Regional Overview

The GPS Advantage of Living Here

The GPS Region offers all the benefits of major city amenities nearby with the safety and comfort of small town living. Conveniently located between Minneapolis-St. Paul and Duluth-Superior, the region is within reach of customers, suppliers and an entire marketplace of services and resources.

Come for the Natural Resources

Experiencing the natural resources of this region will keep outdoor enthusiasts active during all seasons. Being in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, the region offers lakes for fishing, skiing, skating, and more. Add rivers and numerous parks to the mix. Throw in bike trails, rock climbing, and you'll start to get an idea of the natural beauty for you to experience.

Come for the Art and History

The region is rich in history and art, taking great pride in celebrating both of these areas. Northwest Company Fur Post in Pine City, Kanabec History Center in Mora, and Midwest Country Theater in Sandstone are three destinations that have been welcoming visitors for many years. In addition, a wide variety of new non-profit organizations are creating a rich tapestry of programs for artistic expression and entertainment, from music to theater to dance and more.

Come for the Sense of Community

Cities and townships form communities where people come together with shared interests and shared visions for ways to improve their community. Individuals and families have the opportunity to get involved in their communities through a variety of non-profit organizations that have been formed to strengthen a community. Organizations like Kettle Kinship in Pine County offering mentoring opportunities for adults to share their time and talents with youth; others...

The community pride is also evident in the vast array of community events in the region. Like...

  • Freedom Fest in Pine City
  • Jubilee/Rodeo Days in Isanti
  • Mid-Summer Days in North Branch
  • Pie Days in Braham
  • Smokin' Rib Fest in Hinckley
  • Quarry Days in Sandstone
  • Rum RIver Festival in Princeton
  • Rutabaga Festival in Askov
  • Snowflake Parade in Cambridge
  • Vasaloppet Cross Country Ski Race in Mora

For over 20 years I have climbed in many locations, and Robinson Park and the City of Sandstone is still one of my favorites that I return to yearly. The warmth, kindness, and hospitality the community has shown to the climber is amazing; it truly is a testament of what makes a great Minnesotan town.

Julia Gordon
Climber, Minneapolis MN