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Your guide to summer events in West Central Minnesota


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A.B.A.T.E. rally — Page 41

Historic centers — Page 60

Antique Car Run — Page 52

Historic sites — Pages 58-61

Bike trail — Page 33

Libraries — Page 47

Camping — Pages 78-80 Casino events — Page 40

Nature trails — Page 39 OHV park — Page 63

Community theater — Page 30

Prairie Pothole — Page 34

County fairs — Pages 55-57

Prairie Woods ELC — Page 71

County map — Pages 42-43

Racing — Page 69

Emergency directory — Page 81

Regional music fests — Page 53

Events listing — Pages 7-24

River routes — Pages 70

Fishing bait shops — Page 67 wholesome, fun environment to help build healthy individuals and families

Kilowatt Community Center 600 Kilowatt Drive • Granite Falls, MN 56241 (320) 564-3127 http://www.granitefalls.com/kcc.html

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— Facility Hours — Mon.-Thurs. 6 am - 8 pm Fri. 6 am - 7 pm Sat. 9 am - 7 pm Sun. 1 pm - 7 pm — Swimming Pool Hours — Mon. - Thurs. 6 am - 7:45 pm Fri. 6 am - 6:45 pm Sat. 9 am - 6:45 pm Sun. 1 pm - 6:45 pm

Fishing lakes — Pages 64-67 Fitness calendar — Page 62

Ski Team — Page 32 Stingers baseball — Page 31 Terrace Mill — Page 72 Willmar arts — Pages 26-27

Fourth of July — Pages 28-29

Willmar city map — Page 44

Gardens — Page 38

Willmar Fests — Pages 25

Glacial Ridge Trail — Page 36

Willmar parks — Pages 45-47

Golf courses — Pages 73-75

Willmar walks — Pages 48-49

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THURSDAY – AUGUST 4TH Medallion Hunt Begins

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6-9 PM Beer Garden at the Fire Hall 6-7 PM Food at the Fire Hall 7 PM Bean Bag Tourney (6:30 Registration)

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7-11 AM Fireman’s Pancake Feed 10:00 AM Vendors/Food in the Park/Yard Art Display Noon-Kid’s Tractor Pull in the Park 1:00-3:00 PM Bingo in the Park 4:00 PM Grand Parade 5:00 PM Meal, Fun & Games in the Park 6:15 PM Kids Raffle – Yard Art Auction 7:00 PM C & C Raffle LIC # 02920, $1,500 Grand Prize Several Cash Prizes & Numerous Other Prizes 8:00 PM Street Dance “Dam Jammers” Food & Beer Garden

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May 26, Willmar MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by the Great Times Band from 6 to 7 p.m. at Café Corti, North Business Hwy. 71.

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May 26, Willmar TAIKO DRUMMING: Student recital followed by a Taiko Drumming performance by Mu Daiko at 7 p.m. at WEAC; adults $5, students $2, available at the door.

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Members of the New London American Legion Robert Ihlang Post 537 Honor Guard march in unison as they depart from the 2015 Memorial Day ceremony at the Oak Hill Cemetery.

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Summer events Continued from Page 7 May 27, Clara City MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Tim Fast from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hinterland Vineyards east of Clara City.

June June 1, Willmar MIDWEEK FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; noon to 5:30 p.m.; Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. June 2, Willmar BECKER MARKET AT THE HUB: A multicultural market of farmers, growers, producers, artisans and entertainment; 2 to 6 p.m.; on the sidewalk and inside The Hub, 313 Fourth Street downtown. June 2, Willmar MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by the 10th Street Jazz from 6 to 7 p.m. at Café Corti, North Business Hwy. 71. June 2, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music concert by Gig Noonan from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London, rain or shine, bring your own lawn chair.

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June 3, Clara City MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Jerry Ostensoe from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hinterland Vineyards east of Clara City.

Kids’ tractor pulls are a favorite during regional city celebrations, like the 2015 Sugar Beet Days in Renville.

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

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June 8, Willmar MIDWEEK FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; noon to 5:30 p.m.; Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. June 8, Willmar PRAIRIE WINDS CONCERT BAND: Free concert with Dairy Princesses at Rice Park, 7:30 p.m. June 8-10, Willmar DAIRY DAYS: Community band concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Rice Park; build-a-burger 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Cash Wise Foods. June 8-11, Paynesville TOWN AND COUNTRY DAYS: Queen pageant, kiddie parade, grand parade 7 p.m. Wednesday and more; paynesvillechamber. org. June 9, Willmar BECKER MARKET AT THE HUB: A multicultural market of farmers, growers, producers, artisans and entertainment; 2 to 6 p.m.; on the sidewalk and inside The Hub, 313 Fourth Street downtown. June 9, 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 9, Willmar MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by the Great Times Band from 6 to 7 p.m. at Café Corti, North Business Hwy. 71. June 9, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music concert by Walter’s Wheelhouse Duo from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Glacial Ridge Winery

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June 9-15, Willmar THE BARN THEATRE: The musical “Mary Poppins” 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Monday-Wednesday; 2 p.m. Sunday; adults $20, ages 18 and under $10; 320-235-9500. June 10, Clara City MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Wendell Nash from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hinterland Vineyards east of Clara City.

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The Benson High School Marching Band leads off the Pioneerland Band Festival held each summer on Flag Day, June 14, in Benson.

Summer events: Parades a crowd favorite Continued from Page 8

June 12, Glenwood June 10, New London LAKESIDE SUMMER DANCE: Dance to the music of Myron LITTLE CROW WATER SKI SHOW: Neer Park, 7:30 p.m.; adults Sommerfeld, 4 to 8 p.m., Lakeside Ballroom; $15 per person; $10 $5, students $3. per person ages 17-30. June 10-11, Kandiyohi June 14, Spicer KANDI IS DANDY DAYS: 33rd annual community celebration STORY HOUR AT THE PIONEER CABIN: Dress as a pioneer begins with fundraising supper and music on Friday; pancake and listen to a story about the Ingalls family and what pioneer breakfast, kids’ games, grand parade at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, life was like; grades K-3, parents welcome, 10 to 11:15 a.m., $5; tractor pull and business association supper. Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center. June 10-12, Renville June 14, Benson SUGAR BEET DAYS: Family fun night, dinner, tractor pedal pull, PIONEERLAND BAND FESTIVAL: 29th annual Flag Day parade children’s movie and DJ on Friday; community breakfast, 5K run/ at 6:30 p.m. with high school marching bands competing for cash; walk, kids run, co-ed volleyball tournament, children’s events, VFW and Legion color guards; community floats. sugar beet toss, car, truck and tractor show, bean bag tourney, grand parade at 3 p.m., talent show, community dinner and street June 14, Danube dance on Saturday; waffle breakfast, golf tournament and family CONCERT UNDER THE WATER TOWER: Free concert featuring fun at the pool on Sunday. Jeff Johnson in Mueller Park, 7 p.m. June 11, Granite Falls June 15, Willmar RIVERSIDE MARKET: Music, crafts, art, vintage and more beMIDWEEK FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetatween 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. along the Minnesota River; Mill Pond bles, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; noon to 5:30 p.m.; Jazz Quartet, noon to 3 p.m., Ron Hanson 3 to 4 p.m., happy hour Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. on the footbridge. June 15, Willmar June 11, New London PRAIRIE WINDS CONCERT BAND: Free concert at Rice Park, LITTLE THEATRE: Cassie and the Bobs concert, 7 p.m.; $15 7:30 p.m. tickets available at The Giving Tree Children’s Boutique and It’s June 15-19, Bird Island About Hair, both in New London, and at the door if available. ISLAND DAYS: The 23nd annual community event; WeGotta Run 5k, Regatta parade at 3 p.m. Saturday; www.birdislandcity. Summer events/ Page 9 com.

June 15-19, Montevideo FIESTA DAYS: Annual festival celebrates Montevideo’s sister-city relationship with Montevideo, Uruguay; activities include senior coronation and dance, taco feed, kiddie parade, amazing race; canoe and stock car races; junior coronation, 5k run and walk, golf and softball tournaments, musical entertainment; coronation and grand day parade 1 p.m. Sunday. June 16, Willmar BECKER MARKET AT THE HUB: A multicultural market of farmers, growers, producers, artisans and entertainment; 2 to 6 p.m.; on the sidewalk and inside The Hub, 313 Fourth Street downtown. June 16, Willmar MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Custom Made from 6 to 7 p.m. at Café Corti, North Business Hwy. 71. June 16, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music concert by Marcus Wahlstrom 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 16-18, Atwater FESTIVAL DAYS: Kiddie parade, kiddie tractor pull, kids’ games, fun runs, grand parade Saturday at 3:20 p.m.; community supper Saturday followed by street dance. June 17, Clara City MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Radio Acoustic from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hinterland Vineyards east of Clara City.

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Summer events: Movies, markets and more Continued from Page 9 June 17, New London LITTLE CROW WATER SKI SHOW: Neer Park, 7:30 p.m.; adults $5, students $3. June 17, Willmar MOVIES IN THE PARK: Dusk, Robbins Island, the movie “Pan” will be shown, pre-activities for one hour before the movie, bring a chair or blanket; in case of bad weather it will be at WEAC. June 17-18, Willmar STUDIO HOP: Local artists will have their studios open 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Willmar, Spicer and New London areas, 17 artists in nine studios; www.studiohop.org. June 18, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Outdoor music concert by Elvis from 7 to 10 p.m. at Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London, rain or shine, bring your own lawn chair, $15 at the door.

June 23, Willmar BECKER MARKET AT THE HUB: A multicultural market of farmers, growers, producers, artisans and entertainment; 2 to 6 p.m.; on the sidewalk and inside The Hub, 313 Fourth Street downtown. June 23, Willmar MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by the Great Times Band from 6 to 7 p.m. at Café Corti, North Business Hwy. 71. June 23, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music concert by Amy & Adams 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 23-25, New London THE LITTLE THEATRE: “You Can’t Take It With You” 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; adults $15, ages 12 and under $8; available at The Giving Tree Children’s Boutique and It’s About Hair, both in New London, and at the door. June 23-25, Granite Falls WESTERN FEST: PRCA rodeo at Lee Mar Ranch, street dances, kids’ carnival, grande parade 1 p.m. Saturday, queen pageant; www.granitefallsprcarodeo.com. June 23-26, Dawson RIVERFEST: Unveiling of the 2016 gnome, fireworks, sports tournaments, firemen’s water fights, firemen’s street dance, children’s activities, craft fair, Minnesota Sings vocal competition, fitness runs, antique tractor, grand parade at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Monroe Crossing appears in concert June 18. June 18, New London LITTLE THEATRE: Monroe Crossing concert, 7 p.m.; $15 tickets available at The Giving Tree Children’s Boutique and It’s About Hair, both in New London, and at the door, if available, for $18. June 18-19, Montevideo MILWAUKEE ROAD HERITAGE CENTER: Annual event of arts, crafts and vendors. Enjoyment for the whole family with guided tours of trains, buildings and model railroad exhibit-come watch the trains go around for free; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday; Main Street across from Casey’s Gas Station; 320269-9563. June 21, Appleton MUSIC CONCERT: Swift County Concert Band, 7 p.m., Riverview Park Bandstand, Hering and Venum Streets; bring your own lawn chair. June 22, Willmar MIDWEEK FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; noon to 5:30 p.m.; Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. June 22, Willmar PRAIRIE WINDS CONCERT BAND: Free concert with Willmar Fests royalty and West Central Connection Chorus at Rice Park, 7:30 p.m. June 22-26, Willmar THE BARN THEATRE: The musical “Mary Poppins” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; adults $20, ages 18 and under $10; 320-235-9500. June 22-26, Willmar WILLMAR FESTS: Grande day parade, water ski show, concert, downtown block party, international events, kiddie parade, fireworks and more; see separate story.

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The Prairie Winds Concert Band performs weekly concerts during the early part of the summer at Rice Park in Willmar. The 2015 band performed under the direction of Dennis Benson.

Summer events: Free outdoor concerts

June 24, Spicer 3D-DEER ARCHERY SHOOT: If you have a couple of archery seasons under your belt or are thinking about hunting deer with a Continued from Page 12 bow and arrow for the first time, this class is for you. Learn about shooting form, judging distance, ethical shooting and tracking June 26, Willmar deer, and then practice the skills on some 3D deer targets; Prairie VIKOR MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION: AnWoods Environmental Learning Center, for grades 5 and up; 8 nual service 11 a.m.; potluck dinner. a.m. to noon; $15 per person; call 320-354-5894 to register. June 27-July 4, Madison June 24, Clara City SUMMERFEST: Queen pageant and Little Miss MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Tyler Herwig from 7 to 9 Madison on June 27; on July 4 parade 2 p.m. and p.m. at Hinterland Vineyards east of Clara City. fireworks at dusk; www.madison.info.

June 24, New London June 27-July 4, Maynard LITTLE CROW WATER SKI SHOW: Neer Park, 7:30 p.m.; adults FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION: Medallion hunt, firemen’s $5, students $3. dance, parade at 11 a.m. July 4, entertainment, queen coronation, kiddie tractor pull and fireworks; see separate July 4th story. June 25, Willmar DOROTHY OLSON AQUATIC CENTER: “Itty Bitty Beach Party,” June 28, Spicer 10:30 a.m. to noon, ages 5 and under, $5 per child, one adult per PIONEER SKILLS: Do you have what it takes to live as a piochild free. neer? Test your knowledge while participating in our version of “Oregon Trail;” grades 3-6, 9 a.m. to noon, $15; Prairie Woods June 25, Dawson Environmental Learning Center. MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM: Dawson-Boyd Arts Association present “Sirens of the ‘60s” at 7 p.m. during Riverfest weekend; adults June 28, Appleton $15, students $5; call 320-769-2955, ext. 246, 9 a.m. to noon; MUSIC CONCERT: Montevideo Area Community Band, 7 p.m., tickets go on sale June 17. Riverview Park Bandstand, Hering and Venum Streets; bring your own lawn chair. June 25, Blomkest WEST CENTRAL ANTIQUE POWER COLLECTORS SHOW: June 28, Danube Flea market and swap meet, kids games and playground, shingle CONCERT UNDER THE WATER TOWER: Free concert featurmaking, gas engine power display, corn shelling and grinding, ing Dam Jammers in Mueller Park, 7 p.m. sawmill, food stands, bingo; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., $5 admission, ages 15 and under admitted free; www.wcapc.org. Call Chuck at 320- June 29, Willmar MIDWEEK FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegeta905-4674. bles, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; noon to 5:30 p.m.; June 25-26, Alexandria Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. VIKINGLAND BAND FESTIVAL: Field show of seven marching June 29, Willmar groups including all three of Minnesota’s all-age drum & bugle corps, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, at high school football field, admission PRAIRIE WINDS CONCERT BAND: Free concert at Rice Park, charged; parade of marching bands down Broadway, 1:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. Sunday. June 29, Willmar

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DOROTHY OLSON AQUATIC CENTER: “Slip & Slide Splash time,” enjoy the swim breaks with some slip and slide time.

June 29-July 3, Starbuck HERITAGE DAYS: Movie in the park Wednesday; fly-in breakfast, 5 and 10k runs, craft fair, teen-age beach party, children’s activities, grand parade 6 p.m. queen’s coronation, fireworks at 10 p.m. Saturday; community church service on Sunday. June 30, Willmar BECKER MARKET AT THE HUB: A multicultural market of farmers, growers, producers, artisans and entertainment; 2 to 6 p.m.; on the sidewalk and inside The Hub, 313 Fourth Street downtown. June 30, Willmar MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Terry Nelson from 6 to 7 p.m. at Café Corti, North Business Hwy. 71. June 30, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music concert by Jeff James from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London, rain or shine; bring your own lawn chair. June 30-July 2, New London THE LITTLE THEATRE: “You Can’t Take It With You” 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; adults $15, ages 12 and under $8, tickets available at The Giving Tree Children’s Boutique and It’s About Hair, both in New London, and at the door.

July July 1-2, New London LITTLE CROW WATER SKI SHOW: Neer Park, 7:30 p.m.; adults $5, students $3. July 1-3, Bird Island POLKA FEST: 35th annual, 27 hours of dancing on the Island Ballroom’s large wooden dance floor; starting at 2 p.m. Friday and continuing through Sunday.

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Summer events Continued from Page 13 July 1-4, Willmar VIETNAM TRAVELING MEMORIAL WALL: Robbins Island, open 24 hours, east of the Lions shelter, opening ceremony 7 p.m. July 1, closing ceremony each night at 9 p.m. July 2, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Outdoor music by the Okee Dokee Brothers at 10:30 a.m. at Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center; bring your own lawn chair or blanket; free. July 2-4, Spicer INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION: Craft show, fireworks, street dance; softball tournament, grand parade 10 a.m. Saturday; see separate July 4th story for details. July 3, Prairie’s Edge FAMILY FUN NIGHT: Food and music beginning at 5 p.m. and southwest Minnesota’s largest fireworks show at dusk.

Summer events: It’s all about community O T E M WHY CO TON, Continued from Page 14 APPLE TA? O S E N N I M July 7, Willmar MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by the Great Times Band from 6 to 7 p.m. at Café Corti, North Business Hwy. 71.

July 7, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music concert by Harbor Drive Hookup from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London, rain or shine, bring your own lawn chair. July 7, Danube CONCERT UNDER THE WATER TOWER: Free concert featuring Heart of a Tinman band in Mueller Park, 7 p.m.

• Appleton Area Off-Highway Vehicle Park (2 miles NE of Appleton on Hwy. 59) • Appleton Swimming Pool • New playground at Riverview Park

July 3, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Outdoor music by Crazy Keys Dueling Pianos from 7 to 10 p.m. at Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London, rain or shine, bring your own lawn chair, $20 at the door.

• Municipal Campground on the Pomme de Terre River near downtown off Hwys 7 & 59; includes hookup and non-hookup spots

July 3-4, Prinsburg ANNUAL FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION: Baseball game, comedy show, ice cream social and fireworks on Sunday; walk/ run, dinner, games for all ages, kiddie parade at 6 p.m. followed by main parade Monday; see separate July 4th story.

• Appleton Golf Course; 9 beautiful holes along the Pomme de Terre River

July 4, Terrace FOURTH OF JULY: Family fun is going on at the Terrace Mill with old-fashioned games, contests, prizes; bring a picnic, coffee and lemonade provided at 5 p.m.; races begin at 6:30 p.m.; see separate July 4th story. July 4, Paynesville INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION: Fireworks over Lake Koronis at dusk; see separate July 4th story. July 5, Appleton MUSIC CONCERT: The Wendinger Band, 7 p.m., Riverview Park Bandstand, Hering and Venum Streets; bring your own lawn chair. July 6, Willmar MIDWEEK FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; noon to 5:30 p.m.; Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. July 6, Willmar PRAIRIE WINDS CONCERT BAND: Free concert at Rice Park, 7:30 p.m.

• 9 Hole Frisbee Golf Course in Riverview Park

July 8-9, Clara City PRAIRIE FEST DAYS: City celebration with the theme “Home on the Prairie,” pie fest, bean bag tournament, and Kiddie parade on Friday evening; firemen’s pancake breakfast, rib fest, games in the park, queen coronation, trap shoot, 5k run, kiddie tractor pull, mini golf, beer garden, music in the park, grand parade 4 p.m. Saturday.

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July 8-10, Brooten BONANZA VALLEY DAYS: Little league baseball tournament, street dance for kids, Fire Department chicken feed, couples golf tournament and Dee Jay Sounds at pavilion on Friday; tractor teeter-totter 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., bean bag tourney, Willmar Stingers baseball clinic, 3 on 3 basketball and men’s softball tournaments, walk/run, kiddie parade, children’s activities, water slide, rock-climbing wall, mini golf, jousting, flea market, dunking booth, kids’ pedal pull, adult pedal pull, craft show, car and tractor show, Gary Fauskee old-timers softball game, Nite Owls Polka band on Main Street during the afternoon on Saturday; Dad’s Belgian waffles, parade at 1:30 p.m., ice cream social on Sunday. July 9, Granite Falls RIVERSIDE MARKET: Music, crafts, art, vintage and more between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. along the Minnesota River; Jerry Ostensoe noon to 3 p.m., Ron Hanson 3 to 4 p.m. July 9, Blomkest APPRECIATION DAY: Fire Department dinner, activities in the park, parade at 4:30 p.m. and more.

July 7, Willmar BECKER MARKET AT THE HUB: A multicultural market of farmers, growers, producers, artisans and entertainment; 2 to 6 p.m.; on the sidewalk and inside The Hub, 313 Fourth Street downtown.

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July 8, Clara City MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Jerry Ostensoe from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hinterland Vineyards east of Clara City. July 8, New London LITTLE CROW WATER SKI SHOW: Neer Park, 7:30 p.m.; adults $5, students $3.

July 6-10, Danube FUN DAYS: Kids’ treasure hunt, adult medallion hunt and secret person/phrase, ice cream social, barbecue pork supper, volleyball tournament, waffle feed, kids’ tractor pull, fireman keg shoot, kids carnival, car show, street dance, watermelon feed, grand parade at 2 p.m. Saturday and more.

July 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.

July 7-10, Litchfield WATERCADE: Medallion hunt, art in the park, kiddie parade, lake activities; run, walk, bike ride; music, lip-sync contest; fishing contest; golf tournament; sand sculpture contest; fireworks, grand parade 6 p.m. Saturday; Little Crow Water Ski show 1 p.m. and queen’s coronation on Sunday; www.watercade.com.

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July 10, Montevideo LAC QUI PARLE MISSION SUNDAY: Worship service 10:30 a.m., potluck lunch at noon and historical program, 1 p.m., at the Lac qui Parle Mission; 320-269-7636, www.chippewacohistory. org. July 10, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music by the Big Al Trio from 4 to 6 p.m. at the downtown city park; bring your own lawn chair. July 12, Appleton MUSIC CONCERT: Blue Ox Jazz Babies, 7 p.m., Riverview Park Bandstand, Hering and Venum Streets, bring your own lawn chair.

