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This is the official blog for Three Eagles Radio News Director Randall Harder.

This is not to be confused with any unofficial blog.

From time to time we'll offer some personal musings or information from the newsbeat that for one reason or another dosen't make the cut for a newscast.

Randall's Blog -- Willmar Man's Amazing Christmas Light Show -- VIDEO

WILLMAR -- We had heard about Chad Koosman's amazing light display.

We drove into Willmar after a 110 mile drive to check it out. Keeping expectations low, but still  hoping for quite a show.

We were not disappointed.

Chad Koosman's website promoting his "Celebrate the Light" fundraiser for the Willmar Salvation Army says in giving directions "you can't miss it."

And you can't

I took the video you've probably watched on this page already and it dosen't do it justice.

Koosman's home is northeast of Willmar, several miles beyond the high school and the light of the town. You wind your way around the homes nestled in along the east bank of Green Lake.

Then suddently you see it off to the right.

Wow!  Everything you hoped it would be and more.

It's more than what you see on the video, although it is the main attraction.

Koosman's entire, quarter-mile long driveway is adorned with lights. At the top of the driveway is a large open area overlooking the home where you can park, watch and listen to the music over his low-powered FM transmitter.

Did I mention the dozen's of car's parked up there watching the movie "Elf" on a 24-foot by 13.6-foot screen. Oh yeah. Movie audio on another FM frequency.

It's 140,000 lights and three-and--a half miles of extension cords that power the musical and light show. It took Koosman and community volunteers about 800 man hours to set up.

There are two songs the lights dance to and it's not cheesy. The music and lights are perfect together.

And it's for a good cause.

It's free to watch, but Koosman is collecting donations for the local Salvation Army.

You can drive in, circle his driveway, and on the way out make a drive up Red Kettle donation. They raised $10,000 last year and are hoping to double it this year.

There is still plenty of time to check it out. The nightly display will run from dusk until 11 p.m. each night through January 3rd.

If You Go: 3903 60th Avenue NE; Willmar, MN

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12/19/2010 8:01AM
Randall's Blog -- Willmar Man's Amazing Christmas Light Show -- VIDEO
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