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
Water Freeze Notice
Please run one of your faucets (about the size of a pencil) to avoid freeze up until further notice.
The City will determine how to compensate residents at the next City Council meeting.
Thank you -The Willow River City Council
The City of Willow River is currently taking bids for lawn mowing for the 2019 spring/summer lawn mowing season. Interested parties need to show proof of insurance. Please contact City Hall for more information and a list of locations. Bid deadline is April 1st.
Weekly News Article
For the week of March 18th All of the City/Township Clerks as well as the ladies at Pine County in the Auditor’s office are doing a gigantic happy dance that these special elections are over with. It has been a huge amount of extra work on already busy people. And the cost to our Towns and Cities has been eye opening. The next election (barring any surprises) tentatively will be March 3, 2020 for the primaries. It’s going to take us all that long to recover.
Spring is a busy time, especially at the school. Spring thaw may cause bus route changes. As Spring weather approaches, there is potential for roads to quickly become too difficult for school buses to safely navigate. If you become aware of difficult road conditions, please contact Nikki Molis at (218) 372-3131 ext. 201. Also, the District will communicate with parents about any changes made to bus routes due to poor road conditions.
Congrats to the players and coaches of the State Champion 12U B Girls hockey team. They had a great season.
Prom Tickets go on sale March 11th-22nd. The cost for Willow River Seniors is $20, Juniors and non-Willow River Students is $30. Prom contracts and any necessary paperwork must be turned in to Ms. Kelly by March 29th. Tickets can be purchased at lunch. Here’s the schedule for the next month or so: March 29 end of 3rd quarter, April 18 Early Release, April 19 No School Good Friday, April 21 is Easter.
There will be a meeting on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in Ms. Mack's room (140) for all who plan to attend the Washington D.C. trip in June 2019. Travel and hotel arrangement will be discussed and other questions answered. Questions prior to the meeting can be directed to Ms. Mack at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Monday, March 25th, Willow River Area School will host its first Community Presentation and Student/Family Resource Fair. Guest speaker, Eric Timms will share a message to students and adults in the high school gymnasium from 6-7pm. Then from 7-8:30pm the audience is encouraged to visit any of several tables manned by local support organizations in the elementary gym to learn more about the many resources that are available to families in our district. This event is open to the public. They'd like to see many students, parents, and friends of the school at what they hope will be the first of many community events.
March 23rd the Trap kids will be out celebrating at the St. Urho’s Celebration breakfast at the community center in Finlayson from 7 to 10 am. The Finlayson-Giese Sportsmen’s Club will be having a Gun Raffle for the Hinckley-Finlayson and Willow River Trap Teams on May 11th, 2019 at the Finlayson Municipal Liquor Store. There will also be a Lions Club Meat Raffle that night from 4 to 6 pm. The Gun Raffle is after that. So, come on out and have some fun and support good causes.
There will be a blood drive at the school on Tuesday, March 26th from 9 am to 4:30 pm. Memorial Blood Center will have the bus parked at the school parking lot. To sign up please contact Melissa Johnson at 372-3131. The hallways of Willow River Area School are available to walkers for FREE on Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays.
On Saturday, March 30th the Willow River PTO will be hosting our 2nd Sweetheart Sock Hop. It is an event for all students and their special adult. The public Grand March will be in the auditorium at 5:30pm that evening. Also, on Saturday, April 27th, The Willow River PTO will host the 2nd Annual Color Craze Fun Run starting at 10 am. Forms will be available on the PTO website for both of these events at: willowriverpto.weebly.com or can be requested by email at: email@example.com
The DNR Firearms Safety Training will be starting with sign up night, on April 16th from 5 to 6 pm at the Finlayson-Giese Sportsman’s Club. The classes will be held in the evenings of April 22nd , 24th , 26th , 29th , and May 1st and 3rd. With Field day being held on May 4th. It is a requirement to take the training if the students are wanting to join Trap League in the future. For age requirements and information you may go to the website.
Sue Sloper sent us some information from the Presbyterian Church: Each Wednesday evening during Lent the Willow River Presbyterian Church will be having a different program. All are invited for supper in the church Fellowship Hall at 6 pm followed by a program at 6:30 pm. March 20th Carma Coon will be showing us “How Hospitality is Understood and Experienced in the Bible.” March 27th the Movie “The Staircase” will be shown. This inspirational and life-affirming drama of hope and faith is based on the real legend of “the miraculous stairway” at the Sisters of Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Shirley Griffin Switzer has been there and will lead the discussion. April 3rd the Author, Angela Hunt, will discuss her book “I Am Still Me” following the effects of a brain injury. April 10th “The Other Twelve Disciples” will be discussed. Everyone is welcome to join in for one or all of the programs. Senior Dining continues every Thursday at Noon in the church Fellowship Hall. The food is good and the conversation is always interesting. The Walking Psalms Bible Study continues to meet every Tuesday evening at 6:30 in the Church Fellowship Hall . We are currently reading the book of Psalms Everyone is welcome to join at any time. Sue also let me know that anyone interested in going to the Willow River Community Club meeting it will be on will be Sunday, 24 March 2019 at 11 am at the Willow River City Hall. They are busy getting ready for the Fun with the Easter Bunny event. If you are interested in joining a really fun group of gals join the Community Club. Cant’ wait for the Easter fun. Come and join the fun. These ladies are awesome. Fun with the Easter Bunny will be held April 13th from 10 am to 12 noon. They will have breakfast, crafts, games, cherry bowl, and they will be raffling off two bikes. The Easter Bunny will be there. Don't forget to bring your cameras and take some pictures of your kids with the Easter Bunny. It's going to be a Hoppy Day. (I couldn't resist.)
St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Willow River is now having the 8:30 am Sunday Mass. Also they have Mass on Thursday mornings at 8 am. Also, on Thursday, March 21, 2019 the St. John Vianney Prayer and Study Group will be meeting from 6:15 to 8:00 pm at St. Mary Center in Willow River. The study, prayer and discussion will be led by Fr. Kris McKusky. Anyone interested in praying and learning about the Extraordinary Form of the Mass is invited to attend.
People are always looking for a good deal. The City of Willow River is planning to auction off some of their equipment to the highest bidder. They are planning to put the big loader on MN BID (not sure how to spell that). They are planning for an auction sale for the smaller equipment on May 18th. So make sure to write that on your calendar. Also, if any of you have been on the Willow River Fire Department in the past years and would like to send me a favorite memory that I could share at an upcoming fire department get-together, I would really like to hear from you. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm sure we will hear some really funny things. I have a few to tell about being the wife of a fireman. Also, Beckie (the meter reader) would like to say a big "Thanks" to all of you who have shoveled out a path to your water meters. She's had quite a time with her trusty snow shoes and deserves a round of applause. Thank you Beckie for braving the elements.