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Clara City’s Prairie Fest royalty spend time calling Bingo at the Clara City Care Center in this 2015 photo. As ambassadors for the city they represent, royalty spend a great deal of time in the community. July 13, Willmar MIDWEEK FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; noon to 5:30 p.m.; Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. July 13-17, New London WATER DAYS: Belgian waffle feed, bingo, tennis tournament, grand parade 11 a.m. Saturday, hog roast, games, water slide and euro trampoline, kids fun run, omelet breakfast, canoe and kayak races, queen coronation, medallion hunt, book and bake sale, vendor market, petting zoo, bean bag tournament, crafts and food vendors, sidewalk sales, fireworks, church on the pond and a street dance. July 13-17, Redwood Falls REDWOOD COUNTY FAIR July 14, Spicer STORY HOUR AT THE PIONEER CABIN: Dress as a pioneer and listen to a story about the Ingalls family and what pioneer life was like; grades K-3, parents welcome, 10 to 11:15 a.m., $5; Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center. July 14, Willmar BECKER MARKET AT THE HUB: A multicultural market of farmers, growers, producers, artisans and entertainment; 2 to 6 p.m.; on the sidewalk and inside The Hub, 313 Fourth Street downtown. July 14, Spicer WATER WAYS EXHIBIT NIGHT: View the Smithsonian Water Way exhibit between 4 and 8 pm. and receive a token to paddle the voyager canoe on Ringo Lake between 7 and 9 p.m.; Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center, all ages. July 14, Willmar MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Guy Stevermer from 6 to 7 p.m. at Café Corti, North Business Hwy. 71. July 14, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music concert by the Big Al Band from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London, rain or shine, bring your own lawn chair.

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July 14, Willmar GARDEN TOUR: Meeker County garden tour sponsored by the Meeker County Master Gardeners.

July 24, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music by the New London-Spicer band from 4 to 6 p.m. at the downtown city park; bring your own lawn chair.

July 14-17, Sacred Heart SUMMER FEST: Family bingo at 7 p.m. Thursday; Friday will have the parade at 6 p.m. followed by family entertainment at the ball park and adult dance; family fun walk/run, pancake breakfast, trap shoot, afternoon in the park events for all ages, volleyball and bean bag tournaments, street dance on Saturday; community worship service and dinner on Sunday; museum will be open Saturday and Sunday.

July 15-16, Madison DRAGON FEST: Street dance, ribfest and more. July 15-16, Awater MUSIC FESTIVAL: South goes North at Freedom Ridge, south of Atwater; Josh Thompson, Chad Edwards Band and Maiden Dixie on Friday; JT and the Gunslingers, Freedom Ridge Boys, the Plott Hounds, Daisy Dillman Band and the Charlie Daniels Band on Saturday; www.FreedomRidgeRocks.com. July 15-17, Cosmos SPACE FESTIVAL: 48th annual festival commemorates the first man on the moon; parade 2 p.m. Sunday. July 16, Benson KID DAY CELEBRATION: 86th annual celebration dedicated to kids; includes, parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, carnival, and coronation. July 17, Glenwood LAKESIDE SUMMER DANCE: Dance to the music of Velvet Brass, 4 to 8 p.m., Lakeside Ballroom; $15 per person; $10 per person ages 17-30. July 17, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music by the1060 West Addison Blues from 4 to 6 p.m. at the downtown city park; bring your own lawn chair. July 19, Appleton MUSIC CONCERT: Woodpicks, 7 p.m., Riverview Park Bandstand, Hering and Venum Streets, bring your own lawn chair. July 19, Spicer FULL MOON CANOE: Enjoy the solitude of a Prairie Woods wetland while watching the sun set and the moon rise all in the same evening. Canoes, paddles, life jackets and instruction provided by Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center, for grades 5 and up; 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.; $7 per person; call 320-354-5894 to register.

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County Fairs across the region offer many oppor- Chad Elliott in Mueller Park, 7 p.m. tunities for youth, and all ages, to showcase their July 26, Appleton talents. Here, Kyla Schuler from rural Granite Falls MUSIC CONCERT: Route 66 Big Band, 7 p.m., Riverview Park rides Mac, a 14-year-old quarter horse, to a first- Bandstand, Hering and Venum Streets; bring your own lawn chair. place blue ribbon in the Western Pleasure Senior July 26-31, Olivia Class at the Chippewa County Fair in Montevideo. CORN CAPITAL DAYS: Kid’s triathlon on Tuesday; golf tournaJuly 21, Spicer GAME DAY AT THE PIONEER CABIN: After dressing as a pioneer, unplug for a morning of pioneer games; if it is raining out we’ll see how you do at jacks, pick up sticks and card games; grades 3-6, 10 a.m. to noon, $8; Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center.

ment and community bingo on Wednesday; family fun night and grilled pork chop supper on Thursday; zoomobile, kid’s fair, pedal tractor pull, street dance on Friday; arts and crafts, kid’s bean bag tourney, corn feed, corn toss, golf tournament, corn capital run, live music, car and bike show, kiddie parade, grand parade 3 p.m. Saturday; fly-in breakfast Sunday.

July 27-31, Sauk Centre STEARNS COUNTY FAIR July 28, Willmar BECKER MARKET AT THE HUB: A multicultural market of farmers, growers, producers, artisans and entertainment; 2 to 6 p.m.; on the sidewalk and inside The Hub, 313 Fourth Street downtown. July 28, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music concert by Crow River Junction from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London, rain or shine, bring your own lawn chair. July 29, Clara City MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Big Al Band from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hinterland Vineyards east of Clara City. July 29-31, Kerkhoven TOWN AND COUNTRY DAY: Kiddie parade, kids’ fun run, firemen’s water fight and watermelon feed, Fireman’s Auxiliary food stand on Friday evening; on Saturday there will be a kids’ tractor pull, fun run, antique car show, flea market, 3 on 1 basketball, bean bag tournament, parade at 3:30 p.m., noon and evening meal with entertainment and junior coronation at 7:30; non-denominational worship service and free swimming at the pool on Sunday.

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July 21, Spicer OUTDOOR ROCK CLIMBING: For all ages; at Prairie Woods Environmental Learn Center; challenge yourself on the outdoor rock climbing tower. The three sided climbing tower offers multiple 30- and 40-foot routes. All ages and skill levels welcome, PWELC instructors will be there to help, equipment is provided, 1 to 3 p.m.; $15 per session; call 320-354-5894 to register. July 21, Willmar BECKER MARKET AT THE HUB: A multicultural market of farmers, growers, producers, artisans and entertainment; 2 to 6 p.m.; on the sidewalk and inside The Hub, 313 Fourth Street downtown.

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July 21, Willmar MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by the Great Times Band from 6 to 7 p.m. at Café Corti, North Business Hwy. 71. July 21, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music concert by Skippin’ Stones from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London, rain or shine; bring your own lawn chair. July 22, Clara City MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Wendell Nash from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hinterland Vineyards east of Clara City. July 22, New London LITTLE CROW WATER SKI SHOW: Neer Park, 7:30 p.m.; adults $5, students $3.

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

July 22-23, Spicer GREEN LAKE QUILT AUCTION: 32nd annual auction with preview Friday evening; on Saturday display and auction at 11:30 a.m. of homemade quilts, homemade lefse, craft booth, country store, entertainment, food; held at Green Lake Bible Camp, 320-796-2181.

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July 15, New London LITTLE CROW WATER SKI SHOW: Neer Park, 7:30 p.m.; adults $5, students $3.

July 27, Willmar MIDWEEK FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; noon to 5:30 p.m.; Kandi Mall southeast parking lot.

July 26, Spicer YOUTH SPORTING CLAYS SHOTGUN SHOOT: The clays come from the left, right and straight at you, behind you there is even one that rolls on the ground. Bring your own 12- or 20-gauge to use or borrow one of ours. There will be 2 ranges set-up, one for youth with shooting experience and a second for first time shooters. Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center Westby Shooting Range, for ages 11-18, four time slots beginning at 6 p.m. with four shooters each time slot; $5 per person; pre-registration required, call 320-3545894.

July 15, Willmar MOVIES IN THE PARK: Dusk, Robbins Island, the movie “The Goonies” will be shown, pre-activities for one hour before the movie, bring a chair or blanket; in case of bad weather it will be at WEAC. July 15, Clara City MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Tyler Herwig from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hinterland Vineyards east of Clara City.

July 26-31, Glenwood WATERAMA: Kiddie parade, water shows, running races, car show, fireworks, dances, sports tournaments, community worship service, kids tractor pull, lighted pontoon parade at dusk Saturday followed by fireworks; 100-unit parade 1 p.m. Sunday.

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Summer events: Fun Days to Ladies Night Summer events

Continued from Page 19 July 31, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music by the Great Times Band from 4 to 6 p.m. at the downtown city park; bring your own lawn chair.

August Aug. 2, Danube CONCERT UNDER THE WATER TOWER: Free concert featuring the Kingery Family in Mueller Park, 7 p.m. Aug. 2, Appleton MUSIC CONCERT: Swift County Concert Band, 7 p.m., Riverview Park Bandstand, Hering and Venum Streets; bring your own lawn chair. Aug. 2-4, Redwood Falls FARMFEST: Annual tradeshow; exhibits, crafts, antique tractors, demonstrations, seed plots, Gilfillan Estate; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; admission charged; www.ideaggroup.com/farmfest. Aug. 3, Willmar MIDWEEK FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; noon to 5:30 p.m.; Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. Aug. 3, Willmar DOROTHY OLSON AQUATIC CENTER: “Slip & Slide Splash time,” enjoy the swim breaks with some slip and slide time. Aug. 4, Spicer OUTDOOR ROCK CLIMBING: For all ages; at Prairie Woods Environmental Learn Center; challenge yourself on the outdoor rock climbing tower. The three sided climbing tower offers multiple 30 and 40 foot routes. All ages and skill levels welcome, PWELC instructors will be there to help, equipment is provided, 1 to 3 p.m.; $15 per session; call 320-354-5894 to register. Aug. 4, Willmar BECKER MARKET AT THE HUB: A multicultural market of farmers, growers, producers, artisans and entertainment; 2 to 6 p.m.; on the sidewalk and inside The Hub, 313 Fourth Street downtown. Aug. 4, Willmar MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by the Great Times Band from 6 to 7 p.m. at Café Corti, North Business Hwy. 71. Aug. 4, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music concert by Cedar Creek Band from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London, rain or shine, bring your own lawn chair. Aug. 4-6, New London THE LITTLE THEATRE: “Those Crazy Ladies in the House on the Corner” 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; tickets $15 adults, $8 ages 12 and under, tickets available starting July 5 at The Giving Tree Children’s Boutique and It’s About Hair, both in New London and at the door. Aug. 4-7, Litchfield MEEKER COUNTY FAIR Aug. 5, Clara City MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Jerry Ostensoe from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hinterland Vineyards east of Clara City. Aug. 5-6, New London LITTLE CROW WATER SKI SHOW: Neer Park, 7 p.m.; adults $5, students $3. Aug. 5-7, Lake Lillian FUN DAYS: Bean bag tournaments on Friday; pancake break-

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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. 11, Willmar BECKER MARKET AT THE HUB: A multicultural market of farmers, growers, producers, artisans and enterAug. 5-7, Spicer LADIES NIGHT OUT … IN THE WOODS: Ever thought of a hike tainment; 2 to 6 p.m.; on the sidewalk on the Superior Hiking Trail, a paddle in the Boundary Waters, or and inside The Hub, 313 Fourth Street just taking that next step from car camping but don’t know where downtown. to start? Here’s your chance to join knowledgeable staff on a Aug. 11, Willmar weekend backpacking trip through Prairie Woods ELC. It will MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Paul cover basic outdoor skills like how to pack a bag prop- Imholte from 6 to 7 p.m. at Café Corti, North erly, fire building, orienteering, outdoor cooking, Leave- Business Hwy. 71. No-Trace ethics, and some nature facts along the way. This is an introductory course and novices are welcome.Aug. 11, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music concert by Church of We will be hiking 5 to 7 miles and carrying gear on our backs; some gear can be provided. For women 6th gradeCash from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Glacial Ridge Winery between and up (children must be accompanied by an adult), 7 p.m. FridaySpicer and New London, rain or shine, bring your own lawn chair. through noon on Sunday; $100 for individual, $160 for pair, $225 Aug. 11-13, New London for a tent full of three. THE LITTLE THEATRE: “Those Crazy Ladies in the House on the Corner” 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; tickets $15 adults, Aug. 6, Pennock PENNOCK FUN DAYS: Activities for the whole family; parade at $8 ages 12 and under, tickets available starting July 5 at The Giving Tree Children’s Boutique and It’s About Hair, both in New 11 a.m. Saturday. London, and at the door. Aug. 6-7, Hanley Falls Aug. 12, Willmar GOOD OLD DAYS THRESHING SHOW: Antique tractors and DOROTHY OLSON AQUATIC CENTER: “Good Bye to Summer engines featuring Allis-Chalmers tractors and air-cooled gas Penny Carnival” with carnival games for all ages, noon to 3:30 engines, pedal pull, flea market, parade; machinery museum; p.m.; $3 pool entrance, bring pennies to play the games. 507-768-3552. Aug. 7, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music by the Mill Pond Jazz Quartet from 4 to 6 p.m. at the downtown city park; bring your own lawn chair.

Aug. 12, Clara City MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Radio Acoustic from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hinterland Vineyards east of Clara City.

Aug. 12-13, Starbuck DRAGON BOAT RACING: 9th annual co-ed races, music, food, Aug. 9, Spicer OUTDOOR SURVIVAL 101: Can you survive? This class will takekids’ events, boats provided, Lake Minnewaska; 320-239-4220. you outside and show you how to build a shelter, fire, and maybe Aug. 13, Granite Falls find something to eat, Prairie Woods Environmental Learning RIVERSIDE MARKET: Music, crafts, art, vintage and more beCenter, for grades 4 and up; 8 a.m. to noon; $15 per person; call tween 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. along the Minnesota River; Outta Town320-354-5894 to register. ers and Ukulele Drive noon to 4 p.m.; Ron Hanson, Minnesota Sings contest, GFRR family picnic. Aug. 9-13, New London 30th ANNUAL NEW LONDON TO NEW BRIGHTON ANTIQUE CAR RUN: 120-mile trek on Saturday, patterned after British Vet- Aug. 13, Spicer YOUTH SPORTING CLAYS AND .22 SHOOT: Great opportunity eran Car Run from London to Brighton, England; features cars to shoot for the first time or to improve your already existing shootfrom 1915 and earlier; finish line in Long Lake Regional Park in New Brighton on Saturday. Country tours on Wednesday, Thurs- ing skills. Included in the class will be instruction on safe gun day and Friday leaving from New London each day. See separate handling and shooting technique. Firearms, shells, and targets will be provided. You may bring your own 12- or 20-gauge shotgun, story. all levels of shooters are invited; Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center Westby Shooting Range, for ages 11-16, 3 to 5 Aug. 10, Willmar MIDWEEK FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegeta- p.m., $5 per person; to register call 320-354-5894. bles, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; noon to 5:30 p.m.; Aug. 13-14, Spicer Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. WEST CENTRAL BOWHUNTER 60 3D SHOOT: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center; realistic hunting Aug. 10-12, Bird Island shots along with fun targets; family event; 320-212-4715. RENVILLE COUNTY FAIR Aug. 10-13, Willmar KANDIYOHI COUNTY FAIR

Aug. 14, Bechyn CZECH HERITAGE FESTIVAL: 25th annual festival with ethnic foods, music, folk dancers, children activities.

Aug. 10-13, Willmar Aug. 14, Spicer THE BARN THEATRE: The comedy “Laughter on the 23rd MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music by Jeff James from 4 to Floor” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; adults $20, ages 6 p.m. at the downtown city park; bring your own lawn chair. 18 and under $10; 320-235-9500. Aug. 10-14, Morris STEVENS COUNTY FAIR

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Aug. 14, Glenwood LAKESIDE SUMMER DANCE: Dance to the music of Tuxedo Junction, 4 to 8 p.m., Lakeside Ballroom; $15 per person; $10 per person ages 17-30.

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Summer brings out the best. From antique cars to antique tractors and more, people gather to show off their prized possessions. Aug. 15-19, Willmar THE BARN THEATRE: The comedy “Laughter on the 23rd Floor” 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; adults $20, ages 18 and under $10; 320-235-9500. Aug. 17, Spicer STORY HOUR AT THE PIONEER CABIN: Dress as a pioneer and listen to a story about the Ingalls family and what pioneer life was like; grades K-3, parents welcome, 10 to 11:15 a.m., $5; Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center. Aug. 17, Willmar MIDWEEK FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; noon to 5:30 p.m.; Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. Aug. 17-21, Appleton SWIFT COUNTY FAIR Aug. 17-21, Hutchinson McLEOD COUNTY FAIR Aug. 18, 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. Aug. 18, Willmar BECKER MARKET AT THE HUB: A multicultural market of farmers, growers, producers, artisans and entertainment; 2 to 6 p.m.; on the sidewalk and inside The Hub, 313 Fourth Street downtown. Aug. 18, Willmar MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by the Great Times Band from 6 to 7 p.m. at Café Corti, North Business Hwy. 71. Aug. 18, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music concert by Marcus Wahlstrom 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. 18-21, Alexandria DOUGLAS COUNTY FAIR

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Summer events: Renaissance and state fair

Continued from Page 21 Aug. 19, Willmar MOVIES IN THE PARK: Dusk, Robbins Island, the movie “Hotel Transylvania 2” will be shown, pre-activities for one hour before the movie, bring a chair or blanket; in case of bad weather it will be at WEAC. Aug. 19, Clara City MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Tyler Herwig from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hinterland Vineyards east of Clara City.

Aug. 19-21, Montevideo HERITAGE HILL ANTIQUE THRESHING SHOW: 36th annual show, featuring Minneapolis-Moline tractors; steam threshing, lumber sawing, old tractors, flea market, food, crafts; at Heritage Hill, four miles east of Montevideo; gates open 7 a.m. daily, adults $6, 12 and under admitted free; www.heritagehill.us. Aug. 20, New London MUSIC FESTIVAL: Family friendly day of eclectic live music, food and a kid-zone; Neer Park, noon to 6:30 p.m.; admission charged; www.newlondonmusicfestival.com. Aug. 20-21, Forest City STOCKADE RENDEZVOUS: Black powder competition, tomahawk throwing, pioneer crafts, rope making, quilting, bee keeping, homemade ice cream, fry bread, apple juice, spinning and weaving, roast buffalo and beans; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, held 6 miles northeast of Litchfield; admission charged.

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Aug. 25, Willmar MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Crow River Junction from 6 to 7 p.m. at Café Corti, North Business Hwy. 71.

Summer events: Antique threshing shows Continued from Page 22

Aug. 25, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music concert by Jeff James ment, industry and education featuring big-name entertainers, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer more than 700 free performances, 300 food concessions, 1,300 and New London, rain or shine, bring your own lawn chair. commercial exhibits, livestock, agricultural products, fine arts, creative arts, carnival, rides, shows and institutional displays; contact: Aug. 25-Sept. 5, St. Paul Minnesota State Fair, State Fairgrounds, St. Paul, Minn. 55108; MINNESOTA STATE FAIR: Exposition of agriculture, entertain651-288-4400.

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Aug. 26, Clara City MUSIC CONCERT: Free concert by Tim Fast from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hinterland Vineyards east of Clara City. Aug. 26, New London

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Sept. 1, Willmar BECKER MARKET AT THE HUB: A multicultural market of farmers, growers, producers, artisans and entertainment; 2 to 6 p.m.; on the sidewalk and inside The Hub, 313 Fourth Street downtown.

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Aug. 25, Willmar BECKER MARKET AT THE HUB: A multicultural market of farmers, growers, producers, artisans and entertainment; 2 to 6 p.m.; on the sidewalk and inside The Hub, 313 Fourth Street downtown.

LITTLE CROW WATER SKI SHOW: Neer Park, 7 p.m.; grand DAWSON finale/alumni show; adults $5, students $3. “A Small City With Aug. 27, Raymond RAYMOND HARVEST FEST: Activities for the whole family; A Bright Future” parade at 1 p.m. Saturday.

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Aug. 21, New London NORWAY LAKE OLD LOG CHURCH ANNUAL CELEBRATION: 10 a.m. church service followed by 11:30 a.m. catered meal and 1:30 p.m. afternoon program. Aug. 24, Willmar MIDWEEK FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; noon to 5:30 p.m.; Kandi Mall southeast parking lot.

Aug. 19, New London LITTLE CROW WATER SKI SHOW: Neer Park, 7 p.m.; adults $5, students $3.

Founded by Norwegian immigrants in 1879, Milan has retained the flavor of a small, ethnic village that is proud of its heritage.

Aug. 20-Oct. 2, Shakopee MINNESOTA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL: Magical 16th-century realm with costumed entertainers, seven stages, armored jousting, arts and crafts demonstrations, mouth-watering foods and beverages, authentic Renaissance games; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Labor Day and Sept. 30.

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

Sept. 8, Willmar BECKER MARKET AT THE HUB: A multicultural market of farmers, growers, producers, artisans and entertainment; 2 to 6 p.m.; on the sidewalk and inside The Hub, 313 Fourth Street downtown. Sept. 8, Spicer MUSIC CONCERT: Free outdoor music concert by Custom Made 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. Sept. 8-11, Willmar THE BARN THEATRE: “The Diary of Anne Frank” 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; adults $20, ages 18 and under $10; 320-235-9500. Sept. 8-11, Madison LAC QUI PARLE COUNTY FAIR Sept. 10, New London PRAIRIE POTHOLE DAY: 33rd 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; beginning at 9 a.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. 10, 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 8 p.m., free admission. Sept. 10, Granite Falls RIVERSIDE MARKET: One-day walking theater workshop and performance at 2 p.m. Sept. 10-11, Atwater THRESHING DAYS: Experience farm life in the by-gone days; tractor parade 1 p.m. daily, threshing, saw mill, flour mill, corn shredding, ensilage cutter, sorghum press, shingle making, butter churning, rug making, spinning, jelly making, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; adults $5, 12 and under admitted free; 320-974-8588. Sept. 14, Willmar MIDWEEK FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; noon to 5:30 p.m.; Kandi Mall southeast parking lot.

