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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.
WILLMAR — Willmar Middle School's 21st Century Learning after-school program was in full swing Thursday after parent-teacher conferences ended last week. Willmar Middle School students participate in the federally funded program to receive academic help and participate in extracurricular activities. Some of the activities include extra help with math and science, pep band and 3D printing classes.
WILLMAR, MN - From fiction to historical to classics, hundreds of books are for sale at the Willmar Community Center for the annual Used Book Sale hosted by the League of Women Voters of the Willmar Area. The sale is the league's only fundraiser held to support the organization. Books are available to purchase Friday Oct. 20 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
WILLMAR — Living for a over a century calls for some cake. Alice Huisenga celebrated her 102nd birthday with family and friends Tuesday at the Bethesda Grand Assisted Living Center in Willmar. Huisenga was one of 10 children. She and her sister Adeline Klemenhagen, who attended the birthday party, are the last siblings who remain alive.
WILLMAR — Ice skaters of all ages came to the "Great to Skate" Open House Sunday hosted by the Diamond Edge Figure Skating Club at the Willmar Civic Center. Members of the figure skating club, which is completely volunteer based, helped newcomers get their skates fitted and instructed first-time skaters how to move on the ice.
WILLMAR — More than 200 children and their families came to Family Night at the Willmar Fire Station on Tuesday evening. The event gave children the opportunity to familiarize themselves with emergency vehicles ranging from fire trucks, to ambulances, a helicopter and a police car. The event also included a firefighter gear demonstration and a storytime hour.