Whenever Dan Kirscht visited Alexandria with his wife Leslie and their two daughters, the backroads were always taken. The sights were always shown, and reminiscing always took place.Read More
Moving isn't something the Miller family is lacking in experience.
With locations spanning from Florida to Hawaii, Kurt and Courtney Miller have sampled their share of lifestyles. So which place did they decide to call home?Read More
Jessica Sand grew up in a small South Dakota town so moving to the Twin Cities was a bit of a culture shock, but she did enjoy it for the most part for eight years.
Randy and Jessica Love Living in the Country.Read More
If you want to get involved in a small Minnesota town, you might consider Kayla Hawkinson’s journey.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.”Read More
The Live Wide Open movement has a champion in Deanne Jorgensen. Not only has she returned to live in the place she loved to visit as a child, but she wants others to know about it.
So much so, that while working in Dallas, she sold a Texan on moving to Minnesota.Read More
Geoffrey “JT” Thaden easily recites the reasons he loves living in west central Minnesota: fresh air, quiet, no traffic, the lakes, things to do. And then he pauses and adds one more.
“The stars,” he says. “You can see the stars. You forget they exist when you live in the Twin Cities.”Read More
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.”Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.”Read More
As a kid, Taylor Brown recalls Alexandria as the rest stop during family travels from their small North Dakota home of Bathgate to the Twin Cities.
Little did she know that it would become the best stop so far in her life’s journey.Read More
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.Read More
After working all hours at her Mall of America retail job, Mary Pederson and her husband decided their young family would be better off in Pope County.
The county, in west central Minnesota, is where the couple grew up. Mary moved away for 20 years for school and work and “just having fun.” Then she got married. She and her husband have two small children and sought a quieter, safer life for them. They began looking for jobs and a place to live near Glenwood or Starbuck.Read More
Lakes and small-town living drew Dan Jahn to Starbuck, where he opened Peddler Dan’s General Store five years ago. He had spent most of his life in Clarkfield, a southwestern Minnesota town where he served as mayor and owned two restaurants with his wife. Now he spends his days cracking Norwegian jokes with customers and his evenings fishing and swimming.
“My grandfather had a cabin on Lake Minnewaska and I was a little familiar with the area,” he said. “I go home at night and throw a line off the dock. You can make a living anywhere, but it’s nice to make it in a beautiful area.”Read More