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2014 Guard and Reserve Handbook

This unique handbook, written specifically for the National Guard and Reserves, gives you everything you need to know about serving in the Reserve Component, including: drill pay and enlistment bonuses; allowances like BAS and BAH; re-employment rights; education and training benefits specific to the Guard and Reserve; health care; and retirement. 

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And the winners are...

Terri Swenson of Willmar and Claire Adamski of Olivia! Congrats

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There is a free grocery give away every Saturday morning from 9-10:30 at the Harvest Community Church at 905 Litchfield Avenue Southwest in Willmar. This is a collaborative effort with the Willmar Area Food Shelf and Hope for the City. Its free to all, just bring your own box, bag or tote.

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There will be a Dad’s Belgian Waffle Feed fundraiser and Easter Egg Hunt Saturday morning, April 19th from 8-11 at the Peace Lutheran Church in New London. The Easter Egg hunt is at 9:30. Adult are $7 or $8 at the door, children five and under are free. Take outs available. Pictures with the Easter Bunny. Proceeds to the New London Royalty program.

Kandiyohi County Public Health will have an immunization clinic on Monday afternoon, April 21st from three to six it its office at the county Health and Human Services Building. Bring along all immunization records. No one will be denied immunizations due to inability to pay. Call 231-7860 for more information

Students in grades 1-6 in Alexandria will learn to create their own Muppet sock puppet, write the script and produce & star in their very own puppet show in a class at the Voyager Elementary School on Mondays and Thursdays, April 21st through May 8th from 3:30 to 5. Call 320-762-3310, extension 4270 for more information.  

Boys and girls in grades 4-6 are encouraged to sign up for ‘School of Fish Seminar’ with professional angler and guide Mike Frisch. The seminar is Tuesday, April 22nd from 3:15 to 6:15 at the Kennedy School Café. Pre- registration is required. Call the Willmar Community Ed & Rec at 231-8490 for more details or to enroll.

Swing into Adventure during the Parents/Professionals: Meet/Greet/Eat events. It includes Samuel, an award winning PBS movie and inclusion discussion; and information on Minnesota events, camps and activities designed for families. There is also Kids: Peer Fun. Events are from 6-8 Tuesday nights: April 22 at First Lutheran in Litchfield; & April 29th at the Cross of Calvary in Olivia.  

‘Do Dinosaurs really Rawr’ is the theme of the Story Hour at the Willmar Public Library on Wednesday, April 23rd & Friday, April 25th from 10-10:45 both days. This is for ages 2-1/2 to six years old. Children will be entertained with quality literature, flannel graph stories, puppetry, music, fingerplays and more. Call the library for more info.  

Join Alexandria Community Education’s ‘Introduction to Pilates’ class and learn natural movements of your body using slow and controlled movements. Bring a towel and mat if you have one. The class is at the Discovery Middle School on Wednesday nights, April 23-May 28th. Call 320-762-3310, extension 4270 for more information.

Learn how to care for your fruit trees what varieties have proven hardy and delicious, how to plant, harvest and store fruit and how to protect trees and fruit from disease & insects in ‘Apples and More.’ The class is Thursday night, April 24th from 7-9 at the Discovery Middle School in Alexandria. Call 320-762-3310, extension 4270 for more information.

The American Red Cross has set several blood drives in April. There will be one at the Buffalo Lake Hector Stewart High School in Hector on Thursday, April 24th from 9-2, and one at the Kandiyohi County Area YMCA in Willmar on Friday, April 25th from 9-2. You’re encouraged to give blood.

Rice Memorial Hospital will offer a free community education event Thursday, April 24th from 11:30-1:30 at the Willmar Community Center. There will be guest speakers, informational booths, free BMI and blood pressure screening, free health coaching from Rice’s ReYou Wellness team, and additional on-site testing from Rice Laboratory at a nominal fee.

Hope Presbyterian Church of Spicer is having its annual Rummage and Bake Sale on Saturday, April 26th from 8 to one at the church on North Shore Drive. Serving morning coffee and noon lunch. Lots of homemade treats and gently used items for sale! 

