Mille Lacs, Minnesota, USA
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City of Onamia

Situated south of Lake Mille Lacs, the city of Onamia rests on the shores of Lake Onamia which in Ojibwe means, “dancing ground.”

Mille Lacs’ Largest City

The modern town of Onamia is situated south of Mille Lacs, just off Highway 169 on the shore of Lake Onamia. The gateway to Mille Lacs received its name from Lake Onamia, which in Ojibwe means, “dancing ground.” The City dates back to 1908, when lumbering was a major industry in the Mille Lacs area and the first trains reached the town. 

Today, Onamia is the area’s largest city, housing the Mille Lacs Health System and light industry. Offering over 50 businesses, including many retail stores, Onamia is a favorite Minnesota shopping stop for visitors. The shopping area offers restaurants, a florist, drug store, hardware store, grocery stores, beauty salon, video shop, liquor stores, and craft and gift shops. Two city parks and tennis courts provide in-town recreation. Onamia has a well-staffed hospital, a newly expanded medical and physical therapy clinic, and a dental office to meet your emergency needs.

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