PHOTOS: Dozens of veterans, volunteers ready Willmar for Memorial Day
Veterans and community members come together to place American flags on veteran graves, raise 100 flags at memorial the morning of Friday, May 26, 2023.
WILLMAR — In 15 minutes flat, approximately 36 veterans and volunteers made quick work as they raised 100 American flags at Willmar's Flags of Honor Memorial in preparation for Memorial Day weekend as the sun rose over the horizon early on Friday, May 26.
After all the flags were raised and checked to ensure they were flying in the wind as intended, the volunteers scattered out to a handful of local cemeteries to distribute approximately 3,000 miniature American flags on the grave markers of veterans.
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Music lovers flocked to Rice Park in Willmar for an evening of free music performed by Prairie Winds Summer Band on Wednesday, June 7, 2023.
The musical will be performed three weekends in June at The Barn Theatre in downtown Willmar.
More than 20 bands play at various stages throughout downtown New London during Porchfest on Saturday, June 23, 2023.
Green Lake BMX hosts MN BMX State Qualifier in Spicer on Saturday, June 3, 2023.
Willmar Senior High School held its Class of 2023 commencement at the Willmar Civic Center on Sunday, June 4, 2023.
Little Crow Ski opened its summer season Friday at Neer Park. The team will perform through the end of August, 2023.
Novice and advanced spoon carvers converge in the small town of Milan for the 17th annual Spoon Gathering this weekend.
More than two dozen Memorial Day ceremonies took place throughout west central Minnesota on Monday, May 29, as residents paid respects to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Sibley State Park teaches children fishing basics on Lake Andrew over Memorial Day weekend on Saturday, May 27, 2023.
Graduation ceremony sees 23 students walk across the stage to receive their diplomas on Saturday, May 27.
Willmar students won the Minnesota Technology and Engineering Educators Association Supermileage Challenge at Brainerd International Raceway with a car that recorded a top performance single run of 532.55 miles per gallon.
Red fox kits are visible from a home den in Chippewa County on Saturday, May 20, 2023.
Section 5A golf at Eagle Creek Golf Club on Wednesday, May 24, 2023, in Willmar.
Norwegian celebration fills Milan's downtown streets as residents celebrate their heritage Saturday, May 20, 2023.
Twin Cities magician Justin Alan brings, laughs, curiosity and fun to Willmar during his magic show at the Willmar Community Center on Thursday, May 18, 2023.
PHOTOS: Flowers, trees and green grass make a resurgence in west central Minnesota after sunny skies
Area trees, foliage burst back to life as temperatures and long, sunny days mark their return this spring season.
Fishing season for popular fish including walleye, bass and northern pike kicks off over the weekend.
Proud parents, family and friends fill sidewalks and theatre to watch students in prom grand march on Saturday, May 6, 2023.
Willmar Senior High School hosted grand march and prom festivities on Friday, May 5, 2023.
On May 4, 2023, the day before this year's Willmar Senior High School prom, school staff dress up for staff prom.
Children bike, roll and ride scooters to school during National Bike & Roll to School Day on Wednesday, May 3, 2023.
Vendors, games and a color run for kiddos highlight annual Healthy Kids Day on Saturday, April 29, 2023, in Willmar.
New ambulance exhibit donated by CentraCare revealed at museum's five-year celebration on Friday, April 28, 2023.
As area lakes and streams thaw, waterfowl moving north inundate open waters throughout Kandiyohi County.
Members of the Ridgewater Welding program constructed a life-size stainless steel German shepherd sculpture, which will be displayed at the Law Enforcement Center.
A weekly drum circle on Wednesdays at the Willmar Community Center focuses on community, engagement and a way to decompress while having a little fun.
First-ever Daddy Daughter Formal is a smashing success as hundreds register for night of dancing.
Law enforcement and community members pay their respects to slain Pope County Sheriff's Deputy Josh Owen during his funeral at Minnewaska Area High School on Saturday, April 22, 2023, in Glenwood, Minnesota.
Folks gathered for music, guest speakers and more at the Willmar Civic Center during the annual Life Connections event on Friday, April 21, 2023.
Karen Aakre passes along Norwegian skinfeller teachings during a two-day course at Milan Village Arts School.
Criminal proceedings re-instated for man accused of sexually assaulting worker in a Spicer, Minnesota, hotel
Ashir Hassan Kimbrough, 32, of Champlin, was found competent to proceed in the criminal case against him after a June 7 hearing in Kandiyohi County District Court. Court records indicate Kimbrough and his attorney planned on relying on a defense of mental illness or cognitive impairment. Kimbrough was charged for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman in a Spicer hotel in February of 2022.
Marriage licenses issued in Kandiyohi County
Olivia, Minnesota, man sentenced to 18 months after threatening to cut woman in half with a chainsaw
Daniel Richard Clouse, of Olivia, was sentenced to an 18-month prison sentence for threatening a woman via text messaging. According to the criminal complaint, Clouse threatened a woman that he would cut her in half with a chainsaw.
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City Council approves land purchase by Midwest and Bluegrass Rail for development of Willmar Rail Park
The planned Willmar Rail Park will be owned and managed by Midwest and Bluegrass Rail, a full-service company formed in 2019 for rail and logistics in the Midwest.
Kyle Reider Cappelen, 29, of Willmar, was transported by ambulance to the hospital in St. Cloud for treatment of life-threatening injuries after a reported two-vehicle crash in Chippewa County. The other driver involved suffered non-life threatening injuries and was not transported for treatment, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
A Burtrum, Minnesota, man working in a rural Fairfax hog barn died Wednesday after suffering an apparently head injury. He had worked several years ago as the chief deputy of the Renville County Sheriff's Office.
All Kandiyohi County buildings will be closed on June 19 and employees will be paid for the day.