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Summer events: Studio hops and art shows Continued from Page 23 Sept. 15, Willmar BECKER MARKET AT THE HUB: A multicultural market of farmers, growers, producers, artisans and entertainment; 2 to 6 p.m.; on the sidewalk and inside The Hub, 313 Fourth Street downtown. Sept. 15-18, Willmar THE BARN THEATRE: “The Diary of Anne Frank” 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; adults $20, ages 18 and under $10; 320-235-9500. Sept. 16, Willmar MOVIES IN THE PARK: Dusk, Robbins Island, the movie “The Good Dinosaur” will be shown, pre-activities for one hour before the movie, bring a chair or blanket; in case of bad weather it will be at WEAC.

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Sept. 17, Willmar CELEBRATE ART! CELEBRATE COFFEE!: Fine arts, music, entertainment, art for sale, demonstrations, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., downtown; Willmar Area Arts Council, 320-235-8560 or www. celebrateartcelebratecoffee.com.

The annual Willmar Fests Kiddie Parade is part of the Thursday night Block Party.

Sept. 17-18, Appleton APPLEFEST: Annual weekend festival to celebrate the town with arts and crafts, flea market, motocross race, fireworks, kids’ games, parade and more.

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An “emerging artists” tent features works of upand-coming artists at the annual Celebrate Art! Celebrate Coffee! festival held in downtown Willmar.

Sept. 18, Glenwood LAKESIDE SUMMER DANCE: Dance to the music of the Jerry O’Hagan Orchestra, 4 to 8 p.m., Lakeside Ballroom; $15 per person; $10 per person ages 17-30.

bles, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; noon to 5:30 p.m.; Kandi Mall southeast parking lot.

Sept. 18, Madison AIR FAIR: at the Lac qui Parle Airport Sept. 21, Willmar MIDWEEK FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegetables, fruits, jellies and jams, and baked goods; noon to 5:30 p.m.; Kandi Mall southeast parking lot. Sept. 22, Willmar BECKER MARKET AT THE HUB: A multicultural market of farmers, growers, producers, artisans and entertainment; 2 to 6 p.m.; on the sidewalk and inside The Hub, 313 Fourth Street downtown. Sept. 25, Spicer HARVEST FEST: A day for kids and families from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Glacial Ridge Winery between Spicer and New London. Sept. 28, Willmar MIDWEEK FARMERS MARKET: Locally grown produce, vegeta-

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full schedule of events will make up the 2016 Willmar Fests celebration Wednesday, June 22, through Sunday, June 26. The days will be full of family fun from the Prairie Winds Summer Sept. 29, Willmar Band Concert, Jaycee’s Block Party, Beach BECKER MARKET AT THE HUB: A multicultural market of farmParty and fireworks. ers, growers, producers, artisans and entertainment, 2 to 6 p.m., on the sidewalk and inside The Hub, 313 Fourth Street downtown. The annual festival celebrates more than 70 years of promoting Willmar-area Sept. 30-Oct. 2, Minnesota River Valley attractions, pride in the community and the ART MEANDER: Five-county upper Minnesota River art crawl, quality of life through family participation. self-guided tour of 45 individual artists and 33 studios in and near The festival began as Kaffe Fest to the western Minnesota communities of Ortonville, Appleton, Madi- celebrate local Swedish coffee-drinking son, Milan, Dawson, Montevideo and Granite Falls. tradition. The festival transitioned to Willmar Fests in 1988 and combines the festivals of Oct. 9, Terrace BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS: In front of the Terrace Mill, 1:30 Aqua Fest, International Fest and Kaffe Fest.

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9 a.m.: Prince and Princess Story Hour at the Willmar Public Library. 4:15 p.m.: Jaycee’s Block Party Kick-off at Fifth Street and Becker Avenue. 6 p.m.: Willmar Fests Kiddie Parade.

Friday, June 24

Willmar Fests Tennis Tournament 4 p.m.: Hog Heaven Invitational Rib Fest, at new event with Marcus Construction at Cash Wise Foods. 7:05 p.m.: Willmar Stingers Baseball, Baker Field at Bill Taunton Stadium.

Saturday, June 25 Willmar Fests Tennis Tournament 7 a.m.-2 p.m.: Willmar Fire Department Pancake Feed, downtown Willmar Fire Station. 8 a.m.: Rice Memorial Hospital Foot Lake Four Run/Walk, starts downtown. 10:30 a.m.: Grande Day Parade, downtown. 1 p.m.: Jennie-O Turkey Store Kids Carnival at Robbins Island – Inflatables and more; a new event. 4-6 p.m.: Willmar Fests Ambassador Coronation, Willmar Education and Arts Center. Beach Party at Robbins Island with food vendors, beer garden, music and fireworks. 7:30 p.m.: The Little Crow Ski Show on Foot Lake. 8 p.m.: Beach Party concert. 10 p.m.: Q102 Lakeland Broadcasting “Works Over Water” fireworks show, Foot Lake.

Sunday, June 26 Willmar Fests Tennis Tournament RAIN backup plan: 7:30 p.m., “The Little Crow Ski Show,” Robbins Island, Foot Lake. RAIN backup plan: 10 p.m., “Works Over Water” fireworks show, Robbins Island, Foot Lake. (Schedule subject to change. Check willmarfests.com for the latest information).

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Celebrating the arts 2016 Studio Hop showcases artists in Willmar, New London area

Studio Hop is June 17-18 Seventeen artists in nine studios in Willmar, Kandiyohi, New London and Spicer are preparing for the 12th annual Studio Hop from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 17, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 18.

Visit local studios and meet the artists. Area artists always display an

Willmar Ron Adams, 900 Park Ave. N.W., paintings Shalese Sands, The Barn Theatre, 321 Fourth St. S.W., wildlife art Phil Scheevel, The Barn Theatre, 321 Fourth St. S.W., wood carving Grace Johnson, The Barn Theatre, 321 Fourth St. S.W., pottery Janet Olney, The Barn Theatre, 321 Fourth St. S.W., gourds Matt Braun, The Barn Theatre, 321 Fourth St. S.W., paintings

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Spicer Sharon Schuetze, 125 Lake Ave N, Spicer, paintings

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The arts are an intregral part of many community celebrations across the region and the central focus of a few as well.

Celebrate Art! Celebrate Coffee! fall art festival to be held Sept. 17 in downtown Willmar

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the Willmar Area Arts Council’s annual art festival, Studio Hop is funded in part by the Minnesota Arts will be 10 a.m. to 4 and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the p.m. Saturday, Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Sept. 17. The New London vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008. festival will This event is also supported in part by the Willmarbe held in Violet Dauk, 5126 County Road 40 N.E., paintings Area Community Foundation. Joan Miller, 5126 County Road 40 N.E., pottery downtown Craig Edwards, 1,000 Cranes, 324 Main St., potWillmar. For more information call the Willmar Area Arts tery A full day of artful Council, 235-8560, or willmararts@gmail.com Gayle Martens, 1,000 Cranes, 324 Main St., preactivities are scheduled including a juried art show and sale, hands-on art activities for both children and adults, face painting, a caricature artist, wood carvings he New London Music Festi- all-natural music. charming village atmosphere, gift and balloon sculptures. val will return with eclectic, Refreshments, along with home- shops, art studios and more. Artists will demonstrate family friendly music from made meals from garden-grown Neer Park is located at Second their talents, including noon to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. ingredients, are the summer’s Avenue and Mill Street Southeast a musical instrument 20, at Neer Park in New London. best. The kid zone is full of whole- in New London. tent and there will be The shady park peninsula on the some fun. Bring a chair and a ongoing entertainment Crow River is the perfect setfriend. While in town, take a stroll For more informationemail newon the outdoor stage. ting for a day of fresh, funky and through New London to enjoy the londonmusicfestival@gmail.com. There will also be a food

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court and, of course, free coffee all day. Admission to the event is free. Celebrate Art! Celebrate Coffee! is made possible by a grant from the

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eclectic mix of paintings, jewelry, sculpture, pottery, mixed media and photography. This is an opportunity to meet the interesting collection of characters that create these works. Artists will open their studios and creative spaces to the public both days and admission is free. Many studios will offer refreshments. Also, pick up a punch card at the first studio you visit and get it stamped at each studio and then leave it at your last stop. Visit six studios for a chance to win $50 and stop at nine for a chance to win $100. Some individual studios will offer door prizes. The locations and the artists at those locations follow:

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Independence Day festivities West central communities celebrate America’s birthday

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amily-friendly events are held throughout the region on the Fourth of July, with food, parades, music, fireworks and baseball all intertwined with patriotic reverence celebrating Independence Day for our great country.

Maynard The celebration starts on June 27 with the medallion hunt. Clues will be on display each morning at the Community Center and will continue until the medallion is found. July 4th activities begin with a Kiddie Parade at 10:30 a.m., followed by the Grand Day Parade at 11 a.m. The day will continue at the Lions Park just south of Maynard. Bounce houses and games will be available in the park for kids of all ages to enjoy. A barbecue meal will be served, beginning ice cream, at noon, with homemade pie and sundaes and root beer floats also on the menu. At 1:30 p.m. there will be entertainment by the Custom Made Band, followed by the queen’s program at 2:30 p.m. The kiddie tractor pull will be at 3 p.m. Fireworks will be at dusk. The events are coordinated by the Maynard Lions Club.

Paynesville The July 4th events begin with a boat parade on Rice Lake. Decorated boats will line up at Fisher’s Resort at noon and the parade will begin at 1 p.m., weather permitting. Prizes will be awarded. Another boat parade will be held at 2 p.m. on July 4 on Lake Koronis. Boats will line up at 1 p.m. by Koronis Ministry. Prizes will be awarded. Fireworks will be held at dusk on July 4, set off from First Island on Lake Koronis.

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Crowds of people — many of them decked out in red, white and blue — line the streets for a number of Fourth of July parades across the region, including the 2015 parade in Spicer.

Adam’s Race for preschool-eighth grade (distance based on age of participant). There is no entry fee for runners/walkers. Registration begins at 7:15 a.m. outside of the elementary gym. Event sponsors will make a monetary donation to Central Minnesota Christian School for each person who finishes a walk or run. Continued from Page 28 The day continues with a patriotic celebration service at 10 a.m. at First Christian Reformed The evening kicks into high gear Church, followed by a pork roast dinner from 11 during the annual street dance a.m. to 1 p.m. in the new high school gym. A freewill featuring the music of Boogie donation will be accepted for the meal. Wonderland. The dance begins at A silent auction will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 9 p.m. in downtown Spicer with a p.m. in the high school, and from noon to 4 p.m. full outdoor bar available. you can enjoy the afternoon with inflatable games, On July 4, the Grand Day concessions, pedal tractor pull, (registration begins Parade begins at 10 a.m. on Lake at 1:30 p.m.), bean bag tournament, mini golf, trap Avenue. Come early to find the shooting and more. perfect place to watch the parade. The kiddie parade and main parade begin at 6 The day ends with a spectacular p.m. Entries are welcome. There is no entry fee; call fireworks show at dusk over CMCS at 320- 978-8700 or email cmcs@cmcschool. Green Lake. org to register. Firemen’s games will be held in front of the school and follow the main parade. All proceeds for the day will support the mission of Central Minnesota Christian School, and all guests are welcome to attend all festivities.

Fourth of July: Regional celebrations a blast On July 3 the annual 12-mile Green Lake Road Race begins at 7 a.m. from Saulsbury Beach. The event brings runners from around the state for a competitive run around Green Lake. To register go to www.glrr.zapevent.com The Briggs Motley Arts and Crafts Show, where everything from home décor, jewelry, toys, stained glass and quilts are for sale, will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 2, 3 and 4. Check www.spicermn.com for additional events.

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Spicer Located on beautiful Green Lake, the city of Spicer draws thousands of people seeking sun and fun to the lakeside community during the July 4th holiday. Events get rolling July 3 with a three-on-three “Hoops by the Lake” basketball tournament that begins at 9 a.m. on Saulsbury Beach.

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Terrace An old-fashioned family fun day is set for July 4 in Terrace. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. Bring your own picnic to the historic Terrace Mill, located along the Chippewa River and the Keystone Arch Bridge, 10 miles south of Glenwood on Highway 104. Old-fashioned games and contests, like turtle races and egg-toss begin at 6:30 p.m. Join the fun as this tiny community celebrates in a big way.

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Community theater on stage Music, comedies, drama among summer theater fare

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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 Barn Theatre Willmar Willmar’s community theater will open its 2016 summer season with “Mary Poppins,” the beloved musical about a nanny who transforms the life of the Banks family with her magical presence. Much-loved songs from the show include “Just a Spoonful of Sugar” and “Chim Chim Cheree.” Show dates are June 9-15 and June 22-26. Show times are at 7:30 p.m., with a 1 p.m. matinee on Sundays. The Neil Simon comedy “Laughter on the 23rd Floor” will be staged Aug. 10-13 and Aug. 15-19 at 7:30 p.m. Inspired by the playwright’s youthful experience as a writer on Sid Caesar’s “Your Show of Shows”, it portrays a writing staff’s frantic efforts to outdo each other with comedic gags while competing for the attention of star madman Max Prince. The summer season concludes with “The Diary of Anne Frank,” the dramatic story of the real-life Anne Frank whose diary chronicles the months she and her family lived hidden in an attic to avoid being deported by the Nazis. It will be presented Sept. 8-11 and Sept. 15-18 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: A season membership is $52 for all three shows in the 2016 summer season. Single tickets are $20 apiece for adults and $10 for students. The Barn Theatre’s box office, at 321 Fourth St. S.W. in downtown Willmar, is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. during productions and for one hour before each performance. For more ticket information, call The Barn box office at 320-235-9500; email info@thebarntheatre.com or write: The Barn, Box 342, Willmar MN 56201.

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Get stung with the Stingers Northwoods League baseball a great night out in Willmar

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he Willmar Stingers made the Northwoods League playoffs for the third time in team history in 2015 and will try to return in 2016. The Stingers, who finished 47-25 overall, were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Duluth Huskies. Opening night is against the Duluth Huskies 7:05 p.m. May 31 at Bill Taunton Stadium in Willmar. Former Oakland A’s and Minnesota Twins catcher and All-Star Game MVP Terry A bit of history Steinbach will be in attendance to The Barn, founded in 1965 in a former horse barn, throw out the first pitch and sign has been offering community theater to local audi- autographs. Fireworks follow the ences for nearly 50 years. Located in the Cardinal game. The 2016 Stingers will be led by its Square building in downtown Willmar, it has theater seating for 220. Amenities include handicapped third manager in team history, Matt parking, handrails on aisle seats and hear-Passaur, who was an assistant under former manager Drew Saberhagen. ing assist devices. The roster will be again highlighted by The mission of The Barn Theatre is “to provide affordable, quality per- Litchfield native and Minnesota Gophers’ player Eddie Estrada, entering his forming art to the community.” The Barn promotes community involvement, second season with the team. Several popular players are back from 2015, such as affords opportunities for personal growth Ky Parrott, Will Lydon, Kiko Garcia, Bradley Bailey, for its volunteers, displays and develops talBrian Kehner, Jonny Ortiz and Tyler Hanson. ent, and provides leadership for the fine arts. For more information on community theater events, contact The Barn at 320-235-9500, visit the website at www.thebarntheatre.com or find The Barn Theatre on Facebook.

This season, many of the Stingers’ most popular promotions will return, along with some exciting new ones. Along with the evening with Steinbach, popular promotions include Veterans’ Night, Jacob Barnes Youth Jersey Giveaway Night, Baseball Bat Giveaway, Summertime St. Patty’s Night, Blues Brothers Night and the Guinness World Records’ Most Flexible Man, Daniel Smith (also known as “Rubberboy”). Plus, the team has scheduled four post-game fireworks displays. 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, New York Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson, Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer, San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford, Oakland Athletics second baseman Ben Zobrist, Washington Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann, Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale and Houston Astros pitcher Pat Neshek. Follow the Stingers at the stadium, in the West Central Tribune and online at wctrib.com; for additional information, visit www.willmarstingers.com.

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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 Tribune file photo cultivated, remnants of virgin prairie, wetlands Pyramids, barefooting and a host of other tricks are and scattered woodlots can still be found along the railroad right-of-way. a part of the Little Crow Ski Team’s repertoire nearly There are numerous places along the trail to stop every Friday night at Neer Park in New London. and enjoy lakeside views. Popular swimming areas at Saulsbury Beach on Green Lake in Spicer and tion, the team will have a Sunday afternoon show at the Mill Pond in New London are close to the trail. Trail users can also watch the waterfowl in 1 p.m. July 10 on Lake Ripley. The team will compete in its regional tournament wetlands, spot wildlife — such as white-tail deer and butterflies — in the rolling-hill woodlots July 29 to 31 in Waterloo, Iowa. There will be no along the trail and enjoy refreshments at home performances that weekend. The team will travel to the national competition unique restaurants, ice-cream shops and coffee Aug. 12-14 in Janesville, Wisconsin. Again, there will shops in Spicer and New London. Primary summer use of the developed be no home show that weekend. Admission for the home shows is $5 for adults and trail includes hiking, bicycling, $3 for students and children. Preschool children get horseback riding and in-line skating. in free. Reserved seating is available online. Season The Glacial Lakes Trail connects to Sibley State Park near New London via passes are available for adults and students. There is bleacher seating at Neer Park, but come three miles of paved shoulder along County Road early. Bleacher seats are usually full about 45 min- 148. In Paynesville it connects to the 20 mile Lake utes before shows in July and August, according to Koronis Recreation Trail around Lake Koronis. the ski team’s website. Parking is located outside of Neer Park. A limited To the south, Cosmos marks the western end number of parking spaces for handicapped people of the Luce Line Trail, a 63-mile long trail that begins in the Twin Cities suburb of Plymouth. The are available in the park. A deck is provided for trail consists of a natural surface from Cosmos to those in wheelchairs to view the show. For more information visit the team’s website at Winsted. It goes through mostly rural countryside that includes surviving tracts of tall-grass prairie. www.littlecrow.com. Both the Glacial Lakes Trail and the Luce Line Trail follow former railroad lines. They Main Street Charm welcomes you to Sauk Centre, MN! are maintained by the Minnesota Department of Visit Original “Main Street” and the Boyhood Home of Sinclair Lewis Natural Resources. America’s 1st Nobel Prize winner for Literature! 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 ar Willm ivia of Spicer on Highway 23 and one-half mile west on m o r l f O s inute from the Township Road. A day trip, a weekend getaway 52 m minutes hfield c 7 t i New London: Off state Highway 23 and follow state 1 or a week of R and R, L r u m o n o h r o 1 rf ns Sauk Centre is worth the drive! Highway 9 north to public water access parking lot 1 hou r from Be on east (right). 1 hou www.visitsaukcentre.com Hawick: North side of town, at the intersection of 1-855-444-SAUK state Highway 23 and County Road 2.

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The Glacial Lakes Recreation Trail provides plenty of opportunity for a variety of outdoor activities across Kandiyohi County’s prairie lakes region.

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

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CORN CAPITAL DAYS!

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5:30 pm Lite Supper before Outdoor Worship Service

5:00 pm – 8 pm Cindy’s Nachos @ American Legion Post 186

*Free Will Offering

8:00 pm - 12:00 am Downtown Street Dance featuring Dam Jammers

6:00 pm Outdoor Worship Service @ Nester Park

*sponsored by Olivia Area Churches

BRING LAWN CHAIRS AND/OR BLANKETS FOR YOUR COMFORT.

TUESDAY, JULY 26TH

Stop in for all your Corn Capital Souvenirs! Stop in for all your Pharmacy, Photo & Gift needs! Tribune file photos

ABOVE: Steve Porter’s seminar on the importance of genetics and hunting practices to gain trophy bucks in the whitetail herd draws a crowd at the 33rd annual Prairie Pothole Days at Stoney Ridge Farm near New London.

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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.

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12 pm – 8 pm Used Book Sale @ Olivia Library

10:00 am Kiddie Parade Line-up south of ACTS

5:00 pm – 8 pm Grilled Pork Chops & Sweet Corn @ Olivia American Legion Post 186

10:30 am Corn Capital Days Kiddie Parade

5:30 pm – 9 pm Family Fun Night @ Dirks Parks – N. 7th St.

11 am – Noon World Championship Corn Toss @ Nester Park

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11:30 am – 1:30 pm Music in the Park w/ Blue Ox Jazz Babies

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2 pm – 2:15 pm SummerLine Groove Performance @ Nester Park

Concessions @ Dirks Park by Olivia Cub Scout Pack 313

3 pm Corn Capital Days Grand Parade

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Crazy Days @ Olivia Merchants Young Entrepreneurs Welcome - contact Sam at the Chamber Office 523-1350

*Following parade – Hot Turkey or Pork, Beans & Potato Salad 6:00 - 10:00 pm The Wendinger Band of New Ulm @ Olivia American Legion Post 186

10 pm – 5 pm Used Book Sale @ Olivia Public Library

Following parade (5 pm) – Women’s 3-Person Corn Cap Scramble @ Olivia Golf Club

11 am Zoomobile @ Olivia Public Library

10:00 pm – 1:00 am Lost Highway (Outdoors) @ Max’s Bar & Grill

4:30 pm – 7 pm Kid’s Fair @ Faith United Methodist Church (9th St.) 5 pm – 7 pm Ice Cream Social @ Faith United Methodist Church 5 pm REGISTRATION FOR CHILDREN’S PEDAL PULL 5:30 pm Children’s Pedal Pull

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fle, 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

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Glacial Ridge Trail Scenic Byway

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 and more lakes 8. Green Lake Bible Camp Chapel 9. Kandiyohi County Museum 10. Old Log Church 11. Endreson Cabin 12. Robbins Island 13. Former Monongalia Museum 14. Green Lake 15. Prairie Woods ELC 16. Threshing Rig Alley 17. Fort Lake Johanna 18. Pope County Museum 19. Terrace Mill & Stone Arch Bridge 20. Indherred Lutheran Church 21. Mount Lookout 22. Starbuck Marina/Hobo Park 23. Ann Bickle Heritage House 24. Barsness Park & Campground 25. Holly Skogen 26. Indian Mounds Park 27. Swift Falls Village 28. Swift Falls County Park 29. Swift County Museum 30. St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church 31. Swift County Courthouse 32. Christ Episcopal Church 33. Kerkhoven Heritage Room 34. Barsness Park & Campground 35. Holly Skogen 36. Indian Mounds Park 37. Lake Carlos State Park 38. Glacial Lakes State Park 39. Sibley State Park 40. Monson Lake State Park 41. Moe Woods 42. Ordway Prairie 43. Leif Mountains 44. Sheepberry Fen 45. Glacial Lakes Trail 46. Central Lakes Trail 47. Glacial Ridge Trail

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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.

