Relaxation at its Finest

Beth and Josh Omang, with their daughter Julia (10) and son Isaac (7)

Beth and Josh Omang, with their daughter Julia (10) and son Isaac (7)

By Brenan Chase

Lake life signs hang all over the walls of the Omang household in Detroit Lakes. Beth and Josh Omang tell tales about the wonderful memories they've made in the area. What an adjustment for them since living in the Twin Cities. 

The couple met at Gustavus Adolphus College and were married in 2006.  As, they started their family, with the arrival of two kids, Julia and Isaac – one main problem stuck out, location.

They were sick and tired of the constant stress that came with living in the metro. Josh says, "Even going to get groceries was a stressful trip." Beth spoke about how her commute time would reach times of "up to two hours." 

Born and raised around the Detroit Lakes area, Josh Omang always had a vision of coming back. Beth and Josh were both raised in rural communities. They decided that their children needed to have the same experience. "We realized our children needed to have the same quality of life as we had, and that wouldn't work in the city." 

The Omang family after a Laker football game

The Omang family after a Laker football game

Each of them decided to do some job searching and were grateful for the outcome.  

Beth is currently the Sales and Operations Planning Manager at BTD Manufacturing in Detroit Lakes. Josh is a teacher at Detroit Lakes High School, as well as the high school's head football coach. 

Josh has loved seeing the community support for his football team. "When I was a coach in the cities, we'd be lucky to see 200 fans. Coming to Detroit Lakes, you see it's a town gathering, with thousands of people out supporting." 

The entire family is actively involved in the community. Both children are involved in different activities around town, including golf and ski lessons. Josh ensures the Laker football team and coaches participate in annual activities that give back to the local community. Beth is involved with multiple groups including Fire and Ice (Essentia Health St. Mary's Foundation), the DL athletic foundation, and the community education advisory board. 

Both agree it has been super easy to get involved in the community, and "much easier than engagement in the Twin Cities." 

As the Omang family has immersed themselves into life in Detroit Lakes, they offer a few pieces of advice. "Never say no to new things, get involved, and make lasting connections with others in the community," Beth says. 

To Josh and Beth, "Live Wide Open" makes them think about the decision they made. "We took the plunge with blind faith to move here, and we have no regrets."