The Maynard Lutheran Church will have a fundraiser at the Maynard Event Center on Saturday, April 26th from 10-2. There will be a quilt show, the quilts brought in by quilters in the area. Admission is a freewill offering. Lunch is $6, coffee and a bar $2.50.

There will be a children’s matinee Friday afternoon, April 25th at 3:30 at the Willmar Public Library. The movie is ‘ Frozen’. Popcorn will be provided or bring you own snack. After the kingdom of Arendelle is cast into eternal winter by the powerful Snow Queen Elsa, her sprightly sister Anna teams up with rough-hewn mountaineer Kristoff and his trusty reindeer Sven to break the icy spell.

Some items are needed at West Central Industries for the day training program for adults with disabilities. Needed are bottles of Elmer’s glue, markers, craft supplies, puzzles, trivia and fact books, poster paint, sidewalk chalk, toss games, scrapbook/colored/construction paper and a basketball/soccer ball, Frisbees, & Nerf footballs. Drop donations off at the front desk at West Central Industries.  

The Little Crow Archers will have 3-D shoots April 26th and 27th; and Sundays May 4th and 18th and May 31st and June 1st. Registration all days is from 9-2. It’s a 30 target course, and the location is about five miles south of Sunburg. Call 366-3651 for more information.   

The annual bicycle safety rodeo is being held Saturday, April 26th from 11-1 at the Alexandria Technical and Community College tactical warehouse. There will be drawings for bicycle helmets and two bicycles. Sandwiches and water will be supplied while supplies last. No need to pre-register. Call 320-759-3706 for more information.

The Little Crow Anglers will have a Youth Fishing Clinic at the New London-Spicer High School in New London from nine to noon on Saturday, April 26th. This is free to all children first to sixth grade. Learn casting, knot tying, water safety, fish painting, minnow races, fish identification, free drawings, and free lunch.

There will be an Earth Day celebration at the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center on Saturday, April 26th from eight to one. Booths, exhibits and activities about water quality, energy efficiency, land management and more. Pancake & sausage breakfast from 8-10. Call 354-5894 for more information.

There will be a benefit for Sue Whitcomb, who has pancreatic and liver cancer, on Saturday, April 26th from 3-7 at the Atwater Community Center. There will be a silent auction, a live auction, and a hamburger and hotdog supper. Freewill donation for the meal. If you wish to donate an item for the silent auction call 894-7223.

You’re invited to the annual Earth Day event at the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center on Saturday, April 26th from 8-1. Pancake & sausage breakfast, exhibits, kids’ activities, DNR laser shot, DNR live fish tank, scavenger hunt, and much more. Call the learning center at 354-5894 for more info.

East Norway Lake Lutheran Church west of New London will have a meatball dinner on Sunday, April 27th with serving from 11-1. Meatballs, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, salads, homemade bread, assorted desserts. Adults $9, ages 6-12 $5, and five and under free. There is also a drawing at 1 for a machine stitched queen size blanket. Tickets are a buck.

The Woodbury Chorus & Orchestra will present ‘On Eagle’s Wings: Psalms for the South’ on Sunday afternoon, April 27th at four at Bethel Lutheran Church in Willmar. Admission is free. Treats and beverages will be served after the concert. A freewill offering will be taken with 100 percent of the proceeds to benefit the Willmar Area Food Shelf.

There is a 20 Target 3-D League April 27th through June 8th at 16952 118th Street Northwest, Sunburg. League shooting time is Wednesdays from five to dusk or Sundays from ten to four. This is a five week league. The range is open only during posted league times. Call 366-3651 for more info.

The Woodbury Chorus & Orchestra will be presenting "On Eagle's Wings: Psalms for the Soul" which will feature Psalms in a variety of settings.  It will be at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Willmar on Sunday afternoon, April 27th  at 4. The concert is free and no ticket is required, but there will be a freewill offering to benefit the Willmar Area Food Shelf.  This concert is sponsored by Bethel, Calvary and Vinje Lutheran Churches. Call 235-2641 for more info.

