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Changemakers to Watch

Tom and Leanna McBride
By Elana Warsen

Much has been said about rural Minnesota’s “brain drain,” in which ambitious young people leave their quaint hometowns for metro areas. Less is mentioned about the brain gain that occurs when those same young people return several years later, bringing their college degrees, professional skills, and families with them. Tom and Leanna McBride, this week’s Changemakers, are two such young professionals contributing to Itasca County’s brain gain. Since their recent return to Grand Rapids after several years away, the McBrides have taken action to make our community the best it can be. Continue reading