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There is a free grocery giveaway every Saturday morning from nine to 10:30 at the Harvest Community Church in Willmar. All who come will receive food, even at 10:30. Due to the rising costs of gas and vehicle upkeep there is a charge of $1 per family per week for the food. Community Basics, Inc. in partnership with Matter in St. Louis Park, utilizes corporate surplus to fight poverty, hunger and disease.
If you’re part of a non-profit organization and have an upcoming event, we’d like to hear about it. And so would our listeners. As a free public service to our local nonprofits, we can help spread the word on your event with on-air mentions and through our websites with all three of our stations: AM 1590 KDJS; 97.3 The River; and Hot Country K95.3, along with social media. This way we can help you reach people who maybe wouldn’t have known of your event otherwise. Get us all the info on your event today. Email us through the website k-musicradio.com, connect with us on Facebook or Twitter, or call the newsline at 235-2900.
Habitat for Humanity of West Central Minnesota ReStore is accepting donations of building materials, large appliances, furniture and more. All donations have to be approved by staff before acceptance. They can be brought to the 2424 First Street South in Willmar from 11-5 Tuesday through Friday and 11-3 Saturdays. Call 235-9000.
There will be a golf tournament and fundraiser on Thursday, Sept. 3rd at the Benson Golf Club benefiting the Swift County Outreach Program of Safe Avenues. Lunch is available from 11:30-12:30 with a shotgun start at 12:30. Come enjoy an afternoon of golfing. Registration is open until the day of the tournament. Call 235-0475 for more info.
The September Thursday Gathering at the Swift County Historical Society and Museum will be held on Thursday afternoon, September 3rd at one at the museum. They will be talking about the A. J. Hoiland Company and his family. Call 843-4467 with questions and for more information.
A Youth Sporting Clays open shoot, sponsored by the Tommy Swenson Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament is being held at the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center for youth ages 11-18. It’s on Thursday, Sept. 3rd with open range from 5:30-7:30. Included in the class will be instruction on safe gun handling and shooting technique. Firearms, shells and targets will be provided. All levels of shooters are invited. Call 354-5894 for more info.
The Kandiyohi County Sanitary landfill, located on Highway 71 northeast will be closed on Monday, Sept. 7th in observance of Labor Day. The landfill can be reached at 354-2707.
Heartbeat will meet at the Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church, rural Spicer/New London on Tuesday night, Sept. 8th from 7-8:30. Area adult survivors are invited to come to This meeting. The group was created for mutual support For those who have lost a loved one through suicide. Call 235-1539 for more information.
Hours for the Historic Chippewa City at Montevideo will change beginning next Tuesday, Sept. 8th. New hours will be Monday through Friday from 9-5 with the site closed on weekends. Historic Chippewa City will officially close for the season on Sept. 30th. For more information call the Chippewa County Historical Society at 320-269-7636.
Rice Hospice is offering a program called ‘Canine Care for the Journey.’ If you and your dog are looking for an opportunity to truly make a difference, consider becoming a trained pet therapy volunteer. Pet temperament evaluations are Friday, Sept. 11 and Saturday, Sept. 12th. Call 231-4450 to set up an appointment. There is Hospice volunteer training Oct. 5th and 7th and canine training and AKC certification Nov. 13th and 15th.
The Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center will have ‘music under the Prairie Stars on Friday, Sept. 11th at 5:30. This is an earth conscious benefit for the environmental education of our youth. This 8th annual fund raiser will be held at the learning center.
The Atwater Threshing Days is Sept. 12 and 13 in Atwater. The events include a tractor parade, threshing, sawmill, flour mill, corn shredding, ensilage cutter, sorghum press, shingle making, butter churning, rug making, spinning, and jelly making. The event runs from 8-5 each day. Come join the fun.
The 33rd annual Prairie Pothole Day outdoor celebration will be Saturday. Sept. 12th from 9-5 at Stoney Ridge Farm on Highway 71, just one eighth of a mile south of Highway 9 near New London. Special programs and events for kids and adults. Guns and bows must be cased and dogs must be on a leash.
The 33rd annual Prairie Pothole Day, a fundraising event for the Minnesota Waterfowl Association, is taking place Saturday, Sept. 12th from 9-5 on the Stoney Ridge Farm on Highway 71, just south of State Highway 9. There will be special programs, events, lunch, snacks. All dogs must be on a leash, and all guns and bows must be cased.
The 33rd annual Prairie Pothole Day event is Saturday, Sept. 12th from 9-5 at the Stoney Ridge Farm on Highway 71 just south of Junction State Highway 9 near The Three Sisters. There will be special programs, events, seminars and more. Free for kids is a rock climbing wall, kids archery and BB gun shoot.
The Chippewa County Historical Society will host the 11th annual ‘Horse Power Event’ Saturday, Sept. 12th from 10-4 at the historic Swensson Farm Museum. Teams of draft animals will be on hand to demonstrate dragging, plowing, disking, and more. Threshing will also be featured this year. New this year will be a horse powered stationary baler, & a human walking plow and tug of war with a horse. Parade at noon. Call 320-269-7636 for more info.
