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NEW LONDON — Art was the talk of the town Thursday evening at New London-Spicer High School during the Senior Art Social in New London. Graduating students had the opportunity to exhibit their work and talk to attendees about their pieces. Ice cream was served in homemade pottery bowls and music was provided by NLS students.
WILLMAR LAKES AREA — Spring is truly in the air. Winter has come and gone, and warm weather is here to stay for the next several months. The grass is bright green and the tulips are blooming brilliant colors of reds, oranges, yellows and pinks. Before the busyness of summer, take a moment to enjoy the beauty of spring. Whether it's a walk down the street, a bike ride on the Glacial Ridge Trail, or enjoying the sunset while fishing on one of the many lakes in the area.
SUNBURG - The annual Syttende Mai celebration parade in Sunburg was cancelled Sunday afternoon due to the poor weather conditions, but community members still showed their Norwegian pride to celebrate Norway's Constitution Day.
NEW LONDON — Cyclists of all ages and abilities from Willmar, Spicer and New London participated Friday evening in the seventh annual Mayors Bike Ride. Mayors from each of the three communities lead a bike ride in their respective areas and finished in downtown Willmar. The participants were greeted with live music, activities, food and fun once their rides were done.
WILLMAR — Students celebrated their accomplishments during the 2019 Ridgewater College commencement ceremony Friday afternoon at the Willmar Civic Center in Willmar. The student commencement speaker was Arfon Mohamud, a graduate of the registered nursing program. She described the early days after she moved to Willmar from Kenya and her need to build a new life. Along the way, she said, "I became a better version of myself — Arfon 2.0." She invited the other graduates to join her in making the choice to "have the courage to lead an extraordinary life."
WILLMAR - The city of Willmar held its annual city auction Wednesday at the city's storage lot here. People had the opportunity to bid on salvaged cars, trucks, bicycles and more.
SPICER — Fishermen enjoy Nest Lake Saturday morning during the fishing opener in Spicer. The 2019 fishing season for walleye and other species opened at 12:01 a.m. Saturday.
WILLMAR — Fishermen were busy checking out their boats Friday evening at Foot Lake in Willmar in preparation for the opening of fishing season. The 2019 fishing season for walleye and other species opens at 12:01 a.m. Saturday. The opener forecast calls for sunny skies early, with showers and a chance of thunderstorms through the afternoon, with a high of 63.
NEW LONDON — The New London-Spicer High School gymnasium got a little more colorful for the 2019 Minnesota State High School League Region 5A Visual Arts Competition May 1 in New London. NLS hosted the annual exhibition and 187 student artwork entries representing 14 schools across the region.
WILLMAR — Colorful blocks filled the room Wednesday for Lego Club at the Willmar Public Library in Willmar. The sky was the limit as children in kindergarten through sixth grade had the opportunity to build and create colorful structures that are typically put on display for the following weeks. The Lego Club meets the first Wednesday of the month from 4 to 5 p.m. The next meeting is June 5th and all are welcome. Legos are provided by the library; to donate blocks or money to buy more, please contact the library at 320-235-3162.