The Trail Is Open: Lakes Country Living Rolls On Into Fourth Season

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Popular cable television show about life in rural Minnesota starts the new season with a ride on Lake Wobegon Trail.

We strive to capture a sense of local flavor with each episode...

Lakes Country Living promises another season of fresh content to please viewing audiences. Since 2010, this video magazine has taken television viewers behind the scenes into artists’ studios, out into farm fields, through dusty archives of old museums and behind the counters of Main Street businesses – wherever the camera can go that tv watchers often can’t, or haven’t yet.

To kick off its fourth season, producer/director Steve Henning gives the viewing audience a comprehensive tour of the Lake Wobegon Trail, a 50-mile stretch of reclaimed railroad running parallel to Interstate 94, connecting with the Central Lakes Trail in Osakis and continuing on to St. Joseph. A spur runs north from Albany, becoming the Soo Line Trail at the county line and continues past Bowlus to the Mississippi River, and points beyond. Henning explores stops in each community along the trail, and also shows viewers the trail at Bowlus and Blanchard Dam on the Mississippi, with another quick side trip to St. John’s. “We worked on this story all summer,” injects Henning. “Our goal is to give viewers a taste of what the trail is like, and explain where there are places to eat or camp, and what are some unique and fun things they’ll want to see in the area.” Lakes Country Living delivers a blend of location shots and cameo interviews with business owners and community leaders. One unique trail experience captured on camera is the abundant viewing of showy lady’s slippers, the Minnesota State Flower. Cliff Borgerding, resident naturalist and president of the Lake Wobegon Trail Association, provides excellent narration and the crew didn’t miss an opportunity to interview casual passers-by who also stopped to see the rare wildflowers.

“We strive to capture a sense of local flavor with each episode of Lakes Country Living,” explains Henning. As in previous seasons, he points out, the show focuses on unique and overlooked stories of rural Minnesota. “That’s why we call it Greater Minnesota” he adds with a grin. “With each new story we film, we discover even more good stories to share with viewers.” Season Four will include several farming-related stories this year, and showcase a wide range of artists, entrepreneurs, gardeners, historic sites and parks around the state.

Lakes Country Living airs on cable networks across western Minnesota and most of North Dakota. Some story segments featured on the show may be seen through Lakes Country Living’s website at and additional segments may be viewed on the show’s YouTube channel, accessible from the homepage.

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