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A colorful display of a wide variety of artwork, produced by students in art classes at the Area Learning Center in Willmar, is now on display at the WEAC gallery. The display will remain open through May 31. (Tribune photos by Ron Adams)

ALC artwork on display at WEAC

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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

WEAC exhibit

Willmar, through May 31, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and when building is open for events, WEAC; works by the Alternative Learning Center students.

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Dunn Brothers

Coffee Shoppe

Willmar, through May 31, during store hours weekdays; exhibit of works by Shay Hoffer of Kandiyohi.

Renville County Courthouse

Olivia, through Aug. 17, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays in the courthouse rotunda. The theme of this year's exhibit is "Natural Disasters of Renville County." There will be a booklet available for purchase at the Renville County Museum in Morton or at the Renville County assessor's office. If you have any information, artifacts, photos or questions,

call the museum at 507-697-6147 or e-mail info@renvillecountyhistory.com.

Prairie Renaissance

Morris, through June 13, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance. "Images of Iraq," a photography exhibit by Morris native Army Spec. Brandon Leuthardt, who is currently deployed to Iraq. He has captured in photographs the experience of living in Iraq and serving the Iraqi people. Leuthardt will be home on leave and attend an open house reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, with a short question and answer session at 6:30 p.m.

Museums and historic sites

Kandiyohi County Historical

Willmar, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 1 to 5 p.m. weekends and holidays; free admission, located at the train engine on North Business Highway 71 across from Robbins Island; the KCHS museum has a number of featured exhibits and the Sperry House will also be open most days; 320-235-1881.

Special programs

Fifth annual "Tea at the Sperry House: 1 p.m. or 3 p.m. June 12. A variety of tea and authentic treats made from century-old recipes will be served. Themed "Mad Hatter's Tea" guests are encouraged to wear silly, crazy, and unique hats. If guests do not own hats, KCHS has a variety of hats visitors could borrow and wear for the day. Cost is $16 per person (adults only), with proceeds to benefit KCHS. There are still openings, stop at the KCHS museum to register or call 320-235-1881.

Exhibits

Immigration: To celebrate the diverse ancestry and heritage of Kandiyohi County and the state of Minnesota. The immigration exhibit features one of four original Red River Ox Carts left in the state of Minnesota along with pictures of traditional costumes of peoples who settled this region during the nineteenth century. There us a map of ethnic communities in the late 1800s and early 1900s show our county's "old" ethnic neighborhoods, with an immigrant truck and artifacts brought from the Old Countries.

Kandi Resorts: As Minnesota is the "Land of 10,000 Lakes" and Kandiyohi County is "Where the Lakes Begin," KCHS is honoring the lake-based economy in an exhibit dedicated to early resorts and the lakes. The exhibit features bathing suits, fishing gear, resort pictures and brochures.

Something's Afoot: Photographs, shoe store fixtures and shoes from the 1870s to the 1970s.

Beautiful buildings: Photographs, history and a few leftover "pieces" tell the stories of several buildings that were razed in Willmar and missed by residents who remember them.

Velma's Hats: Hats from the collection of Velma Swanson, from the 1940s to '70s, along with a special Red Hat Society-style number made by Sharon Richmond along with photographs and accessories.

Last run of 2523: The year 2005 marked the 40th anniversary of the "last run" of Great Northern engine 2523 to the historical center. This photo exhibit shows the stages of the move

Newspapers: Interpretive panels telling the history of the press in America have been added to the old printing press and Linotype exhibit.

Halvorson inventions: A generator and carburetor invented by Lars Halvorson of Willmar, who also built the first gas-powered "horseless carriage" in the area, are displayed with the museum's early automobiles.

Arv-Hus Museum

Milan, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or by appointment by calling 320-734-4868 or 320-734-4829; photograph and historical museum celebrating its 25th anniversary; admission is free.

Atwater Area Museum

Atwater, open by appointment, call 703-598-4827; the Atwater Area Historical Society and Museum.

Chippewa County Historical

The Chippewa County Historical Society has several sites that will be open for the summer. Admission prices are adults $4, ages 6-18 $2, and 5 and under will be admitted free. For more information or to make appointments call 320-269-7636.

Chippewa City: 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday and Monday; junction of state Highway 7 and U.S. Highway 59 in Montevideo; re-creation of a turn-of-the-century town with 23 buildings.

Olaf Swensson Farm Museum: 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays through Labor Day, or by appointment; six miles east of Montevideo on state Highway 7, then five miles south on County Road 15. The 17-acre farmstead features a 22-room house, timber frame barn and the remains of a gristmill.

Lac qui Parle Mission: open daily through Labor Day, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; six miles north of Montevideo on U.S. Highway 59 and 2.2 miles west on County Road 13; free admission.

GAR and Meeker County Museum

Litchfield, noon to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, $2 admission; Grand Army of the Republic Hall and Meeker County Historical Society Museum, 308 Marshall Ave.

Grove City Historical

Grove City, open by appointment, call Dorothy 857-9422, Irma 857-2176 or Chuck 857-0169, South Grove Square, Grove City Area Historical Society Museum.

Monongalia Historical

New London, 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, through Labor Day, old Lebanon Church, Norwood St. N.W.; a historical museum with exhibits, vintage clothing, military display, paintings and photographs and library for genealogy research; 320-354-2990.

Norway Lake Log Church

New London, 7 to 9 p.m. Saturdays, through Aug. 15, west of New London off County Road 40 on 99th St. N.W. or by appointment, call 320-231-2519.

Paynesville Historical Museum

Paynesville, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Memorial Day through Labor Day, 251 Ampe Drive; freewill donation; allow one hour or more for guided tour.

Sacred Heart Area Museum

Sacred Heart, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays or by appointment, U.S. Highway 212 in Sacred Heart; 320-765-8868.

Exhibit information will be printed each Thursday in this calendar up to a month in advance. The deadline is noon Monday. Items may be submitted on the Tribune Web site at www.wctrib.com; faxed to 320-235-6769; mailed to Arts Calendar, P.O. Box 839, Willmar, MN 56201 or e-mailed to donnam@wctrib.com with "arts calendar item" in the subject line.

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