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One county, fifteen towns

Kandiyohi County is made up of 15 towns with a total population of nearly 44,000 people. Come see what we have to offer!

If you’re looking to move to the Willmar Lakes Area, check out the Relocation Guide.

Kandiyohi County is served by nine school districts with reputations for excellent education, one of the best community colleges in Minnesota and plenty of other alternative public and private learning options. One thing they all have in common is their focus on creating innovative, hands-on curriculum.


Spiritual growth for the individual and the community is available in many different houses of worship throughout Kandiyohi County.

Places to Worship

Want to explore a new career path? Relocating to the area and looking for a job? CareerForce is a resource for job seekers and employers in Minnesota. Learn how to write a resume, interview and search for jobs, or hire employees. An additional job board can be found on the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce website.

Jobs & Careers

Whether you’re looking for a lake home, a hobby farm, a suburban retreat or a maintenance-free condo or townhome, Kandiyohi County will deliver. It’s a great place to start out, raise a family or spend your retirement years.


As a regional medical center, Kandiyohi County has state-of-the-art facilities and hundreds of medical providers who provide outstanding care. From the beginning of your life through your golden years, Kandiyohi County has healthcare options for almost every circumstance.


Recreational activities are plentiful with our many lakes and parks. Many people enjoy boating, fishing, canoeing, skiing, golfing, hiking, swimming, camping, snowmobiling and much more. Kandiyohi County also has many museums, fine arts and historical sites. If it’s shopping opportunities that pique your interest, you can choose from specialty, antique or cultural shops.

Things to Do

Special events funding opportunity

Do you have an event coming up that takes place in the Willmar Lakes Area and that brings in people from outside of Kandiyohi County? The Willmar Lakes Area Convention & Visitors Bureau has a Special Events Grant that might be able to help you with the marketing and promotion of your event. Find out more by clicking “Apply Here” below.

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A Rich History

Learn all about history of the Willmar Lakes Area communities by visiting our many historical landmarks and museums throughout the county. If you’re looking a one-stop-shop, then we suggest visiting the Kandiyohi County Historical Museum. Not only are they a hub of all history related to our beautiful county, but they also have a research library, tourist information, and a gift shop!

Historical Sites        Museums in the Area