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Let's Visit Bigfork: Bigfork History

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. 

In this particular segment, Gail Blackmer who has lived her entire life in the Bigfork area takes us into Bigfork history explaining its logging history, the positive relationships among immigrant townspeople and the native community, how her family ended up there and much more.

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.