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StateSpotlightMinnesotaPAGE3Minnesotaisheadquartersto19othe2013Fortune500companies-aactthatmaysurprisesomebutthestatesappealisobvioustoPotlatchPreerredBrokerNatalieCowartoUnitedCountryRealEstate.IwasbornandraisedinMinnesotaandmovedawayaterhighschoolshesays.ButitdidnttakelongormetoreturntotheonlyplaceIcallhome.Sometimesyoudontrealizethebeautyowhereyourelocateduntilyouleave.ItsnowondersomanycompanieschoosetomaketheirhomeintheLando10000Lakes.InCowartsareaoPineCountyagrowingnumberosmalllightindustriesareenjoyingthebeneftsolowerrealestatecostsandtheproximitytotheTwinCitiesandtheTwinPorts.WereintheheartowoodsandwildliebutcloseenoughtothecitytogettherewhenweneedtosaysCowart.Andthosewoodedareasareincreasinglypopularwiththoseseekingtheirownpieceopropertywhetherortimberinvestmentorrecreation.AlmostalloourPotlatchtractsarenearstatelands.Weresellingorest-managedpropertiesintheareatooCowartsays.IndeedMinnesotasorestproductsindustryisranked8thnationallyinitspercapitacontributiontoGrossStateProduct.PotlatchPreerredBrokerCharlieChernakoBearIslandLandCo.alsoknowsthelureoMinnesotawell.HesaysThereslotsowoodslotsowaterandthatequatestolotsohuntingfshingandeveryaspectorecreation.HisbusinessinElyMinn.isneartheSuperiorNationalForestandtheBoundaryWatersCanoeAreaWildernesswhichhecallsthecrownjewelsoMinnesota.PotlatchpropertiesarescatteredacrosstheSuperiorNationalForestsaysChernak.TheForesteaturesanintricatesystemogroomedsnowmobileandcross-countryskitrails.Minnesotanativesandnewcomersareentrancedbytheplentiulareasountouchedbeautythatsurroundthem.ChernaksaysAlotomyclientsarelookingorpropertyothegrid.Anadditionaldrawisthepromiseoourdistinctseasons.PotlatchPreerredBrokerRodOsterlohoCloseConversePropertiessaysTheressomethingtoenjoyabouteveryseasoninMinnesota.ForexampleThePaulBunyanTrailrunsthroughthestatewith112milesopavedtrailoeringbikinghikingandrollerbladinginthespringthroughallandsnowmobilinginthewinter.OsterlohsaysspringistheperecttimetogetoutonyourPotlatchpropertyandseewhattreesmaybereadytoharvestortoscoutoodplotareasorwildlie.Duringthesummerthewoodsattracthikersandour-wheelerswhilethewaterdrawsboatersandkayakers.Winterbringsouttheicefshermenandwintercampingisbecomingpopularaswell.ButautumnisOsterlohsavoriteseason.Minnesotaisawonderulplacetobeintheall.Coolcrispnightsandbrilliantlysunnydays.Nottomentiongreathuntingopportunities.Pheasantturkeywhite-taildeerandbearabound.ThedesiretohavetheirownhuntingpropertyandtheproximityosomuchpubliclandleadsmanyprospectivebuyerstocontactPotlatchPreerredBrokers.TheunspoiledbeautyoacresoorestedlandmakesMinnesotaahiddengem.OsterlohsaysProbablythebestthingaboutthisstateisthattherestotheworldhasntdiscoveredityet.Wereintheheartofwoodsandwildlifebutcloseenoughtothecitytogettherewhenweneedto.-NatalieCowartTheMinnesotaPotlatchPreferredBrokerTeam-CharlieChernakKateDaviesleftBearIslandLandCo.NatalieCowartcenterUnitedCountryBanningJunctionRealEstateandRodJodyOsterlohrightCloseConverseProperties