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General PSA's

-Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota is seeking individuals and couples who can serve as foster parents to children and youth. Ideal foster parents have compassion for kids and are open to caring for children from different backgrounds. Professional training and ongoing support is provided. A monthly, non-taxable reimbursement is also provided to foster parents. Call Lutheran Social Services at 320-424-3859

-NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) sponsors free support groups for families and friends of individuals living with a mental illness. Led by trained facilitators who also have a family member with mental illness, the support groups help families develop better coping skills and find strength through sharing their experiences. A family support group meets in Willmar at 6:30 on the 1st and 3rd Thursday nights, at the Lakeland Health Center, Seminar room 2 on the lower level. For more information, call 320-444-4860.

-Kandiyohi County Public Health has a car safety seat initiative called TIKE (Toddler Info Kept for Emergencies). Emergency info can be placed on a free sticker and attached to the back of the car seat - emergency personnel can then access info about the child in the event an adult is unable to after a car crash. Free stickers are available at Kandiyohi County Public Health.

-Habitat for Humanity of West Central Minnesota ReStore is accepting donations of building materials, large appliances, furniture and more. All donations must be approved by staff before acceptance. Donations can be brought to the ReStore between 11-14:30 Wednesday through Friday and 11 and 3 on Saturdays. For more information call 235-9000.

-The Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center welcomes hikers on the grounds during daylight hours at no cost. Pets should be on a leash. Call the center at 354-5894 for more information.

-Sibley State Park’s Interpretive Center hours vary and a vehicle permit is required to enter the park. They are available at the park office. Call 354-2002 for more information.

-Ice rinks at Hilltop Park, Lincoln Park and Garfield Park in Willmar are now open. Garfield has two hockey rinks with boards, open skating and a warming house. Children’s skates are available for use for free. The warming house is open from 1-6 on weekends and school holidays and 5-8:30 on Mondays and Thursdays. The warming house is closed with the wind chill is 10 below or colder.I

-The Kandiyohi County Historical Society of Willmar is open weekdays from 9-4. There is a $2 admission charge for adults, with ages 12 and under admitted free. The historical society is located at the train engine on North Business Highway 71 across from Robbins Island. There are a number of featured exhibits in the museum. For more information call 235-1881.

-New London’s Raptor Ridge is open by appointment by calling 354-8820. Larry and Barb Levin’s natural history museum is located on County Road 40, 2.8 miles east of Highway 23 on the north side of the road. Admission is free.

-The Fagen Fighers WWII Museum of Granite Falls is open from 10-4 Tuesday through Saturday at the Lenzen-Roe Memorial Airport south of Granite Falls on Highway 23. Free admission; a suggested donation of $10 for adults.

-The Blue Star Mothers Chapter 1 meets the third Thursday of each month at the Willmar Armory. The parents of military meet for support and to pack boxes to send to deployed troops. They are collecting snacks, hygiene products, paperback novels and notes to be included in the packages. Donation boxes are available at Heritage Bank and the Willmar Armory. If you want them to include someone you know who is deployed, send the name and address to Blue Star Mothers, Box 206, Pennock, along with your phone number.


There will be a Teen hangout at the Willmar Public Library Friday afternoons, Feb. 16 from 3:30-5:30. There is a Writing Club on Monday night, Feb. 12th from 5-8; and a Teen Book and Media Chat on Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 13th from 4-6. Come join in these festivities. Call the library for more information.

‘Let’s have a Beach party’ is the theme for the Friday morning, Feb. 16th Winter Story Hour at the Willmar Public Library. The theme for the Feb. 23rd Story Hour is ‘Kid’s Yoga.’ At Story Hour, kids have an opportunity to do activities that promote developments and learning. This is a perfect way for preschoolers to listen and learn about the questions they ask. They love singing familiar songs and doing fun activities. Call the library for more information.

The Blomkest Fire Department Relief Association will have a fish fry on Saturday, Feb. 17th from 1 to 1 and 4-7 at the Blomkest Community Center. Dine in or take out: deep fried fish, French fries or bake potato, cole slaw, bread and butter, coffee and lemonade. There is a $12 recommended minimum donation. Winter raffle drawing at 7, with tickets $10 each. You don’t need to be present to win. Come support your local fire department.

There will be a David Schmidt cancer benefit on Saturday, Feb. 17th from 4:30-7:30 at the Morris American Legion. Freewill donation and raffles. Pulled pork and all the fixings. Schmidt has squamous cell carcinoma cancer affecting his tongue and throat. Schmidt lives in Alberta. He may have to learn to chew, swallow and speak again, and recovery could take six months or more, and he won’t be able to work for an unknown amount of time. Family and friends are putting on this benefit to help with his living expenses and any other expenses that are not covered by insurance.

