New resident Emily finds open arms from welcoming Pelican Rapids

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!

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She hopes "Welcome to Glenwood" is heard again and again!

“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!

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It's the End of the Run for this Amazing Little Flower Shop

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!

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Chelsea plans a busy summer behind the camera lens

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!

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Meet Lindsay, a "20 Under 40" honoree in Breckenridge

Lindsay Smith can’t say enough about Breckenridge as a great place to raise a family. She was recently honored as a “20 Under 40” nominee by the local newspaper. Her story helps explain why!

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Growing creativity in rural Audubon

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.

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Megan's recalls her journey to opening Perham's Willow Bookstore - Part 1 of 2

When Megan heard the bookstore owner in Perham was retiring, she saw an opportunity. The first of two installments, read how the Willow Bookstore is turning heads…and pages!…in Perham.

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Emma: From Portland to Alexandria via Sweden

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!

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