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WILLMAR - The Holiday Express, an 18-wheeler decorated for the holiday season, stopped Saturday at the Kandiyohi Civic Center for children and families to enjoy. Santa Claus and various cartoon characters were riding on the truck. Presented by the Kandiyohi Men's Club and the Atwater Chamber, the truck visited towns across the region, including Atwater, Cosmos, Litchfield and Willmar.
WILLMAR - Members of Bethel Lutheran Church in Willmar celebrated the 65th annual St. Lucia Day Festival on Saturday. Commonly celebrated in Scandinavian countries, the festival commermates St. Lucia, who was known wear a candle-lit wreath while bringing food and aid to those who needed it. The festival marks the beginning of the Christmas season.
WILLMAR - Members of the Good Neighbor Club wrapped over 100 holiday presents Thursday at Lake Region Bank in Willmar that will be distributed to children in need through the local nonprofits Kandiyohi County Food Shelf and The Link. The Good Neighbor Club has been wrapping presents during the holiday season for more than 20 years.
WILLMAR — Students and teachers in the Adult Basic Education program celebrated Thanksgiving on Tuesday at the Jefferson Learning Center in Willmar. Students who are a part of the program, many of whom are U.S. immigrants, learned about the Thanksgiving tradition at the lunch. Food was brought from the homes of the attendees and ranged from cake to samosas.
WILLMAR — Hundreds of people braved the cold winds Saturday evening to gather in downtown Willmar for the annual Holidaze parade, designed to usher in the 2017 holiday season. The parade featured floats from different groups, businesses and organizations across the area. The evening celebration also included kids' games, a petting zoo, photos with Santa and more.
WILLMAR — Students created ceramic bowls Wednesday at the third annual throw-a-thon hosted by the Art Club at Willmar Senior High School. Made from recycled clay, the bowls created during the event are donated to the Habitat for Humanity of West Central Minnesota for its Souper Bowl Lunch fundraiser in February. Students used pottery wheels and other pottery tools to make the bowls. The event Wednesday also had various competitions that students could win such as the best bowl made while blindfolded, best design and smallest bowl.
WILLMAR - Volunteers for the Kandiyohi County Historical Society put Christmas lights up on the train engine #2523, outside of the museum in Willmar Tuesday. More than eight volunteers work eight to 10 hours to install the decorations.
WILLMAR — Hundreds of volunteers came Nov. 8 to First Covenant Church in Willmar to help pack shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. The shoeboxes are filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items to donate to children living in poverty overseas. First Covenant Church in Willmar is accepting shoebox donations from the public Nov. 13-20 for Operation Christmas Child. Drop-off times are from 3-8 p.m. this Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 18, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 19 and from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 20.
WILLMAR - Volunteers from the American Legion in Willmar want to make sure veterans and their families are full this Saturday. Over 20 volunteers prepared food Thursday for the annual Veterans Day luncheon that will be held at noon Saturday. Stuffing, wild game meatballs, turkey, potatoes and gravy and stew are some of the other dishes to be served..
WILLMAR — Willmar community members celebrated Halloween in many ways Tuesday. From trick-or-treating at Bethesda Grand to the Teen Halloween Party at the Willmar Public Library, costumes and candy were shared among all ages.