by Jason Grabinger


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It was the 1850s when the first settlers arrived in the area that would become Willmar, Minnesota. Encouraged by the land itself, they came for the fertile soil and the beauty and serenity provided by the landscape. Calamity would strike in 1862 due to the Dakota War, causing residents to flee for safer pastures. In 1869, the Great Northern Railroad would again call settlers to Kandiyohi County. Most of Scandinavian descent, this hardy lot would not be driven from the land again. In 1870, acting as agent for the St. Paul & Pacific Railroad, Leon Chadwick Willmar purchased the title to Section 1 of Willmar Township. The following year, Willmar was officially named a city and became the county seat of Kandiyohi County. As the years passed from then to now, Willmar residents would face success and challenge, feast and famine, and partnership and controversy. No matter the circumstance, they would band together to face whatever arrived and join together in both celebration and sorrow.

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ISBN-13: 9781467128605
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 06/04/2018
Series: Images of America Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,197,925
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Jason Grabinger is a proud Willmar resident with a passion for the written word and the history that makes us all who we are today. Jason operates a content marketing business that serves the West Central Minnesota region.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 Willmar Begins 9

2 Willmar Works 29

3 Willmar Plays 55

4 Willmar Serves 81

5 Willmar Prays 93

6 Willmar Learns 101

7 Willmar Survives 107

8 Willmar Looks Ahead 123

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