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Museums and historic sites published May 18, 2022

Museum hours and special events in the next month

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Kandiyohi County Historical Society

Willmar, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, closed holidays, $3 for adults, ages 12 and under and Kandiyohi County Historical Society members admitted for free, 320-235-1881, located at the train engine on North Business Highway 71 across from Robbins Island. The museum has a number of featured exhibits. Along with the museum there is a one-room school, a log shed and a Great Northern locomotive. Maps of county historical sites are available at the museum. www.kandiyohicountyhistory.com

Atwater Area Historical Society

Atwater, 10 a.m to noon, Saturdays or by appointment, call Jon at 320-444-0337, Atwater Area Historical Society and Museum, 500 Pleasant Ave. W.

Danube Historical Society

The Danube Historical Society Museum is open from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays in the former Danube Depot Building or by appointment, call 320-826-2236.

Dassel History Center

Dassel, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dassel History Center, 901 First St. N. To visit, call 320-275-3077 or email dahs@dassel.com to make an appointment.

Fagen Fighters WWII Museum

Granite Falls, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Lenzen-Roe Memorial Airport, 3 miles south of Granite Falls on Highway 23; adults $10, ages 10-17 $5, family $20, active military $5, ages 9 and under admitted free, annual memberships available. Home to a pristine collection of fully operational, active aircraft and vehicles from World War II along with fine art, bronze sculptures, interactive multimedia displays, and a library. It is designed as a self-guided experience.

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GAR and Meeker County Museum

Litchfield, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, $3 admission, ages 11 and under free; Grand Army of the Republic Hall and Meeker County Historical Society Museum, 308 Marshall Ave., 320-693-8911, meekercomuseum.org .

Lt. Col. Cleo Bonham, USAFR (Ret.): June 14, 1 p.m., Litchfield Opera House, $10; the Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic Frank Daggett Circle 105 “Women Who Care” fundraising event presents Lt. Col. Bonham, Commander of the 934th AES from 2001-2004, a Flight Nurse in the Air Force Reserves for more than 22 years. She flew aeromedical evacuation in the Iraqi theater in 2004. She also flew in a C-130 aircraft as the Medical Crew Director responsible for the care of injured and ill military members stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan. She will talk about her experiences — the serious, the funny and the unexpected. Dessert buffet with iced tea and coffee will follow the program.

Grove City Historical Museum

Grove City, open by appointment, call Dorothy 320-244-1044, Ron 320-693-2922, or Gordon 320-857-2636.

Lac qui Parle County Museum

Madison, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., weekdays; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; South Highway 75; freewill donation.

Spring pancake fundraiser: May 22, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Madison VFW, freewill donation; blueberry and plain pancakes, fruit, sausage, coffee and juice.

Museum open house: May 22, noon to 3 p.m., program on the Bonrud Gang at 1 p.m. by Andrew Hasty, whose family tree leads back to Nobel Baanruda (also spelled Bonrud). Nobel Baanruda grew up in Lac qui Parle County and was shot and killed in a gas station robbery in Benson. Nobel was part of the Baanrud Gang that robbed gas stations in the Lac qui Parle area in the 1930s. Hasty will share stories about his family history and why there was no funeral for Nobel. While at the museum, visitors can see the new Cemeteries in Lac qui Parle exhibit along with numerous other exhibits and artifacts. Following the program, there will be a reception honoring Lillian Johnson who is retiring as the Lac qui Parle Historical Society’s treasurer after more than 20 years.

Maynard History Museum

Maynard, open by appointment, call the Maynard city office at 320-367-2140.

Norway Lake Log Church

New London, 7:15 p.m. Saturdays, June 18, July 9 through Aug. 13, vespers service followed by social hour, west of New London off County Road 40 on 99th St. N.W. or by appointment, call 320-905-1539. The summer festival program will be at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 21.

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Raptor Ridge

New London, open by appointment, call 320-354-8820, 12050 Co. Rd. 40 N.E. Larry and Barb Levin’s natural history museum is located on County Road 40, 2.8 miles east of state Highway 23 on the north side of the road. Admission is free.

Renville County Historical Society

Morton, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, research library by appointment only; adults $5, ages 6-17 $3, children 5 and under free. Face masks required. For more information or for a library appointment call 507-697-6147, or email info@renvillecountyhistory.com , website www.renvillecountyhistory.com .

Renville City Museum

Renville, open by appointment, Main Street; 320-329-8210.

Sacred Heart Area Museum

Sacred Heart, 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays and by appointment, U.S. Highway 212 in Sacred Heart; free admission, donations appreciated, call 320-765-2274, email shahs@hcinet.net .

Swift County

Benson, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, or by appointment, 2135 Minnesota Ave.; free admission; 320-843-4467.

Stevens County Historical Museum

Morris, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, Saturday by appointment, 116 6th St. W.; free admission; 320-589-1719. Walking tours have been developed for Alberta, Chokio, Donnelly, Hancock and several parts of Morris. They take about an hour to walk the full path; please stay on the sidewalk and do not enter private property. Check the website to see where brochures/maps are available for each tour.

Yellow Medicine County Museum

Granite Falls, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, through Sept. 1, junction of Minnesota highways 23 and 67 on the Minnesota River. For more information call 320-564-4479.

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 dmiddleton@wctrib.com or phone 320-214-4341.
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