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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. * Three state parks lie along the trail: Sibley State Park, west of New London; Monson Lake State Park, south of Sunburg; and Glacial Lake State Park, south of Starbuck. * 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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Local gardens bloom for visitors Horticulture Night set for July 28 at UofM Outreach Center in Morris

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he region’s gardens put on a colorful show each summer for visitors to enjoy. Whether you like to stroll or simply sit and look at the flowers, here are some places that are worth a visit. Anderson Garden is a mini-arboretum on the northeast shore of Lake Ripley on the edge of Litchfield; access is from Minnesota Highway 22. The public garden has many varieties of exotic and familiar flowers, shrubs and trees that can be viewed from a paved, handicapped-accessible walking path. Plants bloom all season long to create a colorful experience. A gazebo in the park is a popular site for summer weddings and afternoon teas. For reservations, call Litchfield City Hall at 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 and include rose gardens, shade

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Ordway Prairie

gardens, a heritage garden, children’s garden, water gardens and an international garden with flowers and shrubs from all over the world. Since 1990 the garden has been on the All-America Selections list of display gardens for testing new varieties of plants. It also is an All-America Selections flower trialing site. 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 28 from 5 to 9 p.m., featuring tours, discussions on gardening topics, demonstrations of gardening techniques and a gardening trade show. The public will have a chance to vote for their top three favorite flowers in the display est central Minnesota abounds with natugarden. Flowers that gain the most votes ral areas that showcase the region’s lakes, will be designated “consumer favorite” in the prairies and examples of native plant and research center’s annual flower report, which goes animal life. out to plant breeding companies Among those worth a visit: around the world. The 600-acre Ordway Prairie Preserve is one of There will also be a picnic dinthe largest native prairie tracts in the ner and games in the children’s state. garden. The glacial till prairie is made up of For more information, call 320meadows, wetlands and woods. It is 589-1711. 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 state 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 state 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 www.HeartlandOrthopedics.com known for grassland birds. The prairie chicken has been reintroduced here. The land has never been 320.214.7355 tilled and has hundreds of species of native natural 2800 1st St. S., Ste 220, Willmar, MN grasses and wildflowers. An old ox-cart trail proHand to Shoulder | Sports Medicine | Joint Replacement vides a 2-mile trail for hikers and bird watchers. Cooperatively owned and managed by the Nature Hip & Knee | Foot & Ankle 001416873r1 Conservancy and the Minnesota Department of Nat-

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ural 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 state 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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Powwows, concerts, dance parties on tap for summer

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wo Native American-owned casino resorts in the area offer year-round entertainment and activities for people of all ages. Here are a few of the feature attractions this summer. More information about upcoming events is available on the casinos’ websites.

Prairie’s Edge Casino Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort has family fun planned for this summer. Prairie’s Edge is located south of Granite Falls on Minnesota Highway 23 and is owned and operated by the Upper Sioux Community. The “Second Sunday Dance Party” is on tap through the summer and even into the fall. Bands include polka music by the Marv Nissel Band on June 12, dance music by George’s Concertina Band on July 10, show and dance music by Bill Chrastil on Aug. 14, polkas and a variety of other dance music by Craig Ebel and Dyversaco on Sept. 11, show and dance music by Johnny ray Gomez on Oct. 9 and polka music by the Larry Olsen Band on Nov. 13. On Friday, June 24, Loretta Lynn is set to perform in concert at the Convention Center. (Sorry, all tickets are sold out.)

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Minnesota motorcycle rally September 2-4 in Litchfield

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On July 3, a family fun night begins at 5 p.m. It features food and loads of free entertainment for kids, including bounce houses, pony rides, face painting and a DJ bubble party. The evening is capped off by fireworks. The casino is expanding its fireworks shows, beginning this year. The show is exhe annual A.B.A.T.E. of Minnesota motorcycle pected to be about twice the size of previrally will be Sept. 2 to 4 in Litchfield. ous shows. The American Bikers On Aug. 5, 6 and 7, the Upper Sioux for Awareness, TrainCommunity will host the Pezihutazizi ing and Education, or Oyate traditional Wacipi, or powwow, A.B.A.T.E., will host the several miles east of Granite Falls on state annual rally at the Meeker Highway 67. County Fairgrounds. Entry is free and everyone is welcome to The rally features bands, attend. Grand Entry times are 7 p.m. Aug. 5; 1 p.m. and 7 motorcycle sled pulls, a full bar, p.m. Aug. 6; and 1 p.m. Aug. 7. Warmup dances are at hay wagon rides, bike games, bike show, tattoo contest, fashion 7 p.m. July 31. For additional information about Prairie’s Edge show, chili contest, food court and vendors, campfires, and memorial run and service. and its summer events, call 1-866-293-2121 or visit The event will include a raffle with two motorcywww.prairiesedgecasino.com. cles — a Harley Davidson FXDB Dyna Streetbob or an Indian Scout. The drawing will be Jackpot Junction at 9:50 p.m. Sept. 3. The annual Motorcycle PAC dinner Jackpot Junction Casino features free live enterwill be at 6 p.m. Thursday. tainment in the Players Sports Bar from 8 p.m. to 1 Rally tickets are $30 before July 15 a.m. every Friday and Saturday. and $40 after July 15 for members. Visit www.jackpotjunction.com for more informaTickets for non-members are $60 after tion about other promotions and upcoming events. Jackpot Junction is owned by the Lower Sioux Com- July 15. A $20 day pass is available beginning at noon each day. munity. Get ticket information by calling 800-224-6570 or email stateoffice@abatemn.org. Motorcycle parking is free. Free parking is available for other vehicles across from the main gate. There is a $35 non-motorcycle vehicle parking fee for entering the grounds. No one under 21 is admitted to the rally, and all guests must carry photo identification at all times. For more information, visit the A.B.A.T.E. website at www.abatemn.org. Advance tickets may be purchased through the website. American Bikers for Awareness Training and Education of Minnesota is a not-for-profit, grass roots organization committed to Minnesota’s motorcyclists.

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Island View Resort .........................................................................320.796.2775 5910 132nd Ave. NE, Spicer

Big Kandiyohi Lake County Park West .............................320.995.6599 14391 45th St. SE, Lake Lillian

Big Kandiyohi Lake County Park East ...............................320.664.4707 9144 123rd Ave. SE, Lake Lillian

Diamond Lake County Park .........................................................................320.974.8520 6920 County Rd. 4 NE, Kandiyohi

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Games Lake County Park .........................................................................320.354.4453 20944 County Rd. 5 NW, New London

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Old Wagen Campground .........................................................................320.354.2165 21611 132nd St. NE, Hawick

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Willmar (320) 235-3827 Berquist Park 18th St. NW & Gorton Ave. Bjorsell Park 4th St. SE & Johanna Ave. Canigo Park 12th St. NW & Lake Ave. Cardinal Park 25th St. SW & 20th Ave. City Auditorium 311 6th St. SW College View Park 28th St. NW & 13th Ave. East Willmar Park 13th St. SE & Pleasant View Ave. Garfield Park 8th St. SW & Monongalia Ave. Gesch Park 12th St. SE & Olena Ave. Hanson Park 17th St. NW & 15th Ave. Hedlin Park 4th St. NE & Country Club Dr. NE Hilltop Park 7th St. SW & Parkview Rd. Jaycee Park 7th St. NW & Ella Ave. Lincoln Park 9th St. SE & Minnesota Ave. Lions Park 22nd St. SW & Willmar Ave. Miller Park 11th St. SW & Kandiyohi Ave. Minnegasco Park 16th St. SW & Minnesota Ave. Northside Park 12th St. NW & Ella Ave. Pleasant View Park 9th St. SE & 14th Ave. Rainbow Park 24th St. SE & 5th Ave. Ramblewood Park 13th St. SW & Ramblewood Ave. Rau Park (Scout Park) (7th St. NW) County Road 41 Rice Park 3rd St. SW & Kandiyohi Ave. Richland Park Richland Dr. SW & Richland Ave. Robbins Island between Foot & Willmar Lakes Selvig International Park 4th St. SW & Becker Ave. Southfield Park 6th St. SW & 28th Ave. Sperry Park North Hwy. 71 & Homewood Ave. Sunrise Park 23rd St. SE & Willmar Ave. Swansson Field 22nd St. SW & Willmar Ave. Thompson Park Ella Ave. NW off of Hwy. 71 Valley Brook Park 33rd St. NW & 7th Ave. Vos Park County Road 5 NW & 1st Ave. Wellin Park 14th St. SW & Becker Ave. Welshire Park 19th St. SE & 7th Ave.

Basketball Baseball Softball Horse Shoes Tennis Volleyball Hiking/Biking Trails Grills Shelter Picnic Tables Play Equipment Restrooms Wading Pool Swimming Beach Fishing Nature Trail Warming House Winter Sledding Ice Skating/Hockey

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Walk, bike, swim, learn & play Willmar Community Education and Recreation programs offer it all

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here is fun to be had across Willmar this spring and summer with the Willmar Community Education and Recreation Department’s many educational and recreational programs for children, adults and families. A complete list of activities is available at the Willmar CER offices at Jefferson Learning Center, 1234 Kandiyohi Ave. S.W. Registration is use the available at www.willmarcer.com or registration forms in the summer 2016 Willmar CER brochure. Weather-related announcements can be obtained by calling 320-231-8493 or tuning to radio stations Q102/102.5 FM, 95.3 FM and 1590 AM. n Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center — 1601 22nd St. S.W.,

seasonal phone: 320-441-2018. Bring your friends and cool off at the pool. The center will not be open if the air temperature is 68 degrees or cooler. 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. The center is open daily regular season from noon to 7 p.m., weather permitting, beginning June 13. Check website before visit. Special events are planned in June through August and will be listed at the pool and at www.willmarcer.com. Daily admission is $3; $3 for observer; 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. For more information, call 231-8490 (no parties will be booked during Lucky Duck Thursdays, or Friday afternoons). The aquatic center is planning special events: Adults with Disabilities Swim Night — 7:15-9 p.m. June 27, July 18 and Aug. 8; come to the DOAC for a night of games, music and fun. The facility is smoke free and handicap accessible. Ages 15 and older; $4/session, staff are required to pay admission fee. Itty Bitty Beach Party — 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. June 25; music and fun for the little ones. This party is for the smallest splashers, ages 5 and under; $5 per child, one adult per child free. Lucky Duck Thursdays — Every Thursday in July; bring a nonperishable food item and pay $1 daily admission. Slip & Slide Splash Time — 1:30, 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. Wed., June 29 and Aug. 3; enjoy the swim breaks with some slip and slide time. Penny Carnival — 1-3:30 p.m. Aug. 12. Join the staff at the pool for an all-age event to mark the end of summer. Staff will have tattoos and fun. Bring your pennies and play all the carnival games that you like. Cost is the $3 entrance fee to the pool and pennies to play the carnival games. n Robbins Island Park — 55 acres located between Foot and Willmar lakes on Business Highway 71 North. The wooded park has playground equipment, disc golf course, natural trail, grills and restrooms. Virgil Olson Beach — Swimming is allowed but there are no lifeguards on duty. The sand beach can be reached via a paved walking path along Foot Lake; vehicle parking also available. Shelters — Shelters at the island can be rented: Enclosed shelters $100; Open Shelter No. 1 (has electricity) - $32; Open Shelter No. 2 and Lions Shelter (no electricity) $20. All shelters

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Parks: Visit today Continued from Page 46 Summer Movies in the Park — Friday, June 17 (Pan), July 15 (The Goonies), Aug. 19 (Hotel Transylvania 2) and Sept. 16 (The Good Dinosaur); bring a blanket or chair and enjoy family friendly movies at Robbins Island. Admission, popcorn and pop are free. Pre-activities will be held one hour before the movie. In case of bad weather the event will be moved to the WEAC. Third Annual Toys for Tots Tournament — Sunday, July 24; 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tournament director: Steve Gralish (stevegralish@yahoo.com). n Prairie Winds Concert Band — Performs your favorite music during free Wednesday evening outdoor concerts at Rice Park in Willmar. Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. June 10 (meet the Dairy Royalty at 7 p.m.), June 15, June 22 (Willmar Fests Royalty and West Central Connection at 7 p.m.), June 29 and July. The band will feature a variety of Broadway tunes, pop songs and marching favorites. Audience members are invited to bring a blanket or lawn chair. Cancellation in case of extreme weather will be announced on local radio. n Swansson Field Recreational Complex — Willmar Avenue Southwest. For spectator sports, check out the city softball leagues played Monday through Friday at the Swansson Field complex, which has ample bleacher space for fans to cheer on their favorite teams. Baker Field has more than 100 amateur games played, with concessions sold at each game. n Game Time at Miller Park — Boys and girls grades 5-7 are invited to come to Miller Park Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 14 to July 28 and play three different sports. Kickball (1-1:50 p.m.), basketball (2-2:50 p.m.) and football (3-3:50 p.m.) will be available. There is a $10 registration fee for each sport.

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The Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center offers a variety Special programs of programs and good quality summertime fun, in- n Early Childhood Initiatives and Willmar Books-n–Baseball: Sunday, June cluding this sidewalk chalk art activity during the Stingers 13, 5:15-8 p.m.1st 250 families with a child 4 2015 Willmar Fests Queen’s Splash. years and under receive a book and will be

able to read with players on the field. require a $50 refundable deposit. To reserve a shelter, call 231n 22nd Annual Rice Memorial Hospital 8490. Foot Lake 4 Walk/Run — Race starts at 8 Disc golf course — Robbins a.m. June 25 at 3rd Street Southwest and Litchfield Island Park. Disc golf is a light Avenue Southwest. To register: www.ricehospital. impact sport for ages 16 and over. com/race. The recreational sport has exploded across the country in recent years, and the Robbins Island nine-hole Swimming lessons and camps course in Willmar is a beauty of its For information about lessons and camps, including age own. Disc golfers navigate around ranges, times and fees, call 320-231-8490 or check www. trees, hills and lake water. Don’t willmarcer.com. worry about getting lost. At the first tee box, there are scorecards and n Three summer sessions of swimming lessons, Monday a map to help you keep track of through Thursday, June through August, will be held at the your “throws” and stay on task. The Willmar Senior High pool. Adapted swim lessons will be held late course encompasses the entire park. June through early August at Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center. It starts at the driveway entrance to n Camps: the Green Shelter and continues to Kandi Basketball Camp: boys and girls, grades 2 through 11, wrap counterclockwise around the Senior High gym, slated in June, check for dates and times. island, ending about 50 feet from the Sting ’em Stingers Clinics: grade 3-7, June 13, June 16, June No. 1 tee box. Course will be signed. 20, June 23; 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Swansson Fields. Game Time – Boys and girls Cardinal Tennis Camp: grades 7 through 12, June 13-16, can come to Robbins Island Mondays and Senior High tennis courts. Wednesdays from June 13 to July 27 for Game Fishing Camp MN DNR MinnAqua: grades 1-4, Thursday, June Time. Youth grades 5-7 can play sand volleyball (1-1:50 p.m.), 9, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Rau Park. Frisbee Fanatics where you learn the ins and outs of disc golf and Willmar Dance Team Day Camp: grades K-4, June 8, Kennedy ultimate Frisbee (2-2:50 p.m.) and soccer (3-3:50 p.m.) There is a Gym. $10 registration fee. Cardinal Soccer Camp: grades K through 6, June 27-29, Fifth Annual Stephen Reynolds Memorial Disc Golf Roosevelt Soccer Complex. Tournament — Robbins Island, Saturday, June 11, 10 a.m. Horse Camp: grades 2 and 3, June 14, 9-11:30 a.m.; grades Tournament director: Mike Reynolds (231-5546). 4 through 7, June 14, 1-3:30 p.m.; and grades 2 and 3, July 12, 9-11:30; and grades 4 through 7, Wednesday, July 12, 1-3:30 Parks/ Page 47 p.m., all at Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds 4-H Arena.

Read a good book 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; 320-9743363. 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; 320-6644514. New London: Monday noon to 5 p.m.; Tuesday and Friday 1 to 5 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to noon; 15 Ash St. S., New London; 320-354-2943. Raymond: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 1 to 6 p.m.; Tuesday 3 to 8 p.m.; 208 Cofield St. N., Raymond; 320-9674411. Spicer: Tuesday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday noon to 7 p.m.; Thursday and Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; 198 Manitoba St., Spicer; 320-796-5560. Willmar: Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; 410 Fifth St. S.W., Willmar; 320-235-3162.

Willmar Wrestling Camp: grades 3 through 11, July 25-28, Senior High Gym. Cardinal Youth Football Camp: grades 5 through 9, Aug. 8-12, Willmar Middle School football fields (meet at Newman Center).

Willmar Community and Activity Center Willmar Community and Activity Center is located at 624 Business Highway 71 N.E., now in its 21st year, has programs, special events and services structured to meet a wide variety of needs and wants, with a special focus of residents 50 years and over. The center is a place to meet friendly people, read the newspaper or a book, have a cup of coffee, take advantage of health, wellness, computer and woodshop opportunities and participate in continuous free activities. West Central Connection Chorus — Monday, June 20, 7:30 p.m. The West Central Connection Chorus will be holding a free concert of show tunes at the Willmar Community & Activity Center. More information call 231-8490. Senior Club Dance – All people 50 years and up are invited to the Willmar Community & Activity Center most Fridays to join the Willmar Senior Club and dance the afternoon away. Come and dance to live “oldies” bands and enjoy the company of fellow dancers; lunch and music for $5 at the door. For more information on the Senior Club call Donna (320-212-9775) or Irene (612-6950118).

YMCA The Kandiyohi County Area Family YMCA, located at 1000 Lakeland Dr. S.E., in Willmar offers a wide variety of programs for area and summer residents. They offer birthday parties, Child Watch, child care, preschool and school-age activities, Kids’ Club, mentoring, programs for active older adults, health and wellness programs and events for youth and adults, lifeguard training, swimming lessons and summer camp. For more information, visit www.kandiymca.org.

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Walking? See downtown on foot

As you follow the Willmar Walks around town, take a look at these 18 points of interest.

Experience Willmar’s history during a downtown stroll

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4. 414 Becker was built in 1952 by Vinje Church as an education wing. It is in the art deco style and has poured concrete walls and floors.

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Colorful signage on the street corner of Fourth and Becker in downtown Willmar shows the way.

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7. Willmar Education and Arts Center, built in 1919 and expanded in 1940, was originally a school. This performing arts center is also home to the Willmar Area Art Council’s offices and gallery.

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13. The Barn Theatre actually did start out by putting on plays in a barn. In 1988 it moved to this location -- a former JC Penney -- where it stages multiple plays each year.

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14. Rice Memorial Hospital is a regional center of health and wellness. It was built on the site of the home of A.E. and Sophia Rice, whose son, "Soldier of Fortune" Cushman Rice, left funds and land to the city for a hospital in honor of his parents. It opened in 1937.

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15. Accounting firm Conway, Deuth & Schmiesing was founded in 1985. Local art is displayed in the lobby and can be viewed during business hours. Willmar is the county seat of Kandiyohi County. It was incorporated in 1874 and is the economic hub of west central Minnesota. Willmar Walks includes three routes that wind through downtown. Along the way they pass some of Willmar’s many points of interest. Red

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8. The Corner Cottage is a bed and breakfast in a 1914 house. The A’Venue is an event space in a remodeled 1920 house.

10. The Willmar War Memorial Auditorium features engraved stones from each state to honor Minnesota veterans. It was built between 1935 and 1938. The sculpture over the entrance was commissioned as part of the Depression-era Federal Art Project.

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erans. It was built between 1935 and 1938. The sculpture over the entrance was commissioned as part of the Depression-era Federal Art Project. n The art deco styled building at 414 Becker, which was built in 1952 by Vinje Church n The building at 310 Third St. S.W., constructed in 1865, is Willmar’s oldest commercial building. n The Tribune/Engan Building (1920) was originally a modern printing house that wrote a special interest journal for Swedish-Americans all over the country. Engan Associates Architects restored the building for their offices in 2004. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places. Willmar Walks was established in 2010, as a way to promote healthier and more active lifestyles. It was part of a local initiative called Steps to a Healthier Willmar, modeled after the national program Steps to a Healthier U.S., funded by the Statewide Health Improvement Program. A coalition representing Kandiyohi County Public Health, Rice Memorial Hospital, the Kandiyohi County Historical Society, the Willmar Design Center, the City of Willmar, and the Willmar Lakes Area Convention and Visitors Bureau helped make Willmar Walks possible.

5. The first Kandiyohi County Courthouse was built in 1890. In 1966 a new two story building was completed (the third floor was added later). Standing in front is the Chief Kandiyohi Statue.

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1. Selvig International Park is a quiet respite dedicated to Willmar’s two sister cities. It features a fountain from Belgium. This is the center of downtown and the trailhead for all of Willmar’s trails. 2. The first Bethel Church dates from 1891, but the cornerstone of the present building was laid in 1927. Local art is displayed in the church and can be viewed by the public.

