City Hall is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays* from 9:00AM - 4:30PM (closed for lunch)**. We are located at 8099 County Highway 61. Our phone number is (218)372-3733. *office is closed for all Federal Holidays **Subject to change
Interested in volunteering?
The City Council is putting together a list of people willing to volunteer for Community projects as you are able. If you are available to help out with projects such as watering flowers, putting up flags and/or Christmas decorations, getting the cemetery ready for Memorial Day, or other items that may come up, please let us know below. Thanks!
Weekly News Article
Hello All, Another Senior Class has graduated from Willow River School. It doesn’t seem that long ago these kids were in Ready, Set, Grow with Ms. Mary and Ms. Melanie. Congratulations to you all on your accomplishments. At the award ceremony earlier in the month, I was blown away by all the local scholarships that were given out. It is amazing how many thousands of dollars are given out locally for scholarships. So please continue to support your local businesses and groups in the area. They are amazing. Thank You to everyone who gives out the scholarships… it does so much good. I’ve always thought this community was unique in that the people know how to live the golden rule, and they show it.
At the last City Council meeting they discussed making a list of volunteers who are willing to help out in town, like we used to. Since we no longer have a maintenance man that is hired by the City, there are jobs that need to be done. It comes down to whether or not you want someone hired to do these small jobs and spend your taxpayer dollar, or should we have some volunteers do these things. What is that saying…”Many hands make light work”? Before Todd was hired to be the maintenance man, there were a lot of people who just took care of these things. One of the comments I heard around town when Todd was hired was, “What are you going to do when this doesn’t work out and now people aren’t used to volunteering to do these things anymore?” It is also difficult because the ones who used to volunteer to do some of these things (i.e. hanging Christmas lights) are getting older. So, if you are interested in volunteering to hang flowers for the weed and feed gals, put up and take down lights and flags (hopefully we will get a whole group of people), and do other fun tasks…please contact the City of Willow River. If your new in town this is a great way to get to know people. It’s how I got to know a lot of people when I moved here. This is our community. If you look up the word “community” in Webster’s Concise Dictionary, one of the meanings are listed as such: “ Common sharing, participation, or ownership.” I think that says it all. Let’s keep the sense of community that this area has always had.
The Willow River Community Club will still be hosting Music and Memories this year on July 28 at 1 pm. I’m not sure of the place yet, but will let you all know. The next Willow River Community Club meeting will be on June 23, 2019 at 11 am at City Hall.
The Pine County Historical Museum has a large collection of yearbooks from Willow River, but are missing a few. They are looking for someone to donate the ones from 1963-1966-and 1969, and are in the process of having annuals from the towns around the area put on discs. For more information or donations please call Joann Bernard, librarian for the Pine County Historical Museum. Her phone number is 320-630-2917. Thank You.
Caleb Anderson from Pine County sent us some information on household hazardous waste events. These are the dates and places: June 22nd in Sandstone and August 17th in Willow River.
On Sunday, May 26th St Isidore’s will be having the Sunday 8:30 am Masses. There will be a second collection for the roof fund. The Knights of Columbus will meet twice in June: Sunday, June 2, 2019 and Sunday, June 30, 2019. The meetings will be at St. Isidore’s Church with Rosary at 6:30 p.m. and meeting to follow at 7:00 p.m. For additional information, please contact Dale Riihiluoma at 218-389- 5743. At St. Mary’s: Cemetery of the Innocence; 420 crosses representing the 4200 pre-born lives that are lost to abortion every day is coming to the St. Mary’s Willow River Cemetery. Volunteers are needed to set up and take down these sacred symbols. If you are able to help with this project please contact Micki or Tim at 218-273-6212.
The Walking Psalms Bible Study continues to meet every Tuesday evening at 6:30 in the Willow River Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall. We are reading the book of Proverbs. Everyone is welcome.