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Exhibits and Historical Groups

Ridgewater College

Willmar, through April 29, Ridgewater College Fine Arts Gallery; mixed media paintings by Minneapolis artist Carl Johnson.

Minneapolis Institute of Art

Minneapolis, through June 13, "Foot in the Door 4" exhibit includes work by Ridgewater College students Marisabel Bautista, Joanna Green, J.J. Hernandez, Travis Kleve and Marty Nelson.

North American Financial Center

Willmar, through May, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays; watercolors by Alice Essendrup.


Morris, through May 15, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Gallery of Humanities Fine Arts; annual senior studio arts student exhibit.

Prairie Renaissance

Morris, through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, reception 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, with a talk by Yauk at 2 p.m., Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance. Melissa Yauk, director of the Morris Public Library, displays her collection of thimbles along with some hand-stitched fabric art and objects contributed by Clarice Dieter, Susan Gilbert, Carole Johnson and Sara Spohr. Bring your own thimbles to review with Yauk.

Museums and historic sites

Kandiyohi County Historical Society

Willmar, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays; free admission, located at the train engine on North Business Highway 71 across from Robbins Island; the KCHS museum has a number of featured exhibits and the Sperry House will also be open most days; 320-235-1881.

Special programs

Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s Minnesota: Nancy Vaillancourt will give a presentation at 7 p.m. April 29 on the Ku Klux Klan which claimed 100,000 Minnesotans as members in the 1920s. She will give an overview of Klan tactics and activities in Minnesota, as well as specific information on events in local counties. Vaillancourt and Elizabeth Dorsey Hatle wrote an article in a recent "Minnesota History" magazine documenting the rice and decline of the Klan throughout Minnesota. A native of Winona, Vaillancourt grew up hearing stories from her grandfather of his eyewitness accounts of seeing burning Klan crosses. Admission is free.


100 years of Scouting: Exhibit of the 100 years of Boy Scouting created by Cal Miner of Willmar. It will run through December and includes items from the former Kandiyohi County Boy Scouts and items from Miner's personal collection.

Immigration: To celebrate the diverse ancestry and heritage of Kandiyohi County and the state of Minnesota. The immigration exhibit features one of four original Red River Ox Carts left in the state of Minnesota along with pictures of traditional costumes of peoples who settled this region during the nineteenth century. There us a map of ethnic communities in the late 1800s and early 1900s show our county's "old" ethnic neighborhoods, with an immigrant truck and artifacts brought from the Old Countries.

Kandi Resorts: As Minnesota is the "Land of 10,000 Lakes" and Kandiyohi County is "Where the Lakes Begin," KCHS is honoring the lake-based economy in an exhibit dedicated to early resorts and the lakes. The exhibit features bathing suits, fishing gear, resort pictures and brochures.

Beautiful buildings: Photographs, history and a few leftover "pieces" tell the stories of several buildings that were razed in Willmar and missed by residents who remember them.

Collectible stamp sets: Elmond Ekblad displays his stamp collection, with stamps for each season.

Buggy-riding: Judge Muller's buggy is the focal point of a new exhibit. It is flanked by photos of buggies and equipment used with horse-drawn vehicles.

Newspapers: Interpretive panels telling the history of the press in America have been added to the old printing press and Linotype exhibit.

Halvorson inventions: A generator and carburetor invented by Lars Halvorson of Willmar, who also built the first gas-powered "horseless carriage" in the area, are displayed with the museum's early automobiles.

Atwater Area Museum

Atwater, open by appointment, call 320-212-2702; the Atwater Area Historical Society and Museum.

GAR and Meeker

County Museum

Litchfield, noon to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, $2 admission; Grand Army of the Republic Hall and Meeker County Historical Society Museum, 308 Marshall Ave.

Potluck and meeting: The Meeker County Historical Society will have a potluck supper at 6 p.m. May 10 at the GAR hall. Bring your own table service and a dish to share. There will be a short business meeting to elect board members.

Grove City Area

Historical Society

Grove City, open 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday beginning May 1 or by appointment; call Dorothy 857-9422; meetings 1 p.m. the third Thursday of each month; 205 Third St. S., Grove City Area Historical Society Museum.

Mikkelson Classic Boats

Willmar, open by appointment, call 320-231-0384, 418 Benson Ave. S.E.; featuring classic speed boats, outboard motors, toy boats and motors and boating artifacts; $6 admission.

Natural History Museum

New London, open by appointment, call 320-354-8820, 12050 Co. Rd. 40 N.E. Larry and Barb Levin's Natural History Museum includes collections of butterflies, seashells, rocks, minerals, Indian artifacts and dinosaur bones. The museum is located on County Road 40, 2.8 miles east of state Highway 23 on the north side of the road. Admission is free.

Sacred Heart

Area Museum

Sacred Heart, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays or by appointment, U.S. Highway 212 in Sacred Heart; 320-765-8868.

Exhibit information will be printed each Thursday in this calendar. The deadline is noon Monday.

Items may be submitted on the Tribune Web site at; faxed to 320-235-6769; mailed to Arts Calendar, P.O. Box 839, Willmar, MN 56201 or e-mailed to with "arts calendar item" in the subject line.