Sep 17

Movies in the Park – September 19th at Robbins Island!

Mark your calendars for the final Movies in the Park movie: Despicable Me 2!!!  This Friday, September 19th at Robbins Island in Willmar! Movie, Pop and Popcorn are free!  Thank you to Viking Coke and Walt’s for providing the popcorn.

Jul 03

Head to Spicer for the 4th!

Spicer is the place to be this 4th of July weekend.  There are so many great events, you are sure to find one that every member of your family will enjoy!!  On July 3rd, they will have their annual 4th of July Street Dance featuring the Johnny Holm Band.  The gates open at 8:30 p.m. and the band will play from 9:00 pm – 12:30 a.m.  The cost is only $10!  This is a 21 & older event.  ID is required for admittance!

On July 4th, some of the highlights include, the Parade starting at 10 a.m., the Briggs Motley Arts & Craft Fair from 9 am to 5 pm and the Fireworks at dusk!

On the weekend you will find a softball tournament, a Hoops by the Lake tournament, Kids Pedal Pull, Green Lake Road Race and so much more.

Check out the complete scheduled on our website at

Jun 27

Movies in the Park has been moved to WEAC

Mother Nature is prevailing and Vision 2040 – Things to Do has decided to move our 1st Movies in the Park to the Willmar Education and Arts Center (WEAC).  The movie will start at 8:30 pm. Hope to see you there to watch Frozen!

Jun 26

Movies in the Park

We are so excited for the first Movies in the Park on Friday, June 27th.  The movie is Frozen!  The plan is to have the movie at Robbins Island starting at dusk! The movie is free and there will be free pop and popcorn while supplies last!!  If the weather looks bad, we will move the movie to WEAC at 611 5th Street SW in Willmar.  We will make a decision by 1:00 p.m. and post on the Willmar Lakes Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Facebook page and also on our website at   If the movie location is moved to the WEAC building, the movie will start at 8:30 p.m.






Jun 20

Iron Warriors hold their 2014 Central Region Conference in Willmar

It is a perfect day for a motorcycle ride in the Willmar Lakes Area!!  Several rides are planned throughout the area during the Iron Warriors stay in Willmar this weekend!

May 21

WCCO-TV and WCCO Radio are “Goin’ to the Lake!

WCCO-TV and WCCO Radio’s on-air talent are hitting the road to visit the best summertime spots in cabin country.

Minneapolis/ St. Paul May 21, 2014 – WCCO-TV’s Frank Vascellaro and Chris Shaffer along with WCCO Radio’s John Hines will pull into the Willmar Lakes Area on Thursday, May 29 and Friday, May 30 as part of WCCO’s annual summertime series, “Goin’ to the Lake!”.

Throughout the day on Thursday, May 29 and Friday, May 30, the WCCO-TV cameras will roll as Frank and Chris visit several area establishments and connect with local residents. In addition to their activities throughout the day, Frank and Chris will report live from the Willmar Lakes Area during the 5, 6 and 10pm newscasts. The public is invited to join them at:

Zorbaz on Green Lake in Spicer – Thursday; 5pm and 6pm newscasts

Johnny O’Neil’s in Spicer – Thursday; 10pm newscast

Neer Park in New London w/Little Crow Ski Team – Friday; 5pm and 6pm newscasts

New to this year’s “Goin’ to the Lake!” series is the addition of WCCO Radio. Each Friday a member of the NewsRadio, 830 WCCO team will broadcast live on location. Joining Frank and Chris in the Willmar Lakes Area is John Hines. John will broadcast his Friday, May 30th 9am to 12pm show live from The Oaks at Eagle Creek in Willmar. The public is welcome to join.

Every Thursday and Friday starting on May 29 through August 15, WCCO-TV and WCCO Radio’s on-air talent will visit some of the best summer vacation spots in Minnesota and Western Wisconsin, highlighting all that they have to offer.

