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 Yep! Still keep the faucet running
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
Weekly News Article
For the week of April 15th Hello all, Happy Easter everyone. Have a fun time with your family and friends. As you can tell by the column this week it takes a great bunch of people to make a community thrive and be active. Thank You all of you who contribute news to the column. This is your column and I’m so happy to share your news. It takes a village…
News from Sue: There may have been snow on the ground this past Saturday but the Easter Bunny, along with local families and friends, had a great time in the Willow River School cafeteria at Fun With The Easter Bunny. There were four door prizes given away as well as the bikes. The two big dogs were won by Ally Mikrot and Karen Mikrot. The two pillow pets were won by Bo Johnson and Landon Booker. Dick Blondo won the boy’s bike and Zoe Zastera won the girls bike. Thank You to everyone who donated money, bought tickets, helped with setting up, taking down and were there to lend a hand during the event. We are so fortunate and blessed to belong to a helping, caring and friendly community.
Easter Sunday breakfast will be served from 8:30 am to 9:45 am in the Willow River Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall. This will be followed by the worship service at 10 am on April 21st. All are welcome to celebrate Easter with us. 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.
News from Star: Thank you to everyone that came out to both of our fundraiser events on Saturday. It is truly amazing how our small communities come together to support each other. It takes a lot of work and effort for our parents to put these events together for our kiddos. Thank You to Wolf Creek Elk Ranch for providing the meat for the meat raffle that was sponsored by the Willow River Commercial Club at the Squirrel Cage and to the End Zone for hosting a meat raffle as well. The Willow River Post Prom Party will be awesome because of all of you. The Post Prom Committee is a group of parents that organize an after prom party to provide a fun, safe, alcohol and chemical substance free environment for the kids.
On April 28th will be a Designer Bag Bingo at Denham. The Sturgeon Lake Lions Club are sponsoring a fun night for Willow River Post Prom. On Sunday, April 28th come on out to Denham Run for the Designer Bag Bingo. This is something new and exciting. The boards will go on sale starting at 12:30 pm with a limit of 100 sold. The first number will be called at 2 pm, there will be 10 games in total and 6 boards per game. It is $35 to play. And you must be 18 years or older to play. First come first serve so get there early. Also from Star: The Rutledge City-Wide Garage Sale will be on May 25th.
From Kathi: Thank You for the hard work and the news, Sue and Star. You are both amazing.
At the school the schedule looks like this: April 18th is an Early Release day, April 19th there is no school for Good Friday, April 21st is Easter. 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. Also, May 8th is Senior Recognition Night. That night they will award the scholarships to the kids who have been working diligently.
Kindergarten Roundup will be taking place April 26, 2019 from 9am to 11am at the Willow River School. This is for kids aged five years before September 1st, 2019 and their parent(s). You will be able to meet the teachers and administration, as well as exploring the school and completing enrollment papers. Please bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate. To register and for more information, please contact Bobbi at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 218-372-3131 ext.# 201 or Ms. Chas at email@example.com or by calling 218-372-3131 ext.#169.
The fundraising for the Willow River School playground has begun. So, if you are interested in donating to a good cause that all the kids in the community will enjoy, please consider the playground. A big thank you to the following individuals, organizations, and businesses for their generous donation: Mille Lacs Ventures, J & L Construction Inc., Willow River Commercial Club, Thomas & Diane Rohow, and Dennis & Sharon Ervin. How wonderful.
The T-ball dates are set for June 17-19 and 24-26. Available for 5 and 6 year olds. More information will be available at a later date. The 2019 swimming lessons for Willow River students will be held at the East Central pool for two weeks over July 8th-July 18th. Students age 6 and up or who have completed Kindergarten are welcome to join.
The Finlayson-Giese Sportsmen’s Club will be having a Gun Raffle for the Willow River and Hinckley-Finlayson 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 the Trap Teams.
An area ATV Club (PAC) is hosting a local ATV Safety Training Day in Moose Lake on April 20th at the Depot. Students must be at least 10-15 years old. Students complete an online portion beforehand and then have the Field Day in moose lake (or two other locations on different dates). The ATV Club is providing the class free of charge but there is a fee for the DNR approved online portion. Registration packets are available to be sent home with students for the Field Day. All ATV riders operating on public trails need to be ATV certified, but if they are 16 and over, they can just register for the Field Day. For any questions, call Bobbi Dresel at the Willow River School at 372-3131.
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. St. Mary’s Annual Rummage and Bake Sale is coming Saturday, May 4th from 9 am - 1 pm at St. Mary’s Center. Time to clean out your closets and decide on your sale items and donations for the raffle, and get ready to bake.
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. They are planning for al auction sale for the smaller equipment on May 18th. So, make sure to write that on your calendar.
This is such a great community to live in, that sometimes I forget there are people who are dishonest and not very scrupulous. I went to the post office and Sue asked me if I would put it in the article that someone took two of the plants from the lobby. Sue and Kathy keep the post office clean and beautiful. It is very irritating to me that someone is so selfish. The real kicker is that one of the plants is a nice big spider plant from Kathy’s moms funeral. They were offering to let people take the little “baby” plants that sprout off the “mother” plant, but not take the whole plant. I guess whoever took that spider plant wanted the big aloe vera plant as well. They took that too. If anyone has any information on whoever took the plants, please let Sue know. It happened last Tuesday after hours. It’s so sad to me that someone would think it is okay to just take something because it is in a public space. A big Thank You to Sue and Kathy for making the post office a nice clean place to go with homey touches…like plants.