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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: 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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Finding Fish and Making Memories in Kandiyohi County

By Nancy Larson Over the past several months I spent some time on lakes in Kandiyohi County to observe the type of experiences local anglers are creating during Minnesota winters. The fraternity of anglers are the first to share that each month (January – March) offers a unique opportunity...

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10 Events You Can’t Miss This Summer

By Bailey Hovland One month of summer has come and gone, bringing us into July. July is the epitome of summer festivities. It’s when we celebrate the Fourth of July, commemorated by parades and fireworks and everything decorated in red, white, and blue. Swimsuits are the weekend outfit of choice,...

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Willmar Lakes Area to Host 2018 Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener

EXPLORE MINNESOTA – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE State of Minnesota Media contact: Alyssa Hayes (Ebel), Explore Minnesota, (O) 651-757-1857, (C) 651-276-8738, alyssa.hayes@state.mn.us, Twitter: @ExploreMN_PR Willmar Lakes Area to Host 2018 Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener ST. PAUL, Minn. (May 13, 2017) —Next year's Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener will be held May 10-13...

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