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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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  • 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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