Join Alexandria Community Education’s “Our Magnificent Resort History – Promenade through the Eras” and take a virtual tour through the historic eras of the magnificent resort history of Douglas County. This virtual tour will include vintage lakes-area maps, tidbits of fishing guide stories, lake “legends” and a time to share vacation tales. The class is at the MN Lakes Maritime Museum, Monday afternoon, April 28 from 3-4:30. Call 320-762-3310, ext. 4270 for more info.  

There will be story hour at the Pioneer cabin at the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center for age K-3rd grade on Monday afternoon, April 28th from 3:45 to 5. Dress as a pioneer and listen to a story about the Ingalls family and what pioneer life was like. We’ll also do an activity that Laura did. Call the learning center at 354-5894 for more information or to sign up.

 If you have the basics down of the iPad and would like to learn a little more, “iPad Level II” is for you. Learn to connect to your computer, take a look into the App Store & some useful apps, Safari, email, screenshots and cloud basics. The class is at Jefferson High School in Alexandria on Wednesday, April 30 from 4-6. Call 320-762-3310, ext. 4270 for more info.

The Willmar Area Chapter of "Let's Go Fishing" will be holding a volunteer meeting on Wednesday night, April 30th,  at 6:30  in the Dethlef's Senior Center in Spicer.  Preparations are under way for the summer season. New volunteers are welcome, along with our returning regulars. If interested, come to the meeting.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Stop using cell phones while driving; recognize that hands-free devices offer no safety benefit; understand the dangers of the cognitive distraction to the brain; and tell others about the dangers of cell phone distracted driving. Make smart choices when driving.


The Willmar branch of the American Association of University Women will hold its annual used book sale on Thursday and Friday, May 1st and 2nd from 9-7 and Saturday, May 3rd from nine to noon at the Willmar Community Center on north Highway 71. If you wish to donate books to the sale, drop them off at the community center on April 30th by six. For more info call 212-2267.  

The traditional Nordic lawn game “Kubb” is played with wooden game pieces that we will build in this shop class. We will cut, shape, sand and stain a set for each participant to take home. Be ready for some new summer fun. Game rules sheet will be included with this build class, which is Thursday night, May 1st from 6-9 at the Discovery Middle School in Alexandria. Call 320-762-3310, ext. 4270 for more info.

The American Red Cross has a number of blood drives in Kandiyohi County in May. There will be a drive at Cash Wise Foods in Willmar on Thursday, May 1st from 1-7 and on Friday, May 2nd from 1-6. On Monday, May 12th there is a drive at the Assembly of God Church in Willmar from 1-7 and on Wednesday, May 14th there is a drive at the Spicer American Legion from 1-7.

Join the West Central Singers in concert on Saturday night, May 3rd at seven at the Zion Lutheran Church in Litchfield, and Sunday afternoon, May 4th at four at the Vinje Lutheran Church in Willmar. They’ll share songs about home. Tickets are available at the door. A portion of the ticket sales will benefit Habitat for Humanity.

Masons for Diabetic Youth will have a French toast breakfast on Sunday, May 4th from 8-12:30 at the Willmar VFW. All you can eat. Adults $7.50, children 4-12 years $5, and three and under free. Tickets available at the door or from Walt’s, Cub Foods, Cash Wish Foods and KFC. Proceeds go to purchase supplies and equipment for area schools to care for children with diabetes.

The Hanley Falls Fire Department will have its 54th annual smelt fry on Saturday, May 3rd from 3-9. Smelt, Pollock, beans, coleslaw and chips. The Hanley Falls First Responder Calendar fundraiser ATV drawing is at nine. Calendars will be sold at the door or call 507-530-5798.

