Weekend published published Dec. 19, 2019

If you would like your event listed in Weekend, email or mail it to: Weekend, West Central Tribune, Box 839, Willmar, MN 56201. The deadline is noon Monday. Events must be open to the public.


Holiday events

The holiday events listing is published elsewhere in this section.

Outdoor ice rinks

The Garfield, Lincoln and Hilltop park ice rinks are open for the season. Garfield has two hockey rinks with boards, open skating ice and a warming house with children’s skates are available for use for free. The warming house will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. today and 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 21-Jan. 5. It will be closed Dec. 24-25 and Jan. 1 and is also closed when the wind chill is 10 below or colder.

Willmar Civic Center

Skating and curling will be either in the Civic Center or the Blue Line Arena; $3 for all ages; $2 skate rental, unless otherwise stated.

Open skating: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

Open curling: 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday; stones and brooms provided, ages 8 through adults, certified instructors on hand to help new curlers.


Adaptive/open curling: 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday.

Sibley State Park

The Interpretive Center hours vary. A vehicle permit is required to enter the park and they are available at the park office. For more information call 320-354-2002. Sibley State Park is west of New London just off U.S. Highway 71. For current information on naturalist programs and groomed trail conditions, visit the state Department of Natural Resources website at

Cross country skiing: Trails are in good condition and groomed; many of the skate trails have minimal snow cover due to recent plowing and windy conditions.

Snowmobiling: Trails are in good condition and groomed.

Sledding hill: packed and is snow covered.

Prairie Woods ELC

The Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center welcomes skiers, snowshoers and mountain bikers during daylight hours at no cost. The trailhead will be open 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. No dogs on ski trails, pets should be on a leash. Snowshoe, skis and kicksled rental available, call 320-354-5894. For more information call or check the website at

Cross-country skiing: Trails by the main building and in the woods by the farmsite are in great shape. Trails through the prairie at the farmsite have been packed but are in rough shape due to high water issues.

Fat tire biking: the Kandi Trail Riders Club Trail welcomes volunteers to assist with winter trail grooming.

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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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