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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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Questions about what entails being an investor in the Solar Schools Project? Read our Solar school Investor FAQ


Your opinion matters!

The Region Five Development Commission (R5DC) is conducting a survey to seek input from partner agencies and individuals to evaluate the programs and services within the last 5 years and to determine how the region would prioritize future programming.





To view a PDF of the survey, 2016 CREDS Vital Project Request

Frequently Asked Questions 

To complete the survey,


Request for Proposal - Region Five Solar School Project


Tax Credit investors wanted for Region Five Solar Schools Project. See RFP and contact our team with any questions.




Unearth the treasures of Minnesota...

By exploring the biodiversity of our forests, streams, and wildlife, or by finding your own treasures through geocaching, photographry explorations, or climbing the highest the counties of:

Hubbard, Becker, Otter Tail, Douglas, Todd, Morrison, Crow Wing, Cass and Wadena.


Announcing DEVELOPMN 2016- a Comprehensive Development Strategy for Greater Minnesota

This plan is a result of a collaborative effort of the members that make up the Minnesota Association of Development Organizations (MADO).  It was developed in order to align strategic economic development efforts throughout Greater Minnesota and leverage resources at all levels for a greater overall development impact.


Region Five Development Commission to Receive $98,000

Rural Business Development Grant from USDA - Crowdfunding Education


Local Group Sees Hope for Region-Wide Broadband

with New State Initiatives 


University of Minnesota Rural Minnesota Network Analysis


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


Region Five is part of the Blandin Broadband Community