Even though it may not have felt like Spring until just a few weeks ago, we're sure glad it's finally here. From annual strategy meetings to helping local businesses start and grow, our team has been keeping busy. Here are some of our highlights from the past few months:
2018 EDC Goals Adopted
In March, the EDC held its annual planning retreat at the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center near Spicer. Among the goals of this year's planning session was to review successes and issues, identify near-term and long-term priorities, and benchmark new priorities. Following the retreat, the Joint Operations & Joint Powers Boards identified major priorities.  Learn More
Midtown Plaza Open 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 Learn More
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 corridor. In January, the Coalition submitted applications to the
State of MN for funding.  Learn More
Spotlight on Spicer:
Spicer is blooming this Spring with new food, services, styles and things to do!

Urban Escape
Eryn Hannig re-opened Urban Escape this month with expanded room and plenty of new product. The facility which she purchased after Marketing Concepts relocated, will feature 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.  Learn More
Lone Tree Board & Paddle
With colors of the blue and sand 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.  Learn More
Family Roots Chiropractic
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.
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Coffee & More
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.  Learn More