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SMAHC hosting regional forum today

MARSHALL -- The Minnesota State Arts Board and Southwest Minnesota Arts and Humanities Council will have a public forum from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Kilowatt Community Center in Granite Falls.

The forum will seek public input on how to invest arts funding that will be available as a result of the new dedicated sales tax that takes effect July 1.

The proceeds of the tax must be spent to support activities related to clean water, land and habitat, parks and trails, and arts and cultural heritage.

This is one of 12 forums that will take place throughout the state. A complete list of the dates and locations of the forums is available on the Minnesota State Arts Board Web site

The forums are free and open to anyone who would like to attend, but registration is strongly encouraged. Contact the Arts Board to register by calling 800-866-2787 or by e-mail at

The Southwest Minnesota Arts and Humanities Council serves 18 regional counties, including Big Stone, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Swift and Yellow Medicine.

Author to speak at library

WILLMAR -- Author Vicki Myron will speak at 6:30 p.m. today at the Willmar Public Library.

She wrote "Dewey, the Small Town Library Cat Who Touched the World."

In the book, Myron, who was the head librarian at the Spencer, Iowa, town library for more than 20 years, chronicles the life of Dewey, the library's cat.

The book was on the New York Times bestseller list for more than six months and Myron recently signed a contract for the book to be made into a film.

Books will be available for sale and signing.

The evening is sponsored by the Willmar Friends of the Library.

Studio Hop artists' reception Friday

WILLMAR -- The opening of the Studio Hop exhibit and artists' reception will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the WEAC gallery.

The public is welcome to come and visit with the Studio Hop artists while previewing a wide variety of their artwork. The exhibit will be open every weekday and on weekends during special events through the month of June.

The Willmar Education and Arts Center is at 611 Fifth St. S.W. in Willmar.

Prairie Winds opens summer season

WILLMAR -- The Prairie Winds Summer Band will open its 27th season with a 7:30 p.m. concert Wednesday at Rice Park in Willmar.

The Dairy Days royalty will be on hand as the band performs big band selections, traditional marches, Disney tunes and have a kiddie march.

The band is made up of amateur and professional musicians, including high school students, retired adults, former and present band directors from the Willmar area.

The band will present an outdoor concert each Wednesday through July 1 under the direction of Dennis Benson.