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
For the week of September 20th Hello All, We have a lovely community. With all the things that have happened in the last year and a half, it is easy to get discouraged. One of the things that helps get back to a normal life is to go out and volunteer. It is great to feel like you are not alone in the world and do something positive. For me the biggest lesson of the covid 19 shut down is that we all need to feel included in our communities, families, churches, etc. The one thing that I refuse to give up is being around other people and being hopeful. I am tired of people trying to spread despair and panic. I get a sense that others feel that way when they are volunteering also. The sense of community is one of the reasons I live here. Also, the twentieth anniversary of 911 and the observance of it by local fire departments was extremely touching. As the wife of a first responder I get to see the dedication to community that these guys and gals have. There is no amount of compensation that could be given that could pay them enough for all the good they do. They run toward the emergency instead of away from it. They do not hesitate to prioritize the need of the community over the need of self. There are many times that they miss dinners, family functions, quality time with their children and spouse, sleep (big one), etc. To be a first responder is a calling. God Bless the first responders. On September 11th there were quite a few volunteers that came together and did a great job at the City Park by the Rock Arch Rapids (the former dam site). They deserve to have their names mentioned. A gigantic thank you to the following community members: Harold Blatz, Jake Blatz, Erica Blatz, Katie Blatz, Tim Horsmann, Tom Horsmann, Tim Prachar, Bruce Bohaty, Dave Prachar, Ally McGreanor, Ted Sarvala, Noel Bennett. From the American Legion Post 361 that also donated a flag pole: Wally Sarvella, Kevin McGreanor, Don Otwell, Curt Rossow. From the Willow River Fire Department: Chief, Gerard Bennett and Assistant Chief Dave Kliniski, Jr. Thanks to the fire department for serving lunch afterward at the hall. The city council members that helped deserve a mention as well: thank you Kevin Mc Greanor and Vickie Whitehouse. There will be another work date scheduled at a later date so stay tuned. Another opportunity to get together and improve our community and have some fun. You know what grandma always said, “Many hands make light work.” From Sue Sloper: Thank You to the Willow River Fire Department for their awesome tribute to the fallen heroes of 9/11. “May We Never Forget.” That same weekend the Willow River Presbyterian Church had their annual church rummage sale. We had a wonderful thing happen to us on Sunday morning as we were taking everything down. We had started setting up the sale on Wednesday and by Sunday Morning when we were taking down the sale we were all pretty much tired out.... when in walks three young men. They came to help us haul, pack, stack and anything else we needed them to do to get the rummage sale all packed away and put where we needed it to be. Their names are James Belden Jr., Jonathan Belden and Mason Barber. They may look like average young guys to everyone else but to us they were angels sent to us by God. Thank you, guys. Thank you to everyone who helped set up, take down and shopped our sale. We are so blessed to live in a caring, giving community.
At the school: The Fall Conferences will be Oct 26 - 28 from 3 pm to 6 pm, November 8th is No School, Monthly PTO Meeting November 9 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm meeting virtually please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, the end of the 1st Quarter is Nov 12. The school is currently looking for more paras, bus/van drivers, and a community education coordinator to help lead and grow the program. The Junior High Volleyball program is in need of a referee for home games. No official certification is required, just a general knowledge of the game. Call or email Mr. Louzek if you are interested.
At St. Mary’s/ St. Isidore’s Church: To find out church info you may go to the new website for our three individual parishes “mooselakecatholiccommunity.com” to find lots of information. Thursday Mass will be at St. Mary’s Church at 8:30 am. St. Mary’s Church has Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 1 – 5 pm every Wednesday. The Legion of Mary meetings are held at St. Mary’s Center every Monday at 6:30 pm. The Knights of Columbus pray the Rosary at St. Isidore’s Church every 4th Sunday of each month before Mass. The next Knights of Columbus meeting will be held on September 26, 2021 at St. Isidore’s Church with Rosary at 6:30 pm and meeting to follow at 7 pm. If you are interested in going to confession during the week, you may let Fr. Francis know and he will be happy to hear your confession after daily Mass or by appointment. He will be doing Confessions on First Fridays and Saturdays at 4 pm at Holy Angels. Thursday October 14th will be when the next Catholic Charities food distribution at St. Mary’s Church will be held. This event will be held outside of St. Mary’s Church from 10am to 11:30 am. Call for lay ministers: Calling everyone who is willing to be ministers of ushering, altar serving, reading, singing, Eucharistic ministry and musicians. For the next three weekends, for all three parishes, all who are interested and willing to be involved, please stop after Mass in the back of the churches and someone will help you get signed up to the ministry of your interest. -Kathi
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 (or at Willow River City Park weather depending). 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 email@example.com