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Hackensack, MN has a population of just over 300 people - it's a small town with a big personality. Learn all about it in the following segments! 

Kris Beissener moved to Hackensack after she and her mother purchased a resort.  She's never looked back.  Today, she raises her family in this small, progressive community.  Kris is on the board of the Hackensack Lakes Area Community Foundation.  In this segment of Let's Visit, she discusses Hackensack bike trails, restaurants,  and upcoming community projects!  

I mean, that's the goal...You want the next generation to improve and do better. So for the future, I see more Ojibwe language being spoken, I see more people practicing our ceremonies, I see our people practicing more physical health and diet health, I see us working together diligently and while not only improving our Red Lake community, but improving our northern Minnesota community because Red Lake has always been a valuable asset to this region of Minnesota.

- Thomas Barrett, Executive Director of Red Lake Boys and Girls Club. 

Twelve years ago, McIntosh, Minnesota's downtown was a row of shuttered storefronts on dilapidated buildings. Today it looks much different and it's all because of one woman with big ideas, the gumption to follow thru with them and the ability to inspire others to get on board with a new way of  thinking.  

...besides the lakes and the woods and everything else, a big part of Turtle River is the people who live there...all the...artisan-type people that live in Turtle River... per capita, I think we're pretty high on talented people  - Mark Schultz

...it's just a different kind of lifestyle. And I think that for creative people, it really helps to have that that sense of calm... and separation - a place of your own. - Jeremiah Liend

Pine River is a quaint community with a population of just under 1000 people. It's a rural town with a progressive spirit. Hunt Utilities Group is on a mission to make the world more sustainable in many different ways.  Happy Dancing Turtle is a non-profit dedicated to creating learning experiences for all ages that make a lasting impact in the name of sustainability.  A CBD oil manufacturer is coming to town and currently renovating the empty Alco building and a business that transforms horse trailers into high end travel experiences is adding more employees exponentially.  In these Let’s Visit segments, learn about Pine River life from three locals and learn about what they do in their town.  Paul Hunt shares technologies and experiments happening at Hunt Utilities Group in Pine River,  Chris O’dell from Pine River-based Complete Chimney Care discusses chimney care tips, and Quinn Swanson shares some of the magic being planned at the upcoming Back to Basics event organized by the non-profit Happy Dancing Turtle. 

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Walker … it's almost like a storybook...It's still small enough that you can know everybody if you choose to. You can be private if you don't…Who would want to leave this, ever?

JoAnn Pells has spent nearly her entire life in the Walker area.  After encouragement from acquaintances, when she was nearing the age of 40, she decided to run for Cass County Commissioner. 

I'm a believer if you don't like it you, gotta dive in, try to make change. So I threw my hat in the ring and then I won…

Let's Visit Dorset!

Dec 18, 2019

We love that it's just a little community that feels like home.  It just has this feeling of everybody just coming and having a good time together.  It's a tradition. People come here every year and it's so fun to see those same people every year...We don't care if they go to our place, to Companeros, or wherever, they're coming into town and we love it. - Rachel Erickson, owner of the Dorset Chick'n Coop Reastaurant and Bar

Let's Visit Blackduck

Dec 18, 2019

Let's Visit is our monthly look at a town or area in northern Minneosta.  This summer we focused on Blackduck.  In these segments hear about Blackduck from the perspective of a transplant from Illinois, a transplant from Deer River and a business owner who wouldn't want to live anywhere else! 

Kelliher School serves nearly 300 students in kindergarten thru twelfth grade.  It’s a small school with a huge personality.  In this segment of Let’s Visit, discover some of the magic happening in Kelliher School- an active robotics team, classroom cattle, hydroponic gardening, community projects to make the world healthier and safer, and a fabrication lab that fuses art class with shop class turning kids’ design dreams into reality.  The innovative, often student-driven learning experiences cultivated at Kelliher School are inspiring. 


Kelliher School serves nearly 300 students in kindergarten thru twelfth grade.  It’s a small school with a huge personality.  In this segment of Let’s Visit, discover some of the magic happening in Kelliher School- an active robotics team, classroom cattle, hydroponic gardening, community projects to make the world healthier and safer, and a fabrication lab that fuses art class with shop class turning kids’ design dreams into reality.  The innovative, often student-driven learning experiences cultivated at Kelliher School are inspiring. 


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