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Weekend activities



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

New London

Little Crow Water Ski Team, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Neer Park; adults $5, students $ 2, 6 and under admitted free.

New London

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


Annual fourth of July potluck dinner, Saturday, Svea Lutheran Church park.


Today - Saturday, Madison

SUMMERFEST: Parade at 2 p.m. on Saturday with fireworks at dusk;; 320-598-7301.

Friday, Prairie's Edge

FAMILY FUN NIGHT: Volcano Playland for children, food, country rock music by the Hicktown Mafia and "southwest Minnesota's largest" fireworks show, 6 to 11 p.m.

Friday - Saturday, Prinsburg

ANNUAL FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION: Ice cream social and fireworks Friday; Saturday events all day including a 10 a.m. worship service, fun run, trap shoots, festival games for the kids, food, kiddie parade, main parade at 6 p.m.

Friday - Sunday, Maynard

FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION: Fireman's dance with Shaw Brothers on Friday; Saturday, kiddie parade 10:30 a.m., parade at 11 a.m., entertainment, queen coronation, noon meal, evening supper, kiddie tractor pull, and fireworks at dusk.

Friday - Sunday, Spicer

INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION: Daily craft show Friday through Sunday, fireworks followed by street dance with Judd Hoos Band on Friday night; softball, basketball, beach volleyball tournaments, kiddie parade, grande parade 10:30 a.m. Saturday, fireworks at 9 p.m.; Green Lake run, 7 a.m. July 5.

Friday - Sunday,

Bird Island

POLKA FEST: 28 hours of dancing on large wooden dance floor; held at Island Ballroom; 320-365-9997.

Friday - Sunday, Starbuck

HERITAGE DAYS: Fly-in breakfast, taste of heritage, street dance tonight with Johnny Holm; Friday "Starbuck's Got Talent 7:30 p.m. followed by a movie in the park, crafts, 5 and 10k runs, fireworks, children's activities, softball and golf tournaments, sand sculpture contest, grande parade 1 p.m. Sunday; 320-239-4220.

Saturday, Paynesville

INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION: A boat parade on Lake Koronis at 12:30 p.m., sailing regatta and fireworks over Lake Koronis at dusk.

Saturday, Terrace

FOURTH OF JULY: Family fun is going on at the Terrace Mill with old-fashioned games, contests, prizes; bring a picnic, beverages provided at 5 p.m.; races begin at 6:30 p.m.; 320-278-3728.


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.

Dragons in the air: 10 a.m. today. Sibley is home to over 20 different dragonflies. Following a PowerPoint presentation on these insects with the amphibian-like lifestyle, we'll go hunting for dragons!

Bluebird conservation story: 2 p.m. today. A presentation about the eastern bluebird and what you can do to help it survive and thrive.

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

Fish features and facts: 2 p.m. Friday. Using fish pillows and posters we will examine fish parts, fish life, and Minnesota fish facts.

Prairie wildflowers: 10 a.m., Saturday. 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.

Minnesota's State Symbols: 2 p.m. Saturday. Find out how the Minnesota state bird, flower and even muffin came to be during this PowerPoint presentation and discussion program.

Granite, Oak and Men: 4 p.m. Saturday. The beautiful and skillfully constructed buildings in Sibley were built by unemployed World War I veterans who lived and worked here from 1935-38. The park naturalist will use a PowerPoint presentation and talk to explore the work and lives of the men of Sibley's Three Bears Camp.

Bald Eagle: 7 p.m. Saturday. A PowerPoint program examining the life, culture and history dedicated to our national symbol, the bald eagle plus discover the bald eagles of Sibley.

Remarkable Reptiles: 11 a.m. Sunday. Sibley is home for 11 of the 29 species of reptiles found in Minnesota. Learn about snakes, turtles and lizards.

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.

Beautiful beads children's program: 2 p.m. Saturday - Sunday; learn about American Indian beadwork and make a bracelet to take home.

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. Lucky Duck Thursdays, every Thursday in July admission is $1 plus a non-perishable food item

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

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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.