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THE VOTES HAVE BEEN CAST. NOW IT’S TIME TO HONOR THE BEST OF THE BEST This year marks the West Central Tribune’s 4th year of celebrating local businesses with our “Best of the Best” readers’ choice contest . The last year saw businesses begin to return to a more normal operation after more than two years of COVID-19. While COVID-19 is still with us and has still caused challenges, the business communities in our region have put their best foot forward to continue to do what they do best - serving the community. They work hard to earn the support of not only the local residents but also the thousands that come into our region annually. This past April, we asked our readers to nominate their best local business and we were overwhelmed with the public
response with just over 11,700 nominations. Then in June, we asked our readers to vote on their best businesses that tallied over 140,000 votes in 181 categories. As you review the winners, you will see the businesses you expected to see, and you might find a few surprises. West central Minnesota is fortunate to have so many local businesses from which to choose. Thank you to our readers for sharing their nominations and voting for their favorites that helped us recognize the area’s best. The West Central Tribune congratulates all of this year’s winners and finalists. Cheers to another year of celebrating the region’s finest.
Steve Ammermann, Publisher
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We Are Honored That You Chose Janning ENT Center As The Best Ear, Nose, And Throat Doctor!
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
BEST PLACE FOR SUMMER FUN & RUNNER-UP BEST PLACE FOR KIDS TO PLAY
We are honored to be your #1 spot for Summer Family Fun!
190 PROGRESS WAY, SPICER, MN 56288 320-796-2445 WWW.SPICERFUNPARK.COM The Big Kahuna Fun Park & Godfather’s Pizza Express is nestled near Green Lake in the heart of Spicer. With 2 Go Kart Tracks, Water Wars Bumper Boats, 18 Hole Mini Golf, Power Wheels course, an inside Arcade, Snacks and Hard Dip Ice Cream! There is something for everyone from preschoolers to the young at heart! Open seven days a week from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day Weekend. Call ahead for open hours early or late season. Call 320-220-3600 to book a Party for Business, School, Scouts, Youth Group, Day Care and more! Godfather’s Pizza Express is open May-November from 11 a.m.-9 p.m., seven days a week. Enjoy a quick grab and go pizza, or order ahead. Dine in or take out! We have a large variety of specialty pies, wings, garlic bread, breadsticks, cheese sticks, pizza rolls, dessert pizzas, cookies, and Pepsi and Coke products that will appeal to everyone! Call ahead at 320-409-1500 or stop by for a pizza you can’t refuse! 6 | BEST OF THE BEST 2022
Lee & Michelle Gauer, Owners
320-796-2445 Carry Out • Curbside Service Dine In or Dine Outside
Check out our NEW Outdoor Dining Pavilion and our popular “Pizza Picnic’ n Play Packages!”
190 Progress Way • Spicer, MN 11AM-9PM • 7 Days a Week Memorial Day to Labor Day
“Come as a Guest…Leave as a Friend!”
BEST MOVIE THEATER
MILLENIUM THEATER 560 S 1ST ST. MONTEVIDEO, MN 56265 320-269-3135
Although a long-standing fixture in the town of Montevideo, the Millennium Theater has been under new ownership since early 2017. The Winter family purchased the theater and performed an intense renovation, including projection, sound and seating, with the gem being their luxury theater which includes powered leather recliners. Being locally owned and family operated means that there is rarely a night where you do not see at least one of the Winter family working, where they will greet you with a smile and call you by name. The Winter family and their employees pride themselves on being a full-service concession stand where they treat you as a guest not just a customer. Known for their creativity and excellent popcorn they recently combined the two and added Gourmet popcorn to their concessions. All flavors are made in-house and include local favorites such as dill pickle and strawberry shortcake along with all your traditional flavors including caramel and cheddar. New flavors are added constantly, highlighting flavors of the month, which have included S’mores, Chocolate covered cherry and Americana to name a few. Proud recipients of the 2021 Best of the Best Movie Theater award, make sure you check out the Millennium Theater in Montevideo MN for an excellent experience whether you are there for a movie, birthday party or just to pick up popcorn. Call 320-269-3135, visit us online at www.montevideomillennium.com or follow us on Facebook for movies, showtimes and special events.
We are so proud to be voted the
Movie Theater! 2 years in a row! Call for Movies & Showtimes
Try one of our MANY delicious, hand-crafted gourmet popcorn flavors today!
560 S 1st St Montevideo, MN 56265 Phone: (320) 269-3135 or visit us on Facebook www.montevideomillennium.com BEST OF THE BEST 2022 | 7
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Hot Slot Machines | Largest Non-Smoking Gaming Area Table Games | Meadows Restaurant | Firefly Lounge Wotapi Deli | Prairie Tap House | Hotel Rooms & Suites PrairieView RV Park | Banquet & Convention Center 5616 Prairies Edge Lane Granite Falls, Minnesota www.prairiesedgecasino.com
GAMING | HOTEL | RV PARK CONVENTION CENTER RESTUARANTS | TAP HOUSE ROOFTOP PATIO Owned and operated by the Upper Sioux Community. We invite you to join us and please play responsibly.
PRAIRIE’S EDGE CASINO RESORT 5616 PRAIRIES EDGE LANE GRANITE FALLS, MN 56241 320-564-2121 | TOLL FREE 866-293-2121 WWW.PRAIRIESEDGECASINO.COM
Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort first opened its doors in March of 2003, formerly Firefly Creek Casino. We at Prairie’s Edge strive to be the friendliest casino resort in the Midwest. We are large enough to offer you everything you want and yet small enough to know your name. We invite you to visit us! While you are here, enjoy the best and most exciting 24-hour gaming action with the hottest video slots. We also offer Table Games and two Non-Smoking Gaming areas. The newest area is the largest self-contained Non-Smoking Gaming Area with its own HVAC system in Minnesota! In addition to the gaming area, the main floor is home to the Wotapi Deli & Prairie Tap House offering twenty-four draft beers. Catch all your favorite games on the High Definition LED
video wall, the centerpiece of the main floor expansion. The second floor of the Non-Smoking Area features a large outdoor rooftop patio. We also offer delicious cuisine in the Meadows Restaurant or sit back and relax while enjoying a refreshing cocktail in the Firefly Lounge. After a long day of gaming action, relax in one of our luxurious hotel rooms or spacious suites. Immerse yourself in our tranquil pool area featuring an indoor pool, wading pool, hot tub, sauna and fitness center. Pull-in for the night and enjoy one of the 55 sites at PrairieView RV Park and Campground. Therefore, we invite you to explore Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort. We know you will enjoy your stay!
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DINING & DRINK
NEW LONDON BAKERY 21 MAIN ST. N NEW LONDON, MN 56273 320-354-2243
Satisfy your sweet tooth with our outstanding variety of freshly baked goodies. New London Bakery is a community bakery located in the heart of downtown New London. Stop in for some tasty treats and bread and buns. Save time — call ahead we’ll have your order ready for pickup.
We are honored to be voted your #1 Bakery Thank you for allowing us to be part of your day!
Hours: Tuesday - Friday 6:30am - 4:00pm | Saturday 6:30am - 1pm
320-354-2243 21 Main Street N. • New London, MN 10 | BEST OF THE BEST 2022
BEST BAR, BEST BLOODY MARY & RUNNER-UP BEST BURGER
206 ATLANTIC AVE. W GROVE CITY, MN 56243 320-244-1030 WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/HONKYSBARANDGRILL Located on Highway 12 between Litchfield and Willmar since May of 2018, Honky’s is just a small town bar with a unique personality. We pride ourselves on customer service, good food, good drinks, and fun times! If you have never been please stop you will figure us out real quick, and if you have it’s great to see you all again. The “Bloodies” are awesome but we can not take credit for it alone. Mark Renne, we wouldn’t be here today with the best “Bloody” if it wasn’t or you! Thank you! Another huge shout out to Carlson Meats, you guys rock our world! As an owner I would never want to forget about my staff. They make this place what it is and keep the customers coming back every day. Trish, Hailey, B2, Laney, Monarch, Brandon, Colby, Adam and those who sneak in to help... we could not have done any of this without you. Thank you! Lastly, Chances are, you say the words “thank you” at least a few times a day. The phrase “thank you” is more than just a courtesy. It’s an acknowledgment that, even when you’re helping customers, they’re helping you by supporting your business. Without customers, you have no business. That is where my biggest THANK YOU goes. If it wasn’t for all of our customers that we see day in and day out, once a week or only a few times a month Honky’s would be nothing! So, we raise our glasses to all of you and YOU ALL KNOW WHO YOU ARE, “Ride’em till she bucks ya!” P.S. The Bloodies are good but a HONKY SIZE Busch for $5 doesn’t disappoint. Jess & Brian Hopp
WE ARE HONORED TO BE
BEST BAR | BEST BLOODY MARY | RUNNER UP BEST BURGER
H onky size buscH HOME OF THE
Don’t forget to do a Cowboy sweep & buy the whole bar a round of
Honky Bombs! Check us out on Facebook for Live Entertainment • Daily Food Specials Wed, Thurs, Fri.
206 Atlantic Ave., Grove City, MN 56243
$5 Domestic Pitchers Sundays & Mondays
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BEST WEDDING/PARTY VENUE & BEST OUTDOOR DINING
O’NEIL’S 152 LAKE AVE. N. SPICER, MN 320-796-6524
Located on the sparkling shores of Green Lake in Central Minnesota, O’Neil’s is the ultimate host for you. Owners, Donovan and Keisha Frauendienst, have been in the restaurant business for over 21 years. It is their mission to continue to create a fun; casual atmosphere for friends and family to gather for any occasion. Stop on in to meet the new owners, Donovan and Keisha, who live locally and raise their 3 children in the NLS School district. O’Neil’s is open daily serving memorable, quality and classic inspired dishes as well as inventive new daily features. Come to socialize, eat, drink and watch your favorite sports team on one of our big screens. O’Neil’s continues to be the areas #1 choice for outstanding eats, events and entertainment. Enjoy over 30 different tap beers or choose from a variety of cocktails. O’Neil’s is also a great location to host your next gathering with their event center; holding up to 150 people, it comes with a complete banquet, food service, audio and visual equipment, wireless internet and a professional staff. It’s the perfect place to host work events, meetings, receptions, parties and any other banquet needs. At O’Neil’s, whether you are sitting at the bar watching the game, in the dining room with the family, listening to live music, or even outside enjoying the patio atmosphere, one thing is certain, great food and great service.
