Lakes Area Cooperative, otherwise known as LAC, is a cooperative in north central Minnesota established in 1912 with 28 million dollars of assets and over 80 million dollars in annual sales.

Over the years the Lakes Area Cooperative has expanded from its original roots as a creamery to other farm supply and retail businesses, such as;

  • Feed
  • Fertilizer
  • Ag Chemicals
  • Meat Processing and Retailing
  • Refined Fuels
  • Propane
  • Convenience Stores
  • Motel
  • Laundromat
  • Farm and Home Supplies.


The Lakes Area Cooperative serves the communities of Perham, Richville, Battle Lake, Vining, Clitherall, Henning, Vergas, Detroit Lakes, Underwood, New York Mills, Park Rapids, Akeley, Menahga, Sebeka, Wolf Lake, Bluffton, Ottertail, Clarissa and many others in north central Minnesota. With locations in Perham, Akeley, Battle Lake, Clarissa, Vergas, Dent, Menahga, Park Rapids, Ottertail and Wolf Lake.