Around Our Region published Oct. 21, 2020

The weekly Around Our Region calendar of events is published Wednesdays. Submissions may be emailed to with “Around our Region” in the subject line at least a week in advance.


Halloween events

The Tribune will run a list of Halloween events in this column. Events may be emailed to .

Haunted House: Oct. 23-24, 30-31, 7 to 10 p.m., 800 Campbell Ave. N.W., Willmar; $10 admission and the theme of the house is “Where Madness Dwells.”

Drive-up & Treat: Oct. 31, 3 to 5 p.m., Willmar Community Center; come trick-or–treat at our drive-up event for all ages.

Veterans Day

The Tribune will run a list of Veterans Day events in this column. Events may emailed to

United States Military Historical Collection: 22nd annual Veterans Day Observance, Nov. 9-11, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., War Memorial Auditorium, Willmar. All COVID-19 guidelines will be observed.


Willmar Community Center

WILLMAR — The Willmar Community Center has several events open for October. All events are free unless noted. Minnesota Department of Health guidelines followed with masks required, social distancing and screening form. The phone number is 320- 262-5288.

Willmar Area Senior Citizens Club: Oct. 21, 2 p.m., freewill donation; entertainment by Donovan Tharldson; Oct. 28 is Duke Zecco; Nov. 4 is Guy Stevermer and Nov. 11 is Gary Vanderpol.

MarioKart Tournament: Oct. 24, 4 to 10 p.m., ages 12 and up. Are you the fastest racer at home? Think you got what it takes to be the Champ in Willmar? Join Willmar's first official MarioKart Tournament at the Community Center. Bring an extra setup and controller if you have one, and call if you are bringing extra friends.

Evening shop in the woodshop: Oct. 26, 6 to 9 p.m. Community Center woodshop will be open for craftsmen to gather and work on their projects. Pre-registration required by calling 262-5288 by the Friday before.

Drive-up & Treat: Oct. 31, 3 to 5 p.m.; come trick-or–treat at our drive-up event for all ages.

Willmar Public Library

WILLMAR — The Willmar Library is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, 20 minutes to browse, check out, pick up holds, etc. No appointment is necessary, limited capacity, doors will be locked if max number is met. The website is . Call 320-235-3162. Anyone under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Study rooms, the children’s play area, and seating are unavailable. Face masks are required. Social distancing, please maintain six feet between yourself and others when possible.

Pumpkin decorating contest: Oct. 1-25, free pumpkins are available at the library until they run out. Submit a photo of your pumpkin by October 25, then vote for your favorites on the Library Facebook page from Oct. 26-30. Enter individually or as a team, for all ages. Get complete rules at the library or on the library website.

Teen board games: Oct. 21 and 28, 6 p.m. Join us online to play fun games on Zoom, sign up on the website.


Teen contests: Voting through Oct. 24, winners announced Oct. 26; ages 12-18. Two different contests, decorated paper mache mask and eye candy contests.

Teen Take & Make Crafts: Sign-up open for “pet or ghost,” ages 12-18, limit one of each per person, available while supplies last, sign up on the library website.

Teen Jackbox games: Oct. 23, 6 p.m., via livestream on YouTube. Join with a smart phone, tablet, or computer to play. Check our website to subscribe to our YouTube channel to see when we go live.

Adult online book club: Oct. 21, noon, “The Splendid and the Vile” by Erik Larson book discussion using Zoom on your computer, tablet, phone, etc. Fill out the form on the website to receive further info on how to sign in to the Zoom meeting. Meets every third Wednesday. November book is “Sex and Vanity” by Kevin Kwan.

One Book Willmar: Oct. 22, 7 p.m., Brain Freeman, author of “Thief River Falls,” will give an online author talk and answer questions. The purpose of a Community Read is to offer an opportunity to read, think, talk, listen and grow together. Advance registration required, available on the library website.

Teen book club: Oct. 26, 6 p.m., Zoom meeting book club discussion of “Clown in a Cornfield” by Adam Cesare; sign up on the website.

Adult craft and coloring chat: Oct. 28, 2 p.m., will meet virtually through Zoom, pre-register on the library website. Once you've registered your coloring sheets will be set aside for you to pick up at the Library. Meets the fourth Wednesday, Nov. 25, no meeting in December.

Murder Mystery: Oct. 29, 6:30 p.m., ages 16 and up. The detectives need your help to solve the murder of Miles Randolph. Pre-register on the library website. You will need Zoom on your computer or tablet to play along. Once you have registered, you will receive your character packet and further information via email/mail.


Teen Halloween Zoom Spooktacular: Oct. 31, 7 to 10 p.m., ages 12-18, play games, solve a murder and watch a movie, register and receive a good bag and a character for the murder mystery, number of participants limited.

Additional programs: Programs will continue to be offered online. Check for further information. Grab & Go activities for children and Storytime To Go are available (while supplies last) during Library Express hours. Adult Take and Make crafts, Master Gardeners Table Topics, Library of Things Checkouts.

Brainfuse: free, live tutoring online, check library website for link to the site.

Returns: Use the outside book drop for all returns. For oversized items, call the Library to make arrangements.

Internet: Seven hotspots for library cardholders can be checked out. Call the library to place a hold. The library Wi-Fi can be accessed outside the library 24/7 using your library card.

Public Wi-Fi

WILLMAR — Free wireless internet Wi-Fi service is available in Pennock, Blomkest and north of Willmar to help anyone in need of internet service. The spots are courtesy of Kandiyohi County and MVTV Wireless. The login is mvtv and the password is 5705. The buildings are not open but the Wi-Fi can be accessed from outside at the Pennock Community Center, Blomkest Community Center, Dovre Township Hall and the Lake Andrew Township Hall. Both township halls are located on Kandiyohi County Road 5 Northwest, north of Willmar. Willmar Public Library Wi-Fi can be accessed 24/7 from a parked car in the lot behind the library or in front of the building. No library card? Open a digital library card through Overdrive completely online by providing your cell phone number.

Sibley State Park

Sibley State Park is open. A vehicle permit is required to enter the park, available online. The Ranger Station, Visitor Center and Trail Center are all closed until further notice. Sibley State Park is west of New London just off U.S. Highway 71. For more information visit the state Department of Natural Resources website at .

Prairie Woods ELC

The Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center welcomes mountain bikers and hikers to use the trails during daylight hours at no cost. They have fat tire bikes, kayaks and canoes for rent. A bathroom with composting toilets is open by the pavilion. Pets should be on a leash. Must pre-register for all events, call 320-354-5894 or check the website at .

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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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