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You are the reason we are #1! #1 in
Best Weddings/Party Venue BEST OUTDOOR DINING
Runner Up in
BEST LIVE ENTERTAINMENT SPOT BEST LOCAL DATE SPOT BEST BLOODY MARY BEST FINE DINING BEST FRIES BEST HAPPY HOUR
Thank you for your continued support! Lunch + Dinner Open daily 11am - 1am
• Great food • Great service!
Full menu served daily with 30 beers on tap & Great cocktail selections
www.oneilsbar.com Downtown Spicer • 320-796-6524
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BEST BURGER | BEST FRIES | BEST HAPPY HOUR | BEST LOCAL DATE SPOT
Open 7 days a week! Call to order takeout (320) 337-9054 @TheHandleBarMN TheHandleBarMN.com Follow us for upcoming specials and events!
BEST LOCAL DATE SPOT, BEST BURGER, BEST HAPPY HOUR & BEST FRIES RUNNER-UP BEST BAR, BLOODY MARY, BEER SELECTION, NACHOS, WINGS, PLACE TO WORK & PLACE TO WATCH THE BIG GAME
THE HANDLE BAR 308 ATLANTIC AVE., ATWATER, MN 320-337-9054 WWW.THEHANDLEBARMN.COM
Thank you for voting us #1! We are honored to be your favorite local date spot, best burger, best fries, AND best happy hour. To our loyal patrons and friendly new faces, The Handle Bar thanks you for your continued support. The Handle Bar, located off Highway 12 in downtown Atwater, has been serving up awardwinning burgers, cold beers, and memorable experiences since 2013. We are open daily at 11AM and host fun happenings year-round. The rustic barnwood interior offers a cozy atmosphere perfect for any group and occasion. Whether you join us for game day, a night of live music, our daily lunch special, happy hour, a pool or dart league, or one of the many other events, our staff looks forward to serving you. Follow us on Facebook to stay updated on upcoming events! The only question left to ask yourself is, “Can You Hang On?”
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BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT
ROSITA’S GRILL 324 5TH ST. SW WILLMAR, MN 56201 320-235-1072 WWW.ORDERROSITASGRILL.COM
Welcome to Rosita’s Grill! Located at 324 5th St. SW. Willmar, MN. We offer a wide array of fresh food – fajitas, milanesa, carne asada and bisteck a la mexicana. We use the freshest ingredients in preparing our food to provide the best quality and taste. Try our delicious food today!
Thanks for voting us #1 Mexican Food! 324 5th St SW • Willmar, MN 56201 • 320-235-1072
– O P E N 7 D AY S A W E E K – Monday - Saturday 9AM - 8PM • Sunday 9AM - 5PM 16 | BEST OF THE BEST 2022
BEST PET GROOMING
TOP DOG SALON 5300 8TH AVE NE, WILLMAR MN 56201 320-382-6270 WWW.TOPDOGSALONLLC.COM
Hi my name is Ashley Rodgers owner of Top Dog Salon LLC. Morgan is my best friend and one of five of my Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. I’m a professional dog groomer and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel enthusiast. I have a veterinary technology degree which allows me to have a variety of knowledge in relation to dogs. I have loved dogs my entire life! In the spring of 2022, I decided it was time to branch out and fulfill my lifetime dream of owning my own business. In my spare time you can find me with my son and my pack of cavaliers!
Thank you for voting!
Thank you for voting us #1 Pet Grooming!
Call to Schedule Your Appointment Today! 223 Benson Ave SE | Willmar, MN | 320-979-1973
BEST CANDY SHOP
MR. B’S CHOCOLATES 1707 TECHNOLOGY DR. NE SUITE 101 WILLMAR MN 56201 320-235-1313 WWW.MRBSCHOCOLATES.COM
Mr. B’s Chocolates is rich with a 33+ year history in Willmar, Minnesota. Our Mr. B’s Chocolates are made with only the finest ingredients and are hand-crafted daily in our Minnesota shop. They are made with love by an exceptional staff that puts their hearts into the chocolate making process. We import Belgium’s finest chocolate and create fresh, small-batch confections where no artificial preservatives need to be used. We specialize in making handcrafted truffles, candies, and novelty creations using original Swiss and Belgian recipes.
thank you for choosing us
AS THE BEST CANDY SHOP BEST OF THE BEST 2022 | 17
SPORTS & RECREATIONAL
BEST BICYCLE SHOP
RICK’S CYCLING & SPORTS CENTER
for voting us your #1 Bicycle Shop for 4 Years in a Row!!
320 SW 3RD ST. WILLMAR, MN 56201 320-235-0202
We’ll get your bike running right! We specialize in expert bicycle repair. Whether it’s an old dustcovered rig you want to get overhauled for riding to work, your custom dream machine that needs a basic tune-up for that upcoming ride, or just about anything else, simply bring your machine by and we’ll get it running right again! Bike commuting is fun and cheap! Tired of paying high prices for gas, parking, repairs and maintenance? Give bike commuting a try! It’s fun, easy, a great way to get healthier and it saves you money and reduces global warming. Come by the shop soon and let us help you get prepared to actually enjoy your ride at work!
320 SW 3rd Street • Willmar, MN 56201 320-235-0202 • RICKSCYCLING.COM 18 | BEST OF THE BEST 2022
LITTLE CROW GRANDSTAY 15980 HWY 23 NE SPICER, MN 56288 320-347-1450 WWW.LITTLECROWRESORT.COM
Welcome to the new GrandStay Hotel & Suites New London - Spicer at Little Crow, conveniently located off Highway 23 between New London, MN and Spicer, MN, just 14 miles north of Willmar, MN, in the area’s beautiful lakes region. Along with the new GrandStay, Little Crow Resort also features a 250-seat event center, 27-hole championship golf course with driving range and new clubhouse, and full-service bar and restaurant. The hotel offers a range of deluxe accommodations and amenities that are ideal for leisure and business trips. Choose from the selection of standard double queen or king bedded rooms, king executive, extended stay suites featuring kitchenettes or upgrade to a relaxing king spa with soaker tub to make the most of your “grand” stay. Start your day with the complimentary GRAND START® Breakfast that offers a variety of both hot and cold items. Our New London-Spicer hotel also includes a heated indoor pool and whirlpool, fitness room, business center, beer and wine lounge, GrandStay® Pantry, guest laundry and free Wi-Fi access throughout the property. In the scenic Little Crow Lakes Region, the area offers an array of activities including golfing, fishing, boating, cross country skiing,
snowmobiling, shopping and a variety of dining options. Sibley State Park, Glacier Lake State Trail (which runs through our property), then easy access to Green Lake and other Little Crow Lakes are just a few of the area highlights. Grand Adventures start with a Grand Breakfast after a Grand Stay!
BEST GOLF COURSE
LITTLE CROW GOLF RESORT 15980 HWY 23 SPICER, MN 56288 320-347-1500 LITTLECROWGOLFRESORT.COM
Little Crow golf course has been a part of the Spicer – New London community for over 52 years. We continue to strive to be one of the premier places to golf and dine in western Minnesota. This golf course started out as a small-town 9 hole golf course, and then shortly after expanded to 18 holes. Then in 2000, Little Crow looked toward the future of the golf course, and made it a mission to serve the people in this area with another 9 holes. Now with 27 beautiful holes, this golf course is one of the most beautiful golf courses on the west side of Minnesota. Every nine offers you a new challenge. The Willows is a par-36 course at 3,077 yards. It features five holes that make the club
selection key. With dog-legs and water hazards, the Willows will test your skills with shot shaping and accuracy. The Pines is a par-36 course at 3,151 yards. It features Little Crow’s longest par 5 and our shortest par 4 on the property. This nine is our most challenging nine, and will test your skills with shot placement and difficult approaches. The Oaks is a par-36 course at 3,260 yards, making it our longest nine. With trees lining the fairways and more unforgiving features, you will find this course testing the longer clubs in your bag. After your round, swing into Max’s on the Green to enjoy some beautiful views on the patio and some delicious meals and cold beverages.
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Grand Adventures Begin with a Grand Stay • Luxury accommodations and suites available • Extended stay rooms with full kitchenette • Beautiful location on Little Crow Golf Course with access to Glacial Ridge State Trail • Event Center for Weddings, Memorials, Family Gatherings • Great location for corporate meetings/events • Check out our fabulous Stay and Play Golf Packages
15980 Hwy 23 NE, Spicer, MN • 320.347.1450 HOTEL & CONFERENCE
• 27 Hole Championship Golf Course • Full Service Practice Facility • Golf Shop • Online Tee Time Booking • Ask About Our Fall Specials • Open to the Public
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BEST GUN STORE
ZERO TOLERANCE FIREARMS & FISHING
l o e r T ance o r e Z
309 BENSON AVE. SW WILLMAR, MN 56201 320-235-4867 WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/ZERO-TOLERANCE-FIREARMS-FISHING
ng & Fishing i t n u H
Kyle and his wife, Diane, started Zero Tolerance Firearms and Fishing in 1999 on a small farm North of Pennock with 20 guns. In 2006 they moved the business to Willmar and pride themselves on customer service; handguns and fishing equipment. He has over 300+ firearms in stock and over 3000 sq. ft. of fishing equipment. Stop in and let Kyle find whatever you may need!
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PRODUCT & SERVICES
BEST GARAGE DOOR
AMERICAN DOOR WORKS 1301 EAST HWY. 12 WILMAR, MN 56201 320.235.7688 WWW.AMERICANDOORWORKS.COM
American Door Works began in a garage in 1972 because we recognized a need and had both the will and the skill to succeed. Our growth and expansion is a byproduct of our initial determination to help customers find the right door solution for any project, accompanied by the right help. American Door Works offers residential garage doors, garage screen doors, residential openers, commercial doors, commercial openers, and service, parts, and repair to Central Minnesota. As we near 50 years in business we do so with a spirit of gratitude and appreciation for the many gifts we have received over the years. We are grateful for the employees that have built our company, the vendors that have provided high quality products, the customers who have given us their trust and the communities which have supported our companies. As you consider future projects, we would appreciate your continued support and the opportunity to understand and exceed your expectations. Please contact us or stop in to let us know how we can help you achieve your goal. 22 | BEST OF THE BEST 2022
WE ARE HONORED TO BE VOTED
1 for Best Garage #
Door Company! STYLE AND SECURITY FOR YOUR HOME.