Bethel Lutheran Church in Willmar will have a pancake and sausage breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 17th from 8-11 at the church. Your free-will donation will support the Matthew, Timothy and Foundation Houses that provide housing and supportive services to 16 men with special needs. At this Mission breakfast, you can also bid on silent auction items and hear testimony about the mission of the Foundation Houses.

There will be a Presidential Ski/Climb/Survive event for grades one and older at the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center on Monday, Feb. 19th from 8-4. Get outside and explore this winter. Hit the trails and have an adventure on the skinny skis. Learn some winter survival skills. Come inside and finish the day at the indoor climbing wall. Meet at the main building. Call 354-5894 for more information.

The American Red Cross is urging healthy donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve to help maintain the blood supply for patients in need. There is a blood drive at the Vinje Lutheran Church in Willmar on Monday, Feb. 19th from 1-6; a drive at the BOLD High School in Olivia on Monday, Feb. 19th from 9-2; and a drive in Litchfield on Tuesday, Feb. 27th from 1-7. Call the American Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767 for more info.

The Kandiyohi County Sanitary Landfill will be closed Monday, Feb. 19th in observance of Presidents’ Day. Landfill  hours are from 8-4 Monday through Friday and 8-noon on Saturdays. Call the landfill at 354-2707. Once again, the landfill will be closed on Feb. 19th.

There will be a Teen TV Marathon at the Willmar Public Library on Tuesday, Feb. 20th from 4-6. This marathon focuses on time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter, who has to recruit a rag-tag team of heroes and villains to help prevent an apocalypse that could impact not only Earth, but all of time. Again, this is at the library from 4-6 on February 20th.

Early Childhood Family Education and the Willmar Public Library are working together to bring you and your two to five year old an evening of fun. The next event is Tuesday night, Feb. 20th from 6-7, with a story that will be brought to life with the help of your child. There will be music, activities and more. Pre-register at 231-8490. Other events are on March 20th and April 17th.

The American Red Cross will have blood drives this month. There is a blood drive in Belgrade at the St. Francis De Sales Parish Center on Tuesday, Feb. 20th from 1-7; a drive at the Benson Armory on Thursday, Feb. 22nd from 1-7 and another on Friday, Feb. 23rd from 8-2 at the Benson Armory. There is also a drive at the American Legion in Paynesville on Monday, Feb. 26th fromnoon to six.

There will be a Pioneer Winter Survival event for Grades third through 6th on Thursday afternoon, February 22nd from 4-6 at the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center. Come to the 1888 cabin, dress as a pioneer, help saw wood, make candles, learn how to build a fire with flint and steel, try snowshoeing and warm up by the fire with some hot apple cider. Meet at the farm site. Call 354-5894 for more information.

‘Save Our Tails,’ a fundraiser for the Human Society of Kandiyohi and Meeker Counties, is planned for Friday night, Feb. 23rd at six at the Willmar Conference Center. The night includes a light buffet dinner, dessert, the live auction and silent auction. Tickets are $30 in advance for adults; $35 at the door; 12 and under $10. Purchase tickets in advance at the Hawk Creek Animal Shelter in Willmar

The Renville County School Foundation will present the 2012 National Harmony Sweepstakes Champions on Friday night, Feb. 23rd at seven in the school’s small gym. Tickets are $10 for students in K-12 and $15 for adults. Swearing off instruments, the award winning vocal band, Six Appeal, takes you on a journey that spans decades of music. The band will perform classic oldies, current chart toppers and catchy original tunes, completely acapella.

 There will be a Klub Supper and silent auction SaturdayFeb. 24th from 4-7 at the East Zion Lutheran Church of rural Starbuck. Light and dark Klub, side pork or ham, scalloped potatoes, applesauce and a beverage. Take-outs are available. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for ages 5-12. Come partake of this supper and silent auction and spend time socializing with friends.

The Diamond Edge Figure Skating Club presents ‘One the Edge of Royalty’ at the Willmar Civic Center Arena Saturday night, Feb. 24th at 7; and Sunday afternoon, Feb. 25th at one. Advance tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for students; three and under free with a paid adult. Purchase tickets at the door for an extra two bucks. Tickets are available at CashWise foods and online atdiamondedgeskating.com.

Kandiyohi County Public Health will have an immunization clinic on Monday afternoon, Feb. 26th from 3-6. No appointment is needed, but bring an up to date record of all past immunizations. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian or have proper written consent. No one will be denied due to inability to pay. Call 231-7800 for more information.

