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 seen the new local transit brochure?

For more information on transportation in Region Five click here



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

See the full story on SPROUT's website.




The 2016 Outstanding Service and Partnership Awardees were announced at the Region Five Development Commission Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony, hosted by Camp Ripley at the Hangar Conference Center on December 15th, 2016:


2016 Outstanding NCEDA Microbusiness Partner – Bowlus Auto Center

2016 Outstanding NCEDA Business Partner – ADIUM Oil Company

Service Appreciation – Dean Uselman, NCEDA – 9 years

                                     Chuck Parins, R5DC – 2015 – 2016 Board Chair

                                     John Benson, R5DC – 5 years

                                     Bob Kangas, R5DC – 10 years

Special Appreciation – Bill Kern, R5DC – 40 years

2016 Outstanding Service Provider – Essex Capital, LLC

2016 Outstanding Regional Partner – Minnesota Department of Transportation District 3

Click here for a copy of the evening's program




Region Five Development Commision will receive 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.



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



UPDATED information regarding the Solar Schools project.

Project Synopsis

Investor RFP

Attachment A

Investor Memo

RREAL pre assessment