• “Strawberry Fields Forever” at Brouwer Berries

    June 6, 2019

    Bailey Hovland As one of the most influential band of all times sang, “let me take you down ’cause I’m going to Strawberry Fields.” And although the Beatles aren’t here to serenade you into a berry-picking

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  • Minnesota Monthly Feature on the Willmar Lakes Area

    June 3, 2019

    By Willmar Lakes Area and Quinton Skinner Your dance card can fill up pretty quickly when you’re looking for summertime fun in the Willmar Lakes area. Part of the appeal is balancing everything you want to do, from outdoor

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  • A Playlist to Celebrate Summer in the Willmar Lakes Area

    May 24, 2019

    By Bailey Hovland FINALLY! Summer is on the horizon and we are ready to celebrate the coming season with days spent at the lake and nights that end gathered around a bonfire. In honor of the summer days that lie ahead, here’s

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  • A Ski Team Looks at 40

    May 20, 2019

    By Stuart Giere Dating back even before the stated birth year of the Little Crow Ski Team, 1979, there are legends swirling around the shops and taverns of tiny New London, Minnesota of skiers that organized and performed

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  • Camping in the Willmar Lakes Area

    May 1, 2019

    By Bailey Hovland We are a camping family. Our vacations consist of weekends at Minnesota State Parks, spending the days out on nature trails and spending the nights by the campfire, roasting marshmallows and telling stories.

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  • Celebrating Mother’s Day

    April 18, 2019

    By Bailey Hovland Moms do not get enough credit. Whether they’re working moms who extend their 40-hour work week to help with late night math homework or stay-at-home mothers who dedicate a vast majority of their time to

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  • A Time for Celebration

    April 10, 2019

    If you haven’t heard yet, Sibley State Park was the second most attended attraction in the Central Region of Minnesota for 2017 with an attendance of 258,226 people. This very popular destination in the Willmar Lakes Area

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  • Developing Your Green Thumb in the Willmar Lakes Area

    April 1, 2019

    By Bailey Hovland Spring has finally sprung in the Willmar Lakes Area. And although we Minnesotans appreciate winter for all it has to offer (ice hockey, sledding, ice fishing, snowmobiling, etc.), it’s time to say goodbye

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  • Delicious Dishes in the Area

    March 19, 2019

    By Bailey Hovland For the past 22 years, I’ve been a local connoisseur in the cuisine of the Willmar Lakes Area. And I was recently tasked with selecting delicious dishes from the area; a job that I did not take lightly.

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  • Mom’s Weekend Getaway

    January 31, 2019

    By Bailey Hovland Cabin fever has been hitting us HARD with temperatures constantly hovering far below zero. Thanks to a few days off of school for the kiddos (along with the mess and noise that comes along with having the

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