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
The City of Willow River is now accepting estimates for winter snow removal and sanding. Estimates should be submitted to the City Clerk before November 1st. Call (218)372-3733 for more information.
Weekly News Article
For the week of October 29th Hello All, I can’t believe that Halloween is upon us. It’s always fun to dig out the costumes and plug in the Halloween lights and carve a jack o’ lantern. Although, it is much easier to buy the ones you just plug in. Of course we bought candy. I always make sure that there is plenty. Although I’ve learned that if you buy the kids favorite kinds there is less of it around for you to snack on. We are also getting things ready for the deer hunting season. It’s time to air out the hunting clothes on the clothes line so they don’t smell like the plastic tote they’ve been stored in. I’ve been making jerky for the hungry hunters to take out to the stand. And getting the supplies needed for cleaning venison. There is also a bonus hour of sleep coming up soon…remember to set your clocks back on November 4th as Daylight Savings end. Yeah!
The city of WR is currently accepting estimates for snow removal and sanding of streets for the winter of 2018 – 2019. Contact City Hall at 218-372-3733 for more information.
The 10th Annual Willow River Gobble Wobble 2 mile Fun Run/Walk will be held Thanksgiving Day at 9 am starting at Willow River City Hall. All proceeds of the race will benefit the Willow River Fire Department and EMS. You may pick up registration forms on Facebook or email to email@example.com or by calling 218-372-8222. It’s a great way to burn off some calories before you eat the turkey dinner. Then you will be all ready for a nice afternoon nap. It’s a win/win situation. The fire department will be thankful that you did.
The Willow River Fire Department Fall Gun Raffle will be held Saturday, November 17, 2018 at the Squirrel Cage. They will be raffling off over 15 guns and other great prizes. Tickets are available now from department members or at local businesses. The drawing will be held at 9 pm, but other activities will begin at 6 pm. You can also find information on the Facebook page – Willow River Fire & EMS Dept.
If you are interested in going to a Willow River Community Club meeting, the next one will be Sunday, November 25th at 11 am at the Willow River City Hall. The Community Club does the Fun with Santa and Fun with Easter Bunny events as well as Music and Memories Program. They are one of the oldest (and most fun) groups in the community. If you want to smile, go to one of their meetings. They are a blast.
News from the School: The next Varsity football game for the Rebels will be on Thursday, November 1st at 7:15 pm in Esko. They will be playing Royalton. The ticket prices are Adults $9 and students $5. Dress warm and have some fun. Go team! Snowmobile Safety Training Registration night is Tuesday, November 20th. It is open to anyone 12 and older. November 21st is an Early Release Day and November 22-23 No School for Thanksgiving. It was interesting to read on the website that on Tuesdays at 3:15 pm there is Elementary Gymnastics available for ages pre-school to 6th grade. I learned something new today. And just a reminder to put December 10th on your calendar for the Winter Band/Choir Concert at 7pm in the auditorium. If you are interested in going to a PTO Meeting the meetings are the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm in the Board Room across from the Elementary Office. New members are always welcome. Upcoming meeting dates: November 13th, and December 11th.
From the Presbyterian Church: Senior Dining is every Thursday at noon at the Willow River Presbyterian Church. The delicious food is delivered piping hot from Nemadji Community Resource Center, in Bruno. The conversation is always interesting. Good food and good conversation. It’s a win-win situation. There menu’s posted at the Laundromat and the Post Office in Willow River.
From St. Mary’s Church: St. John Vianney Prayer and Study Group will be meeting on Thursday, November 8 at 6:15 to 8:00 pm at the St. Mary’s Center in Willow River. The study and discussion is led by Fr. Kris McKusky. Anyone interested in praying and learning about the extraordinary form of the Mass is invited to attend. All Saints Day party will take place on October 31, 2018 after the 5 pm Vigil Mass at St. Isidore’s. Come dressed up as your favorite Saint if you choose. All three parishes are invited to join this fun evening. We will have St. Patrick’s Baked Potato Bar for dinner, along with a variety of Saint themed games for all ages to enjoy! If you would like to help with the party, please contact Liz at the office; 218-485-8214. Thank You very much from Fr. Sunny Thomas’ order. A thank you letter was received from the Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament, (Fr. Sunny Thomas’ order) expressing their gratitude and appreciation for the donation of $2,299.00 toward flood relief. Fr. Dominic Mundatt, Provincial Superior says they will use the monies towards the relief work in various parishes in the Archdioceses of Changanacherry and Ernakulam - Angamaly. He thanks all of the parishioners for extending generous hands. He says, “Friend in need is a friend indeed”. Father Sunny was a priest here at St. Mary’s and St. Isidore’s for quite a few years. We’re sending our prayers to all in that area, as they were hit hard with floods. Sunday, November 18, 2018 the sacrament of confirmation will be celebrated at Holy Angels Church at 2:00 pm for the youth from St. Mary’s, St. Isidore’s and Holy Angels. Congratulations to them. Mass times for the Solemnity of All Saints Day are Wednesday, October 31, 2018 Vigil Mass at St. Isidore at 5:00 pm, Thursday, November 1, 2018 Holy Day of Obligation Mass at St. Mary’s at 8:00 am, and Mass at Holy Angels at 12:05 pm. St. Mary’s Church bulletin had an announcement in it about the parish directory.
The Lions Family Health Expo sponsored by Essentia will be held Tuesday, October 30th from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm and on Wednesday, October 31st from 7:30 am to 9:00 am in Sandstone. There are various health topics covered. There is a flier in the post office with more information.