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
Notice City of Willow River Council Meeting
Due to the Executive Order by Governor Walz and the Stay at Home Order, the April 6, 2020 meeting will be held by electronic communication.
Call (408)418-9388 (toll free) and enter meeting #622 732 772 to listen.
*City Hall will not be open to the public
Questions? Call City Hall (218)372-3733
Weekly News Article
For the week of March 30th Hello All, I hope that everyone is keeping their spirits up and finding ways to cope with the stress of being cooped up. I’ve been taking walks with the dogs and cooking a lot. With the kids at home doing college work there is a lot more of that. I’m trying to focus on the positive side of things and think about what I can do…not what I can’t. Glass half full, right?
At the City Hall: The City Hall office is closed to the public due to the COVID-19 virus measures. You may contact the office by phone or email at 218-372-3733 or email@example.com. The office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9 am to 4:30 pm. The April meeting will probably be done via electronic means to ensure public safety. If this happens, there will be notices on the front door and the website at cityofwillowriver.com.
At the School: As most of you are aware the Willow River School is going to a distance learning model as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. The schedule looks like this right now: Early Release on April 9th, No School Friday April 10, School Board Meeting on April 21st, Senior Recognition Night on May 6th, Kindergarten Round Up on May 8th. Registration is now open for Fall 2020 Ready, Set, Grow Preschool and ECFE classes. You may register online at the isd577.org website. For questions or setting up a tour contact Chas Balut at 218-372-3131 Ext. 169. In February, Willow River Area School received eight nominations for students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade to sing at UMD's Middle Level Honor Choir. They traveled to Duluth with Ms. Brophy and performed with over 180 students from 20 schools in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Our students sang and studied choral technique at multiple workshops throughout the day with Texas director Christopher Fiorini, before performing a concert of 5 songs, including "Hold Fast to Dreams." Good job students. I’m glad they got to do this before the virus hit.
Sue Sloper news: As you know Fun With The Easter Bunny was canceled this year. A few members of the Willow River Community Club got together at city hall on Saturday, March 21st, and drew names for the bikes and the pools. The Winner of the girls bike was Violet Mattson, the winner of the boys bike was Doug Beier, the winners of the pools were Kari Rybak and Daniel Zinter. Thank you for your support. The Willow River Presbyterian Church has suspended Sunday services and the Tuesday evening bible study until at least April 5th. Check our Facebook page for further information. Thanks for the news Sue. and the Evergreen.
At St. Mary’s, St. Isidore’s and Holy Angels: Due to the COVID-19 virus, public Masses in the Duluth Diocese has been suspended through April 20, 2020 at least. Father Kris will celebrate masses privately at Holy Angels so that they will be held and live streamed online plus weekend Masses will also be broadcast live on Mediacom Cable Public Access Channel 7. Especially during this time of COVID-19, the 5 pm Saturday and the 8:30 am Sunday (note time change) Masses will be broadcast live. All weekday Masses 8 am Monday through Friday and weekend Masses are also streamed live online. Going to the holyangelsmooselake.com website with a computer or cell phone you will find the viewer for live Mass broadcast. It is also available directly at video.ibm.com/channel/holy-angels-catholic-church1. Both of these options, public access television and online streaming, allows you to follow CDC recommendations of social distancing, yet still be embraced and not isolated from your local parish family. The Knights of Columbus fish fry has been cancelled until further notice.
The DNR has cancelled spring classes for the approved Firearms Safety in the state of Minnesota. So the sign up night at the Finlayson-Giese Sportsman’s Club has been cancelled. Trap League has been moved back to a later date. Stay tuned.
The Color Craze Fun Run will be held May 9th…so mark that down. I’ll have more information on this when the date get closer.
Please stay safe out there and play some board games with your kids. Take your mind off the craziness and try to have some fun. Stay healthy out there. Wash your hands and don’t touch your face. If you are sick do not go to work or anywhere, unless it is to the doctor. And even then call ahead first.
Thursdays at noon Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency, Inc. is in charge of providing the delicious meals. A one-time registration is necessary to participate. Call 1-800-662-5711 ext 6899 to register. To receive a lunch, call the Moose Lake Kitchen at (218)485-4937 no later than 8 am on Thursday and lunch will be delivered shortly before noon. Served at the Kettle River Township Hall. 77594 County Hwy 61, Willow River. A contribution of $4 is asked for each meal.
*Menus are posted at the Willow River Post Office and LuLu's Laundromat. They are also published in the Star Gazette and the Evergreen.
City of Willow River
8099 County Hwy 61 PO Box 125 Willow River, MN 55795 (218)372-3733 firstname.lastname@example.org