Like so many of us, family relations brought Abdullahi’s own family to Moorhead. And even though he’s only 23, his list of volunteer, work and education gigs is simply amazing! Find out what statewide honor for civic engagement he got on June 11 of this year!
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.”
Summer interns Chelsea and Isabel found an amazing little greenhouse store near tiny Cormorant whose history runs at least 40 years. But this is the last year for this iconic roadside stop. Check out the story and photos!
Chelsea grew up in Minneapolis, but as a University of Minnesota-Morris student, she is discovering why small towns are cool! Watch for her and Isabel as they travel west central Minnesota this summer as our Live Wide Open photography interns!
While traveling, have you ever discovered something new that you thought could be a hit back home? Rick visited the tulip festival in Pella, Iowa, and discovered a tasty treat! Who’s going to open the first Poffertjes food truck in west central Minnesota?
The Carlsons gave up the corporate life to build a business in rural Audubon. Live Wide Open’s Rick Schara writes about his surprising find in rural Audubon and how the Carlsons are building community.
Emma grew up in Portland, Oregon, and found her way to west central Minnesota via Sweden. How she found her new job with the Pope/Douglas Solid Waste Management makes quite a traveling tale. Check it out!
You’d have to go back 20 years to find a time with as many well-paying jobs in rural Minnesota as there are now. Rick look at a recent report (part one of three) from the Center for Rural Policy and Development that should energize all of west central Minnesota!
Rick performed in “Otter Tales - The Musical” in mid-September as part of Otter Tail County’s 150th anniversary celebration. He reflects on how the arts brings opportunities for us to participate - something that has been going on for decades.
Thus started my trek down the Central Lakes Trail. Betty the Bike and I crossed treacherous Pebble Lake Road, not really sure where we were going, and passed by a couple of other people on afternoon bike rides.
Roger Boe showed me around his downtown Frazee gift shop the other day. He talked about the products he carries and why someone would have a hard time finding a “made in China” sticker in his shop. This knife is made in Iowa, this bird feeder came from out east, and buyers of that heavy cast iron frying pan now have themselves a family heirloom
There’s not many places you can go where the topic of retail shopping is front and center. The big box stores are closing, malls are struggling to fill vacancies and small town retailers are wondering if they’re next.