Around Our Region published Nov. 9, 2022

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Veterans Day

United States Military Historical Collection: The 24th annual Veterans Day observance will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 9-11 at the War Memorial Auditorium, Willmar. Display features more than 7,000 original military items from the Civil War through modern day. More than 500 veterans' stories are highlighted in the display of uniforms, field gear, medals and more. Minnesota National Guard Col. Daniel O’Meara will be the speaker at the program set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11. O’Meara is currently assigned as the director for the Organizational Inspection Program for the Minnesota Joint Force Headquarters. He has served as a staff officer in various roles for the Joint Force Headquarters — Minnesota and 34th Infantry Division Headquarters.

Raymond: All veterans and their spouses are invited to the potluck Veterans Day supper at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Raymond Community Center. It is sponsored by the Raymond American Legion Auxiliary. Lanae Bulthuis will be the guest speaker. Malinda Petersen, 2021 Girls Stater, will share her experience at the event. The “what does patriotism mean to me” essay winners will be invited to read their essays. Bring a dish to share. Beverages and utensils will be provided.

Operation Green Light: From Nov. 7-13, change one light to green in a visible location — on your porch, your home, or at your office — and keep it glowing every day as a symbol of appreciation and support for veterans. The Raymond American Legion is encouraging participation in the initiative. “Green” is the color of hope, renewal and well-being. “Greenlight” is also a term commonly used to activate forward movement. The simple action of changing one light to green is intended to spark a national conversation regarding the recognition of veterans, and “greenlight” them forward as valued members of our communities.

Youth and Family

Holidaze 2022: Nov. 19, 6:30 p.m., lighted parade in downtown Willmar. Holiday movie at the Barn Theatre at 2:30 p.m.; from 4 to 6 p.m. meet Santa at the Goodness Coffee House; “touch-a-truck” and family activities on Fourth Street Southwest; free hot chocolate; and activities and crafts with the United Way at the Barn Theatre.

Clara City: Nov. 25, annual Christmas kickoff, pancake feed, Christmas tree sales, Santa arrives, movies and games. Lighted parade down main street ending the night with a fireworks display.


Holiday events

WILLMAR — The holiday season brings many special festivities. From school concerts to community celebrations to church programs, there are many events in which people may choose to participate. The West Central Tribune will publish a list of events weekly beginning with the Nov. 26 edition. Please send your events by email to .

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Ridgewater College diversity series

WILLMAR — To build an intercultural mindset and community, Ridgewater College will host a virtual speaker series that will highlight German heritage and American racial history, as well as celebrate and honor the experiences of people of color, Indigenous people, and immigrants of the United States. All events are free of charge, but registration is required for Zoom links at

Being Brave: The Power of Knowing Who You Are: Nov. 15, 11 a.m., presented by Tanaya Winder, an author, singer/songwriter, poet and motivational speaker who comes from an intertribal lineage of Southern Ute, Pyramid Lake Paiute and Duckwater Shoshone Nations where she is an enrolled citizen. Winder guides attendees through what it means to honor people's vessels with a “six directions” mindset; connecting their emotional, physical, mental, social, spiritual and environmental selves. Through storytelling, she will offer tips on putting that honor into practice by walking attendees through what it means to embrace resilience.

Overcoming Racism Conference

MARSHALL — An Overcoming Racism Conference will be Nov. 11-12 at Southwest State University in Marshall. The MORE Network (Marshall and Mustangs Overcoming Racism through Education) has partnered with Facilitating Racial Equity Collaborative to host the satellite location of the statewide conference.

The Nov. 11 keynote speaker is Kao Kalia Yang and the Nov. 12 keynote presentation is by David Scherer and Joe Davis, both via Zoom. The afternoon sessions will feature members of southwest Minnesota talking about issues relevant to the southwest area of the state. The theme is “The Power of Truth Telling.”

The MORE Network is a collaborative effort to break down barriers through education and conversation in the Marshall community. To register or for more information on the event or The MORE Network, visit .

Physical activities

Open Gym at Jefferson Learning Center: 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Friday during the school year. Check in at the Community Education office. Gym and equipment available for ages 0-8 with parental supervision, families put toys away when finished.


Open skating: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sundays, Willmar Civic Center, $3 admission for all ages and $2 skate rental.

Robbins Island: Destination Playground; 18-hole disc golf course starts north of playground; North Business Highway 71, Willmar.

Grind Central Skate Park: Open during daylight hours, Swansson Fields in southwest Willmar.

Archery Park: Open during daylight hours, located on 19th Avenue Southeast across from Walmart. Seven shooting lanes ranging from 10 to 70 yards. For all ages but children under 15 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

Willmar Public Library

WILLMAR — The Willmar Library is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The website is . Call 320-235-3162 . Curbside pickup available during regular hours. Programs are in-person in the library. Advance registration required for some events. The WiFi can be accessed 24/7 from a parked car in the lot behind the library or in front of the building using your library card or through Overdrive.

Brainfuse HelpNow: Free online tutoring service, grades K-12, one-to-one live homework help from online tutors between 2 and 11 p.m. daily; English or Spanish; math, science, English/language arts, social studies and reading assistance; app available for mobile.  

Teen hangout: Nov. 9, 5:30 p.m., ages 12-18, no registration required. Enjoy video games, arts and crafts, board and card games, snacks and beverages.

