Region Five Five Counties. One Vision. One Source Links & Resources

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


Have you heard? We're living "The Good Life" in our region!

For the past 9 months, economic development specialists have been meeting with stakeholders and focus groups, as well as conducting community surveys and connecting with marketing professionals, to learn


What we learned is that the residents of Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena counties are living "The Good Life".

"The Good Life' has been chosen as it states very simply how residents feel about our region- we have a good life- abundant natural resources, small town feel, access to health care, and important amenities such as strong school systems, access to local foods and quality people who care about our communities.

Keep up to date on what's making your community part of "The Good Life" by visiting


Blandin Foundation, with support from the Minnesota Office of Broadband Development and conference cosponsors, invite you to attend Border to Border Broadband: Bridging the Gaps – Expanding the Impact, October 25-26 at Madden’s on Gull Lake in Brainerd, Minnesota. Drawing inspiration from around the state, this year’s conference will showcase a variety of approaches that rural communities have developed to expand broadband’s impact, leverage investments, and bridge the digital divide. 


This year’s conference features:

  • Learning Stations that demonstrate stories of partnerships and perseverance that define the Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant Program participants.
  • “Is Rural Minnesota Poised for the Digital Age?” keynote presentation by Dr. Roberto Gallardo of the Perdue Center for Regional Development.
  • New research that showcases the impact that world-class, ubiquitous high-speed broadband has had on five rural Minnesota communities.
  • Interactive session on partnership models and cooperation.
  • A humorous and informative evening with rural broadband advocate and author of the Minnesota Brown blog, Aaron Brown.
  • Ample time to network with conference participants visit with Exhibitors.


Platinum sponsor: Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board (IRRRB)

Gold sponsors: Calix, Consolidated Telecommunications Company (CTC), Finley Engineering, Great River Energy, Initiative Foundation, Northland Foundation, Northwest Minnesota Foundation, Resilient Region, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, Southwest Initiative Foundation, and West Central Initiative


Lakeland Public Television recently did a story on the ArtPlace America Creative Placemaking Fund.

See the full story on SPROUT's website.






Region Five Development Commision received funding from ArtPlace America's 2016 National Creative Placemaking Fund.

Today, ArtPlace America (ArtPlace) is proud to announce the 29 creative placemaking projects to receive funding in communities of all sizes across 19 states and 2 US territories.  Region Five Development Commission (R5DC) is one of 29 projects chosen, from almost 1400 applications, to receive funding through its National Creative Placemaking Fund in 2016. In these projects, residents use arts and culture strategies to strengthen the social, physical, and economic fabric of their communities.
ArtPlace’s National Creative Placemaking Fund is a highly competitive national program – funding 2% of initial applications – that invests money in communities across the country in which artists, arts organizations, and arts and culture activity help drive community development change across 10 sectors of community planning and development: agriculture and food; economic development; education and youth; environment and energy; health; housing; immigration; public safety; transportation; or workforce development.
The complete list of 2016 projects to receive ArtPlace funding may be found here.