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Pink and red have been on display since before stores were even clearing out the red and green, yet somehow it's Feb. 13 and -- still no plans for Valentine's Day.

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An encouraging 27 percent of Web poll respondents answered "absolutely" when asked whether they plan something romantic for the love holiday.

Luckily for the remaining 73 percent of our readers who didn't think ahead to make dinner reservations, it's not too late to plan a great date.

Oh, and, by the way, 58 percent of those said "if opportunity strikes," so here you go ...

From extreme to relaxing, from lavish to frugal, the West Central Tribune has compiled a list of last-minute date ideas sure to please any significant other. Your date may even believe you've had it planned for months.

The Enviromantic Couple: Snowshoe Hiking

If the snowshoe fits, wear it. Bundle up and head to Sibley State Park today from 2 to 3:30 p.m. for snowshoe hiking. Instruction is available and snowshoes will be provided. Reservations are required; call 320-354-2055.

Couples can also cross country ski across eight miles of groomed ski trails for only $5 per person.

The Olympiad Couple: Curling Rocks

Curling must come naturally to Minnesotans: Nine out of 10 members of the 2010 U.S. Olympic Curling team are Minnesotans. The other is from Wisconsin. Give curling a try Saturday night at the Willmar Civic Center. Certified instructors are available, and broom and stones are provided:

Open Curling, Willmar Civic Center, $2 at the door, 5 to 9 p.m.; 320-235-1454

Warming houses open at 1 p.m. at Garfield, Lincoln and Hilltop outdoor skating rinks in Willmar for the couple who would rather lace up for an afternoon of pairs skating.

The Epicurean Couple:

For the couple with a more refined palate (and a designated driver), Glacial Ridge Winery near Spicer is hosting a Sweetheart Dinner. Enjoy a four-course dinner paired with Glacial Ridge Wines for $75 per couple. Reservations are required and seating is limited; call 320-796-9436.

You may also want to check out these other choice area establishments for Valentine dinner specials, or visit your favorite restaurant of choice:

Jackpot's Dacotah Restaurant, Morton

Melvin's on the Lake, Spicer

McKale's, New London

McMillan's, Willmar

New London Legion, New London

The Oaks at Eagle Creek, Willmar

Padua Pub, Padua

Prairie's Edge Casino Resort, Granite Falls

The Thespian Couple: It's Show Time

Couples can view a live performance a day this weekend.

Couples can take in a live performance of "Run For Your Wife" at The Barn Theatre in downtown Willmar.

The British comedy may be the perfect remedy for couples who seek drama. The show runs today and Sunday, and again from Feb. 18-21. Performances are at 7:30 p.m., with a Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m.; call 320-235-9500. Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for students.

There's even a Valentine's package deal available that includes chocolates, dinner, flowers and the theater; call for details.

'Alladin and his Magic Lamp'

Eighty local youth present an original version of "Alladin and his Magic Lamp" at 1 p.m. today at WEAC in Willmar. Tickets are available at the door. (This is not to be confused with Disney's "Aladdin and the Magic Lamp.")

Also check out "Music, Love Letters and Lunch" at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Little Theatre in New London. A complimentary lunch and coffee will be provided at this event, featuring the New London Writer's Club and artist musicians.

'Valentine's Day'

"Valentine's Day," a new flick overstuffed with stars, also hits the movie theaters this weekend, check your local theater for availability and show times.

There's also "Dear John," a tear-jerker based on the book by Nicholas Sparks, or for a bit more action try "From Paris With Love," starring John Travolta. For comedy and more of a family show, how about "Tooth Fairy."

Or, visit the nearest video store and select from any number of romantic chick-flicks to enjoy with your loved one.

The Homebody Couple

For couples always on the go, a night in may be just about right. When the weather outside is cold, it only makes sense to stay warm (and save money) inside.

Recreate your first date. Prepare your significant other's favorite meal or make a heart-shaped pizza. Play a game with your whole family. Rent a sappy love movie.

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