Posts in Best Towns in America
Retirement didn't last long for this Battle Lake couple

Bill and Teresa’s move from the Twin Cities to their year-round Battle Lake home seemed like the perfect retirement plan. But they discovered one thing: plans change! Bill shares his journey in this fun story!

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She never dreamed they could move back home but fate had other ideas

They met in Breckenridge and after being away, they knew they wanted to come home. What were the chances that the right job would open up for Blaire…who was living in Blair!

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“You just can’t stay away once you have the lake in you.”

Megan didn’t grow up on the lake, but she met her husband on the lake, helped at her parents’ resort on the lake and when she found herself living away from the lake…as she puts it: “You just can’t stay away once you have the lake in you.”

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"More and more people my age are coming back. It's a trend."

Grant grew up in Alexandria and recently moved back to take a job in Parkers Prairie. He sees a trend with many of his classmates doing the same. What’s Grant’s reason?

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Chelsea's Plan B took her to Morris where she found Plan A…the Altar!

Chelsea grew up in South Dakota. After college she took a job in Morris, Minn., with the intent of some day moving back. But then she met a man from North Dakota. What happened then? Find out!

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No more weekend nature commutes for Josh - he’s living there!

Josh was driving hours to spend every weekend at his beloved west central Minnesota cabin. Then one day the light went on: why not live and work where he loved to play? Read about Josh!

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Oehler’s impressive culinary skills have come home to roast

Tom Oehler has prepared meals for some interesting folks in a lot of places, but he remembers time spent around Otter Tail County and that led him here. He now prepares meals for Pioneer Care in Fergus Falls. You might say he came home to roast!

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Katelyn knew she wanted to live in a place like Alexandria. So why not?

“It’s been so much better than I imagined.”

When Katelyn was 18, she left Alexandria for college and adventure in another state. Some adventures later, she and her husband Erik lived in the Twin Cities but yearned for life in rural Minnesota. An amazing opportunity appeared…right in her hometown!

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For Todd, moving back to Fergus Falls was a no-brainer

Todd Broyles has visited and lived in so many places. Yet he never lost the passion for his Fergus Falls home. Read Todd’s story and discover what he loves about where he lives. Care to be next?

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For Jason, city challenges became small town opportunities in New York Mills

Everything was going great for New York Mills native Jason Schik but then the economy crashed and his career path took a detour back home. Which was the best thing that could have happened. Read his story and find out why.

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Now playing in theaters: Rudy's Amazing Return to Pelican

Small town high school sweethearts, Rudy and Katie Martinez felt that moving out of the big city was their ultimate goal. What they couldn’t imagine, was that they would both land jobs in their hometown. They are thrilled to be back!

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Artist Marcella Rose brings world-class art to Pelican Rapids

Pelican Rapids artist Marcella Rose has lived many places, but coming back to west central Minnesota was a no-brainer. Her downtown Pelican Rapids gallery is truly amazing!

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"This is where people want to live"

The Hoekstras of Frazee love where they live…and they aren’t alone. “Our small towns in this area are growing because this is where people want to live,” Elliot Hoekstra said. They embrace the small town life.

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Aaron and Andrea have found their perfect home

Andrea and Aaron Reynolds are close to family, love their jobs and are thrilled to live in a classic old home in Fergus Falls. It seems like fate played a hand to bring them home.

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