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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.

Bird Island


Renville 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.


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.


Faith Lutheran Church bake sale, 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Green Lake Mall.


United Methodist Church barbecues and hot dogs lunch, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Raymond Community Center.


Swift County Fair, through Sunday


St. Cloud area singles dance, 8:30 p.m. Friday, Moose Family Center, 1300 Third St. N., Waite Park; $7; Terry Nelson Band;

Community celebrations

Friday-Sunday, Montevideo

ANTIQUE THRESHING SHOW: 27th annual show, featuring Leader and lesser know tractors; steam threshing, lumber sawing, old tractors, flea market, food, crafts; at Heritage Hill, four miles east of Montevideo; admission charged; 320-367-4000, 320-793-6633, 320-269-8470;

Saturday, Raymond

HARVEST FESTIVAL: The 40th family fun day reminiscent of old county fair including kids' parade followed by grande parade at 2 p.m., goat milking contest at 9 a.m., kids' games, petting zoo, antique car, truck and tractor display, antique plowing demonstrations, craft show, flea market, flower and produce show; evening meal, dance; contact: Larry Macht, Box 353, Raymond, MN 56282; 320-967-4439.

Sunday, Bechyn

CZECH HERITAGE FESTIVAL: 18th annul festival with ethnic foods, music, folk dancers, children activities; 320-826-2451.


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.

The Dakota conflict/West Lake tragedy: 10 a.m. today. This powerful video examines the War of 1862, a battle between European settles and native people called "Sioux." Following the video we will examine the West Lake tragedy that lead to the present day Monson Lake State Park.

Loon, Minnesota's state bird: 2 p.m. today; 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.

Prairie wildflowers: 10 a.m. Friday; take a stroll to examine and identify native prairie wildflowers and explore their uses; also examine the park staff efforts to restore this rare natural resource.

Two little owls: 2 p.m. Friday; video about two little great horned owls includes incredible footage rarely seen of these birds.

Geocaching for Beginners: 10 a.m. Saturday; learn the basics about the rapidly growing hobby of geocaching, learn how it started and as well as 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.

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

Waterfowl woodcarving: 7 p.m. Saturday; join Gary Bullemer, Sibley State Park's assistant manager, as he explains and demonstrates his craft of making working waterfowl decoys. An assortment of waterfowl woodcarvings will be on display.

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. Benefits for individuals and fundraisers for non-profit organizations are listed in Friday's Good Neighbors. The deadline is 3 p.m. Tuesday.