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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 grand finale, 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.

Community celebrations

Saturday, Montevideo

STONE CREEK POTLUCK AND MUSIC JAMBOREE, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Country Gold Tour with Leroy Van Dyke; $15 adults, no pets, no alcohol; 320-793-6782.

Saturday, Watson

HARVEST FESTIVAL, 4 to 10 p.m. vegetable growing workshop, food, music, carnival games, finishing with the movie "Ice Age" at dusk.


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

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: 10 a.m. today; using fish pillows and posters examine fish parts, fish life, and Minnesota fish facts.

Granite, Oak and Men: 2 p.m. today; the buildings in Sibley were built by unemployed World War I veterans who lived and worked here from 1935-38.

DNR fish hatchery tour: 10 a.m. Friday; tour the fish hatchery in New London, leave from the interpretive center by personal auto.

Amazing Amphibians: 2 p.m. Saturday; home for 10 of the 19 species of amphibians found in Minnesota; learn about frogs, toads and salamanders.

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.

Bats, nature's night watch: 2 p.m. Saturday; discover the myths and facts of this fascinating but misunderstood animal.

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

Loon, Minnesota's state bird: 11 a.m. Sunday; 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.

Plants of the Prairie Day children's program: Discover common prairie plants and learn how to make cordage out of plant fibers; 2 p.m. Saturday.

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

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Events must be open to the public. The deadline is 3 p.m. Tuesday.