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My Hometown: Loveland, Colorado

Special town-wide Valentine's Day traditions, a vibrant art scene, and the nearby Rocky Mountains make it easy for Becky Erickson and her family to be head over heels for their hometown.

By Caren Oppenheim

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Loveland, Colorado
Joel Holland
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Loveland wasn't named after Valentine's Day, but with a nickname like "Sweetheart City," it goes without saying that the holiday is a big deal here. In the Valentine's Day Re-Mailing Program people send us their pre-addressed, stamped cards, in a larger envelope. Each one is hand-stamped with a festive phrase and design created by a resident, then mailed out. Letters come from all over the world. It's been going on for more than 60 years.

Our local newspaper, the Loveland Reporter-Herald, runs a contest in February with daily clues and riddles that readers can follow in search of a hidden, heart-shaped token. Even though we've never won, our kids always make elaborate plans of how we'd spend the $500 prize.

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