Glen & Dorothy Reiner 15249 Spring Lake Rd. NW Phone: 218-943-9180 Email: red@rea-alp.com
Home Search for Properties Our Office Listings Contact Us Free Home Valuation Why Choose Us!
 About Home Ownership in Willmar, Minnesota
All-American City

Willmar’s Story

Welcome to Willmar – the fastest growing non-metropolitan city in Minnesota. The Minnesota demographer forecasts continued growth for Willmar because of the diverse economy, growth in the number of smaller industries, and the lakes and other recreational attractions in the area. A regional center for West Central Minnesota, Willmar is located 100 miles west of the Twin Cities. It is the Kandiyohi County Seat with a population of 19,000. Surrounded by lakes, rolling hills, and rich farmland, Willmar combines the friendly neighborliness of a small town with the opportunities of a large metropolitan area. Residents of Willmar find life meaningful and varied, with opportunities for personal achievement. Family, church, and work ethic traditions are complemented by enjoyment of outdoor activities, organized sports, and cultural events.

Agricultural expansion and the establishment of Willmar as a division point on the Great Northern Railway determined the growth of the community. The Lakotah Indians were indigenous to Kandiyohi County. The first settlers arrived during the 1850’s attracted to the fertile land and an abundance of timber and game. The Great Sioux Uprising of 1862 left the township abandoned for several years. The advent of the railroad in Kandiyohi County in 1869 brought new settlers. Many were of Swedish and Norwegian origins; hence the predominance today of residents of Scandinavian heritage. In 1870, Leon Willmar – a Belgian acting as a European bondholder of St. Paul and Pacific Railroad Company – purchased the title to Section 1 of Willmar Township. Willmar was established as the county seat in 1871 and was incorporated as a village in 1874 and as a city in 1901.

The residential neighborhoods of Willmar reflect the high quality of life in this community. The tree-lined streets, well-kept homes, and spacious lawns are warm and inviting. Older restored homes and modern housing is available. Ninety-two percent of Willmar homes are owned by their occupants. Apartment buildings, town houses, and condominiums are new and attractive. Willmar has 32 churches, and seven public and two Christian schools which are located in residential areas. Senior citizen housing, nursing homes and group homes have been integrated successfully into neighborhoods. Willmar has a transit system with regularly scheduled bus service between residential and commercial areas. Near Willmar, you can take a hike at Sibley State Park, stop for fresh-picked apples at one of the local orchards, fish one of the many lakes, golf one of several courses, or bike the paved Glacial Lakes State Trail, which runs from Willmar to New London.

Willmar is a city of interesting finds. It's the hub of Kandiyohi County, the economic and service center for the area. Willmar natives include champion dogsled racer Rick Swenson, ctress Marion Ross (Marion Cunningham, AKA "Mrs. C.," in "Happy Days") and physicist and former space shuttle astronaut George Nelson.

Today's Willmar is a changing community. In 2006, the city was recognized as an "All American City"" by the National Civic League, in part for its success as growing numbers of immigrants became part of the community. In 2006, the city received attention from national media after several Somali high school students gave Willmar High School its first Cross-Country State championship in twenty years. The team won the state tournament and attended the Nike Nationals consecutively in 2005 and 2006. Following the success of the team, the city gained attention from Sports Illustrated. Subsequently, NBC Nightly News conducted a story documenting the changing face of the rural city and its relative acceptance of the new makeup of its citizens.

For more information on activities in and around Willmar, Minnesota, visit:

Willmar Homes and Real Estate

It’s not surprising, then, that homes, cabins and properties in and around Willmar, Minnesota are highly prized and sell quick. Some of the area’s finest homes, frontage properties, retirement and other special feature homes – in a variety of attractive sizes and styles - are likely available at the right price right now.

Willmar, Minnesota real estate includes a wide variety of homes for sale, condos for sale, water access properties (waterfront, bay or lake view), active adult communities, hobby farms and executive properties. Regardless of your present home or property concerns - whether you are buying or selling a home, condo, land or other property – Dorothy and Glen Reiner has the expertise to guide you through the process painlessly and profitably.

