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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


Shop local this holiday season! The Sprout Growers & Makers Marketplace is an indoor, year-round market for locally produced food and artworks in central Minnesota.




Congratulations to the 10 projects selected as Vital Projects in the region!


 10 Vital Projects - 2016 Media Release


2016 Vital Projects are:


Solar for Schools STEM Education

Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL)

Grower’s and Makers Marketplace


Whole Health Pine River Backus

Happy Dancing Turtle (HDT)

Live Open Solutions

Hunt Utilities Group

Virtual Highway Infrastructure Project, Phase II

Resilient Region Connectivity Champions

Career Immersion Experiences

Bridges Career Academies and Workplace Connection

Youth Career Exploration Video Project

Region Five Development Commission (R5DC)

Brainerd Riverfront

Brainerd HRA

Hwy 27 Memorial Bridge Feasibility Study

City of Little Falls

Community Well-Being Building Project

CentraCare Health Long Prairie



Please click here to read the report of the
economic contribution of Sprout Food Hub.



UPDATED information regarding the Solar Schools project.

Project Synopsis

Investor RFP

Attachment A

Investor Memo

RREAL pre assessment