There is beauty, quality, versatility, and craftmanship in all of our garage doors – for your home or commercial needs.
1301 East Hwy 12, Willmar, MN 56201 320.235.7688 www.americandoorworks.com Commerical | Residential | Farm | Overhead Garage Doors | Service | Parts
RUNNER UP, BEST HEARING AID CENTER
BEST GROCERY STORE, BEST PHARMACY
1604 S 1ST ST, SUITE 10 WILLMAR, MN 56201 320-235-7244
1300 5TH STREET SOUTHEAST 320-235-2485 WWW.CASHWISE.COM/CWSTORE3004
Our mission at America’s Best Hearing is to help you achieve your best hearing and your best quality of life. We do this by combining the latest hearing instrument technology with old-fashioned service. It is an unrivaled patient experience in our office which translates to the optimal experience out in your world. With sixteen expert hearing centers, we provide a convenient location for everyone! Knowledge Compassion Honesty Our audiologists and Hearing Instrument Specialists are what make our hearing center in Willmar stand out. Through their expertise, patients enjoy a lifetime of hearing care including learning about the latest technology in hearing care, receiving hearing evaluations, options for the best digital hearing aids, effective tinnitus treatment, hearing aid repair, hearing protection and more! It is the best hearing center in Willmar.
Cash Wise Foods, serving Willmar and the surrounding community since 1979. Conveniently located at 1300 5th Street Southeast, Willmar, guests enjoy our endless selection of Remarkably Fresh produce, deli, meat and bakery items, all at amazingly low prices. We take pride in our large selection of natural, organic and local products to meet your everyday wellness needs. Our Incredibly Friendly Pharmacy Clinic Team is dedicated to your health and wellness and is a trusted resource for over-the counter medications, prescriptions, advice, support and information. Save time and money when you shop online at shop.cashwise.com with available curb-side pickup. Sign up for MORE Rewards and receive digital coupons and savings offers. Celebrating 100 years with special savings to you. Named 2021 Best of the Best Grocery Store and Best Pharmacy.
AMERICA’S BEST HEARING
Thank you for all your votes!
CASH WISE FOODS
to our guests
for voting Cash Wise se e as Willmar’s BEST ✔ You’ll Love What You Hear after Your Visit With Us! Hear Better. Live Better.
Groceryy Store ✔ Pharmacy R E M A R K A B LY I N C R E D I B LY
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1604 S. 1st St. Suite 10 Willmar, MN 56201 • (320) 235-7244
1300 5th St. SE, Willmar, MN (320) 235-2485 | cashwise.com
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BEST AGRICULTURE REPAIR & BEST DIESEL TRUCK REPAIR
BARKER TRACTOR AND TRUCK REPAIR 55920 340TH ST GROVE CITY, MN (320) 857-2230 FACEBOOK.COM/BARKERTRACTORANDTRUCK
TRACTOR & TRUCK REPAIR
Barker Tractor and Truck Repair is your local full service tractor and diesel truck repair shop. They repair all types of tractors and diesel trucks specializing in antique and older tractors. In 2022 they are celebrating their 17th year as an independent repair shop with many more years of experience. In 2022 they had the pleasure of working on fully restoring a customer’s beloved Farmall 400. The customer, originally from the Litchfield area that now resides in Washington state, found them through some research and word of mouth that the Barkers were the ones to mechanically make this tractor like new again. Delivery of the tractor and the work started in November of 2021 with the customer flying in to pick the Farmall 400 up in June of 2022. The picture in the ad is of him picking up the tractor. Each piece of the tractor was individually worked on and painted without ever leaving the shop as a whole before June. Special thanks to Bob Frank for working with us on painting it. Barker Tractor and Truck Repair has helped keep the rural farmers moving in the Grove City, Atwater, Lake Lillian, Cosmos, Litchfield, Kandiyohi area with their extensive expertise in all things tractor and diesel trucks. Thank you for voting for the 4th year in a row!
TRACTOR & TRUCK REPAIR
• Tractor • Truck • Welding • Engine • Electrical • Tires/Tracks • Transmission • Tractor restoration
DOT Certified Diesel Mechanic • Shop 320-857-2230 • 55920 340th St, Grove City, MN 24 | BEST OF THE BEST 2022
BEST COSMETIC CLINIC, BEST MASSAGE/SPA, BEST NAIL SALON
RUNNER-UP, BEST BUTCHER/ MEAT MARKET
DOLS SUITES 812 1ST. ST S WILLMAR, MN 56201 (320) 403-5009
CARLSON MEAT BOMBSHELLS & BROWS SALON PROCESSING 105 2ND STREET NORTH & MICROBLADING GROVE CITY, MN 56243
Since 1913, Carlson Meat Processing had been a family owned business. In 2020, Joel and Jamie Inselmann purchased the business from the Carlson family and decided to rename it Carlson Meat Shop. Joel and Jamie have a heart for small town and the businesses that come with that. They have owned a small concrete company since 2003 and decided it was time to begin a new journey along side their concrete company. When the opportunity came up to purchase Carlson Meat Processing, they couldn’t pass it up. They are enjoying the new adventure and the chance to raise their boys in both of these lines of business.
You deserve the best. We provide high quality service and styles from classic to the newest trends. We would be honored to help you get ready to feel beautiful each and every day. Making great memories is what life is all about. When you visit us you’ll love every minute and leave feeling on top of the world!
We are honored to be voted Best Cosmetic Clinic, Best Massage/Spa and Best Nail Salon!! Dols Suites 812 1st Street South Willmar, MN 56201 (320) 403-5009 bombshellsandbrows.com
(320) 857-2261 carlsonmeatshop.com Hours: Mon.-Fri. 7:30am - 5pm Sat. 7:30am - 12pm
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RUNNER-UP BEST VETERINARIAN, PET BOARDING FACILITY AND PET GROOMING
ANIMAL HEALTH SERVICES 301 PLEASANT AVE. E, ATWATER, MN 320-974-8901 | WWW.ATWATERVETERINARIAN.COM
Since 1998 Dr. Kim and her team at Animal Health Services have embraced the preventative approach to pet health so that your animal can enjoy the highest possible quality of life. We pride ourselves in our background in animal care, knowledge of traditional and proven techniques as well as staying up-to-date with the latest in veterinary procedures, techniques and equipment. Whether it is routine care or a sick/injured animal the hospital is fully equipped and experienced to deliver the top-notch veterinary medicine for your pet. Making “farm calls” and handling emergencies is all a part of our “day-to-day” veterinary business! If your pet needs a “home away from home”, we are here to lovingly watch over them! We also offer bathing, nail trimming and even dental care! Emergencies happen and help is just a phone call away and we provide mobile service for large farm animals. We stock a wide range of high quality pharmaceutical products, supplies, food and skin care products. Learn more at www.atwaterveterinarian.com or call 320.974.8901.
GREEN LAKE PAINT SPICER, MN 612-462-4155 WWW.GREENLAKEPAINT.COM
Owned and operated by Scott Martens and providing professional services in the Green Lake , Spicer, New London, and Willmar areas. We do both residential and commercial interior and exterior painting and wood furnishing work. Visit us online at www.greenlakepaint.com/home to view some of our area work! Our quality services offer more than just a fresh coat of paint. We pay attention to details to renew the look of your home or building - inside and out!
Runner Up Best Veterinarian Office
Preventive Care | Surgery | Pain Management Internal Medicine | Microchipping | Dental Cleaning Dermatology | Emergency Care | Euthanasia Specialty Services | Pharmacy & Supplies Boarding Services | Grooming Services 301 Pleasant Ave. Atwater, MN Visit our website for additional services or call us at 320.974.8901
RUNNER-UP BEST MEDICAL CLINIC, MASSAGE/SPA & MEDICAL FACILITY
21855 52ND ST NE, NEW LONDON, MN 56273 320-815-8072 | BLOOMMEDSPA@OUTLOOK.COM BLOOMMEDSPAMN.COM | WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/BLOOMMEDSPAMN
We are honored to be voted Best Painter!
Sam created the idea of Bloom MedSpa to help people feel more confident and build their self-esteem. She has and continues to put her heart and soul into bringing the best products to the faces of our clients. In her spare time, you can find Sam four wheeling up north, checking fields with her husband and two sons, hatching chicks, DIYing around her house, or getting her lashes and a pedi done!
Thank you for voting for us!
• Commercial/Residential • New Construction • Ceilings/Walls
Scott Martens Owner/Operator 26 | BEST OF THE BEST 2022
BEST INSULATION CONTRACTORS/ COMPANIES
THERMOSEAL INSULATION 19768 COUNTY ROAD 9 NE NEW LONDON, MN 320-905-7773
KEEPING YOUR COMFORT INSIDE since 2010 If you enjoy staying warm in the winter and cool in the summer, you're in the right spot! ThermoSeal Insulation is a certified installer of open and closed cell foam, open blow fiberglass, fiberglass batting and the blow in blanket system. What does this mean exactly? It means we can help you lower your energy bills with our professional insulation services. We're your trusted and certified Insulation Specialists It's crucial to entrust your insulation job to a reliable and certified contractor like us. An amateur contractor can spoil your job and break the bank. Our professionals are highly knowledgeable and skilled to deliver great insulation services for your needs. We have an insulation solution for all your residential, commercial and agricultural needs as well as many different options to fit your budget. Give us a call today! Whether it is residential commercial or agriculture, we’ve got you covered. • Rim Joists • Concrete • Walls • Ceilings • Crawl spaces • And much more Stay warm and cozy this winter with our superior insulations. Get a manufacturer's warranty on our insulation work. Our quality insulation services will reduce moisture, increase thermal performance, facilitate better climate control, lower energy bills and more. Let's talk about your next project!
