Willow River State Park

On the Nelson Farm Trail in Willow River State Park. File photo 

Hmong Heritage through food

The New Richmond Friday Memorial Library will host an event to celebrate and bring awareness to Hmong Heritage. Caterer and Chef Shirley Yang will host a cooking demonstration on the unofficial national dish of Laos, larb. A tasting will be provided. Yang, who trained at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, will also share stories about Hmong good and farming. Participants will have the chance to plant herb seeds used in the larb recipe. The event will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 18 at the Mary Park Bandshell Pavilion. 

Learn more at the Library website

Scavenger hunt at Willow River

Friends of the Willow River and Kinnickinnic will host a spring scavenger hunt from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, April 17. Search for items throughout the park or complete a fact-find scavenger hunt along the Hidden Ponds trail. A participation prize will be available at the Nature Center. 

Learn more at the Friends website. 


56th annual Flood Run 

The Flood Run began in 1965 when 12 motorcycle riders rode 90 miles to Winona to help sandbag during the 1965 Flood. The original run went down Minnesota highway 61 to Winona. Now the run is a loop running down both the Minnesota and Wisconsin sides of the Mississippi River. The official start is in Lake St. Croix Beach, with the route taking riders down to Winona, into Wisconsin and through Pepin, Maiden Rock, Bay City and Prescott. 

Funds brought in through the Flood Run are donated to the Gillette Assistance Program, which helps families afford their children's medical expenses. 

Check-in is from 8 -11 a.m. Saturday, April 17 at Beach Bar, 2030 St. Croix Trail South. Cost is $10 per rider. 

For more information visit the Flood Run's website


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