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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

Local Group Sees Hope for Region-Wide Broadband with New State Initiatives 

Click here to read press release.


University of Minnesota Rural Minnesota Network Analysis



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


Region Five is part of the Blandin Broadband Community


 Click here to read the the announcement.   


State of Rural Minnesota 2014


Each year, the Center for Rural Policy and Development assembles the latest demographic and economic data to create the State of Rural Minnesota report.  Please click the link below or visit for more information.



North Central Economic Development Association and the USDA

The 501c3 North Central Economic Development Association –based in Staples, MN, received a $99,500 USDA Local Foods Promotion Program (LFPP) grant for the “SPROUT Marketplace”.


In 2013, 600 residents from the region developed the Resilient Region Plan which recommends strong support of local foods. Morrison County and Community Development  along with  SPROUT MN  an existing food hub network of 40+ growers have partnered  together to develop a food processing facility and indoor SPROUT Marketplace in Little Falls, Minnesota as part of the regional local food hub. 


Once fully operational, the SPROUT Marketplace will allow growers to transform their fresh commodities to value-added locally processed (frozen, dried, canned, baked) products that expand the seasonal markets.  It will also allow buyers/consumers to shop indoor year-round at the SPROUT Marketplace during cold winter months when farmers markets are not in operation.


This award offers the opportunity to locate the Marketplace at the Little Falls Manufacturing Development Center, which is a strategic, centrally-located site with access to the trunk highway system. Additionally, the project will engage local artists to create  a Marketplace  that not only encourages healthy eating but also  supports the local arts and  rural cultural experiences.


“Local and regional food systems provide a wealth of opportunities for rural residents,” said USDA Rural Development State Director Colleen Landkamer. “USDA has found that virtually all revenues generated in a local food system, stay local, and are reinvested into the community – creating a great economic driver for rural America. As new markets develop, jobs are created, healthier foods are more readily available, and rural communities can continue to thrive.”


For more information on the SPROUT Marketplace, please call: 218.822.3281



Resilient Region and Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Project Request


Region Five Development Commission is assembling a list of viable projects that create economic vitality, environmental stewardship and regional quality of life.  A series of questions have been created via a survey with the intent to stimulate identification and creation of a Resilient Region project list.

This comprehensive list will be prioritized by a group of diverse regional leaders from the private, public & non-profit sectors and offered to multiple funding agencies/partners in efforts to encourage these partners to invest in projects that meet our regional targets. Region Five will seek funding for the projects that are ranked as regional "vital projects," however, a submittal of an idea does not guarantee funding of project.

Click Here to fill out the Survey OR Click Here for additional information.


Wealth Works Economic Development Program

“WealthWorks is an important part of any economic development toolbox.  I am pleased to announce that  SPROUT and R5DC were one of only five teams nationally to receive a scholarship to participate in the WealthWorks training program.  This training is focused on practical application of new skills and perspectives on economic vitality, which will lead to increased opportunities for people in rural areas,” said NADO President Peter Gregory, Executive Director of the Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission in Woodstock, VT.

To view the full press release Click Here

Resilient Region Web-Site



The Resilient Region website is an excellent source of information pertaining to economic vitality, environmental stewardship and quality of life factors gathered for Private (individuals & businesses) Public (local municipalities & communities) and Non-Profit agencies (social advocates & philanthropic agencies) who choose to explore the sustainability efforts that have been vested in the Central Minnesota five county region.