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WILLMAR - Volunteers spent countless hours this past weekend setting up the 20th annual Veterans Display in the Willmar City Auditorium. Hundreds of uniforms along with artifacts and various items from the Civil War to the present will be available to the public through Tuesday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
WILLMAR - Hundreds of books, new and old, are for sale at the Willmar Community Center for the annual League of Women Voters used book sale. The sale raises funds for the League of Women Voters of the Willmar Area. Books will be sold from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.
WILLMAR — In 2011, the late Connie Wanner was volunteering at the Civil War encampment held at the Kandiyohi County Historical Society in Willmar. Wanner was assigned to look after the iconic Willmar landmark, the Sperry House, while members of the public walked around the grounds during the event.
WILLMAR — Students from Kennedy Elementary School listened to and learned about instruments from all over the world during a presentation Monday by global multi-instrumentalist Todd Green at the Willmar Education and Arts Center. From Chinese string instruments to North Indian drums, his sound crossed continents and music mediums. Green will also perform at 7 p.m. Nov. 1 at the WEAC. Presented by Willmar Community Education, the concert is free to the public. A quiet, strings-only, live prelude begins at 6:30 p.m. Those under 15 should be accompanied by an adult.
WILLMAR — Children put on their best costumes Sunday for the Trunk-or-Treat event at United Methodist Church in Willmar. Church members decorated their vehicle trunks with spooky decorations and passed out candy to those who came.
WILLMAR — From zombies to pumpkins, community members are getting festive for the Halloween season. Houses in Willmar are adorned with spooky decorations, children are painting their best pumpkins and a haunted house is ready for community members to visit their "Walking Dead" show. So put on your best costume, and prepare to scare! Halloween festivities Haunted House: today and Wednesday, 6 to 10 p.m., Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds, Willmar; admission $12, $2 off with Food Shelf donation.
NEW LONDON — Pumpkins were carved into jack-o'-lanterns Thursday evening during a public pumpkin carving at the New London Senior Center. Community members were able to select a pumpkin and transform it into spooky sights or fantastical creations to be used for the Jack-O'-Lantern Walk Friday at 6 p.m. at Sibley State Park.
WILLMAR — Children and their families — a part of the Bethesda Buddies program — met at Bethesda Grand in Willmar Tuesday to spend time with residents. The group sang, played games and decorated pumpkins for fall. The program is a new initiative to create more inter-generational connections in the community.
WILLMAR - The Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds got freaky Thursday night while the actors for The Walking Dead Freak Show Haunted House, held by the Willmar Nite Lions Club, prepared to scare.They dressed up as zombies, monsters, and mysterious figures of the night. So please - enter if you dare. The haunted house will be held Friday Oct. 26th, 6 to 10 p.m., Saturday Oct. 27th 6 to 10 p.m. and 12 to 4 p.m. for the "Trunk-OR-Treat" event, and Wednesday Oct. 31st 6 to 10 p.m.
WILLMAR — The SuperAmerica gas station on First Street in Willmar received new Speedway signs Tuesday. SuperAmerica, a convenience store chain founded in 1960 in St. Paul, is now Speedway. The change follows the recent merger of Marathon Petroleum Corp., the Ohio-based owner of the Speedway brand, and Andeavor, which has owned the SuperAmerica brand since 2016. Marathon CEO Gary Heminger told Fox Business in May the combined company, now the largest refiner in the U.S., will "take a Speedway platform coast-to-coast."