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WILLMAR — Picking out presents for family members during the holiday season is not a luxury everyone can afford. Local law enforcement participated in the annual "Shop with a Cop" event to help children pick out gifts for their loved ones. Children were paired with a police officer and shopped Sunday evening at Walmart for gifts with donated funds.
WILLMAR - Students, faculty and staff were able to sample over 50 dishes from around the world during the Taste of Culture event Tuesday at Ridgewater College in Willmar.
MONTEVIDEO - Christmas cheer was spread from around the globe during Christmas in the Village at Historic Chippewa City Saturday in Montevideo. The theme this year was "Winter Holidays Around the World" and the event featured horse-drawn carriage rides, visits with Santa and more.
WILLMAR — Once the last bell rings, many students at Willmar Middle School don't run to the door. They participate in after-school activities that allow them to explore their interests beyond the classroom. From robotics to swimming to crafts, there is a wide range of activities in the after-school program each week day.
WILLMAR — The Celebrate the Light of the World display lit up Robbins Island Regional Park Thanksgiving evening for the first time in its new location. Leadership of the light display, formerly staged by the Chad Koosman family, was passed on to the Willmar Fests committee. The display will be open nightly through the beginning of January. Freewill donations benefit the Salvation Army.
WILLMAR — Shoppers made their way to stores in Willmar Thursday evening to get a jump on Black Friday deals. Rather mild temps made Black Friday shopping a breeze, as people headed out in search of bargain prices.
WILLMAR — Thanks was given at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Willmar Thursday for the annual free Thanksgiving Meal. Plates were filled with turkey, mashed potatoes and many other delicious treats to celebrate the holiday.
WILLMAR — Students were able to give blood for the first time during the blood drive held Tuesday by the American Red Cross at Willmar Senior High School. The event was held in the Brau Performing Arts Center at the school.
WILLMAR — Community members began their holiday season Saturday with the annual Holidaze Parade in downtown Willmar. Bundled for below freezing temperatures, hundreds of people came to see the lighted parade's featured floats from different groups, businesses and organizations across the area. A visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, reindeer sleigh rides, penguins, a petting zoo, inflatables and crafts were among the other activities that kicked off the evening, along with community drum circles and turkey bowling. See video from the event online at wctrib.com.
WILLMAR - Cal Miner, in full train conducting uniform, puts the finishing touches Thursday on the Great Northern Railway Engine for the holiday light display outside of the Kandiyohi County Historical Society. The new lighting crew, composed of Cal Miner, Ralph Nelson and Kevin Halliday, used almost 16,000 light bulbs for the engine display. The museum received donations from Heritage Bank, North American State Bank, Bremer Bank and the Home Depot in Willmar for the engine, which will be lit in the evening hours starting on Thanksgiving.