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Flags of Honor Veterans Memorial Renovation

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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Porchfest 2021

Successful First Annual Porchfest

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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Kids Gardening

Willmar Lakes Area Community Shared Garden

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 Focus Areas

Community Projects 2019 Progress Report

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 of Friendship

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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Porch Light Glowing

Leave a Porch Light On

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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Experience the Light event

Experience the Light

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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Willmar Vision 2040 Leadership Program

Preparing Willmar Lakes Area Leaders

Vision 2040 Leadership is a training program that focuses on preparing the next generation of leaders to answer the call to serve the communities of the Willmar Lakes Area. Vision 2040 Leadership brings together a diverse group of participants to develop skills necessary for building inclusive communities. PROJECT GOAL  This program enhances the Willmar Lakes …

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Highland Resident at Baseball Game

Resident Engagement at Highland Apartments

The Highland Apartments are creating holistic, healthy opportunities to support low income, elderly and disable residents. Cookbooks, painting classes and Let’s Go Fishing events have been done in the past. This past summer, the Vision 2040 grant will fund busing to the Minnesota Arboretum and tickets to the Stingers games. PROJECT GOAL  In 2019, the …

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Random Acts of Kindness Heart

Ideas for Random Acts of Kindness

One of Vision 2040’s pillars is inclusion. We believe in making the Willmar Lakes Area an inclusive and welcoming community for all its residents no matter the difference. It is our wide diversity that makes our region what it is and gives us the sense of pride to call it home. Showing a community member …

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Blue Rise Up Tshirt

#TogetherWeKan Rise Up

Inspired by the idea that in challenging times, our community will rise to the occasion and together we KAN (for Kandiyohi County) support each other and thrive. We’re looking for your help to support the small businesses in our community that are the building blocks that make us who we are. Purchase your #TogetherWeKan Rise …

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Spotlight Theatre performs The Little Mermaid

The Spotlight Theatre Workshop Performs The Little Mermaid

The Spotlight Theatre Workshop strives to create theatre experiences for all ages and abilities allowing for community engagement and connections. Engagement is at the foundation of Vision 2040’s action plan to improve the Willmar Lakes Area. The grants provided were utilized as part of a July 2020 performance of The Little Mermaid with local youth …

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