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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

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

FastTrac Programs

is a 30-hour course for entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs who want to build technology- or science-based businesses. You're an expert on your technology, but you may have little or no experience forming and running a business for more information on FastTrac Programs Click Here


CORE4 Business Planning

Core4 is designed to help business owners and potential business owners develop ideas, understand the business planning process and employ standard operating procedures. For more information Click Here

Brainerd Airport Solar Air Heat Project

In 2012 the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport added a large solar air heat installation to their facility. To view the 2012 -2013 Data Airport Click Here. For more information on the project, you can watch the following You Tube video.


Transportation Alternative Program (TAP)

 The Transportation Alternatives Program is a new competitive grant opportunity for local communities and   regional agencies to fund projects for pedestrian and bicycle facilities, historic preservation, Safe Routes to School and more. Minnesota will be soliciting approximately $13 million across the state.

Interested in applying for a grant? Greater Minnesota applicants must submit a letter of intent describing the key components of their project by Nov. 15, 2013. A regional representative will contact applicants to help review the project proposal and the steps necessary for delivering a federally funded project prior to local communities and regional agencies submitting a full grant application.


TAP LOI Guidance


Click here for additional information.


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.