K95.3The river

What's Happening?


Public Service Announcements (PSA'S)  

Do you have a community event you would like posted on this web site?  

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

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.

The Salvation Army in Willmar is taking applications for Thanksgiving and Christmas assistance from 8:45-4:30 Monday through Friday. You must apply in person at the Salvation Army office. You need to provide photo identification with a current address for all adults 18 and older in the household as well as a current utility bill, and social security numbers for all household members, including children. For more information contact the Salvation Army.

Habitat for Humanity of West Central Minnesota ReStore is accepting donations of building materials, large appliances, furniture and more. All donations must be approved by staff before acceptance. Donations can be brought to the ReStore between 11-14:30 Wednesday through Friday and 11 and 3 on Saturdays. For more information call 235-9000.


The 21st annual Table Fair ‘The Warmth of Friendship,’ presented by the Kerkhoven Lutheran Church Women of the ELCA, is on Friday, Nov. 17th from 4:30-6:30. There is a $5 admission charge. There will be appetizers, table viewing and an auction, with the proceeds to go to Safe Avenues Shelter House. For more information call Mona Doering at 264-3906.

The annual Harvest Festival of the Central Minnesota Christian School in Prinsburg will be held at the high school on Saturday, Nov. 18th from 4:30-8:30. Ham supper or light meal at the Snack Shack. Rolls or baked goods at the International Bakery. Candy from the Sweet Shoppe. Bring the kids, they will have a blast in the Kids’ Carnival. Shop the live and silent auctions. The live auction starts at six. Call 894-3460 for more information.

The Renville County Historical Society and Museum at Morton will have a bake sale on Saturday, Nov. 18th at Step Saver (the old Morton gym) from ten to two. Treats, crafts and books for sale. Beneath the Village Wreath is sponsored by the Morton Area Chamber and 20 plus other vendors. There will be a pancake breakfast at the Morton Senior Center on Sunday morning, Nov. 19th from 9-11:30. Ages 13 and older $8; ages 3-12 $5. Proceeds benefit the historical society.

There will be a benefit for the Dale Hagen family on Saturday night, Nov. 18th at seven in the Sunburg Fire Hall. There will be ham and turkey bingo and a gun auction. Hagen has been a long time member of the Sunburg emergency services team, serving on both the ambulance and fire department. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2016 and underwent chemo and radiation. He died Oct. 15th. All proceeds will be donated to Hagen’s family.

The Prairie Winds Concert Band will perform Sunday afternoon, Nov. 19th at two at the WEAC Auditorium in Willmar. Tickets are $8 for adults; $6 for students; and $22 for a family. The band will feature Mark Feitas on trumpet and Dr. David Severtson on piano. The director is Brock Duncan.


Kandiyohi County Public Health will have an immunization clinic on Monday afternoon, Nov. 20th from 3-6 at the public health office in the Health and Human Services Building in Willmar. Bring an up-to-date record of all past immunizations. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian or have proper written consent. No one will be denied due to inability to pay. For more information call 231-7800.

The Kerkhoven American Legion will have Bingo on Monday night, Nov. 20th at 7:30 at the KMS High School. Lunch, door prizes, cash, ham and turkey prizes. The proceeds will be used to fund the Legion Boys State program. All are invited.

The Teen Book Club will met at the Willmar Public Library on Tuesday, Nov. 21st from 4-6. There will be pizza, and the discussion this month is on the book ‘We were Liars’ by E. Lockhart. This is for ages 13 and older. Registration is required. On Wednesday night, Nov. 22nd it’s the Art Atrium from 5-8 at the library. Bring your art to share or create art while there. Art supplies are provided. The theme is Origami.

Grab your friends and/or coworkers and join us at Cub Foods for Bagging for Tips on Tuesday November 21 from 12-6. Michele puts together teams that do a 2-hour shift. It’s a lot of fun, shoppers are great and the shelter usually receives some very nice monetary donations from the shoppers.

