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Cass County

Rich in fish and game, these woods and waters sheltered a succession of native peoples for thousands of years. The most recent of these were the Ojibwe (Chippewa), who now live on the Leech Lake Reservation.

Crow Wing County

The most famous landmark in Brainerd is probably the water tower which was built from 1919-1922. Later, affectionately known as “Paul Bunyan’s flashlight” it was the first all concrete elevated tank used by a municipality in the U.S.

Morrison County

In 1930 Camp Ripley was established as a military training center for the Minnesota National Guard. In 1994 a Veteran’s Cemetery was created by the Minnesota State Legislature adjacent to the Camp.

Todd County

Primarily an agricultural county, Todd County was settled by hard working German, Polish and Scandinavian immigrants. Meat packing and printing have added jobs in the manufacturing sectors.

Wadena County

Old Wadena County Historic Park located on the Crow Wing River was an important hunting and trapping area for Indians and later for the French.

Cass County

Crow Wing County - Brainerd Lakes Area

Morrison County - Camp Ripley

Todd County

Wadena County - Menahga Statue

Current News



Calling transportation enthusiasts!

The Transportation Advisory Committee has seats available to serve on the committee for the following representation: air, small cities, rail and townships.


If you are interested and have an affiliation with one of the open vacancies please fill out this Nomination Form. Send the form and a brief autobiographical sketch indicating your affiliation and basic understanding of how transportation effects the area in which you wish to represent to Staci Headley. Nominations must be received no later than May 16, 2016. Those selected will be notified by May 20th.




Let’s Prove It.


Be a part of Creative Minnesota’s Artists and Creative Worker’s Study. 


Creative Minnesota is starting a new economic impact study of individual artists and creative workers. Over 170 nonprofit and foundation partners, including Region Five Development Commission, have joined together with this project to prove the economic power of artists. This study will be used to generate public and private support, and to advocate for more services, for artists and creative workers. The result will be more attention, respect and funding for artists and their efforts to make their art and their living in Minnesota.


Make sure that YOU are counted.


Just complete the online survey about your expenses and income as an artist at:


For more info and to see the list of partners, which include Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, the Forum of Regional Arts Councils, the McKnight Foundation, Springboard for the Arts, and 166 other great MN organizations:



Unearth the treasures of Minnesota...

By exploring the biodiversity of our forests, streams, and wildlife, or by finding your own treasures through geocaching, photographry explorations, or climbing the highest the counties of:

Hubbard, Becker, Otter Tail, Douglas, Todd, Morrison, Crow Wing, Cass and Wadena.


Announcing DEVELOPMN 2016- a Comprehensive Development Strategy for Greater Minnesota

This plan is a result of a collaborative effort of the members that make up the Minnesota Association of Development Organizations (MADO).  It was developed in order to align strategic economic development efforts throughout Greater Minnesota and leverage resources at all levels for a greater overall development impact.


Region Five Development Commission to Receive $98,000

Rural Business Development Grant from USDA - Crowdfunding Education


Local Group Sees Hope for Region-Wide Broadband

with New State Initiatives 


University of Minnesota Rural Minnesota Network Analysis


This study shows NCEDA/R5DC as a "robustly connected" organization across the state in policy and practice.  


Region Five is part of the Blandin Broadband Community