West central Minnesota is known for it’s scenic landscapes, picture-worthy lakes and beautiful cities, which means it should come as no surprise that the arts hold a strong presence in the area as a result. That’s why Nancy returned to Fergus Falls…twice!
Bill and Teresa’s move from the Twin Cities to their year-round Battle Lake home seemed like the perfect retirement plan. But they discovered one thing: plans change! Bill shares his journey in this fun story!
The Hamiltons had an idea for a second career so they left their Twin Cities home and careers and created a “simply exquisite” bed & breakfast near Alexandria. But it wasn’t easy to find the perfect spot. Enjoy their story, which was also featured on WCCO TV!
Emily followed her college sweetheart to be married and work in Pelican Rapids. What is amazed at the open arms of her new hometown and offers her thoughts in this wonderful testimony of small town living!
“Welcome to Glenwood” is one phrase that should be heard more often, thanks to efforts of the Glenwood Lakes Area Welcome Center. Executive Director Kay shares her thoughts about their renewed efforts to make newcomers feel at home in our guest blog!
Tom and Ann were high school sweethearts who love promoting their hometown of Starbuck. Live Wide Open coordinator Rick Schara writes about this fun part of his job: meeting great people like Tom and Ann!
Our summer Live Wide Open intern Isabel visited Perham for their Turtle Fest. While there, she connected with a new tienda, or store, that brings a sampling of Latin America to the community. Check out her blog post!
Summer interns Chelsea and Isabel found an amazing little greenhouse store near tiny Cormorant whose history runs at least 40 years. But this is the last year for this iconic roadside stop. Check out the story and photos!
Chelsea grew up in Minneapolis, but as a University of Minnesota-Morris student, she is discovering why small towns are cool! Watch for her and Isabel as they travel west central Minnesota this summer as our Live Wide Open photography interns!
While traveling, have you ever discovered something new that you thought could be a hit back home? Rick visited the tulip festival in Pella, Iowa, and discovered a tasty treat! Who’s going to open the first Poffertjes food truck in west central Minnesota?
The Carlsons gave up the corporate life to build a business in rural Audubon. Live Wide Open’s Rick Schara writes about his surprising find in rural Audubon and how the Carlsons are building community.
Emma grew up in Portland, Oregon, and found her way to west central Minnesota via Sweden. How she found her new job with the Pope/Douglas Solid Waste Management makes quite a traveling tale. Check it out!
You’d have to go back 20 years to find a time with as many well-paying jobs in rural Minnesota as there are now. Rick look at a recent report (part one of three) from the Center for Rural Policy and Development that should energize all of west central Minnesota!
Rick performed in “Otter Tales - The Musical” in mid-September as part of Otter Tail County’s 150th anniversary celebration. He reflects on how the arts brings opportunities for us to participate - something that has been going on for decades.
Thus started my trek down the Central Lakes Trail. Betty the Bike and I crossed treacherous Pebble Lake Road, not really sure where we were going, and passed by a couple of other people on afternoon bike rides.