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!
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.