Sellers who have been in the area for a while know our reputation for knowledgeable advice, enthusiastic service, creative marketing and professional networking. We mine every source for suitable properties so you can feel at ease that your search will produce the right kind of property for you.

For buyers new to the area, Dorothy and Glen Reiner will provide the specialized services you deserve: a strong work ethic, personal real estate expertise to help define your needs, help with selecting and securing standard financing for your purchase, special technology, constant communication throughout the transaction, and more. Our many years living and working in the area, combined with our cumulative years of experience in real estate, means we can cover all aspects of your search, from existing homes for sale, properties for sale, lots, vacant land, new construction, 55-plus and retirement communities, investment properties, waterfront, golf and recreational properties, all the way to luxury villas, estates and executive homes.

So when you're ready to buy or sell real estate in or around Willmar, Minnesota, please let Dorothy and Glen Reiner help you purchase the home or property of your dreams. Contact Dorothy and Glen Reiner today!

Other nearby communities have similar real estate characteristics as Willmar and may also be of interest to you in your home search. Please feel free to ask Dorothy and Glen Reiner about homes for sale, lakeside/riverside properties and other real estate listings for nearby communities, such as Alexandria, Miltona, Osakis, Glenwood, Starbuck, Parkers Prairie, Hoffman, Brainerd, Whitefish Chain, Detroit Lakes, Battle Lake, Brandon, Sauk Centre, Carlos, Spicer, Willmar, Ashby, Douglas County, Todd County, Stevens County, Pope County, Grant County, Lake Le Homme Dieu, Lake Carlos, Lake Darling, Lake Miltona, Lake Ida, Lake Geneva, Lake Victoria, Lake Latoka, Lake Minnewaska, Pelican Lake, Lobster Lake, Lake Chippewa, Maple Lake, Lake Mary, Otter Tail County, Lake Reno, Lake Cowdry, Alexandria Chain of Lakes, Gull Lake and much more.

Learn more about Willmar, Minnesota…

City of Willmar, MN (official website)
Kandiyohi County, MN (official website)
Willmar, MN Google Earth Map
Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce
View Willmar, MN Area Jobs
Willmar, MN on Wikipedia.com
Willmar, MN on epodunk
The State of Minnesota

(This and more local information is available at the above sites.)

You may also be interested to note that other site visitors who have indicated an interest in properties, homes, and real estate in and around either Willmar, MN have also been successful using some or all of the following key words to identify and gather information on either Alexandria, Miltona, Osakis, Glenwood, Starbuck, Parkers Prairie, Hoffman, Brainerd, Whitefish Chain, Detroit Lakes, Battle Lake, Brandon, Sauk Centre, Carlos, Spicer, Willmar, Ashby, Douglas County, Todd County, Stevens County, Pope County, Grant County, Lake Le Homme Dieu, Lake Carlos, Lake Darling, Lake Miltona, Lake Ida, Lake Geneva, Lake Victoria, Lake Latoka, Lake Minnewaska, Pelican Lake, Lobster Lake, Lake Chippewa, Maple Lake, Lake Mary, Otter Tail County, Lake Reno, Lake Cowdry, Alexandria Chain of Lakes, Gull Lake or Kandiyohi County, MN real estate:

Successful key word combinations include:

  • Willmar MN real estate
  • Willmar, MN real estate
  • Willmar (MN) real estate OR homes for sale
  • Willmar AND MN AND “real estate”
  • Willmar AND MN AND “home”
  • Willmar, MN Area properties AND “for sale”
  • Willmar OR “Minnesota Lakes” AND MN AND “real estate”
  • Willmar OR “Alexandria Lakes Area” AND MN AND “real estate”
  • ”Minnesota Lakes” (MN) real estate
  • ”Alexandria Lakes Area” AND MN AND “real estate”


Portions Copyright © 2018 Pipeline ROI, LLC
Another website by Pipeline ROI.  | Admin Login | Terms of Use | Site Map | Area Listings
All rate, payment, and area information are estimates and approximations only.