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BEST HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING COMPANY
1950 TROTT AVE. SW WIMMAR, MN 56201 320-281-1647 WWW.CHAPPELLCENTRAL.COM
At Chappell Central We have earned the reputation of the “Warmest and Coolest People in Town” with over 80 years of experience, since 1939 in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) products. We can help you to identify, install, and maintain the right HVAC products for your home or business. Chappell’s service department is composed of eleven service technicians, a dispatcher, a parts room manager and a service manager. We stress continuing education that keeps them at the top of their field so they are competent in repairing all models of heating and cooling equipment. Chappell Central, Inc. provides heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) products and services to homes in the West Central Minnesota area. From installation to service, we can help you to identify, install, and maintain the right HVAC products for your home. We COMMERCIAL HVAC SERVICES INCLUDE: are proud to be official dealers of high quality brands including: Carrier, • All commercial/industrial HVAC equipment repair, including ground Lennox, Venmar, Wirsbo, WaterFurnace, AirAdvise and GeoComfort. source 24/7 In the commercial/industrial field, we install and repair large • Maintenance agreements HVAC units, pneumatic and DDC controls, hydronic systems, and • Commercial refrigeration more. We also install and troubleshoot commercial boiler burners • Design, maintenance, repair, and installation of DDC control systems and commercial heat pumps, and repair light refrigeration systems. • Maintenance and repair of pneumatic controls systems Commercial/industrial services are offered in approximately a 150 mile radius of Willmar. • Repair boiler burners
We truly appreciate you for making us your #1 choice 4 years in a row for the
BEST HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING COMPANY! Chappell Central
We are the warmest and coolest people in town
1950 Trott Ave SW, Willmar 56201
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BEST BANK/CREDIT UNION
CO-OP CREDIT UNION
MONTEVIDEO OFFICE | 2407 E HIGHWAY 7, PO BOX 447 MONTEVIDEO MN 56265-0447 | 320-390-3202 CANBY OFFICE | 1003 ST. OLAF AVE. N, PO BOX 38 CANBY MN 56220-0038 | 507-218-0592 BENSON OFFICE | 1501 MINNESOTA AVENUE BENSON, MINNESOTA 56215 | 320-314-5144 WILLMAR OFFICE | 501 19TH AVE. SE, PO BOX 669 WILLMAR, MINNESOTA 56201 | 320-337-1898 Co-op Credit Union was organized in 1940 when the co-operative movement was going strong in the rural areas. Nine People who believed in the co-op movement and the impact it had on the financial well-being of people met at the Co-op Grocery Store and the idea of a credit union was born. Co-op Credit Union of Montevideo was chartered by the Minnesota Commerce Department in April of 1940. Over the past 80 years, Co-op Credit Union has continued to grow. We have offices in Montevideo, Benson, Canby, and Willmar. Our field of membership includes the counties of Chippewa, Swift, Lac Qui Parle, Kandiyohi, Renville, Yellow Medicine, Lincoln, and Lyon. Co-op Credit Union is a full-Service Financial institution. We offer savings accounts and checking accounts along with Certificates of deposits, Roth, and Traditional IRA’s and the Exclusive WINcentive Prize Linked Savings Accounts that only Credit Unions can offer. We offer loans for your Auto, Boat, RV, Mortgages, Secondary Mortgages and Credit Cards. Agriculture and Commercial lending are the heart of the Credit Union and we offer lines of credit, equipment purchases, and land purchases. To learn more about Co-op Credit Union, visit our website at www. co-opcreditunion.com, visit one of our branches in Montevideo, Benson,
Canby or Willmar, or give us a call at 800-967-1709. A credit union is a not-for-profit financial cooperative. Unlike banks and other financial institutions, credit unions return profits to members in the form of fewer fees on services, lower rates on loans, higher returns on savings and personalized service. Credit unions exist to help people, not make a profit. Our goal is to serve all of our members well, including those of modest means - every member counts.
Thank You for your support!
We are honored to be recognized for the BEST Bank/Credit Union 3 years in a row!!
co-opcreditunion.com Montevideo Office 2407 E Highway 7 Montevideo MN 56265 320.269.2117
Canby Office 1003 St Olaf Ave N Canby MN 56220 507.223.5737
Benson Office 1501 Minnesota Avenue Benson, Minnesota 56215 320.843.4210
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BEST AUTO CARE, RUNNER-UP BEST DIESEL TRUCK REPAIR, RUNNER-UP BEST OIL CHANGE
CENTRAL TIRE & AUTO 1512 1ST STREET SOUTH WILLMAR, MN 56201 320-235-7030 WWW.CENTRALTIREAUTO.COM
The team at Central Tire & Auto proudly provides the very best tire and auto service. They are dedicated to giving all their customers professional service and superior results. Their experienced mechanics are ready and able to help their clients with any auto repair needs. They handle every repair with accuracy and integrity. Their staff offers years of experience to help every customer make the best decision for their vehicle, from choosing the best oil for your engine, to addressing complex repair decisions to helping choose the best tires for your vehicle. They provide honest advice to help maintain the life of your vehicle.
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CMH PHOTOGRAPHY 320-979-5991 CMHPHOTOGRAPHYLLC@GMAIL.COM CMHPHOTOGRAPHYLLC.COM
My photography style is a mix of conceptual, candid and portraiture with a touch of street style. I love real, raw, unscripted and engaging moments and have 10 years experience in the field. Capturing these special moments provide timeless photos that we are sure you will treasure for a lifetime. I really like to think that I’m not your average wedding photographer. What really makes me unique is the individualized attention I give each of my clients, my uncanny ability to capture you completely smitten with your new husband/wife, my attention to detail and ability to capture real unscriptedunposed moments and that is something I’m proud of!
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I am honored to be voted your #1 photographer
I look forward to hearing from you! I photograph Seniors, Weddings, Products and Families in West Central Minnesota and beyond. My yearly amount of sessions and weddings I take on is limited so please be sure to book your date at your earliest convenience to ensure you reserve your spot before my calendar is full.
Located in Willmar, MN CMHphotographyLLC@gmail.com
BEST PERMIT TO CARRY CLASS
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BEST ACCOUNTING FIRM & RUNNER-UP BEST FINANCIAL ADVISORS
CDS – CONWAY, DEUTH & SCHMIESING, PLLP 331 3RD ST. SW, STE 2 WILLMAR, MN 56201 320-235-3311 WWW.CDS.CPA
At CDS, taking care of their clients is their number one priority. They use their expertise and vision to provide personalized service, while building meaningful careers and creating a positive impact in the communities they serve. CDS is a full-service CPA firm offering a wide range of accounting, auditing, bookkeeping, business valuations, consulting, benefit plan administration, estates and trusts, payroll and tax services, specializing in a variety of industries. Driven by a passion to help their clients succeed, their core values of integrity, quality, collaboration, innovation, and kindness, guide their actions everyday as they deliver quality services at a level that exceeds expectations. CDS was founded in 1985, with 5 office locations in Willmar, Benson, Morris, Litchfield, and St. Cloud-Sartell. Their team is 85 strong, including 13 partners, and 30 Certified Public Accountants, ranking them among the top 25 CPA firms in Minnesota.
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BEST COFFEE SHOP
DUNN BROTHERS COFFEE 2800 SOUTH 1ST ST WILLMAR, MN 320.235.8495
Fresh from their roastery experiences in Portland, Oregon, the Dunn brothers, Ed and Dan, moved to the Twin Cities in the late 1980s. Their mission was simple: • Roast in small batches. • Serve the freshest brew possible. • Provide a warming coffee experience. • Put community at the core of the business. In 1987, Dunn Brothers Coffee was born. Today, the majority of Dunn Brothers Coffee shops are independently owned by local members of communities around the country. These owners are dedicated to achieving the very same mission as the original Dunn brothers.
YOU ARE THE REASON WE ARE #1!
2800 South 1st Street Willmar, MN | 320.235.8495 HOURS: 6AM TO 7PM MON THRU FRI 6AM TO 6PM SAT • AND 7AM TO 6PM SUN 36 | BEST OF THE BEST 2022
BEST EAR NOSE AND THROAT DOCTOR
DR. JON MELLEMA - JANNING ENT
RUNNER-UP BEST EAR NOSE AND THROAT DOCTOR
DR. MARTY JANNING - JANNING ENT 1801 19TH AVE. SW WILLMAR, MN 56201 320-321.3277 WWW.JANNINGENTCENTER.COM
Janning ENT opened Aug 2005, Dr Janning has been an ENT in Willmar community since 1997 and Dr Mellema has been an ENT in Willmar Community since 2005. At Janning ENT Center our team of experts diagnose ear, nose, throat and sleep disorders and work with patients to create a treatment plan specific to your situation. We have been serving this community as far back as 1997. We are a small private practice that values our patients and have been the longest serving ENT in this community.
DR. JON MELLEMA - JANNING ENT
DR. MARTY JANNING - JANNING ENT
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RUNNER-UP BEST BANK/CREDIT UNION BEST HAIR SALON
ATWATER BRANCH: (320) 974-8861 • KANDIYOHI BRANCH: (320) 382-6100 KIMBALL BRANCH: (320) 398-3500 • ST. AUGUSTA BRANCH: (320) 251-6100 Harvest Bank, established in 2013 as the official merger of Atwater State Bank (since 1932) and State Bank of Kimball (since 1901)—proudly serves those namesake communities, as well and Kandiyohi, and St. Augusta. Ella Meyerson, AVP Marketing & Investing (and family member representing the third generation of ownership), notes: “we are by definition an ‘Ag bank,’ for the proportion of lending and other services we provide to farming operations and agriculture-related businesses. In addition, comparable to the BIG banks, yet as a local community bank, we serve all the other types of livelihoods and their loved ones—that our areas sustain. If you haven’t already, consider contacting us. You’ll work with a wonderful team of effective bankers-whose priority is YOU. Our terrific staff is ready to excel at helping you and your financial needs. As we’ve described ourselves for years, ‘nobody expected us to be ordinary’.” Thanks to all who voted for Harvest Bank. Contact us at any time to let us know how we may offer you the best banking services around!
We are honored to be voted in the top 3 Best Credit Union/Bank Thank you! Atwater | 320-974-8861 Kandiyohi | 320-382-6100 Kimball | 320-398-3500 St. Augusta | 320-251-6100
MILL POND SALON 50 MAIN ST N NEW LONDON, MN 56273 MILLPONDSALON.COM
At Mill Pond Salon, we are dedicated to beauty. It is our mission to help you feel beautiful in every way possible. We want to highlight the beauty services that you could formerly only receive if you were in a big city. The beauty services that make your life easier, make you feel beautiful, and help you achieve the style you are longing for, are all within easy reach. Mill Pond Salon is not what you expect to find in a thriving, but still, small town. It’s taken lots of extra training, hours, and hours of study and practice to provide the services now available in the community of New London/Spicer. But that was the dream. From the beginning, Paulina believed that her love of woods, water, and wide-open spaces didn’t mean she had to give up on providing high-end services for her clients. Isn’t it possible to have the most up-to-date techniques and stunning styles while still enjoying small-town life? Hours of dedication and additional advanced training in permanent make-up services, color correction, and make-up application mean that the best the city offers can now be found here in New London.
