About Us


Live Wide Open is a bold new movement to encourage people to move to, return to and, yes, stay in West Central Minnesota.

I love small towns, and everything about this area, the quality of life, the seasons, and the people are so nice!
— Jodi Jendrysik

Live Wide Open showcases what west central Minnesota has to offer, including opportunities for rewarding careers while living close to family, friends and the natural amenities that draw so many to this region.

Meet and explore why our Live Wide Open partners make great employers.

Some great people who make West Central Minnesota their home share why they love it here.

We could go on and on about living in West Central Minnesota, but it’s the people who can relate how they feel about living here that really hits home.

We’ve captured several personal stories along with community profiles on video and we think you’ll enjoy watching some of those stories on our YouTube Channel!



Make Some New Connections



Explore Our Region


Want to Explore the Region a little more?

We have friendly volunteers with local expertise, ready to lend a hand.

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Check the counties you are interested in
 West Central Minnesota

From small-town life to an urban scene, West Central Minnesota offers it all, including great schools, safe communities, and affordable housing, all just steps away from the lakes and natural beauty you love. Click on the links below to learn more about each of our great 9 counties!

Explore Career Opportunities

Like what you’ve learned about West Central Minnesota? Itching to move back home or start a new venture? See what jobs are open in your chosen field or find out what businesses and educational opportunities are available for you to start the career you’ve always dreamed of.  Don’t forget to consider working from home; we’re working on some resources for you if that’s the case.


Our Partners


Browse our sponsors and see the organizations that make a difference in the lives of the West Central Minnesota community!
Click on a logo graphic to visit that Partner's page.

Interested in partnering with us?



 small town retail

Great Quality Items That Promote Our Live Wide Open Way of Life in West Central Minnesota!

Check out our Live Wide Open apparel, hats and bags. Use them to promote West Central Minnesota with employees and prospective employees. They make great gifts, too!

Access the Live Wide Open e-store at  https://asbaces.com/newaces

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User name:  lwocrc

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Wearables are ordered and embroidered on demand. You can order any number–price breaks for larger quantities. You will need a credit card to order items, and you will be charged for the item(s) and for shipping.*

*West Central Initiative and Live Wide Open are offering this e-store as a courtesy and do not receive any remuneration from the sale of these items. The e-store is operated by American Business Solutions.