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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

Rural Minnesota Region Pulls Itself Up By Food and Farming Bootstraps

Wallace Center Winrock International go to Central Minnesota, where a five-county economic development strategy uses local food sales to tourists and cities to build rural health and wealth. READ MORE


Thanks to an Innovation Grant from NJPA, Region 5 has been given the opportunity to create a "brand" for ourselves. This initiative will help the region highlight its assets, help individual communities maximize their impact beyond the region, and build a culture of community collaboration.

This 10-minute survey will add your voice to how this placebranding project will be shaped. (PLACEBRANDING, an umbrella term encompassing region and city branding, is the process of image communication to a target market, and is a proven strategy for maximizing the natural, economic, and social assets of rural regions.)

Survey responses will be collected until September 30, 2016.



NJPA and Region 5 Development Commission Announce Partnership for Comprehensive Planning Services

National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) and Region 5 Development Commission (R5DC) are proving their commitment to central Minnesota residents with a new planning partnership. Both organizations serve other government agencies in Region 5, which is made up of the following counties: Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd, and Wadena. The new partnership will focus on comprehensive planning for cities, counties, and townships. [Read more...]




Your Role as a Planning Commission Member, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 – Morrison County Government Center, 213 S.E. 1st Ave, Little Falls, 56345, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.  As a planning commission member, you contribute hours of unpaid time to your community. Have you discovered that serving in this capacity is a bit more challenging than anticipated? This workshop will focus on what you need to know to be successful in this important position. You’ll learn practical tips that can make the difference between results and regrets.  Register by clicking here.  NJPA will cover 100 percent of the costs for anyone in Region 5 to attend.





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



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