BEST NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION & BEST THRIFT STORE
20 CENTRAL AVE E, NEW LONDON, MN 56273 (320) 354-5465 | WWW.YOUARETHELINK.ORG The Community Revival Boutique & Thrift Store provides the community with items available for purchase which helps financially support The Link of Kandiyohi County and their missions in the community. It is open to the public for shopping.
All proceeds go to support The Link’s mission and other local outreach efforts
15 Main Street 20 Central Ave E. New London MN PO Box 823 320-347-1047 320.354.LINK www.youarethelink.org
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for your support and making us your #1 Non-Profit & Thrift Store!
We are honored to be voted #1 Hair Salon Runner Up Cosmetic Clinic & Tattoo Shop
BEST SMALL BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES
ROMAIN BERG 80 S 8TH S ST SUITE 900 MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55402 612-371-2030 INFO@ROMAINBERG.COM WWW.ROMAINBERG.COM
Romain Berg is a platform-agnostic, data-driven, digital-first marketing agency that is redefining what digital optimization means. Our team of marketing experts is focused on results – not hype for our clients. We create and foster a strong “can do” attitude with each other and our clients through this mentality. Our offerings include Paid and Owned Media Services, CrossChannel Measurement, and Strategy Consulting. We combine our deep industry expertise and proven processes with innovative new marketing tactics that grow businesses of any size.
Our team of marketing experts is focused on results – not hype for our clients. We're here to help you grow your business...
BEST SEED DEALER
3825 COUNTY ROAD 40 NE NEW LONDON, MN 56273 612-682-2704 WWW.HEMPONIXSEED.COM We’ve been in the hemp industry for over 30 years– It’s safe to say that we understand the unique demands and trials of developing high-quality hemp for our products. We proudly strive to maintain purity, uphold industry standards, and achieve a high quality hemp for our clients. We are known for our production of high quality and stable hempbased products and seeds. We’ve curated our products to assist you in daily life and to promote a natural, healthy lifestyle. Our products are designed to improve your wellness and vitality, naturally. We use the highest quality ingredients, backed by science, to create formulas that are effective and safe. All of our products are third-party lab tested for purity and potency. We believe that nature has everything we need to live a happy and healthy life. That’s why we’re committed to using only the best ingredients from mother nature in all of our products. If you’re looking for an all-natural way to improve your health and wellbeing, look no further than our hemp-based products. From tinctures and topicals, to edibles and capsules, we have something for everyone!
We are proud to be leading the way as your #1 Seed Dealer!
THANK YOU FOR VOTING US BEST IN SMALL BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES
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BEST LAW FIRM & RUNNER-UP BEST TITLE COMPANY
JOHNSON, MOODY, SCHMIDT, KLEINHUIZEN & ZUMWALT, P.A. 3304, 320 1ST ST S WILLMAR, MN (320) 235-2000
For over 60 years, the Law Firm of Johnson, Moody, Schmidt, Kleinhuizen & Zumwalt has provided proven results to its clients. Throughout the years, we have held ourselves to the highest level of legal excellence. Each Attorney at JMSK&Z specializes in particular areas of practice to ensure that you receive the highest quality legal representation regardless of your needs. It is our commitment to personalized service that separates us from the rest. Our Attorneys and highly trained and experienced legal team seek to learn about you, your challenges, and your goals, so that we can seek the very best result possible. Perhaps this is why clients who need help with a particular legal issue continue to choose JMSK&Z for all of their legal issues. Our goal is for our clients to become clients for life. JMSK&Z is honored to be recognized as the Best Law Firm by the community it has long served.
Johnson, Moody, Schmidt, Kleinhuizen & Zumwalt, P.A.
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BEST AUTO CARE, BEST CAR WASH, BEST OIL CHANGE
1200 1ST ST. S WILLMAR, MN 56201 320-235-5740 WWW.WALTSCARWASH.COM 2022 marks over 50 years Walt’s has been a locally owned business that takes great pride in being part of the Willmar community. Starting as a gas station – convenience store, adding car washes, oil changes and detailing services makes Walt’s the well-rounded vehicle destination. Walt’s has been blessed by the employees that represent our business. Employing area youth since its beginning, with one member of the team here since 1978. Our employees are the backbone of Walt’s, greeting customers with a smile and the great fast and friendly service that Walt’s is known for. The gas island offers top tier 87, Midgrade and Premium grades of gasoline. Walt’s was one of the 1st stations in Willmar to offer E85/E15 to round out the alternative fuel needs. Biodiesel is offered as # 2 and an Arctic Blend in the winter. The 10 Minute In/Out oil change features Quaker State oils with all other brands available upon request. No appointment is necessary.
While at the oil change the technicians perform a 20 point inspection to ensure you have the appropriate lights, belts and fluids. Want your vehicle to look like it just came off the sales lot? Our Detailing service can clean your vehicle inside and out. Like a clean car? Walt’s car wash preps your vehicle to remove bugs, dirt and ice. Put your vehicle in neutral and sit back and relax while the conveyor guides you through the best car wash in town. We offer 4 different wash options, one of which is a hot wax Carnauba. Purchase your wash in the convenience store, oil change or in the wash line. Frequent washers enjoy the Xpress wash program, available as monthly, bi-annual or annually in all wash options. Walt’s self service bays will fit your needs if you prefer to wash it yourself.
Soft Cloth and Self-Wash Car Wash Hours:
Mon.-Sat. 7:30am-7pm Sun.8am-4pm
Oil Change Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8am-6pm Sat. 8am-5pm
No appointment necessary.
Locally Owned - Supporting Our Community!
Voted #1 Auto Care Oil Change Car Wash Runner Up in Best Gas Station/ Convenience Store
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RUNNER UP BEST INSURANCE AGENT RUNNER-UP BEST DANCE SCHOOL
JULIE ANDERSON, KENSINGTON JUST FOR KIX WILLMAR 614 HWY 71 SRV RD INSURANCE AGENCY WILLMAR, MN 56201 2800 1ST ST S #100A, WILLMAR, MN 56201 | 320-633-3117 WWW.KENSINGTON.BANK/RESOURCES/KENSINGTON-INSURANCE
Our goal at Kensington Insurance Agency is to make sure our customers have the best coverage to protect the people and property that matter most to them. We are an independent insurance agency which means we have MORE options for you, your business, your home and your personal property. As we know, life can change in an instant. Enjoy peace-of-mind knowing your loved ones will have adequate financial resources no matter what life throws at you. We will help you understand the options and select insurance policy that meets your unique needs. Kensington Insurance is a full-service independent insurance agency, which means that our agents shop a network of trusted insurance providers on your behalf to help you select the right policy for a price well within your budget. We take pride in our careful evaluations of your unique needs in order to find the most suitable policies, taking the hassle out of buying necessary coverage. Our goal is to make the process of purchasing insurance as simple as possible while offering individualized attention to each customer.
for voting Runner-Up Insurance Agent!
At Willmar - MN Just For Kix, kids shine. We celebrate the achievements of every student, at any skill level. Our dance classes provide young dancers a learning environment focused on team work, proven dance technique and confidence building. Committed to youth dancers advancement through performance, we believe in every student. Backed by over 40 years of experience, our dedication to enabling dancers to shine creates a learning environment like no other. DANCE with Willmar - MN Just For Kix. On a stage all our own. Haven’t danced with us before? Try a class with no obligations! This is more than dance, here memories are made.
320-254-3191 firstname.lastname@example.org 2800 First Street S, Willmar, MN
classes for age 2 - 12 grade
1700 TECHNOLOGY DR NE SUITE 210, WILLMAR, MN 56201 320-212-9379 WWW.FLADEBOELAND.COM
We take registrations year-round!
Best Dance School
BEST OF THE BEST
Fladeboe Land is a second-generation family-owned business specializing in farmland. Siblings Kristine Fladeboe Duininck and Glen Fladeboe have led the company for nearly 20 years, they consider it an honor to work with dozens of families and investors annually in the sale and purchase of Minnesota land. They are honored and distinguished and privileged to be entrusted by their clients to market and sell their property. Fladeboe Land offers auctions, listings, private sale negotiations, appraisals, and consulting services. Committed to doing their best to give prospective buyers and sellers as much information as possible, to ensure the bidding, due diligence, and buying/selling process will be effortless and stress-free.
We are honored to be voted the Best Auctioneer
Thank you to everyone that voted!
For more information call Kristine at 320-212-9379 www.FladeboeLand.com Our Family Serving Families for Over 43 Years! Farmland Professionals Since 1978
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Willmar Just For Kix Director
507-217-9010 email@example.com www.justforkix.com/danceclasses
BEST CAR DEALERSHIP, BEST FISH HOUSE DEALER
PAYNESVILLE CHEVROLET BUICK 28601 HWY 55 PAYNESVILLE, MN 56362 877-241-9634
We believe in doing business by treating people the way we would want to be treated and we always remember that our customers are the reason we are all here. If you are the type of person who thinks that variety is the spice of life, then you will love the pre-owned selection at our dealership. We have Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) vehicles that have gone through the rigorous 172-point inspection needed to obtain that label. The CPO vehicles also come with a 12-month/12,000-mile Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty and a six-year/100,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty. At Koronis Motor we pride ourselves on going above and beyond for our customers. Can’t find what you’re looking for? No problem! Just contact us with the details and let us do the rest!
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28601 State Hwy. 55 Paynesville | 320-243-3716 | WWW.PAYNE
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BEST HOME EXTERIOR CONTRACTOR, RUNNER-UP BEST ROOFING COMPANY
HERITAGE EXTERIORS & RESTORATION 3867 US-12 E WILLMAR, MN 56201 320-796-5001 WWW.HERITAGE-EXTERIORS.COM
We got our start in 2012, when Keith Palmquist and Jason Quade decided to put their 40+ years of combined construction experience together. Jason owned and operated a construction company while Keith had been working in construction sales. At first the company was small, with customers primarily located in the Willmar area. Back then, it was just Keith, Jason and Keith’s wife, Jana, doing the bookkeeping. Even in those early days, we always made it our goal to provide the highest quality work and customer service that goes above and beyond. Since day one, our core values of faith, family, honesty and community have guided us and the work we do. Today, we still live out our original goals. In fact, we’ve made them into our mission: To be the best we can be in our industry so our employees are proud of where they work and can earn a good living doing quality work. Our team has now expanded to include more than 20 employees and several subcontractors. We still love working with our local customers, and we’re now able to offer the same high-quality work and customer service to people all over the state of Minnesota. We’ve even worked in Texas, Montana, Iowa, South Dakota and North Dakota. In addition to our commitment to quality work and excellent service, we’re also unique in that we work directly with insurance companies. Many of our customers come to us because they’re dealing with damage to their home or commercial building and have to put in an insurance claim. We know it can be overwhelming trying to work through a claim, so we are always here to help.
