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WILLMAR — The 13th annual Family Fire Night was hosted by the Willmar Fire Department Tuesday evening. Children and their families were able to test out firefighting equipment, enjoy a free meal and learn about fire safety.
WILLMAR — Brightly colored monsters cover the surface of new lightweight garbage cans that will replace the metal bins in downtown Willmar. Employees of the Willmar Public Works Department replaced a total of 10 cans on Litchfield Avenue and Fourth Street Southwest last week. Sarah Swedburg, Willmar city planner, said that replacing the garbage cans is one of the many improvements they are working on for the downtown district. "We wanted to make the garbage cans more family-friendly and invite people to use them," she said.
WILLMAR — Seasonal fun was had by all during the Fall Festival held by members of Advocacy & Inclusion Matter of West Central Minnesota Thursday evening at Vinje Church in Willmar. AIM is a nonprofit based in Willmar that provides resources, social events, educational programs and much more for individuals — as well as their loved ones — who have a disability. The event had a talent show, food and much more.
WILLMAR - Bethesda residents played with some furry friends Wednesday morning when students from the Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg FFA brought farm animals from the Wilts and Krieger Farms.
WILLMAR — Willmar Senior High School students turned back the clock for Decade Day Tuesday during Homecoming Week festivities. Students show their school spirit by dressing in clothes from previous decades. Homecoming week runs through Friday at Willmar Senior High School.
WILLMAR - Members of Willmar Homecoming royalty were crowned during the coronation Monday evening at Willmar Senior High School. Hannah Johnson and Ty Roelofs were crowned Homecoming queen and king. Zachary Courtney was named prince and Erica Schramm was named princess.
WILLMAR - The 21st annual Celebrate Art! Celebrate Coffee! was held Saturday at Kennedy Elementary School in Willmar. Community members were able to enjoy art from local artists, live performances and grab a cup of coffee along the way. The majority of activities were held inside the school and food trucks had food available for purchase outside.
WILLMAR - Community members on Saturday walked around Robbins Island in Willmar to raise awareness for suicide prevention along with people across the country during Out of the Darkness Walks, an effort of the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention. Funds raised by the community walk are donated to the foundation to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.
WILLMAR - Tow truck drivers wanted drivers to slow down and move over Wednesday evening during the Move Over campaign demonstration on North Business 71 in Willmar. The Move Over Law in Minnesota requires drivers, when driving on a road with two lanes or more, to keep over one full lane away from stopped emergency vehicles with flashing lights activated including ambulance, fire, law enforcement, maintenance, construction vehicles and tow trucks.