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Top Three Vibrant Communities | July 11 â€“ 15
1.) Lawrence Lake: For many young families in rural Minnesota, summertime is all about lakes, road trips, barbecues and baseball. When the youth baseball program in Lawrence Lake Township (some say Bovey, but never to a Laker’s face…) lost its home field last year, they were left on a diamond-less island and traveling to whichever neighboring town could accommodate. […]
Top Three Vibrant Communities | July 4 â€“ 8
1.) Clinton: The 90 year-old “Inadvertent Cafe” is nestled in the small western Minnesota town of Clinton—population 450. Thanks to a fellowship with the Bush Foundation, Brent Olson was able to reopen the cafe four years ago. Olson spent 25 years raising pigs on family land and wrote on the side. After his father urged him to […]
Top Three Vibrant Communities | June 27 â€“ July 1
1.) Comfrey, Gaylord, Sanborn: The concept of “Pay it Forward” is one many are familiar with. Wikipedia defines it as “an expression for describing the beneficiary of a good deed repaying it to others instead of to the original benefactor.” So when Fred Pitzner left $200,000 in his will for the Gaylord EMS crew—the ripples of […]