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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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Current Dining Options in the Willmar Lakes Area

In need of a delicious lunch or supper, but not sure where to go now that the Governor has enforced a Stay Safe MN plan and put limitations on our restaurants, bars and coffee shops? We’re here to help! The Willmar Lakes Area is home to a wide variety...

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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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Thanksgiving in the Willmar Lakes Area

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 to wake or already on their way, packed in a...

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Small Business Saturday in the Willmar Lakes Area

By Bailey Hovland It’s Thursday morning, and you’re lounging in front of the T.V., watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Smells of savory turkey, bittersweet cranberries, and mouthwatering stuffing waft out of the kitchen, completing [caption id="attachment_11668" align="alignleft" width="300"] The New London Bakery's cookies are some of their most sought-after...

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Keeping Up with Coffee in the Willmar Lakes Area

By Bailey Hovland Ah, it’s finally the weekend. Monday is a distant memory, with its responsibilities and due dates and meetings far, far away. Saturday offers so much potential—time to catch up on the laundry, grocery shop for meals during the week, or fix the leaky faucet in the...

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20th Annual Celebrate Art! Celebrate Coffee!

By Bailey Hovland When thinking of classic duos, there are quite a few combinations that come to mind: lakes and fishing, campfires and s’mores, pumpkin spice and lattes. But in Willmar, Minnesota, there is another classic duo that is added to the list—art and coffee. This last Saturday was...

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