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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.

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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 started a new 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.


Photographer Gregory Harp will give a presentation on the Kandiyohi County Historical Society’s project, Sacred Places in Kandiyohi County, on Thursday night, Sept. 21 at seven at the historical society. This presentation will include a look at the photographs he has taken and how he creates each image. Come visit with Harp and find out about his fabulous photographic work. Call the historical society at 235-1881.

Fall Story Hour is happening Friday mornings, Sept. 22nd and 29th from 10-10:45 at the Willmar Public Library. On Sept. 22nd it’s Back to School/Buses and on Sept. 29th its Apples and Johnny Appleseed. Story hours are for families with young children. Story Hour incorporates the early literacy skills, such as vocabulary building, phonological awareness and letter knowledge that children must master before they can learn to read. Call the library at 235-3162 for more information.

The Resource Center Program’s parent support group meets Saturday, Sept. 23rd from 10:30to 12 noon at the Litchfield Public Library. The Resource Center serves families raising children with sensory issues, social and behavior concerns, developmental delays, disabilities or life challenges. Dee Alleckson, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, will be at the meeting. Walk-ins are welcome. Call 235-5310 for more information.

Dancing with the Atwater Area Stars is set for Saturday night, Sept. 23rd at 7:30 in the ACGC High School Theatre. A silent auction featuring local artisans begins at six. All proceeds will help sustain the Atwater Area Help for Seniors. Advance sale tickets are $35 for adults and $15 for students. Tickets at the door are $45 for adults and $25 for students.

Support the Upper Sioux Community as they host their third annual Walk Run Dye event. It’s happening on Saturday morning, Sept. 23rd with registration at eight and the event beginning at nine. It’s being held in Memorial Park in Granite Falls. The event is to raise awareness of diabetes along with drug, alcohol and tobacco abuse. For more information or to pre-register, contact Shakeena at 320-564-6320. This event is drug, alcohol and commercial tobacco free. USC Elder transportation provided but you must call 48 hours in advance. It’s free and open to the public.

The Brooten Fire Department Relief Association will have a gun and general raffle on Saturday, September 23rd at the Brooten Pavilion. Games and food available at five, with the raffle starting at seven. 20 gun raffle with only 200 tickets sold; general raffle that include chances for more guns; games for additional prizes; hot roast and all the fixings for a freewill donation. For more information contact any Brooten Fire Department member.

On Saturday, Sept. 23rd the Sacred Heart Jaycees will host the Sacred Heart Rodeo and Street Dance. All proceeds from this event will go towards local area community projects and/or activities and organizations. If you have questions or need more information contact either Mitch Agre at 320-522-1938 or Scott Peterson at 320-894-2403.

Cub Scout pack 224 chartered through Calvary Lutheran Church will be selling popcorn in front of runnings of Willmar this Saturday 9/23/17 from 9-1. Popcorn sales help the scouts earn money to pay for camping trips and all the other fun trips that we go on.

The Sacred Heart Catholic Church will have its annual fall turkey dinner at the church in Murdock on Sunday, Sept. 24th with serving from 4-7:30. Family style turkey dinner, real mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing, cranberries, cole slaw, pickles, pie, milk and coffee. Adults $10; ages 5-12 $5; ages four and under free; take-out meals $10. Silent auction with theme baskets and other items. Juan Ana Coffee available.

On Sunday afternoon, Sept. 24 at 2, the Swift County Historical Society will be holding its annual meeting, and the public is invited to attend.  After a short business meeting, those participating will play Museum BINGO. Anyone who can read, or has someone to read for them, can play. Come and learn about some of the very interesting items they have at the museum.  Refreshments will be served. See you at the Bingo game. Call 320-843-4467 for more information.

A meatball dinner will be held Sunday, September 24 at the First Lutheran Church of Norway Lake, located on Kandiyohi County Road 40 west of New London. Serving is from 11 to 1. The cost is $9 for adults, $4 for kids 6-12 and free for kids five and under. The meal includes meatballs with gravy, mashed potatoes, a variety of salads and desserts and beverages. Baked goods, garden produce and items from "Granny's Attic" are also for sale.

On Sunday, Sept. 24 at 2pm, the Swift County Historical Society will be holding their Annual Meeting, and the public is invited to attend.  After a short business meeting, we will join in playing Museum BINGO.  Anyone who can read, or has someone to read for them can play.  Come and learn about some of the very interesting items we have here at the museum.  Everyone loves BINGO!!  Refreshments will be served.

