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Let's Visit Crosby: A conversation with Mama Cuyuna!

Barb Grove is known around the Crosby, MN area as Mama Cuyuna.  Her tenacious work to repurpose Crosby into a recreation destination after mine companies left town decades ago earned her the unique and fitting moniker.  Barb's unwavering dedication along with the help and passion of thousands of other people who understood the value in this endeavor has paid off. Today, Crosby is thriving.  New stores, restaurants, and outfitters have moved into the area as have people from outside the region - all as a result Crosby becoming a mountain biking destination!  

The road to repurposing the community was not an easy one to navigate, but the hard work has paid off.  The mission of preserving the area continues.  In this segment hear how it all happened and learn about the importance of staying true to the mission in her tale of detering two industries from the area in order to maintain the priorities and community culture that have been created in Crosby.  The Crosby revival is a story many towns across American could learn from.  In small towns across the country,  a major idustry leaving can have immediate and detrimental impacts on the community...Outside the box thinking is essential for small townurvival and Mama Cuyuna just happened to be that outside the box thinker years ago who was on a mission to breathe life back into her favorite town.  Barb Grove's vision paid off... Outdoor magazine recently named Crosby, MN in its "Smartest Towns" feature!  Click on the link for our entire conversation.

Katie Carter started at Northern Community Radio in 2008 as Managing Editor of the station's grant-funded, online news experiment Northern Community Internet. She returned for a second stint in 2016-23. She produced Area Voices showcasing the arts, culture, and history stories of northern Minnesota.