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for Choosing us as your #1 Home Exterior Contractor!
3867 HWY 12 East | Willmar, MN 56201 | 320-796-5001
CALL US TODAY
for your free storm damage inspection! • Roofing installation • Window installation • Siding installation • Gutter installation
BEST CHIROPRACTIC OFFICE
HINDERKS CHIROPRACTIC 2630 1ST ST S SUITE 103 WILLMAR, MN 56201 320-235-7347
Since 2014, Hinderks Chiropractic has been providing the West Central area with affordable and effective family chiropractic care. Our primary goal is to serve our patients to keep them well through specific treatment plans customized to each individual patient, old or young! In addition to chiropractic services, we offer massage therapy, acupuncture, detoxifying foot soaks, DOT physicals and sports physicals. It is our goal that when you walk out of our clinics you feel informed about your condition and confident in the course of action we are taking to improve it. We look forward to serving you soon at any of our locations in Willmar, Renville or Granite Falls. Sincerely, Dr. Jeremy Hinderks
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PreNatal Care • Pediatric Care • Massage Guasha • Acupuncture Sport and DOT Physicals • Ion Detox Foot Bath
Proud to be voted #1 Chiropractic Office 3 years in a row!! We appreciate your business!
GRANITE FALLS OFFICE
Voted 4 years in a row
Place to Work!
KANDIYOHI COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE WILL BE RESPONSIVE TO ALL RESIDENTS BY SERVING AND PROTECTING THE PUBLIC. MISSION FIRST, PEOPLE ALWAYS WHILE STRIVING FOR EXCELLENCE. Dedicated to keeping our communities a safe place to live
KANDIYOHI COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
BEST PLACE TO WORK
KANDIYOHI COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE 2201 23RD ST. NE WILLMAR, MN 320-214-6700 WWW.KCMN.US
The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office has operated as a single Sheriff’s office for 152 years. In Minnesota, Sheriff’s are elected officials serving as chief law enforcement officers for the county. We are active in law enforcement, the courts, and corrections. In law enforcement we have the responsibility and power of: making arrests; patrolling functions; doing investigations; transporting prisoners; and doing neighborhood watches. In the court system we: make sure the courthouse is safe & secure; serve court papers; and enforce decrees. In the jail/corrections system we are responsible for supervising inmates and protecting their rights. Our office strives to understand different leadership styles and grow from that. It is our goal to transform the agency through our personal energy, persuasiveness and integrity to make a shared vision come true. The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office will strive to meet the everchanging needs of our community.
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BEST DENTAL OFFICE
KANDI DENTAL CENTER, PA 400 24TH AVE SE WILLMAR MN 56201 320-235-9363
Kandi Dental Center is a family-owned business that has been a part of the Willmar community for 38 years. We are known for our high professional standards delivered in a friendly atmosphere. Many of our patients have commented over the years that they look forward to coming to our office. We get to know our patients on an individual basis and many have become a part of our Kandi Dental family. Our goal is to continue serving our patients with kindness, while delivering the best customized care. We stay up to date on all current dental treatments and technology and will continue to offer those that have been proven to benefit our patients. In addition to standard and routine dental care, we offer some elective services such as Botox and Solea Laser treatment. Dr. Nicholas Marcus and the rest of our Kandi Dental staff take pride in their work and it shows. We appreciate our loyal, long-standing patients who keep our books full and our staff hopping! And we thank you for your confidence in us by voting us Best of the Best Dental Clinic for the fourth year in a row!
We are very humbled to be voted the Best Dental Office 4 years in a row!
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Kandi Dental Center, PA 400 24th Ave SE, Willmar 320-235-9363 • www.kandidental.com
BEST HEARING AID CENTER
MIRACLE EAR 2211 S 1ST ST. SUITE #140 WILLMAR, MN 56201 320-407-1264
Miracle Ear- Willmar, Voted Best Hearing Aid Center, By the Willmar Tribune readers. We are grateful for your votes. We credit our Team for the exceptional personalized care for all our patients. We focus on details to getting you back in touch with your loved ones and friends. Never any pressure, Sound advice, thorough evaluations and unending service. Miracle Ear is celebrating 74 years of hearing aid service with over 1500 locations nationwide. Our Franchise services most of central Minnesota with full time offices in Willmar, Alexandria and Saint Cloud. We Offer a Complete line of hearing aids, accessories, and batteries. We offer FREE hearing evaluations, and would be happy to let you demonstrate a solution that will work for your hearing troubles. We service on ALL makes and models, as well as a personalized and individual approach to finding a solution and we create a follow up plan for all hearing losses. We specialize in Hearing Aids and related services. There is never a fee for in house service, and never an obligation to purchase, We are here to help. If you are struggling to hear others or staying connected to loved ones. We look forward to seeing you soon.
You Voted, We Heard!
Proud to be your Best Hearing Aid Center 3 years in a row! Free Hearing tests available
Call to set up a time!
2211 South 1st, Suite 140 Willmar, MN 56201
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BEST KITCHEN CABINETS
KITCHEN FAIR 313 SW 5TH ST. WILLMAR, MN 56201 320-231-1230 WWW.KITCHENFAIRMN.COM
We have worked diligently to achieve our current level of success. We are dedicated to making the homes in our community beautiful – one customer at a time. We are locally owned, certiﬁed, and insured. Willmar, Minnesota and surrounding areas enjoy the beneﬁts of our high-quality and affordable services. We look forward to serving our community for many years to come. We strive to ensure your design project is realized within budget, on time, and to your speciﬁcations. We enjoy helping design the room of your dreams. Kitchen Fair has been providing quality cabinetry services to the Central Minnesota community for over 40 years. Our qualiﬁed professionals have years of industry experience and skills that are unsurpassed in our market. We would be happy to provide you with a quote of any of our services.
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BEST GAS STATION/CONVENIENCE STORE, RUNNER-UP BEST CAR WASH
2550 HWY 12 E AND 2000 1ST ST. S WILLMAR, MN 56201 320-235-2132 AND 320-235-2149 WWW.KWIKTRIP.COM Founded in 1965, Kwik Trip, Inc. is one of the largest independently held convenience store chains in the United States. Dedicated to service and making a difference in the lives of customers, Kwik Trip owns and operates over 650 stores in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa and employs over 23,000 people. With an emphasis on vertical integration, the company also operates its own kitchen, bakery, and dairy and maintains its own distribution center and fleet under the Convenience Transportation name. Today, Kwik Trip is annually recognized as a top workplace and continues to grow through new initiatives through a strong focus on food and value priced commodities.
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BEST CLEANING SERVICE
MS. KAY’S CLEANING SERVICES 320-212-6126 WWW.MSKAYS.COM
At Ms. Kay’s Cleaning Service we like to think of all our customers as family. We know your home is where your heart is. We strive to offer quality cleaning to Ms. Kay’s standard while keeping the price low with our low price guarantee. Ms. Kay’s offers weekly, bi-weekly, monthly cleaning services as well as one-time cleanings such as moving, renting, or getting ready for a holiday season. We also offer cleaning for businesses as well. Call Ms. Kay’s Cleaning Services today 320-212-6126 Ms. Kay’s Cleaning Services bringing time back to families.
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BEST REAL ESTATE COMPANY, RUNNER-UP BEST REAL ESTATE AGENT
JANE VIKSE REAL ESTATE 145 LAKE AVE N SPICER, MN (320) 796-3003 WWW.JANEVIKSEREALESTATE.COM
Jane Vikse, Broker/Owner My Real Estate experience began over 27 years ago, buying and selling properties. I held a limited brokerage license for 15 years before obtaining a MN Realtor License. I have since continued my education and experience to now hold a Brokers License. I enjoy using my creativity to work through the many challenges that come with different real estate transactions. Residential and Waterfront properties make up the majority of my sales. I was born and raised in Kandiyohi County, growing up in a family owned business, learning a strong work ethic and keeping customer service a top priority. Quality service is as important to me, as location is for you: the buyer and seller. I understand the value of working hard, setting goals and the expectation of producing results. Living on the lakes and in the Spicer area along with growing up on the lake is an asset for buyers and sellers. Negotiations, creativity & service are my strong suits. JaLanny Rupp, Broker/Agent I have worked in real estate since May 2012; our Jane Vikse Real Estate office in downtown Spicer opened later that year. I received my MN Real Estate Salesperson license in July 2013 and have since earned my Broker’s license. I specialize in Residential, Waterfront & Land sales. My husband and I live in the NL-S/ Willmar area & both grew up here enjoying the lakes and small-town atmosphere. I believe growing up here and knowing the area is an advantage when assisting buyers and sellers with the most important decisions of their lives! My attention to detail is definitely important in this industry. Let me put my skills to work to help you find that perfect place today or call me for a free market opinion of your home!
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Jasmine Vikse, REALTOR ® In November 2015, I became part of the team as an Office Assistant and in March 2016 I completed my real estate education at Kaplan University. As a buyer or seller, you want your real estate transactions to go smoothly. I will go the extra mile to help this be a great experience for you. Looking to purchase a new home or maybe land to build on? Dodge the stress and put my knowledge to work in finding that perfect spot. Thinking of selling? I’ll use my marketing tools to turn ‘For Sale’ into ‘Sold’. Questions? I will find the answers! I look forward to working in my hometown community and surrounding areas. Send me a message or give me a call today! Jenna Vikse The first Real Estate experience was back in 2010 when helping my mom with her office short term and then again off and on some throughout the years. I enjoyed doing open houses, working with documents and showing properties. I enjoyed working with my Mom and sisters, however, I love the Florida beaches! In November 2016, I began a Real Estate career in Sarasota, Florida with Exit King Realty. My first year as a licensed Realtor, I was Rookie of the year. In 2019 I was #9 out of over 200 agents with Exit King Realty and also received the Humanitarian Award. In August 2020, I was #2 in Sales Volume. I love helping people fulfill their home buying dreams and achieving their Real Estate Goals! Whether you are an experienced investor or First Time Home Buyer, I will provide you with the best service possible. I have worked with First Time Home Buyers, people purchasing Second Homes, people looking to sell and Investors as well! I look forward to putting my Real Estate experience to use here in Minnesota along with serving the community in the office and out!