There will be a meeting on what is a fair and profitable farm rental agreement on Wednesdayafternoon, Nov. 22nd at 1:30 at the Mid Central Research and Outreach Center in Willmar.Landlords, Farmers, and Agri-Business Professionals should make plans to attend this meeting, which is put on by the University of Minnesota Extension.  Topics covered at the meeting will include local historic and projected farmland rental rate trends, current farm land values and sales, and a worksheet that will help determine a fair rental agreement.  Input costs for 2018 will be presented along with current 2018 corn and soybean prices. 

The Kandiyohi County Sanitary Landfill will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 23rd in observance of Thanksgiving. Regular hours at the landfill are Monday through Friday from 8-4 and Saturdays from 8 to noon. The landfill can be reached at 34-2707.

There will be a Thanksgiving Day community dinner on Thursday, Nov. 23rd at noon at the Clara City Community Center. If you’re alone, if family members have other plans, come join everyone at the Community Center for good food and fellowship. Rides are available if needed. Call 847-2601 or 320-226-0971 to let them know if you’re planning to attend.

There is a Grinchmas party for boys and girls ages 4-12 on Friday afternoon, Nov. 24th from 4-5:30 at the MACCRAY High School gym in Clara City. There will be crafts to make and take home, snacks, the viewing of the classic movie ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ and a photo opportunity with Santa Claus. Register by calling 979-0242. This is sponsored by Prairie Fest Royalty and Prairie Fest Planning Committee.

Clara City will have its annual Christmas kickoff Friday, Nov. 24th at the MACCRAY High School. There are movies and Santa from 4-5:30; pancake feed and Christmas tree sales from 4:30-7; Santa arrives at 5 on a fire truck. Pictures with Santa at the high school from 5:30-7; lighted Christmas Parade through the business district at 8 that night. Fireworks by the high school after the parade.

The Clara City Lions Club annual pancake/French toast and sausage supper is Friday, Nov. 24th at the MACCRAY High School cafeteria. There is both a tree sale and pancake feed, both from 4:30-7. All proceeds go to local worthy projects. They will also be collecting eye glasses at the event. It’s a freewill donation, and everyone is welcome to this event.

The Willmar Public Library is having a Harry Potter Party Saturday, Nov. 25th from 9-4. There will be a movie marathon, games and food. You can wear your favorite Harry Potter costume if you wish. All muggle children are invited. Come join the fun on Saturday, Nov. 25th at the Willmar Library in downtown Willmar. Call the library at 235-3162 for more information.

There will be an open house benefit for Kathy Urban Hatanpaa, daughter of Donald and Birdie Urban, Saturday, Nov. 25th from 9-5 at the Kandiyohi County Historical Society in Willmar. She was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). The meal starts at 11 and the cost is $5 for a plate or $20 for a family. Wisconsin cheese curds are $5 a tray. Bake sale and silent auction. A benefit account has been set up at Lake Region Bank in Willmar.

Santa Claus is coming to Kerkhoven on a fire truck on Saturday, Nov. 25th at the Kerkhoven Fire Hall. There will be treats at five that afternoon, with Santa arriving at 5:15. Crafts and games; and time to take photos with Santa. This is a free event sponsored by the Kerkhoven Fire Department Auxiliary. Come see Santa, get treats, play games and do crafts.

The Kingery Family Singers will be performing at the Zion United Methodist Church in Danube on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 26th at three. Everyone is welcome to attend. It’s open to the public. A freewill donation will be taken. There will be a fellowship time following the concert.

There will be a Teen Movie at the Willmar Public Library on Monday night, Nov. 27th at 5:30. The movie tells the account of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion. Snacks are provided. Call the library for more information.

Children in grades K-5 will be baking Christmas cookies. Educator Sharon Bisson will be sharing her creative cookie ideas and lessons in the kitchen. All supplies are included and kids will bring home cookies to share! It’s on Monday afternoon, Nov. 27th from 2:30-4 in the WES staff lounge.

