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SPICER - Fireworks lit up the sky Saturday over Green Lake at the WinterFest lighting ceremony on Saulsbury Beach in Spicer. The fireworks were accompanied by music and some of the colors were Vikings' football purple and gold-themed. The event also had a bonfire and free hot chocolate for the attendees.
WILLMAR — Members of the public viewed Lakeland Elementary School Tuesday night during an open house at the new school in Willmar. Students at Lakeland had their first day of classes when the school opened Jan. 2.
WILLMAR — Crew members prepared Wednesday at the Minnesota Department of Transportation building in Willmar for the mixed precipitation forecast for southwest and west central Minnesota starting Wednesday night and continuing Thursday. Snowfall predictions have decreased, but the National Weather Service said hazardous travel conditions still are expected, especially this morning and afternoon. Nine snow plows are used in the Willmar area, and shifts for MnDOT plow drivers started at 3 a.m. today.
WILLMAR - Cold temperatures have been sweeping the nation for the holiday season. Despite the cold temperatures, children played hockey Thursday at the outdoor ice rink at Garfield Park in Willmar.
WILLMAR - Firefighters were called Thursday evening to a fire in the attic area of a house on Gorton Avenue Northwest in Willmar. No further details were immediately available.
WILLMAR — Christmas morning church service was held in Dale and Debbie Tonsfeldt's barn in Svea Monday, featuring a live nativity scene presented by Svea Lutheran Church. People were not the only attendees - horses, sheep and dogs were there as well. The service also included singing and hot food after the service.
WILLMAR - Students and staff members of Community Christian School in Willmar decided to take a plunge Wednesday at the school's Polar Plunge. The event raised about $7,500 to support scholarships for children. The school intends to make it an annual event.
WILLMAR — Members of the Forty & Eight presented Christmas gifts to veterans Tuesday at Bethesda Grand senior living in Willmar. Forty & Eight is an honor society of the American Legion.
WILLMAR — It's Dec. 16, 1977. A group of women employees of Citizens National Bank stand outside the bank in a picket line despite the cold Minnesota air. They hold homemade signs urging Citizens National Bank, formerly located on Second Street Southwest in Willmar, to offer equal pay and equal opportunities for advancement in their workplace.
WILLMAR - Volunteers from the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Willmar brought Santa and Ms. Claus Dec.14th to students at Jefferson Learning Center. The students received a hug from Santa and a personalized gift with their name on it.