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Lone Tree Board & Paddle – Spicer, MN

May 29, 2018

Lone Tree Board & Paddle – Spicer, MN
With colors of the blue and sandy beige, the sea like look and feel inside the soon-to-be-open, Lone Tree Board & Paddle will be providing new opportunities for things to do on the Spicer area lakes this summer.  Ben and Holly Danielson, owners, have rented paddle board and kayaks for over a year out of their home. Now with a storefront and additional items for sale, this new retail center will be ready for expanded business to residents and summer visitors to the area.  They can be found

On the Road Again. . . Highway 23 Funding

May 29, 2018

On the Road Again. . . Highway 23 Funding
Over the past year, the Highway 23 Coalition has become more organized.  It has adopted Bylaws, elected a Board of Directors, and now boasts 89 members, including 63 businesses and 11 cities, that want improvements to this critical Photo credit: Erica Dischino / Tribune corridor.  In January the Coalition submitted applications to the State of Minnesota for Corridors of Commerce funding for both four-lane gaps between Willmar and Interstate 94. Unfortunately, four highway projects in the Twin Cities

Midtown Plaza Opens for Business in Downtown Willmar

May 29, 2018

Midtown Plaza Opens for Business in Downtown Willmar
Over the past year and a half a new business center in Willmar, Midtown Plaza, has come into reality.  The owners, Zack Mahboub and Sahra Gure, previously had acquired the former Erickson Building in downtown Willmar as a location for their business, West Central Interpreting.  They decided that it would make a great location for a diverse business center, catering to the communities of new immigrant businesses. Funding for renovating the first floor of the building came together in the Spring

2018 EDC Goals Adopted

May 29, 2018

2018 EDC Goals Adopted
On March 29, 2018, the EDC held its annual planning retreat at the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center near Spicer.  The 19 attendees included board members, committee chairs, EDC staff, and Bruce Miles, the facilitator from Big River Group.  Among the goals of this year’s planning session was it review successes and issues, identify near-term and long-term priorities, and benchmark new priorities.  Participants revised the organization’s Vision Statement to the following: To provide

Urban Escape Re-Opened – Spicer, MN

May 22, 2018

Urban Escape Re-Opened – Spicer, MN
Eryn Hannig has re-opened Urban Escape with expanded room and added product.  The facility which she purchased after Marketing Concepts relocated, features 3,000 square feet of sales space on the main floor, a significant increase from the 900 square foot space she had at her former location. She is still just off of the shores of beautiful Green Lake and next to the new Hampton Inn which will provide some new walking traffic to the store.   The upscale boutique features clothing, jewelry, shoes,

Family Roots Chiropractic – Spicer, MN

May 22, 2018

Family Roots Chiropractic – Spicer, MN
Former resident Dr. Ashley Rath has returned to the Spicer area and moved her chiropractic business with her.  With a specialty in prenatal and pediatric care, the name Family Roots Chiropractic is fitting. Dr. Ashley has a passion to help children and families experience life in a healthier state. She says, “health to me is about function. How well you are functioning is an indication of how healthy you are. In our office, we use technology to measure the function of your nervous system. The

Coffee and More open for business in Spicer

May 22, 2018

Coffee and More open for business in Spicer
Catering and bread pudding are highlights of the new offerings at Diane Harm’s shop, Coffee & More on Spicer’s south side.  Diane’s baked goods and panini sandwiches are the greatest in-store hits. People are ordering the homemade bread pudding in the restaurant to eat on-site and by the cake pan to take home for their special occasions.  Catering is the “cream of the crop,” says Diane, taking her across the region to deliver in Spicer and to businesses and events throughout the county.

Bonding bill includes funding for Highway 23 project

May 21, 2018

Bonding bill includes funding for Highway 23 project
WILLMAR — Looks like the Highway 23 four-lane project between New London and Interstate 94 may get funded after all. As part of the bonding bill that was finalized this weekend, the Legislature added $400 million to the state’s Corridors of Commerce program and put the state Highway 23 project on this list to be completed, said Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Grove City.   Highway 23 was one of three highway projects selected to receive the new money, along with highways 14 and 252. “Highway

Tribune Editorial: Time to fund the gaps on Highway 23

May 17, 2018

Tribune Editorial: Time to fund the gaps on Highway 23
The fishing agreement of Green Lake—for funding support for the Highway 23 gap projects—lasted apparently about as long as it took for the Minnesota political leaders to get out of Kandiyohi County Saturday. Willmar Lakes Area Governor’s Fishing Opener Host Kelly Morrell won an informal pledge Saturday from Gov. Mark Dayton, Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-Nisswa, and House Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, for funding for completing the 7-mile and 9-miles two-lane gaps on state Highway

Spicer Castle to close: Family of John Spicer has owned lake cottage for 123 years

May 17, 2018

Spicer Castle to close: Family of John Spicer has owned lake cottage for 123 years
SPICER—A historic Spicer community landmark that operates as a restaurant and bed and breakfast on the southeast shore of Green Lake is closing and is for sale. The change could bring an end to the 123-year ownership of the Spicer Castle by the family of the man who built the structure and helped found the town that bears his name. “This is the last season the Spicer Castle will be open,” said Mary Latham, a fourth-generation member of the John M. Spicer family who has owned the classic