Rick’s Blog

I'm a believer in the power of the arts as an economic development engine. You can look at the numbers: Studies show that more than $13 million in annual economic activity is generated by the arts in our nine west central Minnesota counties. Yet each of...

Have you ever been involved in community discussions where a group of citizens gather to do some community problem-solving or  brain-storming? It's a good way to learn more about your community and get involved. There are a number of ways to find these conversations. Check with your...

How passionate are you about your hometown? On a recent daylong journey to Alexandria, I engaged people in conversations about living, working and playing here; this area definitely has more than its share of advocates. Joining me on this daylong journey was Bridgette, the Pelican Rapids Schools...

In 2018, Live Wide Open gives a weekly reason why we love living in west central Minnesota. My favorite so far? "Embrace the Cold!" Anyone can do it. Just last week I ran into a fellow who was experiencing his first winter ever, having moved here...

I have a sweet tooth. Not everyone does; Laura, my theatrical partner, could care less about dessert or sweet snacks. I, on the other hand, search far and wide for a good mocha bar. My wife Kitt is known for evaluations of caramel rolls. Another helping...

If you look at the nine counties of west central Minnesota, Browns Valley is at the southwestern point. I've been there numerous times, usually taking the 25-mile scenic route (highway 27) from Wheaton. As you drive that stretch of highway, Lake Traverse sits on the right-hand side...

There's nothing like a good fish story to start things off in the new year. I joined the crew from Federated Church in Fergus Falls for a fellowship fishing expedition to Otter Tail Lake. Meister Guide Service provided us with two warm fish houses on the...

We're pleased to introduce Rick Schara, our new Live Wide Open coordinator. Rick has his own Live Wide Open story to tell. His wife Kathleen grew up in Fergus Falls and they moved from the Twin Cities to raise their two daughters in a smaller...