Develop a swing and learn to improve your golf game in Alexandria Community Education’s ‘Introduction to Golf’ class. There are five outdoor lessons on wood shots, iron shots and putting. This is for beginning golfers or those who want to improve their swing. The class is at the Alexandria Golf Club Monday, May 5th through Friday, May 9th from 9-10 in the morning or 5:30-6:30 in the evening. Call 320-762-3310, ext. 4270 for more info.

A ‘Gear Up for Fishing,’ class will be held at the Maritime Museum in Alexandria on Monday night, May 5th from 7-8:30. Learn about area lakes, bait and tackle, fish locators and equipment, plus helpful techniques to improve your chance for success. Call 320-762-3310, ext. 4270 for more info.

The Hawk Creek Animal Shelter will host 2 pet vaccination clinics in May for income qualified families. On Tuesday night, May 6th they will be at the shelter starting at six. On Wednesday night, May 7th they will be at the sheriff’s garage in Litchfield starting at six. They will be vaccinating dogs for rabies and distemper parvo, cats for rabies and distemper-respiratory. They will have micro-chipping and pet ID tags available. Call 235-7612 for more info.  

David Housewright will be at the Spicer Public Library on Thursday night, May8th at 6:30. Former reporter and ad-man, Housewright has, in the last 15 years, become one of America’s most successful mystery writers. He is a three time Minnesota book award winning author of the Rushmore McKenzie and Holland Taylor novels.

You can celebrate World Red Cross Day by donating blood. On Friday, May 9th from 9:30-2:30, there’s a blood drive at the Renville County West High School in Renville; on Monday, May 12th from 1-7 the American Red Cross will have a blood drive at the Covenant Church in Dassel, and on Tuesday, May 13th at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Grove City from 1-7.

Learn about the architectural gems of houses built in the early days of Alexandria, including brief summaries of the business people who built them. “The Giants of the Silk Stocking District” 1.5 mile walk will begin behind Cowing -Robarts. the class is Friday morning, May 9th from 9:30-11. Call 320-762-3310, ext. 4270 for more info.

Saturday, May 17th is the second annual Healthy Families: Healthy Communities Day event and the Cat Scratch Fever 5K. There will be a free Kids Cat Crawl 1K which starts at 8:30 and the 5K which starts at 9. This is for families around the Kandiyohi County area and beyond. The goal is to promote healthy activities with an emphasis on exercise, healthy eating and family wellness. There will also be a health expo, vendor fair, poster contest and student presentations. There will be door prizes as well. All proceeds benefit the New London-Spicer Middle School. 


May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Did you know that UVA rays can damage your skin right through windows of your car? The average American spends 101 minutes a day in a car, and that can add up to serious skin damage. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends using window film, or tint, to protect you and your family while driving. Even clear window film will help block UVA rays 24-7. For more tips, visit skin cancer DOT org.


The tenth annual "Tea at the Sperry House" will be held Friday, June 6th, serving at both one and three that afternoon. The theme this year is a “New Deal Tea”.   Come and learn what tea would’ve been like during the 1930s. The cost is $10 per person, adults only, with proceeds to benefit the Sperry House. Only 16 people will be served for each of the two teas so you need to call 235-1881 to register right now for one of the two teas.


The Little Theatre has plans to do 2 productions for the summer season! The first is a unique blend of improvisation, audience participation, music, and script. Join the villagers of the beautiful Grapplin, County Sligo, Ireland, as they tell tales, sing songs and mourn the passing of one of their own, the dearly departed Flanagan. You’ll be transported to the Emerald Isle to grieve as only the Irish can. You can share tales of your own experiences and misadventures with dear old Flanagan or simply enjoy the stories and songs of the locals as they recall Flanagan’s life.

The Little Theatre is also hard at work adapting Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz especially for the Little Theatre stage. Join Toto as he tells his puppies a bed time story of his adventures in Oz with Dorothy. This play calls for a cast of all ages. This August, elementary and middle school students can participate in a theater workshop and learn their roles as Munchkins, flying monkeys, and more while the big kids (and adults who still act like kids) bring the other characters of the land of Oz to life!


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