Recently a dedication ceremony was held on September 11 at the newly renovated Flags of Honor, Veteran’s Memorial in Willmar, Minnesota. Lots of positive feedback from the community has been received on the current updates to the memorial. The goal to  deliver a respectable memorial which the community can be proud has been met as …

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The first annual Porchfest occurred on Saturday, June 5, 2021 in New London, MN. Attendees wandered from porch to porch, enjoying the different local musicians, variety of music and hearing poetry within a few blocks. As a bonus, two local businesses, Alley on Ash and Goat Ridge Brewing, had live music with bands that evening …

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The Community Shared Garden is on YEAR TWO! Thanks to our partners, the Willmar Lakes Area Community Shared Garden has continued to offer fresh produce to our community in 2021. Your family is welcome to take what you need at no cost to you!   Check out pictures from those who have helped plant and upkeep …

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Vision 2040 is creating a better tomorrow through supporting projects that are community minded with special emphasis on the four focus areas. The four focus areas are health and wellness, diversity, inclusion and communication. Health & Wellness Driven Projects Though projects will be driven by the community at large, here are some examples of your …

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Light Up Willmar Lakes Area (#LightUpWLA) is a community initiative to lift up the spirits of others through the holiday season. With the pandemic, many family and friends are experiencing this Christmas without each other and new obstacles. The hope is that this initiative will not only spread hope throughout the Willmar Lakes Area during …

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Light Up the Willmar Lakes Area (#LightUpWLA) is a community initiative to spread hope and joy to the Willmar Lakes Area communities during the holiday season. The upcoming holidays have given some individuals yet another reason to forget the light of the world around them; as this may be the first time families are spending …

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As part of the Light Up the Willmar Lakes Area (#LightUpWLA), Vision 2040 is sharing some pretty neat things happening in the area that will provide our community a smile and uplifted spirits during this pandemic.  Experience the Light is a few videos that have been collected from local events to share some holiday cheer …

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Join us for a fun filled night for the whole family! The Willmar Lakes Area Vision 2040 Health & Wellness focus area is hosting a Family Fun Night at Kennedy Elementary School in Willmar! A FREE light meal, learning, exploring, healthy freebies, and community resource booths are all here just for you. Enjoy movement and …

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Vision 2040 has had the opportunity to help fund some incredible projects around the Willmar Lakes Area. The 2019 Fun Run Series, created by the Miles4Mentors organization, shines as an example of these impactful projects. Miles4Mentors has successfully sponsored or held free, family friendly events that encourage children of all backgrounds to enjoy healthy outdoor …

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2019 proposed a good opportunity to offer classic and family friendly movies in different avenues. The grant money from Vision 2040 allowed for the New London Little Theatre to try new and fun events with the community.  Spring In January, February and March of 2019, one classic movie was played once a month on Sundays. …

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