There will be a Teen Movie on Monday night, Feb. 26th at 5:30 at the Willmar Public Library. The movie is about allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France who are surrounded by the Germany Army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War 11. There is an Art Atrium on Wednesday night. Feb. 28th from 5-8 at the library. Bring your art to share or create art. Art supplies are provided.

A self-defense course designed specifically for the non-martial artist, is set for Monday night, Feb. 26th and Wednesday night, February 28 from 7-8 each night in the Alexandria Area High School Wrestling/Multi Use Room E120. You will learn how to recognize potentially dangerous situations, levels of violent behaviors while building confidence and how to effectively defend yourself. Call 320-762-3310 for more info.

There will be Intro to Cross Country Skiing for grades two and older on Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 27th from 4-5:30 at the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center. Come learn the basics of cross country skiing, then hit the trails to practice your new skills. Instruction and equipment provided. Meet at the main building. Call 354-5894 for info.


There will be an Indoor Rock Climbing Gym for all ages on Thursday afternoon, March 1st from 4-5:30 at the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center. Rock climbing is an adventure sport, and beginners can learn about the sport, exercise and have fun. Experienced climbers can come train and refine their shills. The Center will have instructors there to help every climber reach new heights. Equipment is provided. Meet at the main building. Call 354-5894 for more info.

On Friday, March 2nd from 8-4 come experience what the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center has to offer. Activities will depend on the weather and the possibilities are endless…..Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, archery, climbing wall, orienteering, geocaching – the list goes on and on. Bring a sack lunch and meet at the main building. Call 354-5894 for more information.

A horse extravaganza hosted by the Split Rail Saddle Club will be held Saturday, March 3rd from 11-5 at the Wood Lake Community Center. Free admission. There will be a silent auction; smoked pork chop feed; and several presentations. At 11:30 there is a hoof care presentation by Bob Fesenmaier Farrier Service; and at one, the Marshall Animal Clinic will talk on performance issues, joints and dental health.

There will be a Dad’s Belgian Waffle feed on Monday, March 5th from 4:30-7 at the Roseland Reformed Church. The proceeds will go toward helping with expenses that Tim and Kristin Poortvliet will have as they enter into a foster-to-adopt program, as well as Casa Hogar Adonai, an orphanage in Mexico that the church has been supporting. Freewill donation. All you can eat. Call 978-8911 for more info.

The Lego Club at the Willmar Public Library will meet on Wednesday afternoons, March 7th and April 4th from 4-5. The sky is the limit for your imagination. You will create a new structure each time that may be put on display. Legos are provided. If you would like to donate Legos or money to purchase more Legos, contact the library at 235-3162. This club is for children in grades K-6. Snacks are provided. No registration necessary.

There will be a Suicide Prevention Class in Glenwood on March 9, from noon to one at the Pope County Courthouse. QPR is a free, one-hour presentation sponsored by NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) that covers the three steps anyone can learn to help prevent suicide – Question, Persuade and Refer. Just like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives. Call 651-645-2948 for more info.

The Koronis Nite Owls of Paynesville will have a square dance for Food Shelf Month on Saturday night, March 10th. Dean Dederman, national caller, will do the calling. Dancers are asked to donate an item for the food shelf. Mainstream dancing at the Paynesville Elementary School will be from 7:30-10. There will be a pot luck lunch following the dance. Come enjoy the evening and the dancing.


It’s never too early to start thinking about the future! The 2018 Jenna Van Buren Youth Citizen of the Year Scholarship application is now available online, in the YMCA office and through your High School Guidance Counselor. This is a $1000 award given to a deserving graduating senior in memory of Jenna Van Buren, a past winner of the award and employee of the YMCA. The scholarship application deadline is April 1st. It will be awarded at high school awards ceremony. Call 222-9622 for more information.

Save the following dates for the 2018 New London CIA (Community In Action) meetings. Meetings are generally nights at 6:30 at the New London Senior Center, unless otherwise noted. CIA Committee Meetings are April 5June 7August 2 (at six at Holm Park for a potluck); October 4, and Dec. 6 (at 6 for a Holiday potluck). Come to these meetings and give your input.

There will be Little People Storytime at the Willmar Public Library on Thursday mornings through April 26th from 10-10:30. This is for infants through kindergarten. There will be a morning of books, music and movement. Parents with questions can speak to LaRae after class or call the library at 231-8490.