Come see Kandiyohi County Historical Society’s Festive Forest, which are decorated Christmas trees in celebration of the holiday season. The trees can be viewed from Nov 27 through Dec. 31, Monday through Friday from 9-4. The Sperry House Christmas will not take place this year. Holiday events at the Sperry House will return next year in time for the 125th anniversary of the Sperry House. The Great Northern Engine #2523 will be lit each evening starting after Thanksgiving through the New Year. Call 235-1881 for more information.

The Salvation Army in Willmar will be taking applications for Christmas assistance from 8:45 to 4:30 November 28-30. You must apply in person at the Salvation Army office. You need to provide photo identification with current address for all adults 18 and older in the household, as well as a current utility bill and Social Security number for all household members. Call the Salvation Army for more info.

Christmas is coming to The Barn Theatre November 30-December 10. You’re invited to come be a part of the holiday magic. America’s #1 Christmas movie comes to life on the stage….Join Ralphie’s quest to acquire the perfect gift, a genuine Red Ryder BB gun. The play is filled with quirky lovable characters. This zany, heart-felt, and nostalgic Christmas story is a delight for young and old. For tickets call  320-235-9500/


The Calvary Lutheran Church in Willmar invites you to prepare for the coming of Christmas at their 2017 Advent Festival. The theme is ‘From Heaven Above to Earth I Come.’ There is no admission charge and it is handicapped accessible. Parents are urged to bring their children. There will be more than 15 areas decorated from inspirations from Bible verses and songs. There will be crafts to make and short movies in the Theater room. Refreshments, music and more. The festival is Friday, December 1st and Saturday, Dec. 2nd from 1-6 and Sunday, December 3rd from noon to four.

Green Lake Lutheran Ministries will be having a Dinner Theater at Green Lake Bible Camp on December 1, 2, 8, 9, and 10. All shows will begin at 5:30 in the evening, except for the 10th, which starts at four that afternoon. A four-course meal will be served alongside the musical, Star – a comedy about the three wise men following the star. Tickets are $40 a person and can be reserved by contacting Karen in the office at (320)796-2181 or emailing her at kpeterson@gllm.org.

There will be a Christmas Cookie Stroll on Saturday morning, Dec. 2nd at nine at the Fron Lutheran Church in Starbuck. Come early as cookies sell fast. The cost is $15 for a bucket to fill with three to four dozen holiday cookies. A drawing will be held for a rosemaled cross designed by Bob Greenfield. Enjoy some coffee at the Broken Cookie Café. Freewill donation. The money raised is for local charities and for the church

Not sure what to give your friends for the holidays? Why not try making some handmade soap? You’ll learn how to make your own handmade soap, step by step, using the cold processing technique. Leave class with a sample and the courage to tackle this project and clean up your dirty work with soaps of your own design. The class will be at the Potomac Bead Company on Saturday, Dec. 2nd from nine to noon.

Its Santa Days on Saturday, Dec. 2nd from 5-7 at the Maynard Event Center. Activities and crafts, horse drawn wagon ride down the main street; homemade hot chocolate and goodies. A freewill donation meal for the kiddos. This is sponsored by the Maynard Lions Club. The Chippewa Champs 4-H Club and Maynard Ambassadors will be Santa’s Helpers.

The West Central Connection Chorus will present a free holiday concert on Monday night, Dec. 4th at 7:30. It’s a Christmas theme and all are welcome. It is being held at the Willmar Community Center. For questions or comments call Willmar Community Ed and Rec at 231-8490.

The Assembly of God Church in Willmar will present its 53rd annual Night of Music – Two from Galilee, on ThursdayFriday and Saturday nights December 14, 15 and 16 at seven, and Friday and Saturdayafternoons Dec. 16 and 17 at three. Doors open one hour before each performance. Tickets are free, but required. They are available online at www.willmarag.org or at the Church office Monday through Fridaybetween 8:30-4:30. A freewill offering will be received for the Kandiyohi County Area Food Shelf.

Little People Storytime at the Willmar Public Library runs Thursday mornings from 10-10:30 through Dec. 14th. This is for infants through kindergarten. Ms Kathy and Ms LaRae have planned a morning of books, music and movement. And parents, if you have any parenting questions, LaRae will be available after class to visit with you. Call Willmar Community Ed and Rec at 231-8490 to register your children.

