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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

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For Immediate Release:
February 8, 2018

Michael Dale-Stein


Sen. Tina Smith Announces Ag Working Group ahead of Upcoming Farm Bill Debate 

Senator Launches Coalition of Agriculture Stakeholders to Ensure Minnesotans’ Voices Heard in Crafting Farm Legislation


WASHINGTON, D.C. [02/08/18]—Today, U.S. Sen. Tina Smith (D-Minn.) announced the members of her newly-formed Ag Working Group who will help make sure Minnesota priorities are included in the upcoming debate over the federal Farm Bill.

“I fought for a spot on the Senate Agriculture Committee because agriculture is the foundation of Minnesota’s economy,” said Sen. Smith. “As we move into this year’s Farm Bill debate, I plan to push Minnesota priorities after hearing from as many Minnesota experts as possible. My new Ag Working Group will bring together Minnesotans with a deep understanding of farm policy and how it impacts our state’s producers, businesses, and communities. They’ll advise me on things like crop insurance, research, conservation, and energy. And then there are others with backgrounds in rural development, rural health, and nutrition. This is a great group, and I’ll take what I  learn from them, and get to work for Minnesota.”

Sen. Smith will be hosting a kickoff event for her Ag Working Group in the coming weeks, and stakeholders include, but are not limited to, the following Minnesotans from across the state:    


Gary Wertish, Minnesota Farmers Union
Kevin Paap, Minnesota Farm Bureau
Keith Olander, Central Lakes College
Shannon Schlecht, Agriculture Utilization Research Institute
Matthew Fitzgerald, Young Farmer Coalition
Pakou Hang, Hmong American Farmers Association
Ramon Leon, Latino Economic Development Center
Dave Carlson, Minnesota Outdoor Heritage Alliance
Michelle Medina, Minnesota Farmers Union
Cheryal Lee Hills, Region Five Development Commission
Nicole Griensewic Mickelson, Region Nine Development Commission
Dave Hengel, Greater Bemidji
Paul Mackie, National Association for Rural Mental Health, Mankato State University
Mark Jones, Minnesota Rural Health Association
Colleen Moriarty, Hunger Solutions
Rob Zeaske, Second Harvest Heartland
Jeffrey Phillips, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Scott Dane, Associated Contract Loggers & Truckers of Minnesota
Deann Stish, Minnesota Forest Resource Council
Wayne Brandt, Minnesota Forest Industries
Bev Durgan, University of Minnesota Extension Service
LeAnn Buck, Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
Ben Winchester, University of Minnesota Extension Service
LeRoy Staples Fairbanks III, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
Keith Anderson, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
Fitz Ebinger, Clean Energy Resource Teams

If you would like to contribute to Sen. Smith’s Ag Working Group, please send your input to


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 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.


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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.