ST. PAUL — The 2018 "Great Minnesota Get-Together" begins on Thursday, Aug. 23, and runs through Labor Day, Sept. 3.
FOREST CITY — Out on the prairie just six miles northeast of Litchfield, a historical stronghold stands as a tribute to the pioneers who erected the stockade walls during the Sioux Indian Uprising of 1862.
ST. PAUL — For families around the state, back-to-school shopping has become a priority with the fast approaching school year. According to the Minnesota Department of Revenue, most school supplies could qualify for valuable K-12 tax benefits on parents' 2018 Minnesota income tax return. In order to utilize these K-12 benefits on future tax returns, parents are advised to save the receipts from school supply purchases.
WILLMAR — Among the cows, goats, rabbits and poultry out at the 2018 Kandiyohi County Fair was an unlikely animal, one found more often in the forests of India than on the shores of a Minnesota lake. Bengal tigers. Five of these big cats stayed in an enclosure on the northwest end of the fairgrounds throughout the entirety of the Kandiyohi County Fair, participating in three free shows daily.
WILLMAR — Every Wednesday night since June 13, Foxhole Brewhouse in downtown Willmar has been hosting Trivia Mafia events. Trivia Mafia is the largest trivia provider in Minnesota with more than 115 weekly events, hosting games in bars, breweries and even pizza places.
WILLMAR — On the second day of the Kandiyohi County Fair, crowds were out in full force in the sweltering August heat. In the cool shade of a tent just across from the Heritage Square Stage, fair visitors listened to Erv George as he finished his rendition of "New York, New York," by Frank Sinatra, ending his performance just before the senior award ceremony.
WILLMAR — The 2018 Celebrate Art! Celebrate Coffee! poster and raffle art was revealed Aug. 2 at the Event Center of The Barn Theatre. Featured artist on this year's poster is Kari Weber of New London. Celebrate Art! Celebrate Coffee! is in its 21st years of providing arts entertainment in downtown Willmar. Formerly an outdoor event, this year's event will be held at Kennedy Elementary School near downtown Willmar after last year's event was forced inside due to inclement weather, and it was so well received as an indoor event.
NEW LONDON — This Saturday more than 60 veteran cars over 100 years old will be touring 120 miles of Minnesota roadway, driving from New London to New Brighton as tradition dictates. Based on the annual London to Brighton Commemorative Run in England, the 32nd annual Minnesota car run pre-tours are underway in the New London area, all leading up to the official run on Saturday.
WILLMAR — With a high of 87 degrees and a warm breeze coming off Foot Lake, the Kandiyohi County Fair opened its gates to the public at 11 a.m. Wednesday. The first events of the day began earlier, starting with 4-H dog agility judging, followed by 4-H horse games judging, an FFA tractor driving competition, 4-H poultry judging, and 4-H livestock weigh-ins. Up the gravel road from the fair's gates, the Prairie Winds Summer Band welcomed visitors to the County Fair, playing patriotic tunes from the Heritage Square Stage.
WILLMAR — In the muggy and overcast weather, the Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds was bustling with activity Tuesday afternoon in Willmar. Fair rides were unfurled from their metal constraints, lifted from their trailers into the sky. Goats and horses were led from livestock trailers into their pens, bedded with hay. Rabbits and poultry were carried into the barn, all in preparation for the first day of entries and interviews at the Kandiyohi County Fair.