View all adoptable pets (photo's & bio's) with the petfinder

Pet of the Week
Say Hi to LC
LC - Domestic Short Hair


Domestic Short Hair
Young • Female • Medium
Hawk Creek Animal Shelter 
Willmar MN

Our year end newsletter will be going out in November. We appreciate all who contribute on a regular
basis. If you are thinking about your yearend giving plans, please remember the Hawk Creek Animal Shelter. With
your help we can help animals that come into the shelter and care for them until new homes can be found. Your
donation also helps with other programs that happen during the year. Thank you in advance for considering a
donation to Hawk Creek Animal Shelter. Check out our website at www.thehskmc.com for the Donate Now button,
stop by with a gift or mail a check to Hawk Creek Animal Shelter P.O. Box 709 Willmar, MN 56201

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.

The 2018 dates have been planned. They are February 5, April 2, June 11, August 6, October 1, and November 12. Please tell your family, friends, and co-workers about this low cost spay/neuter program. Register animals now as the calendar fills up. You can register online at MNSNAP.org or by
calling 612-720- 8236.


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 

Image result for three murders and it's only monday images

"Blithe Spirits"
Written by Noel Coward

Directed by Thomas Rosengren

Nov. 13th & 14th at 7 pm

Production Dates Feb. 8-10, 15-18

A successful novelist, Charles Condomine, wishes to learn about the occult for a novel he is writing, so he arranges for an eccentric medium, Madame Arcati, to hold a seance at his house. At the seance, she inadvertently summons Charles's first wife, Elvira, who has been dead for seven years. This encounter leaves only Charles with the ability to see and hear his ghostly wife. As the days go by, Elvira makes continued, and increasingly desperate, efforts to disrupt Charles' marriage to his second wife, Ruth. When Ruth is accidentally killed, her ghost comes back to seak revenge on Elvira. With the ghosts of two wives in the house, Charles is desperate to put an end to the turmoil. He calls Madame Arcati to come back in an attempt to exorcise both of the spirits. Will they be successful? Come join us for the zany antics of the supernatural.

Cast List:

EDITH - a maid, retired from the Navy
RUTH - Charles' current wife, stylish in her mid-thirties
CHARLES - husband to Ruth and, before her passing, to Elvira in his forties
DR. BRADMAN wealthy middle-aged
MRS. BRADMAN wealthy middle-aged, fair and rather faded
MADAME ARCATI - a medium, a striking middle-aged woman
ELVIRA - Charles' late wife



Image result for three murders and it's only monday images

Run Like Hell 
December 2 at 7:30 PM  Reserve tickets online
Run Like Hell celebrates the sights and sounds of one of the world’s most successful and influential bands of all time. Based in St. Paul, MN, this band of six accomplished musicians and vocalists meticulously recreates the unique sound and spectacular visual show of Pink Floyd. The attention to detail and energetic performance recreate the excitement of the original Pink Floyd experience in a way that even the most serious fan can appreciate. The love for Pink Floyd’s music spans the generations and is always a huge hit with any crowd. Relive all the hits from classic albums such as Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall, Animals, Wish You Were Here, Meddle, Division Bell, and many others.http://runlikehell.band/


Image result for three murders and it's only monday images

"Scrooge (1935)"
Sat. Dec. 9th at 9:15 am
Come see the classic movie presented by the New London Roaming Cinema
Admission is FREE! 
Starring: Sir Seymour Hicks, directed by Henry Edwards. Enjoy the first full-length sound version of “A Christmas Carol.” Sir Seymour Hicks co-wrote this adaptation of the Charles Dickens story. This program also includes a holiday cartoon short.

© K-MusicRadio.com KDJS, K-95.3, The River 97.3
730 NE Hwy 71 Service Drive ~ Willmar ~ MN ~ 56201

PHONE: (320) 231-1600 FAX: (320) 235-7010
K95.3 Listener Line: (320) 235-1755
97.3/The River Listener Line: (320) 214-7175

web design by Dennis Benson & Jessie Holmstrom