9 artists from the 18 county region of SW MN were awarded individual grants from the SW MN Arts Council recently. Grants went to Erica Dischino of Willmar, $2500.00 for travel to Kenya with Somali refugee Hamdi Kosar. Dischino will visually document her voyage. Teresa Peterson of Belview was awarded $2500.00 to support travel expenses while promoting her first children’s book in a series-“grasshopper Girl”. John Larson of Milan was awarded $7000.00 to create a body of work in his new ceramic studio. Lisa Bergh of New London was awarded $7000.00 to create a body of work that will be a site specific installation at the MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids. The solo exhibit will be on display in November of 2019. And Nikki Bettcher Erickson of Willmar was awarded $6800.00 to write a one act musical based on the story of Pinocchio. She will write and edit the script, create lyrics and compose the music.

MN Sheriff’s Association scholarship program awards were handed out recently to individuals planning on becoming MN peace Officers. There were 19 recipients this year. Locally, the Kandiyohi County recipient in Noah Maschino of Willmar. Sheriff Dan Hartog made the announcement recently.

The Willmar school board meets today at 4:30 at the middle school in Willmar. The board will have its annual public meeting following the 4:30 pm workshop. Both meetings are open to the public. Topics include crisis response, and also progress on the goals in the “striving for the world’s best workforce” law, a law that was adopted back in 2013 to help prepare students for college and or careers after graduation.

Kandiyhoi County’s Truth in Taxation annual meeting will be Thursday night at 6:00 in the Health and Human services building’s board room. The public will have a chance to comment and ask questions about the county’s proposed budget for 2019. This meeting is the only about the county budget for next year, and not about personal taxes.

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