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Swift County Historical Society The Swift County Historical Society museum will have three programs on Swift County's Civil War Veterans by Tom Rice. He has done extensive research on the Civil War Veterans who moved to Swift County. Each of the ...

Swift County

Historical Society

The Swift County Historical Society museum will have three programs on Swift County's Civil War Veterans by Tom Rice. He has done extensive research on the Civil War Veterans who moved to Swift County. Each of the following programs will be different and deals with the veterans buried in cemeteries in the area. Bring lawn chairs to the cemetery programs.

Saturday: Program at 10 a.m. at Benson City Cemetery.

Oct. 7: Program at 2 p.m. at Kerkhoven Civic Center.


The annual banquet will be at 6:30 p.mOct. 17 at the Holloway Community Center. Tickets are $8.50 each and must be purchased by Oct. 4 at the museum in Benson or from a board member.

Story hour

WILLMAR -- The Willmar Public Library will hold a children's story hour from 2 to 2:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 21 through Oct. 26.

Children must be 3 years old or older to attend. The story hour includes picture books, flannelgraph stories, puppetry, fingerplays and movies.

Children are encouraged to check out books before or after the program. The library is located at 410 Fifth St. S.W. in Willmar.

Quilt show

RENVILLE -- Quilters Along the Yellowstone Trail present Home and Hearth -- Quilts That Warm the Heart from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Renville Community Center. Demonstrations, vendors, lunch available. Admission is $3.

Lower Sioux Agency


The Lower Sioux Agency will have an open house from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, to celebrate the reopening of the historic site. The Lower Sioux Agency will open next spring for school audiences and will resume its regular hours beginning Memorial Day weekend. The site is nine miles east of Redwood Falls on Redwood County Road 2.

Historic Chippewa City

MONTEVIDEO -- A 40th anniversary celebration will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Historic Chippewa City at junction of Highways 7 and 59 in Montevideo. An ice cream social will be served in the Village Hall and entertainment will be provided in the gazebo by Vern's One Man Band at 5 p.m. and the Montevideo Community Band at 6 p.m. Each of the 24 buildings will have a display about the building's history. Bring lawn chairs to enjoy the entertainment. Free admission. Call (320) 269-7636 or e-mail for more information.

Tea at the Sperry House

WILLMAR --"Tea at the Sperry House" will be served at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Sperry House in Willmar. The tea will feature treats from authentic century-old recipes, some from Sperry House mistress Jennie Sperry herself. Tickets are $15 per person. Call (320) 235-1881 for information or a reservation.

Tree seeds

WILLMAR -- The state forestry office in Willmar is accepting donations of acorns, walnuts, ash or other seed that individuals may rake up in their yards through the end of September. The seed will be used for forestry plantings on private land. The forestry office is located at 4566 State Highway 71, Suite 1, in Willmar. For more information call Shane Delaney at the forestry office (320) 231-5164.

Garden tours


Patten's dahlias

Marvin and Diane Patten will have their private dahlia garden open for view until the first frost. It is at their home next to Granite Floral and Greenhouse on U.S. Highway 212 on the west end of Granite Falls. There are more than 100 varieties of dahlias from dinner plate to pompom.

Liestman gardens

Bernice Liestman will have her gardens open to visitors daily until the first frost. The garden is located at 30416 185th St. From Paynesville, take state Highway 55 west and right after crossing the bridge, turn north (right) on County Road 130. Then turn west on 185th Street at the flower sign.

Community celebrations

Terrace, Sept. 25

Fall Festival And Fiddle Contest: Gates open at noon and fiddle contest begins at 1 p.m. (320) 763-9096

Sibley State Park


The Sibley State Interpretive Center hours vary during the week; call (320) 354-2002. All programs are led by the park naturalist or visiting expert. They are at the Interpretive Center and are free unless otherwise noted. A vehicle permit is required to enter the park and they are available at the park office. For more information call 354-2002.

Granite, Oak and Men: 10 a.m. Saturday. The beautiful and skillfully constructed buildings in Sibley were built by unemployed World War I veterans who lived and worked here from 1935-38. The park naturalist will use a slide show and talk to explore the work and lives of the men of Sibley's Three Bears Camp.

Winter bird feeding: 2 p.m. Saturday. Learn about foods, feeders, bird identification and behavior of winter birds. Free bird feeder designs and information available.

Pondview trail walk: 10 a.m. Sunday. Explore the wetland bird life, insect eating plants, dragonflies and why wetlands are important for people too during this talk and walk.

Events in area communities open to the public will be printed in the regional calendar on Wednesday. Arts events and Museum events are listed in Thursday's arts calendar. Benefits for individuals and fund-raisers for nonprofit organizations are listed in Friday's Good Neighbors. Church-sponsored events are listed in Friday's church page. No phone calls. Submissions may be faxed to (320) 235-6769 or mailed to Donna Middleton, West Central Tribune, P.O. Box 839, Willmar, MN 56201.

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