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 […]

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 […]

Mom and Son with Mickey Mouse Ears

Stories of Hope: A Disney Staycation!

Our family is a military family of 6. We have 4 boys, ages 9, 7,5 and 3. Daddy is a soldier in the U.S. Army and we are living and stationed at Fort Bragg, NC and have been for the past 2 years. We are many states away from any extended family after many years […]

Boy With Dog

Love Your Health: Family Fun Night

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 […]

Miles 4 Mentors Fun Run 2019

The Power of a Fun Run

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 […]

The Little Theatre

Rialto Revisited Movie Events

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. […]

Beautification Project

City of Spicer’s Beautification Project

Vision 2040 is proud to be one of the sponsors of the Spicer Beautification Project. The Spicer Beautification Committee has sponsored several art projects over the past 10 years: “Poles Gone Wild”, “Chairs Gone Wild”, “Fish Gone Wild” and the most recent “Artists Gone Wild”. PROJECT GOAL  Fifteen local artists from the Spicer and greater […]


This summer Willmar Lakes Area Vision 2040 will host an Idea Works Event. This event will bring together community members who can share their ideas to make our communities better and collaborate on how to implement these ideas through resources, tools and funds. This event will be fun, creative and welcoming to all across Willmar […]

Train Your Trainer Program

Train Your Trainer

Tenants throughout the Willmar Lakes Area have been empowered to better maintain their homes and develop trust and communication with their landlords. This program has developed emerging leaders with diverse backgrounds and improved the quality of life for tenants throughout Kandiyohi County. The Willmar Area Vision 2040 Housing Subcommittee sponsored a RentWise tenant education Train […]

13 Ways to Kill Your Community

This sarcastic approach to making our communities a better place is May 16th, 2019! Mark your calendars to join us at one or both of these events — and bring your friends, family and colleagues! Noon Presentation Noon – 1:30pm | Willmar Conference Center | Willmar, MN There’s no charge to attend this event! An […]

We Need You! Help Create a Better Place Through Engagement!

What do we mean by Engagement as a Key Finding area? It’s having the leadership in place to help create the roadmap of where we want to go next and how to achieve the goals of that roadmap. From past town hall meetings and World Café events, it seems clear people have ideas. The key […]


Share your #KanDo story!

Where the Lakes Begin… and Opportunity, too! Here’s what you #KanDo Kandiyohi County is home to over 40,000 people, located approximately 100 miles West of Minneapolis, MN. It is nestled among the crossroads of US Highway 12, US Highway 71, and State Highway 23. Home to many lakes and ponds and even the Middle Fork […]

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