Coordinates calendars/listings (Church, Good Neighbors, Arts, Around Our Region) along with School and Students and handles letters to the editor. Began working part time at West Central Daily Tribune in 1975, working evenings in the sports department. Moved to news department fulltime days in September 1994. Married to retired Tribune sportswriter/photographer Rand Middleton. 2 grown children.
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Nordic Ski Club WILLMAR — The Willmar Nordic Ski Club and the high school Nordic ski team boosters will serve a Dad's Belgian waffle breakfast from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 26, at the Willmar Community Center. Tickets are $7 in advance, $8 at the door, children under 5 eat free. Take-outs available. Advance tickets available by calling Forrest Peterson at 320-441-9772 or Brad Haugen at 320-444-2301. USDA Direct Home Loan
SPICER — Harrison Community Presbyterian Church of rural Spicer and Atwater will celebrate its 150th anniversary with an open house from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday. There will be a program at 1:30 p.m. A history of the congregation has been compiled, and will be available for those with an interest in early Kandiyohi County history.
GRANITE FALLS — Pioneer Public Television will give area residents a sneak peak at the eagerly anticipated, nationwide broadcast of the BBC/Masterpiece production "Little Women." The first free screening event will be at 6:30 p.m. today at the Pioneer Public Television Studio in Granite Falls. The second will be at 6:30 p.m. May 10 at the Thorson Memorial Library in Elbow Lake.
NEW LONDON — Viewers of WCCO-TV have named Mill Pond Mercantile as the best gift shop in Minnesota. The business is owned by Ginny Knapp and Anita Stulen. They started in 1996 by taking over a former artists cooperative and built their present building in 2003. The store carries a large variety of gifts including greeting cards, clothing, kitchenware, linens and has a children's section. The runner-up was DeAnn's Country Village Shoppe in Litchfield.
WILLMAR — Willmar Senior High School presents "Into the Woods" at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at Brau Performing Arts Center in the high school. Tickets are available at the district and high school websites and at Community Education and Recreation in Jefferson School. Adult tickets are $10, student tickets are $5.
WILLMAR – Eagle Lake Lutheran Church will celebrate its 150th anniversary Sunday. The Rev. Jon Anderson, bishop of the Southwestern Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Church of America, will preach at 9:30 a.m. Sunday and the service will be followed by lunch at 11 a.m. The community is invited to join in the celebration.
WILLMAR — A solar eclipse sped coast-to-coast a month ago today leaving a brief, narrow path of total darkness at midday. Donna and Rand Middleton of Willmar drove to Falls City, Nebraska, to watch the eclipse as guests of Shirley and Jim Jones, on an open hilltop south of town. In a summer-picnic atmosphere, they were joined by eclipse watchers from Omaha, Oklahoma, Texas and Minnesota, plus local teenagers enjoying a solar holiday from school.
Kandiyohi County will hold its 24th Annual Relay For Life Friday at the Willmar Middle School track. Relay For Life is a family-friendly event with activities, food and entertainment. The opening ceremony will be at 6:30 p.m. The Luminaria ceremony and survivor lap will be at 8:15 p.m., with introduction of honorary survivors and caregivers. The closing ceremony and final lap will be at 11:45 p.m.
Family friendly events are held throughout the region on the Fourth of July, with food, parades, music, fireworks and baseball all intertwined with patriotic reverence celebrating Independence Day for our great country. Following is a quick look at some of the celebrations across the region. Maynard
Holiday events The Tribune is publishing a listing of holiday events weekly. This week it will be in the Gift Guide in Thursday's paper. If you have a school or church concert, festival or other holiday event you would like included, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with "holiday events" in the subject line or mail it to Donna Middleton, West Central Tribune, P.O. Box 839, Willmar, MN 56201. Last Keeper at Split Rock