STEMtastic Thursday: Nov. 10, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., topic is animal habitat diorama. Learns some facts about an animal and recreate their natural habitat. Best for ages 7-12, though younger ones are welcome with adult help.


Dinosaur excavation kits: Nov. 14 is opening of registration on the library website for this take-home kit.

Adult game night: Nov. 15, 6 to 8 p.m. Invite your friends to play some of the library’s games or bring a favorite from home. Everyone 16 and over are welcome. No cost and no registration.

Homeschool Hour: Nov. 16, 2 p.m This month’s topic is dinosaurs. Make salt dough fossils and other dinosaur activities. For kids 12 and under.

Teen movie: Nov. 15, 5:30 p.m., ages 12-18, no registration required, popcorn and refreshments provided.

Adult Book Club: Nov. 17, noon, “Owls of the Eastern Ice” by Jonathan Slaght. Book discussion upstairs at the library. New members are always welcome.

Adult movie matinee: Nov. 18, 2 p.m., no cost or registration, refreshments provided.

Pajama-rama storytime: Nov. 22, 6:30 p.m. Come in your pajamas, bring a blanket and listen to stories. Milk and cookies afterward before you head home to bed.

Teen Book Club: Nov. 25, 4 p.m. Club discussion of this month’s book “Fleeting Shadows” by Kate Alice Marshall. No registration necessary; snacks and beverages provided.

Teen take-and-make: Nov. 7 opened for tiny mushroom bottle, Nov. 21 opens for felt trees. For ages 12-18, limit one per person as supplies are limited. Sign up on the library website.

Adult make-and-take: Crafts are posted on the website as they are available. Nov. 14 opens for cozy popsicle picture frames, Nov. 28 opens for mug trays. For ages 18 and over, limit one per person, supplies limited, sign up on the library website.

Teen lit loot: Sign up and you will receive a library book based on your interests and a bag of goodies to go with it. One per month and will need to re-register each month. November’s theme is music.

Makerspace Equipment: Cricut, Dremel Stylo, button maker, jewelry stamping and sewing machine, equipment must be used in the library and consumable materials are not supplied. Makerspace users must agree to the Makerspace Policy and complete training on safety and equipment use. Make reservations on the library’s website under adult services.

Willmar Community Center

WILLMAR — The Willmar Community Center has several events set. All events are free unless noted. The phone number is 320-262-5288 . For reservations, call or go online at .

Willmar Area Senior Citizens Club: Nov. 9, 2 p.m., freewill donation, music by Terry Nelson

Friday afternoon of dancing: Nov. 11, No dance, Community Center closed.

Willmar Elks sheltered dance: Nov. 9, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Elks sponsor dances for local and surrounding group home residents to enjoy a night of dancing and socializing.

Santa’s Ornament: Nov. 10, 9:30 to 11 a.m., $8. Decorate and paint on this homemade Kraft Koop clay ornament.

Art for all, beginners: Nov. 10, 1 or 5 p.m., $2, youth and adults, advance registration required. Make a metallic cone wreath.

Veterans Day: Nov. 11, Community Center is closed.

Doggy’s Day Out: Nov. 12, 2 p.m. $15. Enjoy a fun afternoon play date with you and your pup. We will make homemade treats, have the dogs do some painting, and end with a massage demonstration. Space is limited, register in advance.

Little Art session: Nov. 14, 4 to 6 p.m., free. Create art to be on display in our community art galleries in December which will be holidays and winter scenes.

Community crafts: Nov. 15, 2:30 p.m., $12, all ages, advance registration required. Make cozy wall decor, so soft to touch, your walls will love.

Jolly Twirlers square dance: Nov. 19, 7 p.m. All are welcome to join in this square dancing evening.

Community Bingo: Nov. 22, 5 to 7 p.m., $3 per person, two cards at a time.

Thanksgiving: Nov. 24-25, Community Center is closed.

Community Center Book Club: Nov. 28, 3:30 p.m. Join our Community Book club for a discussion; new book picked each month.

Holiday toy drive: Nov. 1-Dec. 23, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Drop off new, unwrapped gifts for youth in Kandiyohi County at the big box under the canopy.

Curbside craft kits: Available between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on three Thursdays in December. Advance registration required at 320-262-5288 as supplies will be limited. Dec. 1 kit is holiday string art, Dec. 8 is cork ornaments (reindeer and tree) and Dec. 15 kit is Olaf snowman treat. Cost for all three kits is $5. If you would like to purchase an individual kit for $2 each, specify when registering. There will be a guided instruction class at 2:30 p.m. each Thursday.

Santa Gnome Wreath: Dec. 13, 3 p.m., or Dec. 21, 4 p.m., for $8, advance registration required. Come and make this cheery gnome wreath. It can be added to your curbside crafts, noted above — all four for $10.

Weekly events: Chess club, Yahtzee, Farkle, Hand & Foot cards, cribbage, puzzle exchange, exercise classes and open woodshop, contact Community Center for details and prices.

Donna Middleton started working at the West Central Tribune in 1975 and has been the news assistant since 1992. She compiles the arts, health, farm and community page calendars, as well as rewrites and works on the special sections.
She can be contacted at or phone 320-214-4341.
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