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WILLMAR -- In conjunction with a recent launch of new breakfast products, Jennie-O Turkey Store is ramping up its national advertising, including another trip to baseball's biggest event: the World Series. For the second year in a row, Jennie-O will sponsor the World Series and have their commercials air during the televised games, which begin on Oct. 24. "Last year's results from our World Series advertising were tremendous," said Jen Ehresmann, director of marketing for Jennie-O Turkey Store. "The World Series is about as good as we can get.
WILLMAR -- Everyone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Jennie-O Turkey Store is now trying to make breakfast not only healthier, but a little tastier, too. Over the last several months, the Willmar-based Jennie-O has revamped the look and taste of its turkey bacon and introduced a brand-new product: a rolled turkey breakfast sausage. According to a survey conducted this summer by Russell Research, most adults say that bacon is their favorite breakfast protein.
NEW LONDON -- After a summer on display in and around New London, 19 guitars-turned-art-pieces will be up for public auction on Friday, Aug. 31, at 5:30 p.m. at Glacial Ridge Winery outside Spicer. Last spring, 19 local artists received donated, broken-down guitars with the challenge of turning them into works of art. Each artist had about two months to complete their guitars and submit them for the challenge. The result: 19 unique, creative pieces of artwork that look nothing alike.
NEW LONDON -- Local musician and New London-Spicer band director Brian Pearson is awaiting the final results of a Taco Bell jingle contest, sponsored by Fox 9 News in the Twin Cities. Pearson is one of the top 5 entries in the contest. The winner will be announced at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1, at the KTWIN booth at the Minnesota State Fair. As part of the contest, Pearson wrote and recorded a jingle for the new Doritos Locos Tacos at Taco Bell. Judges initially chose the top 50 submissions, and the public narrowed the field each week. Final results are being kept secret.
WILLMAR -- After a month of fasting, Muslims will celebrate the end of Ramadan with a feast for Eid al-Fitr. The local Muslim community will host an Eid celebration from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at Willmar's Northside Park, 12th Street Northwest and Ella Avenue. The event from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday will include community greetings, event speakers, a time for reflection on Ramadan, and Somali poetry, dance and songs.
WILLMAR -- As families gear up for the start of another school year, the local community and the United Way of West Central Minnesota are trying to make sure every child has the school supplies necessary to make the grade. Since the beginning of July, the United Way has been collecting donations of school supplies at various businesses and drop-off locations in west central Minnesota as part of its Stuff the Bus campaign. On Friday, the United Way parked a bus at the Dairy Queen in Willmar for two hours to collect donations from the general public.
WILLMAR -- After a month of fasting, Muslims will celebrate the end of Ramadan with a feast for Eid al-Fitr. Since July 20, Muslims have been observing Ramadan, the Islamic holy month, by abstaining from food, drink and sex each day from sunrise to sunset.
WILLMAR -- Swenson Motor Company of Willmar, which sells Chrysler, Dodge, Ram and GMC vehicles, has been sold to Mills Auto Group in a deal finalized late Monday afternoon. Mills took possession of the remaining inventory on Tuesday and moved those vehicles to its dealership building at 4100 Highway 71 South in Willmar, which also houses its Ford, Lincoln and Jeep franchises. Marguerite Swenson, who owns Swenson Motors with her husband Rollie, says the sale has been in the works since last fall.
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LAKE LILLIAN -- After more than half a century, the Lake Lillian Public Library is back in its original location. The community library has changed sites a number of times over the years.