Good Neighbors published May 4, 2022

Submissions about charities, benefits and nonprofit fundraisers for the weekly Good Neighbors calendar published Wednesdays should be emailed to by noon Friday.

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AAUW book sale

WILLMAR — The Willmar branch of the American Association of University Women annual book sale will be from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 5, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 6, and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 7, in the Sunshine Room at the Willmar Community Center. Donations of books can be dropped off between noon and 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 4. Proceeds will be used to fund AAUW’s Ridgewater College scholarships.

Elizabeth Fischer Elfering

LAKE LILLIAN — A pork dinner benefit for Elizabeth Elfering will be from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at the Horseshoe Bar in Lake Lillian. Elfering is undergoing treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Liz and her husband, Tom, live in Bird Island with their three children. Freewill donation for the pork dinner. There will be a silent auction, and donations for it are being accepted at the bar.

Knights of Columbus

WILLMAR — The Knights of Columbus will serve an omelet breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, May 15, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Willmar. Adult tickets are $12, ages 8-16 are $6, under 8 are free, with family maximum of $30. Cash or checks only.

Kandiyohi County Food Shelf

WILLMAR — The Edina Realty Foundation on behalf of the Willmar office of Edina Realty recently donated $1,000 to the Kandiyohi County Food Shelf.

Charity walk/ride/bike

Charity events such as walkathons, runs, motorcycle rides and bicycle rides in the area are listed here, including event details, where it will be held, how to register and fundraising events associated with it.


  • Kandiyohi County Historical Society: May 13-22, I Love Local History virtual 5K run/walk. Registration deadline is May 13 at a cost of $30 for adults, $10 for ages 12 and under. Register on the Kandiyohi County Historical Society website at and click on events. Walk, run, jog, on a treadmill or walking the dog, anywhere in the world, the 3.1 miles and post your pictures on the Kandiyohi County Historical Society's Facebook, Instagram or Twitter page when you are done.

Otto Bremer Trust

WILLMAR — The Otto Bremer Trust has awarded 96 grants totaling $7,304,488 as part of its most recent grantmaking cycle. Area groups receiving grants include:

  • West Central Minnesota Educational Television Company Inc., known as Pioneer PBS, Granite Falls, $35,000 to continue development and production of a digital-first public affairs program addressing issues and opportunities in rural western Minnesota.
  • Dakota Wicohan, Morton, $30,000 for general operations to increase belonging and well-being through the Dakota language and life ways.
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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