Spicer

Spicer’s Johnny O’Neil’s under new ownership

June 13, 2020

Spicer’s Johnny O’Neil’s under new ownership
As of Tuesday morning, Johnny O’Neil’s in Spicer is now under new ownership. Michelle Kastel-Olson and her husband, John, sold the restaurant and bar to Donovan and Keisha Frauendienst, who own Kegger’s in Clara City, and Finley Bridal Co. in New London, respectively. Kastel-Olson said she was originally planning to sell the business on March 16, but due to COVID-19 shutdown, held off on the sale until this week. After owning and operating O’Neil’s for 20 years, Kastel-Olson said she is

Spicer Castle crumbles, signaling end of an era

June 13, 2020

Spicer Castle crumbles, signaling end of an era
With a crunch, a heave and a groan, the hydraulic arms of heavy machinery sank their jaws into the Spicer Castle Tuesday morning.  And just like that, 125 years of history toppled in a heap. Constructed in 1895 by Spicer founder John Spicer and long since operating as a bed and breakfast owned by the Latham family, the structure had fallen into disrepair after it had been put up for sale in 2018. Although attempts were made by local entities to explore funding options for preserving the Castle,

Kandiyohi County parks are open with new health safety procedures in place

June 4, 2020

Kandiyohi County parks are open with new health safety procedures in place
SPICER—The camping season at the Kandiyohi County parks usually begins May 1 and the county opened up online reservations for its sites at five parks all the way back in mid-January. However, the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent shutdown of unessential businesses drastically changed the 2020 camping season. All reservations for the month of May were canceled, as the governor’s executive order initially kept all public campgrounds closed. That changed Monday, as the county parks reopened

A Tiny 3D Printing Company in Central Minnesota Looks to Leave a Mark on the Med-Tech Industry

January 14, 2020

A Tiny 3D Printing Company in Central Minnesota Looks to Leave a Mark on the Med-Tech Industry
A small 3D print shop in central Minnesota is building parts for some of the state’s biggest companies. At DI Labs’ office about two hours west of Minneapolis, machines operate 24 hours a day printing prototypes of parts and thousands of other components for 3M, Toro, and a handful of other companies throughout the Upper Midwest and across the country. The company has built everything from full-sized aircraft fuselage to jigs and fixtures for manufacturing. Last month, DI Labs rounded out its

Christmas ribbon is cut at new day care center in Spicer

December 20, 2019

Christmas ribbon is cut at new day care center in Spicer
SPICER—Brand new, pint-sized tables and chairs, books, cribs and colorful toys were unpacked from boxes Monday, and in a mad dash against the clock, were put in place in the new child care center in Spicer in time for a ribbon-cutting Thursday morning. A collective “whew” could be heard by the volunteers and staff from the Kandiyohi County Area YMCA who have been involved with the fast-paced project to create a new day care facility to help meet a serious shortage of child care in the county. Located

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

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

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

Spicer boutique is set to make big move

April 24, 2018

Spicer boutique is set to make big move
SPICER—Since opening Urban Escape Boutique four years ago in downtown Spicer, Eryn Hannig has seen her retail business steadily grow with the sale of women’s clothing, accessories and gift items for the home. Starting early next month, her business will grow even more when she opens the doors to her 4,000-square-foot store. It’s just down the block from the 900-square-foot store where she’s been located since 2014. Hannig, who closed her small shop on April 15, is in the final

Outdoors will take center stage when Willmar Lakes Area hosts Fishing Opener

February 26, 2018

Outdoors will take center stage when Willmar Lakes Area hosts Fishing Opener
WILLMAR—For those who think that walleye are the star of the show when the Willmar Lakes Area hosts the 2018 Governor’s Fishing Opener, try again. It’s really an opportunity to showcase all of the attractions the area offers, and let people know why this is a great place to visit or call home. Organizers are expecting 125 media guests during the four days of activities May 10-13, according to Beth Fischer, executive director of the Willmar Lakes Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.