BEST REAL ESTATE AGENT
AMBER BARBER, LAKES AREA REALTY 42 MAIN ST. N, NEW LONDON, MN 56273 320-212-8646 | WWW.AMBERBARBER.LAKESAREAREALTY.COM
Honored to be voted #1 Real Estate Agent again this year! Looking forward to continuing to assist you with all of your real estate needs -Amber Barber
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BEST FUNERAL HOME
PETERSON BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME 700 BECKER AVE. SOUTHWEST WILLMAR, MN 56201 320-1351651
Peterson Brothers Funeral Home was founded in 1889; making it one of the oldest family owned businesses in Kandiyohi County. Peterson Brothers is currently operated by the fifth generation of the Peterson family. At Peterson Brothers Funeral Home, we take great pride in caring for our families, and will work tirelessly to provide you with a beautiful, lasting tribute to your loved one. In addition to the services we offer, you will receive an online memorial that you can share with family and friends. While honoring your loved one is our top priority, we also want to help you through this difficult time. We have a wide range of resources to support you not only today, but in the weeks and months to come.
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Peterson Brothers Funeral Home is honored to be your #1 choice in Funeral Homes 3 Years in a Row!
Atwater - Spicer - Sunburg - Willmar 700 Becker Ave SW, Willmar, MN 56201 petersonbrothers.com | (320) 235-1651
BEST FARM DRAINAGE/TILING
LITZAU FARM DRAINAGE INC 13201 195TH ST. SE LAKE LILLIAN, MN 56253 320-905-8645 • 320-894-3374
Litzau Farm Drainage has been around since 1972. The lead guys have a combined experience of over 150 years in the drainage industry, we can help. From the small tile to big tile or where grade matters most because it’s flat; if another contractor says no, give us a call. We also do directional boring including geothermal, waterline and electric line to name a few. We have the top of the line equipment to get the job done. From free flow systems, to lift pumps, we will get your water drained and help with water management on your farm. We work 7 days a week when you need us. -Mike Litzau
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Best equipment to do the best job! • Since 1972 • Water management • 3”–24” boots • Tiling fields
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14101 60th Ave. SE Atwater, MN 56209
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Anywhere you don’t want to dig! • Geothermal • Waterline • Electric line • Boring roads
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Celebrating 50 Years of Business!
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BEST FIRE PLACE SHOWROOM
LAKE COUNTRY FIREPLACE 164 25TH ST SE WILLMAR, MN 320-235-0036 ALEXBRICK.COM
Alex Brick & Stone, Lake Country Fireplace & Exteriors and Nordic Brick & Fireplace offer the largest fireplace, masonry & landscape showrooms in all Of central and west central Minnesota. The showrooms are designed to help Customers Visualize all the possibilities available to them before and during their building & remodeling projects including indoor and outdoor fireplaces, pavers and retaining walls, natural stone walkways and so much more. If you’re looking for inspiration, a visit to any of our showrooms is a must. Along with beautiful displays, you will find friendly, experienced staff that knows the latest trends in the industry. They share their knowledge to help customers choose the perfect fireplace, brick or stone for their home. They also work closely With local contractors, and help partner customers with the best team for their project.
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Alex Brick & Stone was established in 1998 by Wayne Jenzen, a 2nd generation mason contractor, and his Wife, Nancy, in Alexandria MN. In 2008 their 2nd location, Lake Country Fireplace & Exteriors opened in Willmar, MN. After 17 years of working alongside his father, in 2014 Wayne’s son, Neil Jenzen took over and in 2015 Joel Peterson (Lake Country Fireplace & Exteriors) joined in ownership, bringing even more masonry & landscape experience, along with extensive knowledge in geosynthetics & erosion control. In the Summer of 2022 Nordic Brick & Fireplace, the 3rd location will be opening in Nisswa, MN Today the Alexandria, Willmar & Nisswa locations employ over 28 team members, work with many local business and contractors and have built a reputation of knowledge, skill and exceptional service to every single customer who walks through their doors.
164 25th St SE Willmar, MN 56201 320.235.0036 lakecountryfireplace.com
514 22nd Ave W Alexandria, MN 56308 320.762.0742 alexbrick.com
BEST SHOE STORE, BEST INSURANCE AGENT RUNNER-UP BEST SPECIALTY STORE MICK QUINN
PETERSON’S SHOES 208 5TH STREET SW WILLMAR, MN 56201 320-235-4232 WWW.PETERSONSSHOESWILLMAR.COM
We are a family owned business, comforting soles since 1947. We offer personalized customer service, along with a fun, friendly and comfortable atmosphere. We have an extensive selection of quality footwear including Red Wing, New Balance, Keen, Birkenstock, Haflinger and many more brands. We also carry accessories such as Smartwool socks, shoe care, insoles, and travel handbags. Our goal is for you to find the best possible fit and walk out with “Happy Feet “.
STATE FARM AGENCY 320-231-1134 701 SOUTH 1ST STREET WILLMAR, MN 56201-3355 STATEFARM.COM
I started my career with State Farm Claims in 1999, and have been an agent in Willmar, Minnesota since 2010. I grew up in Willmar and remain active in our community, including volunteer work and a member of the Willmar Rotary Club and the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber. Our office is located on 1st Street in Willmar, Minnesota. In addition to Auto Insurance, we offer Homeowners Insurance, Renters Insurance, Business Insurance, Pet Insurance and Life Insurance. We service all of Kandiyohi county, including Willmar, Pennock, Kerkhoven, Raymond, Atwater, and Spicer. We are also licensed and able to help you with your insurance needs in Wisconsin, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Call us or stop by the office on 1st Street in Willmar anytime, we would love to chat with you about your insurance needs! We are open Monday - Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, and can meet by appointment outside of those hours. All of the team here at Mick Quinn State Farm would like the opportunity to work with you and your family!
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Best Roofing Company Preferred Roofing 7509 75th St. NW Pennock MN 320-905-5245 www.PreferredRoofingMN.com License # BC769996
Thank you for voting us your #1 roofing company!
A family owned roofing company dedicated to providing our community with honest and attentive service. We pride ourselves in providing you with products that are proven and workmanship that is professional, reliable, and efficient. We specialize in both residential and commercial architectural roofing and treat each roof as if it’s our own. We are licensed and insured as well as a GAF “Master Elite” certified contractor, allowing us to offer you extended warranties to give you peace of mind knowing we have you covered. When you put your trust in Preferred Roofing, you can count on the experience and knowledge that is needed to protect your home so you can focus on the people that are in it.
“We take pride in our workmanship and deliver the finished product made to last, just like we built our company.” - Nick & Alli Moser, Owners
BEST TITLE COMPANY
QUALITY TITLE 1600 US-12 WILLMAR, MN 56201 320-262-5200 WWW.QUALITYTITLEWILLMAR.COM
Quality Title of Willmar, Inc. was established in 2012 by Melissa Danielson with one simple premise: to provide professional real estate closing services with an attention to detail and personal touch that sets us apart from the competition. Melissa entered the title industry after a successful career in real estate sales, working with an area law firm for 10 years. Melissa hung her own shingle and quickly assembled a talented team, developing a reputation for top notch customer service. In reality, the title industry is a paper business – research and recording. But, at Quality Title, we assure our customers that they are more than just a file. When we pick up a file or the phone, we know it is a buyer, seller, mom, dad, husband, wife, sister, brother; a PERSON whose transaction we are handling. Joined by Quality Abstract of Willmar, LLC, Quality Title is now poised to handle the transfer from start to finish. Of course, just as in any industry, there are moving parts and other professionals involved in the process. In Kandiyohi County, we are fortunate to have numerous options for real estate, lending and title professionals. A thank you goes out to those other professionals that our office works with every day. Thanks for being great partners, colleagues, competitors and for making us look good! And, thanks to the property owners, buyers and sellers who put their trust in us each and every day to handle their transactions. We appreciate the opportunity to work on your behalf.
Thank you for voting us Best Title Company! OUR STAFF OF DEDICATED PROFESSIONALS
will guide you through the process and assure a smooth closing from beginning to end.
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RIDGEWATER COLLEGE 2101 15TH AVE. NW WILLMAR, MN 56201 320-222-5200 WWW.RIDGEWATER.EDU
Ridgewater is a student-centered educational leader focused on innovation, excellence and affordability. Ridgewater empowers diverse learners to reach their full potential and enrich their lives through personalized and relevant education in an accessible, supportive and inclusive environment. Ridgewater College is committed to providing a welcoming and inclusive campus that values and respects the unique experiences, needs and contributions of individuals and groups from every background and identity to ensure that each student, employee and community member has a genuine opportunity for participation and success.
Ranked #1 MN Community College and US Top 20
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And now voted #1 by you, four years in a row. Thank you! We’re passionate about your experience and meeting the needs of industry. Check out our new programs and expanded delivery options! • Agri Business - now online also! • Agronomy Applicator Technician • Criminal Justice Transfer Pathway • Early Childhood Education Transfer Pathway • Elementary Education Transfer Pathway
• Machine Tool - now in Willmar also • Massage Therapy - now in Hutchinson also • Meat Cutting • Medical Assistant - now in Hutchinson also • Phlebotomy- now in Hutchinson also
• Photography & Design - now online! • Plumbing Technician • Poultry Management • Professional Photography - now online! • Special Education Transfer Pathway
ridgewater.edu | 800-722-1151 | Willmar • Hutchinson • Online A member of Minnesota State and an equal opportunity employer/educator RCBest of BestWCTrib 2022.indd 1
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As a steel distributor and parts manufacturer, we are known for having the steel you need and the people, equipment and processing to help you and your business grow.
Helping you Build your Success
Thank you to our employees, customers and community for the honor of being the 2022 Best of the Best Manufacturer!
