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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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Holiday Shopping in the Willmar Lakes Area

The Willmar Lakes Area is a great place to shop no matter what time of year it is. But the holidays bring out the many amazingly bright and cheery displays in storefronts throughout the county. Let's start with the many boutiques and shops in the New London Area. Just...

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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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2019 Spicer Winterfest

By Bailey Hovland From early January through the first few weeks of February, the town that is “nicer” is hosting the 2019 Winterfest celebration. Spicer, home to 1,200 smiling residents, is continuing a tradition that fosters community and celebrates the unique town at the edge of Green Lake. And...

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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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Weekend Adventure in the Willmar Lakes Area

My husband and I had a free weekend, which doesn’t happen often, so we decided to go on a little adventure. One of our favorite quotes is “My favorite thing is to go where I’ve never been.” We’ve heard others talk about all the things to do around...

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