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Published March 25, 2013, 12:00 AM

Hendrum, Minnesota: Room to grow


Mandy and Bryce Kupitz along with their family, from left, Akemi (2), Jalen (9), and Maddin (4), stumbled upon Hendrum, Minn., by chance. "I had employment in Perley (Minn.), and wanted to live in a smaller community," Bryce said. The couple moved from Fargo in July 2011. "It's not as busy, it's very laid-back and friendly," Mandy said. "You're not just a number." Carrie Snyder / The Forum

  • Mandy and Bryce Kupitz along with their family, from left, Akemi (2), Jalen (9), and Maddin (4), stumbled upon Hendrum, Minn., by chance. "I had employment in Perley (Minn.), and wanted to live in a smaller community," Bryce said. The couple moved from Fargo in July 2011. "It's not as busy, it's very laid-back and friendly," Mandy said. "You're not just a number." Carrie Snyder / The Forum
  • A sign welcomes passers-by on Highway 75 to Hendrum, Minn. Carrie Snyder / The Forum
  • Greg and Heidi Mann enjoy coffee and fresh baked rolls at Nepstad Oil in Hendrum, Minn. The Manns moved to Hendrum in 2002 when Heidi was hired as the local church pastor. After Heidi's pastoral duties were complete seven years later, the Manns decided to stay in town and set up their own freelance businesses. "We had fallen in love with a community where most people know most others, the small school system and the charms of small-town life," Heidi said. Carrie Snyder / The Forum
  • Nepstad Oil in Hendrum, Minn., has many nostalgic signs and trinkets. The convenience store has a full deli with fried chicken, pizza and tacos, fresh baked rolls for breakfast, a complete hardware section, a video rental service, gas, and also provides bulk service for fuel oil to homes in the area. Carrie Snyder / The Forum
  • Mary Niklaus, Norman County West Elementary School principal, middle, helps Kiley Davidson, left, and Tyler Bauers with their school work. The school has about 150 students in kindergarten through sixth grade, plus a preschool combined with the Head Start program. "We are very strong technology wise," Niklaus said. "Every room has a smart board, most teachers have iPads, and a cart of iPads is in the building [for the students to use]." Carrie Snyder / The Forum
  • Kevin Dunn, left, takes his turn reading "Teach Us Amelia Bedelia" to his second-grade teacher, Cheryl Hemberger, during class at Norman County West Elementary in Hendrum, Minn. Carrie Snyder / The Forum
  • Assistant cook Debby Borgen, left, and Karen Smart, head cook, middle, serve lunch to the West Adventure Center, which combines preschool and Head Start into one program at Norman County West Elementary in Hendrum, Minn.  Carrie Snyder / The Forum
  • From left, Brandi Lee, Sister Shana Williams, and Dylan Johnson make brownies for the Wednesday night Lenten Suppers at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hendrum, Minn. Lee and Johnson like living in a small town as teenagers. "I love it," Johnson said. "Everyone knows everyone, and everyone gets along." Lee adds, "I personally like living in a small town, they're just the right size."  Carrie Snyder / The Forum
  • From left, Bonnie Scholl, Marilynn Krsnak, Jill Huseby, Yvette Storsved, Shirley Fassino and Marlene Hetland show off the quilts they made during the months of January, February and March. The women meet Wednesdays at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hendrum, Minn., and try to make over 60 quilts a year for Lutheran World Relief and services that need them in the Fargo-Moorhead and Ada, Minn., areas.  Carrie Snyder / The Forum
  • Clarinda Schnabel shows a typical food basket for a family at the Hendrum, Minn., food shelf. The service started about 25 years ago and is meant for emergencies for families. Schnabel and her husband, Del, help run the service. Carrie Snyder / The Forum
  • Sue Skeen owns and operates Sue Sews out of Hendrum, Minn. The business is the only authorized Husqvarna Viking dealer within 100 miles. Skeen's thoughts on how a specialized business can thrive in a small town is, "I believe if you're good at what you do and stay focused, people will come." Carrie Snyder / The Forum
  • Amy Mercil, left, and Kelsey Struble work at Northwestern Bank in Hendrum, Minn. "Having a bank in a town exhibits the vibrance of the community," said John Satrom, president and chief executive officer of Northwestern Bank.  Carrie Snyder / The Forum
  • United States Postal Service employee Sandy Maring places mail into mailboxes at the Hendrum Post Office in Hendrum, Minn. The post office is open six days a week for the townspeople to pick up and ship their mail locally. Carrie Snyder / The Forum