Good Neighbors published Oct. 19, 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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Kate Fransen

WILLMAR — A potato bar benefit for Kate Fransen will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Willmar. Fransen was diagnosed with stage 3 pancreatic cancer in spring of 2020. She underwent a year of chemotherapy and radiation treatment, and in the summer of 2021 had Whipple surgery to remove the tumor. After almost a year of being cancer free, she was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and is undergoing chemo again.

Chip N’ Dip

WILLMAR — The Ridgewater College Veterinary Technology program will have a dog wash and microchipping event from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Vet Tech Department in Willmar. Appointments are preferred but walk-ins are welcome. To make an appointment, call 320-222-7606 weekdays or email .

Dog wash prices are $15 for dogs 20 pounds or less, $20 for medium dogs 21 to 49 pounds, and $25 for large dogs 50 pounds and over. The wash includes minimal grooming and brush out. Other services include microchipping for $35; nail trim and anal gland expression are $10 each; mat removal is a minimum of $10; and a pet tag is $10.

Call 320-222-8269 when you arrive and remain in your vehicle until your appointment time or to schedule a walk-in. Enter through door No. 43. One owner per pet will be allowed to enter the building, cash or checks only, no credit cards accepted. Donate a small bag of dog and/or cat treats and receive $1 off your service.

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Other community news:
The Clubs & Organizations calendar is published weekly on Thursdays. Email submissions to by 5 p.m. Monday.
Submissions about charities, benefits and nonprofit fundraisers for the weekly Good Neighbors calendar published Wednesdays should be emailed to by noon Friday.
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.


LWV book sale

WILLMAR — The League of Women Voters book sale will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Nov. 3-4, and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Willmar Community Center.

Minnesota Soybean

The county-level soybean checkoff programs in Kandiyohi, Chippewa, Renville, Swift, Yellow Medicine, Lac qui Parle and Pope counties each donated Skechers soy-based GO shoes to health care organizations in their county. It was part of the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council's “Steppin Up” campaign utilizing Skechers GO line of footwear, which uses soybean oil to improve grip, stability and durability. The council partnered with its 44 organized counties for the donations.

Kandiyohi County Food Shelf

WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Food Shelf helps people living in Kandiyohi County that are in need of food assistance. The food shelf is are located at 624 Pacific Ave. S.W. in Willmar.

Curbside pickup: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stop by the stop sign at the front door and call 320-235-2641 .

In-person pickup: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Park across the street or in the parking lot and bring your own bags/boxes.

NAPS distribution: Fourth Tuesday of each month, 1 to 2 p.m., Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors for individuals 60 years of age and older that qualify by income with Second Harvest Heartland. Call 800-365-0270 to sign up.

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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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