Local Gold Star Mothers and families will be honored on Sunday afternoon, September 24 at two at the Willmar Community Center. Gold Star family members will share their stories followed by fellowship and refreshments. This program is sponsored by the Willmar Community Center in partnership with Blue Star Mothers Minnesota, Chapter 1, who are mothers, stepmothers, grandmothers and legal guardians of active or retired service members of all military branches including the US Coast Guard. Blue Star Mothers is a support group who send packages every month to deployed soldiers from Renville, Redwood, McLeod, Yellow Medicine, Meeker and Kandiyohi and surrounding counties.

Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Public Health will have an immunization clinic on Monday afternoon, September 25th from 3-6 each day. It’s at the public health office in the Health and Human Services Building in Willmar. No appointment is needed. Bring an up-to-date record of all past immunizations. No one will be denied due to inability to pay. Call 231-7800 for more information.

Come give blood at one of four blood drives happening in Willmar this month. There will be a blood drive at the Eagle Lake Lutheran Church of Willmar on Tuesday, Sept. 26th from 1-7; another on Wednesday, Sept. 27th from 1-6 at Cash Wise Foods. There will be a second drive at Cash Wise Foods on Thursday, Sept. 28th from 1-6; and a drive at the Kandi Mall on Friday, Sept. 29th from 9-3.

Kids ages K-5th Grade are invited to the Pioneer Cabin at the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center and to come dressed as a pioneer. You’ll listen to a story about the Ingalls family and what pioneer life was like. You’ll do an activity that Laura did. Ask your parents if they want to come too. Meet at the farmsite on Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 26th from 4-5:15. Call 354-5894 for more information.

Fall Pet Vaccination Clinic: Tuesday September 26th at the
Kandi Fairgrounds in Willmar. Tuesday October 3 rd at the Meeker County Fairgrounds. Both clinics are from 5:30-7:00 p.m. and are for income qualified families. Please have your pet on a leash or in a carrier. For more information call the shelter at 320-235- 7612 or send a Facebook Message to Hawk Creek Animal Shelter.


The First Lutheran Church of Kensington will have a hog roast Sunday, October 1 from 11-1 at the church. The menu is for roast pork, baked potato, squash, corn and dessert. Freewill donation. There is also a Trash to Treasure sale; musical entertainment, and fun for the kids with games, face painting, popcorn. Freewill donations for the children’s activities will go toward the 2018 Vacation Bible School. Bring your grandchildren.

Uff Da! It’s time for Hope Lutheran’s Norsk Bazaar. It’s on Saturday, October 7th from 10:30to one at the church in Sunburg. The luncheon menu features soup, ham sandwiches, salad and rommegrot, plus a variety of pies. Browse the Bakery Shoppe for a variety of Scandinavian goodies and lefse bites; garden market; general story, and buy a quilt raffle ticket. The drawing is at one and you don’t need to be present to win.

Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church of rural Spicer will have its fall festival Saturday, Oct. 7th from 8:30 to noon, with sales to begin at 9. Cookie walk, Christmas crafts, The Thrift Shoppe, baked goods and breads, creative home and garden, garden produce, homemade Pie Shoppe, family spirit room, sweepstakes drawing, silent auction, bucket raffle. Homemade donuts and coffee served at 8:30; lunch from 10:30 to noon – turkey soup with homemade noodles, ham sandwiches and dessert.

Come join Mike Bliss for his high-energy, comedy magic show at the Conference for Young Artists. Guaranteed to keep you guessing and laughing. Students also will attend hands on art sessions. This conference is for students in Kindergarten through 8th grade. It is held in Marshall at SMSU on Oct. 26.You must be registered by September 27. For details call Andrea at 507-537-2257 or visit www.swsc.org

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Hawk Creek Animal Shelter 
Willmar, MN

If you’re not a member of the Humane Society, consider becoming one. There are several membership levels. Memberships help provide care to the animal that comes into the Hawk Creek Animal shelter, and helps run programs that benefit people and animals. The shelter is open Tuesday through Friday from noon to six; and Saturdays and Sundays until four. Call 235-7612 for more info.

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.


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 

Sunday, Sept. 17th at 3:00 Tickets are $10
Story Show is back! Local writers will share their well-written, powerful, funny, moving and/or simply poignant stories around the theme, "Dirty Trick!" This is going be GOOD. Join the growing faithful audience of one of New London's favorite entertaining events! Story Shows are a celebration of the unifying power of story, and something everyone must experience to completely appreciate why so many have come to love them and look forward to each one. 

Story-tellers include Jim Molenaar, Ed Huseby, Heather Westberg King, Kristin Allen, John Hanson, & more!

You can reserve your tickets online at http://www.newlondonlittletheatre.com/

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