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  • Summer Dreaming

    February 11, 2020

    By Lisa Aasen February and March seem to last forever in Minnesota and we start to dream of summer and warmer days. Some of us go into hiding and wait out the rest of winter inside. Then there are those that are willing to

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  • Cultural Cuisine in the Willmar Lakes Area

    February 5, 2020

    By Bailey Hovland Walking through the streets of downtown Willmar, you can get a sense of the diverse community living in the Willmar Lakes Area. Signs display English, Spanish, and Somali, ensuring that all people feel welcome

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  • Prime Vacation Planning Time

    January 30, 2020

    By Bailey Hovland We’ve come to the time of year when spring seems like it will never come and summer feels like a distant memory. With the holiday season long gone and nothing to celebrate until Valentine’s Day (if you’re

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  • Willmar Lakes Area Winter Wonderland

    January 17, 2020

    Bailey Hovland I may be biased, but there is nothing like winter in Minnesota. Sure, the temperature often drops below zero degrees and sometimes the roads are slick with glare ice, but there is absolutely no place like Minnesota

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  • Enjoy the Willmar Lakes Area in January!

    January 2, 2020

    By Dave Feist While it’s true that many hardy Minnesotan’s head to the Southern part of the US this time of year to avoid the harsh winter elements, there are still so many of us that just LOVE a Minnesota winter! There

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  • 2020 Spicer Winterfest

    December 24, 2019

    From early January through the first few weeks of February, the town that is “nicer” is hosting the 2020 Winterfest celebration. Spicer, home to 1,200 smiling residents, is continuing a tradition that fosters community

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  • What’s New With the EDC

    December 17, 2019

    By Aaron Backman The Kandiyohi County & City of Willmar Economic Development Commission (EDC) has been busy this Fall/Winter on a variety of initiatives, including a proposed Township Broadband project, the Rural Child

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  • Dog-Friendly Community

    December 11, 2019

    By Bailey Hovland Dogs and owners alike enjoy a summer afternoon picnic at Willmar’s dog park (photo courtesy of the Kandiyohi County’s Dog Owner’s Group). What has four legs, plenty of hair, and loves spending

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  • All Is Calm, All Is Bright – December in New London

    December 2, 2019

    By Amy Gronli The summer is gone, the harvest is done, and winter has come! While springs lift our spirits with birdsong and flowers, summers pulsate with wet and wild fun, and autumns invite us to leaf-peep and cheer on

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  • Thanksgiving in the Willmar Lakes Area

    November 26, 2019

    By Bailey Hovland It’s 7:00 a.m. The earliest riser of the family is in the kitchen, carefully putting the finishing touches on the turkey before its four-hour roast in the oven. The rest of the family is either starting

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