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

Pine River, One Watershed; One Planning

The Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is undertaking the development of a Pine River Watershed-based plan consistent with the One Watershed; One Plan vision and program grant requirements adopted by the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR). Read more


It's been two years since Sprout's Grand Opening in April 2016. Since that time, the indoor winter markets have brought in 113 vendors and over 2900 shoppers. The food hub has sold $347,000 worth of produce sourced from over 80 local growers who operate small farms.  

Want to learn more? Check out the report below. And visit Sprout at


A special thanks to the 120-plus business leaders who joined us on Wednesday April 11 to kick off the Talent Advantage Series. We had an incredibly well-rounded workfoce disucssion filled with deep data, challenges, solutions and more. Statewide demographics show the acute regional shortage is going to be with us for at least a generation. And it's efforts like this, where broad cross-section of people come together for purposeful conversations, that help to surface solutions. Special thanks to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development and the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce for joining us. 

Additional Talent Advantage Series partners include Brainerd Lakes Chamber, Initiative Foundation, RMCEP Little Falls Jobs, National Joint Powers Alliance and The Good Life.


Did you miss the Talent Advantage workshop on April 11? Here are PowerPoints with some great information from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Hidden Talent Pools

Region 5 Labor Market

Talent Quest



 Have you heard? We're 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 following The Good Life on Facebook


Also visit The Good Life website to read more about the communities in this great region.




Sprout Growers and Makers Marketplace

Much is happening at Sprout Growers and Makers Marketplace


Thanks in part to a grant from Artplace America, there is much to see at the Sprout Growers and Makers Marketplace in Little Falls.


Indoor Winter Markets- featuring over 30 local growers and makers, live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, tasty samples, and food vendors


Unique art pieces by local artists,  Business Classes for Growers and Makers, Cultural Cooking Classes, Parties with Purpose, and MORE! 


To learn more, visit or Artplace-Sprout Growers and Makers Marketplace Place-based Transformation.

Watch here to see inside the Marketplace- March 2017 Marketplace.