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he city of Willmar was incorporated in 1874 and with such a long history comes a lot of interesting stories and sites to see. With Willmar Walks people can see and visit some of these historic sites by following one of three routes that meander through downtown Willmar. There are 18 points of interest along the way. The routes are the 1-mile Red route, 1.5 mile Green route and the 2-mile Blue route. The routes are marked by triangular pavement logos, pointing the way. All the routes start at Selvig Park, a downtown park dedicated to Willmar’s two sister cities Frameries, Belgium, and Vileyka, Belarus. Selvig Park is located at Fourth Street and Becker Avenue Southwest. 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. New this spring and summer season are the QR codes at most of the historic sites along the routes. Walkers can scan these codes with their smartphones and be directed to a web page filled with information about the building and its history. The Red route 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 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 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. Some points of interest: n Bethel Church, whose cornerstone was laid in 1927. Local art is displayed inside and is open to the public. n The Frost House, built in the 1870s, is Willmar’s oldest house. n The Willmar War Memorial Auditorium features engraved stones from each state to honor Minnesota vet-

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16. Rice Park has two lighted tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, a shelter, grills, a playground, horseshoe courts, and a basketball area. 17. 310 3rd Street SW was built in 1865 and is the heart of “old town.” It is the oldest commercial building in downtown Willmar. 18. Thompson Park, on the shore of Foot Lake, features Flags of Honor, a picnic area, fireplaces, and a bike path connecting to Robbins Island Park and the Glacial Lakes State Trail.

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Antique Car Run is Aug. 13Regional music festivals set 30th New London to New Brighton run mimics England

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RiverSong festival is July 15-16 in Hutchinson

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Multiple stages ers, and Carrie Nation and the Gates open at 2 p.m. and music starts at will showcase performances in Speakeasy. 6 p.m. Tickets are $45 in advance and $55 Tribune file photo a number of genres, including The event will include famat the door. The cost includes both nights. ily activities on both days. Antique cars visiting the area for the annual folk, blues, roots, Americana, Camping and RV options are available Children 14 years of age and over the weekend. Reservations must Antique Car Run draw attention wherever they go. acoustic jazz, Celtic and more. Food vendors, beer and wine, younger receive free admission be made at www.FreedomRidgeRocks. free parking, camping and fun when accompanied by a paid com. Those who have not purchased a Tuesday, Aug. 9 — “Got Milk?” This 46-mile tour activities are also part of the adult. camp site will not be allowed in the campmakes it way to lunch at The Oaks at Eagle Creek weekend. On-site camping is available ground area. Country Club in Willmar. After lunch, the tour heads The gates open at 5 p.m. July for a fee, with sites for RVs Freedom Ridge is also a to Meadow Star Dairy, the largest dairy operation in 15 and 11 a.m. on July 16. Music and popup campers as well Jeep park, but rock climbing Kandiyohi County. starts an hour after the gates as rustic camping sites. and other activities will not be Wednesday, Aug. 10 — “Lions and Tigers and Bears, open both days. Additional lodging is available during the concert Oh My!” This 78-mile tour heads to Bob Lange’s Animal This year the organizers are available at area parks weekend. Mounts Museum at his estate to view his comprehensive bringing back some fan favorand hotel facilities. Free, Freedom Ridge is a supporter of collection of animals from Africa and North America. ites and have added some new on-site parking will be the ALS Association of Minnesota. Antique vehicles are preferred, but because of the dis- music styles. available during the weekend. For more information and to purchase tance modern vehicles are permitted. The evening dinFriday’s lineup includes Kat Go to www.riversongfestival. tickets, go to www.FreedomRidgeRocks. ner will feature walleyes at Neer Park in New London. Perkins, Crankshaft & The Gear org for ticket information. com. Thursday, Aug. 11 — MN Family Farming 101 Learn about family farming on a 43-mile morning tour. Visit the 6,000 acre Rosenquist Farms in Atwater, and enjoy lunch while discussing the farm industry and viewing modern equipment and learn about hobby tractor pulls. Evening dinner at Peace Lutheran Church in New London. Friday, Aug. 12 — Around the Lakes & Root Beer Floats The traditional pre-run Get Ready Day starts with brunch at the New London Legion. Veteran cars are off on a 36-mile warm-up tour around Nest and Green 001422234r1 Lakes. Root beer floats will be served at Salisbury Beach in Spicer on the return run. Drivers will gather at Glen Oaks a half hour before the antique car parade down Perfect for a Wedding vacation famiLy reunion and so much more Main Street at 5:30 p.m. A community chicken and rib buffet will be offered at the New London Legion following the parade. Pacious Saturday, Aug. 13 — The 30th Anniversary Grand Tour accommodations and The first cars will be at the starting line at the Peace Lucustom Packages to theran Church to begin the 120-mile trek at 7 a.m. Cars will continue to depart from 7 to 8 a.m. There are hospimeet your needs tality stops at Grove City, Litchfield, Kingston, Buffalo, and Crystal with the finish line at New Brighton at 3 p.m. go to New Brighton welcomes the travelers at the Long Lake com westpommelodge Regional Park where the City’s Stockyard Days festival see What aLL and will be underway. the fun is about Sunday, Aug. 14 — Cars & Parts The Long Lake Regional Park will be the site of the 30th annual New Brighton Car Show and Swap Meet from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Food, live entertainment and craft show part of the celebration. WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED. For more information, call, write or email, Antique Car Run, Inc., Bill Dubats, President, 803 Old Highway 8 N.W., New Brighton, MN, 55112, 763-757-4143, West Pomme Lodge • 45572 140th street • donneLLy, minnesota (320) 585-6343 or visit www.antiquecarrun.org.

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• TK Concrete Treatment & Good old-fashioned fun, livestock judging, amusement rides, more Coating Products oing to a county fair is part of the Minnesota experience. You can eat a corndog, find an authentic milkshake or grab a bag of mini donuts. The barns are full of animals of all types and sizes, and the music and people screaming on the midway provide accompaniment. Check out the blue ribbon 4-H projects and talent contests, and don’t forget the demolition derbies and musical entertainment. Here is a quick rundown of what the fairs in west central Minnesota have on tap for this summer. Please note that additional events may be held that aren’t included in this list. Check the county fairs’ websites for additional information.

Chippewa County July 27-31 Fairgrounds in Montevideo

Everyday: Exotic petting zoo Thursday-Sunday: Ag cab safety lab, little farm hands, kitchen fire demonstration, variety of 4-H shows Wednesday: Youth open class Jackpot Show 5 p.m.; Johnny Holm 8 p.m.; beer garden 5-12 p.m.

Thursday: 4-H games horse show 4 p.m.; fiesta floral program 3 p.m.; sweet corn feed 5 p.m.; Hairball and Badlands House Band 8 p.m. (concert gate opens at 7 p.m.); beer garden 5-12 p.m. Friday: Turtle races 3 p.m.; fiesta floral program 3 p.m.; youth archery range 4-6 p.m.; meet & greet with race car drivers 4-6 p.m.; Dock Dogs 4-6 p.m.; 4-H beef show 5 pm.; cattleman’s feed 5 p.m.; Fiesta City Dirt Track Racing 7 p.m.; IV Play Band 8:30 p.m.; beer garden 3-12 p.m. Saturday: Cupcake contest 11 a.m., 4-H veggie races 1 p.m.; turtle races 3 p.m.; fiesta floral program 3 p.m.; painting lesson with Tami 12:30-3 p.m; 4-H pet show 3:30 p.m.; Dock Dogs 4-6 p.m; youth archery range 4-6 p.m.; 4-H strongest farmer contest 6 p.m.; T & A Band 4 p.m., Demolition Derby 6 p.m.; Tripwire Band 8:30 p.m., beer garden 3-12 p.m. Sunday: Church service 9 a.m.; 4-H duct tape fashion wars 12 p.m.; painting lesson with Tami 12:30- 3 p.m.; livestock demonstration and premier showman 1 p.m.; talent contest 1:30 p.m.; pedal pull 2 p.m.; Willmar Stinger mascot meet and greet 3 p.m.; Dock Dogs 4-6 p.m; 4-H Blue Ribbon Auction 4-5 p.m., youth archery range 4-6 p.m.; 4-H honors program 5:30 p.m. Website: chippewacofair.com

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County fairs: 4-H, FFA exhibits and judging County fairs: Grandstand shows, drawings Kandiyohi County Aug. 10-13 Fairgrounds in Willmar

Wednesday: Veterans Day; Prairie Winds Summer Band 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. at Heritage Square Stage; free Veterans lunch at noon; Red Letter Band at Heritage Square 1:30 and 6:30 p.m.; pig racing, free, 4, 6 and 8 p.m.; bingo from 6 to 9 p.m.; haunted house 6 to 10 p.m.; bull riding 7:30 at 4-H arena; concert by Danny, Jason and Alina 8 to 10 p.m. on Heritage Square. Grandstand show: KRA stock car racing 6:30 p.m; $1,000 cash drawing at 10 p.m. A shuttle bus from the Willmar Community Center and Kandi Mall will be available from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday: Senior Citizens Day; Top Notchman concert 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.; Kingery family concert 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.; senior citizens program 2 p.m. including naming of Outstanding Senior Citizen, Century Farm recognition and free coffee for seniors; draft horse and antique tractor parade 3 p.m.; pig racing 4, 6, 8 p.m.; free sweet corn feed 5 to 7 p.m.; haunted house 6 to 10 p.m. talent contest 6 p.m. with encore performance of winners at 9 p.m.; bingo 1 to 6 p.m. Grandstand show: Demolition Derby 7 p.m.; $1,000 cash drawing at 10 p.m. A shuttle bus from the Willmar Community Center and Kandi Mall will be available from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday: Cow milking contest 3 p.m.; “Custom Made” presentation 3:30-6:30 p.m.; pig racing 4, 6 and 8 p.m.; haunted house 6 to 10 p.m.; bingo 6 to 9 p.m.; Johnny Holm Band 7 to 11 p.m.on the Heritage Square Stage; Music in Motion horse show 8 p.m. Grandstand show: semi, pickup and tractor pull 7 p.m.; $1,000 cash drawing at 10 p.m. Saturday: Kids Day, pedal pull 9:30 a.m. in 4-H arena, Home Depot kids workshop, 4-H Art in the Park 10 a.m., kids games 11 a.m., autographs and pictures with the Willmar Stingers 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and drawings for kids’ prizes at 12:30 p.m.; Baker’s Best “ultimate chocolate chip

cookie contest” 11:30 a.m.; 4-H fashion review 1:30 p.m. and 4-H Showcase at 3 p.m. at the 4-H Stage; “Sheltered Reality” 2 p.m., and festive German music with the “Concord Singers” 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. at Heritage Square Stage; pig racing 4, 6 and 8 p.m.; bingo 6 to 9 p.m.; ranch sorting 7 p.m. at 4-H arena; “Shaw Brothers” concert 6 to 8 p.m. and “Papa Shaws” concert 8 to 11 p.m. at Heritage Square Stage; haunted house 6 to 10 p.m. Grandstand show: NTPA Tractor Pull 6:30 p.m.; $1,000 cash drawing at 10 p.m. Website: www.kandifair.com

Lac qui Parle County Fair Sept. 8 - 11 Fair Grounds Madison

Every day: McDermott Family Shows on Midway, 4-H presentations and demo’s; Lac qui Parle Historical Society has a presentation at the county museum next to the fair grounds. Thursday: Senior Citizens’ free admission, Wendinger Band and Terry Nelson Band performing at the Event Center Friday: Kids Day — 18 and under free admission; arm bands, Star Fire performing, garden tractor pull Saturday: Kids pedal pull, veggie races, diaper derby, Champions Forever — two performances, Minnesota State High School Rodeo, Mogen’s Heroes at the event center, Demo Derby Sunday: Sherwin Linton — three performances with one featured as a 9 to 11 tribute, Minnesota State High School Rodeo, Tom Bly memorial race Other attractions: Roger Abrahamson, bowl carver, and cartoonist Pete Wagner on the grounds; wildlife building, home and garden building, Beer Garden and more.

Meeker County Fair Aug. 4-7 Fairgrounds in Litchfield

Every day: FFA Children’s Barnyard — up close and personal with baby farm animals, Little Farm Hands interactive exhibit in the Old White Barn, Carnival and Laser Tag, Meeker Fair Selfie Challenge: free

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contest for all ages. Post pictures Continued from Page 56 of yourself at the Meeker County Fair to the Meeker County Fair Renville County Fair Facebook or Instagram using Aug. 10-12 #meekerfair2016. Each selfie earns points toward grand prize Fairgrounds in Bird Island Daily: Antique Tractor Show, drawing. Thursday: Veterans Day — free Jessica’s Little Rascals Petting Zoo, fair admission all day to anyone Crazy Contests with Freddie Prez Wednesday: Kids pedal tractor pull, with VA card or active duty card. Bulls & Barrels at 7 p.m., DJ from 8 to 10 p.m. Lunch at the Fair 11 a.m. to 1 Thursday: Talent Show at 6:30 p.m., Tractor Pullp.m. (show your business card or wear a company shirt for free Kandi Pullers 7 p.m., DJ from 8 to 12 p.m., fireworks admission and then enjoy lunch at at 10:30 p.m. Friday: Kids pedal tractor pull, demolition derby one of the food stands.) Farmer’s at 7 p.m., Tripwire from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Market at the fair. Comedy Website: www.renvillecountyfair.org Hypnosis Show 7 to 8:30 p.m. in bandshell, free. Swift County Friday: Senior Citizen Day — lots of activities throughout the Aug. 17-21 day. Lunch at the Fair 11 a.m. Fairgrounds in Appleton to 1 p.m. (show your business Wednesday: Buck Nite with carnival rides a buck card or wear a company shirt for apiece free admission and then enjoy Friday: Veterans Day -- All vets with an ID will lunch at one of the food stands.) receive free admission. A Vietnam Veteran pinning Tractor Pull at 7 p.m. in the ceremony will take place and the St. Cloud Veterans grandstand; Okee Dokee Brothers,Administration will be at the fairgrounds from 10 the Grammy Award winning a.m. to 5 p.m. Grandstand: Demolition Derby folk-style children’s group will Saturday: Talent show, My Dolly and Me contest perform at free concert 6 to 7 p.m. and rib fest cookoff with local chefs competing. in bandshell. Karaoke in the Beer Grandstand: Demolition Derby Garden 7:30 to 11 p.m., free. Sunday: Medallion hunt, kids pedal pull, antique Saturday: Kid’s Day — lots tractor pull, raffle drawing with cash prizes of interactive activities for the kids (Home Depot wood project, clowns, music/performances, dog sled demonstrations, pedal pull, stick horse contest.) Demolition Derby at 6 p.m. in the grandstand; Barn dance with local country band: South 40 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the Show Arena; free for all ages. Sunday: Church service led by Cornerstone Youth at 10 a.m. in the Bandshell; Lego contest at 2 p.m. in Show Arena; trolley rides 2 to 5 p.m. Website: www.meekerfair.com

Friday, Saturday and Sunday: A free zoo featuring 24 species of animals like kangaroo/ wallaby fox parrot, tortoise dingos, alligators and zebras. Free musical entertainment will take place throughout the fair including performances by the White Sidewalls, Johnny Holm Band, Hell in a Handbasket, IV Play, Blues Brothers and bluegrass and polka bands. Check the website for Facebook page for updates to the schedule. Gate admission is $2 and parking is $2 Website: swiftcountyfair.org

Yellow Medicine July 21- 23 Fairgrounds in Canby

Thursday: Larry Olson Band, free polka music in the Pavilion at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.; $1 carnival rides with J&K Amusements 6 to 10 p.m.; demolition derby in the grandstand at 7 p.m. Friday: Flemming Fold, free family music group in the Pavilion at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.; painting with Re-Vamped Art Studio in the conservation building at 5:30 p.m.; tractor pull in the grandstand at 7 p.m. Saturday: Painting with Re-Vamped Art Studio in the conservation building at 10 a.m.; UBRA barrel racing in the horse arena at 1 p.m.; kids pedal tractor pull at 1 p.m.; small animal show in the livestock arena at 3:30 p.m.; Ag Olympics at 4 p.m.; Lyndon Peterson, one-man band, free music in the Pavilion at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Baja and trailer races in the grandstand at 7 p.m. Website: www.ymcfair.org

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Pope County Fairgrounds July 20-23 Fairgrounds in Glenwood

No gate admission and free parking Tuesday: Jackpot Lamb Show Wednesday: Jackpot Steer Show Thursday: Senior Day; NTPA Pull 7 p.m. Friday: Daycare Day; antique tractor pull 6 p.m. Saturday: Kids Day; afternoon Go-Karts; Demo Derby 7 p.m. Website: www.popecountyfair. org.

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Kandiyohi County rich in history

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he history of Kandiyohi County is rich, diverse and filled with stories of exploration, conflict and growth. For those eager to learn more, the Kandiyohi County Historical Society has provided a road map to some of the county’s most unique and significant landmarks. More than 40 sites have been marked throughout the county. All of them are easily accessible and can be toured in a day. Brochures are available at the Historical Society Museum, with a description of each site and its location. One of the historical sites is a log cabin more than 150 years old. It was built by Lars and Guri Endreson. The cabin is one of the few actual buildings remaining from the early days of settlement and the U.S.-Dakota Conflict of 1862. The Endresons had built the cabin, cleared the land and were developing a typical frontier farm when the conflict broke out. On Aug. 21, 1862, the family was attacked. Lars and one son were killed, another son wounded and two of the daughters taken prisoner. Guri and an infant daughter hid in the cellar and managed to escape. The following day she hitched up an ox cart and, with her surviving son and the baby, went for help to the Erickson cabin. There she found Erickson and Solomon Foot, wounded. She tended their wounds and loaded them on the cart, eventually reaching safety at Forest City in Meeker County, where she was also reunited with her daughters. The Endreson cabin, now on the National Register of Historic Places, can be visited during the summer. Take U.S. Highway 12 west from Willmar, then go north on County Road 5 for four miles and turn west on 67th Avenue Northwest. Follow the directional signs to the site. Guri Endreson was buried in Vikor Cemetery, four miles north of Willmar on County Road 5. A state monument was dedicated to her in 1962 at the site of her grave. Two more cabin sites from this

Guri Endreson era include the Erickson cabin and Solomon Foot’s cabin. Foot was the first European settler of Willmar Township. He and neighbor Oscar Erickson were wounded in the Dakota Conflict and rescued by Guri Endreson. The marker for Foot’s cabin can be found north of Willmar on U.S. Highway 71, then west threefourths of a mile on 26th Avenue Northeast. The marker for the site of the Erickson cabin is north of Willmar on Highway 71, then west on 41st Avenue Northeast, then south a short distance on 15th Street.

The first European settlers’ home in the county was a 14-by-15foot 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.

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Students visit the Guri Endreson Cabin northwest of Willmar. The historical site is a log cabin more than 130 years old. It was built by Lars and Guri Endreson. The cabin is one of the few actual buildings remaining from the era of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862.

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Celebrate our heritage

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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 oneroom school, a log shed and a Great Northern locomotive; free, suggested donation $2. The Sperry House, built by Willmar pioneers in 1893, will be open upon re-quest through the season (stop or call the museum to set up a tour). The Guri Endreson site, located on County Road 5, will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends June through August. To tour the site on weekdays, call the Historical Society to make arrangements for a tour guide. Tourists may pick up maps of historical sites at the Center. For more infor-mation, call 320-2351881 or e-mail kandhist@ msn.com or check the website www.kandiyohicountyhistory.com. Atwater Area Historical Society and Museum is by appointment; call Ella at 320-212-2702, Carol at 320266-7626 or Diana at 320382-6541. The Norway Lake Log Church is a replica of the original church and is located west of New London off of County Road 40 on 99th St. N.W. It is open from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturdays, June 11 through Aug. 13, with a service at 7:15 p.m., no service July 4, or by appointment by calling 320-222-1613. The annual celebration begins with a 10:30 a.m. church service,

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The G.A.R. Hall in Litchfield was the first Grand Army of the Republic meeting hall in Minnesota. followed by catered dinner and 1:30 p.m. after-noon program on Aug. 21. Raptor Ridge Natural History Museum is located at 212050 Co. Rd. 40 N.E. in Spicer. Call 320-354-8820 for hours. Features collections of butterflies, seashells, rocks, minerals, Indian artifacts and dinosaur bones collected by Larry and Barb Levin. Admission is free. Schwanke’s Museum is located at 3310 Business Highway 71 South in Willmar. Hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday June 1 through Oct. 31. Features roadway and farmfield history, over 300 tractors, cars, trucks and fire trucks. Gift Shop: 320-2310564. Fee is $5 for adults, $2 for children under 12.

