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


Developing, retaining and attracting a talented workforce is critical for Greater Minnesota to sustain and grow rural businesses and communities. Addressing workforce needs was prioritized and documented in Region Five Development Commission’s Comprehensive Regional Economic Development Strategy and within the statewide rural economic development plan, DevelopMN, crafted by the state's Regional Development Commissions (RDC’s).

Partners, such as the Initiative Foundation, have been committed to assisting communities thrive in ways that offer ownership and improved livelihoods for decades, and others, such as Central Lakes College, have years of experience and success in closing the educational achievement gap increase our qualified labor force.

We know the issue, we have capacity, it’s time to strategize & deploy additional action!

Please register to attend the Talent Advantage Series Wednesday April 11, 2018 5:00-8:00pm at Central Lakes College, Brainerd Campus to learn more!


Click here to read the feasibility study on our Solar Energy Loan Program Report



Click HERE to read our Local Human Service Transportation Coordination Plan



What is a Resilient Region?


Watch here to learn more!  Resilient Region Champion Video



 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.


Keep up to date on what's making your community part of "The Good Life" by following The Good Life on Facebook


Also vist The Good Life website to read more about the communities in this great region.




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.