Gary Miller is a Designer for Forum Communications Co. Born and attended public schools in Willmar, Minn. Served 20 years in U.S. Navy as a photojournalist. Worked at West Central Tribune and Forum Communications since retiring from the Navy in 1994.
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An ominous cloud, photographed from Kandiyohi County Road 9 near U.S. Highway 12, rolls over Willmar shortly before noon Wednesday. Although the cloud unleashed some lightning, it passed over Willmar in a few minutes and continued east. Heavy rain fell a few minutes later. Gary Miller / Tribune
WILLMAR — Riding a bicycle hundreds of miles during a long weekend isn't everyone's idea of a good time. But for those who do enjoy cycling long distances, Pedal for Project Impact offers riders a bonus: the chance to raise money for a good cause. And, if there are a few cyclists who want to join this year's PPI, there's still time. Riders are welcome to pedal along for a few hours or all three days. This year cyclists will spend July 28 to 30 pedaling from Willmar to Alexandria and back. Originally PPI was a family fun ride held in Willmar in 2011.
NEW LONDON — Having ridden and driven most of the 1,800 miles from Mexico to Canada, 10 bicyclists pedaled Tuesday to Peace Lutheran Church in New London for a night’s rest. They began their ride early that day in Watertown, South Dakota, more than 130 miles from their destination. Working in two groups of five riders, each with a support vehicle, they hopscotched their way to the New London. One group would pedal for about an hour, covering 15 to 20 miles, then the other group would take over covering the next 15 to 20 miles.
SPICER — If there had been a deputy on Kandiyohi County Road 10 early on the morning of April 25, Denny Dawson would have probably earned himself a speeding ticket. “I was so happy to get back to work,” he said. Dawson, 76, was returning to his one-day-a-week gig cutting hair at the Bellezza Salon and Spa in Spicer.
While he spent two weeks bicycling in a fundraising ride, David Moody said the discipline involved seemed like something else. “This almost seemed like a military operation with focus on mission and operation,” Moody said of the time he spent with Ride for World Health. “By 7 a.m. everyone was ready and on the road,” he said of the event. “Everybody pitched in to make sure that happened.”
Members of the Willmar Fire Department respond Wednesday to a fire at 421 Becker Ave. SE. Willmar Police and Ambulance were also at the scene. By about 7:30 p.m., the firefighter were clearing the scene after being there for about a half an hour. A bystander reported that units from the Kandiyohi Fire Department were also on the scene.
SALOME, Ariz. — It was a almost an afterthought for David Moody as he prepared for the longest bicycle ride he’d ever done. Before leaving for San Diego to participate in the Ride for World Health, the Willmar attorney asked Rick Norsten to order a spare tire for his bike. Norsten, of Rick’s Cycle and Sports, who helped Moody pack his bike for shipping to the West Coast, ordered the extra tire. “I’m already riding on my new spare,” Moody said during a call Monday night to the Tribune from Salome, Arizona.
Lowell Torkelson, left, watches Sunday as wood carver and teacher Bob Lawrence offers suggestions on Torkelson’s carving. Lawrence, of Fargo, North Dakota, spent Friday evening, Saturday and part of Sunday working with area carvers in a class held by the West Central Minnesota Wood Carvers at the Willmar Community and Activity Center.
WILLMAR — An avid cyclist, David Moody of Willmar has pedaled 100 miles in a day several times. “But that’s one isolated day,” Moody said. It won’t be isolated days of long-distance riding for Moody starting March 24. That will be when he begins an 11-day, 880-mile ride from San Diego to Albuquerque, New Mexico. “That’s 80 miles a day,” Moody said. That many miles for so many days will be a new experience, he said, “new territory for me as a cyclist.”
WILLMAR — Parents reading to their children was the theme Friday of EL Family Night at Roosevelt Elementary School in Willmar. At the event, EL or English as a second language students at Roosevelt Elementary and Kennedy Elementary and their families participated in activities and games and sampled food and pastries from different countries. “Our goal is to recognize and honor multicultural families and help them with reading strategies,” said Jenni Gunga, the school district’s EL and gifted and talented director.