Kandiyohi is located 4 miles east of Willmar on Highway 12. Within this small town lies big history. In 1870, Kandiyohi was made the temporary county seat when two counties merged (Kandiyohi and Monongalia) before Willmar was chosen because of its central location. South of Kandiyohi, there’s a historic marker overlooking the lakes designating the original site of the state capitol.

Kandiyohi has several businesses, one of its most popular that draws customers from all over Minnesota is Wick’s Meat Shoppe. Wick’s began in 1967 and was founded by Dean Wick. Throughout the years, Wick’s has won many state area awards for its meat. Wick’s is known for having very high-quality meat and arguably the most delicious beef jerky around! Stop by and try some! The other business to highlight is Cronen Cabinet & Flooring—the only custom cabinet showroom in the area. All of its cabinets are custom made in-house using the finest quality product. Be sure to check out their beautiful displays next time you’re in the area!

The town of Kandiyohi is apart of Independent School District No. 347, otherwise known as Willmar Public Schools—Home of the Cardinals!


City Council meets at 7 p.m. on the first and the third Monday of each month (unless a holiday).

City Office:

344 Atlantic Avenue
P.O. Box 276
Kandiyohi, MN 56251


Photo by Dennis Benson

Photo by Dennis Benson

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2010 Population: 491
2008 Population: 523
Number of Households: 202
Persons per Household: 2.42
Labor Force: 311
Median Household Income: $36,364

Distance from Airports

Minneapolis/St. Paul: 78 miles
St. Cloud Regional: 74 miles
Willmar Municipal: 7 miles

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