Meet Rick Schara


We’re pleased to introduce Rick Schara, our new Live Wide Open coordinator. Rick has his own Live Wide Open story to tell. His wife Kathleen grew up in Fergus Falls and they moved from the Twin Cities to raise their two daughters in a smaller community. Rick knows west central Minnesota and its businesses inside out, thanks to a decade of work in regional workforce development, and he appreciates the region’s arts and culture, too. In fact, he was the catalyst behind the creation of a highly successful summer melodrama dinner theater and continues to look for pop-up theater opportunities.

Rick is already on the road meeting with current and prospective Live Wide Open partners and gathering stories about life in west central Minnesota. In fact, you can read about his travels in our region right here.

Have a story to tell? Would you like to be a Live Wide Open partner? You can reach Rick at 218-205-4178 or

Scott Kiemle