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Let's Visit Bigfork: Edge Center for the Arts Theater

Hibbing, Grand Rapids, Bemidji, I-Falls.  We’re right in the middle.  They say, “What do you do out there in the sticks?” Marcie Lindgren, Bigfork, MN

Bigfork, MN is a remote, naturally beautiful community in northern Minnesota.  With the Bigfork River running right through this small town that is surrounded by lakes, the remote area is a natural vacation destination for people looking to spend time at their family cabin, camp in a state park, fish, kayak, and truly get away from stresses of modern life.  In a surprise twist, this little community is also a prime location to take in some high caliber art and theater.   Bigfork, with a population of less than 500,  also boasts a state of the art medical facility equipped with modern options for people in all stages of advancing age and medical diagnoses.

The tiny town of Bigfork has a big heart. With its deep, logging history at the soul of the community, both winter and summer recreation seem to breathe a new life into the area today.  It’s a place where locals are proud and long term and visitors tend to return. 

This month’s Let’s Visit segments arose from an afternoon spent with lifelong area resident Gail Blackmer and newbie resident of around 30 years Marcie Lindgren.  Gail and Marcie discussed Bigfork history as well as the social and economic impact of the Edge Center for the Arts and the benefits of Bigfork’s state of the art medical facility. 

The Edge Center for the Arts started as an idea back in 1992.  It's been housed in its own state of the art facility attached to the Bigfork High School and has been open for business for close to 15 years now.  The Edge Center Theater has created opportunities for people in Bigfork and the surrounding areas to experience orchestras, ballets, operas, theater and much much more.  In this segment of Let's Visit, Marcie Lindgen gives a tour and history lesson of the theater facility while sharing her passion and excitement for everything the Edge Center theater brings to the area.  

Come on… let’s visit Bigfork.

Katie Carter started at Northern Community Radio in 2008 as Managing Editor of the station's grant-funded, online news experiment Northern Community Internet. Since 2016, she's produced Area Voices showcasing the arts, culture, and history stories of northern Minnesota. She's our local host of NPR's All Things Considered and CBC's As It Happens every weekday from 4-7pm.