Area touches of history For a glimpse of regional history, travel to Litchfield to visit the G.A.R. Hall, 308 Marshall Ave. N. Litchfield’s Frank Daggett Post #35 was the first Grand Army of the Republic meeting hall built in Minnesota and now is the only one of its kind remaining. It was built in 1885 by Union soldiers who fought in the Civil War. The building, designed to resemble a fort, is now on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Exhibits include photos, battle maps and paintings relating to the Civil War. Right next door is the Meeker County Historical Society Museum, featuring a log cabin, a blacksmith shop, antique farm and household implements and American Indian artifacts. Both the museum and the G.A.R. Hall are open from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is $2 to both. Call 320-6938911 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 Memorial Day 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

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for the area. A grist mill, later consection of county roads 1 and 80. verted into a generator, is now A great train wreck west of Atwater a resort. The marker is north of on June 23, 1882, took the lives of 13 Spicer on state Highway 23 and men and injured 19. The train, a conContinued from Page 59 struction unit, derailed in Summit one-half mile west on County Lake. A mass grave for the unclaimed Road 30. The county’s earliest buildings cover 20 acres bodies of the victims is in Fairview The railroad reached the site inhabitants left behind a seand include a church, Cemetery in Willmar. A marker is at of Atwater (Hotel Atwater is on the ries of burial mounds on the school-house, blacksmith east side of Green Lake. Most have the site of the wreck, three miles west National Register), Kandiyohi and shop, general store, milli- been worn down by weather, cultivaof Atwater on Highway 12 and oneWillmar in 1869. More communities nery and dress shop and half mile south on County Road 4. soon emerged. tion and construction, but a few are buggy shop. During the Great Depression, farmWillmar, named for Leon Willmar, still visible in backyards, farmyards ers banded together to prevent the The city is open May 28 and near County Park 5. a Flemish land agent for the St. Paul sale of their farms, forming the Farm through Sept. 5. Hours are and Pacific Railroad, became a hub The marker is four miles east of Holiday Association, which became 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday for the Great Northern Railway. The Spicer on County Road 10, then 2½ the largest organization supporting through Friday and 1 to 5 miles north on County Road 4. A. Larson store, built in 1876, is the farmers seeking agricultural reform. p.m. on weekends and holbest preserved of the old downtown The Mdewakanton tribe of the The birthplace of the Farm Holiday idays; Sept. 6-30 the city is Santee Dakota later lived at several business buildings and is on the movement was in Lake Elizabeth open weekdays only; adults camp sites on the shores of area National Register. Township; the site is marked at the $5, students $2, 5 and under lakes, usually selecting the north Willmar Farm was established in intersection of county roads 4 and 20. are free. 1870 on the grounds of what was the and east shore to take advantage of The Farm Holiday movement was The Olof Swensson Willmar Regional Treatment Center. prevailing winds. One of the largactive from 1932 until 1938. The Svea Farm Museum, a 17-acre est former camp sites is marked at The older buildings are on the NaSchool and the Glader/Bosch farmfarmstead located six tional Register. County Park 5 on the northeast shore stead in Lake Elizabeth Township, miles east of Montevideo of Green Lake. During the Great Blizzard of 1873, both National Register sites, also on state Highway 7 and 12 people died in Kandiyohi County. Another is on Lake Wakanda. The were early meeting places for Farm five miles south on County marker is five miles south of HighThe site where four perished has a Road 15, pre-serves turn-of- way 12 on County Road 8, then one marker two miles north of state High- Holiday members. Additional local sites on the Nathe-century farm life and mile west on County Road 3. Lake way 7 on Highway 71, then one-fourth tional Register include the Spicer features a 22-room house, Wakanda, “Place Where the Spirit mile west on County Road 80. Castle, on the south shore of Green timber-frame barn and the Dwells,” was named by the Dakota. Four sections of land were inLake, and the John M. Spicer winter remains of a gristmill. A cluded in the W.D. Washburn ‘boOnce Europeans arrived in the home on N. Seventh Street in Willhorse power show is held at area and began settling here, their nanza farm.’ Begun in 1877, it was mar. Spicer was a land developer for the farm the second Satur- communities grew with a speed that abandoned a few years later when it day in September from 10 even the Dakota-U.S. could not slow. proved to be financially unsuccessful. whom the town of Spicer is named. For additional information visit a.m. to 4 p.m. The farm is Washburn In 1866,Fun Green Lake Village was Summer Guide 2016_Layout 1 5/10/2016The 9:52 PM Page 1farm marker is two www.kandimuseum.com. open from 1 to 5 p.m. Sun- established, along with a post office miles north of Prinsburg at the interdays, May 29 through Sept. 4; adults $5, students $2, 5 and under are free. The Lac qui Parle Mission was the Minnesota Territory’s first Protestant mis-sion and is one of the few remaining in the In Kandiyohi County, we are protecting our natural environment state. The reconstructed and resources for future generations. building houses exhibits of the missionaries and their We collect plastic, metal, newsprint, paper and glass. You help work; the Dakota people; keep our taxes low, ensure more value for recyclables and see and Joseph Renville, who current equipment and buildings are used by sorting recyclables. invited the missionaries to Lac qui Parle. Shrink your garbage costs by recycling. Ask your waste hauler The site is located north about curbside recycling or bring recyclables to a Drop-Off Site of Montevideo on County near you. We offer curbside collection in Atwater and Willmar. Road 13 and is open daily There’s no charge to recycle! through Labor Day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; free admission. The world’s largest ball KANDIYOHI COUNTY of twine can be found in the Darwin City Park. Francis A. Johnson started collectand Household Hazardous Waste ing twine in 1950. Eventually the ball on his front lawn grew so large it had to be moved with railroad Kandiyohi County Drop-Off Recycling Sites: jacks. It was recorded in Atwater I Blomkest I Eagle Lake I Green Lake I Hawick I Hwy. 71 Landfill the Guinness Book of World Kandiyohi I Lake Lillian I Luminaries I New London I Norway Lake I Pennock Records in 1979, weighing Prinsburg I Raymond I Regal I Spicer I Sunburg I Sunray I Svea I Willmar Recycling Center 8.7 tons and measuring Call 320-231-3587 to find your nearest recycling and HHW location. Or visit recyclekandiyohi.com for a map with addresses. 11 feet high and 40 feet around.

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Run, walk, bike or swim May 28 WILLMAR — Memorial Day/Law Day 5k Run/Walk at Robbins Island Park. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. on race day and race-day fees are $30 for adults and $25 for students. Race starts at the Flags of Honor Memorial at 9 a.m. Contact Dean at 320-222-9622 for more information or go online to www.kandiymca.org to register.

June 11 RENVILLE — Running to a Sweet Beet 5k. Entry fee is $25 for adults ($30 after June 1) and $15 for students 18-and-under ($20 after June 1). Race starts at 8 a.m. Pre-registration is available. Contact Liza at 320-3294143 or liza.fagen@smbsc.com for more information.

June 16 ATWATER — Centennial Dash 5k. Entry fee is $18. Race starts at 7 p.m. Registration starts at 6:30 p.m. on day of race. Contact Jenna Tanner at 320-333-9675 or Jmartin25@hotmail.com for more information.

June 18 BIRD ISLAND — WeGotta 5K Run/Walk. Registration fee is $25 prerace and $30 on race day (8 a.m.). Contact Tammy at 507-276-6831 or visit www.ruralamericanfitness.com for more information.

June 25 GRANITE FALLS — Western Fest Walk and Rodeo Run at the Yellow Medicine East High School track. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. and race starts at 8:30 a.m. Contact Jim at 320-564-3461 or jimford123@ mchsi.com for more information.

June 25 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 13. Entry fees for runners ages 13 and over is $35 if received after June 8 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.ricehospital.com/race to register.

July 2 STARBUCK — Starbuck Heritage Days 10k/5k Run. Entry fee is $20 for ages 13 and over and $15 for 12-and under through June 27. The entry fee increases $5 after June 27. Race starts at 8 a.m. Contact Jen Haugen at 320-239-4220 for more information.

July 3 SPICER — Green Lake Road Race around Green Lake: Race is 12 miles; registration begins at 6 a.m. and race starts at 7 a.m. Early-entry fee is $25 through June 20, $35 from June 21-July 2 and $40 on race day. Contact Dan at 320-894-5882 or go online to www.pickleevents. com/glaciallakes/ for more information.

July 9 LITCHFIELD — Watercade Lake Ripley 4-Mile Run at 7:30 a.m. Entry fee is $20 through June 30, $25 July 1-7 and $30 on race day. Contact Jennifer at 320-894-0579 for more information.

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2016 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 parenthe-ses for contact information: Jan. 23: Frozen 5k Run/Walk, Spicer March 12: St. Patrick’s Day Red Beard Run, Willmar May 7: Ron Erno Minnewaska Warmup Half Marathon, Glenwood May 13: *Cat Scratch Fever 5k, New London May 28: Memorial Day/Law Day 5k, Willmar (320-222-9622) June 25: *Foot Lake 4, Willmar (320-231-8943) July 3: Green Lake Road Race, Spicer (320-894-5882) July 30: Pillsbury Push 10k, Kerkhoven (320-424-1827) Aug. 27: Run Around Raymond 5k, Raymond (320-220-2347) Sept. 10: Pat Boros Trail Run 10k, Sibley State Park (320-212-2854) Oct. 8: *Homefront Connection Run, Willmar (320-212-7549) Nov. 24: Turkey Leg 5k, Willmar (320-894-5882) * — bonus race

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he Appleton Area Recreation Park has a total of 315 acres to accommodate offhighway vehicle riders — all-terrain vehicles, motorcycles and four-wheel drive trucks — from all Aug. 6 over the state. GLENWOOD — Lake Minnewaska Triathlon at Glenwood City Beach: There is no admission fee Race consists of a 500-yard swim, 10.2-mile bike race and 2½-mile run to the park, which is located and is open to individuals and teams. Race check-in is 6:15-7:25 a.m. two miles northeast of and the race starts at 7:30 a.m. Entrants must register by Aug. 5. Online Appleton on U.S. Highway registrations are available at www.zapevent.com. Contact Linda Hoff59. Hours are from sunrise to mann at 320-239-4972 or go online to www.minnewaskatriathlon.com/ sunset. for more information. The OHV park includes 10 miles of truck trails, 15 miles of Aug. 14 ATV/OHM trails, a 1.5-mile OHM SPICER — Green Lake Sprint Triathlon. Race will offer two courses; practice track and three enduro tracks. a sprint course consisting of a ¼-mile swim, 12-mile bike ride and 3-mile It also offers several technical areas for Off Road run and an Olympic course consisting of a ¾-mile swim, 24-mile bike Vehicles (trucks) including rock crawls, stair steps, ride and a 6-mile run. Entry fee is $59 through May 31, $69 June 1-July trails and hill climbs. 31 and $79 after Aug. 1. Relay teams are also an option. Registration The park also includes a youth ATV training forms are available online at www.greenlaketri.com or contact Dan at course and a youth OHM practice track, jumps, play 320-894-5882 for more information. areas, sand dunes and a shelter and picnic area. There is an additional hiking and cross-country Aug. 27 ski trail around the perimeter. RAYMOND — Run Around Raymond 5k Walk/Run at MACCRAY East Elementary School. Entry fee is $20 for ages 14 and under and $25 A map is posted in the picnic shelter at the start for ages 15 and over. The entry fee increases $5 after Aug. 16. Contact of the trails and offers different levels of difficulty for different levels of riders. There is also a list of Kevin at 320-967-4774 for more information. rules and regulations to make people aware of the Sept. 10 laws that need to be followed for their safety. The park is open to all-terrain vehicles, off-highway SIBLEY STATE PARK — Pat Boros 10K Trail Run. Race begins at 8:30 a.m. Race-day registration is at 7:30 a.m. Contact Dean at 320-222- motorcycles and trucks and snowmobiles. All OHVs must be registered with license plate 9622 for more information. visible and all riders under 16 must have the Sept. 17 appropriate safety certificate. The park was created with funds from the GLENWOOD — Annual Tour de Prairie Lakes Bike Tour: Routes of 20, 40, 60 or 100 miles available. Tour starts at 9 a.m. and ends around National Recreation Trails Program and Minnesota 2:30 p.m. Contact 320-634-0355 for more information. Entry form avail- Grant-in-Aid. Most of the trail development work was done by the Swift County Department of Parks, able at www.habitatprairielakes.org/tour-de-prairie-lakes/ Drainage and Wetlands with leased equipment and Oct. 8 volunteer ATV enthusiasts. Some areas of the park are closed periodically WILLMAR — Homefront Connection Run. Contact Deb at 320-212due to high water conditions; watch for postings at 7549 for more information. the park or call for more information about the OHV Nov. 24 park and updates at 320-843-5341. Information is WILLMAR — Turkey Leg 5K. Pre-registration fee is $20 through Oct. also available at www.swiftcounty.com by clicking 31. The entry fee is $25 from Nov. 1-22 and $30 on race day. Race starts on the County Parks option and then on Appleton at 8 a.m. Contact Dan Hubbard at 320-894-5882 for more information. OHV park option.

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Choice lakes ‘Where the Lakes Begin’

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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, blue gills and sunfish works on most all water bodies. Local knowledge is found at bait and station stores scattered throughout the lakes area.

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

Lake Andrew Maximum depth: 26 feet. Acres: 814. Fishing: Walleye, northern pike, bluegill, crappie, and largemouth bass. Walleye adult, fingerlings and yearlings are stocked

every other year. Numbers and sizes of walleyes are good. Water clarity: 7.83 feet. Structure: Abundant emergent vegetation, including bulrush. Accesses: There are two state-owned accesses to the lake; one in Sibley State Park and one on the south shore.

Bass Lake Maximum depth: 31 feet. Acres: 52. Fishing: The primary gamefish species that anglers have sought include largemouth bass, bluegill, black crappie and northern pike. Water clarity: 3 feet. Structure: Emergent vegetation (bulrush) is present along the northeast and southeast corners. Water quality and clarity are moderate, but algae blooms can occur during the late summer months. Submergent vegetation densities (pondweed species) have been historically variable in the lake. Accesses: A township-owned access is on the north side of lake, with parking and turn around limited.

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Maximum depth: 15 feet. Acres: 2,692; length of shoreline: 10.4 miles. Fishing: Walleye, northern pike and channel catfish. The lake is stocked with walleye fry. Water clarity: 2.5 feet. Structure: Little structure and few submerged beds of vegetation. Accesses: There is a state-owned access on the northeast side, and a county access on the southwest side of the lake.

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Maximum depth: 10 feet. Acres: 618. Fishing: Northern pike, bluegill and crappies. Walleye may be found due to a connection to Green Lake by the Middle Fork Crow River. Water clarity: 6.3 feet. Structure: Abundant submerged and emergent vegetation. Accesses: A state-owned public access is located on the southeast corner of the lake.

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Maximum depth: 26 feet. Acres: 81. Fishing: Bluegill, crappie, yellow perch and northern pike. Water clarity: 3.3 feet. Structure: Submergent vegetation is limited to water depths less than two feet.

Accesses: A county-owned public access is on the west side of the lake.

Diamond Lake Maximum depth: 27 feet. Acres: 1,565. Fishing: Walleye, northern pike, bluegills and crappies. Walleye fingerlings are stocked when natural reproduction is inadequate. Quality northerns are common. Water clarity: 11 feet. Structure: Moderate structure with some bulrush stands on the east shore and north point. Accesses: There are two county-owned accesses; one on the southeast side and one on the west side of the lake.

Eagle Lake Maximum depth: 67 feet. Acres: 824. Fishing: Bluegill, sunfish and perch are abundant. Walleye and northern pike are present, but lower in number. The lake is stocked for walleye, and a northern pike spawning area is operated. Water clarity: 8.5 feet Structure: Moderate. Accesses: A state-owned access is located on the south end of the lake.

East Solomon Lake Maximum depth: 14 feet. Acres: 706. Fishing: In recent years, anglers have reported good fishing success for walleye, northern pike and largemouth bass. Walleye fry or fingerlings are stocked into East

Solomon every even year. Water clarity: 12 feet. Structure: Aquatic vegetation stands (hardstem bulrush, pondweeds, etc.) are common. Accesses: There is a state-owned access on the northeast side of the lake off of County Road 5.

Lake Elizabeth Maximum depth: 9 feet. Acres: 1,054. Fishing: Walleye, northern pike and crappies. The lake is stocked for walleye. Northern pike angling is good. Water clarity: 3 feet. Structure: Little structure with limited submerged vegetation. Accesses: A county-owned access is located on the north side of the lake.

Elkhorn Lake Maximum depth: 41 feet. Acres: 87. Fishing: Fishing pressure is relatively low in Elkhorn Lake. Anglers generally seek northern pike, largemouth bass, bluegill or black crappie. Water clarity: 12.5 feet. Structure: Submergent vegetation is moderately abundant within the shallow areas. Accesses: A state-owned access is on the east side of lake off of a residential gravel road that ties into County Road 8.

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Lake Ella

Maximum depth: 12 feet. Acres: 136. Fishing: The lake is managed for walleye as the primary species with crappies, yellow perch, northern pike, largemouth bass, and bluegill as secondary species. Water clarity: 2.25 feet. Structure: Submergent vegetation is rare and limited to water depths less than one foot. Accesses: A state-owned access is on the southeast side of the lake along County Road 86.

Lake Florida

Maximum depth: 40 feet. Acres: 674. Fishing: Walleye, northern pike and bluegill. Florida is a good early-season walleye producer. Water clarity: 10.5 feet. Structure: Some structures on the northwest shore. Accesses: A county-owned access is located on the north side of the lake.

Foot Lake

Maximum depth: 24 feet. Acres: 694. Fishing: Walleye, black crappie and bluegill. The lake has been stocked for walleye and channel catfish. Water clarity: 3 feet Structure: Limited structure with moderate submerged vegetation. Accesses: There are three accesses. One is a county-owned access on northwest basin along the south shore in the county fairgrounds. Another is a cityowned access on the southeast basin from Willmar Lake via a boat channel on the north side of Robbins Island. The last one is a city-owned access on the southeast basin along the southeast shore in Robbins Island City Park.

Games Lake

Maximum depth: 42 feet. Acres: 515. Fishing: Northern pike, bluegill and some crappie, walleye and largemouth bass. Water clarity: 8.5 feet. Structure: Emergent vegetation (bulrush) is moderate in Games Lake (northwest shore and bay areas, east shore areas). Submergent vegetation densities within the lake are moderately abundant within the littoral zone areas. Accesses: A state-owned public access is located on the southeast corner of the lake.

George Lake

Maximum depth: 24 feet. Acres: 224. Fishing: Northern pike, bluegill and some crappie, walleye and largemouth bass.

Water clarity: 11 feet. Structure: Limited structure with moderate submerged vegetation. Accesses: A state-owned public access is located on the northwest corner of the lake.

Green Lake Maximum depth: 110 feet. Acres: 5,406. Fishing: Walleye, northern pike, bluegill, crappie, and smallmouth and largemouth bass. Walleye stocking has occurred every year with fry, fingerling, yearling and adult. Water clarity: 8.6 feet. Structure: Abundant structure and limited vegetation. Low densities of Eurasian water milfoil have been documented in Green Lake primarily near the Spicer public access, swimming beach, city dock, Indian Beach Lagoon, and several isolated areas since 2000. Accesses: There are six public accesses around the lake.

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

Lake Lillian Maximum depth: 7.8 feet. Acres: 1,149. Fishing: Lillian is managed for walleye as the primary species with northern pike, crappies and yellow perch as secondary species. Water clarity: 6 feet. Structure: Submergent vegetation was generally sparse throughout the lake. Accesses: A state-owned access is located on the northeast side of the lake, ¼-mile west of County Road 4.

Long Lake (Hawick) Maximum depth: 46 feet. Acres: 286. Fishing: Northern pike, bluegill, walleye and largemouth bass. There is a 12-inch maximum size limit on largemouth bass with one bass over 20 inches allowed Water clarity: 10.5 feet. Structure: Moderate structure with submerged and emergent vegetation. Accesses: There is a state-owned public access on the northwest end of the lake and a township access on the northeast shore.

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Long Lake (Willmar) Maximum depth: 16 feet. Acres: 1,575. Fishing: Walleye. Northern pike and walleye are present in moderate numbers. Water clarity: 10.58 feet. Structure: Moderate structure with submerged and emergent vegetation. Accesses: State-owned public accesses located on the northeast side and south side of the lake.

Crow River Reservoir Maximum depth: 14 feet. Acres: 855. Fishing: Northern pike, some crappies and walleye. Walleye are not stocked. Northern pike are abundant and of average size. Water: Moderately turbid. Structure: Moderate structure with abundant submerged vegetation, especially in protected bays. Accesses: There are city-owned accesses at the State Highway 9 bridge and the County Road 31 bridge, plus a county-owned access one-half mile north of New London.

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West Central Area Bait Shops Kandiyohi County Park #1 (Big Kandi), 995-6599 Kandiyohi County Park #2 (Big Kandi East), 664-4707 Kandiyohi County Park #3 (Diamond Lake), 974-8520 Kandiyohi County Park #5 (Green Lake), 796-5564 Kandiyohi County Park #7 (Games Lake), 354-4453 Atwater Bait and Tackle, Atwater, 974-8441 Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports at Eagle Lake, Willmar, 235-4097 Darwin Outpost, Darwin, 693-0019 Dilley’s Resort, West Norway Lake, 354-4266 DJ’s Sporting Goods, Montevideo, 269-7265 Eagle Lake Country Store, Willmar, 231-9708 Hill Top Stop, Paynesville, 243-3133 Holiday Station Store, Willmar, 235-0034 Lake Ripley Motel, Litchfield, 693-3227 Mel’s Sports Shop, Spicer, 796-2421 Micki’s, Belgrade, 254-8294 Mitlyng’s Bait and Tackle, Watson, 269-5593 Pete’s Surplus, New London, 354-2626 Runnings, Willmar, 235-1325 Skindelien’s Bait, New London, 354-2423 Wakanda Bait, Svea, 995-6121 West Central Bait, New London, 354-5533 Zero Tolerance Firearms & Tackle, Willmar, 235-4867 Editor’s note: The West Central Tribune welcomes additions, deletions or corrections to this list. Email sports@wctrib.com or fax 320-235-6769

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Maximum depth: 40 feet. Continued from Page 66 Acres: 945. Fishing: Walleye, northern pike, bluegill, Point Lake crappie and smallmouth bass. Walleye finMaximum depth: 32 feet. gerlings are stocked every other year. Acres: 164. Water clarity: 5.4 feet. Fishing: Bluegill, northern pike, walleye Structure: Some islands and structure, and yellow perch. abundant submerged vegetation on the Water clarity: 5.83 feet. north and east shores. Structure: Submergent (muskgrass, Accesses: Two state-owned accesses filamentous algae, sago pondweed) and provide boat launching on the west and emergent vegetation (hardstem bulrush, east sides of the lake. reed canary grass) stands are abundant to common. Norway Lake Accesses: A state-owned access is Maximum depth: 33 feet. located on the east end of lake off of U.S. Acres: 2,344. Fishing: Walleye, northern pike, crappie, Highway 71. bluegill and largemouth bass. Walleye Ringo Lake fingerlings are stocked when natural reMaximum depth: 10 feet. production is inadequate, and a northern pike spawning area is operated. Good-size Acres: 716. Fishing: Walleye, northern pike and northern pike are available. crappie. The lake is stocked for walleye. Water clarity: 3.5 feet. Ringo is a good early-season lake for oneStructure: Main lake has moderate structure and points and bays. The west to three-pound walleyes. Water: 1.17 feet. basin has little structure. Eurasian water Structure: Limited structure with abunmilfoil was found scattered throughout the West Norway basin in August of 2001 dant emergent vegetation, including buland in the Big Norway basin during 2005. rush. Eurasian milfoil is present at low to moder- Accesses: A state-owned access is on ate densities in the West Norway and Big the north side of the lake. Shore fishing structures have been placed on the northNorway basins. Accesses: State-owned accesses are east shore of the lake off Highway 71. located on the south shore of the main Swenson Lake lake and on the south shore of the west Maximum depth: 14 feet. basin of the lake. Acres: 109. Lakes list/ Page 67 Fishing: The DNR manages the lake for

Lake Wakanda Maximum depth: 15 feet. Acres: 1,664. Fishing: Walleye fry are generally stocked every other year or after years of poor fry survival. Water clarity: 1 foot. Structure: Submergent vegetation densities are variable in Wakanda. Sago pondweed is usually the most frequently occurring submergent species. Blue-green algae blooms are often intense and common during mid to late summer months. Accesses: A state-owned access is located on the southeast side of the lake, off of County Road 3. Another state-owned access is on the north side of the lake, two miles east of U.S. Highway 71 and 1.5 miles south of County Road 88. Tribune file photo

Fishing from shore, sandbars and piers offers opportunity for people of all ages to wet a line. walleye, northern pike, black crappie, and bluegill. Water clarity: 6 feet. Structure: Aquatic vegetation (sago pondweed, coontail, hardstem bulrush) species and densities are limited within the lake. Accesses: Arctander Township access is located one mile east of County Road 1.

