Willmar Minnesota History
The Kandiyohi County Historical Society is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 AASLH Leadership in History Awards for their outstanding contributions to the history of Minnesota. Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, AasLh provides leadership, service and support to its members who preserve and interpret the history of the state and region to make the past more meaningful to people. The A ASL's programs in horticulture, history, culture, education, social, economic, political, religious, environmental, civil and social justice are sponsored by the American Society for the Advancement of Slavic and African - American Studies ( An asSAH). There are more than 2,000 members in the United States and Canada and more than 1,500 in Canada, but the AAsL Horseshoe River Valley Chapter in Minnesota is one of the few in North America with its own awards.
This year, the Kandiyohi County Historical Society and the Horseshoe River Valley Chapter of AASL participated in the American Society for the Advancement of Slavic and African-American Studies. (AAsL) Leadership in History Awards. The awards for outstanding contributions to Minnesota history stem from events triggered by the Minnesota History Society's annual conference in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Augustson gave the building to an organization called West Central Minnesota Youth for Christ after serving as its first president. Bethesda saw a need for its services in Willmar and opened the Bethesda Assisted Housing facility in 2002, the first of its kind in the country.
The Willmar Community Theatre is a dynamic live theater that includes a nearby horse stable and property purchased from the city's first community theater organization, West Central Minnesota Youth for Christ. The hospital was financed and opened in 2003 with a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The Carnegie Building continues to support city and county services, and the Willmar Public Library merged with the Kandiyohi County Library in 1958. For all the proud and rich history Willmar has, it was a challenge to distill the city's past in a 128-page book. Never before has a book on the preservation of local history been compiled with so much information that people can get to know it.
The WCMHA wanted to help the community understand how West-Central Minnesota played a significant role in World War II and its impact on the region. The primary sources used in the exhibits showed the county and at the same time the connection to the world war. WCM HA wished the visitors to the exhibition to go home and hopefully understand their own story more deeply.
Kandiyohi County is centrally located in the state and is the largest county in the west - Central Minnesota and the second largest in Minnesota. The main route of the Great Northern Railway runs through the county, which is divided diagonally by the waterfalls from northeast to southwest. It includes the cities of Willmar, St. Croix County and Lac du Bois, as well as the cities of KandiyOHi, Hennepin, Keweenaw, Mankato, Minnetonka, Duluth, Moorhead, Rochester, Wauwatosa and Waconia. This is a small county with a population of about 1,500 people and a total area of 2,000 hectares.
There are four main routes through the city, and these are the Great Northern Railway, the Minnesota State Highway System, Interstate 94, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. These are Beech Grove, St. Croix, Duluth, Moorhead, Rochester and Waconia, and the Twin Cities metro station.
These are Beech Grove, St. Croix, Duluth, Moorhead, Rochester and Waconia, and the Twin Cities Metro station. The four main routes through the city are the Great Northern Railway, the Minnesota State Highway System, Interstate 94, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
While in Willmar, Minnesota, be sure to explore the area, including a visit to Ridgewater College in Montevideo, Minnesota. Make sure you make it part of your trip to the Twin Cities subway station and Minnesota State Highway System, as well as the St. Croix River.
The Kandiyohi County Historical Society offers guided tours of Sperry House and has a museum complex that consists of an exhibition on Willmar's history and its history as a city and county.
The iconic red house, built by the Jenness family some 150 years ago, was demolished in February 2018. One of the few buildings left standing is the country house that Bethesda built and opened, the Pleasant View nursing home in Willmar. The country house closed in the mid-1990s, Bethesda built and opened nursing homes with views in Willmar and has since been demolished.
In 1962, a mental health center opened in Minnesota, domestic violence and community development programs were added, and the population of Willmar State Hospital shrank to 851. In June 2005 willmar was named All-America-City and certified for e-commerce. The Johnson family, the original owners of a local grocery store, gave employment to businesses that expanded to neighboring states.