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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: 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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Asking Brouwer Berries: How Long Does It Take To Grow Strawberries?

By Sarah Brouwer Did you get some strawberries this year from Brouwer Berries in Raymond?  We hope so! The season is so short, and we know it takes you some effort to get to our farm when the strawberries are ripe.  Many people ask me why we close early...

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Virtual Tours of Popular Willmar Lakes Area Attractions

We might not be able to go to our favorite Willmar Lakes Area attractions this spring, but we can still "virtually visit" them and learn about them. Check out our list of local attractions and sites that you can virtually tour. First up, Sibley State Park has an awesome...

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Prime Vacation Planning Time

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 ever so lucky), we need something to add a...

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Dog-Friendly Community

By Bailey Hovland What has four legs, plenty of hair, and loves spending time in the Willmar Lakes Area? Your dog, of course. Although most of our blogs focus on people experiencing the Willmar Lakes Area, today it is finally time to turn our attention to our canine counterparts. With unique...

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“Celebrate the Light of the World”

Now that December has come, the Willmar Lakes Area has settled into a winter routine under a blanket of snow. Little ones bundle up to play in the snow after school, building snow forts out in their yards. Snowflakes fall from the sky, twirling gracefully on their gentle...

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