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Make the Most of Your "Celebrate the Light of the World" Visit

December 2021 Does one of your holiday traditions include checking out the holiday lights in the neighborhood? Why not expand on that and plan a trip to see the "Celebrate the Light of the World" Christmas light display in the Willmar Lakes Area? This free event is so popular...

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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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Willmar Lakes Area Winter Wonderland

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 in the winter. The warmth of the people combined with...

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

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 the home team, winters gift us with their own...

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Seasonal Escape to Willmar Lakes Area

By Willmar Lakes Area and Claire Noack More than 100 lakes scattered across the Willmar Lakes Area and brightly-colored trees lining the trails and the streets of the Central Minnesota region provide the perfect backdrop for a fall outing. Only two hours from the Twin Cities, the Willmar Lakes...

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5 Ways to Enjoy Spring in the Willmar Lakes Area

By Bailey Hovland Finally. It’s spring. The temperature is slowly, slowly, rising. Pastel colors are back in style, along with floral prints and perhaps even sandals. Geese are migrating north, preparing for the upcoming season in Minnesota. And since we have officially passed the first day of spring, it...

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Specialty Shopping in the Willmar Lakes Area

One of my favorite things to do is spend the day browsing at our local specialty and occasional shops. Recently, I had the opportunity to spend the afternoon in New London. This charming community is home to a wide variety of shops and tons of charm and character. First stop...

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