Pet of the Week
Say Hi to Spike


  • Yellow Labrador Retriever
    Large Adult Male, short coat length
  •  Willmar, MN
     Yellow / Tan / Blond / Fawn

Vaccinations up to date, spayed / neutered, special needs. Spike has a prior break in his rear leg that will require joint supplements and regular annual check ups
Other dogs, children.
Oh SPIKE SPIKE SPIKE!!! This guy is an all out love bug!! He cannot get enough people love and wants to help his new owner in everything they do! Spike is born to be loyal and born to please. While walking on leash with a quick correction he will immediately start to heel and look back at you for direction. In life there are special dogs who touch your soul immediately and you know all they want to do is please their person! Spike is loyal, loving, has a wonderful smile, knows how to sit, laydown, and I bet with minimal training he would easily learn anything you ask of him! Spike does have a little hitch in his giddyup from a prior injury before he arrived with us. His left hind leg has a prior fracture higher up on his tib/fib area, it is already healed, but with how its healed he will need continued joint supplements and regular check ups!

View all adoptable pets (photo's & bio's) with the petfinder

Pet Therapy Visits:
 Tuesday February 20th 1:00 at Brookdale, 2:15 at Copperleaf
 Wednesday the February 21st 2:00 at Bethesda Grand
 Wednesday February 28th 8:30 at CARES treatment center, 10:00 Bethesda Memory Care Unit
Please Join Us!! We are always looking for animal handlers. The residents truly enjoy it and so do the animals
and volunteers.

Through a grant from the ASPCA, we are looking for help with the Adoption Ambassador program. The Adoption Ambassadors program gives adoptable animals a better chance at finding homes by engaging folks as adoption counselors and foster parents at the same time. It lets adopters get more detailed information about an animal’s behavior in a home environment and improves quality of life while awaiting adoption. Of course, we will continue to have our more “traditional” foster parents and hope that more folks will join us in that so critical role. Fosters are needed badly to help save lives and we can find the perfect fit for anyone who is interested! Give Bobbie a call if you would like more information or would like to be a part of this program.

The 2018 dates have been planned. They are April 2, June 11, August 6, October 1, and November 12. Please tell your family, friends, and co-workers about this low cost spay/neuter program. Register animals now as the calendar fills up. You can register online at MNSNAP.org or by
calling 612-720- 8236.

Habitat for Humanity of West Central Minnesota is seeking  monetary donations and inventory for the ReStore in Willmar.  The ReStore accepts new and gently used furniture, home  accessories, building materials, and appliances, all of which  are sold to the public at a reduced price. The proceeds help  Habitat construct new homes in the community,  call Habitat for Humanity.


website: www.newlondonlittletheatre.com 
The Little Theatre will be undergoing many changes in the coming year. We will be installing new LED lights that will enhance your theatre experience while reducing our energy consumption.  We have also hired Laurel Iverson as our Operations Manager.  We are in the process of planning a full year of family friendly play production, concerts, movies from the New London Roaming Cinema, Story Show and some social awareness seminars. 
This is an exciting time for us and we hope to have your support as we expand our venue and offer our community a variety of entertainment options.
The Little Theatre Board 


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"Blithe Spirits"
Written by Noel Coward

Directed by Thomas Rosengren

Production Dates Feb. 15-18

A successful novelist, Charles Condomine, wishes to learn about the occult for a novel he is writing, so he arranges for an eccentric medium, Madame Arcati, to hold a seance at his house. At the seance, she inadvertently summons Charles's first wife, Elvira, who has been dead for seven years. This encounter leaves only Charles with the ability to see and hear his ghostly wife. As the days go by, Elvira makes continued, and increasingly desperate, efforts to disrupt Charles' marriage to his second wife, Ruth. When Ruth is accidentally killed, her ghost comes back to seak revenge on Elvira. With the ghosts of two wives in the house, Charles is desperate to put an end to the turmoil. He calls Madame Arcati to come back in an attempt to exorcise both of the spirits. Will they be successful? Come join us for the zany antics of the supernatural.

Cast List:

EDITH - a maid, retired from the Navy
RUTH - Charles' current wife, stylish in her mid-thirties
CHARLES - husband to Ruth and, before her passing, to Elvira in his forties
DR. BRADMAN wealthy middle-aged
MRS. BRADMAN wealthy middle-aged, fair and rather faded
MADAME ARCATI - a medium, a striking middle-aged woman
ELVIRA - Charles' late wife

-Green Lake Bluegrass Band  "Your annual cure for Cabin Fever"
Fri. Feb. 16th, 2018  at 7:30pm  Tickets $10

-"Love Letters"  Written by A.R. Gurney
Feb. 22nd-24th at 7:30pm, Feb. 25 at 2:00pm
The piece is comprised of a series of letters exchanged over a lifetime between two people who grew up together, went their separate ways, but continued to share confidences. With the reading of the letters, we see how much they really meant, and gave to, each other over the years - physically apart, but spiritually as close as only true lovers can be.

Tickets: $15 adults, and $8 Children 12 and under, Family rate $40 

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