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Free grocery giveaway. Come one, come all Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. to the Harvest Community Church in Willmar. All who come will receive food, even at 10:30 a.m.  Community Basics, Inc. in partnership with Matter in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, utilizes corporate surplus to fight poverty, hunger and disease.

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Congratulations to Al Sheldon on his honorary FFA Degree!!
FFA members from around the state were given awards Monday at the 87th Minnesota FFA Convention for commitment and hard work within the organization. Students were presented with the Minnesota State FFA Degree, the highest award the state can bestow upon a member. Eighteen outstanding teachers, individuals and companies who have demonstrated success and support of the FFA received honorary degrees from the Minnesota FFA. The 2016 recipients of the Honorary Minnesota FFA Degree include Zach Rada of Grove City, Al Sheldon of KDJS/K95.3, Nick Milbrandt of Morris, and Harmon Wilts of Kerkhoven. The Alumni Association recognized six inductees to the Minnesota Hall of Fame. Rod Hebrink of Apple Valley, a native of Renville, was one of them. The Star Farmer Award went to Madison Whitcomb of Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City.

Al interview with Jim Bartels about 2016 FFA Award


Safe Avenues will have its tenth annual Hope for Tomorrow Martai Gras on Friday, April 29th at the Willmar Conference Center. Social hour and silent auction at five; dinner at 6:30. Tickets are $70. Come join the event for an evening with a live jazz performance, a Cajun inspired dinner, live and silent auctions. Proceeds provide advocacy, parenting time services and shelter to victims of domestic and sexual violence. To register call 235-0475 or visit the website at willmarshelter.com

There will be a benefit show with the Johnny Holm Band on Friday, April 29th at 8:30 at McKinney’s on the south side in Benson. One hundred percent of ticket sales go directly to the KMS Marching Saints. The Saints have been invited to perform in Hawaii at the 75thAnniversary mass band performance commemorating the attack on Pearl Harbor.

A special movie ‘The War Room’ will be shown at the Harvest Community Church at 905 Litchfield Avenue Southwest in downtown Willmar on Saturday night, April 30th at seven. Free admission. You’re invited and encouraged to bring friends.

A 2nd Amendment Celebration Family Fun Day Shoot is on Saturday, April 30th at the Cedar Mills Gun Club. Shooting events start at ten that morning. Tons of shooting prizes, door prizes and cash payouts. Three guns to be raffled off. $10 ticket at the gate to participate in events and win raffle prizes. Call 320-583-0041 for more info.


Masons for Diabetic Youth will have an all you can eat French Toast Breakfast on Sunday, May 1st from 8-12:30 at the Willmar VFW. Tickets are available at the door or for advance tickets call 894-7463. Adults $7.50, children ages 4-12 $5, and three and under are free. Proceeds will be used to purchase supplies and equipment for area schools to care for children with diabetes

The Public Health office of Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services will have an immunization clinic Monday morning, May 2nd from ten to noon at the public health office in the Health and Human Services Building I Willmar. Bring along an up-to-date record of all past immunizations. No one will be denied due to inability to pay.

The Humane Society will have a pet vaccination clinic on Tuesday, May 3rd from 5:30-7:30 in the Log Cabin Building at the Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds. For $20 your pet will be vaccinated for distemper and rabies. Microchipping will be available for $25 plus tax, per animal. Pet ID tags are $7.50 plus tax. For more info call 235-7612.

Come donate blood at an American Red Cross Blood Drive. There is one at the Renville County West High School in Renville on Wednesday, May 4th from 8-2; one in the Assembly of God Church in Willmar on Monday, May 9th from 1-7; and one at the Spicer American Legion on Wednesday, May 11th from 1-7.

There are two American Red Cross blood drives going on in Meeker County in May. The first is on Wednesday, May 4th from 1-7 at the Eden Valley Event Center in Eden Valley. The second is on Tuesday, May 10th from 1-7 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Grove City.

A number of classes are planned at the Willmar Public Library. On Wednesday afternoon, May 4th from 1-2:30 it’s a class on Internet Basics: Online Safety; Tuesday afternoon, May 10th from 1-3 it’s Facebook 101; Wednesday afternoon, May 18th fro 2-4 its Pinterest 101; and on Tuesday afternoon, May 24th from 1-3 its Photobooks with Shutterfly. Call 235-3162 for more info. 

The Thursday Gathering at the Swift County Historical Museum in Benson will be on Thursday afternoon, May 5th at 1:30. The topic of discussion at this meeting will be on Swift County’s Landscape. Refreshments will be served. Call 843-4467 with questions or for more information.

The Willmar Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will hold its annual used book sale on Thursday, May 5th and Friday, May 6th from 9-8 and Saturday, May 7th from nine to noon at the Willmar Community Center. If you want to donate books drop them off at the community center by five the afternoon of May 4th. For more info call 796-2710 or 212-2267.

There will be an Artist Reception for New London photographer Gregory Harp on Thursday, May 5th from 4-7 in the Community Room of the Kandiyohi County Historical Society, Willmar. The exhibit ‘Sacred Places in Kandiyohi’ by Gregory Harp, will run May 5-June 30th.

There will be an artist’s reception on Thursday, May 5th from 4-7 for Gregory Harp. It will be held in the community room of the Kandiyohi County Historical Society in Willmar. The exhibit ‘Sacred Places in Kandiyohi County’ will run May 5-June 30. All are welcome.

There will be a meatball supper and silent auction on Friday, May 6th from 4-7 at the Hope Presbyterian Church, 7730 North Shore Drive, Spicer. The cost is $10 for adults; $5 for children ages 6-10; and children five and under eating free. Proceeds benefit the youth of Hope who will be going to summer camp. Menu is meatballs, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, coleslaw, bread, bars and beverage.