Willmar Lake Maximum depth: 14 feet. Acres: 435. Fishing: Walleye, channel catfish and some crappies. Walleye fry are stocked every other year. Good shore fishing. Walleye in the one- to three-pound range are abundant. Water: 2 feet. Structure: Moderate structure with fair emergent vegetation. Accesses: An access at Robbins Island allows access to the south basin of Foot Lake, which may also be reached by a channel from Willmar Lake.

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Drag racing, 2 miles east of Grove City Season: April 9 to Oct. 9…. The Scoop: NHRA, Division 5 member …. Z\, mile track with Money & Trophy Eliminator, Jr. Dragster Series plus All-Street Nite (NHRA Street Legal Drags) …. Owner/ promoter Rick Austin re-built now 26-year-old track in 2008 extending concrete burnout plus new lanes of asphalt and expanded pit area …. Classes: Sportsmen, Super Pro, Pro Street, Street Eliminator, Junior Dragsters, Superbikes and Sleds …Some key dates: May 28, first Nite Drags; June 5, Jr. Dragster Challenge; June 11, Street Drags; July 24, National Dragster Challenge; Aug. 14, King of the Track Race; Aug. 27, Street Drags. .. Grandstand/pit admission: adults $10, students (ages 7 to 12) $5, 6-and-under free; camping $10/night … Promoter: Rick Austin, Dayton (612) 280-7301 …Track phone (320) 857-2152 … Web: www.grovecreek.com. 001423290r1

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Fiesta City Montevideo at Chippewa County Fairgrounds Season opener: May 6 … Race nights: Friday, 7 p.m. on 4/10th-mile high-bank oval … Sanctioning: Wissota … Lineup: Wissota Late Models, Modifieds, Midwest Modifieds, Mod-4, Street Stocks, plus Fiesta City Pure Stock …. Some key dates: June 10, Mod 4 Special; June 29 (Wednesday), Street Stock Special; July 13 (Wednesday), RV Tour Modified Special; July 22, Midwest Mod Special, free grandstand; Aug. 19, Late Model Challenge Series; Aug 27, Season Championship … Track information: 320-269-7755 (business phone) or promoter Dale Mooney 320-226-8131…. Fiesta City Racing Association at mooneyhouse@msn.com …Web site: www.fiestacityspeedway.com

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KRA Speedway in Willmar offers Street Stock Features and more most Thursday nights throughout the summer months. KRA Speedway Willmar at fairgrounds Season opener: May 26… Race nights: Thursday 6:30 p.m. … Sanctioning: Wissota … Track: 3/8-mile semi-bank … Lineup: Wissota Modifieds, Super Stock, Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Mod-4, Hornets … Also running: KRA Hobby Stock … Some key dates: June 9, Bike Night and Street Stock Special; June 16, U.S. Modified Touring Series Special; July 14: AFCO Races of Champions; Layne Roberts Memorial Hornet Race; Aug. 10 (Wednesday) IMCA Mods, IMCA Sport Mod’s, IMCA Stock, Vintage; UMSS Sprint Car Special; Sept. 1 Championship Night; Sept. 23-24, 3rd annual Charlie Nelson Fall Nationals. …. Admission: Adults (13-and-over) $11 (specials extra); Children 12-and-under: free with paid adult; Season pass: $140 or $320 value pack … Promoter: Kandi Racing Association (KRA) … Track phone: 320-212-8503 …. Web site: www.kraspeedway.com … email: kraspeedway@yahoo.com

Madison Speedway Madison at LQPV fairgrounds Season Opener: May 30, Memorial Day Opener (6 pm start) … Race nights: 7 p.m, Saturday … Sanctioning: Wissota …Track: 3/8-mile high-bank oval … Lineup: Wissota Modified, Super Stock, Midwest Modified, Street Stocks, Mod-4 and Pure Stock … Some key dates: June 25, Late Model Special; July 23, HOTROD Vintage Cars; Aug. 27, UMSS Sprint Cars; Sept. 5 (Monday), Labor Day Season Points Championships; Sept. 11, Lac qui Parle County Fair races; Sept 30-Oct. 1: Lou’s 2nd annual Madtown Showdown … Track Phone: 320-444-6407 … Web: www.madisonspeedwaymn.com.

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Adventure a paddle stroke awayLearn in great outdoor classroom

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 ren. The glacial waterway Glacial River Warcarved 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.

Lac qui Parle River

The Lac qui Parle River offers an opportunity to surprise an incredible array of wildlife, from eagles and owls to softshell turtles the size of wheel covers. The river’s sharp bends, towering cut banks and occasional whitewater makes every outing an adventure. The most popular route is an approximate 3-hour paddle from Lac qui Parle County Park to

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t the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center, visitors can learn and have fun, all while Pomme de Terre spending time in the beautiful The fast-moving Pomme de Terre offers opportu- nature of west central Minnesota. nities to surprise otters and an astonishing variety Prairie Woods is a nonprofit of birds, while viewing the changing prairie and environmental learning woodland landscape. The Pomme de Terre also of- center, committed to providing fers some of the area’s best angling opportunities outstanding environmental for walleye. Popular trips include runs from the education and outdoor Swift County Park on U.S. Highway 12 north of Ap- experiences to people of all ages. pleton to the city of Appleton, and from Appleton to Deeply rooted in the Kandiyohi Marsh Lake. County community, PWELC reaches out to provide services Hawk Creek/Yellow Medicine River for communities across Minnesota When water conditions are right, Hawk Creek and and the upper Midwest. Prairie Woods’ site the Yellow Medicine River offer some of the state’s very best whitewater paddling opportunities. Each encompasses 500 acres on the spring the two waterways attract whitewater enthu- south side of Lake Florida, and includes an education siasts from around the state. building with five classrooms, a On both waterways, be prepared to be on your trailhead and a 30-foot indoor own. There are very few intersecting bridges or climbing wall. The Gary Westby signs of civilization as the waters race toward the Observatory building sits atop Minnesota River. Trips on Hawk Creek often start near or upstream Prairie Woods’ highest hill. of U.S. Highway 212 and continue to Renville Coun- Several beautiful spaces are ty’s Skalbakken Park at the confluence with the Min- available for meetings, family reunions, holiday gatherings and nesota River. weddings. Also onsite is the Gary Trips on the Yellow Medicine River often start Westby Educational Shooting at the Minnesota Highway 274 (Wood Lake road) bridge and continue to the confluence with the Min- Sports Range. nesota River at the Upper Sioux Agency State Park. PWELC mission: We will It’s advisable to scout out water conditions before promote an individual and attempting a trip, or contact Clean Up the River En- shared commitment to the vironment at 320-269-2984 for information on water responsible use, management, and preservation of our natural levels. Real-time data on water flows on Hawk Creek are resources. also available online at: http://www.dnr.state. mn.us/ In short: Learning to Live Well with Self, Others and the waters/csg/index.html Environment. Memberships are available. Little Crow It gets its start in Pope County, but the North Fork For additional information visit the PWELC website at www. of the Little Crow River is best for canoeing as it leaves the Lake Koronis Spillway near Paynesville. prairiewoodselc.org or call the There are rapids and hidden snags to watch for, but office. much of the river is well suited for family canoeing. 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. Lac qui Parle State Park near the confluence with the Minnesota River.

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iscover what area paddling enthusiasts call the “Boundary Waters of Southern Minnesota.’’ The rivers and streams of west central Minnesota are easy-to-reach and offer a wide variety of paddling adventures. Best of all, they remain waters where you can get away from the crowds and enjoy a wilderness like solitude. 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:

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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

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Challenge course 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.

Smithsonian exhibit The Smithsonian Water/ Ways exhibit will be on display June 25 through Aug. 7. The traveling exhibit explores the central nature of water in our lives. It will be open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, until 8 p.m. on Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. A number of special events have been planned to coincide with the exhibit. July 2: Okee Dokee Brothers concert, 10:30 a.m., free July 7: Evening Grace Goldtooth Presentation sponsored by Kandiyohi County Historical Society, free July 14: Tour the exhibit any time that evening between 4 and 8 p.m., receive a token to paddle the Voyager Canoe on Ringo Lake between 7 and 9 p.m., free.

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.

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

Directions, information Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center is located at 12718 10th Street N.E. near Spicer; 1-320-354-5894; 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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Historic Terrace Mill

Art shows, fiddlers’ contest, workshops, July 4th festival on tap

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istoric Terrace to host workshops, fiddlers’ contest, July 4th festival The Historic Terrace Mill District, set in the scenic Chippewa River valley, will host its traditional old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration and 38th annual fall festival and fiddlers’ contest. The Historic Terrace Mill District lies in a picturesque valley in the village of Terrace, 12 miles south of Glenwood on Minnesota Highway 104. Terrace has been the site of two flour mills during the past 138 years. The first mill was built in 1870 along the tumbling Chippewa River by Williams Moses and John and George Wheeler to grind wheat grown by area farmers. The mill was dismantled in 1895 and moved next to the railroad line in Brooten. The current mill and a keystone arch bridge were built in 1903. The mill at one time produced more than 40 barrels of flour a day. Ownership transferred several times through 1950, when the mill was converted to a furniture factory. In 1967, it was abandoned. Members of the Terrace Mill Foundation bought the mill in 1979 and restored it. The bridge was reconstructed in 1980. In May 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 8 through Aug. 31. The mill is open from noon to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Hours during September are noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. More information about the mill is available on its website, www.terracemill. org. Other times are available by appointment by calling 320-278-3728. Following is a list of festivities set for the summer of 2016:

Wheeler Gallery

The summer art exhibit will highlight the work of Minnesota artist Violet Dauk. A “Winter in Minnesota” photography exhibit opens July 9 and can be seen through Aug. 21.

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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.

Rosemaling classes Two courses in rosemaling, the traditional rose painting of Norway, will be offered. The first is June 22-25 with instructor Trudi Peach in St. Cloud. A second course will be held Sept. 21-23 at Chippewa Falls Lutheran Church in Terrace. For more information or to register, call 320-278-3728.

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Golf courses across the region offer a great deal of variety and beauty.

Children’s theater workshop The annual children’s summer theater workshop is July 10-19 and is open to children and young adults. The cast will give a performance of the musical “Once Upon a Leprechaun” at 6:30 p.m. July 20-21. For more information or to register, contact Julie Lloyd, 320-268-3394.

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olf enthusiasts have so much to choose from when they Art crawl come to the Willmar area. The Upper Chippewa River art crawl is Aug. 20-21 From a resort setting to the from noon to 4 p.m. Stops include the Wheeler Gal- come-as-you-are backdrop, 23 lery, the Terrace schoolhouse, Pope Art and Dream- golf courses in the West Central Tribune area offer a myriad of ing River Gallery. More information is available fairways, bunkers and scenic online at jeffreysthornton.com/artcrawl. backgrounds. Fall festival and fiddlers’ contest The season is in full swing and Terrace will host its fall festival and fiddlers’ conmany courses await a call for tee test Sept. 25. This is the 38th year of the popular time reservations. event. Following is a listing of area golf The gates and kitchen open at noon, along with crafts, a troll shop and vendors. The fiddlers’ contest courses. Some of the courses are open to begins at 1 p.m. the general public while others have membership requirements Blessing of the Animals based on where you live in relation to the course. The seasonal events calendar at Terrace Mill The courses that require ends with a “Blessing of the Animals” at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 9, followed by refreshment for four-legged and memberships may be used by those two-legged participants. Oct. 4 is the feast day of St. that live outside the membership area by paying green fees. Most Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals. courses are closed for league days at various times each week. “Slope rating” is a rating 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 Benson, MN above 113 are more difficult. Ratings may range from the low Serving Home Cooked Breakfast & Lunch in the Historic Train Car! 60s to 150. The slope rating allows the golfer to figure his handicap *Take Out Available* according to the course he is Hours- Tue-Sat 5am-2pm; Sun-7am-2pm; Mon-Closed playing on. The slope rating listed is for men’s regular tee. 1220 Atlantic Ave, Benson MN All prices do not include tax unless noted and are without carts. 320.843.3800 Call the course ahead of time for Check out Daily Specials on Facebook! 001419840r1 any possible changes.

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Appleton Golf Course North edge of town along Pomme de Terre River The course plays along the river on several holes and has some rolling hills. It has three par 5s and three par 4s. The fairways are average in width and fairly open. 9 holes, par 36, 3,053 yards for men and 2,985 yards for women; slope rating of 108 for men and 120 for women. Green fees on weekdays are $10 for 9 holes and $18 for 18 holes; weekends and holidays $12 and $20. No reservations taken for tee times. Benson Golf Club West Highway 9 in Benson A course with lots of trees, it has three holes on the west side of the Chippewa River, golfers must play across the river three times. 18 holes, par 72, 6,313 yards for men; 5,994 for women; slope rating of 127 for men and 129 for women. Green fees on weekdays are $19 for nine holes and $27 for 18 holes; weekends and holidays $21 and $31. Reservations for tee times are available 14 days in advance (320-8427901). The Crossings Highway 212 west of Montevideo The course runs north-south on top of and below the bluff overlooking the Minnesota River valley. The river comes into play on five holes as a water hazard. Trees come into play on several holes. 18 holes, par 72, 6,190 yards for men; 5,735 yards for women; slope rating of 122 for men and 125 for women. Green fees on weekdays and weekends are $19 for nine holes, $29 for 18 holes; all day for $37. Reservations are taken up to 4 days in advance (320-269-8600).

Dacotah Ridge Golf Club 13 miles south of Olivia on state Highway 71, ½ mile west on Renville County Road 2 The course, designed by Rees Jones, melds perfectly into the prairie. 18 holes, par 72, 7,109 yards from tournament tees, 6,642 from championship tees, 6,217 from regular tees and 5,055 from forward tees. Green fees are $52 for 18 holes and $37 for twilight play, which does not include a cart. Tee times 14 days in advance (800-946-2274). Play and stay packages available. Dawson Golf Course On northwest edge of town An older course with some nice trees, slightly rolling, all par 4s except for one par 3 9 holes, par 35, 2,837 yards; slope rating of 116 for men and 121 for women. Green fees are $13 for 9 holes and $18 for 18 holes during the week; weekends and holidays $15 and $20. Tee time reservations are unnecessary. Eagle Creek Golf Club North edge of Willmar, just west of Highway 71 The front nine includes a full-size driving range. The back nine has steeper grades, mature trees and the water hazards. 18 holes, par 72, 6,349 yards for men; par 73, 6,098 yards for women; slope rating of 131 for men and 139 for women. Green fees on weekdays are $20 for nine holes and $30 for 18 holes; weekends and holidays are $22 and $35. Reservations for tee times are available three days (public) in advance (320-235-1166).

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Continued from Page 73 Granite Run Golf Course Highway 67, south edge of Granite Falls The course is hilly with some trees, and newly revamped greens and improved, elevated tee boxes. There are a couple of doglegs, two par 5 holes and three water hazards. 9 holes, par 36, 3,033 for men; 2,902 for women; slope rating 125 for men and 129 for women. Green fees every day are $16 for nine holes and $28 for 18 holes. Tee time reservations taken 24 hours in advance (320-564-4755). Hawk Creek Country Club Northeast edge of Raymond, along Highway 23 This gently rolling course has play crossing Hawk Creek on the 5th, 6th and 8th holes. There are mature trees and some small trees. 9 holes, par 36, 3,227 for men; 3,121 yards for women; slope rating of 129 for men and 130 for women. Green fees on weekdays are $14 for nine holes and $22 for 18 holes; weekends and holidays $16 and $24. Early bird specials are also available MondayFriday. Reservations are taken for tee times (320-967-4653) up to 24 hours (public) in advance. Island Pine Southwest edge of Atwater The rolling course has natural wetland areas and an island green on the par 3 18th hole. There are seven doglegs, four par 5’s and four par 3’s with large greens. 18 holes, par 72; 6,786 yards from blue tees; 6,323 yards from the white tees; 5,194 from red; slope rating of 130 from white tees. Green fees on weekdays are $12 for nine holes and $20 for 18 holes; on weekends and holidays $15.50 and $24. Twilight weekend special (Saturday-Sunday after 4 p.m.) includes two golfers with a cart for $36 for 18 holes. Early bird special 7 a.m.-11 a.m. Monday-Thursday: 18 holes with cart for $24 per person. Reservations are taken for tee times (320-974-8600) 14 days in advance. Kerkhoven Golf Course West edge of Kerkhoven This is a fairly flat, short course. The longest holes are around 450 yards. A good beginner’s course. 9 holes, par 36, 2,500 yards men or women. Green fees are $7 (on the honor system). Artificial greens. Koronis Hills Golf Club Highway 23, one mile west of Paynesville A somewhat hilly course, with several holes carved out of the trees. It has narrow fairways and several difficult par 3 holes. 18 holes, par 71, 6,218 yards for men; 6,005 for women; slope rating of 127 for men and 132 for women. Green fees on

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Golf courses: Resort settings, scenic beauty

wide fairways. Four holes have doglegs and number 6 is played across an extension of the lake. 18 holes, par 72, 6,609 yards for men; 6,398 yards for women; slope rating of Continued from Page 74 129 for men and 134 for women. Green fees on weekdays are $15 for nine holes Redwood Falls Golf Club 101 E. Oak Street, Redwood Falls and $25 for 18 holes; weekend rate is One of the most scenic courses in the $20 and $30. Tee times three days in state features an island green on No. advance (320-587-0525). 3 and a 90-foot drop overlooking the Olivia Golf Club On southeast edge of town, 3 blocks south Redwood River Valley on No. 17 18 holes, par 70, 6,087 yards for men; of courthouse 6,698 yards for women; slope rating of This course features tree-lined fairways and water hazards, including 122 for men and 121 for women. Green fees during the week are $40 for 18 one par 3 which requires you to play holes; weekends and holidays $47. Call over water. 9 holes, par 36, 3,279 yards for men; for tee times (507-627-8901). 3,171 yards for women; slope rating of 125 for men and 130 for women. Green fees on weekdays $13 for nine holes, $19 for 18 holes; weekend and holidays $16 and $24. Reservations for tee times taken (320-523-2313). Pezhekee Golf Course South of Glenwood on 104, turn right on Pezhekee Road. One of few resort golf courses in Minnesota. The fairways cut through a maple, basswood and oak forest, lush greens, varied natural terrain, bridges, overlooking Lake Minnewaska. Several water hazards, evenly balanced with par 3s, fours and fives, some ravines and fairly deep woods. 18 holes, par 72, 7,263 yards for men; par 75, 6,295 yards for women; slope rating of 119. Green fees Monday through Thursday $33 for 18 holes and $26 for twilight after 4:30 p.m.; Fridays, weekends and holidays $38 for 18 holes, and $26 for twilight. Reservations are taken for tee times. (1-800-356-8654 or 634-4501). Pomme de Terre Golf Course SUMMER 3 miles south of Morris on Highway 9 A rolling course with narrow fairways WORSHIP and sand situations affecting four holes. Sundays Each hole has two or three tree lines. 8:00 & 9:45 am Both the par 3s have water hazards. 18 holes, par 72, 6,371 yards for men; Saturdays 5,940 yards for women; slope rating 5:30 pm Chapel of 128 for men and 129 for women. Green fees are $18 for nine holes and 302 Olena Ave. SE, Willmar $27 for 18 holes. Mondays all day and weekends after 5 p.m., $30 for 18 320-235-2508 holes with a cart. Tee time reservations accepted (320-589-1009). Prairie View Golf Course East edge of Brooten along Highway 55 The wide-open prairie course has three water hazards. A reversible 9 hole course, play one direction one day and other direction the next day. We invite you to 9 holes, par 36, 3,078 yards for men; “come as you are” this summer! 2,627 yards for women; slope rating of 124 for men and 134 for women. Green Our worship style is casual with traditional fees on weekdays are $14 for nine and contemporary elements and includes a holes and $20 for 18 holes; weekends child-friendly atmosphere. and holidays $16, $23. Reservations available at 1-800-485-6066 or 320-346- Sunday morning worship begins at 9:30 am with fellowship at 10:45 am. 2677.

