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  • 2018 Kandiyohi County Fair

    August 2, 2018

    By Bailey Hovland I’ve been a community member of the Willmar Lakes Area for my whole life, and if there’s one single event that defines what it means to live here, it’s the Kandiyohi County Fair. Every year, the fairgrounds

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  • Concerts in the Park

    July 13, 2018

    By Bailey Hovland Jutting into the waters of Willmar Lake is Robbins Island, a regional park in the Willmar Lakes Area that comes alive in the summer. The rolling hills are covered in plush grass, a disc golf course circles

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  • 10 Events You Can’t Miss This Summer

    July 6, 2018

    By Bailey Hovland One month of summer has come and gone, bringing us into July. July is the epitome of summer festivities. It’s when we celebrate the Fourth of July, commemorated by parades and fireworks and everything

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  • Cooling Off in the Willmar Lakes Area

    July 2, 2018

    By Bailey Hovland Living in the Midwest, it can be easy to forget the heat of a Minnesotan summer in the middle of a blizzard. And summer in Minnesota certainly feels nothing like the cold months of November, December, and

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  • PWELC: Finding Time to Connect with Nature and Have a Little Fun

    June 21, 2018

    By Bailey Hovland Wake up, make some coffee, drop the kids off at soccer practice, run a few errands, eat, pick up the kids, go home, eat, sleep. Does this sound familiar? See how well you can do on the Challenge Course at

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  • Summer Squash and Sweet Corn

    June 15, 2018

    By Bailey Hovland Imagine this: you’re sitting out at a cabin, the shade of an oak tree and the gentle Minnesota breeze keeping you cool on the hot, summer day. The kids are splashing around in the shallows of the lake,

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  • Sweet, Sweet Summertime in the Willmar Lakes Area

    June 1, 2018

    By Bailey Hovland Long, arduous winter? Check. Short-lived, unpredictable spring? Check. Sweet, sweet summertime arriving promptly? Yes, yes, and yes. This week’s thunderstorms, hair-frazzling humidity, and scorching temperatures

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  • Movies in the Park at Robbins Island

    May 21, 2018

    By Bailey Hovland As spring gives way to summer, the Willmar Lakes Area begins to change. Fishing boats roll out of garages, ready for their lake debut during Minnesota’s fishing opener. Fresh grass clippings litter bike

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  • Earth Day in the Willmar Lakes Area

    April 16, 2018

    By Bailey Hovland “Reduce, reuse, recycle.” “Buy local.” “Go paperless—save the trees.” We hear and see these phrases often, whether they’re printed on recycling bins or featured in area coffee shops to

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  • 5 Ways to Enjoy Spring in the Willmar Lakes Area

    April 4, 2018

    By Bailey Hovland Finally. It’s spring. The temperature is slowly, slowly, rising. Pastel colors are back in style, along with floral prints and perhaps even sandals. Geese are migrating north, preparing for the upcoming

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