The United Lutheran Church of Lake Lillian will have its annual Pork Chop Dinner on Friday, May 6th from 4:30-7. One chop is $10; two chops are $13. Menu features ‘Famous Don’s’ grilled pork chops, baked potatoes, cole slaw, v egetable, bread/butter, beverages and a variety of homemade desserts.

Take a fun and interesting tour of the historical New London State Fish Hatchery guided by a DNR Fisheries employee. You’ll learn about the current and historical fish production activities at the hatchery and how those activities have enhanced fishing in Minnesota. At this tour, set for Saturday, May 7th from ten to noon, you’ll see Walleye eggs and fry, a live aquarium with various fish species and more. Call 354-2055 for more info.

An event called ‘Mother’s Day Stroll and Card Making’ is set for Saturday afternoon, May 7th from 1-3. Take a stroll with your favorite lady and discover the timely spring beauty of motherhood. Then head indoors to make a sheet of homemade paper, decorated with seeds, so she can plant it and grow a garden in the summer. The walk is from 1-2. Meet inside the Interpretive Center at Sibley State Park. Call 354-2055 for more info.

There will be a Coffee and Canvas event on Thursday night, May 12th at 6:30 in the Community Room of the Kandiyohi County Historical Society. Come celebrate coffee while creating a piece of art. New London Artist Michelle Ogdahl will guide you through the painting of a historical place in the county. This is open to all skills, all supplies and materials are provided. Call 235-1881 to save a spot.

The Koronis Nite Owls of Paynesville will have a Spring Fling square dance on Saturday night, May 14th with Larry Johansen calling. Mainstream dancing will run from 7:30-10 with some PLUS tips within the dance. This takes place at the Paynesville Elementary School. There will be a potluck lunch following the dance.

A benefit event for the Jenna Reynolds family of Kandiyohi will be held Saturday, May 14th with a pancake and sausage breakfast from seven to noon at the Civic Center in Kandiyohi. Silent and live auctions. Jenna, a 5th grade student at Roosevelt Elementary in Willmar, had a brain tumor removed. It was diagnosed as cancerous. She will now be undergoing proton radiation at Mayo in Rochester for 6-7 weeks.

The Knights of Columbus will have an omelet breakfast on Sunday, May 15th at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in in Willmar. Serving is from 8-noon. Tickets are $9 for adults or $8 in advance. Purchase the advance sale tickets at St. Mary’s office. Children ages 3-10 $5 at the door only. Proceeds go to the scholarship fund for St. Mary’s high school seniors. The Willmar Knights of Columbus.

Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Public Health will have an immunization clinic on Monday afternoon, May 16th from 3-6 in the public health office at the Health and Human Services Building in Willmar. Bring along an up-to-date record of all past immunizations. No one will be denied due to inability to pay. Call 231-7800.

The Lunch Bunch Book Club will meet on Wednesday, May 18th at 12 noon at the Skylark Mall to discuss ‘The Last Bus to Wisdom’ by Ivan Doig. This book is about Donal Cameron who is being raised by his grandmother, but when she has surgery all she can think to do is ship Donal off to her sister. There Donal is in for a rude surprise.

The Willmar Area Food Shelf will have an open house remodel celebration on Thursdayafternoon, May 19th from 1-3 at the food shelf at 624 Pacific Avenue Southwest. Come join them for tours and refreshments.

The Swift County Historical Society is hosting a Tribute to Veterans program on Wednesday night, May 25th at seven at the Swift County Historical Museum in Benson. Speakers will be Dave Barrett, Swift County Veteran Service Officer and Donald Brehmer, Iraqi War Veteran and teacher in Benson. Doors open at 6:30. Call 843-4467 with questions.

Please consider sharing your talent with us this year!  To keep informed of all events at the LT please like us on facebook. https://www.facebook.com/New-London-Little-Theatre-219311734793463/

We are having two summer productions this year. The production dates for the first one will be June 23-25 and June 30-July 2nd.

April 30th  Cellula
Hosted by Z Puppets Rosenschnoz

Performance: Sat. April 30th at 10:00am
Glow in the dark Puppet Lab: Sat. April 30th at 11:00am
Cellula, a mesmerizing 20-minute performance of cell division with live vocal music, recommended for ages 6+. 
Cellula is like a bedtime story as told by biologists, fusing a unique style of playful naturalism with scientific beauty. Through humor, dazzling sound and spectacle, Cellula illuminates the true marvels of cell science inside us all. Tickets: $15.00 for both events.

Bernie King and the Guilty Pleasures
Sat. May 14th
at 7:00pm

The #1 Bluegrass Band in
the Twin Cities Area!

Tickets: $15.00
Tickets available at the door.

Bernie King and the Guilty Pleasures came into being in early 2010 when they put together a group for a local jug band contest. The synergy between original members Bernie King, Julie King, Matt Smith, and John Kurtis Dehn was so natural and right that they decided to keep on making great music as a band. And that's exactly what they did as witnessed by the release of two great albums, 2012’s Bernie King and the Guilty Pleasures and 2014’s Pretty Little Gal.

2014 was a big year for the band as they dominated Reverbnation’s bluegrass category sitting in the #1 spot for more than ten months right through year’s end and into 2015 for the Twin Cities area.

2014 saw a change as original bassist Matt Smith retired and the band welcomed new bassist Bradley Smith. Bradley's up tempo style was an immediate perfect fit and kept the band right on track for bigger and better things.


The second production will run August 4-6 and 11-13. Those Crazy Ladies in the House on the Corner will be directed by Thomas Rosengren. Cast of 4 men and 5 women with three strong roles for mature ladies. We have not set the date for auditions for this one.


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