Baudette Community Action Plan

NEWMAN_PRINT Baudette Community Action Plan
NEWMAN_PRINT Baudette Community Action Plan

The Lake of the Woods Economic Development Authority (LOW EDA) applied for and received a grant from the Blandin Foundation to establish a strategic framework for promoting business development, workforce training and retention, and entrepreneurship within Baudette, Minnesota. With an understanding that no strategic vision can surmount the challenges facing our community without the commitment to action and diligent efforts of its citizens, the LOW EDA invited Strong Towns – a Minnesota-based non-profit which focuses on building sustainable, long term change in communities – to present the Strong Towns philosophy to the public in Baudette. The Strong Towns presentation was very well-received and attended. This event also served as a kick-off for a ground-up series of community meetings to determine where the needs are and how the community can work together to improve Baudette’s economy and prosperity.

The result of the meetings that followed is the Baudette Community Action Plan – meant to be a set of pragmatic, achievable, and sustainable action-steps which the community can incorporate immediately into its day-to-day activities. We believe that this whole-of-community approach to supporting our businesses, strengthening our spirit of entrepreneurship, and building a culture of collectively working to resolve the challenges we face and to capitalize on opportunities for growth and prosperity will ensure a brighter future for the City of Baudette. These action steps were divided into three broad tiers”

Tier 1: Action steps which motivated members of the community can take to help support Baudette’s economy and business climate.

Tier 2: Action steps which the community, through collective action and the resources of stakeholder entities across the local community could, through concerted effort, achieve to enhance our community’s prospects.

Tier 3: Action steps which would require additional financial and/or human capital from outside of Baudette and its local stakeholders to achieve. Namely, steps we hope to accomplish through the pursuit of state, regional, and federal support.

You're Invited to Learn More

We want to invite you to join the Headwaters Regional Development Commission (HRDC) and the Lake of the Woods Economic Development Authority (LOW EDA) for dinner and a presentation of the Community Action Plan developed by members of the Baudette Community! This action plan was formed through a series of community meetings that focused around ways in which Baudette’s community can work together to improve Baudette’s economy and prosperity. 

Please RSVP as soon as possible to attend the dinner from 6-8pm, on February 8th, at the American Legion in Baudette. See the attached flyer for details of this community event, and RSVP using the link below, or by email.




For more background information on how this Community Action Plan came together please reach out to Sami Trana at 

Stronger Towns Downtown Vision Workshop

If you’re a community member that wants to help create a Vision for the Future of Downtown Baudette and learn about how to grow our community’s resiliency and prosperity, come take part in the kick-off event on Thursday, July 20th at 1pm!

Charles Marohn, the founder of Strong Towns, a nationwide non-profit which has been a leading advocate for building a brighter future for communities across America will be giving a presentation and Q&A to all interested members of the community. We would love to have your vision and insights for our community’s future!

By attending this presentation, you will learn strategies to help your community:

  • Stop valuing efficiency and start valuing resilience
  • Stop betting our futures on huge, irreversible projects, start taking small, incremental steps and iterate based on what we learn
  • Stop fearing change and start embracing a process of continuous adaptation
  • Stop building our world based on abstract theories, and start building it based on how our places actually work and what our neighbors actually need today
  • Stop obsessing about future growth and start obsessing about our current finances

Join Chuck Marohn and the Strong Towns team at 1:00pm in the Commissioner’s Room of the Baudette Government Center on July 20th to learn how you can help steer downtown Baudette towards a successful, more prosperous future.

This event is hosted by the Lake of the Woods EDA and paid for by the Blandin Foundation.

Stellher Human Services

Stellher Human Services
Stellher Human Services has recently expanded their services to Baudette, MN. Their new office, ‘Stellher North’ is now located downtown Baudette at 107 Main Avenue North.
They provide mental health services to adults, adolescents, and older children through the use of systemic based approaches. They offer individual, couples, and family counseling. Their Marriage & Family Therapist is trained in psychotherapy and EMDR.
Call the main Stellher office at 218-444-2845 for more information or to schedule an appointment. They currently have spots open for new clients.
No referral needed!

Pet Pantry and Supply

Pet Pantry and Supply Baudette

Pet Pantry and Supply is a local and family-owned pet store serving Baudette & Roseau, MN. With over 20 years in the pet industry, they offer customers a “one on one” shopping experience with extensive knowledge of pet nutrition and pet supplies.

Pet Pantry Baudette

They carry super premium and holistic pet foods/treats/chews and a wide selection of pet supplies with the convenience of in-store shopping and curbside pick-up in Roseau and Baudette, Minnesota.

Pet Pantry Baudette Food

They are constantly researching new and improved brands that come to market and are always here to help you make the best choices for your pet. Some of the brands they are currently stocking include; Farmina, Natures Logic, and Lifetime cat and dog foods. Their treats and canned foods are chosen using strict standards and they offer a wide selection to choose from.