BEST MANUFACTURING COMPANY
WEST CENTRAL STEEL, INC. 110 19TH ST. NW WILLMAR, MN 56201 800-992-8853
West Central Steel, Inc. helps manufacturers and fabricators build their success by providing carbon steel distribution and parts processing. Since 1949, it has evolved from a steel scrap yard to a steel distributor and parts manufacturer. The company is known for being responsive, reliable and innovative in helping customers grow. As a steel distributor, West Central Steel purchases steel from steel mills throughout the country by the truckload, railcar, or barge load. Then sells and distributes the steel to manufacturers and fabricators in the five-state area. Many times, the steel is delivered the next day. Providing steel on a next day basis allows companies to save money with reduced inventory and lower material handling costs. West Central Steel’s parts processing capabilities include saw, torch, plasma and laser cutting for both flat and three-dimensional steel shapes. In addition to cutting, parts can be formed with press brakes capable of bending steel up to 1 inch thick, 30 feet wide. In 2021, West Central Steel added its 10th expansion with another 60,000 square feet of warehouse and parts processing space. The new building will increase its capacity to receive steel via the rail and expand the business with new ways to process steel parts. Investing in the future is integral to the way West Central Steel does business. Whether it is in their people, equipment, or the community. The company is involved in three workforce development initiatives, Kandiyohi Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities (KCEO),
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Manufacturing and Processing Careers (MAP) and the KMS Mild Steel Welding Class with area high schools. With manufacturing jobs in high demand, the programs expose high school students to the great jobs in the community and strengthen the manufacturing base in the area.
BEST VETERINARIAN OFFICE
RYAN BUER ELECTRIC
2286 COUNTY ROAD 4 NE, ATWATER, MN | 320-894-0287 Ryan Buer Electric has been in business for over 11 years. I was born & raised in Atwater, MN, and still call it home so my community, and you, are very important to me. We are a team of 3 full time employees, providing residential, commercial and ag wiring. We take on small jobs, large jobs, service calls and anything in between! Every job is important to us, no matter what size. We pay attention to the smaller details and help coordinate with other trades, ensuring a better product & job for you. It is important to us that your experience is as stress-free as possible. We give you time to make the best decision for you and will see you through the completion of your job. My team and I are proud to serve you and look forward to your call!
SOUTH 71 VETERINARY CLINIC & SUPPLIES 4119 ABBOTT DRIVE WILLMAR, MN 56201 320-235-7396 WWW.SOUTH71VET.COM
A state of the art veterinary clinic equipped with the latest tools and powered by an experienced team of veterinarians - that is what South 71 Veterinary Clinic & Supplies is all about. Apart from providing cutting-edge veterinary care for a variety of small and large animals, we also offer specialty services such as pet boarding. onCall 320-235-7396 for appointments. We are located at 4119 Abbott Drive. You can also visit us at 1440 Minnesota Avenue, Benson, MN 56215 (Benson Veterinary Clinic) 720 Highway 212 West, Granite Falls, MN 56241 (Granite Falls Pet Clinic) and at 1220 Grove Ave,Montevideo MN 56265 ( Caring Pets Veterinary Clinic)
4 Years in a Row BEST ELECTRICIAN!
Our team is proud to serve the electrical needs of our community!
2286 County Road 4 NE • Atwater, MN email@example.com
RUNNER UP- BEST FLORIST
303 PLEASANT AVE, ATWATER, MN 56209 320-974-8680 | WWW.PAWSFLORISTATWATER.COM We are committed to offering only the finest floral arrangements and gifts, backed by service that is friendly and prompt. Because all of our customers are important, our professional staff is dedicated to making your experience a pleasant one. That is why we always go the extra mile to make your floral gift perfect. Let us be your first choice for flowers.
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BEST FURNITURE STORE, BEST HOME FURNISHING STORE, BEST MATTRESS STORE
SLUMBERLAND 2614 1ST ST. S WILLMAR, MN 56201 320-231-0450
Thank You for VOTING US the BEST! “THE STORE OF THE FUTURE” is the new buzz in the Home Furnishings Industry and it has arrived IN WILLMAR, MN! For the past seven years, we have improved your shopping experience at Slumberland by updating some elements of our showroom. This year was very different, “THE STORE OF THE FUTURE” impacted every element of our showroom. Store Designers across America are creating the ultimate shopping experience for HOME I SLEEP I DECORE. Slumberland’s The corporate Team signed up with a
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premier design company, SCOTT SQUARED and after many months of hard work, together they created the SLUMBERLAND STORE OF THE FUTURE. Come and see HOW FUN & EASY it can be to improve your HOME I SLEEP I DECORE. Slumberland Furniture is the largest retailer of HOME I SLEEP I DECORE in 11 states contiguous to Minnesota (12 states). We offer the best brands at the guaranteed lowest prices with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. Every year you vote us BEST of the BEST in Furniture & Mattresses & BEST of the BEST IN Home Furnishings.
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BEST BOAT DEALER
205 BABCOCK AVE. WEST • RAYMOND, MN 56282 320-967-4291 • TENSENMARINE.COM Tensen Marine is a family owned business located on State Highway 23 in Kandiyohi County. The business started back in 1974 by Arie and Kathy Tensen in the small town of Raymond, MN. In 2004, their sons Wayne and Ardell took over the business to keep it growing and developing. We have become a leading sales dealership with Sylvan-Smoker Craft, Inc. and outboard motors. We service a large part of central Minnesota with sales and routine service maintenance. Tensen Marine not only offers a great sales experience but can help you with delivery, set up,
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and yearly upkeep. Our service department can help with repairs, winterizing, storage, accessory installation, and so much more. Floe International offers many options for dock and lifts. They have a wide variety of materials and layouts that will help fit your demands. From pontoons, fishing boats to personal water craft lifts, they have it all. There is no shortage in the accessory department either. It gives us so much joy to service such great communities and friendly people. Stop in and check out our selection of IN STOCK Floe Dock Sections.
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BEST WINDOW CLEANING
SQUEEGEE & ME 7595 N. SHORE DR. SPICER, MN 56288 320-321-9033
Our Gratitude: Wow! 3 years in a row! We really can’t say “Thank you” enough! We are so grateful to you for your loyalty in using us for your window cleaning needs and for your referrals! And thanks to you, we have expanded and hired two employees as well as Brandon & Taryn (mentioned last year) who are handling some of our commercial customers! All are trained by Squeegee & Me, so you can expect the same quality and friendly faces, just look at our recent reviews! Our Cleaning Method: The method we use to clean your windows on the exterior panes is not the traditional squeegee and scrubber set up*. The system we use is a pure water fed pole that connects to a brush that leaves your windows totally spotless! Not to mention, no harmful chemicals to the environment. We
connect our system to your water (either well water with standard pressure or city water), and as the water runs through our filtration system we use that purified water to clean your windows using a brush that agitates the dirt and removes debris like bug droppings and hard water+, and even cleans up the frames and sill in the process. After the water evaporates from the window completely, it leaves it beautifully clean! On the interior windows, we do use the good ole’ fashioned squeegee & scrubber. (*Depending on various circumstances, we may use the traditional method on exterior panes, for instance if there’s only a few single story window panes. +Heavy amounts of hard water deposits do require the hands on method and will incur an additional charge.)
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1550 1ST STREET N WILLMAR, MN 56201 320-222-5000 COPPERLEAF@VISTAPRAIRIE.ORG Thanks to the community for this recognition! Our gratitude is as simple as 1,2,3: About being “the best”—It’s the caring, convenience and cleanliness that our residents see and feel. Richard says the meals are well planned and very healthy and he says, the staff is, “really good, good for us. The staff has written our songbooks, so we sing. And there are devotions every day. It’s a great life.” And Lois says, “We have a van that takes us to our doctor appointments. That’s important and it’s very convenient.” About staying the best – A $1.4 million renovation will transform our dining experience, thanks to a new kitchen and renovated dining room. “We also want to create a beautiful outdoor dining area with views of the marsh behind our building and a pergola for shade,” says Executive Director Jennie Marcus. “We’ll be coming to residents
and members of the community for financial support to go beyond our renovation budget.” Please donate online – www.vistaprairie.org/seniorcommunities/copperleaf/donateonline/ About what we need—We need great staffers who can serve with compassion and joy! Staffers like Resident Assistant Kayloni Dalle, ”I enjoy working at Copperleaf because of the wonderful family of people I work alongside.” Or Resident Assistant Preston McBroom, “I believe Copperleaf is the best because we are all very caring to our residents and respect their privacy.” Check out our current openings at the Join Our Team tab on our website. And talk to us about free Certified Nursing Assistant tuition! Apply today! We’re eager to discuss all this with you. Please call Jennie at (320) 2225000 or visit our website at www. vistaprairie.org/copperleaf
I love working at Copperleaf because the environment is friendly, comfortable and cozy. Our diverse staff is fun and interesting. They are truly engaged in quality care. We are playful, and laughter always lightens the load and helps get the work done. -Ginna Calvin
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Tree ‘N Turf Service, Inc. is a locally owned and operated company setting the standard for lawn care since 1975 throughout West Central Minnesota. We take pride in providing you with all of your lawn care needs. All of our applicators are trained to calibrate their equipment to their natural walking pace and ensure the proper amount of solution is applied. Our technicians are trained and licensed with the state of Minnesota to provide you with professional and knowledgeable service. Contact us at 320-796-0507.
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There has been a cafe in our location on the river in New London for decades. We just changed the name from Middle Fork to Swee River Cafe in April. From breakfast to lunch with desserts and coffee sprinkled in, our award-winning food is second-to-none. Join us for our early bird specials every morning, served with coffee, for the best price in town. Our morning pastries are made fresh daily - caramel rolls, scones, almond puff pastry, they’re all delicious. Eat one for yourself or share it with a friend. Our homemade soups and gourmet sandwiches are the best in town , and most customers love to finish out their meal with our made-fromscratch desserts, including our famous decadent cakes, and new-to-us mini desserts…key lime tarts, mini cheesecakes, cream puffs. Mix and match three for $5! Come eat in our comfortable setting, complete with a beautiful outdoor patio surrounded by fresh flowers in the summer, and our cozy cafe seating inside year-round.
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A new espresso machine is the crown jewel in our extensive coffee bar - you name it, we can make it! If coffee isn’t your caffeine of voice, our chai tea lattes are better than ever, and we have the best bubble tea around. Everything we offer is homemade. We take our time with our sauces, soups , sandwiches, salads, desserts…you get the idea. We also offer catering services, so keep us in mind for your next special event. Check our Facebook page - Sweet River Cafe, New London to see our daily specials, from homemade quiche, to our scone of the month. In the chilly winter months, we offer takehome quarts of hot, homemade soup and fresh bread. Come visit - we’d love to serve you!
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