The Northwest Angle, Minnesota’s Best Kept Secret

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 May 7th, 2020 by Keith Worrall 

Modified May 7th, 2020 at 8:46 PM

The Northwest Angle, Minnesota’s Best Kept Secret

A new original television production from Prairie Public travels to the curious bump on Minnesota’s northern border. “The Northwest Angle: Minnesota’s Best Kept Secret” premiered on Thursday, April 30, at 8:30 p.m. CT. The documentary was just released on YouTube and can be viewed below.

The origins of the region — the most northerly point of the contiguous United States — can be traced back to the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1783 that ended the American Revolutionary War. Known as “The Angle” by locals, the area can only be accessed by crossing Lake of the Woods or driving across two international borders.

Prairie Public’s documentary features some of the people who live and work in The Angle, including Linda LaMie, who teaches at the K-6 Angle Inlet School — the last one-room schoolhouse in Minnesota. Bus driver Dale Westover takes the older students to school in Warroad, MN — more than an hour each way to and from school and across four border crossings.

“The Northwest Angle: Minnesota’s Best Kept Secret” explores its rich history, beautiful views and the popular outdoor opportunities and resorts that support the region’s economy. Joe Henry, executive director of Lake of the Woods Tourism, discusses the huge interest in tourism in the Northwest Angle, and resort owners Brian Sage and Lisa and Jason Goulet talk about the business of hosting guests in this quiet northern niche.

NW Angle Edge Riders groomer Prairie Public Broadcasting, headquartered in Fargo, is a non-profit member station of PBS and NPR that provides public television services throughout North Dakota, northwestern Minnesota, southern Manitoba, and parts of Montana and South Dakota; public radio service to North Dakota; and educational and technological services to communities and individuals across its coverage area.

Learn more about Minnesota’s NW Angle

Access Lake of the Woods Tourism website

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