Sharon Bomstad is the features editor at the West Central Tribune in Willmar, Minn., and is the editor of the newspaper's Live it! Magazine. She has been an employee of the West Central Tribune for more than 35 years.
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Regional organic farmers report they are heading into spring greenhouse planting this month, and though those teasing March freeze-thaw cycles might have some of us still wishing for 70-degree weather, the end of winter is in sight. With spring’s beginnings comes the promise of the greenhouse seedlings — lettuce, kale, Swiss chard and other crops — and a hopeful vision of a sturdy local food system. So what is a local food system, anyway? According to the U.S.
WILLMAR — This year’s Studio Hop has a new schedule. The event opens tonight and runs all-day Saturday. Hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The Studio Hop is an opportunity to tour artists’ workshops, visit with the artists and view demonstrations. A total of 25 different artists will be featured at 16 sites during this free event. The artists in our area always display an eclectic mix of artwork — paintings in several media, jewelry, sculpture in many forms, pottery, mixed media & photography.
WILLMAR -- Emergency personnel responded to a single-car accident along Willmar Avenue shortly before 8 a.m. Tuesday. One person was injured in the accident, which involved the vehicle leaving the road and hitting a tree at 904 Willmar Ave. S.E. As rescue personnel worked to remove the woman from the vehicle, an officer at the scene said, "at this point, we are going under the assumption she fell asleep at the wheel." Personnel from the Willmar fire and police departments, and rescue and ambulance personnel responded to the scene. No further information is available at this time.
A total of 98 wood duck houses were built during the fifth annual Wood Duck Habitat Day held the morning of March 5 at Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center near New London. The event was sponsored by the Prairie Pothole Chapter of the Minnesota Waterfowl Association and was attended by an estimated 60 groups of people -- families, friends, clubs, etc. Prairie Pothole Chapter members were on hand to help with construction of the houses.
In searching out entertainment for a Watercade fundraiser, organizers decided to go with one of their own. Shock illusionist Dan Sperry -- a 2003 graduate of Litchfield High School -- will take the stage tonight at Bernie Aaker Auditorium, 114 N. Holcombe Ave., in Litchfield. Show time is 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person and will be available at the door, based on availability.
Amy Fladeboe of Willmar remembers teaching her parents about recycling. And her parents remember teaching their parents not to burn trash or throw pop cans out the car windows. Today, Fladeboe is working with students in Albania -- a small country north of Greece on the Adriatic Sea -- to teach them some of those same environmental issues Americans dealt with 30 to 40 years ago. Right now, Albania is considered by the European Union to be the most polluted country in Europe, Fladeboe wrote in a recent e-mail. "The young people in Albania have never seen a landscape free of plastic bags, bo
Nationally acclaimed baritone Andrew Wilkowske will perform art songs, opera arias, cabaret songs, Broadway favorites and more as a benefit concert for Music Matters. His performance is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday at WEAC auditorium in Willmar. Reserved tickets are $30 and are available at Willmar Community Education and Recreation at 1234 Kandiyohi Ave. S.W., Cash Wise Foods, Walt's, The Church of St.
LITCHFIELD -- A Litchfield couple escaped serious injury early Friday morning when there was an apparent explosion at their rural home near Lake Ripley southwest of town. Larry McMains, 60, and his wife, Barbara Ann McMains, 56, awoke in their home when they heard the explosion, but were able to get out of their home safely, according to Meeker County Chief Deputy Jeff Norlin.