Weekend published published Feb. 13, 2020

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.


Peanut Butter & Milk Festival

LITCHFIELD – The 49th annual Peanut Butter and Milk Festival will host visitors from Hartford, Ala., Feb. 15-22 in Litchfield. Join the visitors for snowmobiling on Lake Manuella, southwest of Darwin, from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, at the Roger and Janet Huhn Farm. The chili and soup supper will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Forest City Threshers Building, six miles northeast of Litchfield on Minnesota Highway 24. Freewill donations will be accepted.

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


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 available for use for free. The warming house is open from 3 to 6 p.m. weekends and from 5 to 8 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. The warming house is closed when the wind chill is 10 below or colder.

Indoor rifle and pistol range

The range in the basement of the Willmar City Auditorium is open from 6 to 9:30 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday for open shooting. A certified range master will be on duty. Fee is $8 per half hour, targets available for purchase.

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, skies and kicksled rental available, call 320-354-5894. For more information call or check the website at .

Cross-country skiing: Trails are in fair condition and the tracks are icy.

Fat tire biking: Not groomed at this time.

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: Last groomed Feb. 10, skate trails in good condition. Tracked trails in fair condition with fresh snow on top of the tracks but there is still a thin layer of ice under the snow, and re-setting the tracks themselves was causing disruption to the integrity of the snow base; tracks themselves were not reset.

Snowmobiling: Trails are in good condition.


Sledding hill: In good condition with some icy spots underneath the snow.

Hiking or walking: On trails and roadways use caution due to the icy conditions. Hikers are urged to wear ice cleats on their footwear to avoid slips and falls.

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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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