Roseau Named One of 20 Best Small Towns In Minnesota

Original Artice Credit: Chris Kolmar, About HomeSnacks

You’ve seen these lists before: Best places to live in Minnesota, Most Beautiful Downtowns, etc., etc. But all of them focus on major cities and towns in the North Star State and no one pays attention to the little guy.

Well, that’s all about to change as we put together a list of the best small towns in Minnesota based on numbers–not opinions or hearsay.

We’ll dive right into our methodology in the next section; but first, we thought you might just want to know which places in Minnesota ranked the based–you know, based on science.

Here’s a look at the 20 Best Small Towns To Live in Minnesota for 2019:

  1. Deephaven, MN
  2. Long Lake, MN
  3. Elko New Market, MN
  4. Carver, MN
  5. Oronoco, MN
  6. Tonka Bay, MN
  7. North Oaks, MN
  8. Cold Spring, MN
  9. Cologne, MN
  10. Wayzata, MN
  11. Lake Crystal, MN
  12. Circle Pines, MN
  13. Bayport, MN
  14. Scanlon, MN
  15. Oak Park Heights, MN
  16. Avon, MN
  17. Roseau, MN
  18. Dilworth, MN
  19. Dellwood, MN
  20. Medford, MN

If you live in one of these small towns like Deephaven, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.

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How We Determined The Coolest Towns In Minnesota

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent data from the Census’s 2012-2016 American Community Survey and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (Higher is better)
  • Lowest Unemployment Rates
  • Housing costs (Higher is better. More demand.)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Higher is better)
  • Highly Educated Adults (Higher is better)
  • Insurance Rates (Higher is better)
  • Commute Times (Lower is better)

We looked at places with populations lower than 5,000 people and greater than 1,000, of which, there were a lot – 214 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 214, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Minnesota. Top of that list — Deephaven.

Science Can Tackle Any Issue, Even Small Ones

We said it once and we’ll say it again — this list: it’s just science. We did the research, we crunched the numbers, and it turns out, these 20 small towns in Minnesota are the best, in which to live.

And who can argue with that?

If you’re curious, here are the worst small towns in Minnesota:

  1. Redby
  2. Menahga
  3. Red Lake

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Minnesota’s best: Roseau’s Borowicz named Miss Basketball

Minnesota’s best: Roseau’s Borowicz named Miss Basketball


NORTHFIELD, Minn.—During her six-season high school basketball career, Kacie Borowicz passed a lot of standouts from Section 8 on Minnesota’s list of career scoring leaders.

On Friday, the Roseau High School senior achieved something that no player from Section 8 previously had. Borowicz was named the winner of the 2019 Minnesota Miss Basketball award.

The UND recruit became the first player from the current Section 8A and 8AA alignments in northwest Minnesota to be a recipient since the award started in 1978.

When she was announced as the winner, “I just stood there for a couple of seconds,” Borowicz said. “I really wasn’t expecting it.

“It’s not that I’m better than a lot of the great players from up here (in northwest Minnesota). It just took this long for people to realize we have good players. This is for all of those players.”

Borowicz finished her career with 3,551 points—the most by any player from 8A-8AA and ranked seventh on Minnesota’s career scoring list. She passed Megan Taylor (3,300 points) as Roseau’s career scoring leader this season.

“I know there are a lot of feelings that outstate girls don’t always get a lot of credit,” Roseau coach Kelsey Didrikson said. “But this (selection) is so accurate.

“They said it’s a career award. And I don’t know who among this year’s seniors would have had a better career, both individually and with team success, than Kacie has.”

Borowicz capped her career with a senior season in which she averaged 27.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.8 steals and 2.6 assists. She was named to the Minnesota Girls Basketball Coaches Association’s Class AA all-state team for the third consecutive season after being an honorable mention as a freshman.

Roseau was Section 8AA champion and a top-four placer at the Class AA state tournament in each of Borowicz’s five seasons as a starter, winning the state title in 2017.

“Kacie is a very versatile, dynamic player,” Didrikson said. “She’s done it all.

“She evolved as a player. When she first came up to varsity as a seventh-grader, she was more of a point guard and ball distributor. After that her perimeter game and defensive ability grew. And this year, because we lacked size, she became more of an inside player.”

Borowicz didn’t balk at having to play different roles. “I actually had a lot of fun learning to play the different positions,” she said.

And, as the numbers and honors indicate, Borowicz thrived.

Photo at the top: Roseau guard Kacie Borowicz (11) goes up for a shot against East Grand Forks Senior High in a game this season. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald