thursday: Strong Man Contest, Fiesta Floral program, Reptile Zoo, music Friday: Music by Custom Made and ’70s Magic Sunshine Band; 4-H by Hairball and Hicktown Mafia livestock auction at 6 p.m., Music in Motion horse show at 8 p.m. and semi, Friday: Strong Man Contest, Fiesta Floral program, Fiesta City Racing, tractor and truck pull at 6 p.m. music by IV Play Saturday: Cupcake contest, turtle races, talent show, tractor pull and music Saturday: Kids’ Day; pedal tractor pull, Lego building contest, Happy the Clown, Balloon Boy, kids’ games, kids’ straw dive and drawing for kids by the Hepcats. prizes; Baker’s Best contest, music by Ryan Lee and Tripwire at Heritage Sunday: Church service, kiddie tractor pull and music by Sherwin Linton Square; NTPA Tractor Pull at 7 p.m. Band Website: chippewacofair.com Website: www.kandifair.com

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Lac qui Parle County Fair

Renville County Fair

Sept. 6-9 Fairgrounds in Madison

Aug. 8-10 Fairgrounds in Bird Island

Every day: Lac qui Parle Historical Society museum open, 4-H exhibitions/ demonstrations, DonB on the grounds Friday-Sunday with strolling magic, Roger Abrahamson demonstrates bowl carving; carnival. Thursday: Senior Citizen day (free admission for seniors) Terry Nelson Band in the afternoon and the White Sidewalls in the evening. Friday: Kids day (18 and younger free admission), Red Letter band then the 70’s Sunshine Band Saturday: Kids pedal pull, diaper derby, veggie races, Ole and Lena Show, Connie Lee and Friends, Minnesota State High School Rodeo including rodeo clown, and Demolition Derby Sunday: Concord Singers, Tom Bly Memorial Race, Minnesota State High School Rodeo, Wild Life Building, Home and Garden Building, Machinery Hill, Commercial Exhibits, Beer Garden and much more. Website: www.lqpfair.com

Wednesday: Senior Citizens Day, Jerry Frasier show, Dazzling Dave Show NTPA tractor pull and DJ Show Thursday: Pedal pull, Dazzling Dave Show, Steve Russell Show, hypnotist, daytime fireworks, ATV Barrel Races at 7 p.m.; music by Steele River Band Friday: Miss Minnesota, Dollipops Show, Laura Ernst show, pedal pull; Dazzling Dave Show, Demolition Derby at 7 p.m.; music by Tripwire Every day: Petting zoo, inflatables paintball and cash drawing at 10 p.m. Website: www.renvillecountyfair.org

Swift County Fair Aug. 15-19 Fairgrounds in Appleton

Every day: Music, a full slate of 4-H livestock shows, competitions and special exhibits. Wednesday: White Sidewalls Aug. 2-5 Thursday: Ranch Rodeo Friday: DIY demo, Senior Linkage, polka bands and Demolition Derby Fairgrounds in Litchfield Saturday: Rib Fest with Blues Brothers Review performing, visit with Every day: FFA Children’s Barnyard; Little Farm Hands interactive exhibit in authors, and Demolition Derby Sunday: Johnny Holm the Old White Barn; carnival and Inflatables; livestock shows. Website: www.swiftcountyfair.org and Facebook for more information Thursday: Veterans Day - free fair admission all day to anyone with VA card or Active Duty card; lunch at the fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (show your business card or wear company apparel for free admission and then enjoy lunch at one of the food stands), Bulls and Barrels in the grandstand at 7 p.m.; free entertainment: comedy/magic show, hypnotist, and SubZero DJ July 12-14 Entertainment. Friday: Senior Citizen Day - Lunch at the fair 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Goga (goat Fairgrounds in Canby yoga) throughout the day, Euchre tournament at 11 a.m., tractor pull at 6 p.m. in the grandstand; free entertainment: live chainsaw sculpting, hypnotist, Thursday: 5-10 p.m. Bingo, 5 p.m. polka music with the Wendinger Band, and music in the bandshell and entertainment tent. 5:30 p.m. Sandbox treasure hunt, 7 p.m. Wendinger Band polka music Saturday: Kids’ Day - Interactive activities for the kids (rock climbing wall, Friday: 8 a.m. 4-H pancake breakfast, 4:30 p.m. Lego contest, 5-10 p.m. music/performances, pedal pull, stick horse contest); DIY workshop by Bingo, 5 p.m. Tom Anderson magician in Pavilion, 5-7:30 p.m. Cattleman’s Rusty Wood Creations, demolition derby at 6 p.m.; free entertainment: Irish Supper, 7 p.m. Great Plains Tractor Pull and 7 p.m. Tom Anderson magician dancing during the day and evening music performances by Full Throttle in Pavilion. Band and Two Hicks and a Chick. Saturday: 9 a.m. 4-H Auction, 1 p.m. kids pedal pull, 1:15 p.m. 4-H Sunday: Free Day - free admission for all ages – all day; church service led Fashion revue, 2 p.m. Ag Olympics, 5 -10 p.m. Bingo, 5 p.m. Herrlinger by Cornerstone at 10 a.m., bean bag tournament at 11 a.m., Lego contest at Family Band (gospel bluegrass) in Pavilion, 5 p.m. Drunk Goggles 2 p.m., DIY workshop by Rusty Wood Creations, trolley rides from 2-5 p.m. demonstration, 7 p.m. Baja races and appliance/trailer race in the Website: www.meekerfair.com, Facebook: www.facebook.com/ Grandstand and 7 p.m. Herrlinger Family Band. meekercountyfair, Twitter: @meekerfair and Instagram: Meekerfair Website: www.ymcfair.org

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Yellow Medicine County Fair

Pope County Fair July 18-21 No gate admission fee; free parking Fairgrounds in Glenwood Wednesday: AnimalFest Petting Zoo, inflatables, exhibit and vendor buildings open at 1 p.m.; Open Jackpot Beef Show 5:30 p.m.; Ranch Rodeo Grandstand Show at 6:30 p.m. Thursday: AnimalFest Petting Zoo, inflatables, exhibit and vendor buildings open at noon; truck and tractor pull at 7 p.m. Friday: Inflatables, exhibit and vendor buildings open at noon; 4-H Showcase at 6 p.m. and Bulls & Barrels grandstand show at 7 p.m. Saturday: 4-H Auction 9 a.m.; inflatables, exhibit and vendor buildings open at noon; 4-H showcase, Demolition Derby at 6 p.m. Website: www.popecountyfair.org

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32nd New London to New Brighton

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AUGUST 11

he 32nd annual New London to New Brighton Antique Car Run is Saturday, Aug. 11, with pretours in the New London area Aug. 8 - 10. 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, recreating the prestigious London to Brighton Commemorative Run held annually in England. This year promises some special vehicles to pique the interest of early, Brass Era, car enthusiasts. • The NLNB is considered a premiere brass-era car tour in the United States. It is often on car enthusiasts’ “bucket list.” Drivers bring rare antique cars from all over the country to experience “Minnesota Nice” touring on scenic roads.

• Expected are a 1908 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost and a dozen 1903-08 Fords, including rare Model K 6-cyl cars, all pre-date the Model T. As always, Buick, Franklin, Maxwell and REO will be well represented. Rarer makes include: Stevens-Duryea, Columbia, Rambler, De Dion Bouton, Sears, Moon, Autocar and Le Zebre.

• This year’s tour will include drivers from England and Canada along with U.S. drivers from across the country • There are two drivers who have started and finished each of the previous 31 runs. They are from Minnesota and North Dakota and both drive Maxwells.

The tour will begin at 7 a.m. Aug. 11 from New London and proceed through six rest stops before ending in New Brighton at Long Lake Regional Park, 1500 Old Hwy 8 NW. The finish line is open 3 to 6:30 p.m., and is part of New Brighton’s Stockyard Days festival. Approximate times for arrival at rest stops: Trinity Lutheran Church in Grove City - 8:15 a.m., Central Park in Litchfield - 9:15 a.m., Main Street in Kingston - 10 a.m., Buffalo High School in Buffalo - stay until 1 p.m., 1010 River Rd NE, Hanover - 1:30 p.m., Crystal Community Center, Crystal - 2:30 p.m, ending at Long Lake Regional Park. For more information, contact Eric Hylen, (320) 260-7663, modeltmedic@gmail.com. For further tour information check the website at antiquecarrun.org

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Community theater takes center stage

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ll the world’s a stage in local community theater, where a lineup of comedy, serious drama and a familiar popular musical await audiences this summer.

The Little Theatre

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New London

Willmar

Two comedies are on the 2018 summer schedule at The Little Theatre in downtown New London. The season will open with a production of “Boeing Boeing,” to be presented June 21-23 and June 28-30 at 7:30 p.m. and July 1 at 2 p.m. This 1960’s French farce features self-styled Parisian bachelor Bernard, who has Italian, German and American fiancees, each a beautiful airline hostess with frequent “layovers.” He keeps “one up, one down and one pending” until unexpected schedule changes bring all three to Paris, and Bernard’s apartment, at the same time. “Florence Foster Jenkins” will be presented Aug. 2-3 and Aug. 9-11 at 7:30 p.m. and Aug. 12 at 2 p.m. This hilarious comedy centers on the worst singer in the world in 1941. Tickets $15 for adults, $8 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.

Willmar’s community theater will open its 2018 summer season with Broadway musical “Bye Bye Birdie,” set in 1958 it was inspired by the phenomenon of popular singer Elvis Presley and his draft notice into the Army in 1957. Show dates are June 7-9, June 14-16 and June 21-23. Show times are at 7:30 p.m. There will be a 2 p.m. matinee on June 10, 17 and 24. The dramatic comedy “The Three Musketeers” will be staged Aug. 16-18 and Aug. 20-24 at 7:30 p.m. The production is an adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ swashbuckling novel about D’Artagnan and his three friends. They fight in the king’s musketeers for the honor of the queen, who is trying to hide her affair with the Duke of Buckingham. The evil Cardinal Richelieu and the scheming Milady de Winter try to foil their success at every turn. The adventure takes them to England and back as they fight for their king and queen. The summer season concludes with “Mothers and Sons,” which portrays a woman who pays an unexpected visit to the New York apartment of her late son’s partner, who is now married to another man and has a young son. Challenged to face how society has changed around her, generations collide as she revisits the past and begins to see the life her son might have led. The show will be presented Sept. 20-22 and Sept. 27-29 at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Sept. 23 and 30. Tickets: $52 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 50 years. Located in the Cardinal Square building in downtown Willmar, it has theater seating for 220. Amenities include handicapped parking, handrails on aisle seats and hearing assist devices. The mission of The Barn Theatre is “to provide affordable, quality performing art to the community.” The Barn promotes community involvement, affords opportunities for personal growth for its volunteers, displays and develops talent, and provides leadership for the fine arts. 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.

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July 4th celebration, fall festival and much more

he Historic Terrace Mill District, set in the scenic Chippewa River valley, will host a summer-long series of art and social events, wrapping up in autumn with its popular fall festival. The Historic Terrace Mill District lies in a picturesque valley in the village of Terrace, 12 miles south of Glenwood on Minnesota Highway 104. Terrace has been the site of two flour mills during the past century. The first mill was built in 1870 along the 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 which help show visitors how the events of the past have helped shape the present. A gift shop featuring unique items is open during museum hours On the mill’s third floor, the Wheeler Gallery is open during museum hours. The second floor houses the Lee

Paulson Pioneer Playhouse. Summer visiting hours are June 9 to Aug. 27. The mill is open from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Hours during September are noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Other times are available by appointment by calling 320-278-3002. More information about the mill is available on its website, www.terracemill.org.

FOLLOWING IS THE SCHEDULE FOR THE SUMMER OF 2018 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 8-19 and is open to children and young adults. The cast will give performances July 18-19. For more information, watch the Terrace Mill Foundation website or the Historic Terrace Mill page on Facebook. Art crawl The Upper Chippewa River art crawl is Aug. 18-19 from noon to 4 p.m. Maps are available at the mill with listings of participating galleries and exhibitions. The self-guided tour will include artists at each location to discuss and answer questions about their work. More information is available online at jeffreysthornton.com/artcrawl. Fall festival Terrace will host its fall festival and bluegrass jam Sept. 23. The gates open at 1 p.m., along with crafts and vendors. Blessing of the Animals The season ends with a “Blessing of the Animals” at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 7, followed by refreshment for four-legged and two-legged participants. Oct. 4 is the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals. Page 30 — West Central Tribune — Thursday, May 24, 2018


Walk & bike around Willmar

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he city of Willmar offers residents and visitors many opportunities to walk and bike around town. There is a large contingent of trails, pathways and roads listed as walk and bike routes, giving users a nice view of the city, its natural resources and its history.

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Established in 2010, Willmar Walks is three marked routes through downtown Willmar. The routes take walkers by some of Willmar’s historical sites, like Bethel Church, the Frost House, Tribune building and 310 Third Street Southwest, the oldest commercial building in town. There are a total of 18 points of interest on the walks. Each of the three routes start at Selvig International Park, which is dedicated to Willmar’s two sister cities. A banner at Selvig Park shows the Willmar Walk routes and where the points of interests are located. Brochures on Willmar Walks are also available at the Willmar Public Library, LuLu Bean’s and Rick’s Cycling & Sports Center. The Red route is one-mile long. It heads west for one block on Becker Avenue, then south on Fifth Street to Minnesota Avenue, then west two blocks to Seventh Street, north to Becker Avenue, then jogs east and north to Litchfield Avenue and south back to Selvig Park. The Green route, which is 1.5 miles long, follows the Red route to Seventh Street, then south to Kandiyohi Avenue, east to Second Street, then jogs north to Becker and west to Selvig Park. The Blue route is the longest, at two miles. It also follows Red and Green to Seventh Street, then heads north to Ella Avenue along Foot Lake and east to First Street, then south to Litchfield Avenue. At Litchfield, the route heads west for three blocks, then south one block to Selvig Park. Willmar Walks is a joint effort between Rice Memorial Hospital, Kandiyohi County Public Health, Willmar Design Center, Willmar Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and the Kandiyohi County Historical Society.

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Willmar has miles of trails and roads marked as dedicated bike paths, with some of them connecting to larger trail systems like Glacial Lakes. Willmar Bikes, a bicycle and pedestrian education and advocacy group will be scheduling rides throughout the summer. A schedule can be found on Willmar Bikes Facebook page. Since 2015 the city has sponsored a Yellow Bike program which provides donated yellow bikes for people to borrow as they explore Willmar. Yellow bike racks are located throughout Willmar, including four fix-it stations with simple tools to help with bike repairs.

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eamily friendly events are held throughout the region on the Fourth of July, with food, parades, music, fireworks and baseball all 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 with Summerfest from July 2-4, organized by the Madison Area Chamber of Commerce. A parade begins at 2 p.m. July 4, and fireworks will begin at dusk that night. Go to madisonmn.info for more information.

Maynard Maynard’s Fourth of July activities include 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 rest of the day will include a variety of entertainment and patriotic celebrations in town and a parade at 6 p.m. For more information about activities, go to http://www. cmcschool.org/support/. All proceeds for the day support the school.

Spicer Located on beautiful Green Lake, the city of Spicer The event is sponsored by the Maynard Lions Club. draws thousands of people seeking sun and fun during the Fourth of July holiday. Paynesville Events start with a three-on-three “Hoops by the Lake” Two lake associations will celebrate Independence Day basketball tournament at 9 a.m. June 30 on Saulsbury with boat parades on July 7. Beach. The Rice Lake Association will have a boat parade The annual street dance begins at 9 p.m. June 30 in Saturday, July 7, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The parade of downtown Spicer with a full outdoor bar available. decorated boats will start from Fisher’s Resort. The lake is On July 1 the annual 12-mile Green Lake Road Race several miles east of Paynesville. around Green Lake begins at 7 a.m. from Saulsbury The Lake Koronis boat parade will begin at 2 p.m. July Beach. The event brings runners from around the state. To 7. Boats are to line up beginning at 1:30 p.m. at Koronis register go to www.glrr.zapevent.com Ministries. The Koronis Lake Association also sponsors a The Briggs Motley Arts and Crafts Show will be held fireworks show which will be at dusk. The lake is just south from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 2, 3 and 4. of Paynesville. On July 4, the Grand Day Parade begins at 10 a.m. on Lake Avenue. The day ends with a fireworks show at dusk Prinsburg over Green Lake. The celebration in Prinsburg begins at dusk July 3 with Check www.spicermn.com for updates. fireworks. Events begin on July 4 with the 8 a.m. Freedom Fun Run, Terrace which has a 2.5-mile running route and 1.5-mile walking An old-fashioned Family Fun Day is set for July 4 in route. It also includes Adam’s Race for children preschool Terrace. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. through eighth grade. The distance is based on a child’s Bring a picnic to eat near the Keystone Arch Bridge on age. the grounds of the historic Terrace Mill, located along There is no entry fee for runners/walkers. Registration the Chippewa River 12 miles south of Glenwood on begins at 7:15 a.m. at the elementary school. Event Highway 104. sponsors make a donation to Central Minnesota Christian Old-fashioned games and contests, like turtle races and egg-toss, begin at 6:30 p.m. School for each person who finishes a walk or run. Page 32 — West Central Tribune — Thursday, May 24, 2018


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ith numerous regional show titles and two national championships to its name, the Little Crow Water Ski Team is known for offering fun, action-packed shows. This year’s theme is “Little Crow Acres.” The team began in 1979 as a group of local water skiers and has grown since then. At least 25 former team members have gone on to be professional skiers. The team performs on its home waters on the Crow River in New London nearly every Friday evening from June through August with additional holiday and weekend shows scheduled in 2018 at Neer Park. The ski team will also perform at three neighboring communities and compete in regional and national competitions. 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 2018 season at 7:30 p.m. June 1 at Neer Park. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. during June and July and at 7 p.m. in August. There will be no Friday shows at Neer Park on July 27 and Aug. 10 because the team will be at out-ofstate competitions.

However, extra shows at Neer Park will be held July 5 to celebrate Independence Day and July 19 and 21 during New London Water Days. The team competes at the regional tournament July 27-29 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The national competition will be Aug. 9-12 in Janesville, Wisconsin. The team will also perform at 1 p.m. June 17 in Avon, 7:30 p.m. June 23 at Robbins Island in Willmar during the annual Willmar Fests celebration and 7:30 p.m. July 15 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 available. Neer Park has bleacher seating, but those seats are often full about 45 minutes before shows in July and August. Hillside seating is also available. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Parking is located outside of Neer Park. A limited number of handicap parking spaces are available in the park. A deck is provided for those in wheelchairs to view the show. For more information visit the team’s website at www.littlecrow.com.

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he region’s gardens put on a colorful show each summer for visitors to enjoy. TWhether you like to stroll or simply sit and look at the

flowers, here are some places that are worth a visit. Anderson Garden is a mini-arboretum on the northeast shore of Lake Ripley on the edge of Litchfield; access is from Minnesota Highway 22. The public garden has many varieties of exotic and familiar flowers, shrubs and trees that can be viewed from a paved, handicapped-accessible walking path. Plants bloom all season long to create a colorful experience. A gazebo in the park is a popular site for summer weddings and afternoon teas. For reservations, call Litchfield City Hall at 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 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. Pamphlets are available for self-guided walking tours. The center will host its annual Horticulture Night July 26 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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est central Minnesota abounds with natural areas that showcase the region’s lakes, prairies and examples of native plant and animal life. Among those worth a visit: The 600-acre Ordway Prairie Preserve is one of the largest native prairie tracts in the state. The glacial till prairie is made up of meadows, wetlands and woods. It is home to a variety of plant and animal life, including the rare Hill’s thistle and the Poweshiek skipper butterfly. The prairie, acquired by the Nature Conservancy in the 1970s, is located off Minnesota Highway 104 north of Sunburg. It can be reached via a rest area on the Lake Johanna Hill. Lund Prairie, covering 110 acres, is one of the region’s most recent additions to the Nature Conservancy. About half of this preserve is untouched native prairie. It contains more than 200 different species of native grasses and flowers. Lund Prairie is 25 miles west of Willmar on Minnesota Highway 40. Granite outcrops and wetlands are interspersed with prairie at the 40-acre Prairie Smoke Nature Center in Upper Sioux Agency State Park, south of Granite Falls. The area has been restored with native plants. Regal Meadow is a 185-acre preserve exemplifying the region’s native mix of prairie, forest and wetlands. Hikers may be able to spot a rare 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. 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. Green-backed heron are also known to nest here. Note: The island is closed from April 1 to July 15 to protect the nesting colonies.

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here are plenty of opportunities for summer activities, programs and camps in Willmar through Willmar Community Education and Recreation. People of all ages, individuals and families, should be able to find something to enjoy through the spring and summer. A complete list of activities is available at the Willmar CER

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Prairie Winds Concert Band Kandi Basketball Camp: Boys and girls, grades 2 through 11, The Prairie Winds Concert Band performs music favorites during Senior High gym, slated in June, check for dates and times. free Wednesday evening outdoor concerts at Robbins Island in DIY programs: Do-it-yourself nights for adults. Learn to make your Willmar. Concerts begin at 7 p.m., June 6, June 13, June 20, June 27 own greeting cards (Aug. 15), upcycle glass jars and tin cans (July and July 4. The band will feature a variety of music from its programs, 25) or make a wood photo frame or memo holder (July 11). including classic standards, marches, Essential Oils: Adults can learn all about essential Broadway, big band and Dixieland. Audience oils and how to make their own. During the class members are invited to bring a blanket or students will make their own essential oil roller lawn chair. Cancellation in case of extreme ball to take home. Monday, June 18, July 16 and weather will be announced on local radio. August 20, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Willmar Middle School. Swansson Field Recreational Complex Radio Control Aircraft Flight Class: This class Swansson Field Recreational Complex is will teach beginner radio control pilots how to located at Willmar Avenue Southwest. For takeoff, fly and land their aircraft safely and spectator sports, check out the city softball skillfully. One-on-one training for those 14 years old leagues played Monday through Friday at the and up. Instructor will call to set up a time for each Swansson Field complex, which has ample person who registers. Held at the Willmar Radio bleacher space for fans to cheer on their Control Field. favorite teams. Baker Field has more than 100 Pediatric First Aid: Course will teach basic amateur games played, with concessions sold first aid for children. Great lesson for childcare at each game. providers, teachers, parents, grandparents or volunteers who work with children. Following Special programs completion of the course students will be certified •Early Childhood Initiatives and in Pediatric First Aid from the American Heart Willmar Stingers 8th Annual Books-n– Association. 6:15-9:15 p.m., Wednesday, June 20, Baseball: Thursday, May 31, 6-7 p.m. or Thursday, Aug. 23, at the Willmar Middle School. Families with a child kindergarten age and under will be able to read with players on the Willmar Community and Activity Center field. Voucher provides a free hot dog. First Willmar Community and Activity Center is located pitch is at 7:05 p.m. Tickets will be available at 624 Business Highway 71 NE, has programs, at the Willmar Public Library starting May 4. special events and services structured to meet a wide variety of needs and wants from a play area for children, Camps and special events socialization for senior citizens and events and classes for all ages. Cultural Art Workshop: An art program which explores different The center is a place to meet friendly people, read the newspaper cultures. Projects will include sculptural African masks, Mexican or a book, have a cup of coffee, take advantage of health, wellness, blanket weaving, Native American pottery and Tibetan fabric computer and woodshop opportunities and participate in continuous mandalas. Open to grades 3-8. Class will feature new techniques free activities. For more information and upcoming events visit the and materials. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, July 17-19. WCER website, the Community Center Facebook page or call 231Jefferson Learning Center. 8490. “Princess and the Pea”: Students kindergarten through 7th grade will have the opportunity to put on a stage production of “Princess YMCA and the Pea” at The Barn Theatre. There will be acting, singing The Kandiyohi County Area Family YMCA, located at 1000 and dancing skills instruction, along with learning what goes on Lakeland Dr. S.E., in Willmar offers a wide variety of programs backstage. Monday through Saturday, June 25-30. Show will be for area and summer residents. They offer birthday parties, Child performed Friday and Saturday. Watch, child care, preschool and school-age activities, Kids’ Club, Family Kickball: Families of all ages can come out to the Willmar mentoring, programs for active older adults, Middle School North Athletic Fields and play a game of kickball. health and wellness programs and events Tuesdays, June 12-July 24, 6-7 p.m. for youth and adults, lifeguard training, Kinderball: Kindergartners will learn how to play the game of swimming lessons and summer camp. baseball, as well as have fun. Mondays and Wednesdays, For more information, visit June 11-July 25, 5-5:50 p.m., Middle School Field. www.kandiymca.org. Page 40 — West Central Tribune — Thursday, May 24, 2018


Splish & splash in Willmar

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illmar offers three distinct options for fun in the water. Whether you want to take a dip in Foot Lake, ride down the waterslide at the Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center or have a blast running through the new Rice Park Splash Pad, there are plenty of ways to stay cool in the summer heat. There are also swimming lessons available through Willmar Community Education and Recreation.

Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center Located at 1601 22nd St. SW, seasonal phone: 320-441-2018. The aquatic center opens for the season June 11, 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. The center employs Red Cross-trained lifeguards and features a zero-depth pool with interactive toy features, a six-lane 25-yard recreational pool, two 1-meter diving boards, two towering water slides, children’s slide and concession stand. Amenities include chaise lounges, funbrellas and picnic tables. Special events are planned in June through August and will be listed at the pool and at www. willmarcer.com. Daily admission is $3 for swimmers and observers; and $2.50 each for groups of 10 or more. Individual and family season passes are available. Birthday parties — The aquatic center is booking birthday parties and other get-togethers. The entire center can be rented out for after-hour private group events. For more information, call 2318490. The aquatic center is planning special events: Lucky Duck Thursdays — Every Thursday in July; bring a nonperishable food item and pay $1 daily admission.

All special events at the DOAC will be posted at www.willmarcer.com and 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 Summer 2018 will mark the inaugural season for the Rice Park Splash Pad. 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 www.willmarcer.com. Three summer sessions of swimming lessons, Monday through Thursday, June through August, will be held at the Willmar Middle School pool. Adapted swim lessons will be held late June through early August at Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center. Women-only swim lessons will be held in July at the Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center.

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obbins Island Regional Park has been called the jewel of the Willmar park system. It is 55 acres of woods and open green space, located between Foot and Willmar lakes on Business Highway 71 North. The wooded park has one of the largest playgrounds in the state, natural trail, grills and restrooms. Throughout the park there are opportunities for many outdoor activities ranging from hiking and disc golf to boating and fishing.

Destination Playground The newest addition to the park is the Destination Playground. The project was funded through private donations, constructed by community members in May 2017 and opened to the public in June 2017. The 19,000-square-foot playground is fully accessible and includes equipment for able and disabled children. The park has a variety of slides, swings and climbing apparatuses along with themed areas with a castle, barn and train. Shelters Robbins Island has seven shelters available for rent. The enclosed shelters, which have electricity, can be rented for $100; Open Shelter No. 1 (has electricity) $32; Open Shelter No. 2 and Lions Shelter (no electricity) $20. All shelters require a $50 refundable deposit. To reserve a shelter, call 231-8490 or download the rental form on the city website. Disc golf course Disc golf is a light impact sport for ages 16 and over. The recreational sport has exploded across the country in recent years, and the Robbins Island nine-hole course in Willmar is a beauty of its own. Disc golfers navigate around trees, hills and lake water. Don’t worry about getting lost. At the first tee box, there are scorecards and a map to help you keep track of your “throws” and stay on task. The course encompasses the entire park. It starts at the driveway entrance to the Green Shelter and continues to wrap counterclockwise around the island, ending about 50 feet from the No. 1 tee box. Course will be signed.

Disc Golf Tournament The fourth annual Toys for Tots Disc Golf Tournament will be held at Robbins Island, Saturday, July 28, For more information contact Tournament director Steve Gralish (steve.gralish@yahoo.com). Players can also register online at discgolfscene.com. Movies in the Park Fridays, movies to begin at dusk with pre-activities before, June 15 (9 p.m. “Beauty and the Beast”), June 20 (9 p.m. “Jumanji”), Aug. 17 (8 p.m. “Coco”), Sept. 21 (7 p.m. “Despicable Me 3”), at Robbins Island Park. Free admission, popcorn and pop. Pre-activities begin one hour before the movie, including inflatables, arts, crafts and games. Bring blanket, chairs and bug spray. In case of bad weather the events will be moved to the City Auditorium. Call 231-8490 for more information. 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 17 (Matt Vee and the Killer Vees Classic Country Tribute), July 24 (Pamela McNeill Fleetwood Mac Tribute), July 31 (Big Toe and the Jam) and Aug. 7 (Fabulous Armadillos).

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; 5 Ash St. S., New London; 320-354-2943. 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. SW, Willmar; 320-235-3162.

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Run, walk, bike or swim Fitness challenges offer variety

MAY 26 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. 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. Contact 320222-9622 for more information or go online to www.kandiymca. org to register. This event is part of the Glacial Lakes Championship Running Series. JUNE 9 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. Pre-registration is available. Contact Liza at 320-329-4143 or liza.fagen@smbsc.com for more information. This event is part of the Glacial Lakes Championship Running Series as a bonus race. JUNE 23 WILLMAR — Foot Lake 4 Walk/Run. Entry fee is $25 for runners ages 13 and over and $20 for runners ages 12 and under through June 9. Entry fees for runners ages 13 and over is $35 if received after June 9 and $30 for runners ages 12 and under. Walking and running teams also available. Registration is 6:30-7:45 a.m. and the race starts at 8 a.m. Contact Amber at 320-231-4396 for more information or go online to www.footlake4.com to register. This event is part of the Glacial Lakes Championship Running Series. JUNE 23 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. For more information, call Jim Ford at 320564-3461 or email jimford123@mchsi.com. JULY 1 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. Earlyentry 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. This event is part of the Glacial Lakes Championship Running Series. JULY 7 STARBUCK — Starbuck Heritage Days 10K/5K Run. Entry fee is $20 for ages 13 and over and $15 for 12 and under through June 1. The entry fee increases $5 after June 1. Race starts at 8 a.m. Contact Breeana Zaic at 320-239-4220 or visit www.starbuckmn.org for more information. JULY 14 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 jason.michels23@gmail.com or Gabby Johnson at gabbyjohns93@gmail.com for more information. AUG. 4 GLENWOOD — Lake Minnewaska Triathlon at Glenwood City Beach. Race consists of a 400-yard swim, 11.1-mile bike race and 2½-mile run and is open to individuals and teams. Entry fee for individuals is $45 through June 1 and raises to $50 from June 2 to Aug. 2. Those costs raise to $70 on Aug. 3. Team costs are $65

through June 1, $70 from June 2-Aug. 2 and $90 on August 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. 4. Online registrations are available at www. zapevent.com. Contact Linda Hoffmann at 320-239-4972 or go online to www.minnewaskatriathlon.com/ for more information. AUG. 12 SPICER — Green Lake Triathlon. Race will offer two courses; a sprint course consisting of a 1/4-mile swim, 13.4-mile bike ride and 3-mile run and an Olympic course consisting of a 3/4-mile swim, 21.3-mile bike ride and a 6-mile run. Entry fee is $59 through May 31, $69 June 1-July 31 and $79 after Aug. 1. Relay teams are also an option. Registration forms are available online at www.greenlaketri.com or contact Dan at 320-894-5882 for more information. AUG. 25 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 also features team contests for the fastest team and largest team. Contact Bonnie Hauser at 320-220-2347 or via email at bkhauser2@gmail.com. NOV. 22 WILLMAR — Turkey Leg 5K. Pre-registration fee is $25 through Nov. 1. The entry fee is $30 from Nov. 2-22 and $37 on race day. Race starts at 8 a.m. Contact Dan Hubbard at 320-894-5882 or danh@ontherunpromo.com for more information.

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2018 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. 20: Frozen 5k Run/Walk, Spicer March 17: St. Patrick’s Day Red Beard Run, Willmar May 6: Ron Erno Minnewaska Warmup Half Marathon, Glenwood May 11: Cat Scratch Fever 5k, New London May 26: Memorial Day/Law Day 5k, Willmar (320-222-9622) June 9: *Running to a Sweet Beet, Renville (320-329-4143) June 23: Foot Lake 4, Willmar (320-231-8943) July 1: Green Lake Road Race, Spicer (320-894-5882) July 28: Pillsbury Push 10k, Kerkhoven (320-424-1827) Aug. 25: Run Around Raymond 5k, Raymond (320-220-2347) Nov. 22: Turkey Leg 5k, Willmar (320-894-5882) * — bonus race


Ready for some

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Willmar Stingers always entertaining

ight years in and the Willmar Stingers continue to provide one of the more entertaining baseball experiences west of Interstate-94. The Stingers followed up a 41-31 effort in 2016 with an identical version in 2017 as the Willmar-installment of the Northwoods League earned its fifth-straight trip to the playoffs. It hasn’t taken long for the Stingers to become a model team in the Midwest’s premier college baseball summer league. Willmar kicks off the league’s 25th year with a visit from the St. Cloud Rox at 7:05 p.m. May 29 at Bill Taunton Stadium. Former Minnesota Twin Scott Erickson will be on hand to kick off the new season by throwing out the first pitch and sign autographs. The night will cap off with post-game fireworks. Bill Taunton Stadium will be the home for a number of other promotions throughout the summer, as well, including Robotics 2018 PROMOTIONAL SCHEDULE

May 29: Home Opener featuring ceremonial first pitch by former Minnesota Twin Scott Erickson; post-game fireworks. May 30: Robotics Night May 31: Books and Baseball Night. June 1: Baseball Cap Giveaway Night June 4: Community Christian School Night June 5: Rice Community All Stars Night June 12: Bring Your Own Instrument Night June 13: Litchfield Marching Band Night June 14: Dueling Duo Night June 17: Law Enforcement Appreciation Night June 21: Relay for Life Night June 22: Willmar Fests Night June 23: Summertime St. Patty’s Night June 24: Marathon vs. Baseball Night July 1: Willmar Community Recreation Youth Baseball and Softball Night July 2: TV Tunes Night July 3: Steven Brault Youth Jersey Giveaway Night July 7: Ruff’s Gift Card Giveaway Night July 10: Military Appreciation Night July 11: Kandiyohi Power Cooperative Night July 12: Barry Plush Doll Giveaway Night July 13: Renew Your Vows Night July 17: T-Shirt Night July 18: Farmtastic Night July 19: Green Mill Gift Card Night July 20: Pillow Case Giveaway Night July 21: ’50s Night July 26: Salute to Agriculture Night July 27: Vreeman Construction 60th Anniversary Night August 1: Beach Boys Night August 2: Families and Friends of Central Minnesota Christian School Night August 3: T-Shirt Giveaway Night August 9: One-Hit Wonders Night August 10: S’mores Campout Night

Night on May 30, the Rice Community All Stars Night on June 5, Dueling Duo Night featuring the Dueling Pianos June 14, a Renew Your Vows Night July 13, ’50s Night with a pre-game Classic Car Show on July 21 and many others. Bo Henning will spend the summer managing the Stingers and he’ll have plenty of familiar faces at his disposal. Victoria, Minnesota, native Corey Binger is back for his fourth year in the black-and-gold, while Braxton Johns, Myles Smith, Gus Varland, Eli Wilson and Tyler Reichenborn all make their second trip back to Willmar. The Northwoods League is one of the elite summer collegiate wood bat leagues in the country and players from all over North America are clamoring to get into the league, which is a stepping stone to the professional level. Nearly 200 former Northwoods League players are now playing professional baseball, many of them in the major leagues, including Los Angeles Angels outfielder Kole Calhoun, Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar, New York Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson, Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer, San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford, Chicago Cubs second baseman Ben Zobrist, Detroit Tigers pitcher Jordan Zimmermann, Boston Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Pat Neshek. Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Jacob Barnes and Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Steven Brault highlight former Stingers playing in the big leagues so far in 2018. Follow the Stingers at the stadium, in the West Central Tribune and online at wctrib.com; for additional information, visit northwoodsleague.com/willmar-stingers/.

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Glacial Ridge Trail Scenic Byway

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Take the Map Key Douglas County

1. Runestone County Park 2. Runestone Museum 3. Douglas Co. Historical Society 4. Andes Tower Hills 5. Big Ole 6. Carlos Creek Winery 7. Lakes, Lakes & More Lakes

Kandiyohi County

8. Green Lake Bible Camp Chapel 9. Kandiyohi County Museum 10. Old Log Church 11. Endreson Cabin 12. Robbins Island 13. Monongalia Historical Museum 14. Green Lake 15. Prairie Woods ELC 16. Threshing Rig Alley

Pope County

17. Fort Lake Johanna 18. Pope County Museum 19. Terrace Mill & Stone Arch Bridge 20. lndherred Lutheran Church 21. Mount Lookout 22. Starbuck Marina/Hobo Park 23. Ann Bickle Heritage House 24. Barsness Park & Campground 25. Holly Skogen 26. lndian Mounds Park

Swift County

27. Swift Falls Village 28. Swift Falls County Park 29. Swift County Museum 30. St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church 31. Swift County Courthouse 32. Christ Episcopal Church 33. Kerkhoven Heritage Church 34. Sabin House 35. Ambush Park 36. Pillsbury Park

State Parks

37. Lake Carlos State Park 38. Glacial Lakes State Park 39. Sibley State Park 40. Monson Lake State Park

The Nature Conservancy 41. Moe Woods 42. Ordway Prairie 43. Leif Mountains 44. Sheepberry Fen

Bike Trails

45. Glacial Lakes Trail 46. Central Lakes Trail 47. Glacial Ridge Trail

scenic route

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he Glacial Ridge Trail, first designated a state trail in May 1969, may not be the fastest way to travel to Glenwood from Willmar — but it is a much more scenic alternative. Signs direct you along the Minnesota Scenic Byway through the rolling slopes to Spicer, around Green Lake into the Lost Valley area and to scenic New London and Sibley State Park. From the park, it takes you north to the Timber Lake Trail on through the hills, swamps and lakes of Norway Lake Township. North from Sunburg, you drive past the Ordway Prairie and can stop at the Lake Johanna Lookout to survey the rolling kames and native prairie countryside. There’s also the Terrace Mill and Glacial Lakes State Park along the way, as well as scenic views of Lake Minnewaska. The Glacial Ridge Trail consists of more than 200 miles of designated highways that wind through towns, past historic sites and near at least one famous author’s home — Sinclair Lewis. But what’s most apparent to people who travel this scenic route is its distinctive landscape. Thousands of feet of glacial ice covered west central Minnesota 10,000 years ago. When the last Ice Age ended, the glacier receded, leaving behind lakes, waterways, sand beds and gravel ridges. Some of the best of those features can be seen on the roads of the trail, which are marked with signs bearing an arrowhead symbol. Available maps make the roads easier to follow, and show the locations of several points of interest, such as prime bird-watching areas, which have been added. Willmar, the southernmost point of the trail, marks the dividing line where the glacier ended. To the south is flat farmland; to the north, a mixture of prairie, lakes and rolling hills left behind when the glacier receded. The so-called “Bonanza Valley” around Belgrade and Brooten is a broad sand plain that was deposited as glacial meltwater flowed north and east. The Crow and Chippewa rivers

developed to carry the water away. From Fort Lake Johanna, a former military outpost, there’s a view of a series of conical hills, known as kames, formed by glacial potholes filled with rock and gravel. After passing through Glenwood and Starbuck and making a detour east to Sauk Centre, the trail ends at its northernmost point — Alexandria. There are plenty of signs, so it’s tough to get lost. Still, it’s good to have a brochure with you, because the trail makes several loops. Maps are available from the Kandiyohi County Tourist Information Center on East Highway 12 in Willmar and at the Glenwood Chamber of Commerce, 200 N. Franklin St.

Here are some highlights to look for on the Glacial Ridge Trail

• Lost Valley, which is particularly scenic in the fall, at the trail’s easternmost end, winds up and down hills through a hardwood forest. • Ordway Prairie between Sunburg and Glenwood. • Terrace Mill is a restored grain mill in the town of Terrace, set in the valley of the Chippewa River. The mill hosts several festivals during the summer and fall. • A collection of old threshing machines is on the “boot hills” above “Threshing Rig Alley,” a two-mile section of road north of Sunburg. • Sauk Centre is the site of the Sinclair Lewis Home and Museum. Lewis’ novels include “Main Street” and “Babbitt.” • Attractions in Glenwood include the Bickle House, Morning Glory Gardens and Mount Lookout. • Four state parks lie along the trail: Sibley State Park, west of New London; Monson Lake State Park, south of Sunburg; Glacial Lake State Park, south of Starbuck; and Carlos State Park, north of Alexandria. • Good spots for bird watching are the area between New London and Sibley State Park; Eagle Lake, north of Willmar; Timber Lake Road, east of Sunburg; and the Ordway Prairie and Fort Lake Johanna area.

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Glacial Lakes Trail a beauty T

Hike, bike, walk or ride horse through countryside

he Glacial Lakes Recreation Trail provides plenty of opportunities for a variety of outdoor activities across Kandiyohi County’s prairie lakes region. The trail is paved with asphalt for 22 miles between Willmar, Spicer, New London, Hawick, and the Kandiyohi/Stearns County line. A five-mile stretch from Richmond to Roscoe is also paved. The segment from Willmar to New London has 10 miles of parallel, grass treadway for horseback riding, while the New London to the Kandiyohi/ Stearns County line segment has grass shoulders to accommodate this activity. The smooth-surfaced trail winds through the heart of the county’s scenic resort communities, lakes and wooded hills. The gently rolling topography of Central Minnesota was created by glaciers retreating 10,000 years ago. The trail cuts across the border between Minnesota’s western tallgrass prairie and eastern deciduous forest. Though much of the area has been cultivated, remnants of virgin prairie, wetlands and scattered woodlots can still be found along the railroad right-of-way. There are numerous places along the trail to stop and enjoy lakeside views. Popular swimming areas at Saulsbury Beach on Green Lake in Spicer and the Mill Pond in New London are close to the trail. Trail users can also watch the waterfowl in wetlands, spot wildlife — such as white-tail deer and butterflies — in the rolling-hill woodlots along the trail and enjoy refreshments at unique restaurants, ice-cream shops and coffee shops in Spicer and New London.

Primary summer use of the developed trail includes hiking, bicycling, horseback riding and in-line skating. The Glacial Lakes Trail connects to Sibley State Park near New London via three miles of paved shoulder along County Road 148. In Paynesville it connects to the 20 mile Lake Koronis Recreation Trail around Lake Koronis. To the south, Cosmos marks the western end of the Luce Line Trail, a 63-mile long trail that begins in the Twin Cities suburb of Plymouth. The trail consists of a natural surface from Cosmos to Winsted. It goes through mostly rural countryside that includes surviving tracts of tall-grass prairie. Both the Glacial Lakes Trail and the Luce Line Trail follow former railroad lines. They are maintained by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Parking for the Glacial Lakes Recreation Trail: Willmar: Take U.S. Highway 12 east to County Road 9. Turn north (left) and go 2 miles to parking lot on west (left) at the Civic Center. Spicer: At the junction of state Highway 23 and County Road 10. Parking lot west off Highway 23. East Nest Lake Public Water Access: 2 miles north of Spicer on Highway 23 and one-half mile west on the Township Road. New London: Off state Highway 23 and follow state Highway 9 north to public water access parking lot on east (right). Hawick: North side of town, at the intersection of state Highway 23 and County Road 2.

SHARE THE TRAIL WITH OTHERS: • Stay on designated trail • Keep right so others can pass• Keep all pets on leash/dispose of pet waste • Obey traffic signs and rules • Pick up all garbage and litter • Respect adjoining landowners’ rights and privacy • Warn other trail users when passing by giving an audible signal. Some horses may be spooked by quiet bikers or in-line skaters. Let them know you are passing • Camping and campfires are not permitted on the Glacial Lakes State Trail • Enjoy the beauty of wild plants & animals, but leave them undisturbed for all to enjoy

Off-road Fun

Appleton OHV Park, Freedom Ridge

he Appleton Area Recreation Park has a total of 315 acres to T accommodate off-highway vehicle riders — all-terrain vehicles, motorcycles and four-wheel drive trucks — from all over the state.

All OHVs must be registered with license plate visible and all riders under There is no admission fee to the park, but vehicle registration or 16 must have the appropriate out-of-state trail passes are required. safety certificate. The park is located two miles northeast of Appleton on U.S. The park was created with Highway 59. Hours are from sunrise to sunset. funds from the National The OHV park includes 10 miles of truck trails, 15 miles of Recreation Trails Program ATV/OHM trails, a 1.5-mile OHM practice track and three enduro and Minnesota Grant-in-Aid. Most of the trail development work tracks. was done by the Swift County Department of Parks, Drainage and It also offers several technical areas for Off Road Vehicles Wetlands with leased equipment and volunteer ATV enthusiasts. (trucks) including rock crawls, stair steps, trails and hill climbs. Some areas of the park are closed periodically due to high water The park also includes a youth ATV training course and a youth conditions; watch for postings at the park or call for more informaOHM practice track, jumps, play areas, sand dunes and a shelter tion about the OHV park and updates at 320-843-5341. Informaand picnic area. tion is also available at www.swiftcounty.com by clicking on the There is an additional hiking and cross-country ski trail around County Parks option and then on Appleton OHV park option. the perimeter. Freedom Ridge A map is posted in the picnic shelter at the start of the trails Jeep climbing and 4×4 off roading is also available at Freedom and offers different levels of difficulty for different levels of riders. Ridge south of Atwater. Located at 1130 195th Street Southeast, off There is also a list of rules and regulations to make people aware of Kandiyohi County Road 2, the area is an old gravel pit, and offers hours of off-road fun, camping and more. For information email the laws that need to be followed for their safety. The park is open info@freedomridgerocks.com or check them out at facebook.com/ to all-terrain vehicles, off-highway motorcycles and trucks and FreedomRidgeRocks/ snowmobiles. Page 50 — West Central Tribune — Thursday, May 24, 2018


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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 each park has a different topography and offers different amenities that provide unique experiences to campers and day-visitors. Most of the county parks feature playgrounds, picnic areas, modern restrooms, camp stores, swimming beaches and boat accesses, to name a few of the popular amenities. The number of campsites vary at each park, as well as the number of campsites that have access to electricity, sewer or water. The camping fees are different at each park, with seasonal and weekly camping rates 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

playground, picnic area, shelter, camping pads, modern showers and toilets, and a dump station. Call 320-974-8520 for reservations. 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 Big Kandiyohi Lake County Park West is located on the west boating recreation. The park is located 5 miles north of the city of side of Big Kandiyohi Lake, 10 miles south of Willmar. The lake is Spicer on Northshore Drive. The park has 61 campsites with camping known for northern, walleye, bullhead and crappie fishing year pads, water, sewer and electricity available. The park also features a ‘round. In the spring of the year, the park is known for its excellent swimming beach, boat access, camp store, game room, playground, crappie fishing in the bay, next to the campground, which has 94 picnic area, shelter, modern showers, toilets, bait and gas. Call 320campsites. The park also has a swimming beach, camp store, modern 796-5564 for reservations. showers and toilets, playground, boat access, picnic area, a shelter, camping pads, campsites with water and electricity, gas and a dump Lake Carrie County Park is a small secluded park located on station. Call 320-995-6599 for reservations. Lake Carrie, five miles southeast of Atwater on a dead-end gravel road off of Kandiyohi County Road 86. It includes a boat landing Big Kandiyohi Lake County Park East is located on the east and large grassy parking area but no camping. The clear water of side of Big Kandiyohi Lake, 18 miles south of Willmar, or 6 miles Lake Carrie is a popular spot for anglers. north of Lake Lillian off County Road 8. The park, which has 80 campsites, has an excellent sandy swimming beach and access to Games Lake County Park is located on the east shore of Games shoreline fishing with walleye, northern, crappies and bullheads Lake, which is part of the “Norway Lake Chain of Lakes” which popular and frequent catches. The park has a beach, boat access, includes 2,800 acres of water known for excellent fishing, including camp store, playground, picnic area, shelter, modern showers and northern pike and bluegill. The campground has 56 campsites with toilets, campsites with electricity, gas, bait and a dump station. Call camping pads, and access to water and electricity. The popular park features a sandy swimming beach with lifeguards on duty from 320-664-4707 for reservations. 1 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., a large picnic area, enclosed picnic Diamond Lake County Park is located on Diamond Lake’s shelters that can be reserved for events, game room, playground, western shore and has 80 campsites. It is located 4 miles north of modern showers and toilets, boat access, boat rental, bait, gas and Atwater, or 6 miles southeast of Spicer, on County Road 4. Diamond dump station. Besides having typical services and camp accessories, Lake is known for its lunker walleyes and scrappy northerns. The 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 campground has sites with access to water, sewer and electricity, London, on County Road 5. Call 320-354-4453 for reservations. and the park also has a beach, boat access, camp store, bait, gas, Page 52 — West Central Tribune — Thursday, May 24, 2018


RESORTS

There are privately owned resorts, campgrounds and an RV campground in the region. Many offer cabins, camping, and boat and motor rentals at a variety of locations on lakes. Information about what those businesses have to offer can be obtained by looking at their ads in this section or by calling the Willmar Lakes Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, 320-235-3552.

STATE PARKS

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED All campsites in Minnesota state parks and recreation areas now require a reservation before they may be occupied. The park system recommends making reservations before leaving home because cell phone coverage and wi-fi can be unpredictable at some parks. For spontaneous campers, there are same-day reservations with no reservation fees available whether you’re booking your site from home, from the road or even from the park. To reserve a campsite, go to www.mndnr.gov/reservations www.mndnr.gov/reservations 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. The Fort Ridgely Historic Site contains the ruins of a military outpost. Built in 1853, it was used as a training base for Civil War volunteers

and to provide protection during an influx of immigrants to the Dakota Territory. The fort came under attack during the U.S-Dakota War of 1862. The fort was abandoned by the Army in 1867, fell into disrepair, and in the 1930s the Veteran Conservation Corp began restoring the buildings. The site was placed on the National Register of Historic Place in 1970. The Historic Site hosts a museum and restored foundations that are managed by the Nicollet County Historical Society. The historic site grounds are open for self-guided tours and the museum is open Friday through Sunday from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The park also contains several graves and monuments connected to the U.S.Dakota War at the Fort Ridgely Cemetery. A paved, 7-mile bike trail connects the town of Fairfax to the park. CAMPING: There are 36 drive-in campsites at the campground, including 15 electrical sites. There are also three secluded walkin sites and one group campsite that are about 1,000 feet from the parking area. Water spigots and vault toilets are available, however there are no flush toilets or showers available in the main campground. A horse camp has 14 sites, including 13 with electricity. Water is available at each horse campsite. The horse campground also has a modern toilet and shower building. Box stalls are available to rent. A farmhouse that sleeps six people is available. A stone picnic shelter can be rented by the day. The park is located at 72158 County Road 30, Fairfax, MN 55332 For more information call: 507-426-7840 or email: fortridgely. statepark@state.mn.us 001723309r1

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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. Stand on top of the scenic glacial hills and experience the vast, open prairie which once dominated Minnesota. Wildflowers and prairie grasses blanket the landscape from spring through fall. 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. CAMPING: The main campsite is located on Mountain Lake. It has 37 drive-in 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 Southeast Group Campsite, which can accommodate up to 50 people, has a picnic shelter with lights and outlets, space for a maximum of three RV campers requiring electrical hook-up, and space for multiple tents. The 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: glaciallakes.statepark@state.mn.us

LAC QUI PARLE STATE PARK

Lac qui Parle State Park is a bird-lovers’ paradise with thousands

of migratory Canada geese and other waterfowl using the area as flight stop-over. The park, near the city of Watson, is located alongside the 33,000-acre Lac qui Parle Wildlife Management Area, with Marsh Lake serving as an important nesting area for the white pelican. Lac qui Parle is the French translation for “lake that speaks,” which is the name the Dakota Indians gave to the lake, perhaps because of its large bird population that creates a chorus of honking and quacking — especially during spring and autumn. The park isn’t just for the birds, however. Lac qui Parle Lake is known as one of the state’s best walleye fishing lakes. Paddle the lake or cast a line and catch walleye, northerns, perch or crappie; explore one of the trails by foot or horseback; and visit the historic Fort Renville and Lac qui Parle mission sites. CAMPING: Upper campground: The 30-acre campground has 43 camping sites, including 37 with electricity and nine that have electricity, water and sewer hook-ups.The lower campground has 24 sites with electricity at 21 sites. Tent camping is available throughout the park. There are three walk-in sites that offer more secluded, primitive camping. There are eight pull-through sites, three of which have electric, sewer and water service and the other five have electricity. 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: lacquiparle.statepark@state.mn.us

Be ready for

38th Annual

adventure

Heritage Hill Threshing Show

in and out of the

water!

The Threshing Show provides entertainment for people of all ages and interests. Allis Chalmers/Rumely is featured this year, but exhibitors of all makes and models are welcome. A new attraction in 2018 is the Norman Museum of 65+ rare Ford tractors. There will be tractor pulls for adults and kids. Dance or just listen to the music of the Custom Made Band while enjoying refreshments from the beer garden on Saturday night.

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Other highlights on the Hill include a daily parade, threshing, a steam-driven sawmill, gas engines, a blacksmith shop, an auction, vendors with craft items, demonstrations and displays in the women’s building and great food in the Threshers’ Kitchen. Step back in time and experience life on the prairie.

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MONSON LAKE STATE PARK

Located in the southeast edge of Swift County south of the small town of Sunburg, Monson Lake State Park offers a quiet getaway and a popular fishing spot. Anglers look for walleye, northern pike, bass, sunfish and crappies in the water of Monson Lake. Bird lovers are drawn to the same, quiet lake to observe pelicans, herons and western grebes. The small park offers a gentle reprieve amidst towering hardwood trees. This is a historic site of the Dakota Conflict of 1862 and was created as a memorial park. The interpretive signs offer visitors an opportunity to discover the stories that took place on site from early settlers to Veterans of WWI who built the park. CAMPING: There are 20 drivein sites, including six electrical sites. The park is located at: 1690 15th Street Northeast, Sunburg, MN 56289 For information about Monson Lake State Park call 320-354-2055 or email: monsonlake. statepark@state.mn.us

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 webpage 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, handicappedaccessible cabin, sleeps five. The year-round cabins feature built-in tables with benches, electrical heat and lights, screen porches, outdoor picnic table and fire ring. Remember to bring your own bedding; cooking via coffee pots and crock pots are allowed inside the cabin. 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: sibley.statepark@state.mn.us

UPPER SIOUX AGENCY STATE PARK

A popular destination for those who appreciate the beauty of the Minnesota River Valley, the 1,280-acre park south of Granite Falls offers 18 miles of hiking trails and 16 miles of horseback trails over open prairie knolls, bluffs and cool, wooded slopes. Canoeing, fishing and wildlife observation are other popular summer activities. A shelter in the main picnic area has electricity, tables and grill. Another picnic area is located at the confluence of the Minnesota River and the Yellow Medicine River. The Upper Sioux Agency State Park, which contains the site of the Upper Sioux or Yellow Medicine Agency, was established in 1963 to preserve and interpret the remains of the old Agency site. CAMPING: The Yellow Medicine Campground has 31 sites, including 14 with electricity. 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 40 sites, including seven with electricity. The park is located at: 5908 Highway 67, Granite Falls, MN 56241. For more information call 320-564-4777 or email: uppersiouxagency.statepark@state.mn.us West Central Tribune — Thursday, May 24, 2018 — Page 55


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We welcome you to Summer Worship

Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend

Whether you are a visitor to our area, looking for a new place of worship or are a long-time member, we look forward to seeing you this summer!

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IMMANUEL EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH Pastor Craig A. Engel Corner of 5th St. & 19th Ave. SW Willmar 320.235.5996

Saturday Night Worship 6:00pm Green Lake Bible Camp, Spicer Sunday Morning Worship 8:30am Green Lake Bible Camp, Spicer

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Sunday Services 8:00 am at Peace Church 9:30 am at Sibley Park

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Adventure a paddle stroke away

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addling enthusiasts call the waters of West Central Minnesota the “Boundary Waters of Southern Minnesota,’’ and for good reason. The rivers and streams of west central Minnesota are waters where you can get away from the crowds and enjoy a wilderness-like solitude. And, they are easy-to-reach and offer a wide variety of paddling adventures. Maps are available from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and on its Web site detailing the river routes on the Minnesota River, Little Crow River and portions of the Chippewa and Pomme de Terre Rivers. Or, paddling enthusiasts Lynn and Robert Diebel published a popular guidebook “Paddling Southern Minnesota’’ (2007, Trail Press of Madison, Wis.) It offers narrative accounts of possible routes, put-in locations and maps. HERE’S YOUR ABBREVIATED GUIDE TO SOME OF THE BEST

Minnesota River There are more than 330 miles of waterway to explore, starting at Big Stone Lake and reaching the Mississippi River at Fort Snelling. Of course, there’s ample opportunity to make two- or three-hour excursions to discover short but exciting segments of the river. The Minnesota River meanders through an oversized valley carved by the Glacial River Warren. The glacial waterway carved a path some 200 feet deep and two miles wide. It offers the modern explorer scenic vistas of wooded blufflands, towering granite outcrops and tree-lined shore lines. There is no portion of the river lacking for scenery, but arguably the most scenic portion of the river runs from the Upper Sioux Agency State Park south of Granite Falls to Redwood Falls. This portion of the river offers some of the most dramatic examples of the granite outcrops. Chippewa River Officially designated as a state canoe route, the Chippewa River offers gentle paddling during normal water conditions and surprising scenery of islands, woodlands and steep bluffs. The best paddling is found above the Watson Lion’s Park. Starting points for adventure include Ambush Park in the city of Benson, Big Bend and the Lentz Landing at the Minnesota Highway 40 bridge east of Milan.

Hawk Creek and Yellow Medicine River When water conditions are right, Hawk Creek and the Yellow Medicine River offer some of the state’s very best whitewater paddling opportunities. Each spring the two waterways attract whitewater enthusiasts from around the state. On both waterways, be prepared to be on your own. There are very few intersecting bridges or signs of civilization as the waters race toward the Minnesota River. Trips on Hawk Creek often start near or upstream of U.S. Highway 212 and continue to Renville County’s Skalbakken Park at the confluence with the Minnesota River. Trips on the Yellow Medicine River often start at the Minnesota Highway 274 (Wood Lake road) bridge and continue to the confluence with the Minnesota River at the Upper Sioux Agency State Park. It’s advisable to scout out water conditions before attempting a trip, or contact Clean Up the River Environment at 320-269-2984 for information on water levels. Real-time data on water flows on Hawk Creek are also available online at: http://www.dnr.state. mn.us/waters/csg/index.html

Little Crow It gets its start in Pope County, but the North Fork of the Little Crow River is best for canoeing as it leaves the Lake Koronis Spillway near Paynesville. There are rapids and hidden snags to watch for, but much Lac qui Parle River The Lac qui Parle River offers an opportunity to surprise an incredible of the river is well suited for family canoeing. array of wildlife, from eagles and owls to softshell turtles the size of wheel covers. The river’s sharp bends, towering cut banks and occasional whitewater makes every outing an adventure. The most popular route is an approximate 3-hour paddle from Lac qui Parle County Park to Lac qui Parle State Park near the confluence with the Minnesota River. Pomme de Terre The fast-moving Pomme de Terre offers opportunities to surprise otters and an astonishing variety of birds, while viewing the changing prairie and woodland landscape. The Pomme de Terre also offers some of the area’s best angling opportunities for walleye. Popular trips include runs from the Swift County Park on U.S. Highway 12 north of Appleton to the city of Appleton, and from Appleton to Marsh Lake. Page 58 — West Central Tribune — Thursday, May 24, 2018


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hen it comes to fishing, Kandiyohi County is all about choices. Few places on the planet are blessed with so much blue water surrounded by rich fields of corn and soybeans. Granted, the lakes won’t be confused with the Ontario backcountry, but on the other hand they are nearby and easily accessible to anglers of all ages — by boat, dock or shoreline. There are more than 25 fishing lakes in the county, most north of U.S. Highway 12. Some are secluded, others are well-settled. Some are deep, some shallow, some are sprawling and others compact. Walleye and northern pike are abundant. Bass fishing also is a draw on selected lakes. Pan fishing for crappies, bluegills and sunfish works on most all water bodies.

‘Where the lakes begin’ Local knowledge is found at bait and station stores scattered throughout the lakes area. Helpful sources are found, too, at county and private campgrounds, at the state park and all resorts. A pole, a bobber and a worm on a hook gets you started. At the right spot on a quiet lake, wading or dock fishing can bring the same big smiles as radar fishing for trophy fish in a high-tech bass boat. Minnows, leeches and the always popular crawlers can be found at bait shops around the Little Crow Lakes area. Please look for the list of bait shops in this publication. Remember, fishing is one-part knowledge, two parts luck and 100 percent worthwhile. The information in the lake capsules that follows is provided by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Division.

LAKE ANDREW DIAMOND LAKE Maximum depth: 26 feet. Acres: 814. Maximum depth: 27 feet. Acres: 1,565. Fishing: Walleye, northern pike, bluegill, crappie, and largemouth bass. Walleye Fishing: Walleye, northern pike, bluegills and crappies. Walleye fingerlings are adult, fingerlings and yearlings are stocked every other year. Numbers and sizes of stocked when natural reproduction is inadequate. Quality northerns are common. walleyes are good. Water clarity: 11 feet. Water clarity: 7.83 feet. Structure: Moderate structure with some bulrush stands on the east shore and north Structure: Abundant emergent vegetation, including bulrush. point. Accesses: One in Sibley State Park and one on the south shore. Accesses: Southeast side and west side of the lake. BASS LAKE EAGLE LAKE Maximum depth: 31 feet. Acres: 52. Maximum depth: 67 feet. Acres: 824. Fishing: The primary gamefish species that anglers have sought include largemouth Fishing: Bluegill, sunfish and perch are abundant. Walleye and northern pike are bass, bluegill, black crappie and northern pike. present, but lower in number. The lake is stocked for walleye, and a northern pike Water clarity: 3 feet. spawning area is operated. Structure: Emergent vegetation (bulrush) is present along the northeast and Water clarity: 8.5 feet southeast corners. Water quality and clarity are moderate, but algae blooms can Structure: Moderate. occur during the late summer months. Submergent vegetation densities (pondweed Accesses: South end of the lake. species) have been historically variable in the lake. Accesses: Access is on the north side of lake, with parking and turnaround limited. EAST SOLOMON LAKE Maximum depth: 14 feet. Acres: 706. BIG KANDIYOHI LAKE Fishing: In recent years, anglers have reported good fishing success for walleye, Maximum depth: 15 feet. Acres: 2,692; Shoreline: 10.4 miles. northern pike and largemouth bass. Walleye fry or fingerlings are stocked into East Fishing: Walleye, northern pike and channel catfish. The lake is stocked with Solomon every even year. walleye fry. Water clarity: 12 feet. Water clarity: 2.5 feet. Structure: Aquatic vegetation stands (hardstem bulrush, pondweeds, etc.) are Structure: Little structure and few submerged beds of vegetation. common. Accesses: Northeast side and southwest side of the lake. Accesses: Northeast side of the lake off of County Road 5. LAKE ELIZABETH CALHOUN LAKE Maximum depth: 9 feet. Acres: 1,054. Maximum depth: 10 feet. Acres: 618. Fishing: Walleye, northern pike and crappies. The lake is stocked for walleye. Fishing: Northern pike, bluegill and crappies. Walleye may be found due to a Northern pike angling is good. connection to Green Lake by the Middle Fork Crow River. Water clarity: 3 feet. Water clarity: 6.3 feet. Structure: Little structure with limited submerged vegetation. Structure: Abundant submerged and emergent vegetation. Accesses: North side of the lake. Accesses: Southeast corner of the lake. ELKHORN LAKE LAKE CARRIE Maximum depth: 41 feet. Acres: 87. Maximum depth: 26 feet. Acres: 81. Fishing: Fishing pressure is relatively low in Elkhorn Lake. Anglers generally seek Fishing: Bluegill, crappie, yellow perch and northern pike. northern pike, largemouth bass, bluegill or black crappie. Water clarity: 3.3 feet. Water clarity: 12.5 feet. Structure: Submergent vegetation is limited to water depths less than two feet. Structure: Submergent vegetation is moderately abundant within the shallow areas. Accesses: West side of the lake. Accesses: East side of lake off of a residential gravel road that ties into County Road 8. CROW RIVER RESERVOIR Maximum depth: 14 feet. Acres: 855. LAKE ELLA Fishing: Northern pike, some crappies and walleye. Walleye are not stocked. Maximum depth: 12 feet. Acres: 136. Northern pike are abundant and of average size. Fishing: The lake is managed for walleye as the primary species with crappies, Water clarity: Moderately turbid. yellow perch, northern pike, largemouth bass, and bluegill as secondary species. Structure: Moderate structure with abundant submerged vegetation, especially in Water clarity: 2.25 feet. protected bays. Structure: Submergent vegetation is rare and limited to water depths less than one Accesses: In New London at State Highway 9 bridge and County Road 31 bridge foot. and one-half mile north of New London. Accesses: Southeast side of the lake along County Road 86.

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LAKE FLORIDA Maximum depth: 40 feet. Acres: 674. Fishing: Walleye, northern pike and bluegill. Water clarity: 10.5 feet. Structure: Some structures on the northwest shore. Accesses: North side of the lake.

HENDERSON LAKE Maximum depth: 57 feet. Acres: 73. Fishing: Local anglers have experienced good fishing success in recent years for a variety of species — including bluegill, northern pike, sunfish and yellow perch — in Henderson. Water clarity: 13.67 feet. Structure: Submergent vegetation stands (coontail, water moss, bushy pondweed, flatstem pondweed) are moderate in density. Accesses: North side off of County Road 10.

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FOOT 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. LAKE LILLIAN Water clarity: 3 feet Maximum depth: 7.8 feet. Acres: 1,149. Structure: Limited structure with moderate submerged vegetation. Fishing: Lillian is managed for walleye as the primary species with northern pike, Accesses: South shore in the county fairgrounds for northwest basin, southeast crappies and yellow perch as secondary species. shore in Robbins Island Regional Park for the southeast basin. Water clarity: 6 feet. Structure: Submergent vegetation was generally sparse throughout the lake. GAMES LAKE Accesses: Northeast side of the lake, ¼-mile west of County Road 4. Maximum depth: 42 feet. Acres: 515. Fishing: Northern pike, bluegill and some crappie, walleye and largemouth bass. LONG LAKE (HAWICK) Water clarity: 8.5 feet. Maximum depth: 46 feet. Acres: 286. Structure: Emergent vegetation (bulrush) is moderate in Games Lake (northwest Fishing: Northern pike, bluegill, walleye and largemouth bass. There is a 12-inch shore and bay areas, east shore areas). Submergent vegetation densities within the maximum size limit on largemouth bass with one bass over 20 inches allowed lake are moderately abundant within the littoral zone areas. Water clarity: 10.5 feet. Accesses: Southeast corner of the lake. Structure: Moderate structure with submerged and emergent vegetation. Accesses: Northwest end and northeast shore of the lake. GEORGE LAKE Maximum depth: 24 feet. Acres: 224. LONG LAKE (WILLMAR) Fishing: Northern pike, bluegill and some crappie, walleye and largemouth bass. Maximum depth: 16 feet. Acres: 1,575. Water clarity: 11 feet. Fishing: Walleye. Northern pike and walleye are present in moderate numbers. Structure: Limited structure with moderate submerged vegetation. Water clarity: 10.58 feet. Accesses: Northwest corner of the lake. Structure: Moderate structure with submerged and emergent vegetation. Accesses: Northeast side and south side of the lake. GREEN LAKE Maximum depth: 110 feet. Acres: 5,406. NEST LAKE Fishing: Walleye, northern pike, bluegill, crappie, and smallmouth and largemouth Maximum depth: 40 feet. Acres: 945. bass. Walleye stocking has occurred every year with fry, fingerling, yearling and Fishing: Walleye, northern pike, bluegill, crappie and smallmouth bass. adult. Walleye fingerlings are stocked every other year. Water clarity: 8.6 feet. Water clarity: 5.4 feet. Structure: Abundant structure and limited vegetation. Low densities of Eurasian Structure: Some islands and structure, abundant water milfoil have been documented in Green Lake primarily near the Spicer public submerged vegetation on the north and east shores. access, swimming beach, city dock, Indian Beach Lagoon, and several isolated Accesses: West and east sides of the lake. areas since 2000. Accesses: There are five public accesses around the lake.

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NORWAY LAKE pondweed is usually the most frequently occurring submergent species. Blue-green Maximum depth: 33 feet. Acres: 2,344. algae blooms are often intense and common during mid to late summer months. Fishing: Walleye, northern pike, crappie, bluegill and largemouth bass. Walleye Accesses: Southeast side off of County Road 3 and north side two miles east of U.S. fingerlings are stocked when natural reproduction is inadequate, and a northern pike Highway 71 and 1.5 miles south of County Road 88. spawning area is operated. Good-size northern pike are available. Water clarity: 3.5 feet. WILLMAR LAKE Structure: Main lake has moderate structure and points and bays. The west basin has Maximum depth: 14 feet. Acres: 435. little structure. Eurasian water milfoil was found scattered throughout the West Norway Fishing: Walleye, channel catfish and some crappies. Walleye fry are stocked basin in August of 2001 and in the Big Norway basin during 2005. Eurasian milfoil is every other year. Good shore fishing. Walleye in the one- to three-pound range are present at low to moderate densities in the West Norway and Big Norway basins. abundant. Accesses: South shore of the main lake and south shore of the west basin of the lake. Water clarity: 2 feet. Structure: Moderate structure with fair emergent vegetation. POINT LAKE Accesses: Southwest shore on Robbins Island Regional Park. Maximum depth: 32 feet. Acres: 164. Fishing: Bluegill, northern pike, walleye and yellow perch. Water clarity: 5.83 feet. WEST CENTRAL AREA BAIT SHOPS Structure: Submergent (muskgrass, filamentous algae, sago pondweed) and Kandiyohi County Big Kandiyohi Lake West, 995-6599 emergent vegetation (hardstem bulrush, reed canary grass) stands are abundant to Kandiyohi County Big Kandiyohi Lake East, 664-4707 common. Kandiyohi County Diamond Lake, 974-8520 Accesses: East end of lake off of U.S. Highway 71. RINGO LAKE Maximum depth: 10 feet. Acres: 716. Fishing: Walleye, northern pike and crappie. The lake is stocked for walleye. Ringo is a good early-season lake for 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. SWENSON LAKE Maximum depth: 14 feet. Acres: 109. Fishing: The DNR manages the lake for walleye, northern pike, black crappie, and bluegill. Water clarity: 6 feet. Structure: Aquatic vegetation (sago pondweed, coontail, hardstem bulrush) species and densities are limited within the lake. Accesses: North shore one mile east of County Road 1. LAKE WAKANDA Maximum depth: 15 feet. Acres: 1,664. Fishing: Walleye fry are generally stocked every other year or after years of poor fry survival. Water clarity: 1 foot. Structure: Submergent vegetation densities are variable in Wakanda. Sago

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Racing season S

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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.

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One mile east, half-mile southeast of Atwater Season: April 21 to Sept. 29 (championship). Racing: Saturdays 6:30 p.m., gate 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.

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Drag racing, 2 miles east of Grove City Season: May 12 to Oct. 7. 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-and-under free; camping $10/night. Promoter: Rick Austin at 612-280-7301. Track phone 320-857-2152. Website: www.grovecreek.com.

Willmar at Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds Season: May 3 to Sept. 22. 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.

FIESTA CITY

Madison at Lac qui Parle Valley Fairgrounds Season: May 28 to Sept. 29. 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.

Montevideo at Chippewa County Fairgrounds Season: May 4 to August 31 (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: 320-269-7755 or Terry “Slim” Pierskalla at 320-226-3593 or slim@jdconstinc.com. Website: www.fiestacityspeedway.com.

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Tee off

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Regional golf courses provide variety of challenges

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here is certainly no shortage of courses to choose from for golf enthusiasts in the Willmar area. From a resort setting to the come-as-you-are backdrop, 22 golf courses in the West Central Tribune area offer a myriad of fairways, bunkers and scenic backgrounds. The season is in full swing and many courses await a call for tee time reservations. Following is a listing of area golf courses, some of which are open to the general public and some require memberships. The courses that require memberships may be used by those

who live outside the membership area by paying green fees. Most courses are closed for league days at various times each week. “Slope rating” is a rating that dictates the difficulty of the course, based primarily on length, number of hazards and number of trees. A rating of 113 is the national average. Ratings lower than 113 are easier to play while those above 113 are more difficult. Ratings may range from the low 60s to 150. The slope rating allows the golfer to figure his handicap according to the course he is playing on. The slope rating listed is for 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, 320-289-2513.

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.

BENSON GOLF CLUB HAWK CREEK COUNTRY CLUB West Highway 9 in Benson Northeast edge of Raymond, along Highway 23 A course with lots of trees, it has three holes on the west side of the Chippewa River, This gently rolling course has play crossing Hawk Creek on the 5th, 6th and 8th holes. golfers must play across the river three times. There are mature trees and some small trees. 18 holes, par 72, 6,313 yards for men; 5,994 for women; slope rating of 125 for 9 holes, par 36, 3,126 for men; 2,428 yards for women; slope rating of 123 for men men and 124 for women.320-842-7901. and 120 for women. Reservations are taken for tee times up to 24 hours (public) in advance, 320-967-4653. THE CROSSINGS Highway 212 west of Montevideo ISLAND PINE The course runs north-south on top of and below the bluff overlooking the Minnesota Southwest edge of Atwater River valley. The river comes into play on five holes as a water hazard. Trees come The rolling course has natural wetland areas and an island green on the par 3 18th into play on several holes. hole. There are seven doglegs, four par 5’s and four par 3’s with large greens. 18 holes, par 72, 6,190 yards for men; 5,735 yards for women; slope rating of 127 18 holes, par 72; 6,336 for men; 5,194 for women, slope rating of 130. Reservations for men and 121 for women. Reservations are taken up to 7 days in advance, are taken for tee times (320-974-8600) 14 days in advance. 320-269-6828. KORONIS HILLS GOLF CLUB DACOTAH RIDGE GOLF CLUB Highway 23, one mile west of Paynesville 13 miles south of Olivia on state Highway 71, ½ mile west on Renville County Road 2 A somewhat hilly course, with several holes carved out of the trees. It has narrow The course, designed by Rees Jones, melds perfectly into the prairie. fairways and several difficult par 3 holes. 18 holes, par 72, 6,217 yards, slope rating of 136 for men and 141 for women. Tee 18 holes, par 71, 6,005 yards for men; 5,070 for women; slope rating of 124 for times 24 hours depending on availability, 507-697-8050. men and 116 for women. Tee times taken one week in advance, 320-243-4111. DAWSON GOLF COURSE On northwest edge of town An older course with some nice trees, slightly rolling, all par 4s except for one par 3 9 holes, par 35, 2,837 yards; slope rating of 112 for men and 119 for women. Tee time reservations are unnecessary, 320-769-2212. 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.

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.

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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.

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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 better-than-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.

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, OAKDALE COUNTRY CLUB play one direction one day and other direction the next day. 7 miles northeast of Buffalo Lake on Renville County 8. 9 holes, par 36, 3,078 yards for men; 2,627 yards for women; slope rating of 126 On the north shore of Lake Ellie, the course is somewhat hilly, with 90-foot wide for men and 121 for women. Reservations five days in advance, 320-346-2677. 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 REDWOOD FALLS GOLF CLUB 101 E. Oak Street, Redwood Falls 117 for men and 121 for women. Tee times seven days in advance, 320-587One of the most scenic courses in the state features an island green on No. 3 and a 0525. 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 OLIVIA GOLF CLUB for men and 113 for women. Call for tee times, 507-627-8901. On southeast edge of town, 3 blocks south of courthouse This course features tree-lined fairways and water hazards, including one par 3 STONEY CREEK GOLF COURSE which requires you to play over water. One mile south, two miles west of Renville 9 holes, par 36, 3,171 yards for men; 2,609 yards for women; slope rating of 118 Nine-hole course has a very good layout, is challenging and scenic. for men and 116 for women.320-523-2313. 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). PEZHEKEE GOLF COURSE South of Glenwood on state Highway 104, turn right on Pezhekee Road. VALLEY GOLF COURSE One of few resort golf courses in Minnesota. The fairways cut through a maple, East edge of Willmar, just off basswood and oak forest, lush greens, varied natural terrain, bridges, overlooking Lakeland Drive on Becker Avenue Lake Minnewaska. Several water hazards, evenly balanced with par 3s, fours and This course has some hills and creeks to cross. A 9-hole course with a few stands of fives, some ravines and fairly deep woods. old trees. 18 holes, par 72, 7,263 yards for men; par 75, 6,295 yards for women; slope 9 holes, par 35, 2,479 yards for men, slope rating of 105; 2,212 yards for women. rating of 119. Reservations are taken for tee times. (1-800-356-8654 or 634No reservations taken for tee times. 4501).

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Learn in the

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great outdoor classroom

t the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center, visitors can learn and have fun, all while spending time in the beautiful nature of west central Minnesota. Prairie Woods is a nonprofit environmental learning center, committed to providing outstanding environmental education and outdoor experiences to people of all ages. Deeply rooted in the Kandiyohi County community, PWELC reaches out to provide services for communities across Minnesota and the upper Midwest. Prairie Woods’ site encompasses 500 acres on the south side of Lake Florida, and includes an education building with five classrooms, a trailhead and a 30-foot indoor climbing wall. The Gary Westby Observatory building sits atop Prairie Woods’ highest

hill. Several beautiful spaces are available for meetings, family reunions, holiday gatherings and weddings. Also onsite is the Gary Westby Educational Shooting Sports Range. PWELC MISSION: We will promote an individual and shared commitment to the responsible use, management, and preservation of our natural resources. IN SHORT: Learning to Live Well with Self, Others and the Environment. Memberships are available. For additional information visit the PWELC website at www.prairiewoodselc.org or call the office. For participation in activities (listed in the events section), people are encouraged to call ahead to sign up through staff coordinators at 320-354-5894.

History of Prairie Woods More than 12,000 years ago, the most recent glacier receded to reveal dramatic ridges and wetland-rich lowlands on this land. For thousands of years, Native American people found their livelihood among the shifting forests, prairies and wetlands here. Anders Danielson and his family settled this land when they arrived from Sweden in 1871. Until the late 1980s, most of the land belonging to Prairie Woods was farmed by the Danielson family. The land was sold to Kandiyohi County by the Danielson family. Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center was founded in 1992. The farm site is still present, with a barn, granary and farm house. Many bur oak trees on the property are more than 100 years old. A renovated log cabin also sits near the farm site in the exact location where the Danielson family built their first log home, prior to building the frame house.

Shooting range The Gary Westby Educational Shooting Sports Range, located on a remote site at Prairie Woods, offers sporting clays and a smallbore rifle range. Shooting leagues: contact Prairie Woods to schedule a time.

Challenge course Experience PWELC’s high adventure learning laboratory! On Prairie Woods’ challenge course, high ropes and climbing walls, groups learn — and teach each other — about communication, cooperation, creative problem solving and courage. More than 25,000 people, ages 4 to 84, have participated in Challenge Course programs at Prairie Woods. Challenge course users include school groups, high school and college athletic teams, church youth groups, local camps, YMCAs, alternative schools, student senates and leadership organizations, 4H, FFA, scouts, families and corporate retreat groups. PWELC welcome groups from across Minnesota and beyond. Prairie Woods’ high quality, multi-faceted facility includes: an indoor climbing wall, 40-foot three-sided outdoor climbing tower, two giant ladders and a Flying Squirrel for group teambuilding activities on the ground. The Challenge Course at Prairie Woods will accommodate group sizes of up to 200 participants.

Directions, information Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center is located at 12718 10th Street N.E. near Spicer; 1-320-354-5894; www. prairiewoodselc.org. From Willmar and the south and west on U.S. Highway 71 and Minnesota Highway 23: Travel north of Willmar on U.S. Highway 71/Minnesota Highway 23. Follow U.S. 71 to the north (toward Sauk Centre) when state 23 splits off. Follow U.S. 71 three more miles to Kandiyohi County Road 29. The intersection is past Thein Well at the north side of Ringo Lake. Turn left (west) on County Road 29. Go 1.5 miles. The Prairie Woods driveway will be on your left. You will see a large brown and yellow PWELC sign and a green gate.

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KANDIYOHI COUNTY

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rich in history

he history of Kandiyohi County is rich, diverse and filled with stories of exploration, conflict and growth. For those eager to learn more, the Kandiyohi County Historical Society has provided a road map to some of the county’s most unique and significant landmarks. More than 40 sites have been marked throughout the county. All of them are easily accessible and can be toured in a day. Brochures are available at the Historical Society Museum, with a description of each site and its location. One of the historical sites is a log cabin more than 150 years old. It was built by Lars and Guri Endreson. The cabin is one of the few actual buildings remaining from the early days of settlement and the U.S.-Dakota Conflict of 1862. The Endresons had built the cabin, cleared the land and were developing a typical frontier farm when the conflict broke out. On Aug. 21, 1862, the family was attacked. Lars and one son were killed, another son wounded and two of the

daughters taken prisoner. Guri and an infant daughter hid in the cellar and managed to escape. The following day she hitched up an ox cart and, with her surviving son and the baby, went for help to the Erickson cabin. There she found Erickson and Solomon Foot, wounded. She tended their wounds and loaded them on the cart, eventually reaching safety at Forest City in Meeker County, where she was also reunited with her daughters. The Erickson 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.

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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. 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. A great train wreck west of Atwater on June 23, 1882, took the lives of 13 men and injured 19. The train, a construction unit, derailed in Summit Lake. A mass grave for the unclaimed bodies of the victims is in Fairview Cemetery in Willmar. A marker is at the site of the wreck, three miles west of Atwater on Highway 12 and one-half mile south on County Road 4. During the Great Depression, farmers banded together to prevent the sale of their farms, forming the Farm Holiday Association, which became the largest organization supporting farmers seeking agricultural reform. The birthplace of the Farm Holiday movement was in Lake Elizabeth Township; the site is marked at the intersection of county roads 4 and 20. The Farm Holiday movement was active from 1932 until 1938. The Svea School and the Glader/Bosch farmstead in Lake Elizabeth Township, both National Register sites, also were early meeting places for Farm Holiday members. For additional information visit www.kandiyohicountyhistory. com.

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Preserving our heritage Historical societies, history centers open for summer

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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. Touriists may pick up maps of historical sites at the Center. For more information or to pre-register, call 320-235-1881 or e-mail kandhist@msn.com or check the website www.kandiyohicountyhistory. com.

Both the museum and the G.A.R. Hall are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $2 to both. Call 320-693-8911. Paynesville Historical Museum, 251 Ampe Drive, Paynesville. Exhibits include Indian artifacts, personal and household items from 1860s to 1970s, agri-culture, and a one room schoolhouse. The museum is open June 1 through Labor Day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

The Chippewa County Historical Society’s centers include Chippewa City, Swensson Farm Museum and Lac qui Parle Mission. For information about them or to schedule an appointment out of regular hours, call 320-269-7636 or visit www.chippewacohistory.org. Chippewa City, 151 Pioneer Drive, Montevideo, is a re-creation of a late 1800’s village, complete with town square and boardwalk as well as a centrally located bandstand/gazebo. Its 24 buildings cover 20 acres and include a church, schoolhouse, blacksmith shop, Atwater Area Historical Society and Museum, 500 Pleasant Avenue West, is by appointment; call Ella at 320-212-2702, Car- general store, millinery and dress shop and buggy shop. The city is open May 27 through Sept. 4. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 ol at 320-266-7626 or Diana at 320-382-6541. p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. on weekends and holidays; Sept. 5-29 the city is open weekdays only; adults $5, students 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 $2, 5 and under are free. 99th St. N.W. It is open from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturdays, June 10 through The Olof Swensson Farm Museum, a 17-acre farmstead locatAug. 12, with a service at 7:15 p.m. each week, no service July 1, or ed six miles east of Montevideo on state Highway 7 and five miles by appointment by calling 320-366-3819. The annual celebration begins with a 10:30 a.m. church service, followed by catered dinner south on County Road 15, preserves turn-of-the-century farm life and features a 22-room house, timber-frame barn and the remains of a and 1:30 p.m. afternoon program on Aug. 20. gristmill. A horse power show is held at the farm the second Saturday Raptor Ridge Natural History Museum is located at 212050 in September from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The farm is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays, May 28 through Sept. 3; adults $5, students $2, 5 Co. Rd. 40 N.E. in Spicer. Call 320-354-8820 for hours. Features and under are free. collections of butterflies, seashells, rocks, minerals, Indian artifacts and dinosaur bones collected by Larry and Barb Levin. Admission is free. The Lac qui Parle Mission was the Minnesota Territory’s first Protestant mission and is one of the few remaining in the state. The AREA TOUCHES OF HISTORY reconstructed building houses exhibits of the missionaries and their work; the Dakota people; and Joseph Renville, who invited the misFor a glimpse of regional history, travel to Litchfield to visit the sionaries to Lac qui Parle. G.A.R. Hall, 308 Marshall Ave. N. Litchfield’s Frank Daggett Post The site is located north of Montevideo on County Road 13 and is No. 35 was the first Grand Army of the Republic meeting hall built in open daily through Labor Day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; free admission. Minnesota and now is the only one of its kind remaining. It was built in 1885 by Union soldiers who fought in the Civil War. The world’s largest ball of twine can be found in the Darwin City The building, designed to resemble a fort, is now on the National Park. Francis A. Johnson started collecting twine in 1950. Eventually Register of Historic Places. Exhibits include photos, battle maps and the ball on his front lawn grew so large it had to be moved with railpaintings relating to the Civil War. road jacks. It was recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records Right next door is the Meeker County Historical Society Mu- in 1979, weighing 8.7 tons and measuring 11 feet high and 40 feet seum, featuring a log cabin, a blacksmith shop, antique farm and around. household implements and American Indian artifacts. West Central Tribune — Thursday, May 24, 2018 — Page 73


Prairie Pothole Day T

September 8

he 36th annual Prairie Pothole Day is set for Sept. 8 near New London. The outdoor celebration includes 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. Stoney Ridge Farm near the intersection of State Highway 9 and U.S. Highway 71 north of Sibley

State Park. Prairie Pothole Day is by far the largest event of the Prairie Pothole chapter of the Minnesota Waterfowl Association each year, with an estimated 4,000 patrons descending on the farmstead to play games, learn about the environment, and maybe win a raffle prize or two if they are lucky. Events run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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