St. Clara’s Catholic Church fall get-together is Saturday, Sept. 12th at the church in Clara City, Mass is at four. Starting at five there is a picnic style supper, live music, free games, human foosball, turtle races, horseback rides, bingo, silent auction, crafts, farmer’s market, bake sale, beer garden and much more. Celebrating 125 years.
The Humane Society of Kandiyohi and Meeker Counties will have a booth at the Prairie Pothole Day event on Saturday,
Sept. 12th. This family event runs from 9 in the morning to 5 that afternoon, rain or shine at the Stoney Ridge Farm near the Highway 71/Country Road 9 junction near Three Sisters.
The Public Health office, located in the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services building in Willmar, will have an immunization clinic on Monday, Sept. 14th from ten to noon at the office. No appointment needed. No one will be denied due to inability to pay. Call 231-7800 for more information.
There will be an After School Archery Club for grades four and up at the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center. The event is Tuesday afternoons, Sept. 15th, 22nd and 29th from 4-5:30. You’ll learn to shoot Olympic style archery, 3-d targets and use the Native American atl-atl’s. Call 354-5894 for more information or to sign up.
The Harvest Community Church in downtown Willmar is looking for donations for its free fall clothing exchange. Items needed are men’s, women’s children’s and baby clothing, formal wear and clothing accessories, shoes, winter coats, jackets, etc. If you can make a donation of gently used fall or winter clothing in good condition bring them to the church between ten and 5:30 on Monday, Sept. 14th, Tuesday, Sept. 15thand Wednesday, Sept. 16th. Call Renee Lindblad at 995-6475 for more info.
Join the Lunch Bunch Book Club to discuss books every third Wednesday of the month at 12 noon at the Willmar Public Library. New members are always welcome. The next book club meeting will be Wednesday, September 16 at Cornerstone Coffee in the Skylark Mall. You’ll be discussing ‘The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry’by Rachel Joyce.
An After School Canoe Event for grades four and up will Take place Thursday afternoon, Sept. 17th from 4-5:30 at the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center. After a lesson in canoeing skills and safety, you’ll set off over the water to witness the wildlife of wetlands at Prairie Woods. Call 354-5894 for more info.
The Heartland Connection will have a Tour of Hope on Thursday afternoon, Sept. 17th at 12:15 at the Willmar corporate office, 200 4th Street Southwest in Willmar. Attending a tour helps you learn about how Heartland is helping people and changing lives right here within the community. Call 235-0850 for more info.
If you’re in a bind and need legal advice, contact Central Minnesota Legal Service. They offer free legal counseling at the Willmar Public Library every third Friday of the month. You have to call 320-403-1051 for an appointment. The next clinic isFriday, Sept. 18th at the library. Remember to call ahead and schedule an appointment. No criminal matters are accepted through this clinic.
There will be a free fall clothing exchange at the Harvest Community Church in downtown Willmar on Friday, Sept. 18th from noon to six. This exchange is for everyone, everything is free and you take what you can use to meet the needs of your family. There’s clothing for men, women, children and babies from shoes, to winter coats, jackets, etc.
Its Movie Night in the Park on Friday night, Sept. 18th at Robbins Island in Willmar. The movie ‘Big Hero 6’ will start at seven. Free admission, popcorn and pop. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Prior to the show there is one hour of pre-activities. If the weather is bad, the movie will be in the Willmar City Auditorium.
Four Miles Four Paws, the second annual walk for the animals, will be Saturday, Sept. 19th with the race to start at nine at Lake Ripley in Litchfield. This is sponsored by the Humane Society of Kandiyohi and Meeker Counties. You can register by mail or the day of the race beginning at 7:30.
The annual board meeting for the Swift County Historical Society will be held on Monday night, September 21st at seven at the museum. There will be a program entitled “A Stroll through Appleton, 1891. Refreshments will be served. Doors open at 6:30. Call 843-4467 with questions.
The Craft Circle at Willmar’s Public Library is meeting on Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 22nd from 4-6. If you enjoy knitting, crocheting or another craft, join the Craft Circle. Bring your craft and spend two hours with like-minded individuals. All skill levels are welcome. Meetings now are the fourth Tuesday afternoon of every month.
The West Central Dementia Awareness Network is hosting a free event ‘Shedding a Light on Memory Loss.’ It’s Tuesday Sept. 29th at the Vinje Lutheran Church in Willmar. From 4:45 to 5:30 you can visit display and gather info; from 5:30-6:30 it’s ‘Care for the Caregiver’ and from 6:45 to 7:45 its ‘general estate planning.’
The West Central Singers will have a fall concert theme of ‘True Colors’ on Saturday night, Nov. 21st at seven at Peace Lutheran Church in New London, and on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 22nd at four at Bethel Lutheran in Willmar. The spring concert theme is Freedom Songs on Saturday night, April 30th at seven at Vinje Lutheran in Willmar and Sunday afternoon, May 1 at four at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Olivia. Tickets: $10 for adults, kids are free.