Kandiyohi County Historical Society’s
121st Annual Meeting & Program
Thursday, October 19th
KCHS Community Room
Featuring The Willmar 8
A panel discussion with Irene Wallin, Teren Novotny, Sandi Terml, & Sylvia Erickson Koll

A baked chicken supper with mashed potatoes, vegetable, salad, and dessert, catered by McKales Catering of New London, will be served starting at 5:30 pm. The cost of the meal is $15 per person for KCHS members and $20 per person for non-members. Following the meal, the annual meeting will be
conducted. After the short annual meeting, the will be a panel discussion with four members of the Willmar 8. This year is the 40th anniversary of the start of
the Willmar 8 strike which started on December 16, 1977. The Museum will be open for you to have a chance to check out the updated Willmar 8 exhibit in
the gallery.

The Sperry House Raffle will be drawn on this night. So try for a chance to win an elegant dinner for two at the Sperry House on October 27th, 2017,
catered by McKales Catering of New London, MN. Tickets are on sale at the Kandiyohi County Historical Society for a suggested donation of $5.00 per tick-
et, with the proceeds used for restoring the Victorian Sperry House. Tickets will be available through October 19th

Please RSVP by Thursday, October 12th!! Please call 235-1881 or email us at to reserve your spot! You can go to our website to register and click on gift shop. Prepayment is required. Our address is KCHS, 610 NE Hwy 71, Willmar, MN 56201.

Contact Jill Wohnoutka for any additional information.

The West Central Minnesota Baseball Hall of Fame announces the Inaugural Class Inductees

The Kandiyohi County Historical Society is proud to announce the inaugural Class of 2014 inductees into the West Central Minnesota Hall of Fame.  This year's inductees include:

  • Sylvester “Blix” Donnelly (1914-1976) A right-handed pitcher and lifelong resident of Olivia, MN.  He had an 18 year professional career between 1935-1952.  He played for the St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies, and Boston Braves.
  • Howie Schultz (1922-2009) played five seasons with the Willmar Rails starting in 1950.   Prior to coming to play in Willmar, Schultz played for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies, and Cincinnati Reds.  
  • Mike Kingery (Grove City) played professional baseball for 17 years with the Kansas City Royals, Seattle Mariners, San Francisco Giants, Oakland A's, Colorado Rockies, and Pittsburgh Pirates.  He played VFW and American Legion baseball in Atwater and Willmar. 
  • Barry Wohler (Orono) a Bird Island native played baseball for Bird Island-Lake Lillian high school.  He played Legion ball for six years starting when he was in 7th grade.  He played at the University of Minnesota and signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers and played Triple A baseball.
  • Rueben “Rube” Nathe (Litchfield) started playing baseball in his youth in New Munich, MN.  He has been managing the Litchfield Blues since 1982.  Coached the Local American Legion team for 29 years.  Served as District and Minnesota State Vice Chairman for 36 years. 
  • Art Grangaard (1915-2004) was instrumental in building up the baseball interest in Willmar area in the 1950’s.  Awarded MVP of the Willmar Rails when they won the 1952 Class AA state tournament.  He was both manager and third baseman. 
  • Joe Martinson (1923-2007) started work at KWLM in 1947 where he covered many area high school, legion and Willmar Rails baseball games with his memorable play-by-play.  He was an assistant coach and manager of the Willmar American Legion baseball team. 

For more information, call Jill Wohnoutka at (320) 235-1881 or