Pet Wash Station Baudette MN

Local and visitors love the self-serve pet wash in their Baudette, MN location. Their knowledgeable staff is happy to give recommendations on shampoos and grooming supplies to help you get the most out of our bathing station. They have electric lift tubs and grooming tables which means no lifting or bending over.

Thank you for shopping local and shopping at Pet Pantry and Supply for your pet food/treats and supplies.

Pet Pantry Baudette, MN

Chef’s Journey Begins in South Africa & Takes him to Lake of the Woods.

The hawk lake of the woods mn

“The Hawk” in Roosevelt, was recently reopened under the leadership of Richard and Shauna Morris. Lake of the Woods’ newest restaurant features fresh, unique twists on classic American cuisine including, appetizers, homemade pizza, delicious burgers, and fresh salads. The Hawk also has a full bar with your favorite cocktail, beer, seltzers, and sodas.

Head Chef/Owner, Richard Morris, originally from Cape Town, South Africa, has spent nearly his entire life in the restaurant industry.

The hawk lake of the woods mn

“My mom and dad were great cooks. When I finished school, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, and a friend of mine encouraged me to enroll at culinary school, and it felt like a good fit.”’

After graduating, from culinary school, Richard came to the United States through a work visa that allowed him to travel to the United States for work. He began his career working in the kitchen of a Florida resort, but took this opportunity to work in restaurants across the country.

“I was able to work in many different places across the country including Florida, Arizona, Colorado, and others. This provided me the opportunity to see the United States and learn a wide variety of techniques from different chefs”

In 2014 while they were both working in Medora ND, at the Medora Musical, Richard met Shauna and begin dating. After getting married, Richard and Shauna moved to Fargo ND, where he continued to work in the restaurant industry. Shauna’s father, a frequent visitor to Lake of the Woods encouraged the family to consider Lake of the Woods.

“I always enjoyed working in areas with a strong tourism industry, because the customers are on vacation and having a good time. It felt like a good fit for us.”

Richard took a job working in the deli at Doug’s Foods in Warroad and providing catering services, while they waited for the right opportunity to open their own restaurant. In the spring of 2022, the Morris family began looking at the Hawk Restaurant in Roosevelt, which closed during the pandemic, and decided it would be a great opportunity to pursue their dream of restaurant ownership. After 5 months of planning, the Hawk reopened on July 13. The restaurant has already been a hit.

“We’ve got off to a great start; the community and visitors have been very supportive. We had a family from Nebraska stop on their way to Canada, and they liked the food so much that they made it a point to stop again on their way home. “

When they are not busy with the restaurant the Morris family stays busy with their two children Cora (5), and Cade (Infant), and two dogs, Max and Milo. The family enjoys spending quality time with family and friends camping in northern Minnesota’s many camping sites, and exploring Beltrami Island State Forest 100’s miles of trails.

The Hawk is located on Hwy 11 in Roosevelt. For more information, check them out on Facebook at

Wendler’s Repair

Wendler's Repair

Year-round activities and being able to work where they play keeps the Wendler Family Hooked for Life!


For Shawn and Shawna Wendler, the best part about life in Lake of the Woods is the opportunity to live, work, and play in a community with rich natural amenities and a great community of friends and neighbors.

One of the perks of living in Lake of the Woods for the Wendler Family is enjoying life as self-sustainably as possible. The Wendler’s and their three youngest children live on the family homestead, where they have a large garden and raise chickens and goats. When they’re not working or maintaining the homestead, the family enjoys spending time at their off-grid cabin in Eastern Lake of the Woods County, where they spend time hunting, snowshoeing, camping, hiking, and foraging for berries and wild mushrooms in the summer.

“At home and the cabin, we see a huge variety of wildlife in all seasons. We enjoyed seeing bears….hearing wolves howl in the evenings…, seeing deer in the fields all year, and hearing the familiar sound of the whooping crane returning in the spring. We are blessed to live in a place where we can be a part of the cycles of life all around us.”

Shawn has spent most of his life fixing anything with an engine, and after a career that includes time as an ice guide and ten years in outboard marine and fiberglass repair, he decided to start his own business, Wendler’s Repair. Wendler’s Repair offers service and repairs on all small engine, recreational,  and lawn/garden equipment as well as marine craft. In the past two years he has had just about everything in the shop including ATVs, side-by-sides, snowmobiles, motorcycles, mowers, chainsaws, generators, weed whippers, garden tilers, pressure washers, outboard marine craft, fiberglass repair, and detailing. In addition to engine service and repairs, Wendler’s also offers welding and fabrication services. Shawn prides himself on providing reliable service at a fair price to his customers. Wendler’s Repair has wholesale accounts with multiple vendors so he can find the parts you need at the best price available. 

“Starting a business in Lake of the Woods, I was surprised at the support and encouragement offered by so many people in our little community! They were genuinely happy to see me be successful in my new adventure and continue to bring their business to me, that has been a truly motivating experience, and I am so thankful for them.”

Wendler’s Repair is now in its third year! To learn more about Wendler’s Repair, check out their website at and follow Wendler’s Repair on Facebook.