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WLA Features: Sibley State Park

By Bailey Hovland State parks are some of Minnesota’s greatest resources. They preserve the land of those who came before us, give everyone an opportunity to experience the great outdoors, and support the biodiversity unique to Minnesota. And in the Willmar Lakes Area, Sibley State Park is our local...

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WLA Features: Hawk Creek

By Bailey Hovland In the land of 10,000 lakes (or 11,842 if you prefer accuracy over catchiness), nothing is better than a day out on the water. In the Willmar Lakes Area, there are more than enough opportunities to enjoy the freshwater fun that Minnesota has to offer. And...

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WLA Features: Robbins Island Regional Park

By Bailey Hovland You’re driving down Highway 71 toward Willmar, with the windows down and the radio up. There isn’t a cloud in the sky and the lake water looks like glass, mirroring the beautiful day. The shoreline of the lake turns into fields of green, where soccer players...

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WLA Features: Downtown Willmar

By Bailey Hovland Born and raised in Willmar, a number of places around the area hold fond memories of mine. I remember the days spent at my grandparent’s cabin, splashing around in the clear water of George Lake. I remember walking to Lulu Beans for blended coffee drinks after...

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WLA Features: Spicer

By Bailey Hovland On a warm summer’s day, every Minnesotan knows that the best place to be is the lake. And in the Willmar Lakes Area, Green Lake functions as that hub for summer fun. Named for the jade tone of its water, Green Lake was once known as...

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Shop Local

Now more than ever, we encourage you to support our small businesses. All of them have been affected in some way by the COVID-19 pandemic and need your help. One of the easiest, and most inexpensive, ways to help is to follow your favorite businesses on social media. ...

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WLA Features: Downtown New London

By Bailey Hovland The charm of small-town America is alluring. We see it romanticized on TV shows like Gilmore Girls and in almost every holiday Hallmark movie—the staple local restaurants and familiar faces everywhere you go. Yet in the Willmar Lakes Area, that small-town fantasy is a reality. The...

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