“I’m looking forward to kicking off our summer-long road trips with my buddy Frank. The good times will be rolling in the Willmar area as we get this gig kicked off in style,” said WCCO Meteorologist Chris Shaffer. “We take a lot of pride in showing off great communities across Minnesota. It’s a privilege to share their stories, and it’s fun,” added Anchor Frank Vascellaro.

Don’t forget to watch WCCO-TV, channel four, at 5, 6 and 10pm to catch Frank and Chris’ adventures in the Willmar Lakes Area and tune into NewsRadio, 830 WCCO (AM) from 9am-12pm on Friday for John Hine’s show.

WCCO-TV and WCCO Radio are part of CBS Television Stations and CBS Radio, divisions of CBS Corporation.

May 05

2nd Annual Mayor’s Bike Ride in Spicer, New London & Willmar

The Second Annual Mayor’s Bike Ride is just around the corner!

It will be held on Friday, May 16th starting at 5:00 p.m. in Spicer, New London and Willmar.

Mayor Denny Baker, Mayor Bill Gossman and Mayor Pro-Temp Denis Anderson will be leading participants on the bike ride from each of their communities.  Each group will meet in Spicer at the Lion’s Shelter in downtown Spicer.

The ride and picnic are FREE, but pre-registration is required!

Starting location for each community:

Spicer:  Glacial Lakes State Trail Parking Lot (across from Mel’s Sport Show)

New London:  New London Parking Lot (across from the New London Legion)

Willmar:  Glacial Lakes State Trail Parking Lot (adjacent to the Willmar Civic Center).

The picnic is being hosted by the Spicer Beautification / Design Committee.

To Register:

Email  or call 320-235-3552.

Additional information is available at

See you on the Trail!!

Mayor’s Bike Ride



Mar 10

Looking for something to do?

Looking for something fun to do in the Willmar Lakes Area but not sure where to look?  Check out the online version of our 2014 Visitor Guide on our website  The Willmar Lakes Area is filled with a variety of different activities and the guide will help you select what things you would like to try.  It lists area attractions, lakes, restaurants, events and so much more!!  If you are interested in a paper copy of the guide, please give us call at 320-235-3552 ext. 2 or email!



Mar 07

It’s a Murder Mystery!

A real whodunit… ok…not really but enjoy a great Murder Mystery event at the Spicer Castle tonight, Friday, March 7th!!  If you haven’t tried one yet, tonight is the night!  They are offering specials on their Murder Mystery tickets for tonight.  The deal is by one get one free!!!  Give the Spicer Castle a call at 320-796-5870 and make your reservation!!!  You can go just for the dinner or even stay the night!!  The murder mystery starts at 8:00 p.m.


Mar 06

Think Spring!

It may be cold and snowy outside, but the fact that this weekend is the KWLM Spring Show definitely means spring is getting closer than we think!!  The KWLM Spring Show is being held at the Willmar Civic Center on March 8 and 9. This is a premiere trade show in the area featuring over 55 exhibitors! You could even win an Apple iPad Air…one will be given away each day of the show. Plus there will be hourly drawings both days at the KWLM booth for tickets to Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” at Chanhassen Dinner Theatre.

KWLM will be doing various live removes on both dates!

Saturday’s schedule is:

9am-10am:  Todd Bergeth and the Coaches Corner Show

10am-11am:  Paul Stagg

11am-1pm:  JP Cola with an extended edition of Legislative Review

1pm-2pm:  Paul Stagg with the first Master Gardener show of the season

2pm-3pm:  Paul Stagg and live music from the “Three or Four Amigos”

The Spring Show will take place from 9am-5pm on Saturday, March 8th and 11am-4pm on Sunday, March 9th!! Weather forecast in the Civic Center is forecasted as Partly Cloudy and a balmy 70 degrees!  See you indoors at the Willmar Civic Center for the KWLM Spring Show!!

2014 KWLM Spring Show

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