Aging Wisely

WILLMAR — Aging Wisely: Finding New Confidence and Purpose will meet at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 6, at the Willmar Community Center.. The program is part of a series to help support the educational, social and nutritional needs of older adults. Betty Marthaler, Good Neighbor Club director, will present current information for “recycled teenagers” (those 50 and over) who are interested in group travel and entertainment. Social distancing, wearing masks, etc. required. For more information and to make a reservation, call Carrie at 320-231-2598 by 4 p.m. May 5.

Memory Loss Network

MONTEVIDEO — The Montevideo Area Memory Loss Network presents a three-part dementia virtual event. Each two-hour class by Krisie Barron will be offered three times each day, 7 to 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. The remaining class is “Shifting our Perspective Shifts our Support” on May 6. All sessions are free. Continuing education credits are available at a nominal cost.For more information, call Lori Petersen, CCM Health Memory Care Coordinator, at 320-226-2343. Register at

Conversation Line

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WILLMAR — Carris Health has established a conversational phone line open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. The number is 866-777-0250. This pandemic is difficult in a multitude of ways and many people in our communities are unable to visit with friends and family. If you are feeling isolated and want to connect with somebody, volunteers are available to have a friendly chat.

Senior chat line

Coffee Talk, a statewide phone chat line for older adults, is open from 8 a.m. to noon weekdays. Call toll-free at 877-238-2282. It is staffed by volunteers who understand the older adult population’s needs and challenges and is dedicated to easing loneliness and social isolation among older adults. Volunteers can offer words of encouragement and understanding and provide information about support and resources available in the person’s community. Calls are free. The caller’s privacy is a priority, and the only information requested will be first name. Users of the line may call as often as they would like.

NAMI Western Minnesota

The National Alliance on Mental Illness and NAMI Minnesota has online support groups and mental health classes in response to COVID-19. All are available through the Minnesota website at

Hope for Recovery: May 11, 6 to 9:30 p.m., online. NAMI Minnesota is partnering with Woodland Centers to present a free, online class. It is for family and friends of an adult or teen living with a mental illness. It provides information on the following mental illnesses: bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, anxiety, and co-occurring disorders. It will also cover information on treatments, crisis management, suicide prevention, the mental health system, and local resources along with practical strategies for helping a loved one or friend, including the LEAP strategy — Listen, Empathize, Agree-on what you can, and Partner — for boundary setting to improve communication. To register, please see “classes” at or call 651-645-2948.

Home-delivered meals

Willmar Meals on Wheels: Hot Meals on Wheels are delivered on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. A frozen meal is available for the following day or the weekend. The meals are available for persons who are unable to cook for themselves due to their age, disability, illness or recent release from the hospital. Along with the regular meal, three special diet meals are available. The cost is $6.81 and includes all the side dishes (including dessert) and either milk or juice.

Order by 1 p.m. the weekday before the delivery day by calling 320-235-5310, ext. 219, or 320-894-7401. The menu is available on West Central Industries website, under Business Solutions.

Willmar Senior Dining: The meals are served at 11:30 a.m. weekdays and are also available for curbside pickup at the Community Center. The meals are open to those who are 60 years of age and older. Suggested donation of $5 a meal. Call 320-262-5288 by noon the day before and leave a message. The menu is available on the city of Willmar website under Community Center.


The American Red Cross conducts blood drives in the west central area. To give blood you must be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good health. You can give blood every 56 days. Double red cells can be donated every 112 days. While all blood types are needed, type O and type B-negative donors are especially encouraged to give.

Appointments can be made at 1-800-RED-CROSS or online at All donors need acceptable identification. The preferred form is a government-issued picture identification, such as a driver’s license, or a Red Cross blood donor card. Otherwise you will need to provide two other forms of identification, such as a work identification, Social Security card, personal check or credit card. Personalized mail such as a utility bill will not be accepted.

Blood drives scheduled for the Tribune area that still had appointments available as of deadline are:

May 5, Litchfield: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Civic Arena

May 5, Dawson: 1 to 7 p.m., Community Center

May 6, Benson: 12:30 to 6:30 p.m., St. Mark’s Lutheran Church

May 7, Benson: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., St. Mark’s Lutheran Church

May 7, Starbuck: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Community Center

May 10, Willmar: 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., Assembly of God Church

May 11, Raymond: 1 to 7 p.m., Christian Reformed Church

May 12, Spicer: 1 to 7 p.m., American Legion

May 12, Kerkhoven: 1 to 7 p.m., Civic Center

May 14, Grove City: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., ACGC High School

May 17, Willmar: Noon to 6 p.m., Conference Center