• In-Spa-ration in the Willmar Lakes Area

    March 6, 2018

    By Bailey Hovland Seeking a bit of sunshine in the dreary march towards spring can be a difficult task in the northernmost state of the contiguous United States. But across the Willmar Lakes Area, there are a few ways that

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  • Valentine’s Day in the Willmar Lakes Area

    February 12, 2018

    By Bailey Hovland With hearts littering the aisles of area grocery stores (in chocolate form), popping up on coffee shop menus, and showing up in advertisements on social media feeds, one thing could not be more clear: Valentine’s

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  • Out on the Ice

    January 29, 2018

    By Bailey Hovland The land of 10,000 lakes is in hibernation, with snow forming drifts across the country roads and icicles forming on the eaves of houses. And although there’s plenty to do inside, whether you’re planning

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  • 2018 Spicer WinterFest

    January 15, 2018

    By Bailey Hovland Icehouses are scattered across the lakes, snow blows over the open fields, and Minnesotans have dug into their closets to pull out their full winter wardrobes. Winter has finally come to Minnesota. Yet,

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  • “Celebrate the Light of the World” in the Willmar Lakes Area

    December 4, 2017

    By Bailey Hovland Out in the Minnesota countryside, a haze of light glows in the distance. Traveling along County Road 9, the light becomes brighter, more defined. You finally pull over the crew of the hill, and a breathtaking

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  • Getting into the Holiday Spirit in the Willmar Lakes Area

    November 28, 2017

    By Bailey Hovland Despite the unseasonably warm weather we’ve had this November, the holiday season is on its way. Soon we’ll have cold winds making cozy mittens and scarves a necessity, snowmen with lopsided grins decorating

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  • Keeping Up with Coffee in the Willmar Lakes Area

    November 10, 2017

    By Bailey Hovland Ah, it’s finally the weekend. Monday is a distant memory, with its responsibilities and due dates and meetings far, far away. Saturday offers so much potential—time to catch up on the laundry, grocery

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  • The Flavor of Fall

    October 23, 2017

    By Bailey Hovland Each season has specific flavors that embody that time of year. Ripe, juicy berries and watermelon remind us of hot summer days. Peppermint is reminiscent of the cold, brisk winter air, and gingerbread brings

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  • Fall Foliage and Beautiful Bike Trails in the Willmar Lakes Area

    October 9, 2017

    By Bailey Hovland Picture this: you step outside on a beautiful October day. Tree branches stretch over the streets of the Willmar Lake Area, boldly displaying the arrival of fall. Leaves range from amber to gold to burgundy,

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  • 20th Annual Celebrate Art! Celebrate Coffee!

    September 20, 2017

    By Bailey Hovland When thinking of classic duos, there are quite a few combinations that come to mind: lakes and fishing, campfires and s’mores, pumpkin spice and lattes. But in Willmar, Minnesota, there is another classic

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