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Winter Fun in Willmar Lakes Area

Article from Minnesota Monthly From ice fishing and winter recreation to local boutiques and eateries, the Willmar Lakes Area has everything you need for a snowy getaway! As the temperatures drop in the Willmar Lakes Area, locals and visitors alike get excited to take advantage of the region’s incredible outdoor activities....

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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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Current Dining Options

In need of a delicious lunch or supper, but not sure where to go? We’re here to help! The Willmar Lakes Area is home to a wide variety of places to eat and drink and many of them have a drive-thru or are currently offering curbside pick-up options to...

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Cultural Cuisine in the Willmar Lakes Area

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 and represented. And with such great cultural diversity, the Willmar Lakes Area...

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Delicious Dishes in the Area

By Bailey Hovland For the past 22 years, I’ve been a local connoisseur in the cuisine of the Willmar Lakes Area. And I was recently tasked with selecting delicious dishes from the area; a job that I did not take lightly. There are so many local restaurants to choose...

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Local Dining Options in the Willmar Lakes Area

It is approaching lunchtime and I ponder…what to have for lunch today?  I realize there are so many great options to choose from in the Willmar Lakes Area. Some of our favorite local restaurants include: O’Neil’s in Spicer - this is one of my favorite places to go! They have...

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