Nicole left island life behind for New York Mills

Nicole Lalum knows a few things about tourism. And about where she wants to live.

Currently Nicole is a regional tourism manager for Explore Minnesota in the northwest and central regions. Originally hailing from New York Mills, after college she spent time in Duluth promoting and marketing four radio stations. That eventually led to a gig in the Caribbean where she worked for two radio stations in the Cayman Islands.

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Steve Henning
Opening a Pelican Rapids shop feels right for Jodi

A new women’s boutique store opened in downtown Pelican Rapids this year. “Lilly & Rose” owner Jodi Jendrysik is fulfilling her retail dream and is looking forward to helping downtown Pelican Rapids thrive.

And she laughs when asked about her background. “It has absolutely nothing to do with retail,” Jodi smiles. Maybe not, Jodi, but everyone in Pelican Rapids is happy to have their newest entrepreneur.

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Steve Henning
Perham's new chiropractor couple found fate and a home

When Perham’s long-time Salathe chiropractic practice changed hands in late 2017, Carissa and Nick Mitchell took over the reins.

For Carissa, it was something she always wanted to do. “In sixth grade (in Sebeka) I knew I wanted to be a chiropractor when I grew up. I went with my dad to the chiropractor, and I just fell in love with it.”

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Steve Henning
Victoria's wish list fulfilled in move to Fergus Falls

When artist Victoria Hanna McKinney decided to move in 2017, she made a wish list for the place she wanted to land. In February of this year, her list was fulfilled, landing her in Fergus Falls.

“I’m loving it,” Victoria says. “As soon as I drove into town, I liked the way the downtown looked and I’m enjoying the feel of the community. Everyone I’ve met has been very friendly.”

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Steve Henning
Elbow Lake's Jay McNamar has hometown pride

Every so often in life you come across someone like Jay McNamar. Step into his home, strike up a conversation, smile and enjoy the ride.

As the stories flow, images come to mind: historian, booster, cheerleader, author, politician, athlete, advocate, teacher. No one word could describe the small town pride bursting from the former mayor and state representative from Elbow Lake.

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Steve Henning
Detroit Lakes makes business sense for Randy Peterson

A couple years ago, entrepreneur Randy Peterson was finally nearing retirement mode in Fargo. The companies he founded were in good hands and he enjoyed watching his kids blossom in the craft brewery movement.

But as an entrepreneur, Randy found sitting on the business sidelines just wasn’t in his nature. In fact, his kids’ foray into the craft brewery industry sparked his creative curiosity. “On brewery tours, I would visit the malt room and wonder where they got their ingredients,” Randy said.

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Steve Henning
Congrats Pelican Rapids Realtor of the Year Arianna Zavala

When Arianna Zavala was named 2017 Lakes Country Association Realtor of the Year, no one was more surprised than her. As a realtor entering her 11th year, she didn’t expect it, or at least not so soon. “I thought maybe after 20-30 years it might happen.”

Yet one might say Arianna has been exceeding expectations all her life. She was only six when her family moved from Mexico to Pelican Rapids. “My father had heard good things about Pelican, that it reminded us of our own small town in Mexico,” she said. “It’s peaceful, safe and everybody knows each other.”

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Steve Henning
Grant County's Jim Standish never left home

If someone asks Jim what it’s like to move back home, it’s an easy answer: he never left.

Maybe there was enough adventure with his army stint after high school. Or maybe it was finding the perfect job in his Elbow Lake backyard.

At any rate, meet Jim Standish, Grant County Coordinator.

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Steve Henning