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February 1, 2018
Cy Amundson
Comedy act takes center stage in Dawson
February 1, 2018 - 10:47am
January 29, 2018
Erica Dischino / Tribune

Steve Marquardt takes the plunge into Green Lake at the 14th annual Polar Plunge Saturday at Saulsbury Beach in Spicer.
Taking the plunge: 14th annual event held Saturday in Spicer
January 29, 2018 - 6:40am
January 23, 2018
Carolyn Lange / TribuneTwo days after the official lighting ceremony and fireworks show that was part of the Spicer Winterfest, the 20-foot-tall ice castle was demolished because of safety concerns. Although the castle is gone, Winterfest activities continue through mid-February, including the Polar Plunge Saturday and pond hockey tournament on Green Lake.
Castle on the rocks: Spicer Ice Castle demolished early because of public safety concerns
January 23, 2018 - 10:24pm
January 21, 2018
Erica Dischino / Tribune

Spectators watch as fireworks light up the sky Saturday over Green Lake during the lighting ceremony for WinterFest on Saulsbury Beach in Spicer. The fireworks were accompanied by music, and the event also included a bonfire and free hot chocolate for the attendees.play button
Spicer kicks off WinterFest with lighting ceremony
January 21, 2018 - 11:18pm
January 13, 2018
Carolyn Lange / Tribune

Volunteers build the Spicer Ice Castle on Sunday morning at Saulsbury Beach on Green Lake.
Editorial: Green Lake pride in ice castle building blocks
January 13, 2018 - 9:31am
January 29, 2017
Briana Sanchez / Tribune
Amber Nichols, left, and Jeff Rudie jump into Green Lake Saturday during the 13th annual Polar Plunge Saturday in Spicer.
Freezin' for a reason at Green Lake in Spicer
January 29, 2017 - 4:28pm
January 19, 2017
2017 Spicer Winterfest schedule
January 19, 2017 - 8:20am
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Among the WinterFest favorites is the Green Lake Pond Hockey tournament which is set this year for Jan. 28-29 from dawn to dusk.
WinterFest 2017 in full swing this weekend in Spicer
January 19, 2017 - 8:18am
January 30, 2016
Trent Thompson of Willmar, dressed as Uncle Sam, backs into the icy waters of Green Lake in Spicer Saturday soon to be followed by Chris Anderson of Spicer, in an American Eagle mask, and Chris Braegelman of Belgrade, in a squirrel mask, at the 12th annual Polar Plunge for Special Olympics. (RAND MIDDLETON | TRIBUNE)play button
UPDATE: Polar Plunge raises $65,000 for Special Olympics
January 30, 2016 - 7:46pm
January 25, 2016
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UPDATE: Full results now available for Spicer WinterFest 5K
January 25, 2016 - 12:02pm
January 21, 2016
The ever-popular Polar Plunge will be held in Green Lake in Spicer again this year, with the event set for Jan. 30. More than 200 people are already registered for the plunge. (TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO)
Spicer WinterFest begins this weekend, but will be without popular ice castle attraction
January 21, 2016 - 9:47am
January 26, 2015
Winterfest Fireworks in Spicer
January 26, 2015 - 11:42am
February 9, 2014
Snowmobilers race down the strip Saturday during the annual snowmobile drag races held on Green Lake as part of the Spicer Winterfest.  Racers from around the region took part in the day of races which featured many vintage sleds as well as the modern ones. play button
Video: Snowmobile Drag Races held on Green Lake
February 9, 2014 - 4:39pm
January 26, 2014
Over 360 plungers chose to leap into the frigid water of Green Lake Saturday during the 10th annual Polar Plunge. The Polar Plunge is a benefit for the Special Olympics sponsored by the Kandiyohi County Sheriff Office and the Willmar Police Department.play button
Video: Polar Bear Plunge held on Green Lake
January 26, 2014 - 6:21pm
January 6, 2013
A crew from Wee Kut Ice Company harvests ice from Green Lake Saturday in Spicer where construction of a Winterfest Ice Castle began over the weekend.  Blocks of ice were cut from the lake and lifted out of the water using a conveyor made to lift the heavy blocks.play button
Harvesting Ice For Ice Castle in Spicer (video)
January 6, 2013 - 5:15pm