— It was an overabundance of art, music and good food along the waters of the Minnesota River in downtown Granite Falls on Saturday afternoon as the second annual SquidFest/RibFest marked its return.
The event is a shared event in the same area of the Granite Falls Riverwalk area, combining SquidFest and the Granite Falls American Legion’s RibFest.
Featuring a wealth of arts and crafts activities for youngsters, additional attractions featured a petting zoo and vendors and a 5K run/walk earlier in the day.
The unique event aims to celebrate art, community and the art of community.
Amber Erickson, Kristie Haefner and Leslie Valiant are filling three vacancies on the Ridgewater College Foundation Board, comprised of community volunteers from the region. The college has campuses in Willmar and Hutchinson.
Healthy Fusion in Willmar has launched what is being called "Cardinal Project" to bring the community together. The business expanded next door to add a multipurpose room for business meetings, classes or other community events. The space is also open during business hours as a hangout for students and young adults.
The Toys for Tots campaign in Kandiyohi, McLeod and western Stearns counties is marking its 10th anniversary this year, while the national program, run by the Marine Corps Reserve, is marking 75 years of providing holiday cheer for children. In the region, it is shaping up to be a big year with coordinator Steve Gralish hoping to provide four to five toys per child.
While discussing a new position for the Willmar Parks and Recreation Department, other councilors and city staff were noticeably uncomfortable with Willmar City Councilor Rick Fagerlie's line of questioning and criticism of the department's director, Rob Baumgarn.
Willmar Municipal Utilities General Manager John Harren presented to the Willmar City Council the need to increase rates to finance construction of a new water treatment plant, as well as what actions were taken to minimize the rate increase.
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In celebration of the upcoming Christmas holiday, folks gathered at the Willmar Community Center on Thursday, Dec. 1, to sing Christmas carols and share stories about why certain carols mean something to them during the Aging Wisely Holiday Show.
Ridgewater College's multicultural club rolled out a feast Tuesday consisting of more than 40 entrees to give the student body a taste of cultures from around the world during its Taste of Culture event on campus.
Now is the time to hit the ice. The rewards go to those anglers willing to put in the effort and beat the crowds by venturing on foot on early ice. Here's a look at the opportunities waiting in west central Minnesota.
COVID-19 hospitalizations increased by more than 50 people in the most recent Minnesota Department of Health weekly update. The state had a daily average of about 750 new confirmed cases and seven deaths in the latest update.
Without comment but on a unanimous vote, Prinsburg City Council members in a special meeting Friday denied a proposed ordinance that would have allowed residents to bring civil lawsuits against abortion providers.