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



Becker Market, 3 to 6:30 p.m. today, Becker Ave between Fourth and Fifth streets downtown.



Chippewa County Fair, through Friday

New London

Little Crow Water Ski Team, 7 p.m. Friday, Neer Park; adults $5, students $2, 6 and under admitted free.


Stevens County Fair, through Sunday


Farmers Market, 6:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Westside Liquor parking lot along East U.S. Hwy. 12.

New London

Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Holm Park on the Mill Pond.


Bethesda/Calvary Lutheran Churches hog roast, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Murdock City Hall; adults $6, ages 5 to 11 $4, 4 and under eat free; polka service 9:30 a.m.


Ice cream social, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Hope Lutheran Church; entertainment by the Green Lake Bluegrass Players at 6:30 p.m. in the church.

Community celebrations


New London

10th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION honoring Pastors Nils and Joel Njus, Norway Lake Log Church, 6:45 p.m. vesper service on Saturday with the Rev. Quentin Quanbeck; 10 a.m. service on Sunday with Bishop Jon Anderson, followed by lunch at 11:30 a.m.; program at 1 p.m. with Gary Gandrud, Norwegian Consul to the Midwest as the speaker; bring your own lawn chairs; freewill donation.


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; $3; 320-693-6782.


Prairie Woods ELC

At Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center, hikers are welcome on the grounds during daylight hours at no cost. Pets must be on a leash. Contact PWELC at 320-354-5894 or by e-mail at For more information check the Web site at or call.

Sibley State Park

Interpretive Center open during the week; call 320-354-2002 for hours.

Sibley State park programs are on the weekends at the Interpretive Center and are led by the park naturalist or visiting expert. A vehicle permit is required to enter the park and they are available at the park office. For more information call 320-354-2002.

Fish features and facts: 2 p.m. today; using fish pillows and posters we will examine fish parts, fish life, and Minnesota fish facts.

DNR fish hatchery tour: 10 a.m. Friday; tour the fish hatchery in New London, leaving from the interpretive center by personal auto; a DNR fisheries employee will help examine walleye egg stripping, incubation, hatching, fry rearing and stocking.

Bats, nature's night watch: 2 p.m. Friday; PowerPoint presentation explores the amazing nighttime creature; discover the myths and facts of this fascinating but misunderstood animal.

Geocaching for Beginners: 10 a.m. Saturday; learn the basics about the rapidly growing hobby of geocaching, learn how it started and a brief history on navigation; GPS units provided; limit of 20, age 8 or older and children must be accompanied by an adult; reservation required, register at the interpretive center.

Amazing Amphibians: 2 p.m. Saturday; Sibley State Park is a home for 10 of the 19 species of amphibians found in Minnesota. Learn about frogs, toads and salamanders.

Deer watch: 7 p.m. Saturday; following a slide show on the history and habits of the deer in Sibley participants will take an observation walk; binoculars are recommended.

Loon, Minnesota's state bird: 11 a.m. Sunday; have you heard the "wail" of the loon and wished you knew more about Minnesota's state bird? Discover the calls of the loon, its habitat, food requirements and family life.

Lower Sioux Agency

The Lower Sioux Agency Historic Site is nine miles east of Redwood Falls on Redwood County 2. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and holidays and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens, and $4 for ages 6-12. For more information call 507-697-6321 or check the Minnesota Historical Society Web site at

Footprints of History: Join a guided tour which will offer insights into traditional Dakota culture; how the lives of the Dakota changed because of government policies and treaties; the role and purpose of the Lower Sioux Agency; how the Agency would have looked 150 years ago; and the events that led up to the U.S.-Dakota War. Tours begin at 11 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday.

Physical activities

Robbins Island Beach

Life guards on duty, 1 to 6 p.m. daily, weather permitting; North Business Highway 71, Willmar.

Rice Park wading pool

Open daily, 1 to 6 p.m., weather permitting; Kandiyohi Avenue and Second Street Southwest, Willmar.

Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center

Open daily, noon to 7 p.m.; $3, non-swimmer $2, group rate $2.50; 1601 22nd St. S.W., Willmar.

Disc Golf course

Open during park hours, park in main lot, 9-hole starts where one-way road begins; Robbins Island, North Business Highway 71, Willmar.

Grind Central Skate Park

Open during daylight hours, Washington Learning Center; 325 Willmar Ave. S.W., Willmar

If you would like your Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday event listed in Weekend, submit it online at Click on "submit event" under the calendar on the home page and fill out the form.

Or write the information briefly and mail it to: Weekend, West Central Tribune, Box 839, Willmar, MN 56201 or e-mail with Weekend in the subject line.

Events must be open to the public. Arts events are listed in today's arts calendar. Benefits for individuals and fundraisers for non-profit organizations are listed in Friday's Good Neighbors. The deadline is 3 p.m. Tuesday.