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Lake Lillian, in Kandiyohi County, Minnesota is situated on the southern banks of the body of water for which the small city was named. The lake was named for the wife of Edwin Whitefield, an artist and author who accompanied the first exploration to the region in 1858. The chief route through the city is Minnesota Highway 7, and Lake Lillian is between Blomkest to the west and Cosmos to the east. Other nearby communities include Churchill, Prinsburg, Roseland, Rosendale, and Svea. Willmar is about twenty miles northwest, Clara City twenty-five miles west, and Hutchinson thirty miles east of Lake Lillian. Lake Lillian Township was organized in 1872, and the city was first incorporated as a village in 1926, separating from the township. The village was the first settlement on the Luce Line of the Minnesota Western Railroad in East Lake Lillian Township. A post office was in operation there from 1868 to 1906, and again beginning in 1923. The city’s population has remained relatively stable since its population was first recorded in 1930, peaking at 358 in 1950, but never dropping below 200. Topics relating to either the city or the township are suitable for this category.

 

 

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