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Firefighters with the Blomkest Fire Department responded to a fire in atcattle farm Friday along U.S. Highway 71 south of Willmar.
WILLMAR - Robotics students were hard at work Wednesday in preparation for the West Central Week 0 event on Saturday at Willmar Senior High School. Hosted by the Willmar Area Robotics team WARPSPEED 4239 and West Central Hub, the event is a scrimmage for robotics teams in the area to test out their robots for competitions later on in the season. This year's 2019 FIRST Robotics Competition task theme is "Destination: Deep Space." The West Central Week 0 event is open to the public from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Willmar Senior High School, with no admission charge.
WILLMAR - Customers were buying some last-minute sweet treats Wednesday at Mr. B's Chocolates for their loved ones before Valentine's Day.
WILLMAR — Older adults came to build stronger bones Tuesday at the Bone Builders exercise class at the Willmar Community Center. The class teaches weight training and balance exercises to increase muscle strength and bone density, which protect against fractures caused by osteoporosis. It meets at 10:15 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at the Community Center.
WILLMAR - Some of the cutest football players have paws. In honor of the Super Bowl, Hawk Creek Animal Shelter held a Kitten Bowl Saturday. Furry friends wore jerseys, played with mini footballs and did what cats do best - nap - on the field. The event had gifts, prizes and food for attendees and for those who were looking to find their perfect player, there was a price drawing for adoption fees.
WILLMAR - Mail carriers were back to their regular postal delivery schedule Thursday in Willmar after halting services Wednesday because of the dangerously cold temperatures.
SPICER – With an air temperature of about 8 degrees, Polar Plunge participants were not necessarily jumping for joy – but rather jumping for a cause. With the wind chills, the air temperature on frozen Green Lake in Spicer Saturday afternoon was around 4 below zero, while the lake water under the ice was at least a bit above freezing at 33 degrees. The 15th annual Polar Plunge was held by local law enforcement to raise money for Special Olympics Minnesota.
SPICER — With an air temperature of about 10 degrees, more than 200 Polar Plunge participants took a jump into Green Lake in Spicer Saturday, raising funds for Special Olympics Minnesota. Check back for more photos, a video of the event and updates on funds raised.
WILLMAR — Crafters came to create and color Wednesday at the Willmar Public Library. The Craft Circle and Serene Scenes decided to combine forces and meet together to celebrate their love of crafts. Participants had the opportunity to fold iris paper, color, paint and more.
SPICER — Despite subzero temperatures, winter fun was had by all Saturday during the Spicer Ice Castle lighting ceremony on Saulsbury Beach. The ceremony kicked off Winterfest activities. Before the fireworks, attendees had the opportunity to test out kicksleds, go on sleigh rides, play mini golf and more. After the show, there was a dance with a performance by the Dam Jammers. Winterfest events continue next weekend and into February. More information is available online at spicermn.com.