Stoney Creek Golf Course One mile south, two miles west of Renville Nine-hole course has a very good layout, is challenging and scenic. 9 holes, par 36; 3,438 yards for men; 3,266 yards for women; slope rating of 144 for men and 141 for women. Green fees for weekdays are $9 for 9 holes, $18 for 18 holes and $12 and $20 on weekend. Call for tee times (320-3298400).

Valley Golf Course East edge of Willmar, just off Lakeland Drive on Becker Avenue This course has some hills and creeks to cross. A 9-hole course with a few stands of old trees. 9 holes, par 35, 2,479 yards from white tees, slope rating of 105; 2,341 yards from red tees. Green fees on weekdays $12 for nine holes and $19 for 18 holes; weekends and holidays $13.50 and $21, tax included. No reservations taken for tee times.

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weekdays $18 for nine holes, $26 for 18 holes; weekends and holidays $22 for 9 holes and $30 for 18 holes. Tee times taken one week in advance (320-2434111). Litchfield Golf Club On Pleasure Drive on the southwest edge of town Located near Lake Ripley, the course is not overly long but challenging, with trees and water hazards. 18 holes, par 70, 6,398 yards for men; 6,086 for women; slope rating of 124 for men and 130 for women. Green fees on weekdays $22 for nine holes, $40 for 18 holes; weekends and holidays $25 and $40. Reservations are taken for tee times three days in advance (320-6936425). Little Crow Country Club Highway 23 midway between Spicer and New London With seven ponds, 33 sand traps, creeks, intervening water hazards, and lots of trees, this course is challenging. The fairways are average in width. 27 holes, par 72, 6,564 yards for men and 6,288 yards for women on Willows/ Pines; 6,745 yards for men and 6,411 yards for women on Pines/Oaks; 6,595 yards for men and 6,337 yards for women on Oaks/Willows; slope rating average of 132 for men and 135 for women. Green fees on weekdays are $17 for nine holes and $28 for 18 holes; weekends and holidays $21 and $34. Reservations for tee times taken up to seven days in advance (320-354-2296). Madison Country Club South on Highway 75, west on State 40 An old course with many mature trees and some hills. There is one par 3 and the rest are par 4s. 9 holes, par 35, 2,802 yards for men and women; slope rating of 122 for men and 119 for women. Green fees on weekdays are $10 for nine holes, $16 for 18 holes and $25 for all day; weekends and holidays $14, $20 and $30. No reservations needed except for weekends (320-598-7587). Minnewaska Golf Club West from Glenwood on Highway 28, turn north on Golf Course Road When golfing on this course you have a spectacular view overlooking Lake Minnewaska. The rolling, semi-hilly terrain will challenge the average to the better-than-average golfer and the greens are all moderately bunkered. 18 holes, par 72, 6,483 yards for men; 6,212 yards for women; slope rating of 136 for men and 140 for women. Green fees during the week are $17 for 9 holes, $29 for 18 holes; weekends and holidays $19 for 9 holes, $34 for 18 holes. Reservations can be made up to a week in advance and are advised (320-634-3680). Oakdale Country Club 7 miles northeast of Buffalo Lake on Renville County 8. On the north shore of Lake Ellie, the course is somewhat hilly, with 90-foot

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Saturday Night Worship 6:00pm Green Lake Bible Camp, Spicer Sunday Morning Worship 8:30am Green Lake Bible Camp, Spicer Sunday Morning Worship 10:00am Faith Lutheran Church, Spicer

Thursdays 7pm Sundays 9am Family Bible Class & Fellowship following worship.

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

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New London Evangelical Covenant Church 208 Main St NW New London, MN 56273

Willmar United Methodist Church 1818 Ninth St SW, Willmar 320-235-5403 www.willmarumc.org

Worship Sundays 9 am

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Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend

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SUMMER WORSHIP

Come As You Are Vinje Lutheran Church 1101 Willmar Avenue SW Willmar, MN 56201 320-235-1441

We welcome you to Summer Worship

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL is June 6-10 at 6 to 8:30 pm.

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SUMMER SUNDAY WORSHIP SCHEDULE - 10AM

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Vacation Bible School for kids – June 6-9; 6-7:45 pm Sunday Family Outings, Youth Events and more – Fun at the Lake, Stingers’ Game, Bike Outing, Multi-ethnic Worship & Potluck, Chicago Missions Trip Go to www.fccwillmar.org or contact 320-235-3010 or info@fccwillmar.org for more info

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801 Willmar Ave SW, Willmar (across from Hodapp Field)

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Sunday Services 8:00 am at Peace Church 9:30 am at Sibley Park Hwy. 9 & Co. R. 40, New London, MN

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GET CONNECTED TO

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Summer Sunday Worship

9:00am

Pastor Jonathan Dahl

Pastor Robert Dahl Pastor Kathy Hartley 411 Becker Ave SW, Willmar • 320-235-5450 • bethelinwillmar.org

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Stay the night outdoors - camping

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hen you’re looking for a place to “park yourself” for a picnic, a weekend get-away 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 fresh-water 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 have new names but the same beautiful accommodations for a summer getaway. In the past each park had been known by a plain-and-simple number. Now each park has a new name that’s associated with the lake where they are located. Kandiyohi County Park 7, for example, is now known as Games Lake County Park. The change was made to give the county system a stronger identity, reduce confusion with the old numbering system and make it easier for visitors to find the parks. 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 ammenies, call the individual parks or access the county’s website: www.co.kandiyohi.mn.us

Big Kandiyohi Lake County Park West, formerly known as County Park 1, is located on the west side of Big Kandiyohi Lake, 10 miles south of Willmar. The lake is known for northern, walleye, bullhead and crappie fishing year round. In the spring of the year, the park is known for its excellent crappie fishing in the bay, next to the campground, which has 94 campsites. The park also has a swimming beach, camp store, modern showers and toilets, playground, boat access, picnic area, a shelter, camping pads, campsites with water and electricity, gas and a dump station. Call 320-9956599. Big Kandiyohi Lake County Park East, formerly known as County Park 2, is located on the east side of Big Kandiyohi Lake, 18 miles south of Willmar, or 6 miles north of Lake Lillian on County Road 8. The park, which has 80 campsites, has an excellent sandy swimming beach and access to shoreline fishing with walleye, northern, crappies and bullheads popular and frequent catches. The park has a beach, boat access, camp store, playground, picnic area, shelter, modern showers and toilets, campsites with electricity, gas, bait and a dump station. Call 320-664-4707 for reservations Diamond Lake County Park, formerly known as County Park 3, is located on Diamond Lake’s western shore and has 80 campsites. It is located 4 miles north of Atwater, or 6 miles southeast of Spicer, on County Road 4. Diamond Lake is known for its lunker walleyes and scrappy northerns. The campground has sites with access to water, sewer and electricity, and the park also has a beach, boat access, camp store, bait, gas, playground, picnic area, shelter, camping pads, modern showers and toilets, and a dump station. Call 320-974-8520 for reservations. Saulsbury Beach County Park, formerly known as County Park 4, is on the southern shore of Green Lake and located in the heart of the city of Spicer. It features a shady picnic area and popular swimming beach, with lifeguards on duty from 1 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. There are changing rooms and toilet facilities in the park and a boat access is located next to the park. There are no campsites at this park. Green Lake County Park, formerly known as County Park 5, is on the northeast shore of Green Lake, a deep lake that’s popular for its clear water, good fishing and boating recreation. The park is located 5 miles north of the city of Spicer on Northshore Drive. The park has 61 campsites with camping pads, water, sewer and electricity available. The park also features a swimming beach, boat access, camp store, game room, playground, picnic area, shelter, modern showers, toilets, bait and gas. Call 320-796-5564 for reservations.

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Fort Ridgely State Park Lake Carrie County Park, formerly known Located south of Fairfax, Fort Ridgely State Park features the Fort Ridgely Historic Site, as County Park 6, is a small secluded park located on Lake Carrie, five miles southeast several campgrounds, two picnic areas, fishof Atwater on a dead-end gravel road off of ing, 1930’s era historic stone buildings and 13 Kandiyohi County Road 86. It includes a boat miles of hiking and horse trails. The Fort Ridgely Historic Site contains the landing and large grassy parking area but no camping. The clear water of Lake Carrie is a ruins of a military outpost. Built in 1853, it used as a training base for Civil War volunpopular spot for anglers. Games Lake County Park, formerly knownteers and to provide protection during an inas County Park 7, is located on the east shore flux of immigrants to the Dakota Territory. The of Games Lake, which is part of the “Norway fort came under attack during the U.S-Dakota Lake Chain of Lakes” which includes 2,800 War of 1862. The fort was abandoned by the Army in acres of water known for excellent fishing, 1867, fell into disrepair, and in the 1930s the including northern pike and bluegill. The campground has 56 campsites with camping Veteran Conservation Corp began restoring the buildings. The site was placed on the Napads, and access to water and electricity. The popular park features a sandy swimming tional Register of Historic Place in 1970. beach with lifeguards on duty from 1 to 5 p.m. The Historic Site hosts a museum and and 6 to 8 p.m., a large picnic area, enclosed restored foundations that are managed by picnic shelters that can be reserved for events,the Nicollette County Historical Society. The historic site grounds are open for self-guided game room, playground, modern showers and toilets, boat access, boat rental, bait, gas tours and the museum is open Friday through and dump station. Besides having typical ser- Sunday from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The vices and camp accessories, this park store park also contains several graves and monalso features a restaurant with meals served uments connected to the U.S.-Dakota War at the Fort Ridgely Cemetery. all day. A paved, 7.3 mile recreational trail connects The park is 14 miles north of Willmar, or 9 miles northwest of New London, on County the town of Fairfax to the park and the Fort Road 5. Call 320-354-4453 for reservations. Ridgely State Park Golf Course is open for the season. Pull carts and clubs are available to There are also privately owned resorts, campgrounds and an RV campground in the rent at the park office. Camping: There are 36 drive-in campsites Willmar area. Many offer cabins, camping, and boat and motor rentals at a variety of lo- at the campground, including 15 electrical sites. There are also three secluded walk-in cations on lakes surrounding Willmar. Information about what those businesses sites and one group campsite that are about 1,000 feet from the parking area. The fee is have to offer can be obtained by looking $17 for non-electrical sites and $25 for elecat their ads in this section or by calling the Willmar Lakes Area Convention and Visitors trical sites. Water spigots and vault toilets are available, however there are no flush toilets or Bureau, 320-235-3552. showers available in the main campground. A horse camp has 14 sites, including 13 State Parks with electricity. The fee is $23 for non-electri2016 is Minnesota State Park’s 125th anni- cal sites and $31 for electrical sites. Water is versary. available at each horse campsite. The horse Please visit http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/125 campground also has a modern toilet and to find special events and programs, such as shower building. Box stalls are available to summer samplers and the 125 Miles by Bike, rent for $5 per night. Boot or Boat challenge. A farmhouse that sleeps six people is availNew Reservation System: A new online able for $60 a night. A chalet, which has a reservation system goes into effect this year for kitchenette but no beds, is available for $60 a all campsites in all of the agency’s state parks. day or $80 a night. About 1,000 campsites that were previously Reservations for camping or lodging can offered on a first-come, first-serve basis can be made up to 365 days in advance, includnow be reserved in advance. ing on the day of arrival. Reservations are Same-day reservations are also now alstrongly recommended before arriving at the lowed. park. Advance reservations can be made by Campers do need to create an account on calling 1-866-857-2757. Same-day reservathe DNR’s reservation web page in order to tions can be made by calling 1-888-990-4322. reserve campsites. Reservations can also be made online at: To reserve a campsite, go to www.mndnr. mndnr.gov/reservations. gov/reservationswww.mndnr.gov/reservations There is also a picnic shelter and historic or call 866-857-2757 from 8 a.m to 8 p.m. stone amphitheater that can be rented for Permits: To visit the park, vehicles require a $45. vehicle permit. Daily permits are $5 and annual Activities this summer include a presentapermits are $25 and good at all 75 Minnesota tion about the U.S. Dakota War of 1862 on state parks and recreation areas for a full year June 4 and Aug. 20; canoe trip on the Minnefrom the month of purchase. sota River June 11 and Aug. 6; a presentation on bison June 11; black powder demonstraCamping/ Page 79 tion June 19; archery in the park June 24, July

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A variety of camping opportunities are available. 30 and Aug. 26; presentation on river fish June 24; digital nature photography on July 2; learn how to fish on July 2; flag program on July 4; Civilian Conservation Corp hiking tour July 16; prairie animals presentation on Aug. 6; presentation on the Dakota Scouts of 1863-1866 on Aug. 21; Prairie hike on Aug. 26; geocaching 101 on Sept. 4; river otter ecology on Sept. 4; fun fall trail run on Sept. 10; wild about wildlife Sept. 17; cemetery tour Sept. 24 and children’s day Oct. 1. 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 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. A shady, spacious campground is available; horseback riders and backpack campers can camp at the horse camp and at remote sites. A picnic area deck overlooks Signalness Lake. The park is located 5 miles south of Starbuck Camping: The main campsite is located on Mountain Lake. It has 37 drive-in sites, 14 with electricity, and access to modern restrooms. Camping rates for 2016 are $21 for non-electrical; $29 for electrical sites. This year all of the campsites will be reservable. There are two seasonal camper cabins and for four year-round camper cabins, with fees ranging from $55 to 70 per night. The park has four walk-in or backpack campsites scattered throughout the park for quiet, remote camping. Some of the sites involve a short hike of one-tenth of a mile, to one remote site on Baby Lake that can only be accessed by making a 2½- mile hike.

There is a $15 per night fee for a walk-in site. There is a horse camp with eight sites, with a fee of $21 per site. A horse trail pass is required for every rider over the age of 15. All vehicles that enter a State Park must have a valid permit for their vehicle. Permit fees are $5 a day or $25 for an annual pass. The Southeast Group Campsite, which can accommodate up to 50 people, has a picnic shelter with lights and outlets, space for a maximum of three RV campers requiring electrical hook-up, and space for multiple tents. The fee is $125 per night. The park has rowboats, canoes and kayaks, stand-up paddle boards available for rent in the summer. The first Saturday of the month starting through Oct. 1 the park will host an astronomer who’ll bring telescopes and present a program at sundown at the horse camp. There is free admittance to the park on June 11, which is “National Get Outdoors Day” with a free hotdogs served from noon to 2 p.m. Tours and activities will be available. Archery programs to learn hands-on the basics of shooting a bow are not scheduled but will be happening during the summer. No reservations required, but groups of 10 or more should call to arrange a separate time. Children must be at least 8 years old and anyone under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Please check the park website or call the park for times. Every other Wednesday starting on June 29, July 13 and 27 and Aug. 10 and 24 will be “Wild Wednesdays” with beginning canoeing in the morning and a Wild Wednesday program in the afternoon that will feature different free activities for kids. Call the park to register. Geocaching will be held 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 4th. You will learn the basics of geocaching and get hands on instruction. Call the park to sign up for this event. The park is located at: 25022 County Road 41, Starbuck, MN 56381 For more information call the park at 320239-2860 or email: glaciallakes.statepark@ state.mn.us

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Camping Continued from Page 79 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, which attracts the eastern prairie population of Canada geese, 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. Camping: The 30-acre upper 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. Campsite rates are $15 for a walk-in site; $21 for non-electrical; $29 for electrical; $35 for sites with water, sewer and electricity. There are three seasonal camper cabins with electric heat and air conditioning. Camper cabins are available for $60 a night from Sunday through Thursday and $65 a night Friday and Saturday, plus a reservation fee. A modern shower building with toilets is available. Two rustic group campsites for tent camping only can each accommodate up to 50 people. There is no electricity and no modern toilet facilities at the group camps, which cost $50 a night. This is one of the few state parks in Minnesota to offer seasonal and monthly rates for camping. Because of the demand, names are drawn in early spring to obtain sites. The park has a swimming beach, boat access, hiking trails and horse trails and several beautiful pieces of native prairie. Activity kits for children, as well as fishing poles and binoculars, are available for use for free. Special events this summer include an “All about bluebirds” presentation on May 28; guided hike on June 25; digital wildflower scavenger hunt on July 2; archery in the park on July 9; fly fishing clinic July 15-16; and monarch butterfly tagging on Aug. 13. 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 320-7344450; email: lacquiparle.statepark@state.mn.us

Monson Lake State Park Located in the southeast edge of Swift County south of the small town of Sunburg, Monson Lake State Park offers a quiet get-away and a popular fishing spot. Anglers look for walleye, northern pike, bass, sunfish and crappies in the water of Monson Lake. Bird lovers are drawn to the same, quiet lake to observe pelicans, herons and western grebes. The park offers a gentle reprieve amidst towering hardwood trees. In 1862, 13 pioneers were killed here during the U.S.-Dakota War. A kiosk called “The West Lake Tragedy” tells the story of that historic incident. The park was established as a memorial to that historic event. Camping: There are 20 drive-in sites, including six electrical sites. Summer rates are $19 for non-electric site and $27 for electric site. The park is located at: 1690 15th Street Northeast, Sunburg, MN 56289 For information about Monson Lake State Park call 320-354-2055 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. A naturalist program, recreational facilities, biking, horseback riding and hiking trails let visitors explore the park’s beauty. In all of Minnesota’s 74 state parks and seven state trails the “Call of the Wildflowers” geocaching program is available for visitors to pursue hidden caches. Sibley has GPS geocaching devices available free of charge for visitors to use to find hidden treasures in the park. The Interpretive Center offers three exhibit rooms, a wildlife observation deck, a big screen auditorium, and a trail center. Programs include “I Can Camp” and “I Can Paddle” programs for inexperienced campers and canoeists. 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. Program topics vary. 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. Rates for individual campsites for 2016 are: $23 for non-electric and $31 for electric site. There are four camper cabins in the park. Three cabins sleep six and the fourth, handicapped-accessible cabin, sleeps five. The year-round cabins feature built-in tables with benches, electrical heat and lights, screen porches, outdoor picnic table and fire ring. Remember to bring your own bedding; limited cooking is allowed inside the cabin. Fees for the camper cabins are $60 Sunday through Thursday and $70 Friday and Saturday.

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A separate horse camp offers nine sites, with a fee of $21 per site. There is also a group primitive camp with three sites that accommodate 20 to 50 campers at each site. Fees for the primitive campsites range from $50 for the smaller sites to $75 for the largest site. A modern group center accommodates up to 128 people in a unique collection of 11 buildings. The mess hall has a full kitchen, including a walk-in cooler, stove, freezer and dining area. No cooking utensils are supplied. Staff quarters have three bathrooms and four bedrooms and sleeps 14. The seven barracks are divided into three rooms with bunks and sleeps 18 in each building. No bedding is provided. There are no restrooms in the barracks but a sanitation building with showers and flush toilets is nearby. The site includes a volleyball court, picnic tables, grills and group site for campfires, etc. Reservations for the modern group center must be made by contacting the park by phone or in person from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, excluding holidays. The minimum fee is $360 for 72 or fewer people and $5 a person for groups in excess of 72. The park is located at: 800 Sibley Park Road Northeast, New London, MN 56273. For information 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 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 and the Yellow Medicine rivers. The Upper Sioux Agency State Park, which contains the site of the Upper Sioux or Yellow Medicine Agency, was established in 1963 to preserve and interpret the remains of the old Agency site. Camping: The Yellow Medicine Campground has 31 sites, including 14 with electricity. Rates for 2016 are: $19 for non-electrical; $27 for electrical. There are three walk-in sites along the Yellow Medicine River, for $19 a night, and three teepees, including one that’s fully painted. The nightly fee for a teepee is $35 Friday and Saturday and $30 Sunday through Thursday. A modern shower building is available at this main campground. Rustic camping is available in the Riverside Campground, for a nightly fee of $15 per site. There is a separate horse campground with 40 sites, including seven with electricity. The horse campground has tie posts, fire rings and picnic tables. Horse camp fees are $21 for non-electrical and $29 for electrical. The park also offers the free use of birding kits, night sky kits, fishing poles and GPS units for geo-caching. Special events this summer include Open House on June 11 and Archery in the Park on July 30. More events will be added throughout the summer. 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

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Dial 911 for emergencies. Give the dispatcher both your street address, all households in Kandiyohi County have street addresses, whether they are rural or city addresses and directions to where you are. Kandiyohi County Sheriff The non-emergency number is 235-1260. Area Police Departments The following numbers are non-emergency numbers. Willmar 235-2244 For all other locations within Kandiyohi County call county dispatch at 235-1260. Fire Departments For emergencies, dial 911. For information, call the following: Willmar 235-1354 Other areas 235-1260 (Atwater, Kandiyohi, Lake Lillian, Prinsburg, Raymond & Svea) Medical services New London: Affiliated Medical Center, 600 Peterson Parkway, 354-2222 Stevens County Medical Center, 7900 Chapin Dr. N.E., 354-4199 Willmar: Affiliated Medical Center, 101 Willmar Ave., 231-5000; Urgent Care 231-6313 Family Practice Medical Center, 502 SW Second St., 235-7232. Rice Memorial Hospital, 301 Becker Ave. SW, 235-4543. Woodland Centers, 1125 SE Sixth St., 235-4613. Kandiyohi County Community Health Services, 1900 Hwy 294 NE, 231-7860. Park and Recreation Depts. 974-8760 Atwater County Park 3 974-8520 974-8520 382-6527 Kandiyohi 382-6109 664-4440 Lake Lillian 664-4440 995-6599 County Park 1 995-6599 664-4707 County Park 2 664-4707 354-4940 Glacial Lakes Trail 354-4940 354-2252 New London 354-2252 354-4453 County Park 7 354-4453 354-2055 Sibley State Park 354-2055 Interpretive Center 354-2002 354-2002 354-2252 Spicer 354-2252 County Park 4 796-5564 County Park 5 796-5564 Sunburg Monson Lake State 354-2055 366-3797 231-8490 Willmar 235-1854 Libraries Atwater Lake Lillian New London Raymond Spicer Willmar

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