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Let's Visit Bigfork: Little Town, Big Medical

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 while 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, they discuss the amenities of Bigfork and its medical facilities.

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.